Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

The week of Halloween has come and gone now and perhaps I will post a photo of Maeve sans the cow outfit after this entry. Tonight was Maeve's first Halloween. It was hilarious -- Avery, Bennett, and Maeve did a little trick-or-treating together. It was a little bit like herding cats. Maeve was not as focused as I would like her to be when it involves free candy for herself (me). She would stop to smell the flowers, pick up leaves, want to play in water fountains, and point to airplanes in the sky. But, we got the job done and then enjoyed homemade soup at Amy and Brent's while answering the door to the kids that had more drive and stamina.


Bennett was a golfer. Ummm... Maeve you may want to back up a little bit...


A victory -- we made it to the front door. Ohhhh... there are some pretty flowers here!


In position...


Avery and Bennett got the concept a little better... Maeve just thought we were a bit nuts but went along with our shenanigans nevertheless...


Give us candy!


I think I heard an airplane...


A golfer, a cupcake, and a cow...

Happy 2nd Birthday Avery!

Super fun day with so many birthdays to celebrate. I can't believe 2 years have passed since this little red head entered the world. We were thrilled to be able to celebrate her birthday with her today.

The Birthday Girl!


I'm not sure Maeve has had a cupcake since her own birthday party -- she was mostly interested in smooshing it all around...


Sporting a new backpack and opening up great gifts...


And, apparently all I need to get Maeve is a ribbon. This kept her entertained for a good half hour...


Avery was the beneficiary of many great gifts... and the big ticket item was this fancy new kitchen. Super duper fun. As soon as Maeve saw the kitchen she dropped the ribbon. I mean, it was food related, therefore it must be good. :-)

Cowmooflauge

Has anyone seen Maeve?

Practice...

We had to stop by the Wilson's this morning to show them Maeve's cow costume and get some lovin'... We also had to wish Miss Sofie a big happy 16th birthday! (Yeah, I suck... I failed to get a photo of the birthday girl)

Abe hand feeding the calf (to make sure she didn't mess up her costume prematurely)...


Eli hugs...


A trial run to show Maeve what trick-or-treating was all about...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Boooo or Moooo?

She makes a scary skeleton right? (these jammies glow in the dark too, which is sort of eerie when you check in on her while she sleeps)


She wanted to practice for tomorrow... now we're saying "roar". We have one day to work on a more effective "mooo"...

A Day in the 'ham...

After Friday waffles with the gang, Maeve and I headed north to Bellingham for the day. Why? because some of our favorite people live there. Maeve and I hung with Cj, Lance, Pax, and Beckett for the day... Some friends are just so relaxing to be around -- they are these type of friends. It was beautiful out and we enjoyed a nice walk to Maynards Ice Cream Parlor... Yum. This was our destination even after Cj and I talked at length about how we've fallen off the wagon with Jillian's 30 day shred... But, when you want ice cream you need to get it. Right?


Mommy said there was a park this way...


The lovely Cj... and sweet Beckett...


Maeve is definitely a climber a now...


And fearless as she flies down the slide...


Swinging never gets old...


Did we mention that Superman joined us? He definitely can fly. See -- proof.


Pax, I mean, Superman and Maeve having a moment...


Kisses for Beckett...


Superman treated us to some cowboy songs...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Pre Show...

Nanny Annie is out of town helping her mother out, which meant I scored and took Maeve on their weekly date today -- Gymboree class. Such fun. And, because Halloween is this weekend, the kids dressed up in their respective costumes. Maeve totally enjoyed being a cow for most of the morning, and asked to wear it again this afternoon, which bodes well for Sunday. I have to say, she makes a pretty sweet looking cow.. and she's even practicing her "moo" sound (although, she sometimes gets confused and comes out with a fairly aggressive "bahh" instead).

The cutest little calf ever...


bouncy bouncy bouncy...


Even gymbo the clown got dressed up (he kind of freaks me out...)


Maeve being so brave and navigating the tunnel 4 feet off the ground...


Ha Ha Mooooo!


"bubbles... bubbles... bubbles..." Maeve's favorite part of the class...

Sick Pumpkin?

Something has gone terribly wrong....

Interpreter Wanted:

Maeve is collecting words quickly. The problem is, her mother isn't deciphering these new words as fast as Maeve is acquiring them. She looks right at me with her big questioning eyes and repeats her newfound word over and over and over again... like twenty times in a row. Okay, throw me a bone... give me a hint... perhaps act it out... point to it? Finally I pretend like I know what she's saying and get excited and give her a cheer for telling me such an important fact. I'm pretty sure she knows I'm faking it... because when I really do understand her and repeat back what she's said, she practically falls over with excitement and gives me a squeal of delight. Sorry Maeve, I've never been really good at charades or guessing games, for that matter. But, I'll keep trying...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lazy Sunday...

Aside from twisting my arm to have breakfast out with my Mom and a couple of her friends this morning, Maeve and I hunkered in. We've had a busy week and staying inside and watching the rain storm play out while all cozy and dry seemed like a fine idea. I showered only to put, essentially, pj's back on. I changed Maeve into loungewear also, so that she felt authentic too.

Maeve has a new discovery -- babies. Now "baby" could either mean Baby Beluga or a baby doll. My mom brought up the stroller I received from Santa when I was a child to walk my dolls -- and now Maeve is doing the same. I'd love to say... Ah, how cute, but all I see are the abdominal rolls the doll is sporting that look eerily similar to the ones I sport -- except I have more.


And, seeing as we had time on our hands and a well rested little girl, I decided to be a bit more creative with her hair. One can only hope she doesn't decide to do backflips and summersaults in her sleep and have them half out by morning... no worries either way I suppose.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Trip to the Farm...

Today we had a field trip with Maeve's daycare class... except, it wasn't a field trip, because they don't do those anymore... so, we've labeled it a "community day"... I was so happy to be able to go because I don't know a lot of the kids in her class simply because Maeve is dropped off really early and picked up late on our work/school days. So, three days a week Maeve has this life that I really know very little about... Kinda weird. But, she loves her school and her classroom is just great. Can't beat that. So, we had a good little showing of parents, kids, and teachers.

So, we went off to this great little farm about half an hour away. We'll definitely visit it again because it was perfect for the pint sized kiddos. It has a ton of baby animals and petting and feeding opportunities. All was great in the world until Maeve was eye to eye with an aggressively honking goose. That sort of ruined her desire to get close to any other animals the rest of the trip. Oh well... next time.

Maeve greeting one of her school friends...


Up close and personal with the goats...


"Maaaaaa...."


Feeding the friendly ducks...


Amy and Bennett came along too because Maeve and Bennett were in the same class up until about a month ago. Bennett has since transitioned to the toddler room but wanted to catch up with some of his peeps... (ignore the wild hair once again... thank you).


Gran is in town this weekend and came along for the fun too...


"Cheese...."


This seems like a good place to rest my chin...


Bennett was brave and pet the new chicks...


Playing in the back of a trailer...


We put Amy to work... and it was Maeve's favorite part of the day...


The boots were a little tough to coordinate for this new walker... but, we figured it out... sort of.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Its the Little Things...

...that make you happy. I had to run an errand locally which required Maeve to ride along in the BOB... I promised her when we got home I'd let her out and she could walk. I envisioned a walk around the neighborhood -- but nope. Maeve just wanted to stick to the carport area and had the BEST time. Back and forth, up and down, all around... sheer joy. And she couldn't get enough of crunching the leaves that had fallen. Does this mean she's going to be wanting to be outside all the time now? I just bought her some rain pants... perhaps I should be shopping for myself now too.