Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Here are some recent pictures of our girl from August 2014.

Our local grocery store has child-sized shopping carts, and she loves to push them while we shop. On our regular weekly trips, she rides in the cart, but when we go in for a few things, she is thrilled to get to push the "lil bitty buggy". It turns what should be a quick trip into a not-so-quick trip, but she has so much fun!

Helping refill the bird feeders outside. After Kip died, we put up two bird feeders in the back yard, so we would have something to look at out there. MC has really enjoyed watching all the birds and squirrels all summer.

Just awake from her nap and dressed herself for dinner when BD told her we were going out to a restaurant. Outfit includes the hood from her last year's Halloween costume and her rain coat...ready for anything!

She eventually agreed to a dress and a hair bow.

Tuckered out in the car seat before we got to the pool!

Enjoying her first waffle from Waffle House. She was a fan!

Licking the beaters after helping me make a cake.

Our final product - peanut butter cake with dark chocolate frosting topped with Reese's pieces.

Taste-testing our work.

And she approves!

Enjoying an after-nap snack outside in the shade.

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Pool Photos

MC and I spent a lot of time at the pool this summer. We had so much fun, and she is really close to swimming on her own.  We went down the big twisty slide approximately 500 times; she jumped off the side to me, and she played with her toys in the shallow water.

I didn't get a lot of pictures from the pool because having a toddler at the pool doesn't leave a lot of free hands for taking pictures we were too busy having fun, and also because I didn't want to bring my nice camera and chance it getting wet. So I was stuck with my the camera on my phone, and usually it was too bright out to see the screen and take pictures. Next year I might save up my pennies and get a waterproof camera for the pool.

The pool closed for the year last week, so here are all the pictures from this season at the pool.  

(Some of these I've posted before, but I wanted them all in one place.)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Toddler Selfies

MC is obsessed with taking pictures with the camera on my phone, which means I have tons of photos that look like this:

But also occasionally she gets ones like this:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fine Motor Skills

As usual, Pinterest is always a good resource for toddler activities! Recently we've been using an uncooked spaghetti noodle and Cheerios to work on our fine motor skills.

Concentrating so hard on the task at hand!

She'd stack a few, then eat a few, then stack a few...we call it Snack N Play!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tales of the Tail: Dogs Never Die

It's been two months today since we said goodbye to Kip. I know that many of us have read the famous Rainbow Bridge poem. That poem doesn't really speak to me, but I found one that does. He may be gone from us physically, but he is always in our hearts.

Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death,” don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.
Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: “No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs do. They walk.
It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.
However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.
When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest? Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”
When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (Remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)
Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.
But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

At the Playground

We took advantage of the early fall-feeling weather last weekend and took MC to one of our favorite local playgrounds. This was one of our favorites for MC last year before she was steady on her feet, but we hadn't visited it in a while. 

The main play structure is nice and low - good toddler climbing height, and the surface under the play areas is squares that of that spongey material that indoor tracks are made of. The whole playground has lots of nice, big trees to provide some shade.

Wheeeee on the slide! This slide is just the right speed for our cautious girl.

Rocking on the blue whale. (And yes, she has a serious case of the Crazy Hair these days!)

Playing peek-a-boo with Daddy in the fish eye bubble.

Daddy is so fun!

We played with an older friend recently and he taught her how to swing on her belly. Luckily these swings are very low to the ground because she doesn't quite get how to balance like that just yet!

Very serious about this swinging business...

There's a (blurry) smile!

Deep toddler thoughts on the swing...

This playground also has a set of outdoor musical instruments - bells, bongo drums, etc. - perfect for banging with a stick!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mechanic's Shop

One recent afternoon MC and I found ourselves in the mechanic's shop with a couple of hours to kill.  Luckily I knew ahead of time that we were going in to the shop (slow leak in rear tire repaired, oil change, tire rotation, state inspection), so I was prepared with snacks and toys.

The snacks did come in handy, but we found several other ways to entertain ourselves rather than play with boring ol' toys!

We looked at every magazine and brochure in the building.

We found Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS kids' channel.

We played outside in the parking lot - looking for rocks, playing I Spy, and walking on the cracks.

It was windy outside!