Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Monkey Update

Since I've dropped the ball on milestone posts I thought I'd catch you up on each kiddo.

For starters this kiddo is still a skinny-minnie coming in at a whopping 32 pounds fully clothed (and holding an iPhone). The interest in food is still minimal (with the occasional day or two of her asking to eat all day). Food favorites include pasta, fruit, veggie sticks, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and fruit snacks. "Frosted mini wheats with milk in there and a spoon and a bowl" and Starbucks "hot chocolates with my name on there and a straw" are favorites too.  She's still a very good milk drinker as well.

Every day we're more and more convinced she's an old soul in a young body. Constantly worried about things or wanting something from the AARP commercial ("why didn't Santa bring me that?").  She'll cry if she can't have prunes (excuse ME, but Mommy doesn't want a poop explosion at pre-school).

Monkey was made for the outdoors. If the weather is nice enough she'll be on her bike, scooter, or pushing her baby.  If you're lucky her Starbucks/Wendy's is open in the backyard play house. If the weather is above freezing she'll ask if the pool is open. sigh, if only it was. Her other favorite outside activity is running down the street to run up and down her favorite drive way (we have awesome street neighbors).

She's currently into adding (constantly asking what x plus x equals) and color mixing (again, what's this color and this color make).  Subtraction is greek to her, but she's only three after all.

Disney is still going strong here.  We're going when GMac is two and she'll tell you that if she sees you.  While she is very good with numbers, she's not so good with time (we measure everything in "sleeps") so it's quite hard to grasp that Disney World is 12 months away.

If you stop by the house (or see us walking on a nice day) chances are she's not Monkey but Ariel or Minnie Mouse or a Super Hero. She's pretending more than she's herself.

Music. She can't get enough of it.  While she's a fan of the Mother Goose Club and We Sing, she's also a fan of American Top 40 and Princess songs.

Games and puzzles are also a huge hit right now. Zingo, frozen puzzles, Chutes and Ladders, the bug game, the game in the back of her National Geographic Little Kids... we play them all.  ALL THE TIME.

Speaking of nat geo, "When are we going to my zoo?" Probably wasn't great to take her in November as there aren't many great weather days between then and spring. I promise we will make it back. Fortunately Jack Hanna's Into the Wild is tiding us over.

Pre-school is a hit. Enough said.

She's an avid reader. In fact she has a few memorized. As I type this she's "reading" the Day the Crayons Quit. She's doing quite well. The Book With No Pictures is also memorized and recited regularly.  Other favorites are anything princess and number books.  She also loves Curious George, Don't Let the Pigeon books, The Fly, and Little Tree. Needless to say we are filling up the library's reading program cards pretty quickly.

Last but certainly not least, is this girl loves her brother and is a great big sister. She's still asking to hold him (which is hard when he's stronger than her) and wants to know who is watching him when she goes places (school or a solo trip with Mommy and Daddy).

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The early bird gets the worm blog post waffle



There will come a day when this guy lets me sleep past 7:00 a.m.  Today was not that day. Although, to be fair, he did sleep in until 6:40 (yesterday and the day before were 5:30 wake up calls).

And what better way to start the day than licking the plate before your food is done and promptly rubbing it on your head. Looks like another bath is in order (which he'd love).

This kid is ALL boy.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Photo Dump

Please take a moment to enjoy these photos that have been sitting on my phone. 

Bear Down!
Thanks for the hats, Uncle Drew! 

Just an afternoon snack on the couch while watching some football.  


This was after trying to climb through the top rungs and just hanging there.
I tried to get a picture prior to the fall but no such luck. 

 I tried to give her her own Chipotle experience.  
She chose to add a handful of cheese, one tomato, one bean, and five pieces of chicken. 


Thanks for the sticker books Aunt Debbie and Uncle Don. Major hit! 

 Not a major hit... dropping your phone on the ground and Mommy making you eat lunch before you pick it back up. 

And finally.... Bye, bye, Daddy!

Monday, February 1, 2016

a real weekend rewind

Happy February!

