Sitting with her Jack-o-lantern (groovy carving, Dave....)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We went last weekend to find Halloween pumpkins. Rachael loved riding around in the wagon at the pumpkin place! Here are some pics from our trip:
Happy fall! :-)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Anyhoo, this is the coat we ended up getting--we have the matching snow pants too. Cool, eh? I wish I could get away with wearing a shiny pink coat. ;-) If you're looking for little kid outerwear, Gap had a lot of cool stuff to pick from, and their prices were in line with Carter's and other common outerwear haunts. Gymboree only had coats available online last I checked (not in stores for a few more weeks, they said), but the few they had online were insanely expensive. If you are insane, be sure to purchase your toddler's winter coat from Gymboree online. Heh.
Friday, September 5, 2008
We went to brunch last weekend at Fox Hills, home of the best brunch on the planet. It's a rare treat...my friend Kim and I both happened to have won brunch passes earlier in the summer, so the five of us (Kim and Mike, Dave, Rach and me) headed to Plymouth for a morning of gluttony. That is when David appeared at our table with a piece of cake and a strip of bacon. Only at brunch would it ever seem OK to have cake and bacon on the same plate...and even at brunch...it's a stretch. ;-)
I applaud your creative menu, sweetie! Good thing this isn't anything close to our usual meals!
Friday, August 8, 2008
I admit, I was looking forward to Rachael sleeping for hours when we got home. After all that running around in the sun, I was expecting a 2.5 hour nap from her. I was wrong. So wrong... After refusing to sleep (and ignoring my pleas), Rachael got up, cranky and over-tired, demanding entertainment. And of course she wasn't interested in puzzles, blocks, outside....UGH. Desperate, I ended up having her try on the tutu I'd picked up at the Gymboree outlet.
Hee hee....she dug it! Her tired eyes lit up as she started twirling around in the filmy tulle. A girl should never need a reason to throw on a tutu, even if it's paired up with a dirty shirt, right?
And *any* tutu is set off perfectly by mom's (gigantic) brown sandels:
So glad I took today off work! Zoos and tutus are way better than conference calls. :-)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
In lieu of hiring labor, we turned to our nearly-two year old! Ha. She was intrigued by our mulch mountain and found the process of shoveling mulch into a wheelbarrow just hilarious. She even pulled on her daddy's work gloves so she could truly play the role of laborer. Our neighbors got a kick out of watching us put our kid to work. ;-) Perhaps we get her a kid-sized shovel for her birthday next month?
Getting a ride back to Mount Mulchmore....
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
We just got back from Connecticut after a few days of visiting my brother and sis-in-law. They are awesome people and superfans of Rachael's, so we had a great time and kept comfortably busy.
Sunday we went to the beach and--shocker--Rachael loves the ocean. I think she has a modest respect for water, but not enough to appreciate how dangerous it can be. So all four of us had eyes on her as she splashed about, giggling in the refreshingly cool waves and digging her little hands into the wet sand. It's so cool to watch her catch on to new things--so rewarding. As my friend Brad always says, "kids are the bomb!"
Playing blocks with Daddy
"Daddy, I want a fishy like THIS one!"
"Uncle Jim, I'd like an ocean just like THIS one!"
I love this one of Dave and Rach
"Aunt Jen, tell my Daddy that I need a fish tank JUST like yours..."
Beluga Whale smiling at Rachael
Monday, June 2, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We're really looking forward to this weekend, since my brother and Jen are flying in on Saturday and will be staying with us until next Tuesday. Yay!
Crabby the Sandbox
Getting nice and sandy
2) Mother's Day! Rachael got me these cool TiVo slippers (and a cool new pair of earrings!)
3) More visits to Jungle Java in Ann Arbor (awesome indoor play place with a special section for kids under 3 years old. It's fabulous to take her someplace where I know she won't be trampled by kids twice her size.):
Hold on tight!
Climbing up to the slide
Audrey and her lil boy
This baby is a lot lighter than mine (ok, he's also 16 months younger...)
No babies looking at the camera, but both relatively happy at the same moment...
Monday, April 14, 2008
So get this: brother and sis-in-law (Jim and Jen), the aforementioned Gymboree addicts, stumbled across a Gymboree outlet while spending the weekend in Maine. It is not good for Gymboree addicts to be left alone in a Gymboree outlet, unsupervised. The result of this unsupervised shopping frenzy was shipped to Rachael in a large box...so we've been playing 'fashion show' with her new spring and summer fashions. :) Jim and Jen are excellent shoppers and picked out adorable things! Featured in this post is Rachael's new Honey Bee outfit (she only agreed to model if I gave her some Cheerios. Fair deal.)
Rachael says, "THANK YOU, Aunt Jen and Uncle Jim, for the cool new clothes! Now we just need it to warm up around here so I can start wearing short sleeves! Love you and can't wait to see you in May!"
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In any case, you'll probably be shocked to know that Rachael is not afraid of water. She's tentative at first, takes her time, but ultimately, she digs it.
Here are some fun swimming pics.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Rachael loved exploring her car! She kept getting in and out, experimenting with the doors, twisting the steering wheel. She quickly discovered the horn, much to our, uh, delight...
Here are a few more pics of her fresh new wheels:
Backing in (with some help from Daddy)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Rachael on a big alphabet block (for which she beat up a few six-year-olds and claimed as hers. Ha.)
Girlfriends at the mall! I thought it was cute that they were both wearing striped pants, too.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Frankie was MY cat, no question. She was a stray, and she found me in 1999 when I had just moved out of my parents' house. I couldn't believe anyone could abandon a cat so beautiful--she was Siamese and had the most striking blue eyes. I'd show people photos of Frankie and they'd swear I had "photoshopped" her eyes. Frankie and I became our own little family at a time when my human family was in rough shape--I don't think it's a coincidence that God sent me such a loyal, loving companion.
So, for Frankie, I offer a passage from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, where he speaks On Friendship:
"And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered."
Thank you, Frankie, for being the furry, loving friend I needed back then and always. You will be missed.