Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mr. Puffer

After a 4 month absence, he's back. All of us-- especially Lily-- were really hoping that we wouldn't need him again. To say that she's not a fan is a massive understatement.

But after a major wheezing episode this week--so terribly scary--it looks like he's here to stay.

I've been thinking a lot this week about how lucky we are to have a baby who, for the most part, is very healthy. I cannot even imagine what it must be like for parents whose children have extreme illnesses. For me, this is more than enough. My heart has been aching watching her in such misery and I worry about how it will affect her in the future.

Knowing that this is something we'll have to do with her at least once, we've been cheering her on for doing it herself. She's such a tough kid.

Hopefully we'll see the return of our usual smiley, spunky girl by the start of the new week. In the meantime, we're holding her close and reminding her often of how much she's loved.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Water Baby

We made a fun discovery last week on our usual trip to storytime at the library (we STILL have Mr. Cookie Baker)--- our teeny tiny town has its very own splash park.

Well, the park was a major hit with Lily.

She did a little snack/play multi-tasking





and, of course, the classic "human drain plug."





Now even though she knew it was going to happen,






that pouty lip came right out when the water drenched her hair...






and she was sooooooo outta there.





Luckily, a couple of our favorite buddies showed up and changed her mind.






By the end of our time there, she had completely trained her doggie




to sit, stay AND clog the drain.



A pretty good day out here in the sticks. :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Art Cat


I think Lil has found her artistic muse in Mimi. The two of them spent at least an hour fully engrossed in this self portrait project. It was serious business and I got an insane amount of cleaning done in my kitchen. Awesome stuff.


Half-way through, I asked Lily what it was that she was working on. Mimi yawned. Lily stared right at me with a pitied look on her face and said very importantly "BODY, Mama." Duh.

There were a couple of fits had when I reminded her that markers are not for eating. That seems to be an ongoing part of the whole artmaking process.

And finally, Lily announced that she had sticky hands and they decided that it was done.

This beauty now hangs on the wall leading to Lily's room:

She passes it and says "hi body!" I pass it and marvel at what a big girl she's becoming.

One day, she'll probably look at it and wonder how she was ever so little. How Mimi was ever so little. How she didn't know that she was supposed to stay inside the lines. How her hands and feet seem a little bit too squiggly.

I'll look at it and I'll miss this time. Her cute, almost gone now baby chub. I'll miss hearing "Mommy, kissies!" Having her sit in my lap and ask to cuddle-- "peas, mama." Watching her rub her eyes and toes with Mr. Blanks McGee. Hearing her call out for me like I've been gone forever when I've just left the room. Watching her lay down the floor next to her "cute" kitty, saying "oooh, looooovey." The joy that comes with coloring outside of the lines. Those excited, spazzy squeals she makes when we do family hugs.

In her sweet little 21-month self portrait I'll see a masterpiece created by my squirmy, moody, tickly, wonderful baby girl and her little black cat. And I'll cherish it.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Castle?


We're hearing this a lot. And by a lot, I mean at least 3 thousand times a day. Mike and I made a countdown calendar a few weeks ago since we're all really excited about our upcoming trip to Disney World but we've created a bit of a monster. Princesses--- especially "Off White" are all the rage in our house right now and she's been just a little bit Mickey obsessed since our birthday trip to Disneyland with my mom last year.
I have a feeling that it's going to feel like a very looooooooong 3 hours on that flight to Orlando. We're so excited, though. I can't wait to watch her take it all in.


We've had a busy couple of weeks around here...

Lily's Nana and Grandpa were here for a quick visit (notice the current signature cheese/silly face. We have no idea where this one came from but it cracks us up!).

They were a huge help in getting us to start fixing up our backyard and Lily was sooooo happy to see them. It was such a fun weekend.

Even though our parents live so far away from us, all of them do such a fantastic job in being a part of Lily's life. We love that and are so, so thankful.

It was so unbelievably hot and they ended up digging 8 gigantic holes. 8! I don't know how they did it but I'm thrilled. Lily was very helpful in throwing rocks and dirt back into the holes that Daddy and Grandpa worked so hard to dig. :) It'll be fun to watch our baby stick trees grow up along with our baby.
The potty has made its big debut in our living room. I really want to know who decided to make the toilet ring removable... kids like mine look at that and see its potential as a fabulous accessory. We've decided that we'll put off training for a few more months.
Lots of helping happening around here too. I blame much of this on the big girl stool. I picked it up at Ikea a few months ago and she fell in love with it immediately.... so, so happy to be able to get right up to our level and help out when needed. The only problem: she can't get down on her own. Well, she can, but she won't. So, we alternate between helpful and helpless moments quite a bit. Usually when she finishes whatever she's doing up there, we'll hear "heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp" or "I stuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!"

Because of all of this, the local library may never get back their copy of "Mr. Cookie Baker." She asks to bake every day.
I have the sneaking suspiscion it's not about the baking, though. Check out my little taste tester.
It's been a good summer.


However; Fall.... if you're out there..... it's okay to show your face. I've had my fill of the steamy Texas summer experience and am ready to bust out my pumpkins!



Bring on the castle.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Daddy's Biggest Fear

One look at these pictures and I literally watched the color drain from Mike's face.

Lily's beloved "Apbop." Such buddies.

They get so excited when they see each other-- ear piercing squeals!--and lately have found true entertainment in screeching matches. So funny. I have a feeling that in a few years they'll be begging us to put these pictures away. Sorry kiddos, but I've got news for you: NEVER! They have a permanent place in my Teenage Torture File. :)


Jacob's sister, Jessi, has pretty much the same effect on Lily. She ADORES her. Seriously. You ask Lily what her name is and she'll answer "Jessi." Or Kate... but that's a whole other post.























We're just so thankful to Jessi for being so sweet and patient with Lily-- even though they're over 4 years apart. She's just a great kid and they have a ball together. Jessi and her sweet sister do a lot of giggling about the kissing that goes on between Lily and Jacob. Last week, I heard them egging them on-- "don't be shy, just do it!" Mike would have died. LOL!

Really, though.... toddler love.... does it get any sweeter?