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Sunny, With A Chance Of Tutu’s


In order to be a Sherrick, you have to be willing to deal with traditions. I don’t mean the OCD type where you have to touch the laundry basket 17 times before you can go to sleep or lick the doorknob before you can eat dinner, but in my family there tends to be two types of things: the stuff that you do and The Way Things Are.

The stuff you do is the superfluous crap that goes with living, you know, laundry and work and sleeping and all that stuff, but The Way Things Are, well, this is DOGMA. TRADITION.

And you don’t fuck with TRADITION in my family. The square root of 4 is 2, Helium is the second element on the periodic table of elements and we have basil pesto mashed fucking potatoes on Thanksgiving. ALWAYS.

My brother, my father and my two- year old seem to be the most affected by this DOGMA of The Way Things Are. While I’m happy to try something different, like let’s say The Cheesecake of the Gods rather than my normal Bourbon Pecan Pie, well, that messes with the balance of the universe and well, we can’t have THAT. The universe might IMPLODE because I dared change tradition!

I have my own DOGMA of The Way Things Are, but I’m a little looser with my interpretation of it.

Every year, we sponsor a child from The Giving Tree at Ben’s school. And while my far more rigid BROTHER might have to sponsor the same GENDER or AGE bracket, I’m content to randomly choose one. Last year Dave chose a boy around Benner’s age who wanted socks. SOCKS. I know. I KNOW.

This year I chose a girl whose age was unspecified. I chose her and my eyes filled with tears, much like they always do every single year when I choose a kid from the tree.

Maybe it’s because I think of Christmas as such a magical time for children and I remember how much it hurt the year that I couldn’t afford any toys for Ben because I was so poor. Or maybe it’s because I remember having Christmas taken away from me as a punishment. Or maybe it’s because I think about how hard it must be to be on the other side as a child.

I cried there, though, as I picked up the tag with the gift choice on it because it was what I was going to get my daughter. No age, no identifying characteristics, just a parallel into my own life:

Baby Doll.

Amelia loves the baby dolls that we have, but those aren’t her dolls, they belong to Alex and Ben who begrudgingly share them. So I’d been planning to get her a doll for Christmas. In fact, I’d already been up and down the aisles at my boyfriend, Target searching for the perfect doll, so proud that I could finally go down the Pink Aisles at last.

Friday, Black Friday, we have another DOGMA TRADITION where we go out that evening to Target, my home away from home, to score some cheap DVD’s and see what they still have on sale. While we were there, I noticed that they had this baby doll and accessories pack on sale for half off which I promptly snatched up from the vultures in the toy aisle for my Giving Tree Girl.

This thing was AWESOME. I was admiring it as we walked along because it was precisely the sort of thing my hippie mother never would have bought me, eschewing it in favor of some wooden, anatomically correct doll I would have lobbed out the window. It had everything, though, crib, car seat, high chair and stroller along with assorted bottles and outfits.

I tend to go a little overboard for my Giving Tree Kids because it makes me feel good and why not?

We got it home and I left it on the floor downstairs so that I remembered to wrap it and send it back to school with Ben because I am FULL of The Forgetful. In the whirlwind of unpacking after Thanksgiving Part II, I didn’t really notice it until she was on top of it, but my daughter had made a beeline for the box with the baby inside.

She had pulled herself up on it and was trying her damnedest to get the baby out. Every side she explored, looking for a way in and OH was she pissed when she realized that she couldn’t get at it. I really hope that my Giving Tree Girl loves it as much as my daughter did.

Everyone had teased me that my daughter was going to eschew anything girly to be a tomboy like her brothers, just because I wanted her to be girly, and maybe that’s going to happen.

Then again, maybe not.

Mimi Tutu

Let’s talk about how much I need that hat in my size, Internet, because I SO do.

Mimi Tutu 2!

Those shoes are for Binky Spohr, but Amelia dug them out and loves them. They’re much too small for her, but you know, a girl loves what a girl loves.

140 Comments to

“Sunny, With A Chance Of Tutu’s”

  1. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 pm Estela Says:

    Such cute pictures! Love the shoes!

    I get emotional during Christmas too!

  2. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:12 pm amber Says:

    Okay, first of all, where did you get that hat? That’s awesome. I’m making my daughter be as girly as possible for the moment…she can rebel and wear pink camo later.

    Christmas has a way of putting emotions on high, doesn’t it? I hope this one is wonderful for you, your family and the Giving Tree girl.

