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Monday, June 28, 2010

Little helpers.

The highlight of Lily's week? When I let her help me dust...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Blueberries for Lily.

Bucket and all, just like Little Sal, in our yard.Ku-plink! Ku-plank! Ku-plunk!Delicious!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


They made her wear a Cowboy hat... can you imagine???

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rootin' Tootin' Cowboys.

Week two of preschool summer camp was a big hit. Lily had a fabulous time, learning all about cowboys and cowgirls. "They lived a long time ago," she informed me.

She came home singing this song, to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot:

I'm a little cowgirl, here's my hat.
Here are my spurs. Here are my "taps." (I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be chaps!)
When I get up, I work all day.
Then I get on my horse and ride away!

The arts and crafts were so cute...

Cowgirl boots - Lily's favorite:Cowgirls!Bandana:Sheriff's badge:Cactus:Auntie & Lily cowgirls:
Wagon wheel necklace:Cowgirl boot, with real sawdust:
Howling coyote:

You'll notice that everything is cowGIRL. If you suggest that Lily made anything having to do with cowboys, you'll end up with a tearful Lily, forcefully telling you that she. is. a. GIRL!!! Just in case you were wondering.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

First Movie!

Auntie & Lily went to see the new Toy St*ry movie... Lily's first visit to a movie theater! They had big fun. Lily got to eat popcorn - it was really yummy, but it "made my lips hurt". She got to drink "cranberry juice"- fruit punch, really. And she got to sit in a comfy chair. Except, it turns out that Lily doesn't weigh enough to hold the seat down... it kept folding up on her. So for part of the time, she sat with Auntie, part of the time she sat on the edge of her seat, and part of the time, Auntie held the seat down with her hand.

When the previews started, Lily was a little scared of how loud it was, and put her hands over her ears. But then she couldn't eat her popcorn, so she asked Auntie to cover one ear, so that she could keep on eating. Smart girl!

We've been playing make-believe Woody & Buzz ever since, so I think it's safe to say she enjoyed herself!

"Auntie... My BEST Friend!"

"I love you as wide as the whole town... even though you're the little sister!"
-Lily to Auntie at bedtime

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Tea Party...

... of epic proportions!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Puppy Love

Holly is Lily's "BEST dog."

What about Scout? "She's kinda grouchy."

And Lucy? "She licks too much!"

But Holly? "She is the softest, bestest dog in the whole. WIDE. world!!!"

And she's patient too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bumpa's Birthday

Bumpa was here for his birthday last week. I don't know who was more excited when it came time for cake and presents...A painting that Lily made for him, and wrapped herself:
He liked it.
A coffee mug, with one of the Bug's school art projects on it:
And a sweatshirt from his alma mater:
Big dreams...
Happy birthday, Bumpa!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mother Goose on the Loose.

As the school year was wrapping up, I explained the concept to Lily... school would end and during the summer there would be a break before she moved up to the 4-year-old classroom. Lily looked at me seriously and told me, "Well, I don't like to take breaks." Noted.

Luckily, her school was offering summer camps, three weeks throughout the summer with different themes and activities, where the kids would get to go every day. It was really inexpensive and Lily was so bummed at the thought of a summer break, that I signed her up for all three sessions, telling her that she'd still get to go to school in the summer.

On the last day of the school year, Lily saw me put the check for summer camp in her backpack, and asked what it was. I said it was so she could go to summer camp, and she started crying. Really crying. All kinds of upset. I was a little confused and pointed out that she had wanted to go to school in the summer. And she looked at me, all teary eyed, and said, "I want to go to SCHOOL, not CAMP!" I have no idea what she thinks camp is, but I reassured her that she was going to her school, to read stories, do art projects, eat lunch with her friends and play on the playground. She calmed down, and then began to giggle excitedly. And then I forgot the conversation.

Fast forward to Monday, as she was getting out of the car at preschool. Miss Vivian, the director, came up to the car with a big smile on her face and said, "Good morning Lily! Are you ready for camp?" And as they were walking into the school I could hear Lily reply, "If you call it camp, I will cry!"

Apparently she got over it. She has had so. much. fun. This week's theme was Mother Goose on the Loose, so all of the activities were centered around nursery rhymes. Lily came home on Monday, bubbling over with excitement, at the new friends she'd made (Margo and Kailey), at the fun things they'd done, and most especially with her teachers. This week, she has Mrs. Bacchi and also Miss Maura, who was the assistant back when Lily was in the combined 2/3 year-old class. Two of her favorite people!

Here she is, playing at one of the activity tables this week:Each day a different rhyme was the focus, so every day the Bug came home with a new rhyme or song memorized, a coloring page and a matching art project.

Monday was Humpty Dumpty:Tuesday was Mary had a Little Lamb:Wednesday was Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:Thursday was Little Miss Muffett:And her spider, of course:And Friday was This Little Piggie:As the week went on, Lily got exhausted and cranky - she's not used to having so much fun! But she took great naps every afternoon and was excited to go back to school each day. Except one, when she really was so tired I should have kept her home.

In the greatest compliment I could every hope to receive, Miss Maura was putting Lily back into the car at the end of one day when she told Shawn,
"She is SO polite! She's a dream!"

No camp for next week, but the following week Lily is looking forward to Rootin', Tootin' Cowboys. I predict that despite the 95 degree temps, she'll be insistent on wearing her cowgirl boots each day.

Get well.


This has been a challenging month for you. Mommy has been sick, and stuck in bed. You've had the fun of a constant stream of playmates... Auntie and Grammy have been taking turns staying with us and taking care of you and Rory. But you've also had the frustration of a Mommy who can't play, or cook dinner, or drive you to school. You've missed weeks of our regular playgroup, storytimes and outings. There have been lots of different people telling you what you can and can't do, and not all of them have told you the same things.

You have mostly been a trooper. You've had some outbursts, and more time-outs than usual, but you've also been incredibly sweet and amazingly helpful. And you've broken my heart by telling me "I miss playing with you. And Rory does too." You've made me get well gifts, like this this picture of me. And this card:

A couple of weeks ago, Daddy made a paper chain to count down the days to my surgery. You've helped by taking off one link each night, and tonight you'll finally get to take down the last link. You will get to have a fun weekend with Grammy & Bumpa while I'm at the hospital. And then things around here can start getting back to normal. Thank you for being so patient. I'm sorry that things have been so strange around here lately.

Mommy loves you so much, LilyBug. I've missed playing with you too - more than I can tell you. We'll start making up for lost time soon, I promise.

Love always,

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


It's that time again...
2006 (3 months)

2007 (15 months)

2008 (2 and 1/2)

2009 (3 and 1/2)

2010 (4 and 1/2)
She's taller than the flowers this year, and the pigtails are longer!

She's sillier too!