Saturday, December 15, 2012

The things she says

In the car...

E: Why we stoppin' at the gas station
A: Because your dad never puts gas in the van, it drives me crazy!
E: Grandpa Ada drives me crazy!
A: (laughing) What?
E: He pushes me crazy in my stroller at the running mall

To a friend, at a party...

F: Oh, a new baby is going to come to your house?
E: Three babies! One in my tummy and one in my momma's tummy

To me, carrying her up the stairs with my hand completely full of things she told me to carry

E: You're not carrying me appropriately

In her defense, I was carrying her low (around her middle) against my middle, not on my hip

Thursday, November 15, 2012


E has been all about puzzles lately, as soon as she wakes up, she wants to go downstairs to do some puzzles. When she gets home from daycare, she wants to do puzzles. When its time for dinner, we have to drag her away from her puzzles. She's getting really good. She has moved on from the puzzles with pegs to jig saw puzzles and just finished her first 40+ piece one tonight.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our new addition

Someone new has been coming to our house lately, meet Princess Hurley. Here she is wearing her "favorite uniform"

Princess Hurley does a lot of dancing and jumping. She is also quite the bead twirler. My favorite part is the fact that when Princess Hurley is here, dada becomes Grandpa Hurley. It is not yet clear if I am Grandma Hurley!

Aside from Princess Hurley, there has been a lot of drumming lately. E has been using my birthday balloon and a knitting needle as a drum.

And, finally, we've been taping. Its been a while since there has been tape at our house, mostly because E likes to use it to tape EVERYTHING. We run out in a day. But, she found some painter's tape and has been putting it to good use.

Mommy's birthday

We celebrated my birthday, E was ready for a party and ice cream from the minute she woke up. We stalled her until evening. We had a great day celebrating with our family.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


October was a busy month. Nothing in particular happened, but we were hopping all the same.

A look back at our pictures reveals a pretty normal month. Our biggest news is that E is going to be a big sister! She is hoping for a baby sister named Adaline and thus far, completely rejects the idea of a baby brother. We are going to cross that bridge when we get to it.

Other then that, we have been playing quite a bit. I finished this doll, and E has been sleeping with it ever since.

She found this purse of mine and has claimed it as her own, she filled it with her favorite toys, and carries it around. My favorite part is the way that on an adult, this is an over the shoulder bag, but on her, its a cross body style.

E loves these Aerial PJs, and wears them all the time! Sometimes even to daycare.

She is also developing an interest in music. She has been drumming a lot and singing all the time.

One highlight of the month was celebrating Great Gramma's 92nd birthday. E got to see some of her second cousins who she hasn't seen since she was a baby, at Great Gramma's 90th birthday.

We also made sure to get the most out of Halloween. We went with Grandpa Ada to the Halloween at the zoo, E wore her Captain America costume.

We carved pumpkins, the activity held E's interest for about 5 minutes and that was all he further we got.

On Halloween night, we were shocked, when instead of Captain America, E insisted on going as Cinderella. But she loved her costume, and had a great time collecting candy with her friends.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


E is busy trying to find someone to marry. When I picked her up at daycare the other day she told me that she was going to mary Colin because "he played with me in the house." The house is one of those plastic play houses.

Later that same night, she asked Andy if he would marry her. She was a little miffed when he said that he already was married!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall weather

E and I set out to enjoy what seemed like it was going to be the last nice weekend of fall. We went to the Monona Fall Festival, they had a candy hunt (E only found gum and had a tantrum, screaming "I want gum" after I told her she couldn't have any), a hay wagon ride, horse rides, pumpkin decorating and more. Most important to E of course, was the popcorn in the concession stand.

We stood in line for a LONG time to ride the ponies, but as soon as it was E's turn, she realized how big a pony was, and refused to get on one. She did love the hay wagon ride though. She also made a great decorated paper plate in the arts and crafts tent.

