Monday, November 29, 2010

It's About Time!

I am happy to report that after days and days of drooling, snotting, and chewing, and after several false alarms, Abby has finally sprouted her first tooth.  You can feel the sharp edge poking out of her gums so we know that this time, it really is official!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Just Because

 It's been a week since my last post and I feel like it's been too long!  So I guess I don't have anything really special, just a few everyday things.  First, Megan has discovered candy canes.  Notice that the tree is decorated with candy canes.  We'll see how long that lasts . . . 

 I've been trying to get good pictures of the girls for Christmas.  Unfortunately, Abby is starting to take a page out of Megan's book and only smile when you go to great lengths or tickle her.  So I don't know yet what you're getting in our Christmas cards but these may be the only ones we have!
Look at that hair!  Her eyes are turning brown on the insides and her hair is staying a light ashy brown.  That's pretty dark for our family!
 Abby is doing pretty well on her tummy and starting to move a little.  Problem is, it's backwards.  Actually, since we're all decked out for the holidays now, maybe it's not so much of a problem. . . .
 Abby also has the best laugh and is SOOOO ticklish!  But today, it was laughter just to laugh.  I love hearing this!
 Last but not least, this is a little boy we were watching for a friend the other night.  This is why Megan needs friends!  I think they could start a band though -- this kid was so good on the harmonica and drumming on whatever he could drum in my house and Megan?  Well, that's her singing along.  Now we just need a name and a concert venue and we could make some serious money!

Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was delicious!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Amusing Tidbits

Yesterday Megan saw the Dora house that we're saving for . . . something.  We haven't decided if it's going to be Christmas or birthday or when but it's a great playhouse with furniture and Dora the Explorer's complete family that some friends handed down to us.  Chopper left the wrong door open and Megan kept asking for the house.  When I finally figured it out I told her "we can't play with that right now, Mommy can't reach it."  She looked at me and got quiet for a minute and I could literally see the wheels turning in her head.  Then she says, "Can Mommy get a ladder?"  Well how do you argue with that?!?!?!  You tell them the ladder is too heavy that's how.  I hope it gives me enough time for her to forget just a little while longer that it's there . . .

I've been giving Abby Cheerios every now and then.  Yesterday she figured out that she likes them.  I had dumped a few on her tray for her to play with while we finished dinner and she was trying so hard to get those Cheerios in her mouth.  The problem is, she can get them in, but hasn't quite figured out how to release once they 're in there.  Hopefully that milestone isn't too long in coming or she'll be one frustrated girl!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


The old Children's Aquarium is reopening and are running special prices for November's sneak peak month so we decided to take a trip.  It's a cute little aquarium but the neatest thing was the location -- right in Fair Park with the Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, and all the museums are housed in beautiful old Art Deco buildings.  I think that exploring the area was better than the museum! 
 Megan can be really cute when she thinks you're not watching . . . 
 But of course the minute you ask her to smile, that's the end of that.  Chopper did though!
 A lagoon / playground area in the middle of the park that Megan was fascinated with.  It was really cool though.  And the fir trees were beautiful in their changing colors.
 Another visitor was gracious enough to take our picture.  Megan was not gracious enough to hold still.
 Then she got made because we wouldn't let her ride ON TOP OF the elephant.  Apparently, sitting on the trunk was just not good enough.
 Chopper had to take a picture of the Cotton Bowl stadium.  If we could get tickets when Boise State plays here Chopper would be in heaven.
 This is one massive ferris wheel -- here it's behind the Aquarium building.  I don't think I would ever want to ride this thing.

On the way home we missed our exit and since we were navigating by map it took me a few minutes to get out bearings.  Then I realized that if we continued on the road we were on, we would end up at Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine.  Well, enough said.  So off we went!  Besides being a really nice Bass Pro Shop, they had Santa Claus at his house and free pictures (which Megan refused over and over so I didn't try to make her) and a holiday carousel with reindeer to ride.  It went nice and slow and Megan actually rode it and then asked for more!
 Here's Santa!  Just to say we actually did see him . . . 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sometimes I Forget She's a Toddler . . .

Because Megan is not your typical toddler.  Playing with buttons was the motivation to get her to start standing on her own.  She hates being messy most of the time.  And she's very very careful and cautious.  But of course she is still a toddler and sometimes it really comes out.

Like when we made these paint sample turkeys that I saw here.  She enjoyed making turkeys but the fun part was putting the beans in the bottle (to make them bottom heavy) and then evolved into putting beans anywhere that she could throw them . . .

 And then feeding them to the turkeys.  Cause hey, we need fat turkeys for Thanksgiving. 

And then of course we had to make Thanksgiving cookies.  But Abby wakes up right in the middle of it so I leave Megan licking a beater and thinking that will occupy her for a few minutes . . . 

I guess it wasn't enough because we had to dump out the flour and then eat that too.

Yup.  She's still a toddler.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Who was that artist who painted the same thing over and over and over until he got it right? Megan is that artist. Either that or she just loves her Grandpa. Because that's all she draws. Ever since Chopper taught her to draw faces, she draws them constantly. Yesterday we rolled out the paper that had been collecting underneath the easel and this is what we've got:
 A kitchen and dining room full of Grandpa portraits.  Because if you ask her who it is, it's always Grandpa.  So one day for kicks, I asked her to draw Grandma thinking it would be the same and she just "says" that it's Grandpa.  Nope.  There is a clear difference:
I'll give you one guess to tell me who Grandpa is and who Grandma is.  And that is her only portrait on these several feet of paper.  Sorry Grandma. 

Oh and as I type this, Megan is in the other room reading The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree.  I know because I'm hearing bits of the story told with the same inflections that I use when I read it -- maybe I can get that on video . . . 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Spittin' Image (Get it?)

Abby just started talking today.  But it's minimal compared to her favorite thing -- spitting.  Some of you may remember too that Megan at about this age would nod her head yes to every question I asked.  Abby prefers to say no.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Imagination Takes Flight!

I had to hit the after Halloween sales at Target and I couldn't believe how little there was literally the day after!  And their whole Halloween area had already been converted to Christmas!  Megan loves it but I want to have a little Thanksgiving first.

I did score Megan a princess dress for $6.00 and a pair of wings for $1.00.  She won't really wear the dress because it's too long and she doesn't like the feel of always being on the verge of tripping so I need to hem it, but she LOVES LOVES LOVES her wings!  I love watching her play.  I love catching her in her dream world and watching her realize that I'm watching -- the look on her face is great but really it reminds me of when I would play and be "discovered".  Your imagination is just for you I think.

I also finished a quilt for a friend of mine -- I don't think she'll see it here before it arrives in Pocatello (at least I hope not).  I'm sad to see it go because I fell in love with it, but it couldn't go to a better home!