Archive | September 2013

The birthday club

Lucy has been a party animal lately! We are going on 4 weekends in a row of 1- or 2-year-old birthday parties. I never realized how this would become a part of our parenting existence as Lucy gets older and makes friends. She is having a ball, though!

Here are a few shots from Ethan’s party yesterday, her buddy at school. First off, she loved seeing her friends outside of the classroom! Here she is with Ethan, Miles, and Presley at a water table at the party. I soooo wish I could find one of these at a garage sale. She loved it!

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She moved on to the sand boxes with Presley after a bit and worked on building “castle” making it “flat.”

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And on to the swings…

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And finally, the big winner, the blowup baby pool/slide combo. They were cracking each other up in there. Such cute buddies.

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When we got home, Lucy was wiped! She has a hard time anyway when I have to cook dinner and can’t give her my full attention (the end of the day has always been a struggle for her in this way), so I tried making her a “special spot” right at my feet. It worked! The pictures are a little sad because she looks so worn out, but it was a major accomplishment for me! Getting through cooking dinner without a huge meltdown or her clinging to my leg the whole time…winning.

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Happy weekend! These are times to be treasured!

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Rainforest Cafe

Want to traumatize your toddler? Take them to Rainforest Cafe! My mom and I thought it would be fun to take Lucy to the restaurant known for its safari theme, wild animals, and huge aquariums. No one told me the animals “come alive” every 10 minutes and there is a “thunderstorm” every 30
min! Here’s how my poor sensitive girl spent most of dinner:

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And she handled it better than some. Throughout dinner we could hear littles wailing in fear. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a cool place…When you’re 7, maybe?! A disclaimer would have been helpful! Oh well. Lucy is “tough” (she told me that earlier in the day). 🙂 She did enjoy watching the fish with Oma (who currently has a broken foot!):

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And the frog crown she got was pretty cool:

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She just didn’t like this guy as our tablemate, regardless of how much I tried to assure her he was friendly.

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Needless to say, although my girl was simply pitiful at dinner, it meant I got a good hour of nonstop cuddling! That’s not a bad gig for mama!

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Late Summer Late Night

We kept Lucy up late tonight. We didn’t plan on it. But it was such a perfect night – cool, breezy, dry. How do you tell your little girl that it’s bedtime when she is running full bore through the grass, laughing and yelling, “I’m gonna get you!”? And we just had to walk to get ice cream. How can you say no to that? I really couldn’t ask for anything more. My 3 loves with me, eating ice cream. So thankful. 🙂

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The Toddler Class

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It’s week 3 of the toddler class and Lucy is having a ball! We were very concerned about having her move up over the summer, as there were lots of staff changes happening at Lucy’s school and we were worried about classroom management. Again, behavior analyst mommy here…I’m ALWAYS going to be worried about classroom management. What if Lucy picks up bad behaviors? What if she is the one teaching others bad behaviors? I can’t help but think about this. It’s my job! I digress. Despite my fears (and my putting us on the wait list at another daycare…just in case), Lucy is doing swimmingly. She can’t wait to go see all of her friends each day and she is learning a ton! Her language is exploding. This week, she started saying full sentences. What once was “water water water water” has become, “I need water please.” She’s labeling everything and everything is exciting. “Big buildings! Big truck!” “That’s mommy’s cup. That’s daddy’s shoes.” It is really amazing seeing her make these connections. For example, one of her favorite books is Little Pink Pup, where the runt of a litter of piglets is adopted by a dachshund mama. In the story, one of the pages says “Pink’s brother and sister piglets had grown sooo big!” Well, we were driving through the city the other day and I said, “oh those buildings are so big!” Lucy said “so big! Like Little Pink Pup!” I wanted to pull over and kiss her. You are one bright little Christmas light, Lucy girl! Keep it up!

I can’t believe how much she is blossoming. And most importantly, she’s happy. Today when I picked her up, one of the little boys was crying. Her teacher yelled, “Let’s cheer him up! Group hug!” And every little toddler went running over to hug their friend who had fallen down. They were all hugging him and giggling until he was laughing, too. I gotta say, it made me a little teary-eyed. A toddler group hug will do that to you.

At home, Lucy has started to actually tell me about her day. Me: what did you do at school today, Luc? L: “sign language. Puzzles. Trains. Color with Becca.” Ok then! That sounds like a great day, girlfriend! We also get a report home each day (this is standard daycare business I realize – but boy do I love seeing how her day went!). It looks like this:

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They also do a ton of art in there. tye-dye, painting, coloring, etc. Lu loves it all. The other day they read Where the Wild Things Are and made little crowns. Lucy was SO proud of hers. Keep on keeping on in your new class, my little “queen of the wild things.” I’m so glad you like it! I love you!

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Labor Day 2013

Lucy and I traveled north to be with my family this weekend in Ohio. We had a great time! Whit wanted to join us but he was down on the opposite end of the country, playing in Texas. We missed you, Whit! Here are some shots depicting our great weekend!

Yesterday we went to see Papa (my dad) play at Heritage Days Festival in Piqua, OH. Nothing gets Lucy grooving like some great bluegrass! Here she is, shaking her thing with Grammie.

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Although she loved the show, she was NOT happy when I got up to sing with the band! While trying to enjoy singing with the Muleskinners, I could really only hear Lucy’s screams for “mommy!!!!” drowning out the background vocals. Haha! Grammie helped by getting her a soft pretzel. Suddenly, she didn’t miss me anymore!

After the show Lu and Papa split some corn on the cob.

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We then met up with Aunt Sara (who drove in from Chicago via Ann Arbor!), Uncle Joel, Mama, Aunt Jane, and Uncle John. I should be inserting a pic here of all of us together, but I’m kicking myself because I forgot to take one! Doh!

This morning Aunt Sara, Grammie, Papa, Lucy, and I went to the New Boston Fair. This is by far one of the coolest festivals ever. Everyone there is fully committed to colonial dress, blacksmithing, music, crafts, basketweaving, furniture-making, and COOKING. The food is the bomb. Seriously. You basically just eat your way through. Lucy took down some ham on a biscuit, green beans, an entire bowl of raspberries in heavy cream, and a ginger cake. Go, girl!!

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Here she is with Grammie and Papa, enjoying a little serenade. She was quite enthralled with all the music.

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And after all that eating and dancing, Lucy had one of the best naps of her life. She didn’t even make it to the crib.

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To top off the weekend, we are spending tonight with Oma (my mom) and Opa (my stepdad) at their lovely house. We just had dinner outside and made s’mores. Lucy is ALL about some s’mores. And a pool noodle.

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Lucy also enjoyed some coloring time with Aunt Sara. She made a drawing for each person – Oma, Opa, Sara, and Sara’s friend Lesanne from Australia.

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What a great weekend! Family, I love you (and Lucy does, too)!

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