Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Picnic's and BBQ's

Today was a double header. It was Maeve's daycare's annual picnic and pre-school graduation, and BBQ night at Dan and Annie's. Summer still needs a good kick in the pants, but this afternoon ended up being sunny and fairly warm. We'll take what we can get at this point.

Maeve picking "flowers" during the graduation ceremony.


Proud parents everywhere. I'm aware that before I know it, Maeve will be up there too... time moves quickly as my baby is already showing signs of less baby and more toddler...


Immediately after the picnic, we moved onto a BBQ, complete with s'mores for dessert...


And, the rivalry continues... an unabashed covering up of Maeve's "Canada" hoodie. It just means that Dan knows how fantastic and great Canada is, and wishes he could be a part of that... Pretty sure anyway.


Wear it proudy, Maeve. Especially tomorrow...


BBQ's, summer nights, friends, and s'mores... awesome.

Yoga Moves

Its ideal to hold position, even in your sleep...


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cuddle Moments...

Relish in the moments right? I love that when Maeve and I play on the floor she constantly crawls into my lap for a quick snuggle and then off she goes to play again. Yay for a snuggly baby.

Ah ha...

I think Maeve had an 'ah ha' moment today. She finally figured out some signs... She has been doing the milk sign for about a month or so now... but, it was fairly arbitrary when she choose to sign it, or only signed it when she was actually drinking milk. But, today she sorted out "more" and "eat" and now uses "milk" in context. Its hysterical to watch as she vigorously signs everything now... and you can see her excitement in being able to communicate these all important needs of hers. We're still working on the "please" and "thank you", but of course she's figured out the signs that revolve around food :-)

Oh, I lied. There is one sign she does that isn't food related. This sign means she wants the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song sung to her... this sign occurs the most. And btw, my rendition is amazing, apparently... just ask Maeve.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Big News...

Someone is crawling... I mean, not just the army crawl, but the real deal. It still isn't happening all the time yet, but she does it a lot now. She has definitely discovered the joy of exploration and is all over the place now. Gone are the days of just plopping her down and finding her in the same spot. But, it is sure fun to see her in action...

Busy Weekend...

It feels so long ago that some of these pictures were taken... but, I guess that just means the weekend was packed.

We've started a Friday morning breakfast tradition. The host rotates but the breakfast menu remains the same -- pancakes. We've invited others, without kids, to this new tradition, but it would appear that the early hour is a deterrent to those that can sleep in... that's weird.


Serious play time post pancakes with Mama Amy keeping order...


Then, it was off to Bellingham again to visit the latest Fisher and his parents and brother... (and they happen to live across the street from a park, so there was no hiding the swing set)


And, here is a shot of the latest Fisher -- Beckett...


Cj and Beckett in the park with us...


We headed up to Canada again and stayed with Dirk, Jodie, Larissa, and Erika. During our visit I played with Ann and Mike, and we had a visit with Gran and Pop too. The whole house was up early on Sunday morning to watch the Germany vs. England game...(Dirk's family is German... so there were some happy campers on Sunday morning). Maeve thought eating breakfast with the TV on and loud commentating on the side was pretty entertaining...


Sunday afternoon found us in North Van to catch up with a bunch of my old high school girlfriends. Every year we try and catch up and see what we've all been up to... Next year it will be our 20 year reunion. How did that happen??


Happy Belated Birthday Melanie... We celebrated Melanie tonight with happy hour and Molly Moon ice cream. Thanks for having a birthday friend!

100 Mile...

...Training Ride. Check.

Now, where is that ibuprofen??

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Found In My Inbox...

Congratulations, you're on the
road to Portland!

With less than a month until the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, you (hopefully) have many training miles behind you, and you're getting serious about the final push toward the event. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 31st anniversary event!


(So, exactly how many training miles should be behind me? Trouble. Serious trouble...)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

She's Back...

Well, mostly anyway. Thank goodness, and thank you Amoxicillin. Now, about that cough...

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Right Ear...

...is the culprit. Maeve has an ear infection.... at least there are drugs to treat it. Fingers crossed that the amoxicillin is working extra fast and we don't have a repeat of last night. No one should be awake in the middle of the night... so I asked Maeve to sleep through the night tonight. I'm pretty sure she heard me... but, did she listen? Time will tell :-)

Happy Birthday Summer...

Alrighty summer... we've been anxiously awaiting your arrival all year, and now you're hiding. Do we need to sing you a song, bake you a cake? We're ready anytime you are...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Readoption Photos...

On Tuesday, May 11th at 9:00am, Maeve was officially readopted in the presence of many friends... Misha captured some shots of the events (thank you Misha), and I just received the photos. Here are some of them...












We're almost done with the stack of paperwork... almost.

Walking?

