Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vitamin D

When the doctor put us on a multivitamin over a year ago to make sure Little S was getting enough Vitamin D, I kind of chuckled. This child gets more sunshine and fresh air than most kids her age and certainly than most adults. Prescribing sunscreen seemed like a better plan. (Don’t worry, we had her on them. And we put sunscreen on her)

Today was practically an overdose of Vitamin D. Day #2 of unseasonably warm weather and a Saturday! We packed up the backpack and the dog to meet two other friends and four other dogs. At the end of our walk, Little S was released to walk also. And pet the doggies. IMG_1978

“Auntie” Sunny and Little S’ favorite dog friend Abby.

All that excitement and it was nap time. We had to rest up for more adventures in the afternoon.

After nap, we loaded up to go meet our friends E’llee and her Mama Deb for a bike ride. We hopped on our bikes to Blue Lake Park. It was great! There was more diversity on the playground in an hour than Little S gets in a week. We must have heard 4 or 5 languages. Little S got some chips and crackers from a friendly Hispanic family. The girls were all eager to show her tricks they knew and she was mostly into staring at their little boy in the stroller. They taught her “Adios” and I got her to say “Gracias”.

While we played we went into the tunnel/slidey thing over and over IMG_1982

At one point as she was getting climbed over by some bigger kids, she decided to get comfy


She scaled mountains



She climbed a new thing completely fearlessly IMG_1993

E’llee and Little S did some sliding too.  IMG_1986


The camera got put away for the ride home and the playing on the sandy beach beside the river.

Then, to cap off a perfect first day of spring day, we made burgers and fries for dinner with some Vitamin “B”(eer) for Mommy and Daddy.

It was a well balanced diet!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


We actually found something that Little S was afraid of. She wouldn’t get in the boat. Very unlike her-Jim made it look so fun!


The afternoon was sunny but chilly and was spent with our friends Jim & Lisa. Tree sitting


sliding on the crazy jagged slide IMG_1938

(this thing HURTS if you’re a grown-up. it slams you around side to side. it’s amazing the kids don’t come out of it upside-down)

Little S shared the toys with Jim IMG_1942

Once she learned how to ride it from Jim, she took a spin on the “cycle” IMG_1944

Daddy has taught her to climb things. And when she runs out of hands, she uses her fifth point of contact IMG_1946

The Chin Hook.

A little peekaboo at the zoo


Buckling dollies in for a ride. Safety first.


“Push. Dollies”


“Dolly fall”


Her hair isn’t always in her eyes. She’s gotten used to us pulling it back. We tried a new style. It took some work but OH IMG_1969

This face is cute on the outside and pure trouble on the inside. Trust us!  IMG_1970

She’s getting older and learning to two-fist it IMG_1971



The pictures are harder to capture because she is on the move, and so are we. Every day is more fun than the last.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Good Ole Dad!

You know it’s been a while since you’ve blogged when the tool I use to write these is no longer in my start menu.

Since my life has been utterly consumed with all things cookie, thank goodness for Dad. He’s been the one who always makes sure that Little S has fun every day. And with Mommy busy, he’s been bringing his “A” game! Thanks Dad! Wufyou.

We were lucky to have Nana & Jim come visit for a few days. They turned the house into a dance floor


Nana teaching Little S some dance steps

On a rare non-work moment, and an even rarer (this winter) rainy day, Little S played with the boys up the street. Where she learned fun things like holding on to mud pies. The end result you’ll see all over her hands IMG_1896

and knees


As the 5 year old is rolling around on the ground with her, helping her fall down for the ending of Ring around the Rosie, and then happily putting gravel in her hood, and his Dad keeps apologizing for them playing so rough with her, I am trying to reassure him that we don’t want to raise a wimpy girl. She’s not crying, she can take it. And she loved it all. Fortunately her mud pie lesson hasn’t been something she’s practiced again. Yet.

Being Daddy’s little helper, she had a great time, and daresay was an integral part of the new couch getting assembled.  IMG_1904 

IMG_1905 IMG_1906

It passed her inspection.

The unseasonably nice weather continued, so Dad took her out a lot. She FINALLY lets us pull her hair up out of her eyes. So, she now has that stereotypical toddler Pebbles ponytail


and a cute track suit to go with it. Thanks Grammie K!


One exciting addition to our household was a new bike trailer. We’ve been wanting one for a while and finally got one. Big S took some video of Little S enjoying herself back there.

She LOVES it! She gets mad when she has to ride in the regular jogging stroller and asks for “bike” a lot. With the cover on, she can’t throw things our of it, so last weekend she was happy as a clam as Mommy went for a ride with her friend. We rode about an hour, stopped at the park for 45 minutes of playing, and rode back. She hardly made a fuss at all. Mom couldn’t be happier!

Thanks to Dad, she got to visit one of her favorite places-the SOO (zoo).

Nice Kitty


That unseasonably nice weather? Finally turned seasonable with some snow flurries on what started as a sunny morning. (those streaks are falling snow)


Since she couldn’t play outside, she did some interior redecorating for us IMG_1928

by pulling all the mugs off of the shelf near her highchair. Fortunately, super Dad was on it and none ended up in shards on the floor.

And finally. Mommy’s cookie season was almost over and she got to actually enjoy the company of her daughter. Who has rock star aspirations, while eating


and even at our friend A’s house IMG_1932

I think she was recruiting her to join the band.

Well on our way to having a two year old who keeps us guessing, and in awe of her amazing daily developments.