You’ll Never Guess What Gabby Wants to Name Her Little Brother

hoho_kai-lan_smYou’ll never guess what Gabby wants to name her little brother.

The other night, we were having dinner. April was over because Kenn was out of town on business. Amber and I had just returned home from our doctors visit where we found out the sex of the baby.

We all gathered around the table, eating and catching up on each others day. Mostly talking about the experience of finding out we are having a little baby boy soon… very soon.

The conversation bounced around from topic to topic. Trucks and footballs instead of teddy bears and Barbies. That kinda thing.
Then we got on the topic of names. And before you come up with your own name, you have to hear what Gabrielle wants to name her little brother.

We asked her, “Gabby, what would you like to name your little brother when he gets here?”

Very quickly she spat out, “Patrick”.

We all looked at each other in what can only be described as amazement. This child is truly brilliant.

I mean, not only did she choose an Irish name to complement the last name McKinney, but she also pulled a name from out of her…well…hat.  It’s not a name that’s been in our family or anything and barring St. Patrick’s Day I’m not so sure she’s ever heard it before.

Then I asked her, “That’s a good name. Are there any other names you like?” Thinking I didn’t want to be glued to Patrick without an alternative or two.

“Sure. Sponge Bob.” She said.
That’s when it hit me. For those of you that have had to bare an episode or two of Sponge Bob Square Pants, you know that Sponge Bob’s best friend is Patrick.

Too Funny. She didn’t stop there either. She ended up with Kai Lan’s sidekick HO-HO. Kai Lan’s a cartoon teaching Chinese on the same premise as Dora The Explorer does for Spanish. Ho-Ho is a little white-faced monkey.

It has already begun to stick. There are little monkeys showing up everywhere. The proposed décor, little outfits, and now in the name… well nickname anyway.

Before any of you get your feathers ruffled, we are NOT naming the boy Ho-Ho. We have narrowed it down to a couple.

We’ll publish that in a week or so after everyone has had time to make a suggestion or two.  AND NO, it will NOT be Ho-Ho (although it is catchy).

We figured we better name this baby soon before Gabby sees an episode of Ren & Stimpy.


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LIBRARY CARD – What Does Sliced Bread Have on This?

My First Library Book and Card!What does Sliced  Bread have on going to the Library and getting your own library card when you’re 3? NOT ONE THING.

Gabby absolutley had a blast.  The look on her face when the Librarian asked her if she wanted to take some books home was priceless.  She still cannot believe that they let us take them out.  And when the Librarian asked her if she wanted her very own library card, oh my…

It was as close as you can get to Christmas to her.  Her disbelief about the “taking books” is still just amazing to me.  Come to think of it, it was pretty amazing the things you can check out at the library now.

  • Audio Books
  • Books
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Electronic Media
  • Films
  • Ok I have nothing for “G”

You get the picture.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that our little bookworm sees the library as necessary as the grocery store now.

Thanks for all of your encouragement.

We Want To Know What YOU Think…
Scroll to the bottom of this post and “leave a reply” of your favorite childhood book.  Gabby will check it out the next time we go to the library.

And yes…

It is ok to judge a book by it’s cover.  Especially when you are 3!

Gabby’s First Books She Checked Out

  1. The Hannuka Moon
  2. Hooray For Today
  3. A Butterflies Life
  4. The Blizzard
  5. Optomothimus

Until then…

Ryan McKinney

P.S.  Don’t LOSE your library card or you’ll have to teach your kids what Gabby learned the other day.  Daddies that lose library cards have to pay $2 to get a replacement. I’ll never forget her shaking her finger at me 😉

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