Sunday, June 29, 2008
Of course, what really made it perfect is having Daddy home from Ft. Ripley. Part way through dinner, AJ set down his fork and sat quietly. I asked him if he was okay. He answered, "I'm just looking at my family."
Sydney, meanwhile, just kept shoveling food in her mouth. She's so happy to eat like a big girl. Our once finicky eater has gotten far less picky, just as long as she can feed herself. For example, Sydney used to refuse any kind of babyfood vegetable. Tonight, we put corn, peas and carrots on her tray and she gobbled them up! Daddy's mashed potatoes were also a huge hit.
I haven't gotten a close look inside her mouth in the last few days, but can tell more teeth are pushing their way through.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
(AJ took this picture while we were waiting for the Whipper Snapper races to start last Friday. I was quite surprised to see that it's fairly straight, centered and with no fingers covering the shot.)
On Sunday, I survived a "low tire pressure" light coming on during the drive back from the Twin Cities to Duluth. Monday, I conquered the grill, which usually only Jeff touches. Tuesday, I managed to mow the lawn and weed the garden while Sydney napped. Roar! Wednesday night we hosted a playdate with NINE kids between the ages of 1 and 3-1/2. Thursday, we biked to the playground. It's just over a mile away, but that's 65 pounds of kids I had to tow. And did I mention I've picked up three freelance writing assignments, all for different publications, in just the last week? Roar some more!
Giving credit where credit is due, I have to say that AJ has been a huge help. He has entertained Sydney in the bathtub, in the sandbox and at the dinner table, each time giving me just a few, brief, precious moments to relax. He even stopped her (by grabbing her leg) from crawling toward the stairs one day. He is a good big brother, and great Mommy's helper!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
AJ is so excited to visit his Daddy on Saturday. He told me this morning, "Let's go right now!" We've got so many exciting plans for the weekend, he can't keep them all straight.
Several comments on AJ's appearance this morning. He picked the shirt he's wearing, saying he wanted to wear his "blizzard" shirt. (It's a lizard on the front.)
When he saw his messy Grandpa hair in the mirror, he told me to comb his hair so that he "can turn back into AJ."
Lastly, note the large road rash on his right knee. We got a "band-aid report" at daycare yesterday. But clearly it couldn't have been too serious.
I asked AJ, "How did you hurt your knee?"
He answered, "I fell down."
"What were you doing when you fell down?"
"I don't know. I don't remember."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
It's the teeth that are showing when she smiles. That's the big accomplishment! Her teeth seem to be making a big push (literally) to pop through before her first birthday.
Sydney's first two teeth came through a week apart when she was seven-and-a-half months old. Then nothing for three months. Now, in the last month, all four of her front top teeth have made an appearance. Thankfully, she doesn't seem too pained by it.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
After experimenting with every stall tactic he's figured out to date, AJ was left at the table to clean his plate. I, meanwhile, started giving Sydney a bath. A short time later, this is what I found. A plate of half-eaten quesadillas. Milk spilled all over the table. And AJ - holding a snorkle in one hand, and (you can't see it because the bowl of watermelon is blocking it) a small vacuum nozzle IN his glass of milk.
I asked, "what are you doing?"
To which he answered, "Um... this?"
Sunday, June 15, 2008
What do you mean this isn't supposed to be a push toy?
The playhouse had been set up in the corner. That is, until Sydney decided it also could nicely serve as a walker. It took her just seconds to push it halfway across the dining room. She is getting closer to walking every day. A little more balance and there'll be no stopping her. She can stand for at least 1o seconds at a time, and only needs one hand to hang on to something to walk. She'll grab onto anything if it'll help her get to where she wants to go.
Her latest "melt your heart" talent? She's now able to blow kisses.
At the Old World Renaissance Faire, our brave knight loved the "Feed the Dragon" game. Not at all scared of the giant green creature, AJ excitedly waited his turn to face off against him... until he saw the black fabric "spiders" he was supposed to toss into the dragon's mouth. Once the Queen Mom touched them to prove they were safe, AJ's bravery returned. His prize for thowing one (out of four) into the dragon's mouth? A dum dum.
Another game involved a mini-catapult to toss beanbags against a castle. With the Queen Mom's help, AJ successfully shot one of the beanbags through a castle window - good for another dum dum. He played a second time on his own and scored THREE shots. This time he won a small plastic knight and horse. So much for Mom's help.
The other really cool thing available at the Faire - pony rides! Two laps around a track through a forest. AJ was in awe to be on a "real knight horse!"
I'm particularly proud of AJ's costume. Not bad for someone who doesn't sew. I took an old Army towel of Jeff's, and cut a hole in it for AJ's head. Then I cut up some old sweatpants to form the "X" emblem on the front and used tacky glue to assemble. The waistband of the old sweats served as a belt.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I guess I'm officially on the Mommy Diet again. That means my portion sizes are reduced by about a third because I'm sharing my meal with my toddler who's too big for baby food, but not big enough to justify the cost of a kid's meal. In a few months, the Mommy Diet will start working against any weight loss goals. That's when I'll feel compelled to finish the food on Sydney's plate, rather than let it go to waste. I guess you could say it's going to my waist instead.
Back to our early Father's Day fun. After dinner, we stopped in for a nice visit with Bill and Jo, where AJ tried unsuccessfully to hit up Grandpa Bill for another boat ride. We then returned home, where AJ helped Daddy open his card and present.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sydney received a bunch of sandbox toys for her birthday, and last night was determined to play with them all... all at the same time. The yellow buckets are her favorites. They stack together nicely.
Her other favorite trick is playing peek-a-boo with the buckets. Never mind that this game leaves sand stuck to her drool-dampened cheeks and chin, not to mention in her hair.
After about 10 minutes of fun with the buckets, Sydney made an amazing discovery. While reaching for a pail, she missed her mark and ended with a fist full of sand. Bonus! Who knew that the SAND would be fun to play with?!?
For anyone who's counting, we've now added a total of 33 bags of sand to our giant sandbox. I'm not going to even try to guess how much of that sand has followed my children into the house.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
As we were getting ready for bed last night, AJ asked if we could go "to the museum" today. I nodded. AJ must have assumed his friends would be there too, so he excitedly announced, "I'm going to be a knight. And Addie can be my princess. And Mommy, you can be Queen!"
For all of AJ's dreams of royalty, Sydney seems much more content to remain in the peasant class. Her favorite part of the exhibit? Playing in the vegetable garden with the plastic peppers and onions.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
That's right, along with the sand, a small army fortress suddenly appeared. I noticed that when the new sand was poured in, it seems to have been left in large mounds, rather than raked smooth, providing a strategic advantage for the base camp.
I'm sure this is all just a remarkable coincidence, and not the work of my full-size soldier, who I've been told used to spend hours as a child playing with a mini-army set in the garden.