Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Hey, You Wanna Ride?
She started to get the hang of moving her own feet to move it. It will take some practice. She did figure out to pick her feet up when I push her around.
So, What Do I Do With This?
She is still figuring out the sand thing. This is the sandbox we got from Skye. Her boys have grown out of these things. Daddy picked up some sand @ Lowe's the other day.
Daddy Shows Her How to Make a Crab in the Sand
After a while we took off her shoes and socks and covered her legs in sand. She had no idea what was going on. After being in there for a while she seemed to get used to the sand, but still not necessarily like it.
We went to House of Mercy tonight and one of the nursery volunteers couldn't make it, so mommy stayed in there. She was great the whole time in there. She would watch the other kids. She seemed very concerned about this boy throwing a tantrum (he wanted daddy.) And she would get all excited when the high school volunteer would read stories. We read a lot of stories here and I think they read a lot at daycare too.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Such a funny girl. Today grandma & grandpa came to visit. We walked to the park and played there a bit and then went to Pizza Ranch for lunch, then back home for naps. Daddy & I could have left because they were babysitting, but we just went to bed and took long naps. Isabel was nice and took a good ong nap too, which allowed grandma & grandpa some dozing time too.
3 more weeks and she will be a year old. Amazing. I know people get older everyday, but I am just in amazement with everything about Isabel. She's a great kid.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Don't we all. But for Isabel, she gets to spend lots of time with mommy & daddy on the weekend. This Saturday, grandma & grandpa are coming to visit and taking us out for lunch. We are going to Pizza Ranch. They have a buffet with lots of yummy goodies on it, plus they have a play area on the main level for small children (which is great for entertaining Isabel) and on the upper level they have video games & couches for older kids to hang out.
We took a walk to the park today. She just loves swinging. We'll have to get daddy to hang her swing soon. She really enjoyed going down the slide too (w/mom holding her.) She still doesn't much like the sand, but she loves sitting on mommy's lap and controlling the digging machines. I had her crawl on the grass for the first time ever. She didn't much care for that either. All these new sensations for her. I am sure we'll get to the park once or twice this weekend too.
She has a couple bath puppets and some playtime puppets which I keep in a plastic shoebox. I think what she likes most is taking then out and then putting them back in the box. She tried taking the tiger puppet to daycare. Everyday (lately) she tries to take something to daycare and we hope she sets it down in the car on the way over there, but if not I just need to remember she has it and to bring it home. She is definitly developing a sense of ownership.
Daddy put up the baby gate at the top of the stairs. We acually haven't had to use it to deter Isabel, but the cats hate it. Larry really hates it.
Sounds like bathtime is done. I need to go now.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
She's adjusted her bedtime on her own now, maybe the daylight savings finally caught up with her. Now she goes to bed around 7/7:15 instead of 6:30. Although, the last few weeks she has taken a 30-45 minute nap after we get home and play (usually around 4pm). That nap is probably what gets her the extra 30-45 minutes at bedtime.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We thought that one day we would go up to the waterpark by grandma & grandpa's house and have some fun there and then go visit them. The passes are actually good for a year, which is great!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I was videotaping her this morning (so you might see that on here soo) so that gramps could see her crawling rather than just looking at still pictures. She has to explore everything and I figure it is better to let her explore and teach her how to be nice to things than try to keep everything away from her. Start young.
I don't have enough time to fool around with pictures any more, but I took some time today. The only thing I did to this top one was turn it black & white. The bottom one I did a stamp effect on it. I use Photoshop Elements and if I ever get into it I know I can do some pretty neat things with pictures & layering, but I don't have a lot of time to teach myself. I just learn bit of things at a time. I love how detailed her eyelashes are in the bottom picture.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
She passed on her runny nose and congestion to me.....what fun.
Tomorrow I plan to bring her to the faily clinic after work for her 11 month weight.
I put in the request for the library to order Happiest Toddler on the Block and they are going to. Excellent. I have actaully exchanged some very nice email with the woman who runs the children's section of the library. They are going to order the book and let me know when it comes in and may even order the DVD.
The Great Serengeti Waterpark has changed their rates and now they only charge $5 a person on Mondays & $6 on Thursdays. That's cool.
