Friday, October 23, 2009


October is Fire Safety Month so the library hosts a Firefighter Story Time at many of its branches. We didn't have one at the branch where I work but we did have one at the branch by our house on our day off so we threw on our rain gear and headed over. The firefighters read a story and then put on all of their gear to show the kiddos what they'll look like if they have to come in a smoky house after them. Ruby was a little nervous at first but she did give the guy a high five. Then we got to go outside and sit in the truck. This was Ruby's favorite part.
Hurry the fire truck!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sing...Sing a Song...

Ruby is really throwing herself headlong into childhood and saying adios to babyhood. Oh so sad...sniff... Ok ok, I'm better. Anyway, what sorts of things is she doing? Well, she loves coloring with a passion. Everyday is the request to color. She likes coloring books, blank paper, chalk, you name it. Just recently she started drawing pictures of faces and people where she painstakingly draws two circles and a line with a big circle around it and then announces who it is. She's very intent on her art and often covers herself with whatever it is she's using to create it, as you can see here. She's also really into singing lately and can be heard singing her greatest hits album as she's falling asleep and singing every single song she knows. Story time is awesome because she is now an active participant, singing along to all the songs. Up until now, she's either roamed around the room or just observed all of the other kids. I read Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root (a favorite at our house) the other day and could hear her enthusiastically chanting along, "..chocolate marshmallow fudge delight!"

Some of her favorite songs are Slippery Fish, Go Tell Aunt Rhody and anything with a Twinkle Little Star tune. She's also learning "La araña pequeñita" (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and "Que Llueva" a Spanish version of the "Rain Rain Go Away" song.

Another funny thing is that she's been listening to the Let it Be album by the Beatles at night before bed. Now when it's on, she sings along at the top of her lungs.."Let it beeee!" On Monday, I heard her innocently singing, "Nothing's gonna change my world! Nothing's gonna change my world..." as she dressed her baby doll. My heart kind of broke a little when I thought about how much her world IS going to change in 2 1/2 months. It was tragic and awesome at the same time. Sweet girl.

Oh and another bright spot to our week was when we visited our friends Jane and John and their three chickens. John has built the most awesome of chicken coops and Ruby loved peering into their window and talking to them. "Oh hi!" she says. Here's a peek at the coop: Well, those are the updates for now. More soon!

Fall Festivities

On Sunday, a church near our house had a fall festival. We walked down to the festival along with Dara and Kayla and Ari and Monica to check it out. Our pal Karen was there leading the pony rides so we stood in line and waited to see if Ruby would fare better with this pony ride than the last. They had a smaller pony at this one and they buckled her in so it was less scary. Kayly also got her turn with Princess as did Ari. Here's our little cowgirl, happy as can be on Princess the pony: After checking out the other things the festival had to offer, we headed over to Dustin's boss's house for some old fashioned apple cider pressing. The girls picked up some delicious apples. I don't know why, but I love to see Ruby eating an apple. There's just something about it.... The girls also tried their hand at working the press and then...fresh hot apple cider. Delicious!! Given that we were all feeling pretty tired, we took the bus back home. Ruby hasn't been on a bus since she was a baby so it was an exciting experience and we had to sing "Wheels on the Bus" of course! Aren't they a sweet little bunch? Ruby passed out when we got home. We know how to wear a kid out!

Weekend Shenanigans

Weekend before last, Sofia and Joel spent the night and Ruby was beside herself with joy at having two of her favorite people all to herself. We made cookies (licked the beaters natch) and watched movies and played in the park. The kids all slept together in Ruby's room with Joel and Sofia in their sleeping bags. When they got up we had a big breakfast of pancakes and orange juice. I think Ruby wants them to move in.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Ruby started swimming lessons this week. She's in the same class as Joel and I hear she was great at blowing bubbles! Go little fishy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Like Mother Like Daughter

We may not look much alike but Ruby and I share some similarities. For example, we both loooove to do the Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper...
...and we both know that if you get a little dressed up, housework can be a little more tolerable.

Play Ball!

The mama was working on Saturday so Ruby and her Dad had a "Daddy Date" and they headed out to see the Mariners play on the last weekend of the season. They hopped the light rail and had a wonderful evening cheering on the M's!
Getting ready to catch a foul ball
Is that Ichiro Daddy?
A nice lady gave Ruby some chips and a cookie. Arguably her favorite part of the game.
LOVING the train ride to the stadium.
Sweetest picture ever!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

First Haircut

Well, it was bound to happen. I got sick of watching the poor girl wipe the hair out of her face and even more sick of washing food out of her hair. I finally took the scissors to it on Tuesday morning and cut the girl some bangs. Even though I told her what I was doing, I think I may have traumatized her a little bit. She started to cry and got a little freaked out to see how different she looked. So did her dad. But they both got over it and, if I do say so myself, she looks even cuter than before.