Friday, September 28, 2007

Playing


Brad likes to play around with Anne...she doesn't mind, for now.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Weekend Fun





We went to a little farm this weekend and had a great time. Brad loved the tractor ride, and we played with the corn and did a maze and saw animals...a fun time was had by all.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Pizza



On Sunday I made a spinach and goat cheese pizza for dinner. I gave Anne cheerios, but decided to see if she liked bits of tomatoes and pizza crust--did she ever! She ate a lot!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Theater (still at CMoR)

Brad adjusting the sound levels

Playing peek-a-boo with the curtains


I don't think he understands how puppet theater is supposed to work.

Anne is unimpressed

While Brad runs around the stage, Anne tries to gnaw through a key.

Good thing I brought a change of clothes!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More CMoR

One of the best things about the new renovation is this outdoors play area with lots of water toys and sand. It was a gorgeous day--sunny with a nice breeze and 72 degrees. Just beautiful. Brad had a great time playing with all of the water works.

You can see here he's filling up his little bucket...

...and dumping it on the plant. This poor plant. With 50 kids a day dumping 2 or 3 buckets of water on it (Brad did about 5), I'm surprised it hasn't drowned yet.

Ambitious

Brad wasn't content just to dump water on the plant, which was a mere step away from the fountain. No, he wanted to fill up all sorts of buckets of water and run them up some stairs to the nearest tub. You can guess how this turned out...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

CMoR

On Saturday we went to the Children's Museum of Richmond and had a great day playing. Their recent renovation was finished and it was better than ever. This is the first time we've been since Anne started sitting up, so she had a chance to enjoy herself as well.
"Anne, don't eat that--it's dirty!"

"But it looks so good!"

Jumping around


Monday, September 17, 2007

Church

It was a bit chilly yesterday (finally!) so Anne got to wear her white sweater for the first time. I'm glad I bought her a size 12-month, because it looks like it won't fit for much longer!

Not quite yet...

Anne is not crawling just yet, but I expect it any day now!

Do you like my tongue?

PS Blogger is having some problems, so the posts may be erratic

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Crawling

No, she's not crawling yet, but she's getting close. She's almost up on all fours now, and she's rocking back and forth. She's trying!

She's wearing one of Brad's old pajamas--it's size 12 month and she's only 8 months old!

Oh, and I just took her to the doctor (poor thing has a staph infection) and at 8 1/2 months she weighs what Brad and I weighed at 12 months!! I can't wait for her 9-month appointment to find out how long she is.

Playing

You have a joke to tell me? Okay, I'm listening.

You are so funny, Mommy!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Hungry, again


Puppy Scare

When Anne was born I wanted to try and minimize (ha!) the impact she would have on Brad. Really, I wanted a distraction so that I could bond with her while he kept himself busy. Enter the train. Brad loves trains--he's crazy about them. So I knew he'd like this train set, and he does.

He plays with it almost every day, setting it up, playing with it, taking it down, setting it up again...he's lost parts and we've found them...he's damaged parts and we've fixed them. But the wear and tear of the constant playing has finally been too much for the little train. The magnets on the front and back of the engines have started falling off, and in such a way that you can only put two trains together at a time (because of the north/south pole thing). I tried to glue the magnets back on, but they would only fall off again. So yesterday, after doing some research online and concluding that the local toy store is as cheap a place as any, Doug and I took the kids out to buy a new train. Brad wanted to take puppy with him. You remember, puppy, right?

I swore up and down that I wouldn't let my kids have loveys, because they would inevitably get dirty/torn/lost and then I would have a very unhappy child on my hands (and if you know me, you know I'm not one to run out and spend $50 on a discontinued item only available on eBay that the kid will probably hate anyway because "that's not the real puppy"). Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, both Brad and Anne have attached themselves to loveys (and Anne can't sleep without hers--lovely). Brad just loves puppy, more than he loves trains, but when we got in the store and he saw a train table set up with trains to play with, he put puppy down and played with the trains. Doug and I picked out a set of three little trains, and Brad was thrilled beyond words that we were actually going to take the "engines" home with us. So we paid for them, opened them in the car (of course), and played with trains when we got home.

Fast forward to bedtime: we can't find puppy. Doug went down to the car to look for him while I prayed with Brad. After a long time, Doug comes back and says that he can't find puppy. It comes to me in a flash: puppy is right next to the train table in the toy store. I can see him there in my mind, discarded and momentarily forgotten in the excitement of the new trains. I convince Brad that puppy is busy and he will be back tomorrow and come out of the bedroom. Doug is already lacing up his shoes.

While he's gone, what do I do? I'm on eBay, contemplating whether the last bid of $39.50 (plus shipping) is really serious and wondering if I have a chance of winning if I wait to the last second and swoop in with my more serious bid (I mean, seriously, you obviously don't need puppy that much if you're only willing to pay $39.50!).

But ten minutes later I hear Doug coming back: puppy was right where Brad left him and all is well. I tuck Brad in with puppy and scoff at the idea of anyone paying more than $9.99 for a stuffed animal--the kid can just learn to do without, right?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Cheerios!




Anne's first cheerios. You can tell she's concentrating very hard. She's actually getting pretty good at self feeding. She mastered the pincer grasp--now she just has to learn how to let go!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Practicing



Just trying out my new tooth--it works pretty well!