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Sunday, August 31, 2008


Auntie, to Lily, who was being just a teensy bit obstinate: "Lily, are you very two today??"

Lily, in an extremely irritated and exasperated tone: "Two and a half!"

Friday, August 29, 2008

"I want to go to da winter!"

That's what Lily told me just now. And I guess she's all ready, what with the sweater, hat and mittens she requested after her nap today.

I know, LilyBug, I get anxious for my fall clothes this time of year too!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Playgroup at our house!

"Embracing the chaos"...

Our beloved playgroup has dwindled in the past few months, as a few friends have moved away and a couple others have started preschool. But Lily can still count on seeing her friends Lillian & Emily almost every week. We've been spending a lot of time at local parks this summer, trying to let the girls work off some of their two-year-old exuberance. But after a few rainy days, we decided to just hang out at our house today. I think it's safe to say that the girls had fun together...

Lily had so much fun with her "fwiends" today!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lily's Greatest Hits

If Lily had her own playlist, these songs would have to be on it - they are her most requested...
  • Some Say the Devil is Dead - Hair of the Dog (Lily calls this "Rose Again" because of the chorus - "Ma says he rose again and joined the British Army")
  • Hey There Delilah - Plan White Tees ( This one is known as "What you do to me")
  • Mamma Mia - Abba (Because of her Mamma Mia t-shirt from Gammy)
  • The 3 R's - Jack Johnson (She calls this "Da we-cycle song")
  • All My Love - Led Zepplin ( Thanks to her book Olive My Love)
  • "Lellow Sub-ma-mine" - The Beatles
Doesn't she have eclectic taste?? We're so proud... and so glad that we don't always have to listen to kiddie music. 

2-year-old logic

Lily, with a very serious and thoughtful expression: 
"Are you Mommy Sophia?"

Only when I'm being naughty, LilyBug!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


At dinner tonight, Shawn was telling a story and said "I don't know what that mean-", cutting himself off as he got distracted by something.

Lily looked at him and said "mean-ssss!"

Shocked, I asked her what she just said. She replied "Daddy said mean." So I asked her what her should have said and she replied "mean-sss".

I'm sorry, did she seriously just correct Daddy's grammar?

What a difference 15 months makes!

Yes, I'm talking about pigtails here!

Quite a change from this:

To this...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My sweet girl!

As she was giving me a hug & kiss at bedtime, Lily said "I had such a fun day wif you today!" And like that, all is right with the world...

Here she is today, in an outfit of her choosing - summer dress, valentine's tights & St. Patrick's Day headband:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Confessions and Misunderstandings

This morning, Lily was baking "cookies" in her kitchen and then packed a container (an old tupperware that she has inherited) of them, which she then carefully packed in one of her purses.

Then we went about our day.... Got dressed, went to T*rget, played upteen games of Memory (or "my fun game", as it's known around here), read some stories, listened to some songs, had lunch and then took a nap.

After her nap, Lily came out into her playroom and asked to play with play dough. Confession:  I am a bad mommy. I hate play dough. I think it's gross and messy and I hate the smell of it. I try to avoid playing with it. I store it on the top shelf of the pantry, out of sight, in the hopes that without seeing it everyday, Lily won't ask for it every day. Another of my avoidence tactics is to make Lily first clean up everything else in the playroom under the guise of "We don't want to get play dough on our toys." Lucky for her, Lily loves an organized room as much as her mommy, and nothing will derail the girl from an activity she has her heart set on. So, she started cleaning up. 

Lily  has a set of play food that's a birthday cake with LOTS of decorations. The decorations get stored in an old tupperware container so that we don't lose any little pieces. Anyone see where this is going?? I didn't. Lily wouldn't put away the cake decorations, insisting that she needed a "new con-TAIN-er" for them. Remembering where she had stored the EMPTY container this morning, I pulled it out of her purse and told her to put the cake pieces away if she wanted to play with the play dough.

