Monday, February 27, 2012

A Packed Weekend...

Maeve and I drove north after work on Thursday night to spend the weekend helping Todd, Stacy, Taryn, and Kate move into their awesome new house, visit with Ann, Mike, Kaya, and Zane, plus get a brunch in with my Dad and Lynn. It was a full weekend, for sure. Maeve was a bit sleep deprived as napping was a out of the question apparently when there was fun involved... it gave me a great foreshadowing to what the 3's are going to involve sooner, rather than later. Fortunately she was able to rebound...

Maeve hanging out with some of her favorite people ever -- Kaya and Zane


The girls...


My great sister-in-law and lucky brother...


Taryn is now officially a teenager... watch out world! Happy Birthday Taryn - I love you so much even though I give you a hard time... that's my job as an Aunt to a teenager :-)


Maeve and I were both thankful that Taryn had a birthday...


Someone managed a quick nap before brunch (thank goodness) and woke up all smiles...


Kate...


Maeve hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cupcakes and Tea Parties...


1st Dance Class

A friend of mine invited us to a drop-in dance class... it was so fun. Maeve had a great time. We had breakfast with our friends, Courtney, Jenn, and Keegan and invited them along to have fun too.


Maeve and Keegan. Super cute. Its fun watching them form a really nice friendship.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Say it as it is...

"Ewwwwww Gross!!" Another favorite saying at the moment... So funny. Especially when 'gross' is pronounced 'gwoss'.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day...

How much food coloring is okay for a kid to ingest? There was a lot of pink and a lot of hearts going on today. As it should be, right? We had fun embracing the day... eating a lot... and giving away treats.

A minor craft project to make it more festive...


Awaiting Maeve when she woke up. First thing she did was shove a chocolate heart in her mouth. Like mother, like daughter...


There were pink pancakes served...


'Look mom -- the milk is pink!!'


And, then we got all dressed up because....


...we had a tea party with one of our favorite people ever -- Annie! (Note the freshly baked cinnamon rolls with pink icing on them, thank you very much...)


Maeve enjoyed pouring us both tea... Maeve also enjoyed turning our tea party into a water table!


Then there was a valentine's story from one of Maeve's valentine's...

We had fun today delivering a bunch of our valentine treats this afternoon too. We both inhaled way too much sugar. Maeve is comatose and I'm coming down from my sugar high now. Hope everyone had a lovely day :-)

Single Mom Playgroup...

What are the chances that there would be so many of us living in the same city? We've started up a single mom's play group that meets once a month -- and all of our kids were born in Ethiopia. Its so awesome because the mom's are really cool and the kids are really sweet, and cute. We're rotating houses and eating yummy Ethiopian food too... we partied at our house this month. Check it out:





Thankful...

I am thankful for my community of friends and family for all that they do and provide us. We are very fortunate to be the recipients of gifts and hand-me-downs, but what I feel the most thankful for are the relationships we have. As a single mom I want to raise Maeve well -- that includes her emotional well being. Being a girl, I tend to spend a significant amount of time around all my girlfriends, but I am cognizant of the fact that Maeve needs solid male role models in her life. This fact helps guide some of the decisions I need to make for Maeve. This is partly why I choose the preschool room that she is in -- there are 2 male teachers. I want Maeve to have consistent men in her life that are purposeful in investing in her. We have many male friends that are very good at giving Maeve attention... but there are a couple that I've asked specifically if they could spend some purposeful one on one time with Maeve, so that she could get that positive attention from quality men, and feel special and loved. An example of this is Dan.

Dan is the closest man in Maeve's life -- without a doubt they both love each other. Dan met Maeve at her Valentine's craft party at school last week because I had to work. I got a phone call later that day from a friend of mine who saw them together just to tell me how great Dan was with Maeve.... he was so attentive and caring. It just makes you feel so good to know that your child is loved, and have that be obvious to others that don't even know him.




Mike is another handpicked male figure for Maeve. Although we don't live in the same town, whenever we do get to see each other he makes it a point to make Maeve feel special. He loves Maeve, she knows it, and its reciprocated too. Both Dan and Mike are Maeve's godparents and they have proven themselves to be good choices. I wasn't worried :-)







And, of course my brother, Todd. Maeve loves him and I think Todd's loving having a little person around again. I couldn't be happier that we now live so close to each other again... its huge for both Maeve and I to have his whole family here now.

Honestly, we are so lucky to have so many involved friends and family in our lives. I knew they were awesome before I brought Maeve home, but it is remarkable to me how amazing they are with Maeve... which makes me love all of them even more.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

She Makes Me Laugh...

Her latest saying makes me laugh, because she says it like she's all grown up and knows she's making a joke... She comes up to something that isn't quite right and says, "wait a second....."

Valentine Yumminess...

We made and decorated cookies this morning...


Showing off our creations. Yes, I know... she's too far off the counter.

Partying Even in Her Sleep...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Couple of Things...


Here are a few things Maeve has learned this week...

Maeve can now spell her name
Maeve knows her birthday
Maeve is turning into more of a monkey - and climbing doesn't come without a few consequences...

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Heard just yesterday...

Maeve -- "Let's skype Dora"
Me -- "I'm not sure that Dora is on skype, honey"
Maeve -- "Let's skype Boots then"


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Snow Time...

I was bitter that I missed out on all the snow fun a few weeks ago, therefore I packed Maeve and I up for a quick sledding trip in the mountains today. The weather has been unbelievable lately, but I heard its supposed to turn back to rain tomorrow, so I wanted to make the most of it...





Fun was had by all...

Another Funny Sleeping Photo...

Annie got her this balloon earlier in the week, which was just hanging out in her room. It would appear that Maeve wanted some Annie loving as she fell asleep.

Ummm. And, don't worry, I moved it away. Glad she didn't strangle herself in the lovefest...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

She Has Moves...

...which she proved at the local Farmer's Market today. Check it out:






We had the most beautiful weekend... every single person in the city was out doing something. I even managed to dust off my runners yesterday while Maeve urged me on with, "Go Mommy Go" all around the lake. It felt good....

Hand-me-downs...

Anna provides us with 90% of Maeve's clothing (even though she refuses to wear the really cool outfits most of the time). We got another bag the other night, so Maeve and I had fun seeing what her latest wardrobe would consist of. I so wish I had taken a picture of Maeve going to bed, but I wasn't willing to risk our bedtime routine with a photo session -- she wore 2x too big jammies, size 10 sandals (2 sizes too big), halloween socks, mittens, and a winter hat... it was so funny....

She ditched the hat and mittens in her sleep...


The next night she still wanted to wear the winter hat to bed...


And, this one is just funny.