  3. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm Katrina Says:

    Your post made me nod aggressively, Aunt Becky, because my new husband’s family is like that. Everyone HAS TO eat THE SAME THING at festive meals, which is really fun for me because I have dietary restrictions not shared by my husband’s family. But his parents would rather SPEND TWO DAYS shopping for, researching, and preparing a special meal that we can all eat simultaneously–calling me every few hours to double-check on ingredients–than make me a bowl of spaghetti, like everyone else I know does.
    I love all of Amelia’s clothes, btw.

  4. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:25 pm Ivory Says:

    Without my help my child has become the girl of all girls. Shoes are her first mention in the morning and when she’s at home she has no less than 4 purses on her arm at all times 🙂

  5. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:25 pm Kori Says:

    Sigh…I am bitter and angry about Christmas, so, yeah. But A’s hat is adorable, I love the shoes, and wish (now) that I could have one more little girl.

    I am a tradionalist. I don’t care what else is on the table, and I will try most anything, but there goddamn well better be stuffing. And not that slimy shit you stuff up the turkey’s as because, well, eww, and not the dry crimbly cornbread stuff, but Stove Top, baby, with an apple and nuts and some extra celery and onions sauteed in butter and garlic added in. Nothing says homemade goodness than a boxed item with added ingredients.

  6. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:28 pm Tiffany Says:

    Aunt Becky you DO have a heart! Amelia is awesome I miss the tiny shoes, hats etc. I have to talk mine out of the gold disco jacket like Hannah Montanas

  7. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm BigSis Says:

    I am JUST like that when I pick a name from the giving tree. I cry because I hope someone would do the same for me if I needed it. (I do remember a family friend buying all our Christmas gifts the year my father was laid off.)

    Last year my mother drew a 13 year old girl who wanted a bra. She was a size 32GG. Not a size you find on the racks at Target. But, it was what she needed.

  8. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:32 pm Minnie Says:

    Seriously, I may die of cuteness. She’s beyond.

    And if you find those hats in big girl sizes, I need one. In every color.

  9. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:40 pm carissajade Says:

    Such adorable pictures as usual!!! That is so sweet of you to do the adopt a child thing. I have always wanted to do that, but I guess I’ll have to wait until the day when I can afford gifts for my own family!!

  10. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It took me awhile to get there too. TRUST ME.

  11. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:41 pm Angie Says:

    The giving tree is a neccesary but sad place for me too. We scrimp and save to do the best for our kids at christmas but many often forget that some scrimp and save all year long to feed their children and christmas is just too much. I hope that your little reciever loves it as much as your daughter and damn it I am heading to the giving tree tonight because I just hadn’t gotten to that yet. Way to light the fire under my butt too.

  12. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    We’re normally a lot later to get to the Giving Tree, too. This year we were Captain Punctual. It was awesome.

  13. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm a Says:

    My inlaws try to get rid of traditional foods at every opportunity. You know how often I eat turkey? Once a year at Thanksgiving, so please do not mess with that. Also, stop adding fruit to stuffing. It’s supposed to be bread. To absorb the grease. As to the Cheesecake of the Gods? Well, that’s dessert, and that is open to anything and everything. I want 4 bites of turkey, a small spoonful of mashed potatoes, a bit of stuffing, I’ll eat the green bean casserole if I must, and then I want an entire buffet of desserts. 5 is not too many.

    Amelia is quite the cutie pie. And you can make your own hat – just go and buy a knit hat (I’ve seen ’em at Marshall’s) and a fake flower to bedazzle and put it all together.

    We usually adopt families at work, but I couldn’t get any motivation going to join in this year. So we’re just sending a check off to St. Jude’s.

  14. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:


  15. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm a Says:

    Also, my girl is not very girly. She likes her sparkly stuff once in a while, but I cannot get her to wear a dress. That’s OK – I’d rather have a tomboy. I understand them better.

  16. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    My mom was baffled by me–a tomboy who loved frilly dresses and sparkles. I get that.

  17. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm Kristine Says:

    They’re supposed to put one of those trees up here at work – probably this week…I am so excited about shopping for someone on a tag, it’s not even funny.

  18. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s really really fun. It’s super extra fun. I don’t know why.

  19. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm stacey@Havoc&Mayhem Says:

    I have my dogma about some things, but food is not one of them. I love new & different things at holiday meals. That’s why I make reservations!

    We’re getting two kids from the giving tree this year, one for each boy to pick out a gift for. Usually we get one but last year they argued over who got to choose the gift.

  20. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Now that is cool. Good call. Maybe that’s what we’ll do. I like that.

