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17 January, 2006 at 10:40 am by belgianwaffle

When the
Princess speaks English, she sounds like a little Belgian. Aside from the mistaken direct translations (e.g.
“I’m there” for “I’m here” and “I’m coming” for “I can do it”) her accent is
very odd. She pronounces there “theyRE”,
here is “he RE” and chair is “chayRE”. I
am baffled, it’s not like she’s ever heard anyone say “chay RE” and she obviously
has no idea how they’re spelt.
She also laughs at my French pronounciation. Her class is called
“accueil” and that combination of vowels is very hard for the non-
French speaker. She now ambushes me saying say “écureuil, œil, feuille” Mummy. Oh very funny.
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15 January, 2006 at 1:06 pm by belgianwaffle

pain quotidien (post mass treat) and no mass.”

I don’t know why she objects, it’s far from the dull experience I had
when I was her age. We check out the confessionals at the back of
the church and look at all the statues “Look, Mummy, baby Jesus.
Oh Mummy, another baby Jesus”. You get the picture.
Incidentally, I am having some difficulty explaining the role of
Joseph in the holy family, for the meanwhile he has been described as
Jesus’s Daddy which may yet get me excommunicated.

Looking at the pieta which features a rather grisly looking Jesus we had the following exchange.
Her: Oh Mummy, poor sick Jesus.
Me: Yes dear.
Her: And his Mummy Mary is sad.
Me: Yes she is, poor Mary.
Her: As sad as Cinderella?
Me: Possibly even sadder.
Her: We give her a biscuit to make it better.
Me: She is so sad that even a biscuit may not make it better.

Comments

kristin

(Homepage)

on 15 January 2006 at 16:31

Good for the Princess, tackling the tough topics. My little one is terrified of the priests, which makes eucharist very complicated. last time, as the wizened hand reached forward to bless her, she backed up, stepped off the kneeling bit at the altar rail and fell smack on her diapered bottom. Oh, the screams. Mommy didn’t take communion that day, she was busy rushing the screaming devil-child away from the source of righteousness.

NorahSplog

on 15 January 2006 at 19:16

Ahh biscuits. Is there anything they can’t do? 1
Sweetie(s) given

kristin

(Homepage)

on 15 January 2006 at 20:03

Good for the Princess, tackling the tough topics. My little one is terrified of the priests, which makes eucharist very complicated. last time, as the wizened hand reached forward to bless her, she backed up, stepped off the kneeling bit at the altar rail and fell smack on her diapered bottom. Oh, the screams. Mommy didn’t take communion that day, she was busy rushing the screaming devil-child away from the source of righteousness.

kristin

(Homepage)

on 15 January 2006 at 20:04

sorry for double post. computer burped.

Friar Tuck

on 16 January 2006 at 16:10

If it’s such a pain, why does Princess like it so much?
(Sorry. Now I know why you want me out of your blog.)

poggle

on 16 January 2006 at 17:50

I’m sure the baboon would agree with her on the biscuits fixing anything principle … 0
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belgianwaffle

on 19 January 2006 at 12:06

Pog, Norah, ahh biscuits. Thanks for the sweetie N.
FT, get your own blog.
Kristin, no problem at all, made me feel very popular.
Thks Sez. 0
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11 January, 2006 at 2:47 pm by belgianwaffle

The
Princess is obsessed with Cinderella. We
have seen the pantomime, the puppet show, the film and we are in possession of
a number of variations of the book.

Last night
Mr. Waffle put her to bed and he told me that she did her latest trick inspired
by the magic of the fairy godmother.
“Phtum” she said waving an imaginary wand “you are Princess and I am
Daddy.” “What did you do?” I asked. “What do you think I did?” he said “I lay on
her bed while she sat in the chair beside me and told me the story of
Cinderella.

Comments

Diva

on 11 January 2006 at 17:04

Excellent! LOL 0
Sweetie(s) given

Friar Tuck

on 12 January 2006 at 04:18

Come on, admit it. You’re telling us these cute stories about Princess to convince us that we absolutely, positively must have an opportunity to babysit her. You’ve got me convinced.

belgianwaffle

on 12 January 2006 at 09:53

Mike, that’s brought back dreadful memories.
Ta Diva.
FT, you may live to regret this offer. 0
Sweetie(s) given

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9 January, 2006 at 10:12 am by belgianwaffle

The boys
were christened. Rejoice. Mr. Waffle got two blankets from Marks and
Spencer to serve as spotless garments. By
the time we got to the church, one of them had been trailed in the mud. Alas.
The boys were very virtuous and slept and were therefore left in the
hall. In fact the poor mites spent a lot
of Christmas sleeping in halls.

As promised
earlier, please admire photograph of me breastfeeding twins and maintaining a
semblance of decency. Yes, I know you
were all desperate to see that.

The Princess
eats eggs. My parents-in-law are the
proud possessors of one egg cup. One day it went missing. My mother-in-law said “don’t worry, you know
what makes a great egg cup? A toilet
roll”. She scurried off to the bathroom
to get a roll of toilet paper. I said
defiantly “I am not feeding my daughter an egg from a roll of toilet paper”. “But
it’s a fresh roll” she said. The
Princess started to wail. I conceded
defeat and gave her the egg from the roll of toilet paper. It works perfectly. I said to my mother-in-law “I’m almost afraid
to ask but how do you know this?”. “Well”
she said “when I was an airhostess in the 60s and we went to New York overnight, you would get a breakfast
allowance. We wanted to save the money,
so we would buy eggs and boil them in the hotel kettle and eat them from the roll
of toilet paper.” That woman is
determined to ruin my vision of the glamour of the glory days of aviation.

