Recipe for a Forever Family: Take One Mom (formerly from the Midwest), Add One Cutie Pie (formerly from China), then slowly Stir in Two Big Drooly Dogs.


 Maeve's new things.  

- "Sure!" or "Sure, Mommy!"  That is her typical response when I ask her to do something.  She says it in such an agreeable tone of voice, it is just the cutest thing.  We still have our moments where "No" and occasional "deafness" occur when I ask her to do something, but most of the time she is completely happy to go along with the flow.  Of course, when she has a popsicle in her hand, her favorite word is "Mine!".

- Bedtime is the new playtime.  :)  It took her a little bit, but Maeve loves the fact that I converted her crib to a toddler bed and she can now get in and out at will (which she does!).  Now, after I put her down at night, she usually gets back up and plays in her room for a little bit.  I can hear her on the monitor cruising around. Most nights, she is quite the conversationalist, talking (although I don't know to who), humming and singing up a storm. She evens picks up after herself! In the morning, she is always sound asleep in her bed with all of her toys put away, even the ones that were left out from the previous day. Now...I just have to teach her how to load the dishwasher. ;)


A Lazy Sunday...

The weather was very agreeable today.  After the excitement of Saturday, we were both ready for a nice relaxing day.  Did I mention she slept in to 7am this morning.  Of course, I am now programmed to wake up at 5am, but the early morning quiet was a pleasant surprise.  

It was so nice, that when Maeve did wake up, we both dressed in shorts and t-shirts.  The clothes are size 2T and fit her for the most part, but a few brands run a bit large as we found out today.  Walking the dogs through the park, Maeve was running along side of me.  Then, all of a sudden, she came to a complete stop and hollered out, "Mommy!  Wait!!!"  Looking back, I see Maeve, about 8 feet back, with her shorts falling down around her ankles. :)  

"Mommy!  My Pants!  My Pants!", she is very indignantly shouting at me.  I am trying not to smile, and just tell her to hoist them back up.  Which she does, with a painstaking grimace that only a two year old can manage.  Then I hear, "Mommy, I coming!", as she hurries to catch up .  

Now this scene repeated about four times before we made it out of the park (& I folded over her waistline to try and keep them up).   If anyone had a video camera, I'm sure they would have made it big on "America's Funniest Home Videos".

Party Animal

It was a busy day today.

In the morning, we had our usual walk and stopped off at the coffee shop to read the paper.  (Well, I read the paper, and Maeve colored it purple.)  After that, we stopped at the store to grab some wrapping paper for our gift for the birthday party we were going to that afternoon.  Looking back, that is where the trouble began. :)  

Normally, we eat in a very healthy manner, but today I decided Maeve could splurge a bit.  So, I let her have some M&Ms.  The result was a small child (25 lbs soaking wet) chasing a large bullmastiff (100+ lbs dog completely dry) around the couch, madly waving the roll of wrapping paper and shouting "Go!  Go!  Go!"  Both were having a great time with this new "game" and it went on for about 20 minutes or so.   The dog tired out before the child. ;)  Then it was time for the "CLOSET".  That is where Mommy has many of her shoes.  Maeve took out most of them and spent the rest of the morning clomping around in them.  She was a good sport and put them back afterwards...not exactly as neatly as I had them lined up before, but at least they were in the closet.   Finally, it was time for a nap.  A good thing, because Mommy needed one too.  After a quick nap, it was off to the party.  We didn't have time to eat before we left and Maeve was such a good sport about it...that Mommy indulged her again.  So, she dug right into the chili dog (fully loaded), Mac & Cheese, a little potato salad, and plenty of chips and cheetos.  Maeve is not a big eater, but she loves to sample.   After washing it all down with some juice, it was time to play.  Her first experience with a Jumper (the big inflatables that the kids all jump around in) was a huge success.  Maeve loved it and all the other games that were out too.  She even took turns with the other kids swinging at the pinata, although she didn't know what to do with the candy that came out of it (probably a good thing as you will figure out soon enough.)  After the pinata, it was time for ice cream & cake, with the tropical floats (sherbert & 7-Up) as the big treat.  Maeve only had a couple of bites of her cake, but downed her float in record time.  Still ready to go, she grabbed a handful of Cheetos and headed inside with me to watch the birthday boy open his gifts.   This is where it gets really fun.  Looking down, I see Maeve with a Cheeto in each hand and a funny look on her face.   The funny look didn't last was quickly replaced by a full view of all the things she had eaten during the day, not necessarily in chronological order.  OHHHH NOOOO!!!   Luckily we were in the kitchen, which is much easier to clean up and few noticed, so we didn't take away from the moment, but I'm thinking, my poor Baby, she must feel horrible.......Not really.  

"Champion Partier" that she is, Maeve took it all in stride.  Looking up at me, with a look on her face that said "You don't think I'm going to clean this up, do ya?", she calmly stuck one of the Cheetos in her mouth.  Quickly grabbing a couple of wet wipes and paper towels, a friend helped and we had her cleaned up in no time.  At which point, she ate the other Cheeto and took off for the Jumper again.  After I chased her out of that, Maeve snagged a cup of jellybeans on the way out and was merrily chomping away on those while I was saying my goodbyes (the party was over) and profusely apologizing about the rug.  Driving home, I kept checking on Maeve, but she was fine.  She was perfectly content to drink her water and read her new "Elmo" book (a party favor.)  We even ran a couple of errands on the way home.  Then true to nature, as soon as we arrived home, Maeve turns to me and says "Eat?!"  I played a little safer this time and stuck to Chicken & Rice. ;)   


A Few Mysteries Solved!!

1) Why I can never find my shoes...

2) Why my water bill is so high...

3) How to dry your hands...
  • First, wave them around.
  • Then use cheeks to wipe off excess water.
  • Be sure to intently watch "Little Einsteins" throughout the whole procedure.
  • As a back-up, keep dog handy for petting to speed up drying process.

4) The most comfortable spot in the house to relax...

5) The proper way to sit in a chair...


A Lazy Day...

Here is "The General" spending a lazy afternoon watching "The Little Einsteins".

First, it is very important to wear your green, fuzzy, "don't know what it was exactly, but on sale for St Pat's Day" headband. Next, snuggle up on the couch, after jumping up and down repeatedly to ensure said couch is at maximum snuggleness!

When tired of the couch, go get one of Mommy's good pillows and plop on the floor for a perfect headrest. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Hi Mommy!!

My GIFTED child!

Here's proof! Maeve will dazzle you with her skills handling not just one cup, but TWO cups!!
(If you want to turn off the music, just click the little speaker icon above the "rockyou" emblem.)


This one is for Grandpa!

Here you go Dad. I found this and thought you would like it.

You can either "click and drag" the penny to "scratch" off the picture or you can just wait and it will "scratch" on it's own. 0 comments

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