  21. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm Elly Lou Says:

    I’m always jealous of the things they make for little kids that they don’t for grownups. Ruby slippers? Hello! I need those! Green wellies with frog eye on the toes? Can I get those in a ladies size 9 please? Underoos? How smoking hot would a set of WonderWoman underoos be, eh? Shit, I missed the point again…

  22. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm Anon. Says:

    ok… I had the shittyest Day EVER (hubby got laid off) but the thought of my fat ass (just had a baby) in underoos with green jellies on MADE ME LAUGH!! thanks. 🙂

  23. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:16 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m sorry you had a bad day, but hey, I’m glad that you had a good laugh. Laughing is better than crying. Especially when you’re laughing at me. I’ve lost my voice and now every time I open my mouth, people laugh.

  24. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I really, really need some ruby slippers.

  25. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:56 pm linlah Says:

    That is the best hat ever and I want one too.

  26. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:04 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    We need to make those hats in our size. Because OBVIOUSLY.

  27. On December 2nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm Vinomom Says:

    I am so in love with Mimi’s hat!

    Also I’m wondering how many people get your title reference?

    We don’t have a giving tree here, so I don’t know where to get a kid. We are all out batty crazy in my family for Christmas. In the superficial way. But it makes us feel good, so why not?

  28. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:04 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    There is nothing wrong with being batty crazy. Nothing.

    Also, I think I misplaced an apostrophe there. WHOOPS.

  29. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm daisybv2 Says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE those pics she is adorable!!!! And I too have been way too emotional lately!

  30. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s GOT to be something in the water. I’m crazy emotional.

  31. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm Delisha Says:

    The hat is adorable. The tutu is even more cute. Hope you find the hat in your size soon. I’m sure it will look awesome on you.

    I always get emotional around Christmas when I’m in the spirit(which I might add I hate Christmas right now) I have been thinking of getting a angel off the salvation army Christmas tree and having all of my employee’s chip in and buy a present for a child from our business. Your story has inspired me to go ahead and do so.

    Thank you becky


  32. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Aw, I’m so glad that you’re going to do it. Now I’m getting all tearful.

  33. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm Nancy Campbell Says:

    You love your kids, and want them to be happy. Not everybody extends that love to strangers. Good for you that you do.

  34. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    If I could adopt everyone, I would.

  35. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:06 pm Mrs Soup Says:

    Okay, that hat? LOVE! And I am sure that the little girl will love the baby doll. Baby Doup is getting a baby doll this Christmas too, and I think I am more excited than her.

    Those shoes are fab too. Oh, and holy crap traditions for me too. Our family has a bazillion. Especially around Christmas.

  36. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Ickle girls and their dolls. I love it. Seriously, there’s nothing better.

  37. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:09 pm Jenn Says:

    She is too freaking cute. It’s almost nauseating how cute she is.

    Everything makes me cry. I can’t stand it when Kent watches Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I have to leave the room or I end up sobbing uncontrollably. It’s a little bit pathetic.

    We do the giving tree thing too but they don’t have one at Monkey’s school. It would be better, I think, if they did because then I would know it was going to someone in our immediate area. ANYWAY we usually get some names off the tree at one of the stores. Not picky about who, I just grab one. I was super extra poor when I was little and I’m pretty sure there were a few years that I wouldn’t have had any Christmas at all if someone hadn’t been kind enough to do that for us.

  38. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s always good to feel like you’re paying it back. I remember being so poor that I couldn’t buy Ben anything and that feeling is really hideous. Hell, I couldn’t even pay for medication for myself. It was horrible.

  39. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:12 pm moonspun Says:

    I picked out our Angel Tree kid yesterday. I try to get someone close to lil m’s age so she can be part of it. this year I picked a 12 year old girl who wants an outfit. That will be fun!
    My lil moonspun is a great mix of tomboy and girly…I love it!

  40. On December 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’ve always been a great mix of tomboy and girly too. I think it adds to my charm. *fluffs hair*

  41. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm Cute~Ella Says:

    I want a hat like Mimis! Does it count if I try and make it myself?

    You’re so sweet to do the Giving Tree thing. We didn’t have one where I went to school and I’m no longer in school now, but I’m looking into adopting a family this year.

  42. On December 3rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You should totally make that hat for yourself.

  43. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 pm Molly Says:

    OH GOOD! I thought it was only me and my family who was all, “THIS IS HOW IT IS, MY BITCHES, LET’S NOT GO MESSING WITH IT, ‘K?” Hence why we’ve had green bean casserole every g-d Thanksgiving even though no one really likes it.