Comments

jackdalton

on 09 January 2006 at 11:13

All of life is, in a sense, about one of two blankets trailing in the mud.
😉
Lovely pics: I particularly like the one where Cha is sleeping among the wine bottles… 0
Sweetie(s) given

Friar Tuck

on 09 January 2006 at 16:07

After drinking all that wine, it is no wonder that they were snockered!
Great pics though. Your breastfeeding pic is even decent enough to be shown in America. It was surely a disappointment to the NSA folks, who, I am sure, have set a filter to find all references to ‘breastfeeding’ passing through the air.
Ha ha. Just kidding. I’m sure they are only looking for terrorists. No, really. I love America. I love G.W. Bush. Please don’t arrest me.

Diva

on 09 January 2006 at 16:49

Wow, haven’t they grown! They look smashing :o) 0
Sweetie(s) given

Lilo

on 10 January 2006 at 21:16

So THATs how you breastfeed two – I’ve always wondered – they’re very accommodating little chaps aren’t they? 0
Sweetie(s) given

belgianwaffle

on 11 January 2006 at 10:03

Lilo, yup, they are what is known as “good babies”.
Thanks Diva.
Friar Tuck, where have you gone? Why are you wearing an orange jump suit?
JD, profound.
Ta Norah. 0
Sweetie(s) given

dmts

on 11 January 2006 at 20:15

I love Friar Tuck. Perhaps this is the wrong thing to be saying about a man of the cloth and all that jazz and I may be going straight to hell, but I shall quote him come the day of being judged…. 0
Sweetie(s) given

ali

(Homepage)

on 12 January 2006 at 01:54

you definitely are a wonderwoman! i have enough trouble breastfeeding one!!!!

belgianwaffle

on 12 January 2006 at 09:52

HJB, quite. I think he should start his own blog..
Ali, forget breast feeding, am deeply indebted to you for the info that Angelina Jolie is pregnant. 0
Sweetie(s) given

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21 December, 2005 at 3:18 pm by belgianwaffle

The other night the boys both slept at the same time. Mr. Waffle arrived downstairs and announced to me “our gums are silent”.

Comments

UndercoverCookie

on 22 December 2005 at 10:53

haha, that is great. does he blog? 0
Sweetie(s) given

belgianwaffle

on 09 January 2006 at 10:20

Pog, mmm…UC, nah, he relies on me to transmit his bons mots. 0
Sweetie(s) given

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16 December, 2005 at 11:23 am by belgianwaffle

Dec 15

Cavan Crash ~ Interview Sgt Jim Greene

He is warning motorists
to exercise extreme caution if driving in Co Cavan near Ballinea where more than 5,000 chickens escaped from a lorry following an accident. The chickens have begun to lay eggs.

Comments

Friar Tuck

on 17 December 2005 at 03:03

Sounds eggstremely dangerous.

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16 December, 2005 at 11:20 am by belgianwaffle

“Unbelievable
as it may now sound, that keyboard layout [QWERTY] was designed in 1873 as a
feat of anti-engineering. It employs a
whole series of perverse tricks designed to force typists to type as slowly as
possible, such as scattering the commonest letters over all keyboard rows and
concentrating them on the left side (where right-handed people have to use
their weaker hand). The reason behind
all of those seemingly counterproductive features is that the typewriters of
1873 jammed if adjacent keys were struck in quick succession, so that manufacturers
had to slow down typists. When
improvement in typewriters eliminated the problem of jamming, trials in 1932
with an efficiently laid-out keyboard showed that it would let us double our
typing speed and reduce our typing effort by 95 percent. But QWERTY keyboards were solidly entrenched
by then. The vested interests of
hundreds of millions of QWERTY typists, typing teachers, typewriter and
computer salespeople, and manufacturers have crushed all moves toward keyboard
efficiency for over 60 years.”

Comments

Friar Tuck

on 16 December 2005 at 18:36

At one time, you could buy Dvorak computer keyboards, which arranged the keys in the (supposedly) most efficient layout. I have not seen them advertised in ages, however.

beachhutman

on 16 December 2005 at 19:49

Of such absurdities are our worlds constructed. Of course the French decided to use the AZERTY layout, which is actually no better at all for typing French, but makes the point that at least it is NOT ENGLISH, which is the main thing for the Anglophobe French. “Ordinateur Individuelle” forsooth! 0
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Maitresse

(Homepage)

on 03 January 2006 at 18:54

Ha! I remember hearing something like that once. In my world, I have typed so much that I’ve rubbed all the letters off the keyboard of my iBook G4 since I got it in February 2004, so I no longer can tell where the letters actually are… I have to rely on the memory in my fingertips. One day I’ll get around to fixing it but for now it looks kind of cool to have a computer with a mostly blank keyboard!

belgianwaffle

on 09 January 2006 at 10:24

Very cool! 0
Sweetie(s) given

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