Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Anything to make her smile

Check out Grace's new toy....Dora's "talking" house! We bought it at the consignment store so it came with some furniture and several other Dora-related pieces like her Mami, Abuela, Swiper, and Boots...and some things I can't figure out like two horses!It kept her busy and happy on this rainy afternoon when she wasn't feeling great. The doctor said she just has a really bad cold and the congestion is what is making her eyes red and watery. He recommended rest and fluids but he also gave us some prescription eye drops which are VERY difficult to get into a two year old's eyes.
You can really see Grace's runny nose in this photo.
But at least she is smiling!

Monday, September 28, 2009

No school tomorrow

I guess I should be happy that Grace's lethargy yesterday wasn't ALL due to tight shoes. But, that means that she isn't feeling well, which, of course, doesn't make me happy. Her teacher told me that she slept much longer than normal at daycare, didn't eat much lunch, turned down her snack, and when they asked her what hurt she pointed to her ears. So, neither of us is going to school tomorrow. Instead, we are going to visit the pediatrician first thing in the morning to see what is wrong and (hopefully) get some medicine to start her on the track to feeling like her bubbly, happy, energetic self again!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Clueless or just in denial?

Lately, it seems like every time I dress Grace she has outgrown another article of clothing. Granted, the season is starting to change from summer to autumn and the pants, shirts, and jackets I have been pulling out of her closet and drawers were last worn in the early spring. So, it shouldn't surprise me when her jeans are a little shorter than I remember and the sleeves of her shirts don't make it all the way to her wrists. But, today, I feel like a pretty bad mom.Kyle and I took Grace to "climb the rocks" at the national park near us. We did this last week with Daisy and I didn't take the camera. At every turn there seemed to be another photo opportunity that I wish I had captured for the blog. So, we went again today, but it was cloudy and dark along the trail and Grace didn't seem to be in the mood to walk like she was a week ago, so the photos were not great. At first we attributed it to being tired from a lot of nighttime activity that started on Thursday when she went to work with me, followed by the high school football game on Friday night, and then a soccer game last night. Then, we thought maybe she wasn't feeling well. But, after we cut the walk short and we were nearing the parking lot (here comes the Mommy Guilt) Kyle mentioned that he noticed her shoes were too tight. No wonder she didn't want to walk. I was cramming her little feet into shoes that were so obviously too small for her! Bad Mommy! But in my defense, these shoes were NEW at the beginning of August. She hasn't even worn them for 2 months and she has outgrown them!On the way home we stopped at the store and I bought her two pairs of sneakers in the next two sizes. And, Grace has an adorable pair of Stride Rites from Nana and Big Daddy that she will start wearing this week and a cute pair of Nike Mary Janes from my friend Maura in Oregon. I guess there is no stopping Grace's growth, despite my best efforts to keep her "little". Grace even tells me now, "Mommy, I big girl."
Kyle encouraged Grace to say, "Ta da!"
when she climbed this rock.
We noticed a tiny toad along the path. At first, Grace wouldn't hold it
(notice her hands behind her back!)

But it didn't take long for her to change her mind!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A little bribery

It was time to go to bed, but in order to stay up a little longer, Grace agreed to let me take some pictures of her. This is the fake smile I got when I told her to say, "Cheese".

And she gave me this lovely look....hmmmm...
I guess she is telling me what she thinks of our "deal"!....not really cooperating now, is she?It might be bedtime...THAT got her attention.And this one is just cute. (notice the left hand!)Oh such drama!And finally a REAL smile.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Just like Mommy

We borrowed a very appropriate book from the library today, called Me and My Mom, by Alison Ritchie. What attracted me to the book was the cover with two adorable bears on it. Each time we visit the library, in order not to be overwhelmed with the choices, I try to go with a "theme" in mind - the color red, numbers, an upcoming holiday, etc. Grace had been talking about "bears" as we walked in the door, so I looked for books with bears as the characters. But, what made this book great was that the little bear in the book tried to do everything "just like mom"! How appropriate for my toddler who has been imitating everything I do - talking on the phone, cooking, putting money in her purse, going shopping with her baby in the cart, putting the baby to sleep, doing laundry, driving... That can be a good thing and it can be...well, I guess you know I have been on my best behavior since a little someone is always watching me!

Tonight, Grace wanted to clean the floors. Who am I to argue?I just might hire her out to start saving for her college fund!She also does bathrooms.And she doesn't even stop for potty breaks!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Clippity KLoPP

Looking for something fun to do on an early fall day, I stumbled upon a place in our area called "Kids Love Pony Parties". In addition to doing pony rides for birthdays at your location or their barn, they also offer private pony "experiences" for kids 2 and up. They call this the "Clippity KLoPP Club". It sounded perfect for Grace to get to pet and brush a miniature pony, see the stables, and ride a pony for as long as she wanted....all for $30! You can't beat that!So we ventured out on Saturday morning, dressed in our finest fall attire to see what it was all about.I was thrilled and surprised as we pulled up to the location when we saw their marquee welcoming Grace. You can't beat that for making someone feel special! The owner, Carla, and her daughters were patient, kind, and low-key the entire time. We never felt rushed. Grace got to meet their horses, bunnies, and cats as she became comfortable in and around the barn.
Getting a kiss!

After putting on a helmet for safety......Grace rode Peanut as much as she wanted.She brushed Princess and decorated her mane with lots of ribbons and bows......she climbed to the top of the barn to drop hay into the stalls,
and she gave all the horses treats at the end!
Grace didn't smile or talk very much while she was riding but we know she loved it because she didn't want to leave when it was time to go.
Oh, could that be a smile?
Maybe we'll go back again someday.