Trick and Treat

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From 2009-10-31


A bit late, I realize. Consider that your trick, and this massive update post with THREE (Count them, 1-2-3) albums of pictures, as your treat. :)


From 2009-10-31


The night before Halloween, Lily and I got to hang out with Auntie Lisa, Claire and Abby! It was a really fun day and the girls had a great time hanging out together, and we even had a first-annual (maybe) super-special Halloween sleepover party!! Once the girls were in bed, Lisa and I got to hang out and drink wine cider, eat junk food, chat, and watch cheesy movies (like 2gether)!


From 2009-10-31

The next day, I made a special Halloween breakfast for the crew (Baked Apple Pancakes – yummy, but not at all healthy other than the apple), and we got all the girls ready and headed out. After running a few errands, we headed over to my Aunt’s house to show her the girls in costume, then over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to see Grandma home from the hospital (surgery the day before) and trick-or-treat at their house as well! All three girls were dressed up in these adorable matching Lamb costumes made by Lisa’s step-mother-in-law(?), which were a huge hit!


From 2009-10-31

At that point we parted ways, and we each went home to get our respective kids ready for the real deal – their first “real” night of trick-or-treating! After dinner, Lily changed into her Frog costume and we headed out on the streets. We first went to Derek, Alix, and Sebastian’s house where Lily took the candy Alix offered and then declared “I come in!” and tried to force her way in the house. Luckily we did know them, and Lily got the hang of it after that, so she wasn’t barging into strangers houses all night long! The rest of the neighborhood was pretty dark, but as soon as we rounded the corner onto Zenith I could not BELIEVE how many people were out! It was like being in a mall. I have never, in my entire life, seen that many people out trick-or-treating and it was incredible! We went to about a dozen houses, then ended up running into our friends The Beaverson’s and went back to their house to hang out for a bit. We didn’t end up getting back to our house until 8 or so, so I ended up shoveling 3 bags worth of halloween candy into the bags of 7 trick-or-treaters that came to our house just to get rid of it! :)


From 2009-10-31

Now I’m going to skip forward to the weekend after Halloween. On that Friday, I brought Lily to Kid’s hair in Maple Grove and got her hair REALLY cut – into a Bob! I think it turned out really cute, and it looks thicker and will hopefully all grow out at the same length now and be less of a mullet. Here are some before and after pictures –
Before –


From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06

After –


From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06

More excitement last Saturday when the weather was 60s and BEAUTIFUL so we packed up and went to the MN Zoo! It was the perfect day to be there (apparently everyone else thought so, too, because it was packed!). Lily really got into seeing the animals this time and I think she had a REALLY good time! Her favorite part was the tiger, because we went up to the glass partition at the tiger area and there was a tiger RIGHT on the other side of the glass, pacing back and forth. He was literally INCHES away and I think it about blew Lily’s mind. She’s still talking about it! Since she was such a good girl, I even gave her an ice cream cone (her first whole ice cream cone, and she devoured the. entire. thing.). Sunday we just did outside chores and got some Christmas shopping done.


From zoo 2009-11-07

Random Lily updates – her vocabulary and comprehension continues to completely amaze me. She routinely speaks in FULL (5-10 word) sentences already, and understands concepts (can switch your/my appropriately, etc). She has had a number of very loving moments lately, which completely melts my heart. I will never, ever tire of hearing her say “I love you, Mommy!”. The other day I was kissing her good night and she put her hands on my cheeks and said “I had fun with you today, Mommy.” Tonight as I was getting her ready for bed we were reading a book about Birthdays. I was telling her that she has a birthday coming up, and she’ll be two. She looked at me and said “No, Mommy! I don’t LIKE two. I am THREE.” heh


From zoo 2009-11-07

We have been having a bit of a sleep problem lately, and it seems as if Lily is trying to give up her one and only nap, but I am resisting! She has moved to sleeping in a “big girl bed” at daycare, and sleeps fine there so I’m wondering if she’s looking for the same change at home. I don’t feel ready for that, but if it makes her sleep again, I’ll convert her crib into a toddler bed ASAP! We have another exciting weekend planned this weekend, so I will try and update much sooner next time! :)


From zoo 2009-11-07

“Lily do it!”

