Category Archives: The Baby
I’m going to try to spare you (whoever you may be) from really “slight” things that I am thankful for. (One Thanksgiving, when I was a teen, we were sharing things we were thankful for. I played the “silly” card by naming things like deodorant, jelly beans, and my cat.) However, they won’t be as heavy as today’s. This is not something that I am proud of, but the end shows how gratitude changes a person’s heart.
Have you ever heard this rhyme?
Terrible twos, terrific threes
Frustrating fours, fantastic fives
I never really felt that it was completely true. Having worked with many preschool children it seemed that some would get stuck in the terrible twos long beyond the sixes. The other day Alan and I were talking about how fun the Baby has been lately. She has been cute, funny, and easy-going. That’s not to say that she wasn’t cute before, but recently she has seemed extra sweet. It’s hard to explain without digging myself into a hole.
In about a month she will be hitting the 5-year-old mile stone. Whew! Time has flown by!! When she was born I remember thinking to myself how old each of the kids would be when she turned five. Never did I imagine time would have flown by THIS quickly.
Of course, she isn’t five yet.
I needed a hand towel the other day. When I opened the drawer this is what I found:
With the Baby turning 5, it also means the Oldest is turning 12. *sniff, sniff*
This weekend I helped The Oldest and her BFF to start a blog. They were wanting an outlet to share all they young creative ideas. I wanted to encourage internet safety, and so a blog was born. I hope you take the time to check it out, especially if you have a Tween daughter. It is still a work in progress. If you do stop by, drop them a note to let them know what you think. It will mean the world to them. Really! THE WORLD! Remember they are Tweens; stuff like that is SO important.
Check it out: memyfriendandmiddleschool
I was taking pictures of the backyard for another project I am working on, when I decided it was a perfect chance for practice with the camera. The Baby is not the most cooperative when it comes to taking pictures, but in her own way, they become fantastic pictures.
I am a terrible blogger. I can hardly believe it has been almost a month since I posted, but boy this has been a BUSY month.
Actually it has been fast. In fact this entire year has seemed like a blur. A great, wonderful year, but still a blur. Why is it that when you are having a great time, time seems to slip through your hands?
Back to what I was saying. . . I have plenty to write about. Mostly that would mean the kids. However this month most of my time has been occupied with moving. Hopefully for the last time. at least in a very long while.
I thought I would share my latest photos. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that are so enjoyable. (I think that’s what I love about fall). Today we (by we I mean the kids) had Ramen for lunch. The baby had to have a towel under her plate, because she is such a mess, cute, but big mess!!
It is a rare occasion in our house that The Baby actually takes a nap. . .on purpose. Today was one of those days, and I think there is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. (or preschooler.)
Now we are a dog family, and I must admit I have a new understanding for the cliche “puppy eyes.” If those sad eyes don’t work, then Daphne resorts to whimpering. Yes, she is just like a child.
We have discovered that Daphne has favorite foods. Her number one top food is pizza. She will do ANYTHING to grab a piece. ANYTHING! Some of her other favorites are meat (of course), and dairy including, but not limited to milk, eggs, cheese, ice cream, pudding, etc.
Fortunately for Daphne we also have a four-year old.
I don’t know if it’s the puppy eyes, or just the delight in feeding her, but The Baby will always feed her something she’s not suppose to have. (Greyhounds have very sensitive stomachs. We can always tell smell when she’s eaten something she’s not suppose to have.) Unless of course The Baby wants it more.
After her lunch she was allowed to eat a doughnut. Of course in the end, she only managed to eat the part with vanilla frosting, but whatever. you get the point.
Daphne and the Baby have a unique relationship. The Baby terrorizes Daphne with heavy love, and Daphne eats her food. Or tries to, at least
It seems that no matter how hard The Baby tries to shoo her away, Daphne is never far from the table. I think Daphne knows that in the many attempts to be shooed, there is a good chance that the food will end up on the floor, free for the taking. There is also the chance that the Baby will not be paying attention long enough for the food to be grabbed right from her hand. This has even happened to me.
She will stand at full attention until all the food is cleared from the table. She even stands near the Baby’s chair staring at the floor. It’s like if she stares at it long enough, surely something will fall to her. Of course standing at table height makes it that much easier to grab the goodies.
I think it goes to show, with enough determination, anything is possible.
The other morning shortly after I got up, the Baby come in dressed like this:
She has decided that she want to be an Ice Cream Cone for Halloween. (You’re going to have to use your imagination and look at things like a four-year old.) She did clarify later that she is an upside down ice cream cone. She was very proud of her invention. She used her Minnie Mouse hat from everybody’s favorite theme park as the cone. For the ice cream, she placed two colored bandannas on, I guess representing a double scoop.
If that’s not abstract enough for you, check this out. She ran out of the room after a couple of pictures and came back with another costume possibility. She could also be a Zhu Zhu Pet.
If nothing else, it was a good reminder to me that our favorite dressing up night is quickly approaching. I like to help the kids make costumes, so I better get started soon. Some of my favorite sites to get original ideas are : Nick Jr. and Familyfun.
We have been everything from legos, butterflies, Blue (from Blues Clues), to Indian princesses and Ahsoka from Star Wars: the Clone Wars. Creating is half the fun.