Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"Just because my blog is quiet- doesn't mean our house is!"
How true it is. Lily and I are constantly on the go- doing something- going somewhere- having people over ; ) etc etc. It might be a week or so between posts- or maybe the stuff we're doing generally doesn't merit a whole blog post- but rest assured we are keeping busy- having lots of fun and relatively few meltdowns.
As you know Lily is starting to write a little and the other day she drew a whole group of people (heads, arms, legs, faces) that actually looked like people for the most part. So cute. I'll take a picture to post later. She is always changing and learning- but the changes at this age seem to be a little more subtle - they kind of sneak up on you - they may not be huge developmental milestones- but always something to be proud of.
Her favorite toys right now are the Polly Pockets from Christmas and the Thomas the Train sets. I'm constantly stepping on all the little pieces- fun! Though I will say her favorite toy changes from day to day and moment to moment. You never know what will be the most important thing to her at any particular time (did I mention she always keeps me on my toes??) She also loves getting into whatever craft project I am working on- cards, stamping or painting (mostly painting). But as most of you know art and crafts are in her blood so no one is really surprised she has a knack for artistry.
We haven't been outside too much lately but when we are she's learning to be a little more brave on climbing toys- though we still have a ways to go on this issue. She just seems to prefer her feet planted firmly on the ground which is OK with me. I never have to worry about her jumping off anything too high or climbing up the wrong way. So she's saving me a heart attack here and there.
My proudest moments recently are how well she has done with Auntie Joeleen and Uncle Dat and Auntie Briana too. They have been amazing babysitters this last month and a half- since Lily hasn't been going to her dad's house. She has done such a great job and it has allowed me to get a tiny bit of free time (huh, what is that???) I can't believe how big she is getting and the mommy guilt of leaving her over night was tough- but I know it is good for her in the long run- and me too. She's just not the little baby attached to my hip anymore : (
I can't believe it but she is already starting the "I hate school" bit. I'm not sure if she is just tired in the morning or if school is boring or what, but it seems like we have to go through it almost everyday. She says she just wants to stay home with me- and break my heart while you're at it why don't ya?- but we get tired of each other when we spend too long as each other's sole companions. Really. Of this I have to keep reminding her.
So onto a new year filled with new adventures-we are excited to see what amazingly fun and funny things we'll come up with to keep ourselves and our blog readers entertained. So long 2009!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
A special princess cape for Lily
Give me a princess face!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
She's been attempting the letters for awhile now and usually I guide her hand to write each letter but the other day I just reminded her what each letter looked like and she wrote it all by herself!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This morning we're sitting at the table eating breakfast and reading a story. I know the story of Skippyjon Jones and the Curse of the Cat Mummy basically by heart so as I read I was looking from the page to her.
Lily: Mommy- look at the page when you read!
Lily: Cause I'm eating the sugar off my oatmeal.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This picture really shows me how much she is growing up- her face is changing a lot- I think she is starting to look more like me...but much cuter! She kinda looks like Maddie too I think....
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
They loved this little playground and it was even more fun because it was really dark.
On Friday we brought out all of our Christmas Decorations and spent the day decorating. We needed a few things and actually braved Target- which didn't turn out to be so bad. Lily picked out a small sand filled toy- then decided at the last minute she wanted another Elephant instead. I put the little sand toy in the cart (without her seeing), thinking it would be a good one to put in her stocking. It was not meant to be however since the cashier (off all the things we got) couldn't get that one to scan. I was trying to distract Lily so she wouldn't see but it didn't work. She was super excited to get two toys that day! What luck! They were both only dollar or two each- but really- out of everything in the cart the one item I'm trying to be covert about is the one that won't scan. Sheesh. Anyway. Target wasn't too busy and we got what we needed. Now the countdown begins...
25 days until Christmas!
I hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving and I can't wait to see you all this Holiday Season!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Today, again, I was shaken to my very core with completely unexpected news. Once again I felt my insides completely ripped out- things I held as true- torn down. The rug was pulled out and I fell. I had failed at protecting the most important thing in my life.