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From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

The thing I’ve really noticed about this age is that Lily seems to alternate between absolutely, incredibly, indescribably adorable and insanely frustrating, with very little in between. She is very insistent about doing everything herself, which is good and can be cute, but at times can be so frustrating! Like when we’re in a hurry and need to get out of the house, but Lily insists on putting on her own shoes for 10 minutes. Or brushing her teeth for half an hour before bed.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

But the adorable times completely make up for it. :) Like when she sits down and pulls off her shoes, then grunts and struggles for five whole minutes to get her socks off, and when she finally succeeds she announces “My sock FELL OFF!”. Or pointing out animals in some of her books where there is a Mommy animal and baby animal, and she points to each one and says “Mommy bear. Lily bear. Mommy sheep. Lily sheep.” and on and on like that. Today Jason was carrying her through the doorway that has his pull-up bar on it and she grabbed onto the handles and shouted “I do HANG-UPS!”.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

She is getting to be such a big girl – I can hardly believe it. In just over 2 months, my baby girl will be two years old! It makes me teary even thinking about it. I don’t know how it’s possible the time has gone that fast. This past week Lily has graduated from sleeping in a pack-and-play at daycare, to sleeping on a cot. Jen says she has done REALLY well with the transition, and doesn’t even get off the cot when she wakes up – she just sits up and does her normal babbling. This is encouraging for when she makes her switch to a big girl bed, but I am nowhere near ready to make that change yet! As a reward for doing so well with the cot, she’s also graduated to a big girl chair (no booster or anything) at daycare so she can sit right at the table with all the other kids. She LOVES this! Now at dinner she climbs up on my chair and I have to fight her for it, so she might be making a similar transition at home soon.


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

(Lily proudly showing off the shoes she picked out and put on herself)

The other day she wanted to play with our digital camera, and take some pictures (all by herself, of course). She was very, very closely supervised – mainly because I was worried about something happening to the camera – but she did a good job. And now, Internet, I present to you one of Lily’s first solo pictures –


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009


Isn’t that lovely? And now I’ve put it out on the internet where it will exist forever across the world. ;) She even attempted her own version of a self-portrait, of only her leg –

From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Backing up a little bit, let me talk about what’s been happening lately! A few weeks ago Lily and I met up with an old high school (and college!) friend named Becky, and her two kids – Alexandra (3), and Noah (1). It was fun to see her again and catch up, and Lily and Alexandra really seemed to hit it off! At one point, after watching Becky struggle to carry Alexandra (who didn’t want to walk anymore), and push a sleeping Noah in his stroller, I came up with the suggestion of improvising a double stroller out of mine. Alexandra sat in the stroller and Lily sat on her lap! They got a kick out of it long enough to get us most of the way back to the entrance, and I just chuckled listening to their little conversation on the way there! We also got to feed goats, and see two bears fighting – click the link for more pics!

From Lily Sept-Oct 2009
From Lily Sept-Oct 2009
From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Finally, last weekend we took a trip into the past and went to Winona for the first time in close to 10 years! We went to see a couple of college friends (Blaze and Kelly) get married, and it was a lot of fun! We saw a ton of old friends we haven’t seen in a long time, some who have moved as far away as Pennsylvania. It’s interesting to see how much people have changed, and how much some people haven’t changed!


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

This weekend is our first weekend in close to two months where we have NO MAJOR PLANS and I have been really looking forward to it! Lily, Jason, and Uncle Greggy might go to a Twins game tomorrow (and I will have 3 hours to myself! in the middle of the afternoon!), and other than that I’m just hoping to catch up with some stuff around the house – a little cleaning, laundry, sorting out fall clothes, etc. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


From Lily Sept-Oct 2009

Busy, but fun busy!

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From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

August is flying by faster than any month so far. I love this time of year, and hate how quickly it passes! We have been keeping very busy, which only makes the time pass faster. Last weekend (August 2nd), we had Derek, Alix, Sebastian, and “Ace” over for dinner on the deck. It was a great night, and I think Lily had a great time hanging out with Sebastian! We had fun chatting with Derek and Alix, and were even able to keep eating on the deck during a short bout of rain, thanks to our gigantic umbrella! I completely forgot to take ANY pictures, but Alix was nice enough to send me some that she took. She also made a really cute post about the visit on her blog.


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

This Thursday, I took the day off work to use up some comp time I’d earned by working a long Sunday a few weeks back. My friend Nora and her 11-month old daughter, Juniper came over to visit. We went to the splash pad, but Juniper wasn’t a huge fan. It was still fun, though! Then Nora and I hung out and got to chat for a while, which was nice. It gets so hard to find the time to hang out with people when you both have kids, so it’s nice to take that time and catch up – especially nice when you can get outside and do something together! Of course, I COMPLETELY forgot to take any pictures. :(


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

On Friday, Lisa and the twins came over to hang out! We wanted to go to the splash pad again, but of course it was POURING RAIN the whole day. We have yet to actually get the twins TO the splash pad, because every time they’ve come over to hang out it has rained. Oh well, we had a fun time hanging around the house and Lily was SO excited to see her cousins again! Amazingly, we even got all three babies to nap at the same time for a while, and Lisa and I got some time to sit and catch up without chasing babies. :)


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!


(Please ignore the back of Lily’s shirt… it’s a long story!)