Apparently, while I worked on Saturday, Maeve walked... with assistance. Here is a reenactment of what went down (And, Maeve... I apologize for all the belly shots. I will move these jammies into the "I have outgrown these clothes despite the fact they are 6 months older than my age already, pile". But, no judgment, baby...):




Okay... I suppose you could say that is walking. ha. I was told that she was more focused and determined on Saturday. Below is the virtual deal for your enjoyment...

Happy Father's Day!!

So, how great is my Dad? He comes down for the weekend to watch Maeve (although, I'm pretty sure that wasn't a tough decision), he and Lynn take me out for dinner, and while I was working, he cleaned my deck for me... umm, Happy Father's Day Dad!?! I did make a pecan pie for you, although, I guess I did eat more than half of it... but, its the spirit of the gesture right? I love you Dad... and thanks for loving me and Maeve the way you do.

Dad hard at work...


You da best...


Snuggles with Grandpa...

Back...

Maeve's been down with another cold. I've been tired. But, we're back now... Maeve and I enjoyed a weekend with Grandma and Grandpa, who came down to watch Maeve on Saturday while I slaved away at work... ha. It was nice for Maeve to be doted on in her home while she was slightly under the weather... She perked up every now and then, so a swing was in order...

Grandpa can push the swing like no other... says Maeve.


An example of the TLC Maeve got from both Grandma and Grandpa... She is one lucky lil' girl.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Loudest 3 Hours...

Fire alarms... great when there's a fire. Not so great when the problem is a malfunctioning alarm, and not an actual fire.

6am... wailing... constant, ear piercing wailing... Jump out of bed. Check all the rooms. No fire. Now what? omg... seriously... make it stop. Maeve is sleeping through it. Thank goodness, she's sleeping through it. How can she sleep through it? Does she have hearing problems? Okay, good. She's awake. She can hear. Now she's crying. I wish she was sleeping through it.

Call your friends, knowing they can't help, but at least they'll know you're in misery. Can't find the manual for the fire system. Pull down one of the alarms. Take out the battery. Damn, its wired in. Still wailing. I'm deaf now. I don't know? Do you call the non-emergency police number? Yes, you do -- and they patch you through to the fire station -- they send out some fire fighters responding to a 911 call (I didn't call 911! oh hell...) But, yay, I have fire fighters in my house. Of course. I look like crap, Maeve has yellow snot oozing from her nose that she's smearing all over her face, and my house is mess. I don't think I'm making the impression I want... oh wait. Right. Fire alarm. Please make the noise stop. They tell me that I need the secret code to punch in the alarm box. I don't have it hooked up to an alarm system gentlemen... but, apparently there is a secret code. They can't help me. Thanks anyway. Then my neighbor comes over and tries to help... and, still the alarms wail. Give in to the noise. Make blueberry pancakes and eat breakfast.

Eventually, Tom, the builder, shows up with his ladder. Love the vaulted ceilings until you need to access them. We managed to deactivate all the alarm boxes -- the culprit that activated all alarms in the house was in my room. 3 hours of wailing and finally there is silence. Oh, how I love the sound of silence... reminds me of a song.

On a positive note... we changed all the batteries in the alarms so I don't have to do that for another year...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Leavenworth Weekend...

...aka, Brent's Birthday Weekend. Thanks Brent for a having a birthday because this weekend was so fun and the weather was perfect. I suppose you could call it pseudo camping... it is fairly rustic -- therefore, we'll say it Maeve's first introduction to "camping". Amy and Brent invited all of us to their cabin in Leavenworth to hang and do whatever we wanted over the perfectly warm and sunny weekend. Here is a glimpse of some of the fun:


If you looked for Maeve this weekend you'd find her like this -- with a handful of stones and twigs that she'd quickly shove in her mouth before someone made her spit out the stones at least. It would seem that she loves the outdoors...


Avery and Maeve chillin' (if you zoom in you see that Maeve has twigs hanging out of her mouth.. ha. The ruffage is good for you right?)


Bennett doing some yard work...


Avery confiscated Bennett's hat...


And, Bennett confiscated Avery's hat...


Gotta love the camp fires...


And a Costco supply of s'more goods...


Heading out for a quick bike ride...



More hanging out in the '80 degree weather... You can see we're all sad about that...


And Maeve was in heaven because Amy and Brent put up a swing on their property...


Avery sporting a sweet 'do and pasty sunscreen. We all told her it was a good look...


There seems to be a slight weight and size descrepancy between Maeve and Maya, who are only one day apart in age... Hey, when you love to eat, you love to eat. And, on that note, Maeve is about to shove yet another stone in her mouth...


Maeve is a fan of camping...


"Happy Birthday to Brent..."


The Birthday Boy and the awesome cake Amy made...


My, how times have changed at the camp fire at night... sort of.