    And I do the Same Damn Thing when picking a star off the Giving Tree at church, getting all snuffly and whatnot. It’s even worse when I have to drop the dogs back off at the shelter after taking them out for a run. OH THOSE FACES, NO, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THOSE FACES AND LICK MY HAND! SOB! (Cries most of the way home. Good times.)

    A couple of years ago my Star from TGT was a 12 year old boy who had not put ANY suggestions of what he wanted on his star. Having never been a 12 year old boy, I had no idea what to get him. I could give a guess at maybe what he wanted, but hi, it’s a church thing and PORN IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  44. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:31 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I cannot even WATCH those ASPCA commercials. I can’t.

    Also, I owe you an email. I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN.

  45. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm leanne Says:

    That hat! That tutu! That beautiful Amelia. She’s a lucky little lady to have you.

    So is the Giving Tree Girl.

    I’m still adjusting to the Pink Aisles. While I’m coming around on the clothes (and my daughter doesn’t nearly wear as many of her brother’s hand-me-downs as she once did), I don’t get nearly as excited about girly toys. Maybe I need a Giving Tree Girl.

  46. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:24 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You so need a Giving Tree Girl. Maybe your daughter will like mudpies and legos, though. Maybe mine will too 🙂

  47. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:21 pm Badass Geek Says:

    I’m OCD about commenting on your blog. I have to spin around three times in my office chair while patting my head and rubbing my stomach and whistling the theme to “Hawaii 5-O” before I can even think of leaving a comment.

  48. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:22 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I know this sounds weird but ME TOO.

  49. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:23 pm amy d Says:

    Growing up, My mom would always take me and my siblings to the local mall where they had a giving tree. She would let each of us choose a needy child to buy a gift for. I always enjoyed the entire experience, but haven’t particiapted in it for years.

    You may have just inspired me Bex! Frilly pink baby dolls for all;)

  50. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:22 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It’s more than fun to do because you’re doing it for someone else.

  51. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:27 pm Rebecca Says:

    Wow, you got shoes for Binky! How exciting. Are you going to deliver them or mail them? Can’t wait for 11 more weeks …..praying that Binky makes it that long. Maybe 11 more weeks and a couple of days for good measure.

  52. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:13 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I do not know if I am going to hand deliver or mail them. Both, probably. I will probably mail then deliver myself by hand. WOW that made no sense. BINKY SPOHR, AUNTIE BECKY IS COMING FOR YOU.

  53. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm Cassie Says:

    She is so adorable.

    We always do the Christmas tree thing to and I always go overboard with the presents, imagining how happy the boy or girl will be to get them. It always leaves me wishing that I could do more though.

    The thing my husband always “has to have” on Thanksgiving is canned cranberry sauce. He doesn’t even eat it, it just HAS to be there, or it’s not Thanksgiving.

  54. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:12 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    We always *made* cranberry sauce for the SAME reason! NO ONE ATE IT but we always had to have it. For some reason we stopped! Hm. I wonder how my brother didn’t notice.

  55. On December 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm Kelly Says:

    We have a giving tree for the local homeless youth shelter every year in our offices. Last year, I helped organize it, and was sending the “wishes” to our various offices. I couldn’t believe some of the things these poor kids asked for, tampons, baby bottles, diapers, soap, so many things that we just take for granted while shopping at the mecca that is Target, just essentials.

    We have always taken one, and gone all out. Last year, we took a girl asking for bottles for her baby, and bought bottles, blankets, sleepers, diapers, and a bunch of other stuff.

    We’ll do the same this year. With all the spoiling going on in my house, I always feel the need to spoil someone else, too.

    I love baby hats. Mimi, looks freaking adorable. I wish Mea could pull off a hat like that, her ponies always make her head look lumpy…

  56. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:11 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Now that makes my heart hurt hearing that list. Seriously. Ouch.

  57. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm Tara Says:

    I love doing the giving tree stuff too. And I get all teary and emotional over it as well. I try to keep it separate in my head from my cousin who is a giving tree receiver. Don’t keep having kids in hope of getting a Frank Jr. instead of girl after girl if you can’t afford them… But I digress.

    This year I chose two old guys over 80. The fact that an 85 year old man wants a new sweat suit is about to put me in tears again. Aren’t those supposed to be your golden years? Shouldn’t they be wearing shorts and wintering in FL?!

    LOVE Binky’s shoes!!!

  58. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm Tara Says:

    Another comment just reminded me!!! Growing up my mom did the giving tree stuff too. One year she got a radio for a kid. In my head I was like “how is the kid going to use the radio?!” I thought ALL poor kids lived in mud huts in Africa.