On Friday night, our friend Travis came to visit. He hadn’t met Lily yet, so it was a fun trip. He lives in Madison, but has just joined the Americorps program for a year and is moving to some small town in New Mexico next week, so he made one last visit up here to say goodbye. It was nice to see him again, and hear what’s been happening in his life! I wish him all the best in NM, and hope to keep up with his adventures somehow. Again, I forgot to take any pictures, but Travis took at least one (Lily was throwing a fit so I don’t know if she made it in the picture at all) so if I get a copy of it I’ll try to post it. Travis spent the night on Friday and on Saturday morning we all went out to half-price books, then Travis left for Rochester to continue his goodbyes.


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

Yesterday, we took Lily to Kid’s Hair in Maple Grove to get Lily her first haircut! She did REALLY well, but she hated the blow dryer. The hair dresser gave her a lollipop to suck on, which worked wonders in distracting her, but Lily figured out how to pull the whole sucker off the stick, so we had to take it away. She gave her a second one, but Lily did the same thing so that was it for her! I hesitate to even mention this, because I feel like a dork, but I should try and remember it anyway. While Lily was getting her hair cut, I don’t know what came over me exactly but I almost started to CRY. I know, such a wuss. I don’t know if it’s just that she’s getting so big, or the fact that those were hairs she was born with that were being chopped off or what, but I wasn’t expecting to get teary about the process. Don’t worry, I pulled it together and didn’t actually shed the tears. Here are some pics of the excitement:

From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

AFTER:

From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

On Saturday night at dinner, Lily told me she had to go potty. I kind of thought she just wanted to go and play with the toilet paper, because she’s done that a few times before, but I brought her in anyway. I put her on her little potty seat and she started playing with the toilet paper, just like I thought she would. I stopped her from unrolling the whole thing and said “no, no, Lily, the toilet paper is only for AFTER you go potty. Do you have to go potty?” and she said yes, then she started to pee! She was so proud of herself! She grinned up and me and said “Peeing! Peeing!” I was totally amazed! She’s getting to be such a big girl!


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

Just to end our day of excitement, we had to have a tornado warning at our house on Saturday night. It sounded like it was getting pretty close so I ended up getting Lily out of bed and hanging out with her down in the basement for about half an hour. It ended up missing us (Thank God!) but it was one more adventure for a pretty packed day. Today, Lily got to hang out with Daddy and go on a long bike ride and to a new (to her) park while Mommy went and did some shopping!

And, now, we begin another packed week – I will try to update again soon with all our excitement!

Loving Summer

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From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Whew! Life has been busy. A couple of weekends ago, Jason and I took Lily to Edinborough Park (where we got married) and ran around with her in the gym area and on the play area. She was too little yet for a lot of the play area, but she had a blast anyway! She even went into the inflatable jumpy thing, but there were a bunch of bigger kids in there so she just kept falling over. She loved it when we pushed her around in the little chairs with wheels, and helped her get the ball in the basket. :)


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has finally, FINALLY gotten used to her summer daycare place, which has made life a bit easier. She no longer screams and cries when we drop her off, and just last week started napping again! And apparently she decided she has to make up for all those naps she missed, because she’s been napping 2 1/2 – 3 hours there every day since then. THREE HOURS! She doesn’t even do that well at home! Of course she does get the hang of this new place just in time for us to change again. Her regular daycare woman is back on August 17th, so hopefully we won’t have a bad transition back to her. I don’t expect we will, because Lily already knows her and the other kids – and keeps asking about her even now.


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Jason and I have started looking for a new car, to replace his Mitsubishi Mirage. We were initially hoping to be able to buy a Prius, but the price tag is just too high. Plus, we were thinking it might be smart to have at least one slightly larger vehicle, but we’re not SUV fans or anything – we want something with decent gas mileage and a low price tag. How hard could that be? ;) We did test drive a Mazda 5 which we both liked pretty well, but I think we’d have to find a good deal on a slightly used one to make it work. :) Anybody drive anything they absolutely LOVE? Please share!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has gotten very particular lately about having things in “their place”. Books must be stacked in a pile. Her little farm animals need to either be in the barn, or stood up in a line next to each other. Or, in this case, the cow and the horse needed to wear her shoes. Sure, why not? She worked quite hard to get the animals in the shoes just right, and the shoes lined up side-by-side, and was as proud of it as a 19-month-old tends to be with ANYTHING she accomplishes. Which reminds me of one of Lily’s newest tricks. Whenever she accomplishes something she sets out to do, she raises her hands over her head and shouts “DID IT!”. It’s adorable, and sometimes completely hilarious!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

I am totally loving watching Lily with her cousins lately. She talks about them a lot at random times, and seems to understand when we’re going to visit them and she gets SO EXCITED. The first time they see each other they all start shrieking and running up to each other and giving hugs and kisses. It just melts my heart! It’s one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. We were supposed to get together with Auntie Lisa and Claire and Abby last Friday for a playdate, but Auntie Lisa ended up getting pretty sick that day. Instead, my Mom watched the twins, and Lily and I went over to their house so Lily could still hang out with her cousins. It was a full day, but the girls had a great time together! Lisa and the girls ended up stopping by our house this evening for a minute, and I don’t even have words for the excitement pouring off of Lily from the moment she knew they were coming. I really have to video tape their reaction to each other one of these days, and share the cuteness with all of you!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

That’s about all the excitement we’ve really had lately. This weekend should be fun (and busy!) as we are going over to the Osland’s on Saturday morning to get help replacing our bumper, and having Derek, Alix, Sebastian, and “Ace” over for dinner (on the deck!) on Sunday. I’ll try to remember to take some good pictures! Have a great week!

