Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Moment in Time...


Well, Maeve is definitely two and half these days.... The days are filled with fun, excitement, dancing, singing, questions, disagreements, arbitration proceedings, snuggles, story time, play time, and to the sheer delight of Maeve, occasional Dora time too. (Oh wow, she is enamoured by that adventurous spanish speaking girl. She likes to tell me stories as to what Dora did and said. Pretty funny). Anywho, I feel like I should document a few of the other things that are heard around the house these days...

"Moooom.... I have a question" -- which is followed by a statement or story, but not, in fact, a question.

"I can do it" -- for everything. Everything.

"Mooooom.... I neeeeeeed you" -- heard whenever she can't see me.

"One time..." -- starts a story about what she or someone else did.

"Okay" -- heard whenever I'm asking her to stop doing what she's doing. "Okay" is almost never followed up with the stopping action. She just keeps her head down, never looks up, and carries on doing what she wants to do, all the while saying, "okay".

"I mean..." -- scattered throughout the stories she's telling.

She can be a wee bit bossy from time to time. She's so busy trying to control her world that she runs around and tries to tell everyone what or what not to do.

She's upped the number of wardrobe changes each day to about 20. She also likes to layer up sweaters 2-3 at a time and insists on all the buttons being done up. Its a good look, I promise you.

She's quite close to being able to operate zippers.

She likes to point out matching colors.

She can be found carrying a step stool all over the house trying to reach anything and everything.

She will scale mountains to get a hold of my iPhone. If she's being particularly quiet and not in my sight, I know that she made a successful snatch.

Potty talk is hysterical to her. She often doesn't follow the rules that potty talk should only happen in the bathroom because she's so busy telling me the words that should only be said in the bathroom. Also, she'll sometimes run into the bathroom and say all the potty words she knows and then run out again, or she'll just put one foot in the bathroom and spout potty talk. She thinks its so so funny. I'm so proud.

Its wild how quickly she's growing up and she's no longer a baby at all... she's a little person with thoughts, ideas, likes, dislikes, and opinions. I love her to death.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

One Little Monkey...

...jumping on the bed.




pure fun...

Plain Cuteness...

Gosh mom, you're hysterical... (I know)


Propping Teddy up to smile for the camera...


Giving Baby Alice a kiss...

The Year of the Dragon...

We're so lucky to live in a city with an International District. Why I don't venture down there more often, is beyond me. Kathleen, Jeff, Elizabeth, Maeve, and I headed down to see the festivities for the Chinese New Year. We watched a couple of shows, ate a little chinese food, saw some kids dressed up, and saw the dragons in action, which is what I really wanted to see....






Maeve was scared of the dragons at first, and then wailed when we left. She can appreciate a good time... but napping was required by all.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Twists...

...and her first trim. I've been talking about doing this for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it until today. 2.75 hours and way too much Dora later, Maeve's hair was done. I trimmed off the end of each twist too. It's super cute and Maeve likes shaking her head back and forth to see the twists swing. Too bad I lost my bead threader as Maeve keeps asking for beads... wouldn't be a better hairdo than this, I imagine.

We were probably at least 4 Dora episodes strong here...


Not perfect, by any means... but a good first effort.


I like it.

Bike Riding Kind of Day...

"But, Mom... you said we were going on a bike ride! I don't want my picture taken... I want to ride my bike."


Focused. I tried to get her to pedal her own weight... it came under duress, but she did it.


She wanted to take her backpack and stuffed friend along for the ride today...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research..

Its been over 3 years since I last played with Ben. He was such an intense, passionate, and funny little boy. I feel so lucky to have been a part of his world. Jeff, Carin, and I became great friends over the course of Ben's treatment. What phenomenal people they are -- you're just drawn to them. And, what a horrific turn their lives took, starting with Ben's cancer diagnosis. I see kids and families battle this horrible illness every day. And, every single day I am fearful that it will creep into my own life... into Maeve's life. Jeff and Carin have started a movement that has the potential to change everything about how pediatric cancer is treated... and cured.

What a legacy, Ben... you are missed so much. Your parents are doing amazing things.


Introducing: The Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research from ben towne foundation on Vimeo.

A Crazy Week...