Lily burst into tears - like, heaving, gut-wrenching sobs. And through her tears, I couldn't make out what she was saying at first. But I finally I got it... "Dare's cookies in dare!!!" Oh. Right. Of course there are cookies in there. Sorry Bug.

I got her another tupperware and all was right with the world. And by posting this, I have avoided 10 minutes of having my fingers in play dough while Lily happily entertains herself. But now, she needs help making a gingerbread man, so I'll have to get over myself.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Such a Hard Time with Daddy

Lily and I took a short trip to the local playground yesterday and decided to take the bike trailer, or "my tiny li'l twailer" as it is known.  There's one great big hill on the way there and so I had my bike in the lowest gear, trying to lug us up the slope.  I know she's bouncing around back there as I pedal when I hear "havin' such a hard time!"  Between huffs I respond, "You're having a hard time back there?" Lily informs me "No, Daddy's havin' such a hard time with his bike!"  True.  Thanks for the sympathy Bug.

While we were there I had to put some air in my tires and Lily wanted to help.  I had her hold the little cap to the tire valve while I pumped it up.  She disappeared for a minute while I was focused on my task and when I asked for it back she went over to the trailer and called to me "It's too far down."  My first thought was that she lost it, but when I got to her, she was reaching into the trunk part of the trailer.  There sure enough was the cap.  She was a little upset that she couldn't reach it and finish her part of the job, but she summed it all up: "I find a special place for it."  That's it, my daughter is smarter than I am.  I probably would have lost it in the gravel under our feet, she made sure we didn't. 

We had a hurried trip home as the skies opened up.  The trailer is enclosed, but part of it is screen.  As we are almost home and I'm drenched I hear a tiny voice yelling behind me "My pants and shirt are wet, we need to get into da garage!"  I agreed.

Thanks for a fun afternoon little one.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Just Auntie!

Auntie came up yesterday so that she & I could go to a concert. She was here when Lily woke up for her nap and they had lots of fun playing all afternoon. When Daddy got home from work, Auntie & I got ready to head out. Lily burst into tears, sobbing "I want to go wif you guys!"

When I told her that she was going to have lots of fun with Daddy, she announced "I don't like Daddy, I jus' like Auntie!" Ouch.

You don't even want to know how disappointed she was when she woke up this morning and Auntie had already left...

Monday, August 11, 2008

"Not while she's a flutterfly!"

It's a good thing Scout is such a good sport...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A zillion pictures...

We had SO. MUCH. FUN. at the beach. Lily is an ocean girl! No fear.. She ran right to the ocean and pretty much stayed there all week, with a few breaks to play in the sand, and to eat. We even played and swam a little before we had to leave on Saturday morning, and when we told Lily that it was time to come home, she burst into tears. I know just how you feel, LilyBug.

So, sit back and get comfortable... This may take awhile!

We splashed in the waves:

And swam:

We played in the sand:
We shoveled:

And dug big holes in the sand:

We built a HUGE sand castle:

Lily entertained Bumpa:
And Uncle Mike:
Lily discovered the joy of hush puppies:

And also eating bread with a fork:
(Not really sure what that's all about!)

We ate ice cream:
(Okay, Lily just took ice cream!)

And we ate cupcakes!
And then we ate some more:

Some days, we just wore ourselves out:

Even on the beach!
(Lily was cold and exhausted from swimming - this lasted approximately 30 seconds, and then she was back at it!)

We puzzled:
Here's Lily, offering cousin Amy some advice & puzzle-strategy.

We went to see the Sea Turtles:

I introduced Lily to the simple joy of swinging in a hammock:

We wore silly shirts:

Scout got in on the fun too:

We did lots of floating:

That's Lily in her little pink boat, floating with Mommy & Daddy in their inner tubes.

Lily ran and ran and RAN:

We saw the sun rise over the dunes and the pier:

And we stayed in this fabulous house:(When we arrived, Erin was outside waiting for us, and since then, Lily has referred to this place as "Auntie's House!" Lucky Auntie!)

And all of this is why there were tears when we had to come home!