But, by far the highlight of the weekend was getting her Captain America Halloween costume

Monday, October 1, 2012


E has taken a few dance classes, but is anxiously awaiting being able to take more formal classes. She's got two "leader-tards" and she loves to wear them. She usually wears her princess one to bed, over her regular PJs, and today, insisted on wearing the purple one to daycare.


We decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to take our annual trip to Peck's and Heck's farms for pumpkins, caramel apples, and popcorn.

The day started with E's flu shot, which she handled like a pro, she was very proud of the tiny circle band-aid and fairy sticker she got when she was done.

We started at Heck's were they had a new kid area this year, E loved playing in the corn sandbox, they had little tea cups to scoop full of corn, and shovels, she had a blast.

E fell in love with these cement lions, she asked to have her picture taken with them

When it was time to choose pumpkins, E got her own wagon and pulled it around the place.

She chose pumpkins, looking for Bert and Ernie ones

We even tried one of these picture spots, she's not quite tall enough!

It was a long walk back
We only had a short visit to Peck's, we were a little tired after Heck's, but we got to ride in a horse drawn wagon, just like Aerial does, and we saw some animals. Most importantly, to E at least, we ate some popcorn!

Monday, September 24, 2012


Catching up on most of September in one post!

September 22-23 Dada was helping Grandma and Grandpa move out of their cabin, so E and I had a girls weekend. The part she was most looking forward to was Sunday morning, where she had been promised a "pajammie day." We fit a lot into the weekend. Saturday morning we parked cars for the football game and walked to the stadium to take part in the "football party" we also got lunch at Mickies, which was a special treat for E.

After nap, we went to the Chocolate Shoppe's birthday party, were E got her face painted (she chose the Ws herself) and she got her first balloon animal. She bit the animal in the car, and popped it. The head survived somehow, so now she just has part.

I finally finished the knit elephant I'd been working on for her. I made one for her friend A, and it was the first item I've ever knit where E immediately asked, "where's mine." Since she napped, I decided to finish it up.  Here's what I got when I asked her to smile nicely for a picture with it:

Trying again:

For our pajammie day, we wore our PJs all morning, then we headed to the 100th birthday party of the hospital where E "got borned." She asks about her "born day" all the time, so I thought this would be a nice way for her to see it. We had lots of fun touring around with Ama, eating snacks, and having cake. Strangely enough, E's favorite part was the historical movie about the hospital. It may have been because she go to eat popcorn while watching, but who knows.

E kicked off pajammie day by announcing she was going to do some cleaning, so she spent a solid half hour cleaning her picnic table. She has baggies on her hands because she told me she needed gloves.

Each Thursday, E, Ama, Ada, and I go to Mickie's Dairy Bar for breakfast. E loves to have a cinnamon roll (or a cinnamon) and some of a scrambler (she mostly just eats the ham)

She likes to make herself a piece of toast with "sprinkle" on it, as Ama says, "what happens on Thursdays stays at Ama's"

 September 15 we headed to Epplegarden to pick apples. E wasn't too impressed with apple picking, but she loved picking raspberries. We are lucky she managed to put some berries in the basket, each time I looked at her she was picking them and eating them!

She did warm up to apple picking, particularly once she found out that you could eat one while you worked. E loves to snack.

Here, E is wearing my sunglasses, she has gotten really particular lately about the sun shining on her. 

We've spent a lot of time hiding behind this curtain this month. Sometimes dada or I hide too, other times E runs behind it and says, "where's me" and we have to look for her. She likes to collect brochures (or maps as she calls them) that is what we are reading here.

September 4th, dada started school again. Here is the traditional first day of school picture

Adjusting back to the school year has been a big change this year. Although E's transition to daycare went smoothly, the overall transition has taken some work, we are so spoiled to have dada home in the summer, its hard to figure out how to do things with him back at school.

Labor Day weekend, E, Ama, Ada, and I went to visit some family in Trempleau. E had a great time. She got to see her cousin's chickens and dog. After this trip, E isn't as scared of little dogs as she was before. She even pets the little ones now! This is a huge accomplishment for her.  E did a great job of being around her bigger cousins, and they did a good job of including her when they could. The cutest event of the weekend was seeing E standing on a coffee table to play foosball with a 13 year old boy. She had a blast.