  59. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:10 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Isn’t it funny the way your young mind works? Bwahahahaha!

  60. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:31 pm LaFlacaD Says:

    Anytime you want to shop the pink aisle you can do so for me. I loathe the pink aisle. It took me 20 minutes (and a panic attack) to buy a doll for my daughter the first time (and hopefully the last) I had to do so. The pink aisle makes me nauseated. I hate pink.

  61. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:10 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I will HAPPILY take your daughter to the Pink Aisle ANY TIME. EVERY TIME. I will be her Aunt Becky that does all kinds of girly stuff whenever I am in town.

    You think I am kidding.

  62. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm Liz Says:

    First, does her pacifer have bling? Because that’s pretty freakin’ awesome!

    Second–Too cute about her reaction to the doll. I highly recommend cabbage patch dolls. Cuddly and cute, but with hard plastic heads that are perfect for hitting siblings. I have over 20. They sleep in boxes under the bed and creep the hubby out.

    Third–How awesome to do a Giving Tree child! We need to start a tradition like that!

  63. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:09 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Dude. The pacifier SO has bling and that is what makes it AWESOME. It kinda makes me want one.

  64. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:52 pm Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt Says:

    Those giving trees are such a mixed bag of emotions. Like you said, I feel so bad for the kids that they aren’t experiencing a “normal” Xmas but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide them with something that might help make them happy.

  65. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:05 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    A mixed bag. That’s a great way of putting it. Exactly.

  66. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm joann Mannix Says:

    That hat, oh, that hat! It makes me want to eat that sweet baby up!!!

    My girls and husband are die-hard traditionalists, too. I thought a more dressed down Christmas would be a refreshing change, you know, not as much pimping out, more about the giving, less work for the Mamma…but when I suggested it, you would have thought I’d asked them to assassinate Santa! They were horrified.

    We live in an area of Florida filled with strawberry fields and orange groves. The migrant population here is very large, due to the fact that they can pick all year long. We devote all our Christmas giving to the migrant children who have so very little. One of the things the schools in the area do, are migrant share boxes where kids fill up plastic tubs with shampoo, soap, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes and small toys for these children who consider essentials a real treat. It is very sad. We try to give as much as we can to these kids, the poorest part of our population in this area.

  67. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:05 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You are a good person. Seriously, that’s an awesome thing to do. I know there’s so much poverty in our country.

  68. On December 2nd, 2009 at 2:56 pm Ms. Moon Says:

    I swear to God, it’s in the genes. One of my daughters was enchanted with leopard print. The child wanted leopard print everything. And she would do anything for a pair of black, shiny shoes. (Patent leather) AND, she wanted a bikini at about the age of two. She demanded one. WTF? You get what you get and I’m glad you got a girly-girl if you are only going to have one girl.

  69. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:53 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I was a girly-girl from the get-go and my own hippie mother was horrified by it. She’d expected that I would happily lounge around in overalls and jeans, but I wanted patent leather shoes and frilly dresses to go hunt frogs in.

    Which, really, not much different than today.

  70. On December 2nd, 2009 at 3:59 pm Stefanie Says:

    As usual I’m the only one who can relate to the high dysfunction of having my family withhold Christmas as punishment. What. The. Fuck. It’s always stayed with me and makes me even more gung-ho to make the holiday festive for my young ‘uns. Also, the adorability factor on Mimi is sky high. Seriously, get that girl an agent stat!

  71. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:52 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I think that people who have highly dysfunctional families either blow up buildings or turn into maniacal Clark Griswold’s at Christmas Time.


  72. On December 2nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm Sharon Says:

    Your daughter makes my uterus hurt. Won’t someone pleeease think of the menopausal mothers?

  73. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:47 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Trust me, I ovulate when I look at her.

  74. On December 2nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm Coco Says:

    Mimi has the eyes of a little goddess. Those eyes are going to slay the boys (or girls, as the case may be) in massive herds in about 12 years.

    Also? I think that hat needs to be our Band Of Merry Pranksters Official Club Hat.

    And we always pick a kid from the tree or what have you and give extra. Everyone needs to feel special and remembered at the holidays.

  75. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:47 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    The holidays are never a time when someone should feel stuck on the outside. It breaks me up to think of someone being forgotten at Christmas.

  76. On December 2nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm Miss K (Kate) Says:

    Is dysfunction a tradition, ’cause we have THAT in my family! hahaha

    I always have to fight the urge to just pick up the whole angel tree and take it home. The thought of a child not having a Christmas just kills me.