Earth Day is Sunday. Our plan that day is to enjoy some real maple syrup at the Pancake Brunch at Riverbend Nature Center. I think going to the Nature Center is a good plan for Earth Day. Grandma is coming to babysit that day too. Neighbor Cindy is babysitting on Friday (Daddy's birthday) so that we can go see a play.
Skye sent me some links for ideas for photos for Isabel's one year pictures. They look fun. I am excited for those pictures. I think I am going to make a birthday hat for her for some of the pictures. I read an article in Wonder Time magazine about making your own birthday hats because they can be pricey and you don't always need as many that come in a package (which is wasteful.) So, I'll make a hat for her. And we're planning on doing cake eating pictures. So, I will make a simple cake with frosting that she can dig into. I think those pictures could turn out hilarious because she loves squishing soft stuff in her fingers and if I give her a whole cake to dig in; it could prove to be very funny.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Anyways, I was gathering information on things to do, which does not mean we are doing all these things. I thought if I have all our options in one location to view I can just check out the calendar and pick something to do if Isabel & I want to get out of the house during the summer.
And FYI for those who may be interested....the kiddie pool in our town is 14 inches deep and costs $1 for admission. The big pool ranges from 3ft.-9ft. and costs $3 for admission for a single session (or $5 for add day). There are also weekly and full summer rates.
I'll continue to add things as I find out about more events, but I thought since I was putting forth the effort there might be some friends who would be interested in knowing this information as well.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
She just loves pounding on this drum. She laughs everytime she does and it makes a sound. She is really getting into electronic toys that make sound lately, but she still loves her old favorites. She is just at the stage where she has figured out the cause & effect of the electronic toys.
It looks like a beautiful day out today. I think I will try to get out for a walk while Isabel is sleeping. She's going to start going on walks with me often now that the weather is finally nice. It will be fun to walk to the park. She loves to swing. We'll see how she likes going down the slides with mom.
This week we will a little busy. Mommy has a friend coming over a couple times to go for a walk, and then we have swim class, and then she will go to the County Family Clinic to get her 11-month weight, and then we are getting her picture taken. I was going to wait until her 1 year to get her next pictures taken. We are having Skye take her 1 year photos. But she turns 11 months on daddy's birthday and Wal-Mart has a cheap package (around $6) this month, so I thought why not. So, she'll get the package of a picture of just her and we'll also get an 8x10 of her & daddy together (usually it is her with mommy - but we can change it up.)
Saturday, April 14, 2007
We're looking at a baby girl with such big blue eyes. She was a good napper today. Great for mommy & daddy & Isabel, bad for all the guests that came to mommy's belated birthday party. Everyone wanted to see her, but only those few who came early got to see her, otherwise she went to sleep and took a 2.5 hour nap and woke up once everyone left.
She is working on learning how to pull herself up to standing. She can't quite do it herself yet. She gets all the way up on her knees and then gets one foot out from under her and can't quite pull herself up all the way; she needs a little push. But now that we were working with her on it she is determined to try & stand and practices it on the couch, the ottoman, and the tv stand.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Should I be Worried about Friday the 13th?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Isabel couldn't wait to get into the water. She kept trying to leap out of my arms into the water. She was so excited to be swimming again.
So, here are my thoughts of pros & cons of the old location and new location:
New Location (AmericInn)
* Easier registration process
* I like that we sing songs that you can incorporate swimming into
* Professional appearance to swim instructor
* Higher class #
* Very poor accomodations for changing
Middle of the Road:
* Water Temperature (so far it was ok, a little chilly, but not too bad)
* Time of class
* Location of facilities
Old Location (Holiday Inn)
* Can use the waterpark before or after class
* Small class size
* Snacks/beverages available for purchase (if desired)
* 2 miles from our house
* Likes the use of water toys to encourage swimming
* Less than ideal accomodations for changing, but better than new location
* Noisy & can be crowded from other kids using waterpark
* Hard to get a hold of the manager to register
* Swim instructors that had hickeys all over them
* Inconsistent water temperature, sometimes was chilly
Middle of the Road:
* Time of Class
Monday, April 09, 2007
Auntie Phanie taught Isabel how to pull on Uncle J's beard. I have a feeling they might regret that in the future.
So.....I Grab Here?
"You wear buttons on your shirt like mama does. I love buttons!"
Isabel w/ Grams