Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Celebrating at MDO

Caroline did some celebrating this week at Mother's Day Out. Since her birthday is this weekend, Caroline got to have her "birthday" day at MDO this week. She brought a special birthday snack (thanks to Casa Linda bakery):
And Caroline got to wear a "Happy Birthday" crown while everyone sang Happy Birthday (I don't have a picture because parents aren't allowed in the class...some of the kids get too upset if parents are around)
(random pic of Caroline giving her baby breakfast before MDO)
In addition to celebrating her birthday, Caroline also got to celebrate Easter and go on an Easter egg hunt at MDO this week. Her Easter basket wasn't the right size for a hunt so we had to run to my mom's house for a better basket.
Ready to go on the hunt
Caroline had to bring 8 filled eggs to contribute to the hunt. What a fun MDO day!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Mommy & Me Fun Day

Last weekend, I came down with the WORST 24 hour stomach bug. I won't go into any details but it was bad. And of course Matt was out of town because doesn't it always work out that way? Since I couldn't even pick my head up off of the couch, there was no way I could take care of Caroline. My mom and Matt's mom came to the rescue and took care of both of us all weekend. Since I didn't get to do anything fun with Caroline all weekend and since I was such a blah mommy, I decided that we needed a mommy & me fun day yesterday.
I had some things planned for the afternoon, but I let Caroline choose whatever she wanted to do in the morning. After eating her favorite breakfast (blueberry muffins), she wanted to read books and cuddle in my "big bed". That was fine with me ;-) Then she wanted to watch a video. We had recently checked out two new Dora movies from the library and Caroline picked "Super Babies"
After the video, Caroline couldn't decide if she wanted to color with markers or go to the park. I made an executive decision since it was such a pretty day yesterday. We loaded up in the stroller and off to the park we went.

Right before I took this pic, Caroline said "Watch mommy! I swinging like a monkey"
Tapping with some sticks
Caroline now informs me she is "too big" for the baby swings :-( She wants to push them from the outside and will only sit on the big girl swing.
All done park--worn out and thirsty. We went home, Matt came home from work to join us for a quick lunch, then Caroline took her nap.
After nap, I needed to run an errand to Home Depot. Thanks to Brittany and Jessica's packet (Jessica's blog is private or I'd link), I had an idea. We went by the paint section and saw this: Caroline kept saying "look...mickey mouse ears" over and over. She couldn't believe it. We picked up two of almost every color and took them home to play (this is a wonderful, FREE idea)
Caroline loved sorting and matching the cards.
I didn't know if she'd be able to match two of the same colors together but she did great. And I could tell she was so proud of herself. We did this over and over again.
She would have played with those cards forever but we were running out of time and still had one more fun activity to do. Matt came home just in time to help us dye Easter eggs. I've been wanting to do this with Caroline since she was born. I always had the BEST time dyeing eggs with my mom every year when I was little. She would always surprise brother and I would come home from school one day in March or April (before Easter), walk in the kitchen, and she'd have everything set up for us to dye eggs. My brother and I would get so excited. So I am glad Caroline is finally old enough for this fun tradition.
Caroline couldn't believe the colors the vinegar turned after dropping in the color tablets. She would look down in the cup and say "wow"
Pointing out all the colors..."wow, green" "wow, yellow" and on and on
"Egg in there, egg in there!!"
Dropping in a tablet
We only colored a few eggs this year because I wasn't sure about Caroline's attention span. We'll definitely do more next year. She loved it! First thing Caroline said this morning when I went in to get her out of her crib..."Eggs dry, now decorate them" (I had told her last night that the eggs would be dry this morning and we could put stickers on them). She obviously thought of this right when she woke up.
Our finished product.
It was great to have a day together for some good mommy/daughter time. We were both in need of it! Being a sick mommy just doesn't work well when you have a toddler...hope I'm not that sick again for a looooooooooooong time.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Less than a week

It is SO hard for me to LESS than ONE week,

my sweet baby girl, who is SO not a baby anymore,

will be 2 YEARS OLD!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Asher

Recently, we had the privilege of celebrating our friend, Asher's, 2nd birthday at his fun Little Gym party.
Pic of the adorable birthday boy:
Funny Lucy...there are a lot of things about this picture that make me laugh but the best part is her tongue hanging out of her mouth. Lucy was bouncing so high...she's the best 2 year old jumper I know. She's been trying to teach Caroline some of her mad skills ;-) Swingin' on the bar

Caroline and her friend, Brady, in the background. Sweet girl looks so stinkin' old to me in this picture...can't get over it!
This is what Caroline did most of the party...walk on the balance beam! She loved it and did it over and over. She was really good at it if I do say so myself. A perfect activity for my cautious, slow-moving daughter...she took her time and didn't fall off once.
You would have thought she was 2000 feet up in the air :-)
"Happy Birthday to Asher, happy birthday to you"
Lucy and Caroline loved their cupcakes!

Thanks for inviting us to your party, Asher...we had a blast celebrating with you!!

Monday, March 22, 2010


...we were doing this:

Today, we were doing this:

Only in Texas...sheesh!! Dear Spring, I HOPE you are here to STAY!!