  77. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:46 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    It kills me too. I’ll go back closer to the Due By date and make sure all of the names are taken. Those that aren’t, well, I’ll make sure that they get something. No child should go without. Not on Christmas. I know gifts aren’t what it’s supposed to be about, but for kids, it’s so important.

  78. On December 2nd, 2009 at 5:50 pm Sandy Says:

    I cried when I read this post. I just cried. For so many reasons. I won’t go into now because I need a tissue…

  79. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Aw, I hope that it was in a good way and not in a I-hate-you-Aunt-Becky-way.

  80. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:47 pm Shin Ae Says:

    Yeah, I started crying too. You’re a nice lady, Aunt Becky. PS post pictures of you in tutu.

  81. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm tangeria Says:

    i HAVE a hat similar to that, but it black with a pink flower. i guess it is good that i have child size head, right?

  82. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I am so jealous right now that I could spit. Seriously, I kinda want to cry. I WANT THAT HAT.

  83. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:15 pm Dual Mom Says:

    Oh my god she is so beautiful. I think I may have said that before in a comment….sue me I’m 36 and convinced I have early onset of dementia.

    The hat…I have no words for the hat. The adorableness of Amelia in the hat is beyond adorable. I’m quite good with descriptive words this evening, aren’t I?

  84. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I do have dementia, thanks to freaking Topamax, I’m all, hey, WHAT’S MY NAME AGAIN, REALLY, WHAT IS IT?

  85. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:18 pm Heather P. Says:

    She’s so adorable!

  86. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Why thank you. She looks like me!

  87. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:30 pm Erin Says:

    Look at the girly bling! Go Amelia!

    I’m trying to figure out if I’m more envious of having a girly-girl to indulge or being the girly-girl getting indulged.

    Pink all the time? Of course! Tutu’s? Uhh, hell yes it’s a WEDNESDAY, I mean, helllllo?? Now, where is that damn tiara…

  88. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:17 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You SO need to get a tiara and a tutu. And I need a freaking tutu in my size. NOW dammit. NOW.

  89. On December 2nd, 2009 at 6:55 pm Sarah Says:

    Squee! over the idea of Bourbon Pecan Pie.

    You’re Giving Tree girl is very lucky. We donate toys to Toys For Tots every year and it is so much fun picking things out to give. I grew up with a lot of kids who had their Christmas provided by charities (mine was too one year) and I know how much those toys mean to them.

    Amelia is so flipping adorable.

  90. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Bourbon Pecan Pie is full of miracles and amazing. And The Giving Tree is SO much fun to buy for. I only hope this girl isn’t like 14, because she will not be impressed by the talking baby doll with a bazillion accessories.

  91. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:06 pm kbreints Says:

    serious? you mean my boyfriend is cheating on me?

    Love me some tutu’s… but husband won’t let me put one on Sam… boo.

  92. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Boo on him! Dave wouldn’t let me put one on Alex either. Damn him!

  93. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm SciFi Dad Says:

    That is an awesome story, Becky, but what about those of us who have to lick the laundry hamper seventeen times before opening a door? Won’t somebody think of us?

  94. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:19 pm Coco Says:



    You said lick.

    Heh. Heh heh. Heh.

  95. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:11 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Heh heh heh heh heh.

  96. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    *wrings hands*

  97. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm Evil Twin's Wife Says:

    My almost 4 yr old daughter loves the Beanie Babies that were passed down from her big brother. There are about 5 of them she totes around and calls them “my babies”. “My babies don’t like that.” “My babies need coats on.” etc. It’s so funny!

  98. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    That is probably the cutest thing ever. My puppy Auggie loves Beanie Babies (and, really, all stuffed animals) and whenever he gets a hold of them, he carries them around like they are his babies. Gingerly, he carries them by the scruff from room to room.

    Honestly, it’s adorable.

  99. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 pm Steph the WonderWorrier Says:

    Um. YEAH. So now I realllly want to get my puppy some beanie babies to see if she’ll do this too!

    Except I know she won’t. She’ll just eat the beanie babies, and something about that is just SO TRAGIC.

  100. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:25 pm Mama Cas Says:

    Your mother took away Christmas as a punishment? That absolutely takes my breath away. Really.

    I am constantly amazed at how cruel a person can be to their own child.

  101. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:11 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    My mother hated me for a long time. Long, long time.

  102. On December 2nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm Manda Says:

    I kind of want my kid to be a tomboy.

