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What are they thinking?

  • March 7, 2011 7:42 pm

Why do toddlers do what they do? What possesses a perfectly normal 2 year old to stuff her hippo stickers into the cord receptacle of my new vacuum cleaner?

 The fact that she’s a normal 2 year old.

Note: 2 hippo stickers WERE harmed in the rescue attempt. One is totally out of reach and will spend the rest of it’s life staring woefully out at the world…with me staring woefully back at it.

Making a snowman

  • December 13, 2010 11:41 am

I just realized how badly I’ve neglected my blog.  That other social medium (yes, I am talking about Facebook!) tends to get all my frequent updates and take away from my need (or so I think) to blog.  But I want things chronicled in a place I can always leaf back through, and Facebook is not that place.

Yesterday we got our first winter storm of the season.  When all was said and done, maybe there’s about 5-6 inches of snow out there.  And now it’s cold.  Severely and bitterly cold.

In the beginning part of the storm, when temperatures hovered just around freezing and snow was flying about, we bundled Kira up in her new snow duds and sent her out on the deck to build a snowman with daddy.  She loved scuffing around in the snow and immediately started copying everything Joseph did.  She tried to roll snowballs, but that takes a bit more coordination than a 2 year old can handle.  She did master, and thoroughly enjoy, the art of packing snow on the snowman, which really just looks like a snowpile.  She would scoop up bits of snow, pack it on, and then say “there!”  So adorable.

Pumpkins & Finger Painting

  • October 21, 2010 12:03 pm

We made the yearly trip to the pumpkin patch.  Well, it’s only Kira’s second year I guess and I actually got ZERO pictures of her with pumpkins last year, so really this is her first time.  She had a great time running all over the place carrying a corn cob (“stick”) and even picked out her very own little pumpkin.  She had an “I’m tired and want to do as I please” meltdown right at cider and donut time, so she didn’t get any…and we had to eat ours really fast. 

Daddy & Me

I got Kira some Crayola finger paints.  She hates having stuff on her fingers, so I set her up with paintbrushes, a big sheet of paper, and a paint shirt.  She happily painted away for an hour before I finally decided it was time to move on to other activities.  I couldn’t believe she’d painted only on the paper (and not on the table or the floor or any other nearby objects).  I’m hoping the next time will be just as successful.  If so, “finger” painting is going to be a God-send for keeping her busy.

Sometimes you just need a cookie…

Playing in the Dirt

  • October 12, 2010 7:03 pm

They’re digging the foundation for a new house next door.  Kira discovered that the big mounds of dirt on the border of our yard are pretty neat.  She scampered up really easily, then accidentally lost her footing and slid all the way down on her tummy.  Well, it turns out, that is FUN!  So she continued to climb up, “accidentally” lose her footing, and slide back down, giggling the whole way.  What a scamp!

Just to show that she’s pretty sometimes…

Keeping your toddler busy!

  • October 5, 2010 10:54 am

Some would say that keeping your almost-2-year-old busy is a challenge.  I say that it’s nearly impossible!  I will say that if I was not trying to work full time from home and entertain a busy little girl, it would probably be a bit easier.  In fact, I know it would be easier because on my days off, it’s not a problem at all.  But Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm, trying to work with Kira pushing books and magnadoodles and other things in my lap every five minutes begins to take its toll on my sanity.

Yesterday, out of desperation, I dragged out the pots and pans and spoons for the first time since Kira’s been born.  She has a great time banging away.  Today, I unrolled a long sheet of Christmas wrapping paper (upside down) and plopped her on top of it with a big box of crayons.

How long will this last?  Hopefully longer than it takes to write this short blog post!

In other cuteness, here’s Kira in her new dress and tights on Sunday.  She also had a coordinating denim jacket with purple trim, but the battery in my camera died right as I tried to snap the photo.  Sigh.