Finally, August 31st, E and I headed back to Circus World for a last trip of the summer. Circus World is probably E's favorite thing she did all summer. She still talks about the clowns, the jugglers, the horse rider, and the "rope lady." I'm sure she is ready to go back next season.

We got there just in time for the circus and after the performance, E got a picture of her two favorite clowns. She insisted on having her picture with the picture. It was funny though, she wouldn't stand near the clowns for a picture with the actual performers.

We stayed and watched the miniature horse show which is something we hadn't done before. E loved it! I think the size of the horse made it much more interesting to her. She didn't sit down the entire time.

We also did the circus skills adventure, which we hadn't done before, E got to hula hoop and jump off a big ball. She loved being in the performance ring. She can't hula hoop yet, but maybe by next summer.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Princesses have arrived at our house. We fought it for as long as we could, but first came the Bubbies, then came the dress up clothes, and then came the tent. We are in it now. It helps that E has no idea the difference between a fairy, a princess, and a baby doll. They are pretty much all interchangeable. But, she loves them all, and they make her so happy its hard to begrudge her them. She's up to a Cinderella, Snow White, Aerial, and Belle dolls, and a Tinkerbell and Snow White Costume.

I love this picture, there is just something so little girl about wearing a beautiful outfit and then checking herself out in the side of the car. When I took it, I had no idea that is what she was doing. It wasn't until we saw the picture that we realized!

Snow White joined us for ice cream. E was so set on wearing this outfit that she even agreed to wear a bib.

I got a call at work the other day, it was dada telling me that E refused to get dressed, she wanted to wear her Tinkerbell costume and diaper to daycare, not clothes. He got her dressed eventually.

To top off the princess-mania, E wore pretty dresses three days in a row, just like a princess.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Big Days

We've had a series of big days at our house in the last week.

August 20 was E's first day back at day care after spending the summer with dada. She joined right in like she hadn't been gone at all. She walked into the classroom and said "where's my chair, where's my juice" and she was ready. We had been planning on sending her for a half day only, since last year's transition went so badly, but she didn't need it, she was ready!

August 19- We went to the Milwaukee Public Museum to celebrate the last weekend of summer. E loves the kachina dolls, and the Native American exhibit. She is scared of the "breathing" dinosaurs (the T-Rex). Her favorite part of the museum is the Streets of Old Milwaukee, since their is a candy store there, and she gets dinosaur gummies! 

On a less great note, E learned how to climb out of her crib tonight, as she put it "I just slid out"

She did very well with the butterfly landed on dada's shoulders, she is usually scared of this sort of thing, but she tried to touch it and then just looked at it.

August 18- E got her first pet! While momma was sleeping, dada and E bought a fish. She named him Sebastian, and has taken very good care of him thus far. Her favorite part of fish ownership is the feeding, Sebastian would get three meals a day if we let her control the feeding. As it is, the meals are pretty generous! Sebastian sleeps in E's room and his tank serves as a night light for her.

August 17- Was E and dada's last day of summer vacation. So they started the day with pancookies shaped like princesses. Then they headed to the Children's Museum where she painted and played in the kitchen. Then they went to the State Capitol and looked around, and then the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. After all that, they walked down and met momma and grandpa Ada for a picnic lunch. We at at "coffee break" and afterwords E came back to my office for a little visit. They spent a little time on State Street, and even found a little time for a trip to the comic book store!

August 16- E's bedtime has been such a problem lately, that we decided to make a big change and see what happened. We'd been putting E down to bed about 8:30 and she spent from that time until 10:30-11:00 calling for us, crying, and playing. Since that meant that momma and dada couldn't get any housework done, or any relaxing done, we decided to try the "big girl bed" we really talked it up, and then put E's mattress on the floor. The first night it went great, E only called for us once, and then went to bed and slept through the night. We thought maybe we'd solved the bedtime problems. But the next night, she was everywhere. Dada ended up reconstructing the crib at 10:30 at night. Oh well.