    I’ll take mudpies and baseball gloves over Bratz Dollz and Hannah Montana any day.

  103. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:11 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m afraid you just jinxed yourself, love.

  104. On December 3rd, 2009 at 9:42 am Coco Says:

    Yep. Aunt Becky’s right, Manda. I see a giant Barbie Dream House and many years of princess dresses in your future.

    Sorry, dude.

  105. On December 2nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm edenland Says:

    Ummmmm, Aunty Becky? Yeah, it’s about your daughter.

    Making me twitchy. The adorableness ….. I wavered dangerously close to wondering what having a baby girl is like. She is SO SO BEAUTIFUL. My goodness.

    Binky Spohr is gonna ROCK those shoes out.


  106. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:11 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Binky Spohr has SO MUCH STUFF that Auntie Becky is buying her that she is not going to KNOW what to do with it. I’m afraid Binky SPOHR is going to be the tomboy. Sorry, Heather.

  107. On December 2nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm kys Says:

    I’m so jealous that you have a girl who loves sparkles, dolls, and girly schizz. My ovaries are aching from looking at those pictures. Too cute!

  108. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:10 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I only hope that it continues once she has a real opinion. please please please please please please please let it continue.

  109. On December 2nd, 2009 at 8:31 pm A Vapid Blonde Says:

    I am more of a *lick the doorknob* kind of traditionalist as evidenced here

    Can I have the tutu…please? I really meant to put tutu on my card for the giving tree, but being 41 well you know I felt a little odd, also that is why I didn’t specify my age. I thought you might put the card back and pick someone else.

  110. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:09 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    You know what? I think you and I should make our OWN tutu’s and wear them proudly because they are SO COOL. Mimi owns TWO of them already because I love them so much. Also maybe, just maybe I am making up for my own childhood where my mom wanted me to be a tomboy so I never got a tutu.

  111. On December 2nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm Krissa Says:

    Oh, she is SO going to be a girly girl!

  112. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:08 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    please please please please please please please

  113. On December 2nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm Bj in Dallas Says:

    ok, this is my year to ‘soldier through’ a tough Christmas, divorcing and laid off with a 12 year old.
    And she is doing better than I am! I know too much pressure is put on this time of year, and I am doing it to myself, because we will be fine.

    on December 26th-

    you have a great blog, btw…

  114. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:08 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m sorry it’s going to be a hard Christmas for you this year. You guys will get through it and be better for it next year.


  115. On December 2nd, 2009 at 9:00 pm mumma boo Says:

    Ah, she’s a girl who knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. First it’s dolls and shoes, and then it’s bedazzled cell phones. 😉

  116. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    And THIS would be why she’s my daughter.

  117. On December 2nd, 2009 at 9:04 pm Lucy Cooper Says:

    I get so, so emotional at Christmas. I want to blog about it, but I’ll be sued for laptops ruined by projectile vomit.

    I love watching my niece carry her babies around. Never one to limit herself, she adores babies AND Lightning McQueen, equally.

  118. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Alex likes to poke out the babies eyes. So, actually, does Mimi. Which, uh, it’s a good thing that she’s our last, I guess.

  119. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 pm Andrea Says:

    Who’d a thought you had such a soft spot. Phucking amazing!

  120. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:26 pm Your Aunt Becky Says:


  121. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:06 pm Clair Jordan Says:

    For babies:

    For mammas

    None of you are going to look as cute as Mimi though – she is rocking that hat!!!!

  122. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:24 pm Leslee Says:

    I want the baby doll, too! I’m sure your giving tree chickie will love it. 🙂

  123. On December 2nd, 2009 at 10:50 pm Steph the WonderWorrier Says:

    That hat is the most adorable thing I have ever seen on a child EVER. Also: kudos for the awesome charity.

  124. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:47 pm Lola Says:

    So, the girl is cute and determined? You’re screwed when puberty hits 😉 I’ll take my hat in brown or gray, thank you very much. This bitch is way to pale to wear white on her head!

    I have to get out and find a Giving Tree this week. I always cry when I read what the kids want, and then I pick out the most expensive two I see, boy/girl, and put them in my purse. I figure they have the least chance of getting what they asked for, and it’s not like they’re being greedy. Sometimes, they’re just older kids, and a lot of people forget that they need something special on Christmas just as much as the wee ones do.

  125. On December 2nd, 2009 at 11:47 pm Lippy Says:

    So cute!!! We also do the giving tree thing at our school. We should be getting the info for our family any day now. Maddie is also super girly and I love it. She is still insisting on wearing dresses and sandals, no matter how cold it is in the morning.