Cabin Adventures

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From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

First of all, thanks Shannon and Alix for the anniversary wishes! We didn’t do anything too exciting. We worked, then picked up Lily and went to a parent meet-up for her daycare, to meet the other parents and kids. Then we ate at Wendy’s with a co-worker and her son before they went to kung fu. ;) Guess the romance is truly gone! (Just Kidding!)


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We had a FABULOUS vacation at the cabin! The cabin belongs to my Aunt, and is near Birchwood, WI. It was Jason, Lily, and I, plus Grandma and Grandpa (my parents), Uncle Greggy, Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan, Cousins Claire and Abby, and of course my Aunt Pat for just over a week. It was a little tough planning things around the napping schedules and whatnot for three one-and-a-half year olds, but we managed to have plenty of fun!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We left on Friday, July 3rd, and Lily was REALLY good and napped for almost the entire 2.5 hour drive (slightly longer than that because of bad traffic). We arrived at the same time as Lisa and Ryan, and just a few minutes after Grandpa and Greg (Grandma and Aunt Pat came up the day before), so that was about perfect. As soon as we got our things unpacked and settled a bit, we all went out to eat at a nearby restaurant (Bluegill?). The food was good, but they didn’t take reservations or call-ahead seating, and it took them FOREVER to seat us, even though they had the space. Oh well, we were on vacation – who cares about the time, right? ;) Anyway, the dinner did take quite a long time but all three kids did pretty well. A little bit of fussiness, but it had been a long day for them so they did really well.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


Ok, after that, my timeline is going to get a little messed up. I was on vacation, and it was hard to keep the days straight, so I don’t remember exactly what we did and when, but I’ll try to hit the highlights for you. We set up a little plastic swimming pool on the deck, and had the girls do some finger painting (which they weren’t interested in because the draw of the pool was too strong), and then some “swimming”. The twins didn’t seem to care too much about the little pool, but Lily thought it was fun. She really liked it the MOST, though, the rest of the week when it was empty and she could crawl in and out of it and pull the pool all around the deck. Who knows? It kept her busy!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

There is a beach club near the cabin, with a pool (and a lake), and a little park-type area. They had a play structure in the park area, but it was mostly intended for slightly older kids. The kids did go on the swings a couple of times, and I thought it was hilarious watching Lily on the slide. The slide is fairly tall, and much faster than the ones she’s used to. She would slide down and hit the sand at the bottom, and have so much momentum that she’d fly forward onto her hands and knees. For the most part, she’d just brush off the sand and do it again! But look at these next two pictures to see her face as she was going down the slide –

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009
From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


– isn’t that funny? Anyway, I believe it was Monday or Tuesday before we took the girls down to the beach club to use the pool, because it was just too crowded before then. They seemed to have a pretty good time! Claire especially seemed to love being held as far away from your body as you could reach and kicking around, to feel as if she were swimming by herself. Lily kept “forgetting” that she was in water, and wanting us to put her down so she could play on her own, but that was not happening! They also all spent some time in these inflatable boat things with their legs dangling in the water. I bet by next year they’ll be begging us to go to the pool and we won’t be able to get them out!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Wednesday, I had kind of a rough day. Fairly early in the morning, I went to close our bedroom door, not knowing that Abby had snuck behind me. She had her hand near the hinge of the door and was grabbing on to it, and when I tried to close the door, I ended up pinching her fingers pretty good. She cried out and I scooped her up and kept apologizing, then let her Mommy cuddle the pain away. I’ll tell you, I know it was an accident but I felt SO BAD that I cried more than she did. Lisa put some ice on the fingers, and they did look much better just an hour or so later – and almost completely normal the next day. However, I STILL feel bad! :( That same day, Lily was sitting on my lap and went to jump down (forwards, with no hands or anything) and I grabbed her arm to keep her from falling. It ended up knocking her a little off-balance and she bumped her cheek on the wood part on the front of the chair and she got a bruise on her cheek. She didn’t even want to go to Mommy for comfort – she went to Auntie Lisa! Needless to say, I was feeling pretty guilty that day, but I know they were both accidents and everyone is just fine.

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


This is out of order, but two different nights “Uncle Ryan” had us gather on the deck and lit some sparklers and set off some fireworks he bought. So, we had our own personal fireworks show. The girls did pretty good with them, except for the loud noises they weren’t too fond of. Otherwise, they liked the lights and were clapping right along with the adults (and Lily chanting “fireworks! fireworks!”).