I really hyped up this weekend with Monkey. I told her several times that it was going to be warm out and we'd be able to play outside.  Each time it went like this:

Me: Tomorrow it's going to be warmer! We'll be able to ride our bikes and play in the rice box!
Monkey (without skipping a beat): WILL THE POOL BE OPEN?!
Me: No. It's not that warm.
Monkey (completely dejected): Oh.
Monkey: How many more sleeps until the pool is open?
Me: About 120.

She seriously asks almost once a day if the pool is open.

Dr. GMac visited on Friday evening as Monkey said she wasn't feeling well.  He wasn't buying it.  Placebos were prescribed.


Saturday was magnificent weather speaking.  It was GMac's first real outside time as a full-fledged walker.  Monkey made sure to show him the ropes.


Walks were taken, the rice box was played in, the heat was turned off, and windows were briefly open (I may have thought it was warmer out than it really was).


I made a loser chili recipe (I really thought the Pioneer Woman would've come through for me this year) for Sunday night.

We grilled for dinner and C yoga'd outside.

Sunday morning I made some delicious frozen waffles.  GMac loved them so much he helped himself to Monkey's.




Monkey woke up a bit under the weather.  Sore throat, cough, head ache, congestion, and a "pumpkin in her throat." Fortunately after some Tylenol the pumpkin was gone, but she still wasn't herself all day.


That didn't stop her from a pre-church walk and going to Grandma and Grandpa's house.


While she was away the mouse played.  We took GMac on a nice long walk while he soaked everything in. This boy was made to be outside.  He'll even bring you his shoes and sit down for you to put them on.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

No girls allowed!

This guy is a climber. He'll climb on, through, or under whatever he can.  

This weekend he discovered the fireplace.  

Monkey wouldn't go in without her flashlight because it was too dark and too scary. 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Baby Carrier Update

I'm sure you already guessed (because people know eBay and bidding better than I do) that I did not get the baby carrier.

I was devastated last night when I kept getting out bid.

I'm still a little bit sad.

I'll just have to get a new one after vaca.




Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend Rewind

Psyc!

All you need to know about this past weekend is that I am knee deep in an eBay bidding "war" (read: there have been 7 bids total, I've been bid 5 and 7) for an Ergo baby carrier. I don't normally do this kind of thing (my only other eBay bid was 6 years ago for some Keens) so you can imagine my anxiety levels are a bit higher than normal.  The auction (is that even what they call them?) ends at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and I NEED THIS BABY CARRIER!!

I am not including a picture for fear you all will bid me up. 

Why?  Because GMac is quickly reaching the Baby Bjorn weight limit and is a bit of a sun-downer in that every day at 4:45 he gets all "hold me! hold me!" which makes preparing a semi-decent dinner next to impossible.

I had Monkey step on a scale at the doctor's office last Friday. I'm please to report shes a whopping 32 pounds (fully clothed and holding an iPhone). Assuming I win this baby carrier (AND I WILL) she still has 13 pounds of baby carrying left.

In other, non-eBay bidding news, I've finished four books so far this year. While I don't expect to be able to keep that rate up, I do need some suggestions. Please keep them light. I don't need enlightened, I need entertained.  I'm hoping to get to a biography of sorts by  Spring. I don't do period books (nothing old) and also I do not do heavy reading for fun as I don't enjoy books with big words I have to look up (because that's not enjoyable to me).  Kuddos to the nook for having a built in dictionary. Just thinking about difficult books gave me a head ache.

I'm missing this book again. This is the third time I have lost it in my house. Mark found it the first time, I found it the second time so who knows who will find it the third time. I've searched my two boxes of books (fancy book storage, eh?) and can't find it.  I'm offering another reward for it's return. I'd like to find it before our trip, but I'm not holding my breath.

Gmac is still not talking.  We have "baba" for a bottle (and possibly food) and the very lose usage of "Mama" for whenever he wants something.  He has said "papa" once to my dad and "yes" when I asked if I could leave him home with C while I went to Starbucks, but other than that, nada.  It's probably because Monkey talks enough for all of us.

Happy Monday (and please send book recommendations).