But I didn't fall too far. I held out my hand and caught myself. I have surrounded myself with people who absolutely back me up 100%. I can trust them, I can trust their support. Family, friends, co-workers- there when I needed it the most. I got up. Myself. And I can do this. I can make it through- one day- one step at a time. I know I can.
I have spent the last five years healing and breaking and healing again. I'd never been sure how much progress I had really made. I've always worried- will it happen again? Could I go back to that dark place again and not be able to find my way back? Now I know. I have laid a strong foundation in my life. I have what I need to make it through the really tough days- or weeks- whatever it takes.
I guess that's growing up. I guess that's life.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Heard at our house:
I am certainly ready for a swim!
Mom! Only babies like Winnie the Pooh ( I almost cried when she said that.)
Mommy- you smell like Auntie Joeleen's house.
I'm wonderful at telling stories!
Floyd taking a swipe at the pumpkin I was about to cook.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I love how she really wants to get involved in stuff like this. As long as it isn't mud- she wants to get down and dirty. She loves trucks and cars and trains and playing with sticks. She picks up leaves and digs in the sand. She loves helping me mix when we cook and loves to put rice or flour or oatmeal in a pan for her to squish/mix/dig/run cars through. She wants to know how things work and never ceases to amaze me!
Don't ask me why she doesn't have any pants. To her, clothes are always optional (at home at least).
Saturday, November 7, 2009
My idea was to lightly stencil snowflakes randomly all over the paper- then use a snowflake stickeras a focal point on each panel (one large and two small). But when I finished the stenciling the snowflakes they seemed too contrastive (is that a word?). I tried to thin the paint but then the stenciling came out blurry. Then I had the idea of spraying some paint over the snowflakes. I used the spray top from Lily's hair detangler and some thinned out acrylic paint.
Here is the result. I think the paper came out amazing. I was very pleased with this spray experiment and I'll definitly use it again.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Last night we went a Harvest Festival at a local church. I saw their sign a couple weeks ago and thought a Harvest Festival would be a safe place to bring Lily since it probably wouldn't have too many scary Halloween things. Anyway....I was right!(haha) The Harvest Festival was great. As we walked in we got name tags. The greeter asked Lily her name and she said "Lily the Pooh." So cute.
There was popcorn, snocones, music and even a bouncy house. Upstairs they had tons of games to play. For each game played Lily earned a piece of candy and a ticket or two- depending on how many bags she tossed or froggies she leapfrogged etc etc. At the end there was a prize room where the kids could exchange their tickets for prizes.
After playing for awhile we had six tickets and Lily decided she wanted to go check out the prize room. She found a little frog there for three tickets...and then she saw it....for only ten tickets she could get a brand new My Little Pony.
With new determination we set out to conquer a few more games. Now, for this girl waiting in line is like pulling her teeth and the anxiety of earning enough tickets fast enough to go back and get the pony was bringing her dangerously close to meltdown stage.
As luck would have it though she threw two purples in the Egg Bounce game and shot down 4 cups in the Nerf Pumpkin Shoot. We had ten tickets, and after a quick stop to play one last game of bean bag toss, we raced out of the Game Room back to the Prize Room.
In my head I'm thinking worst case scenario- someone already picked it- it will be gone- she'll pick something else, right? Oh no. What actually happened was much more cruel indeed (but don't worry there is a happy ending). We race into the room and literally one second before Lily can reach her little hand out to grab her beloved prize (oh, did I mention there was only one pony???) another little girl picked it right up. Lily's face dropped from complete victory and exhilaration to absolute tragedy in less than two seconds. Complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth. For real.
But, as I said, this story has a happy ending. It turns out the little girl didn't have any tickets to spend yet or maybe didn't have enough- she didn't seem too phased by her dad's "no". I swear we didn't yank the pony out of her hand (seriously). She put the pony down and wandered off. Then, as quickly as I could get Lily to be quiet and see- Triumph! She got her prize. Oh the joy- complete happiness!
I was proud of her. Absolutely shocked by her luck, but still proud. My little Lily the Pooh.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Lily: Are you going to get old? Who's going to bury you?
Lily: Hey Mom- there's those dolls you don't like! (Referring to Bratz Dolls)
Lily: Mommy I'm having bad dreams. Can you sing to me? My dreams are scared of your singing.