Right before we left - she picked out her outfit! I love it!
WOW it's been awhile since I've blogged on here. Lo and I haven't had many adventures the last month or so until this past week. We've been sick and trying to get over the winter blues. A small town never seems so small until it's Winter time and not much to do with a toddler. Cabin fever is a permanent fixture in our home. Well we kicked out cabin fever last week when Lo and I took a trip to Cape Cod together to stay with my dear friend Lea and her kiddos while her hubby was out of town. Lo had quality play time with her buddies Audrie and Adrian.
The drive both ways went smoothly and the roads were dry the sun out and she slept!!! This kid takes long naps on road trips, it's great!! The way back she slept 3 of the 5 hours. There was lots of play time once we got there including at night when we tried to keep her in her bed in the kiddo's room. It was her first sleep over and it didn't go so well, she thought it was play time at 4 am. UGH! Finally by the end of the trip she got it and was able to sleep in the room with the other 2 kids.
Lea and I got quality time together at night and played with my Wii a lot!! Lea is now a Wii convert! LOL Anyways, we had a great trip but we're glad to be home. Here are some photos from the trip! Enjoy!
Lo teaching Rorie to play the drums.
Lo reading to Adrian, making up the story as she goes.
Well we've had quite an exciting week around here this week. We've been gearing up for Lo's third birthday party and had an unexpected surprise from the Potty Training Fairy. Yes that's right! Just in time for her 3rd birthday he showed up!
The other morning Lo woke me up as usual and told me she had to go potty. I was like OK, I jumped out of bed and ran her to the bathroom to find she just went in her pull up. She just missed it. First time she's told me that. Anyways we are getting dressed and she tells me she doesn't want a pull up or a diaper but wants to run around in her birthday suit, her original birthday suit. Butt naked! I told her she would have to use the potty (we put it in the living room) if she was naked and she said OK. I was a bit leery at first thinking of all the wet puddles I'd be stepping in all day unexpectedly but she surprised me. I being the multi-tasker that I am was downstairs in the studio wiring a painting when all of a sudden I heard from upstairs the wonderful music coming from her potty chair!! I ran up and she was jumping up and down saying "I did it Mommy!!!" I have never been more proud to see a cute little bucket with pee in it! She amazed me!! She didn't have any accidents the rest of the day and used the potty on her own without any assistance from me. She even knew to wipe, thanks to her older friends Audrie and Victoria my girlfriend's daughters who both live in different states! LOL Figure that one out! The next big hurdle was #2, I thought this would be bad, I was once again surprised. She told me to get out of the bathroom (by this time she had upgraded to the big potty) so I did and closed the door. I hear her in there talking to herself saying she could do it (so cute!) . PLOP! Little feet running out the door, "Mommy I did it!!" We did a celebration dance and she got the lollipop that was promised to her!! We're officially done with diapers and are now in pull ups, we'll try underwear next week! I'm soo proud of my girl!!!! I guess when you're ready, you're ready. She initiated the whole thing! Just in time for her third birthday too!
Monday is her 3rd birthday. WOW how the time flies!! Today we had her birthday party with family and her little buddies. She was soooo excited to be able to party with them! We had her dressed in her new duds and she looks so big now. Can't believe it. She helped us blow up the balloons with the party in the box deal with a disposable helium tank, so much fun and cheaper than going to the party store! She had her Yo Gabba Gabba themed party as planned and it was great! Here are some photos from the day. Enjoy! We'll be taking her out to dinner for her birthday where they sing you a birthday song. She'll love that!!!
Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas season. I did but I'm glad it's over. I'm ready for Spring! LOL too bad I have to wait awhile, especially up here in the tundra!
Well Lo and I haven't had many adventures lately. We've been trying to get back into routines and also attempted potty training. That still scares me! Gotta try again. Her third birthday is in 2 weeks! YIKES! We're gearing up for her party now. She wants a "Yo Gabba Gabba" themed party. Jason hates the show he thinks it's too trippy but I think it's creative and she loves it. She'll be helping me make favor bags and other things for the party. I'll be sure to post and take photos when we start the prep work.
This morning's adventure was to take off all the Christmas ornaments on the tree so Daddy could put the tree out for garbage pick up tomorrow. We did that and I have little stab marks to prove it. We won't be getting another Blue Spruce for that reason, the horrible needles!! After that she requested tea time with her buddy Buzz Lightyear er... "Mrs. Nesbit" and of course me. We had a little tea party at her tiny little Dora table. I think this will be a daily occurrence while it's in the teens outside. I started feeling sick today, got a little dizzy and really needed her to nap. Did she? No of course not, not the day I needed it. She did make me laugh though when I saw her come down in just a skirt and carrying a dress on a hanger wanting me to put it on her. She then got into my purse and put on 3 different types of lip gloss. Here's the proof. LOL Kids!!!
Our 3 mugs.
Buzz or "Mrs. Nesbit"
Look at those lips! See my purse in the background?
We're very excited about the end of the week because some of our best friends are visiting from Cape Cod!! I haven't seen them since the Spring and J for over a year. Lorelei will have 2 playmates for the weekend!! Audrie and Adrian!! We're super happy! Can't wait to kick back and just hang out and play cards with them. Good friends are hard to come by!! Keep the ones you have close! I'm sure I'll take a ton of photos! Till then! Have a great week if I don't blog again!
I'm quite happy I'm keeping up with this blog! YAY for me! OK enough cheering and patting myself on the back. On to my real post.
