Friday, February 26, 2010

C is for caterpillar

"C" is for caterpillar

Painting an egg carton green.

It is starting to look more like a caterpillar.

Here Sophia is gluing pom poms on tops of the bumps of the caterpillar.

Sophia added the googly eyes and the pipe cleaner antenae to her caterpillar and mine. Hers is the one on the right.

she looks proud of her caterpillar.

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Learning the Letter "C"

This weeks letter is "C"
Posted by PicasaThis week we are talking and learning about the letter "C".  Sophia had fun gluing the face on this letter as you can see. In the photo at the top she is applying the glue to the paper pieces. In the bottom photo she is applying the paper facial features to the "C".  She is actually counting to 10 here as she holds the glue until it adheres to the paper. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The many faces of my beautiful baby girl

My husband thought he would try his hand at a new hobby of forming a mosiac from tiny photos of Sophia that we collected over the past two years. Above is his artwork.

This mosiac is compromised of 2300 unique photos of Sophia ranging from birth through today.

I am very proud if his digital photography artwork because his subject is my favorite little girl.

Great job Scott on putting together such a pretty piece of Sophia's childhood into an elaborate piece of artwork. I love it!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Thousand Sophias - The Many Faces of Sophia

Posted by PicasaApparently we have a lot of photographs of Sophia at almost two a half years old. My husband made this collage of a thousand Sophias. Sometimes, it feels like there are a thousand Sophias running around here especially on days like today where she skipped a nap.

Sophia's new hat

I made Sophia a new hat during her naptime today. Here, she looks pretty happy to model it for me.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Tea party and a Teddy Bear welcome home party

Sophia set up the tea party and put all her little friends around the blanket, "Nano"

Serving fish crackers to all of her furry friends.

Daddy suggested that Sophia borrow his computer table for the tea party.

Sophia telling us who all her guests are at the party.

Asking each bear if they are thirsty and want some tea

Oops, pooh bear fell down.

"Here 'Lucky Bear' you sit in the Elmo chair."

Laughing at her daddy.

Helping Mickey Mouse eat his fish crackers complete with yummy yummy comments.

Sophia had a tea party for her new bear, Lucky, that she made at Build A Bear. She brought out the Nano's as a table she told me. Then, she placed the bears all around Nano for the tea party. Without any prompting from us she grabbed her bowl of fish crackers and put one in front of each bear. It was priceless to watch her tell us who was all at the tea party and then give every bear a fish cracker to eat.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Build A Bear Charity Event for Autism Speaks sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta

Floppy skins before the stuffing and love was added

Adding the Love and Stuffing to the bears

Warm up the heart between your hands the nice lady told her

Putting the love in by choosing the perfect heart

Put the heart on your nose for luck

Look at my new bear I made
Bears complete with love, stuffing, and even hearts.  Fuzzy Bear (on the left) was donated to Autism Speaks and Lucky Bear (on the right) came to her new home here.

Giving the bears a bath

Giving the bears their names

Sending the charity bear for Autism Speaks to her new home via the Alpha Xi Delta girls

In front of the Build A Bear Workshop

Happy girls taking their new bear home

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Alpha Xi Delta sponsored an event to raise money for Autism Speaks, a charity, that was adopted just recently as their philanthropy. I being an advisor to the current chapter felt that we should support the girls in their efforts and thought this would be a great way to get my daughter involved in helping fellow children.  She loved it.  The girls thought she was adorable and praised her for being so generous to make a bear for their event. Being a mom,  I knew it was in my best interest to keep the waterfall tears from flowing by letting Sophia pick out a bear of her own to take home as well.  I told her we were making a bear for kids but that she could also pick one out for herself too. I knew she wouldn't fully understand when she made a bear and had to give it up so I let her make one for the kids and one for her. She had a blast as you can see from the photos above and the slide show below.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Snowy Valentine's Day complete with Snow Dog Angels

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My husband took me out for a wonderful Valentine's dinner the day before Valentine's Day at Spiro's so we could spend the day as a family on Valentine's Day with our darling Sophia.  One of our family activities of the day was taking the dog and Sophia out to play in all the snow.

We had a blast.  As you can see from the photos, not only did Sophia enjoy playing in the snow, our dog got into the fun too.  Sophia enjoyed picking up snow and making snowballs and tossing them on the dog and her daddy.  The dog was hilarious rolling around and kicking her feet in the snow making snow dog angels.  Sophia laughed so hard at the dog, I thought she was going to burst.  I don't think we could have planned a more fun early evening if we tried.

I also love that it was still snowing when the photos were taken because it actually shows up on the pictures as little sparkles.  Happy Snowy Valentine's Day February 14, 2010. 

Valentine's Day Candy and Surprises

Sophia had fun opening up her surprises from her daddy and I for Valentine's Day. Here are just a few clips of her excitement. I think she really loved the bear with candy hearts that her daddy surprised her with that day.

The heart in the hands photograph of the Valentine is where Sophia stamped her hands in red paint and then put them on construction paper in a heart shape. Then, we took the drawing of an outline of her hands and held the heart inside it.  Those who were at my wedding would realize the significance of hearts and hands and the reading that was said there which is why Sophia and I made this simple craft.

A girl has got to have her chocolate. Yummy. 

Just some fun photos from this weekend

Sophia got a new life jacket this weekend so we can go boating at the Lake this summer. She has outgrown her baby life jacket and we need that one for the soon to be new arrival.  She loved this pink one at the store and as a result, she is set to go boating with her Grandma now.  Here, she was putting a toy fish in my ear and laughing at herself.  It is a little funny and I am not really sure why she thought she should put a fish in my ear but for what it is worth, that is what she is doing.
Here she is posing with her toy fish and modeling her new life jacket.  The funny thing of this is that we did not tell her to go get the fish, I put her new life jacket on over her T-shirt to make sure it fit and she yelled wait a minute.  Her dad and I looked at each other puzzled as to what she could be up to.  She ran in the bathroom and took her toy fish out of the toy holder and came running back with it. Sometimes, I am really amazed at how this beautiful kid makes associations between objects and events.  
She put on her hat and coat and wanted to go play in the snow so Daddy snapped the picture and told her maybe we could play in the snow.
Posted by PicasaHere she is just looking cute and showing her daddy her hat.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

B is for Bobby B playing baseball and Big Bird

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This week's letter of the week is "B".  I printed this "B" out and asked Sophia what it was. I should have known she would exclaim with excitement, "B!"

These are the two activities we did for the letter "B".  Bobby B and Big Bird.