Friday, February 27, 2009

T is for Two!

T is for Two!

Alas, another year has come and gone. Mini Me is turning 2 this very minute. 2:52 pm

It makes me so sad that two years have gone by so quickly, and I miss putting her in the little baby straight jacket and reading Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the places you'll go" as she fell asleep in my arms.

Mini Me, you are developing into such a smart and beautiful little girl. Daddy and I are so proud of you. We are blessed to be able to watch you grow and explore the world around you. Never lose that adventurous spirit and intense curiosity. We will always love you! Happy Birthday, Mini Me!

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Monday, February 23, 2009

P is for Percy...sort of

P is for Percy...sort of

Mini Me had her Dora birthday party this weekend. It was fun and I think she enjoyed it. (More to come on that when I have a chance to upload pictures)

Since she is currently into trains, she got a "Percy" train from the Thomas and Friends collection. Mini Me had a great vocabulary and talks non-stop. Her pronunciation could use a little work.

P is for Percy....but is sounds more like....well, something a 2 year old shouldn't be saying. Let's leave it at that.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

D is for Date

D is for Date.

This is not a post I was hoping to write for at least 10 more years, but here I am. (Let's just keep this little post to ourselves, mmkay? 'Cause I'm thinking Daddy won't be so thrilled with this).

Today started, as all weekdays do, at 5:30am. Awesome.

But today, Mini Me was especially cranky and by 7am I made her go back to sleep. Otherwise, we would not have survived the morning. Just wasn't gonna happen. So, at 9am when Mini Me woke up fully rested and in a much better mood (as was mommy) we got dressed and set out for the day.

First stop was the Valentines Day party at the local toy store where they were giving out cookies and doing crafts and story time. That was fun, but just picture a small toy shop in town with 30 small kids, their moms, cookies and toys--in boxes. Total chaos would be an understatement. They do have a few areas with toys to play with, including the ever popular train table.

Mini Me loves trains. However, she's not quite understanding the whole train table etiquette. Basically, she grabs as many trains as she can and holds on to them for dear life while watching the other kids move their trains along the tracks. If one train comes within her reach-swoop- it ends up in her clutches. Sadly, this leads to some protesting as I have to pry the trains from her clammy little hands to give it back to the poor little kid she stole it from.

Luckily, as much as she loves trains and the toy store, she still loves Gymbo more. So, off we went for stop number 2 on our adventure. And, really this is where the cuteness that inspired this post occurred. (Bet you are glad I made you read all that crap about the toy store when it had nothing to do with the original point of the post, huh?)

Today was open play gym, so we just can go in and use the equipment for 90 minutes. Awesome way to burn off all those cookies she just ate at the party. She was playing well with the other kids, many of whom were younger than her by quite a bit (picture the not quite 1 year old barely walking set). She was sharing the toys, giving out hugs and spouting words of encouragement as they tried to climb the ever daunting foam stairs. I was just beaming with pride.

But, it was almost 12 noon, and I was hungry. I figured that Mini Me probably was as well, so I asked her if she was ready to go get lunch. She said, "OK". But, then she did something that we must never speak of to Daddy. She went up to one boy she had been playing with who actually happened to be around her age. She asked him, "Lunch? Lunch with me?". Now, the gymboree teacher, the boys mom, and I all stood there laughing hysterically as Mini Me asked this little boy out for lunch.

Sadly, boy's mom informed Mini Me that they would not be able to join us for lunch today. Phew! But, it was super cute. My little girl is making friends and becoming a social butterfly. I love it, but let's hope the obsession with boys isn't starting this early!

Monday, February 9, 2009

C is for Cabin Fever

C is for Cabin Fever.

Mini Me has been struck with the near fatally annoying Cabin Fever. Although there is still over a foot of snow on the ground, Mini Me is done with winter and insisting that there needs to be more "fun". To Mini Me, virtually the only thing that constitutes fun these days is climbing or animals.

Since all the local playgrounds are still covered in aforementioned 12+ inches of snow despite the abnormally warm temperatures of the weekend, our only other option was animals. Where to find animals indoors? The New England Aquarium, of course.

OK, Mini Me did specifically ask to see camels and elephants, but see...they don't live at the aquarium. So, Mini Me, I promise that once the snow melts I will take you to every zoo in New England so that you can see all of the camels and elephants that live in a 200 mile radius. How's that?

But, the aquarium was full of fun, nonetheless. Mini Me was a little baffled by the properties of glass. While pressing her face against the enclosure for the harbor seals, one swam right up to her. Mini Me jumped back so fast, you'd think he was coming at her for a diaper change.

In the middle of the aquarium, and I dare say, the best part of the place, is the Giant Ocean Tank (You can actually see live video from the tank by clicking on the's pretty cool). In the middle of the building stands this round tank, with walkways that spiral all the way around until you get to the very top. Mini me could stand at one of the windows all day long and watch the fish, sharks, turtles and rays swim past. In all fairness, every time a shark swam past, she did ask for a hug and clung to us until the shark had skulked away. She also thought the Rays were flying in the water and stood there flapping her wings in imitation.

Overall, it was a fun day. We didn't really see any of the other exhibits, the seals and Giant Ocean Tank were about it. The penguins weren't as much of a hit as the last time we were there, and she really had minimal interested in the other smaller fish tanks. Although, she did push another little girl out of the way, while shouting "share" because the other girl was trying to look though the same several foot wide (read: plenty of space for 3 children) window. She went to story time in the Curious George Discovery Corner and had a cookie in the cafe. And, yes, she's still asking about the camels.......

On the way out, Mini Me did enjoy meeting "Sharkie":

Some more pictures from the aquarium:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

T is for Tico's Treehouse!

T is for Tico's Treehouse!

While Mini Me was having some quiet time in her room today, I started one of the projects for Mini Me's Dora & Friends Adventure Party!

Now, I have to say that I'm sort of pleased with the way this turned out. It's not exactly how I was envisioning it, and there were many many changes to the plan as it was unfolding. My first attempt looked more like a palm tree....

But, for a person who barely has bone fragments of creativity in her body, I think it will do.

Ready? Drum roll, please!

Monday, February 2, 2009

S is for summer!

S is for summer!

Today is a balmy 43 degrees. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the snow is melting! Just in time for 2-4 more inches of it tomorrow.

Today, as we got out of the car, Mini Me stepped onto some very slushy ice. As is cracked beneath her feet, she exclaimed, "uh oh!" I had to reassure her that everything was as it should be.

I said that it was warm out and the snow was melting. She looked up at me and said-I kid you not- "summer?"

Yes, Mini Me. Snow melts when its time for summer, or in this case, just a little tease of what awaits us. But, we'll get that application to Harvard filled out ASAP because apparently, at not even 2 years old, Mini Me is successfully learning her seasons. She's a genius, right?

Hey, its my blog! I'll brag about my kid if I want to!