Thursday, January 28, 2010

Planet fun with Playgroup

Carter and Sophia following each other around planet fun


We all fall down. A pile up of toddlers

Trying to get up

Flying a rocket, future astronaut?
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Such a Girly Girl - Hairbows, Necklaces, Bracelets, Purse and a Lipstick

Sophia was playing dress-ups.  She not only wanted ponytails with Hello Kitty ribbons today, she also wanted to wear all her little beads and bracelets too. She looked like she was ready for Mardi Gras with all those colorful strings of beads around her neck.  Then, she found her Care Bear Purse that I sewed for her just a few days ago.

Here she is showing it to me as she gets ready to put her toy lipstick inside the little drawstring bag.

She was playing dress-ups she told me as she grabbed the purse straps.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Scott and Sophia playing wii fit plus bird game

Husband and daughter playing bird flying game on wii fit plus

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Monday, January 25, 2010


Scott and Sophia playing a little wii fit golf.

Follow through on your golf stroke.

Sophia's character

Bring your club all the way back...

Keep your eye on the ball on the screen...

.... And ssswwwiiiiinnnnnggggg!

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My dog

The dog resting on our couch and watching tv.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Crayon and coloring book tote bag


Every mommy I know deals with crayon challenges and messes with one child or another. Some mommies have to figure out how to get crayon off the wall such as my mom did when my little brother decided to re-decorate my bedroom wall when I was a kid.  Others are so lucky as to have their kids color their clothing or leave crayons in their clothes pockets.   Our latest challenge was a recent experience with a purple crayon in Sophia's blue jeans pocket which resulted in little purple flecks all over Sophia's wardrobe because it went through the wash. I sat Sophia down and asked her if she put a crayon in her clothes and my sweet two-year old replied, "I put the purple crayon in jeans pocket!"  She seemed pretty proud of that too.  Sadly, I had to tell her the bad news is that we can't put crayons in our pockets because it ruins our pretty dresses and clothes.  She thought about that and looked as though she understood.  I will definitely be checking her clothes pockets a little more closely from now on.  I learned my lesson.  I am happy to report that I was able to get all the crayon out and saved all her winter clothes.  
                                                                      (Carrying the tote bag to follow daddy to the door pictured above)

Shortly after that crayon incident, I thought maybe she would like to put her crayons in special little pockets.  Kids like little places to put things if I remember something from my early childhood studies many years ago. As a result of these thoughts, I sewed this little tote bag for her crayons and coloring book that we can take along to places and not have to risk her putting crayons in her pockets to take them wherever we go. This is also a good way to make sure I have all the crayons accounted for and none are in her clothes pockets.

I think she will love her little crayon tote bag because I made it especially for her.  She loves when mommy makes special things for her with my sewing machine and serger.  She exclaimed last night when I was finishing up her tote bag, "Mommy, more sewing machines!" when she saw the serger and sewing machine sitting on the coffee table.  She climbed up in my lap with a bright smile on her face as she recalled her little owl backpack which she named "Peck Peck."   She then jumped of my lap and crept over to her owl backpack and brought it to me to show me that she liked it and proceeded to pick up the nearest toys on the floor to show me how it worked. Once fully loaded, she wanted to wear it on her back. It was so cute.

This crayon and coloring book tote was still not completed when she went to bed so she will be surprised in the morning when she wakes up.  I enjoy the look on her face and know she appreciates the love and thought that went into whatever I have created for her.  I love being a mommy and making little things for my beautiful daughter.  Even my husband was curious as to what I was making when he saw me sewing away. I think he knows that although I really don't enjoy cooking, I love sewing and have for a long time.   I told him just wait and you will see when I am finished.  I can report that he liked the little crayon and coloring tote bag but he didn't ask me to make one for him to take him crayons to work with him so I guess I am off the hook on that one.

She found her surprise and screamed  because she was so excited!

She couldn't wait to try it out.

The cutest moment though was when her daddy was leaving for work this morning and she told him that he needed his crayons at work so he should bring it with him when she walked him to the door.  He smiled with pride at her two year old offering to share.  Wow! I think that made his day.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Caught in the Act - Bear on Christmas Tree

We have been taking our tree down for the past week. For some reason this little Coca Cola bear keeps appearing back on our tree.  At first we thought we had elves or gremlins who kept putting it back up on the tree.

Then we discovered how it was getting there and here is the evidence of the culprit. Turns out a certain little 2 year old has been putting it back on the tree when we weren't looking. This time she showed us that she was putting the bear back on the tree.  I guess that solves the mystery.

 I am happy to report that the tree has finally made its way to its storage area for the next 11 months until we have to drag it out again.  Boy, am I glad that is out of my family room.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

just a few fun photos of my baby girl

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Here are just a couple quick snapshots of Sophia that her daddy took today right after her shower. Her hair is still damp in the picture but she just had the happiest smile on her face.

Sophia loves ironing

Sophia decided to iron Nano today.

Here she is starting to fold Nano blanket

More folding

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sophia modeling her dress I made for her today

Sophia modeling her dress next to the Christmas tree I have been slowly taking down

Sophia looks happy that I made this dress for her.

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Back view of her dress

I am always looking for quick fun projects to learn new techniques on my serger. As we were browsing around the fabric store Sophia fell in love with this fabric.  This fabric was so cute we just had to bring it home and make something out of it. Well, here it is a little spring sun dress. I used my serger for the entire project.  She was so excited that she couldn't wait for me to finish it. She even said, "Thank you for my dress mommy!" I made a matching ribbon for her hair of course since she likes her hair in a bow.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sophia with her Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Don

Sophia having brunch with her Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Don at Frederick's

Sophia gobbling up a yummy strawberry.

Kisses and Hugs for Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Don

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Scott's sister and brother-in-law came in for the week to visit. They live in Texas so we don't get to see them too often other than on the webcam.   While in town they attended a funeral, so it was a very busy week.

Sophia really enjoyed getting know and spend time with her Aunt and Uncle and asked each day, "Where did Uncle Don and Aunt Phyllis go?"  Each day during their visit I would reassure her that they would come over to play with her or have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with her.  She enjoyed many a chuckle over the funny expressions that her Uncle Don entertained her with as well as playing toys with Aunt Phyllis. I think she really would miss them each day before they came over to visit. I am glad she had the opportunity to bond with her relatives since they live so far away.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sophia giving great grandma a gift

Sophia distributed the gifts on Christmas eve. There was a gift for great grandma that Sophia carried to her.

Here, she is helping her open it.

Sophia received Dora the Explorer from Great Grandma and here they are looking at it together.

Sophia is exclaiming, "Dora the Splorer!"

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