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Thursday, we rented a pontoon boat for the morning and took it out on the lake. It was nice to have access to such a large boat that we could all go on at the same time! The babies were tired, and got a little fussy about an hour into the ride, but it ended up working out ok. We brought a pack-and-play onto the boat, and Claire even took a nap on-board! Grandpa even let one of the twins help drive (I want to guess this is Abby, but I can’t tell for sure in this picture – Lisa??) and you can tell how exciting that is by the looks on their faces!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Lily had a pretty good time, but I think she was starting to get pretty bored about mid-way through the ride. She ended up eating almost her entire body weight in crackers (slight exaggeration) and getting into just about everything she could reach. She even grabbed the sunglasses off my head and tried to throw them overboard! Luckily they landed on the boat and I was able to retrieve them.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Those are pretty much the highlights of the trip. It was a LOT of fun, and I didn’t want to come back home. The only other funny thing I can think of was our last night up there we ended up going out to eat again and took the recommendation of the guy doing construction on the cabin and went to “Sportsmans Lodge”. If you guessed that’s just a BAR, you’d be correct! We weren’t quite expecting what we walked into, and I completely forgot that smoking isn’t banned in WI as much as it is in MN. The place was smokey, and pretty seedy. They had one highchair, no booster seats, no milk, no kids menus, no covers for their cups, and they brought us “bar straws” when we asked for a straw for Lily. It was quite an experience, but needless to say, I don’t think we’ll be eating there again!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Finally, before we left I was able to capture Lily on video, helping me read “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. She’s been doing this with so many of her books lately – she’ll pick it up and flip to a certain page and say some word or some phrase that’s on that page. I don’t know how the heck she can memorize which PAGE the words belong to, but it just blows me away! So, about a month ago I noticed her flipping through this book, saying certain words, and she was getting them on the right pages. So the next time I read it to her, I started pausing at the end of a sentence instead of finishing it, and she would finish the sentence. She completely blew me away with how MUCH of the book she knew. She wasn’t completely cooperative in this particular instance, but it’s the only thing I’ve been able to get on video so far! She can normally keep going and finish the ENTIRE book – it’s completely amazing to me!

Lily Reads Cat in the Hat from Jill W on Vimeo.

Animals, water, and more animals

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From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Wow, end of June already? Hard to believe! For Father’s Day we (Jason, Lily, and I) went to the MN Zoo with Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Claire, and Abby. It was a lot of fun! The new Africa exhibit is really cool, and all the girls got to feed a giraffe. Crazy seeing them up that close!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

We also had to check out the Zoo’s splash pad, now that we’ve had some experience with our own! The twins were pretty new to the splash pad experience, so they weren’t too sure about it. Lily had a blast, though! She kept running up to the water spout things in the ground as soon as the water shut off and sticking her finger in the holes, then running away before the water turned back on. Sometimes she didn’t quite make it, but she seemed to like getting splashed in the face! Luckily, I was able to capture this on video and will now post it on the internet to give Lily lots of subject matter for any future therapy sessions she may need. ;)

Lily at MN Zoo Splash Pad from Jill W on Vimeo.

The Zoo trip totally wore her out, and she completely passed out in the car. She even slept most of the way into the house while Jason was carrying her, and for another 2 hours once we got home!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

This past weekend we went to Lanesboro to visit Grandma Gayle and Grandpa Jim (and Uncle Shawn, Aunt Shannon, and family).. and of course, the HORSES and KITTIES! That farm is a little girl’s dream. Lily got to ride (bareback, even) one of the biggest horses on the farm (Romeo), and the little pony Jesse. She loved it!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

She also loved to harass the kitties, especially the little white kitty named Jasper. Jasper is very friendly, and a little slow.. but was very good and let Lily pick on him WAY more than he should have! She sometimes started to straddle him and shout “Ride Horsey!”, which was Jason and my clue to step in and save the poor kitty from a 28 lb toddler. She also got it in her head that she could pick him up, and tried to do so repeatedly – by his fur. She’d grab his tail, the fur under his belly, wherever she could get a hold onto him and lift. The cat dealt with it remarkably well, but we told her it wasn’t a nice way to treat a kitty.. and if she tries something like that with Gibson he’ll show her exactly how much kitties like being picked up like that. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

There are a lot of dogs on the farm, too, but Lily seemed to get a kick out of one dog in particular. The dog’s name is Red, but sometimes they call him “Red Bone”, so in Lily-ese that became “Big Bone”. She would get this tone in her voice and say “big bone!” like “oh you silly, silly dog” then just laugh and laugh. He happened to be right at her height so he had easy access to lick her right in the face quite frequently and she would laugh and run away. It was a lot of fun to watch her with him – it was cute and she got such a kick out of him! Even now she keeps asking to “ride horsey!” throughout the day, and doesn’t understand that they are kind of far away. Someday she’ll realize what a lucky girl she is to have the opportunity to ride horses at all!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Once again, the weekend completely wore her out and she slept almost the WHOLE WAY HOME! It was fabulous, because she’s usually not a huge fan of the car so sleeping worked out perfectly! She also somehow ended up with the most impressive case of “bed head” she’s had yet! Such talent.

