Vivi-isms: Part 2

So that's how it's going to be, Wednesday. Challenge accepted. ????

When Vivi isn’t meowing at me (her preferred form of communication over the last several months) she has squeaked out a few Vivi-isms.

“My favorite shape is a heart. Daddy’s favorite shape is a square, LIKE HIS HEAD.”

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This:

Try. Just try to pick one thing about this photo. (Taken last weekend by @justshireen) #PartyHardVivi

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“My nickname is Sticks, you can call me Sticks.”

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“Dad? Why do you have lady legs?”

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This:

This won't be the last time, either.

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*Playing in her room, stands up, walks over to the cat, squats in his face and farts on him*

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“Santa puts his hat on and hos, hos, hos, errywhere!”

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“I’m going to go play with bodies (Barbies), in the body (Barbie) house.”

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This:

batman and rainbow dash

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*Upon replacing her beloved fruit snacks with dried fruit nuggets*
“Vivi, do you want one of your new fruit snacks?”
“No, I’d rather have tomatoes.”

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*Getting ready to leave for Click Retreat*
“Why can’t I go on your boatcation?”
“Because this boatcation is only for grownups.”
“But you got to go on my boatcation. I let dad come too.”

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“Vivi! When’s your birthday?”
“May the fourth be with you.”

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*Cody catches Wink in a game of tag*
“Vivi! I caught a cat! What should we do with it?!”
“KILL IT.”

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*Vivi coming out of the bathroom*
“Everything go okay in there, Vivi?”
*Holds up her hand and uses it as a puppet*
Hand puppet: “NAILED IT.”

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"SHHH! I'M DOING MY NERDS!" (Translation: Vivi is calming her nerves.) ????????

“SHHH! I’M DOING MY NERDS!” (Translation: “I’m calming my nerves.”)

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Vivi: “We don’t go to outer space anymore.”
Cody: “Why not?”
Vivi: “Because we don’t have any helmets.”

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The Importance Of Writing Down Your Love (sponsored by Hallmark)

I’ve paid $6 to park my car for an hour. I’ve paid $6 to get on an airplane faster. I’ve paid $6 for a substandard burrito and I’ve even paid $6 for a bottle of water. As I look around my house there are very few things still around that I paid $6 for, because while $6 may seem like a lot for some things, $6 will rarely buy you quality or permanence.

I have amassed a collection of Post-It notes from Cody, every once in a while he’ll paper the house with them while I’m asleep. They don’t say anything particularly profound, but I keep every last one, and tuck them away where I can hold them, see his handwriting and know that for however many minutes he was thinking about me and what I’d be doing in a day to find his little notes.

Love Notes and Valentines
Cody isn’t quite as sentimental, but for the last four years he has left a Valentine’s card from me hanging on the fridge. Perhaps it’s because he would have felt guilty throwing away a $6 piece of paper or perhaps he agrees it’s the most accurate card in the world. Whatever the reason, the card has stayed on the side of the fridge where we can both see it. Even when things got really hard last Valentine’s, the card stayed. Even as more and more artwork came home from school, the card stayed.

As far as I’m concerned the card isn’t going anywhere and it will be a centerpiece at our 50th wedding anniversary.

He’s spent money on flowers, I’ve spent money on candy, we’ve both spent money on fancy Valentine’s dinners but none of those things can be hung on the fridge or held in your hand three years later. Suddenly six dollars doesn’t seem like so much money, does it?

There is a line at the end of The Fault In Our Stars that reads “While she was not loved widely, she was loved deeply.” I am loved deeply, I always have been but I have always fought back against Cody’s love because I never truly felt as though I deserved it.

I thought I was in love when I met him, I thought I was in love on our wedding day, I even thought I was in love when I gave him this card four years ago—and I was in love, but it was always guarded. For the last several months I have been all in, it’s scary and thrilling and quite possibly the best feeling in the entire world. I know why we made it through last year, and it is because Cody never, ever gave up on me. Not even for a second. He knew that the girl who was so excited to give him a glittery $6 ketchup card was somewhere inside and he fought like hell to get her back.

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With text messages and email being commonplace now, it’s rare that we have simple, tangible, evidence of sentimentality anymore. If all the computers and phones went away, what words would your loved ones have to literally hold on to? My kids aren’t going to have access to my flirty text messages with their dad in 30 years, but they will someday find a box filled with little love notes, cards and sticky notes between their mom and dad. Greeting cards and love letters, as archaic and outdated as they may seem, still have a very important part in our history as humans. Don’t let them die out in your own relationship because $6 seems like too much money for a piece of paper at the time.

How will you #PutYourHeartToPaper this year?

A special thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post.