Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tie Dying.

A few weekends ago, Brian and I got the idea to do some tie-dyed shirts with Zoey.  Since it was a pretty day, we did them outside. 

She wasn’t into it at first, but of course by the time we were just about done, she wanted to do more!  I had forgotten how to do them and how long they take to really dry. 

Zoey LOVES her shirts.  The first week we did them, she wore one EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I had to wash them in the middle of the week due to she had to sleep in them and wear them during the day.  She is pretty cute in them!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Zoey the filmmaker.

The other night Zoey wanted our small point and shoot camera I was making Brian take to the Father/Daughter Ball (more on that later!) so I gave it to her.  The next day, I was looking at the pictures Brian took and came across a few videos and pictures Zoey took.  She managed to figure out how to turn it on and use it. 

Monday, June 09, 2014

Zoey update; 2.5 years

My sweet baby will be 2.5 soon!  She is so much fun!  She is talking up a storm and learning new things all the time.  It’s nice to be able to really communicate with her and not have to always guess what she is trying to say.  She can sing her ABCs, count to 20, sings just about any of her favorite songs by memory (boy does she have a great memory!), act out scenes from Frozen, and much more!  She has finally grasped the concept of saying “Please” and “Thank You”.  It’s hard to say no (even when she doesn’t need what she is asking for) to her when she says “please”. 

The beginning of the year we bit the bullet and cut down on paci time.  I was really dreading this and just knew it would be a nightmare.  Zoey surprised us; she did really good.  We cut it down to just naptime and bedtime.  She has done great with this.  I am dreading when we take it away completely. But we did learn last week, that she had gone that week without for nap.  Brian had forgotten to put on in her bag all week. 

It’s fascinating to watch her pretend play.  She doesn’t like to play much on her own when we are around; we always have to be playing with her.  While this is sweet, it’s also frustrating at times when you are by yourself with her and cannot get things done.  I would have thought that after all day of playing with other kids, she would want to play alone, but not her.  Sometimes listening to her play, makes me worry that we get on to her too much. :) She gets on to her toys (she loves little figurines and My Little Pony right now) and puts them in timeout or what not. 

One of her favorite scenes to act out from Frozen is when Anna is knocking on Elsa’s door asking “Do you want to build a snowman?”  Typically I am Anna and she is Elsa. Brian is either Kristof or Sven (the reindeer) and Sunni is Olaf!  I just love how her imagination works!  It makes me so happy to see her having a good one!  She also loves acting out the scene when Anna goes to wake up Elsa in the beginning to play.  “The sky is awake, so I’m awake, so I must PLAY” all while laying on you just like the movie. :)

A couple of weeks we took Zoey to her first fair.  I’m not a fan of fair rides, but Brian loves them!  Looks like Zoey loves them too!  She was laughing the whole time while on the teacups.

She loves to build caves/tents these days.  On weekends she has been either sleeping in her bed as a cave (a quilt over half most of it) or one Sunday afternoon, we got brave and let her sleep in the tent (card table with quilts) in her room.  She didn’t stay in it for when I went to go check on her, she was asleep right in front of her door.  Good practice for when she will sleep on a nap mat at Mrs. Hudson’s. 

She also loves pretending she is scared or the “snow monster”/”dragon”/”monster” is coming to get her.  We have to drive into our caves (either the tent or pull blankets over our heads) to escape it.  One day we were playing and she rolls over to me and puts her arms around me and says “I’ll protect you Mommy.”  Typically she will run to us and jump in our arms to be “protected”.  It was a sweet moment when she did that to me.

I really think this age is one of my favorites.  She is able to communicate with us and has an imagination. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Inner Geek

Brian and I watch the show King of the Nerds on TBS.  It’s the only reality TV show I will watch.  Our favorite from this season was Mary Kate.  Sadly she got kicked off pretty quickly.  We got a surprise and a treat at the Craft Brew Festival when Brian spotted Mary Kate!  We had no idea she was from Mississippi, much less a grad student at State.  We totally geeked out and talked to her!  Not only were we thrilled, I think we made her feel great too by recognizing her.  She was so sweet and let us talk her ear off and ask all types of questions about the show.

Christmas 2013

Christmas this past year was great!  We stayed home for Christmas Eve and Day.  My parents came Christmas Eve to spend the night with us so they could watch Zoey open up Santa. 

I was excited to start a new tradition with Zoey of baking Christmas Cookies!  I thought I got some pictures of her helping roll out the dough and cutting them out, but when I upload the pictures, there was none.  I did get her icing the cookies! 

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Santa was good to Zoey this year! Nonie & D-Daddy came up to watch Zoey open her gifts as well. It’s so odd seeing Zoey with her paci in all these pictures.  She wouldn’t let go of it.

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