Just an FYI that we’ll be MIA for a few weeks. We should be back in mid-July, so we hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday!

One final note, it was 3 years ago tomorrow (the 30th) when I married my very best friend. I love you, Jason, and couldn’t imagine a better husband or father!

Summer! Also.. deception??

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From Lily June 5-15 2009

Thank you, Summer, for listening to my little plea in my last post! We have been busy, busy, busy. Let me try to catch you up really quick…


From Lily June 5-15 2009

A few Fridays ago, Lisa and the twins came over and we all hung out for the morning! We went shopping (with three young toddlers in tow!), and drove out to the U of M to participate in this Peabody study thing to give physical therapy students some practice. One of Lisa’s friends is a grad student there and she asked Lisa if she could bring the twins, and she also brought Lily and I. Basically they just ask them to do all these random tasks (kick a ball, walk up and down stairs, etc) and evaluate their physical development. I don’t know how any of them did because they don’t really share results with us, but it seemed to go pretty well, although it was incredibly chaotic! We did throw Lily’s carseat into Lisa’s van for the day so we could all drive together, so all three girls got to ride in the same car together – for the first time ever! I don’t think they were horribly impressed, but it was nice for Lisa and I. ;)


From Lily June 5-15 2009

Lily started a new daycare this week, and it’s been a rough transition. Our normal daycare woman takes summers off to be with her kids, so we needed to find something else for 8 weeks or so. We searched high and low for something suitable and started to appreciate our daycare woman more and more with all the places we visited (especially Kindercare, which literally left me in TEARS). We finally found someone (recommendation from another friend) and Lily goes there Tuesdays-Thursdays starting this week. It’s definitely a different experience for her and I do think that overall she is adjusting pretty well, but there have been some difficult moments. She screams and cries and won’t let go of us when we drop her off, which makes ME cry and it’s so difficult to leave her there. However, she only really continually cried the very first day, and she was even getting better by the afternoon. The 2nd day she screamed when we left and threw a MAJOR fit right after we were gone, but then calmed down and was really good the rest of the day. The 3rd day she started crying when we pulled up in the driveway, stopped right after we left, but had another small meltdown mid-morning, but then was fine. So, I guess overall it’s going well but I just hope she adjusts soon because it’s so hard to leave her like that!


From Lily June 5-15 2009

We finally got a chance to try out Lily’s new bike trailer! Jason and I found a new hitch online and so we went ahead and bought the trailer from Jen (our daycare woman) and her husband for a really good deal. Lily so far seems to like it pretty well, and I love that she and Jason can go out and spend some time together like that and I can have some quiet time at home, or get things done. :) I think we do need to fix her helmet a little bit as it does tend to slide forward on her head a bit, even with the adjuster thing in the back. Anybody have any tips for that one?


From Lily June 5-15 2009
From Lily June 5-15 2009

We got back to the splash pad again (or as Lily calls it, “sprinkler park” or “park mana (water)”). Lily really loves it, and I’m so happy! It’s so nice to have something like that so close! She usually runs close to the water, then runs away laughing and screaming, but she does get more brave the longer she’s there. This last time she had another girl (4 years old maybe?) completely following her around and she was just oblivious. It was really cute to watch.


From Lily June 5-15 2009

She also got to run through the sprinkler at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and she had a lot of fun there, too. I think she is just really starting to LOVE water! Grandma even turned on the hose and let her fill her little watering can and water their plants (pretty much the same flower got about 36 doses of water). At first, she kept trying to put the hose up to the spout end that you normally water FROM, but eventually she got the hang of it. Here’s a cute video of her filling the can, splashing herself in the face, and watering the poor drowning flower:

Lily Watering Can and Hose from Jill W on Vimeo.

Finally, the deception part of this post. Tonight I put Lily to bed and she didn’t want to sleep. She sat in bed and babbled to herself (not unusual), and then I heard her cry a “help me” type cry (or as she says – “heppel”), so I went back into her room. She had put her foot through the slats of the crib and then turned her leg so her foot was stuck. I said “Oh honey, you got your foot stuck! Let me help you.” and got her foot free. She immediately stood up and wanted to play, but I told her it was time for sleeping now, kissed her good night again and left the room.

