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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lilies!

My how she's grown! A trip down memory lane...

2006 (3 months)

2007 (15 months)

2008 (2 and 1/2)

2009 (3 and 1/2)



Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dinosaurs!

There's a museum downtown, and they have a dinosaur display:


Lily is always amazed. She loves to stand in the dinosaur footprint.

You may have noticed that the poor dinosaur has a boo boo. Lily informed me that "He was cryin' for me to give him a hug!"

Here's Lily & Lillian with the dinosaur, looking even tinier than usual:
Oh, how we love playgroup!

"The table I've always wanted!"

So says Lily, sitting in the bumbo seat, and playing with her old music table...


It's amazing how fascinating the baby toys are!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Our words come back...

Daddy: "Lily, you should ask nicely for the things you want."

Lily: "Okay, well tomorrow I will do that. Sank-you for da advice."

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Towards the end of my pregnancy, when space on my lap was limited, I kept telling Lily that someday soon there would be more room. So I shouldn't have been surprised when she busted out with, "I'm glad there's more room on your lap now!"

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Lily, upon discovering Daddy's ladder in the living room when she got up in the morning:
"I h-i-t this ladder!"

I'm pretty sure she meant to spell H - A - T - E. Ooops.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What helps...

... Mommy feel better, the morning after a migraine?
Snuggles from a sweet LilyBug!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ice Cream & Beach Music

A local shopping center has free concerts, and this summer it's beach music every week. We took the girls last week and shockingly, they both really liked the loud music! And the Bug loved watching the band from Daddy's shoulders. She was excited to report that "That boy is playin' his guitar AND singin'! And he's rockin' out!"

But most of all, she liked the ice cream!


Checking her email...

Daddy: "Lily, it's time for breakfast."

Lily: "Okay, but I jus' gotta do something first."

Daddy: "What do you need to do?"

Lily: "I need to check my email!"


At which point, Lily ran into the playroom. When we followed, this is what we found:



And when we asked what she was doing?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Raleigh Roses

For playgroup last week, we at the Raleigh Rose Garden... It was so pretty!

Lily & Lillian had a blast exploring:



Checking out the water garden:


And picking weeds (after the mean ol' mommies said "no" to picking the roses!):


They also put on a performance on the outdoor stage:


And ran through the seats:

But chasing each other through the "tunnel" seemed to be the most fun:


Lovely Lily

Some photos that Uncle Eric took of Lily back in March, in Florida:




Saturday, May 23, 2009

Company Picnic

Daddy's company hosted a picnic, especially for the kids. They did a great job creating the best. day. ever. complete with snow cones:



Pony Rides:


Bounce houses:



And slides:



Balloon shapes:

And face painting - well, arm painting in Lily's case:


We had so much fun. So did Rory - she slept through the whole day in her sling!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What did she just say???

"Da ketchup is a little spicy, but I can take it!"

"My leg itches and I can't get it to un-itch!"

"It's okay Rory... Mommy is going as fast as she can!"
(In the car - Rory's not a fan of her carseat. Or red lights.)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Just chillin'

In Mommy's bed...

She turned on the bedside lamp and the radio, tucked herself in, and opened the book to read. Must be nice!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's good to have goals.

Today at lunch, after hearing Mommy & Daddy discussing student loans...

Lily: Why do we have to pay the student loans?

Mommy: So that Daddy's education will be paid by the time we have to send you to college.

Lily: Why do I have to go to college?

Mommy: Well, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Lily, after thinking for about 3.5 seconds: I want to be... TINKERBELL!

Mommy: What will you do when you're Tinkerbell?

Lily: Just walk around.


How can you argue with logic like that???

Friday, May 15, 2009

Our Last Kinderm*sik Class

After 2 and 1/2 years, Lily and I had our last Kinderm*sik class this week. I am so sad that it's over, but amazed at how far Lily has come.

She's learned all sorts of basic musical skills, like how to keep a steady beat, to carry a tune, and how to play simple instruments. She's also fine-tuned a lot of physical skills - things like throwing and catching a ball. She's learned to interact with other kids her age and to listen to and obey an adult that she's not related to.

I learned a lot too - about music, and child development, and mostly, about Lily. In our first semester, when she was just 11 months old, Lily was bold and confident and into everything. It was really hard for me to keep her involved in what the class was doing, since all she wanted to do was explore the rest of the room. But as she's gotten older, she's become more observant, and also more reserved. She will. not. perform. in. class. In fact, most people watching her during a class would think that she was miserable. But I've learned that Lily likes to sit back, take it all in and just process... She'll do it all on her own time, in a place where she's more comfortable, thank-you-very-much! I've also learned that Lily is pretty shy. And that pushing her just makes her more uncomfortable. But if I wait, she'll surprise me with outbursts of singing and dancing and playing that are amazing and creative.

And while we were busy learning all that, we also had time to jump:

And play:

And sing:



And read stories:

And make lots of friends, including our beloved Miss Ginny:

And cuddle:
(Bumpa came with us to this last class!)

And, while Lily didn't always fully participate in class, I think it's safe to say that she was paying attention and has absorbed a lot... Here she is, teaching Rory one of her favorite songs from this semester:



(Rory seems to like it, don't you think?)

Scheduling and preschool are keeping us from going to the big-kid class that Lily would move up into next semester. We will both miss going to the studio each week and seeing our friends, but what wonderful memories we've made!

First Haircut

Wasn't it just last week that I was talking about how much I love Lily's hair? How watching her blond curls bounce behind her brings tears to my eyes? Here she is a few days ago:

And here is what she looks like now...


What happened? Well, it may be hard to tell from the pictures (thank goodness!), but Lily decided that "I didn't want my hair to be SO. LONG."

She didn't tell me that at first though. First, she told me that she wanted to stay in her playroom while I pumped a bottle for Rory. And then she came into my room, with locks of blond hair stuck all over her jammies. Hair that she cut, with her own scissors (that are normally kept up high, out of reach) while Mommy left her unsupervised. She gave herself an interesting 'do - somewhere between Friends-style layers and a mullet. It's chin-length on both sides of her face, but still long and flowing in the back. At first, I thought we were going to have to cut it all off to even it out, but those curls that I love so much are doing a great job of camouflaging the damage.

After I cried, and then scolded, and then took the scissors away indefinitely, Lily finally admitted that she cut it and then told me about her hair being 'so long'.

Lessons learned:
1. Never leave scissors out.
2. Be very wary when Lily wants to be left alone.
3. Don't be surprised when history repeats itself - my mom was quick to point out that I did the exact same thing back in the day!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Strawberry Fields Forever...

For playgroup this week, we met at a local strawberry farm and let the kids pick berries. It was a little overcast and we got sprinkled on, but the kids had so much fun running through the strawberries and filling their buckets!


Lily was, as always, oh-so-appropriately dressed in an outfit of her choosing... a dress, her sparkly sweater, and her fancy shoes.
"This teeny-tiny one is for Rory!"



You can't really see it in the picture, but the Bug had strawberry juice all over her face. And her hands. And her dress. And her socks. It was messy, but adorable.

When the fun of picking berries had worn off, Lily & Lillian started picking buttercups and building sand castles in between the rows.

A group picture:
(Lillian, Lily, Emily, Wyatt and Addie)