Monday, December 29, 2008
Here's Ruby and her dad going back up the hill after sledding down. This is on the closed street near our house. It was full of kids and grown ups sliding up and down on snowboards, sleds, innertubes and garbage can lids. You can see that Ruby is using a grout pan..'cause that's how we roll. The entire city was sold out of sleds so we made do with what we had. Turns out it worked perfectly! Here's our poor little garden gnome, Monty, all covered in snow..
And Ruby's first " 'no-man"! She was tired and mad that it was so hard to walk in the snow so she pretty much cried the whole time I was making the snowman. However, when I showed her this photo she got really excited about it. Turns out...she's a lot like me and can only enjoy the snow so much.
Friday, December 26, 2008
This counts as the best Christmas gift ever! Ruby is super excited to meet her new playmate!
A ginormous congratulations to her parents, Monica and Steve! We love you guys!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
So, last night, she is sitting on the couch reading her books as she is wont to do. She picks up Little Beauty and starts turning each page. Then, out of nowhere, when she gets to the sad gorilla page, she bursts into tears. Really, the saddest little face and most heartbreaking cry. I can't decide if she's saddened by Gorilla's face or if she's scared by it. She loves the other pictures but, now, every time she gets to that page she cries. The funny thing is that she would put the book down and then a minute later want to read it again and then cry as soon as she got to the page.
So, is it a tear-jerker or horror? Terms of Endearment or Pet Sematary? Old Yeller or Carrie? Where the Red Fern Grows or Cujo? Hmm...... Such a bummer because I really like this book!
UPDATE: Verdict is it's a tearjerker. Last night she was reading the book with Dustin and when they got to that page she said, "Hurt!" and closed the book and ran away. Poor monkey, she feels sad for the poor ape.
Monday, December 8, 2008
At any rate, we were fairly busy this weekend. I was feeling somewhat...disillusioned with the whole house thing so I tried to go OUT as much as possible. Sometimes I feel like all I do is sweep, clean, tidy, dismantle piles, do laundry etc yet it is never DONE. I might have mentioned that I would give up an arm to have a live-in housekeeper at one point during the weekend. So, I rebelled and I read a book while Ruby napped and sewed instead of mopping the kitchen. Take that housework! All I'm sayin is if you come over anytime soon it had better be to see me because my house is a hot mess.
But I leave you with some cute pictures of our girl:
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Ruby was fortunate enough to get to spend a WHOLE day with her Auntie Kathy last week as well. They spent a lot of time playing, reading and sharing their love of pictures of dogs. One of the books that they really enjoyed together was Dinosaur VS Bedtime. Run, don't walk, to the library or bookstore to get a copy! It's seriously fantastic!
I also managed to get a shot of Ruby and her Auntie Danielle reading together. Another dinosaur book! We really had a wonderful time this holiday. We feel so fortunate to have such an amazing group of friends in this town with whom we could spend the holiday weekend!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I understand that you've been a little under the weather and that it's hard to sleep with a cough and snotty nose. I didn't mind sitting up with you, sleeping in a chair for two nights so that you could get a better night's sleep, at the sacrifice of my own. This is what a mother does and, I am told, it's part of the 'magic' of parenthood. Some day, I might even look back upon it wistfully, longing to do it again. Anything is possible.
I also understand that it's nice to want to read a little in the middle of the night when having a hard time falling asleep. In fact, it is something I do quite often myself.
But, why, for the love of god, did you insist that I read to you last night at ONE A.M. O' CLOCK OF THE MORNING?!?
I am trying to cut back on coffee. I am trying to get up early to excercise. That you repeated "Book! Book! Book!" like a little chicken over and over, flinging your head and shoulders backwards if I went anywhere near your crib whilst unleashing an unholy screech, does not help me with these goals in the least.
I will read to you pretty much ANYTIME you want me to but I must request that we keep it strictly between the hours of 7am and 7pm for the sanity of your dear mum.
I love you dearly.
Your Very Very Tired Mama
Monday, November 17, 2008
Last week, that tactic worked and Carden's mom and I headed over to the closest community center for toddler play time. We got there and I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they had to play with. Cars, playhouses, dolls, slides, trucks, motorcycles, hula hoops, balls and the coup de grace, a mini bounce house! The best part was, we were the only people there for at least half an hour. Ruby ran from car to car, slide to slide and spent a good amount of time just running, with her arms outstretched and yelling as loud as she could. Here are some shots of her in the fire truck:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
It's also apparent that she really really wants to communicate. She gets very frustrated when she is trying to convey something to me and I don't understand. On Saturday she was doing the 'no' thing while pushing and pulling me to try to get me to go somewhere I don't know and do I don't know what. At some point she either gave up or I stumbled onto the answer because she stopped making that sound - the one that only toddlers can make.
We had a nice little visit from my cousin, Suzanne and her friend Richard weekend before last when they were visiting from DC. I hadn't seen her in a very long time and it was the first time she met Ruby.
Now, my youngest brother is staying with us for a bit and Ruby is enjoying having her uncle around. She's even got his name down and it's cute as hell to hear her say "Harley!" Trust me on this.
We also helped celebrate the 1st birthday of our neighbor, Carden, which was really fun. When we ask Ruby where Carden is she says his name and points across the street and she gets really excited when we say we're going to see him.
Well, fall is upon us and so our the holidays. My goal is to keep it simple. We'll see how that goes. Happy fall to you and yours from all of us!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
?Quieres bailar conmigo?
On the afternoon of Halloween, Auntie Kathy came over and we went to Hank's house for a little get-together. Here's the three of us:Cheeeese!
And here are Hank and Ruby working on the MagnaDoodle together (what a genius toy that is). Hank was a giraffe but he got too hot inside so he's just rockin' the black T.
And we also got to see our pal Ryder who we haven't seen in an awful long time. Not only is he growing up, he started walking and even without the 6 extra legs!The Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It all started when I wouldn't let her turn on the hot water faucet at the bathroom sink. Mean mommy. And let me tell you, she would not let it go. First she tried scooting a foot stool up to the sink and when that didn't work, she began to climb on the toilet. I told her that it was time to get ready for bed and we were going to get her pajamas and she howled and tried leaning to get me to go a different direction (kind of like you do when riding a horse) and when that didn't work...more screaming. I got her on the changing table and started taking off her shoes and she yelled, "No! No! No!" and kept trying to get her shoes back on. She really didn't want to take off her shirt. I put her on the floor thinking that maybe she would want to pick the pajamas. "No!" she stated emphatically and shut the drawer, pushing all of the other drawers shut to prove her point.
At this point, I figured it was time to change tactics and so we went downstairs to change out the laundry for a change of pace and scenery. Didn't really help. She was really really mad. Even the faithful chupa chup was not the answer. I did finally get her in her pj's and read a story and she calmed down a bit....until I put her in her crib. She is now pretty calmed down but wowee...what a doozy! Looks like the 'terrible twos' hit a teeny tiny bit early.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Ruby pets the Green Sheep. He was sleeping the whole time!
All in all, a fun few days and time well spent after a weekend of being sick. Yay! More to come, my friends. More to come....