She kept babbling, then started saying “binky! binky!” which I ignored. She got quiet for a couple of minutes and I thought she might be finally falling asleep, but then suddenly I hear her say “Stuck! STUCK! stuck!!!” so I go back in there and she’s holding her foot up AGAINST the crib slat – totally not stuck at all. I said, “you can move your foot – you’re not stuck.” so she put her foot down, rolled over and stood up and pointed at the floor and shouted “BINKY!”. She PRETENDED her foot was stuck so that I would come back in and get her binky back for her. Where does she learn those tricks?!?


From Lily June 5-15 2009

You should seriously click on the link below the pictures – there are tons of cute ones this time! We have a lot of fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks so I’ll try to keep taking pictures and update again soon before I forget absolutely everything. :) Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Sorry, I’ve been M.I.A.

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… kind of like SUMMER. I seriously wore my winter coat the other day.. in JUNE. To whomever is in charge: I’m ready for 70s again, please. Thank you!

From Lily May 30 – June 3 2009

Lily is (apparently) ready for the Rodeo! I swear when I look at her now, she’s 150% Toddler.. no more little baby. It’s bittersweet. She’s gotten very brave with her toys and everything now, and so this is the new way she rides her bounce and spin pony – usually STANDING on top of it! She also climbs (and stands) in her shopping cart, on top of her stage toy, on the couch, and on anything she can possibly reach. She has decided she’s too big to go down the stairs backwards or on her butt and usually tries to walk right down or walk right up like an adult (and is amazingly successful some of the time, but more often successful in giving Mama a heart attack).


From Lily May 30 – June 3 2009

Life has been so incredibly busy lately and I’m not even sure why. We bought a bike trailer (used) so we’re looking forward to using that and I think Lily is going to love it! Jason and Greg (my brother) chopped up the whole tree that fell down on us and we put it out by the road with a free sign and it all completely disappeared while we were at work one day. We went to the splash pad again and Lily now LOVES it! We also went to the official opening this past Saturday morning but it was cold and rainy and we were the only people there not from Park & Rec or the city. We’ve been searching high and low for a daycare for Lily for the summer (her normal daycare woman takes summers off) and think we finally found someone. Lily starts there next week, Tuesday – Thursday.


From Lily May 30 – June 3 2009

Jason’s birthday is this Sunday the 14th, so we’re looking forward to that. We already celebrated Father’s Day and his birthday this past weekend, and Jason finally got a Nintendo Wii! A big present, I know, but it was for both occasions and I had to do something to equal the wonderful trip he got me! And, most exciting, Lily wore PIGTAILS for the first time EVER just over a week ago! They are so, so, stinkin’ adorable! She hates them, of course, but I think they’re so cute.


From Lily May 30 – June 3 2009

Sorry for the short, random update this time. I’m going to try and update more regularly again so I don’t forget everything that’s happened! Right now, I’m off to bed.

Duluth!

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From Lily – Duluth! and late May 2009

Jason and I had a fantastic time in Duluth! Our B&B was fantastic, the (king size!) bed was incredibly comfortable, the whirlpool tub was unbelievable, and the food was incredible. :) We actually went out on the town for a bit and went to a couple of places for drinks, which we haven’t done in a LONG, LONG time. I got a laugh from the signs in a few places that said “Unattended Children will be given an expresso and a free puppy.”


From Lily – Duluth! and late May 2009

We also saw Lake Superior, watched a boat come in and the bridge lift, went to Gooseberry Falls, and drove a bit on the North Shore. All in all, it was an incredibly nice and very relaxing trip. Definitely something we’ll have to do again! Lily did very well at Grandma and Grandpa’s, even though we missed her a lot. Jason was laughing at me watching all the little kids wherever we went, but I couldn’t help it! I was imagining what Lily would think of this, or how she would react to that, or even what she’d eat. After 17 months, it’s just automatic at this point!


From Lily – Duluth! and late May 2009

There was some concern whether or not we’d actually get out of town in time to make it to our Duluth vacation as we were suddenly hit with a bunch of unexpected stuff both at home and at work right before we left. On Wednesday, we found out there was going to be a power outage in our building (that houses all our servers and district network equipment) on Thursday morning from 6-7am. That afternoon, we also got a call from our neighbor telling us the tree that dropped a major branch on our house last fall completely BLEW DOWN. Very, very luckily it didn’t hit ANYTHING as it fell directly across the patio in front of our house, so there was no damage and nobody injured. It was truly, unbelievably lucky. As for the work crisis, I just ended up starting work at 5am, and things went pretty well, so we made it out of town – and a little bit early, too!


From Lily – Duluth! and late May 2009


Lily is doing GREAT. She continues to astound me with what she understands and the words she knows. I really do think this age is my favorite so far! She has a number of songs she still loves to sing, and she’s added “Baa Baa Black Sheep” to the repertoire (check the video, below, to see a snippet). I just crack up everytime I hear her say “yes, sir”. hehehe, seriously adorable. The picture above is one of her new sneaky tricks, she’s learned she can push herself back from the table and give herself enough room to put her feet on TOP of the table. Mommy is not too happy with that trick! You may also notice her new shoes in that pic – we FINALLY got her in to have her feet sized again and found out her old shoes were definitely too small. So, we bought her these new shoes – and a size SEVEN which just seems huge to me. She seems to like them pretty well so far!


