Archive | May, 2011

The Unofficial Start to Summer

30 May

It sure felt like the middle of summer today with our tempertures in the high 90s. Luckily, the neighborhood pool kept us cool! I did not get any pictures of Miss H at the pool today but it was sure a fun sight. She loves the water (we were pleasantly surprised after her disatrous swimming lesson and a few not so great pool visits last summer). And, she became an expert at jumping off the side. It took us some time to actually get to the pool because someone did not like the sunscreen or her new bathing suit but that was all forgotten when she saw the giant ‘bath.’

Miss H was so tired after all the swimming, jumping, chasing rings, throwing rings and splashing that there was almost no argument about a nap.

Naps and going to bed were once easy in our house but then we dismantled the crib and put a new bed in her room. Well, after three days of, ‘where did my bed go?’ and her sleeping on the floor, I think the pool might have solved our bed problem.

We might have written the chapter on how not to transition to the toddler bed. We bought the bed several months ago and let her play on it, and jump on the mattress and then she just ignored it. We even had a first attempt at making the transition and it was a total, sleepless disaster that we put her back in the crib. We talked about her ‘big girl bed’ but she much preferred the ‘baby bed.’ It got the point where she could climb in and out of the crib but we still stalled in making the move because it just produced many tears about the ‘baby bed.’ And, the two of us enjoyed the no fuss going to bed routine.

Friday morning, we said ‘goodbye bed,’ and it was whisked out of the house when little eyes were not around. Miss H was not amused by this new thing in her room and chose to sleep on the floor Friday night.

Saturday in the middle of the night, she managed to climb over the gate at her door and climb in bed with us. Both of us in a sleepy haze thought the other had brought her to bed and each of us was silently cursed while we were both being kicked and pushed to the very edges of our sides of the bed by a sprawled out snoring toddler.

Sunday night, she started out on the floor but did not freak out when she woke up in the bed. She stayed there all night.

Tonight, without a ton of issue, she is soundly sleeping in her bed. Wish us luck.

Other highlights of the weekend include many trips to the park.

She loves the slides!

Dad and Kathy sent Miss H a new sun hat and she wore it around the house most of the weekend.

And, what better way to the end the weekend than with a good book.

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Cooking, Bubbles, Ties, Carseats and Other Adventures

22 May

We have had a busy week of cooking, playing with bubbles and enjoying the nice weather.

Miss H likes to make a nice soup of goldfish crackers, rocks and leaves. Yummy. Luckily, her stove has a timer so she can ‘stir ‘and ‘cook’ it to perfection.

‘Bubbles’ are sometimes the first words out of her mouth in the morning. Mom gave her a bubble gun for Easter and we are spending a lot of time shooting bubbles around the neighborhood, and in the bath tub.

It is hard to take pictures and shoot bubbles at the same time.

I offered up Miss H’s infant carseat on Facebook last week and our friend Dr. Blondie was the first to take us up on the offer. We pulled it out of storage on Friday night and Miss H decided that she liked this one much better than her current one.

Of course, now that we look at the infant carseat- it looks so small. Once I looked back at the pictures, Miss H was teeny and that carseat was so big!

Saturday evening (well, not really evening- it was 5pm), we headed to our neighborhood Italian restaurant and enjoyed a great dinner. Miss H got spoiled by our waitress (who knew to keep the food coming to keep her entertained) and she very much enjoyed her ravioli and dessert of strawberry ice cream. Kerry and I enjoyed our dinner too. Plus, we did not have to chase someone around since there was always something to entertain her.

Sunday, we washed the cars. And, the wagon. And, the street, trees, sidewalk, neighbors cars and anything else within hose range.

Clothes really become bothersome sometimes.

Mom came to visit so we headed to the Farmer’s Market and loaded up on strawberries and apples. After all this morning excitement someone was soooooooooo tired. She barely made it through lunch and was down for a long afternoon nap.

Mom and I enjoyed the Gaugin show at the National Gallery of Art and then did some shopping. Somehow, Miss H always gets things on these shopping trips. She has some really cute new summer clothes!

Now, we are all exhausted from the weekend. Hope everyone enjoyed the nice weather!