Last week was exhausting... it was a total snow week here in Seattle and I didn't get to play in any of it. Lame! Sadly I hold the title of being an 'essential personnel', and there are no real excuses that fly for not getting to work. Thank you to all my generous and giving friends for helping me out on the childcare front. Between Monday and Thursday, Maeve played with 5 different families... and then had a bit of daycare there in the middle (daycare opened late and closed early each day). Anywho, I discovered that my Jetta pretty much bites in the snow (as evidenced by the 560 we enjoyed on the way to work)... my Honda was such a rock star of a car, I never even considered that I couldn't plow my way somewhere... no matter now, the snow is gone and I don't plan on getting Maeve up on skis until next season anyway. Must budget for some quality snow tires it would seem.

We headed up north on Friday for a certain someone's 4th birthday... Super Hero themed and all... It was super fun for the kids and the adults all enjoyed catching up with each other. Here's what went down:

A little 'freeze dance'...


Lunchtime with a ton of little kids... Ann didn't expect everyone to RSVP 'yes'... but how could we not come??


Of course Mike owns his own Super Hero costume...


And then there was a critter guy...


The birthday boy!


Check it out!


And then we got to spend the rest of the weekend with Todd, Stacy, Taryn, and Kate... its so fun that we get to see them so often. And, yay! They bought a house this past week...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Whatev Mom...

Waiting for the Snow...

There were some snowflakes falling... it was very exciting, I must say...


And, then there was enough to crunch around in... in our 'snow crocs' of course.


And, today while I was working, Maeve and Anna played in the little bit of snow that is still here. There is an expectation of more this week... that will make a 2 year old very very happy.

Playdates Galore...

This past weekend was full of fun playdates... I captured Gudeta and Maeve's shananigans at lunch.... they're pretty funny together, these two.

It started like this....






And, ended like this...

Outdoor Activities...

Its cold out there these days... I like to be warm. I figured we both deserved to be treated to a starbucks en route to the park.... equivalent hot shots for our hands, while warming up from the inside, out.


Friday Night Dinner Club...

Resumed this week... Maeve is always happy when kids come to play... especially older kids. "Nooooaaaaahhhhhh..... Noooooaaaaahhhh" was the word of choice from Maeve that evening. She loves him. This was a great kick off to a fun, social, and lazy weekend.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Moving Target...

Hair days come with the reward of watching a video (or two or three or four... depending on how epic of a hair day it turns out to be)... The hands down video of choice these days is Dora. Maeve cannot get enough of Dora (thank you Santa). After watching an episode, Maeve will tell me all about Dora and Boots and Swiper, and what they said or did. Its so funny to watch her while she's entranced because she thinks Dora is talking to her, and Maeve will respond and do all things requested of her -- including getting up and jumping over watermelons. This becomes a bit problematic when I'm trying to detangle and style her hair....

Pausing for a little watermelon jumping...

Much Improved...

Quiet time/nap time is better... and going to bed at night is much better. She still fights the thought of it and immediately starts crying out for people she knows... hoping they will whisk her away from her mean mom. But, she concedes shortly thereafter. I slowly weaned myself away and she now listens to Poppy and Sam as she drifts off to sleep. I may have to start looking for more audio cd's in case this gets old... but, I love them right now.

I found Maeve like this during her quiet time... it also helps when you have a fuzzy friend you can snuggle up with too...

Who'd Have Thunk It....

I'm getting a bit crafty? (Carin, its okay... we can still be friends). I was recently introduced to Pinterest, and it has provided me with a few ideas. I was inspired by this post -- I have been looking for the perfect growth chart for a while now. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out... What do you think?

I just bought a plank of wood at Home Depot, stained it 3 times, and then got out my trusty ruler and pencil and started marking off lines... (3 inches for the numbers, 2 inches for the quarters, and 1 inch for the rest)... I then went over all my pencil markings with my newly purchased Sharpie paint pen.


Next step was putting on the numbers. Amy printed off numbers for me, I rubbed the back with pencil, and then just traced them onto the board with a pencil so that it left an outline on my new 'ruler'. My Sharpie paint pen was utilized again. When all was said and done, I just put a clear finish on it. Total cost of all products, stains, and finish... less than $20. Love that.


The hardest part was hanging it on the wall... there may be a few holes that are conveniently covered up by our new growth chart, maybe :-)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Zoo....

Avery hung out with us today so we bundled up and headed to the zoo.... Its fun that the girls are at an age where they play really well together and have fun with each other... well, most of the time anyway. ha.