Monday, June 18, 2012


Today was E and dada's first summer day at home together. They wanted to build bird houses, but instead decorated a house for our yard and one for Grandpa N. Here they are with their houses. E wanted to make more houses so that all the birdies have houses and are safe.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Once Upon a Time...

I've been telling E "once upon a time" stories for a week or two now. These are stories about the things she and her friends (A and R) do. Her favorite is "Once upon a time, there were three girls E, R, and A and they went to a track meet" she also likes it when the three girls "do crafting a R's house."

Tonight, she told her dada her first once upon a time

"Once upon a time there were three girls, their names were E, A, and R. And they were the greatest girls in the world, the end.'

Sunday, June 10, 2012

When two year olds dress themselves

When a two year old dresses herself, you end up with:

On a 90 degree day, that's a tee shirt with a fleece vest (with a hood), blue jeans, and rainboots. She also wanted to wear her baseball hat and sunglasses, but forgot.

When you let her lead with potty training, you end up playing with her pants down, and taking apart her changing table.

When you let her dress herself a second day, this is what happens to her room. All this work wore her out, she's napping it the corner of her crib. She had to change back into her PJs for nap time of course.

And, when you repeat the process the next day, you get a girl in a "pretty dress" tights, and purple crocs. So, it basically worked out how we wanted it to. We cleaned up the mess, and came out with her wearing a dress. She has flat out refused to wear a dress since her birthday party. Screaming and crying any time we tried. Today, she chose it herself, wore it all day, and wanted to sleep in it.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


We finally made it to Minnesota to visit Titi, Titi, Abuela, Natie, and Annie. E and I set out with Ama and Grandpa Ada on Friday after work. E was an excellent car rider, she played with her new Minnie Mouse doll, read stories, and entertained herself with songs and imaginative play. I was so impressed with her. She impressed me all weekend, only having a few tantrums, sharing her toys, sleeping part of the night in her bed, falling asleep pretty easily (since I kept her up too late), and generally showing me that she is getting to be a big girl.

Saturday we swam at the hotel, had lunch with Ama, Ada, and Natie, and the headed to see Titi, Titi, and Abuela. In the past, E has been pretty clear who Titi is (Little A) but this trip she seemed a little confused.

At the hotel, E used the ice bucket and glasses to play kitchen, she made macaroni and cheese, we have stayed at this hotel before and she did the exact same thing then. Although this time, her imagination games lasted a lot longer then they have before.

The girls played in the yard and had tons of fun with a bucket of water, some bowls, and some sponges. They also loved the sandbox.

E ate her first meal of Abuela's cooking and loved it, she even told her dada about it when she got home. The girls played at the park, and then dressed up, E in Minnie Mouse Ears and slippers and A in fancy shoes to watch a movie.

 On Sunday, the girls got to go swimming with Natie and Annie which they loved, pouring water on Nate was a favorite activity. We headed back home, and E took a nice nap for the first part of the trip. Once she woke up, we had another picnic in the car.

Memorial Day

We celebrated Memorial Day this year by attending the Monona parade. I've gone to this parade since I was about E's age (or younger), so its a tradition for my family. We went with Ama, Grandpa Ada and some other friends, we sat near the McDonalds (like we always do) and watched.

E was a little intimidated by the parade, I think it was a little too loud and too close to her. She refused to go into the street after candy like the other kids. Her dada and I got her a few pieces, which she just clutched and didn't even try to eat. After awhile, she and Dada left the parade for a nice walk instead.

Later, we had a picnic in the "forest" which E loved, she got to have her Happy Meal while under a few trees.