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Isabelle is Soree

23 Feb

Isabelle got in trouble last night and was sent to bed early. We’ve been talking about actions speaking louder than words so instead of saying she was sorry, she wrote me a letter.

The line by line translation:
I’m sorry
that I

She almost got set free based upon the cuteness and the effort, alas, she still went to bed early.

And this morning in a continued effort to show me she was sorry, she cleaned her room.

5.5 years in and I think I might just be getting the hang of this discipline thing.


Phonetic Spelling Oh How I Love Thee!

22 Nov


Isabelle has been writing for over a year, but she didn’t know how to spell anything other than her name until recently.  Now she’s got several words committed to memory and those that she doesn’t know how to spell, she sounds out and writes the words as they sound to her.

It’s been an eye opening experience for me because, since she’s only 5, she still doesn’t speak perfectly.

Her R’s get lost and TH’s sound like D’s.

I find it endearing.

And not to worry, I’ve had her tested and Baltimore County says it’s all just fine and totally normal for a 5 year old’s speech pattern.

My first sighting of the phonetic spelling was a princess story she worked on with her older (read age 7) neighborhood friend.  The story read

“Once upon a time DAR was a princess”

My heart melted with the cuteness. Dar instead of there.

Then she gave me Thanksgiving card she made at school.  On the outside it said


And on the inside she had drawn a hand turkey and written



Tuce, was turkey.  The K in turkey sounded like a C to her and since she drops her R’s she didn’t hear it.


This just may be cuter than my all time favorite Isabellism!!

Most recently, she made a card for her good friend’s birthday.  Instead of signing it Love, Isabelle, she wrote

“Dis is from Isabelle”

And then she drew a smiley face and wrote

“Dat is a smiley face”

This phonetic spelling thing is heartwarmingly genius and for the first time in a long time, it’s making me super happy that my kids are the age that they are, instead of longing for days when they’re older and more self sufficient.

So on this week of Thanksgiving, I’m most Thankful for my girls who light up my world every single day!

My Favorite Isabelleism Ever

30 Aug

Today, we were getting out of the car and Isabelle had several things in her hands. She requested that I undo her car seat.

I told her that she could do it herself but she informed me that she was not able to because she was

“Full of hands”

She means her hands are full, but she always says it this way.  She’s said it for years and I refuse to correct because it warms my heart, every time I hear it.

Internet in a Jar

29 Aug

We are on hour 27 with no power thanks to Hurricane Irene. Thus we have no Internet.

Isabelle has just suggested that we go to Gran and Poppy’s (who have power) and catch the Internet in a jar to bring back here and use.

She clarified her line of thought by asking me, “the Internet is in the air right?”

If only it worked that way 😦