Monday, November 15, 2010


Anna has a new favorite adjective. It is splooky. This is the latest in a long string of made up words and mispronunciations like, kerrible (rhymes with terrible), boobiebobbie, yeshi, peetypete, tumma (meaning tummy), etc. They are her go-to words when she needs a word but doesn't know the right one.

We've always enjoyed her nonsense words and trying to divine their meaning, but we've really embraced splooky. It's fun to say, can mean anything, and is often used onomatopoeically. Here are a few things Anna has described as splooky:
  • Levi's spit up
  • Food on her hands
  • Water used for painting with water colors
  • How her stomach feels
  • Being slippery and soapy in the bath
  • When she can't do something (like do a button, or put a difficult toy together)
  • Dirty diapers
  • Pebbles at the shore of Walden Pond
It's so much fun to have a peek into that little creative brain of hers. She's feeling better from a week-long, whine-inducing illness and was all sunshine and singing and hugs and helpfulness today. We just laughed ourselves silly the whole day and it made me glad to be a mom, even during the splooky times.


Mrs. G said...

I love the concept of being able to make up a word to fill the gap-how do I get license to do that for Sr. moments when I can't think of the word I need? Maybe you should continue to publish Anna's list. Sounds like the beginning of a great children's book. I love the picture of Sam reading to them. Were you at the real Walden pond?

Keriann said...

Kids can be so much fun! I love that she has words she can fall back on when she is unsure of what word to use.

Jon has been trying to get a hold of you guys. He is going to be in the Boston area next month and would like to stop by and visit.

Anonymous said...

Yet another reason to love Anna! : ) : )
Thank you for sharing all of your stories and photos!! I re-read/ re-look at them just for fun.

PS Jeff thinks you are a wonderful writer, and I agree.

Ben, Amy, Isabelle & Olivia said...

LOVE this post Heather! It was very...Spookly! Anna is too funny! And Levi looks just like Sam in that picture!

Rebecca Holt Stay said...

Yes, it's the real Walden Pond.The town of Acton - where Cosbys live - is next door to Concord, where Thoreau and Hawthorne and the Alcotts all lived. Great place to visit, from Sleepy Hollow to the Battle Road from the North Bridge to Lexington Green.