From Lily – Duluth! and late May 2009

As I posted in my last post, they opened the splash pad at the park near our house a bit earlier than expected because of the warm weather. On Memorial Day I had the first chance to bring her down to check it out. It really is pretty cool, and MUCH nicer than the wading pool that used to be there! Lily loved watching the kids running through the water, but got pretty shy and scared when I tried to bring her up to the water as well. I think it’s going to take at least a couple of tries, but I’m hoping she loves it by the end of the summer! I know I would have loved something like that when I was a kid!

Ok, now to leave you with Lily’s “Baa Baa Black Sheep” video. The way this normally goes is that I will say (or sing) “Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?” and she’ll sing “Yes, sir.. bags full..”. then a bunch of nonsense. It makes me smile EVERY TIME. I dare you to watch this video and NOT smile. Seriously. Can’t do it, can you? ;) Talent agents – leave a comment and we’ll have our people call your people.

Baa Baa Black Sheep from Jill W on Vimeo.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Hope all of you Mama’s out there are having a fantastic Day! We had a great time. We spent the afternoon over at my parent’s house celebrating Mother’s Day and My Dad’s Birthday. “The Boys” (Our Brother Greg, my husband Jason, and Lisa’s husband Ryan) cooked BBQ chicken on the grill, beans, salad, a delicious salad with strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette. And they did all the cleaning, too!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Lily and Jason gave me a FANTASTIC Mother’s Day present. On May 21st Lily is going to stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and Jason and I are going to stay in an amazing-looking room at a B&B in DULUTH! What’s crazy is that neither one of us has ever been to Duluth – I don’t know how that’s even possible, but there you go. So, anybody know of anything we should absolutely check out while we’re there?!? Please let me know! Plus, Jason helped Lily make this adorable card with her little hand print on it that I will cherish forever (see first picture). :)


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Other than the excitement of today, we’ve had a rough couple of days. Lily started out being a bit extra whiny on Thursday, and even took an extra early, extra long nap at Daycare. On Friday she was acting pretty lethargic and clingy and I thought maybe she was starting to get a cold, but I wasn’t sure. Even at the park, she wanted to sit and watch the other kids play rather than play herself and that’s pretty unusual! On Saturday she woke up with a very stuffy nose and was obviously not feeling well – her eyes looked so tired and sad that it just about killed me. She was so tired that she slept until almost 9, and I laid her back down for nap at 10:30 and she passed out for 2 hours. She took a 2nd (short) nap later that afternoon as well – and this from the girl that’s been on one nap a day since 9 months old. By Saturday afternoon she was running a pretty good fever (a little over 102) and was just really lethargic – she actually sat and cuddled with me on the couch and I let her watch some cartoons and Baby Einstein videos because I knew she wasn’t feeling good at all. We had been planning sleepover #2 with her cousins Claire and Abby, but decided to cancel and wait until everybody was feeling better.


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

I put her to bed pretty early on Saturday night, then Auntie Lisa came over! It was fun to hang out just her and me, with no kids around! We got to drink wine and eat junk food, and watch Gilmore Girls episodes, and just chat. I really miss hanging out with my sister, and hope we can do that again much more often! :) By the time Lily woke up this morning, she seemed to be doing a bit better. She was still running a slight fever this morning, but that broke after her (early) nap. She still has a cold and isn’t feeling great, and her eyes look incredibly tired, but she is at least babbling and playing again. I hope the worst is over and she continues to get even better!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Other than that, Lily is still learning new things all the time. Jen (the Daycare woman) said Lily can identify every other kid at Daycare now. She also has started singing songs (mostly “Twinkle Twinkle” and this swinging song they sing at Daycare) which just cracks me up every time. Twinkle twinkle, by the way, goes something more like “Tinkle Tinkle … STAR! how i won… are. Up HIGH. …. SKY!” I have been trying so hard to get her singing episodes on video, but that’s hard enough to do when she’s feeling well and since she’s been out of it a bit there has been no chance. I promise I’ll keep working on it!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

She also has become an active participant in all of our conversations, which never ceases to amuse me. The other day when I was getting her dressed she kept pulling at her shirt and saying “Owie! Owie!”. I thought her tag might be bothering her so I flipped it out and said “how’s that?” and she looked at me and nodded and said “that’s better!”. She’s putting together sentences REALLY well, and even did a full 4-word sentence the other day (“Where did Binky go?”). This morning I was getting her dressed and she looked at me and said “I want Daddy.” and I was like, “hey! it’s MOTHER’S DAY!” :(. Oh well, take the good with the bad I guess! Until next time.. check out all the pictures, they’re really cute! :)

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