I'm in a quandary. Lorelei pretty much gave up naps during the whole broken femur incident (see first post) and when she gave that up I lost my creative time. She has been sick this week with a cold and I've been encouraging naps or at least rest time so she gets better sooner. Today I was given the 13 yr. old 'tude from my almost 3 year old and decided it was a definite nap time (since she was yawning). She fought for a bit but then it was silent. She was asleep! I could hear the angels singing "HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH!" I had some me time!!! I didn't waste it either. I grabbed a cuppa and got on my trusty Mac and started working on a graphic design project for a client (yes I still do them on occasion). I have been needing some time and haven't had it lately so this was a perfect opportunity. I got it all done. Well she ended up napping about 2 hours which was great, or so I thought. She woke up happy and was glad to see Daddy since he was finally home. FAST FORWARD to bed time and she was in bed by 8:30, not asleep or even close to it. She was wide awake till a little after 10 and she kept getting in and out of bed saying she needed things. UGH! Talk about kink in the night! So my question is this....keep trying to force the naps or give up on them? Usually with no nap she goes to bed early like 7:30-8:30 at times. But she's fussy and cranky around dinner time. If you still have a toddler who is almost 3 what do you do? I'd love some advice!
Enough about naps. (yawn) So phase 2 started on the rocking chair today and I have to say I like it the way it is. I was going to stencil on it and do a pattern but wasn't sure. My mom had a cool idea of doing a "Swirlyville" scene on it which would fit the chair perfectly considering the color it is. I think I might try and do that which means Lo can no longer help me. She LOVES to paint. "Swirlyville" is where I started when I first started doing non-digital art. I sold my original watercolors for TOO cheap on Etsy and they sold like hotcakes! :)
Today Miss Lo asked me to make a pumpkin pie. I'm not a baker by any means. In fact I just barely bought some cookie sheets. LOL I don't have the ingredients to make pumpkin pie other than her Elmo pumpkin. So we decided to roast our own pumpkin seeds. She was so excited and started pulling out all the seeds for me. We cut Elmo's face off to save for a day or two until I can throw it out without her missing him and threw the pumpkin outside for the squirrels to nibble on. The pumpkin seeds were delicious!! She loved them too.
Putting the seeds in a bowl for Mama
She's usually dressed!
About to be baked.
All in all it was a good day, managed to get my workout and shower in too! It's the little things right?? Tomorrow we'll be making a little cotton ball snowman together and may go see Santa at the mall just to get out. I have major cabin fever at the moment!! Get me outta here!
So our adventure today was keeping the boogies away, I know yucky, right? It must be Winter time with all the lovely germs floating around. Yes that's right little Lo caught a cold and it came with lots of boogies! I'm praying and taking vitamins and colloidal silver to keep the bug away from me. I am feeling run down since my workout today and I'm hoping I'm just tired. Early bed for me tonight!
We had lots of play time today, not taking her out while she's still sick which means cabin fever for me. We did phase one of her rocking chair today. Painted it with gesso and she had so much fun helping me. We turned on iTunes and let the Christmas music play while we painted. She ended up covered in gesso on her arms but had fun getting messy so I was good with it too. She informed me she wanted to paint the chair blue (my favorite color mama!) :) So funny, blue has always been my favorite color even as a girl. I was never a pink lover, it was always blue and sometimes purple too. Makes me smile!
She insisted on bringing down every little tiny character she had in the house today to play with me. "Play with me Mama." was the phrase of the day to which I complied. We had fun together but I had such little energy :( I did manage to get my workout in and a shower so those were my big accomplishments of the day. Actually my biggest was putting stamps on all 70 (yes 70) Christmas cards and getting them in the mail for tomorrow. Not sure why I still send with such a huge list! I must be insane! :)
Anyways besides wiping all the boogies it was a pretty good day. We had fun together. The best was tonight while playing on the floor all 3 of us. I was a boat, Lo was the passenger and Daddy was the motor. To make the boat go they had to hit my behind! LOL Lo kept falling out the boat and then the tickle monster would get her and pull her back in to tickle. Good times! She was having a blast and that's all that matters.
So I've missed a few days on here and I've missed blogging. The last few days have been pretty busy with babysitting, shopping and a surprise birthday party for a friend. Can't say we've had many adventures over the last few days but I'm noticing more and more how much Lo needs us. She's been wanting to do lots of things together with J and I and it's so cute. We ask her what she wants to do and who she wants to do it with and her response is always, "Daddy, Mama & LOLO!" she always exclaims her name at the end. We're a threesome and she knows it!
Lo with her sweet cousins Caden & Corlin
(gotta get rid of that binkie!)
We don't get much adult time and get to go out much but I was very appreciative to my brother and his wife for watching Lorelei. She had quality cousin time last night with her cousin Corlin. They had a blast together. We went to a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend and it was nice to get out for a bit. So we're there enjoying the band, enjoying the food and quality conversation but almost every conversation either started or ended with Lo. Many people remembered her broken leg and were asking how she was doing. I'm amazed at how many people remember our little star. We went to our favorite Greek restaurant tonight and that is where Lorelei took her first steps after her cast was off, it's her favorite too. Anyways I forgot we had the same server tonight until she mentioned how well our girl was doing. She's quite dynamic our little one! Lorelei has been asking for Tsatziki so we took her out for Greek food, our family favorite and we have a great restaurant in town! In Lo's words, "UMMM I LOVE Tsatziki!"
Still haven't painted her rocking chair yet! Hoping to do that tomorrow. Here's a photo of her when I first bought it. Look how small she looks!!
Anyways hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! Will post more adventures during the week. Told ya not much has been going on! :)