Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving and the End of November

We had a lovely thanksgiving weekend - spending lots of time together with many of our dear friends. Unfortunately, our families all live too far away to spend the holidays but we were thinking of them! At one point during the weekend, Dustin set up a drum kit that Ruby can use. She looooves banging on the cymbals! We also caught this quiet moment as Ruby and Uncle Harlan read together one evening. Sweetness. On Thanksgiving day, we went to Nick and Heather's and shared an amazing dinner with our wonderful and talented pals there. Stuffed! Ruby spent most of the evening trying to find Heather's cat, who is NOT very friendly but was a good sport considering. Here's a blurry picture of our dinner. The following day we had another Thanksgiving dinner at Steve and Monica's (a new tradition) and Ruby had a lot of fun with all of the other kids there. Here are three of them watching a movie together. Ruby only stayed until the ice cream ran out. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when Ruby spied a pair of red patent leather shoes on the mantel that someone had bought for Monica's baby. She kept pointing at them and saying, "Shoes!" Monica, being the nice auntie that she is, took them down and let her wear them and once they were on she had the biggest grin on her face and she kept looking at them and stomping her feet and smiling. She was so thrilled by them! I swear I did not teach her this love of shiny shoes!! Also during the weekend, we did some painting and drawing. Ruby did great with the paints and did not eat them. A couple of times she made like she was going to put them in her mouth -- I think out of force of habit (it's a lot like holding a spoon, no?) -- but she caught herself just in time.

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

A Letter to My Baby

Dearest Ruby:

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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Full O' Personality

Wowee the girl is coming out! So...words are spilling out everywhere and it's just a matter of time before we are playing "the quiet game" to quell all of the questions. However, until then, it's just plain fun, hilarious and adorable as she peppers us with a new word (or six) every day. She loves pointing across the street and saying, "Carden!" Hoping he will come to play perhaps?

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:
Last week, on our excursion to the mall play area, we stopped in at H & M , which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. I found these funny lion mittens that look like little lion puppets. Ruby had a wonderful time roaring with these on her hands so I dropped the 5 bucks to bring them home. Well....a few days later, the Dad, thinking they were socks, put them on her feet and now she refuses to wear them on her hands. Which makes me think about when my nieces moved in and the 3 year old kept falling down, not used to the combo of socks and hard wood floors. One evening after she had fallen down twice she wailed, "Why is your house so slippery!??!?" My guess is that Ruby will have the same question if she keeps up with the lion-mittens-as-slippers thing. I am thinking that maybe she needs some cute animal slippers so that we can return the lions to the hands where they will keep her warm and not cause her to smash her sweet face on the floor.
And I have to include this picture of our neighbor, Kayla, helping Ruby put on her hat. Kayla came over with Auntie and Mom to give Ruby a hat that Auntie had crocheted for her. Unfortch, I didn't get a picture of her in said hat but I definitely will. Anyway, I just liked the spirit of cooperation as is so rare in the 2 year old world:
Ruby right now is sportin' a really ugly cough but, otherwise, seems to be feeling ok. I am hoping that we don't all get this particular germ. We are looking forward to the holiday next week and to spending some down time together!

Ruby and Daddy Have a Little Chat

New Hat By Mama

It's a little big and I didn't have the patience to go all out with the embellishments that day's still pretty cute on her:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Parenting Poetry

I ran across this woman's poetry about parenting in my blog reading and Talk about poetry that totally says what I am thinking! Made me laugh out loud in parts too!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Somebody's Got Opinions

It seems that Ruby has discovered that she has an opinion and she now exercises her right to use it. A few days ago I plopped a hat on her head which she immediately took off, all the while saying, "No! No!" and then she went and got a different hat and put it on. Ok then!

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

Saturday, November 1, 2008