  126. On December 3rd, 2009 at 12:11 am Kristin Says:

    I am so jealous of you and that damned PINK aisle. BTW, I owe you a pay it forward. Take some close up pics of the hat and I’ll see what I can do.

  127. On December 3rd, 2009 at 6:50 am Mwa Says:

    I’m SUCH a tomboy, and tried to make my son play with dolls – no luck. My daughter loves them, which makes me uncomfortable. My mother is very happy, though.

  128. On December 3rd, 2009 at 7:55 am Suzy Voices Says:

    I bought tutus for my Shibas, and was so jealous that I couldn’t have one! Mimi looks ADORABLE.

    And I just know your Giving Tree girl is going to love her doll. What a good soul you are.

  129. On December 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 am Dot Says:

    Already loves shoes, eh? And that hat, dahling, that hat! This was hilarious. I cracked up just at the title. We have a similar giving situation at work, and it is extremely sad to have the mother write down that the child needs underwear or socks. In our case, they write down 2 clothing choices and 2 toy choices, and we get them one of each. I’m big on bikes.

  130. On December 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 am Sheya Says:

    How do you get her to keep hats on??? Maya will NOT keep a hat on.

    Also your boys having dolls? Reminds me of that part in Free to Be You And Me. Alex wants a doll. I know you watched it. Hippie mother and all.

  131. On December 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 am mepsipax Says:

    Wonderful fucking post. It really spoke to me. I remember being the kid on the other side of it and it is not a pretty picture. However, people with the kind of helping spirit you gave helps makes those kid’s Christmas.
    You are a saint. And you make a pretty cute baby.

    I am usually bah humbug but the spirit is creeping in.

  132. On December 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 am Christina (Apron Strings) Says:

    That’s so good that you do that. I’ve really need to get on it-do something-I’ve really turned into a selfish materialistic asshole.
    Would you be mad at me if I say a little prayer to the universe that it not spit out that hat in your size? : )

  133. On December 3rd, 2009 at 11:17 am JennyMac Says:

    I love love love that you do the Giving Tree. And go overboard. Heart of gold.

    I am so sorry that you had Christmas taken away as a punishment. A version of this happened to someone close to our family too. Hard to imagine but I think the by-product is your generosity.

    Your babe is too adorable!

  134. On December 3rd, 2009 at 2:16 pm Gail Says:

    Becky, you know I love you bunches, but PLEASE don’t use the word “adopt” to refer to picking someone off a tree and buying them a gift. As an adoptive parent, I have a very hard time with the idea that doing something wonderful for someone you’ve never met is akin to adopting a child or a pet or anything else. Adoption is permanent.

    At our house, we “sponsor” a family for Christmas.

    Sorry to take over your comments section for my own personal crusade, but you know me – no boundaries.


  135. On December 3rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm Miss Grace Says:

    There are NO girls in my family. Well, now I have a little first cousin named Camille (another Mimi!), and she’s almost three and she has only boy cousins and older brothers and uncles and what not, so she’s positively tough and rough and tumble, only she puts tutus over her jeans and insists on gettin’ her nails did. SO. It’s sort of perfect.

    And Target is MY boyfriend!! He cheatin’ on me??

  136. On December 3rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm Kendra Says:

    That is so beautiful! The story, your daughter, the hat… I hope the Giving Tree girl loves that baby doll too. I’m sure she will.

  137. On December 3rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm Carrie @ Who Knew? Says:

    Anatomically correct baby dolls? Yikes.

    I want to smooch your little girl. She is sooooo cute with those huge brown eyes.

  138. On December 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm WebSavyMom Says:

    –>I’m sure your giving tree girl will love her baby doll and cherish it especially because there won’t be a lot of competition from other toys.

    Super cute hat to fit your adorable little girl.


  139. On December 5th, 2009 at 2:40 pm heather... Says:

    those shoes are tight. I need a pair in size 8.

  140. On January 6th, 2010 at 8:52 am Al_Pal Says:

    Awesome tutu & hat on your lovely girl, and OMG the shoes for Miss Binky! 😉

    Reading about giving trees makes me want to start doing that next year. I’m sorry I didn’t this year, when so many people were having such a hard time. I don’t have a lot of ‘disposable’ money, but I’m doing better than many.

    BTW, I have a tutu – well, a crinoline, really – and I LOVE it. It’s by Leg Avenue and I added a few [or more?] inches of elastic to the waist to make it comfortable. It. Is. Awesome. Highly recommended. 😛

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