Last weekend my sister Hillary and 4-year-old niece Emily came down from Virginia for a weekend visit. We had lots and lots of fun and a great visit. Friday night we enjoyed dinner together (chicken biscuit stew and apple pie) and just getting caught up. Emily and "Uncle Marko Marko" romped and we all played Disney Memory and read Frog, Where Are You? -- one of our favorite books. Saturday was busy: lunch at Chick-Fil-A, buying new tennis shoes for Emily so she could run around safely, a trip to the park and Discovery Place, and finally dinner out at a Mexican restaurant with Caleb and Leslie (lots of talk of wedding plans). Sunday we went to church, had lunch at home, and Emily and I got to hang out while Mark and Hillary took naps. She also got to take a long nature walk with Uncle Mark while Hillary and I enjoyed an uninterrupted chat. We ended the weekend with a trip to Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream.
So, I was thinking about the weekend and how I get the biggest kick out of hearing Emily say "snickerdoodle," which is our little code word to get Mark to freeze and unfreeze when we play tag. She can't say her R sounds yet, and it is the cutest thing. I decided to somehow incorporate "snickerdoodle" into my new blog name, and Allison suggested "the crab" in honor of all the times I or my loved ones are cranky (never, of course. Ha.) Cute, not as generic, hopefully memorable when I start participating in the many many carnivals floating around in the world of blogs. And, the name was not yet taken on Blogger. It was meant to be, and so here I am.