Friday, October 31, 2008

Animal Ball

We made it the Animal Ball yesterday. I took out the face paints and Mickey was very intrigued about them. So I painted a flower a couple of balloons. After she saw herself in the mirror she declared herself to be Darby from Tigger and Pooh. She even did the Super Sleuths slogan. "Anytime, Anywhere, we are on the case!". Or something like that.

She was a little overwhelmed at the ball but had a decent time. She made a kazoo and a shaker. Here are a couple of pictures to share.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Have you heard of NaBloPoMo? It is the National Blog Posting Month, which happens to be in November. The challenge is to post a blog a day for the entire month of November. That looks like a daunting challenge, but it is one I am going to do my best to accomplish.

Oh and an update about the animal ball tonight which is just a couple of hours away and I have no idea what Mickey is going to do. I have a strong feeling that she is going to go as "Mickey the girl". Yeah no costume. But I have come to the conclusion that the goal is for her to have fun whether she is dressed up as a very cute Cinderella or Cat. My daughter is a girl that knows what she wants and is comfortable being who she is. So it is my job to go with the flow and we will all have a good time, right?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Annual Dress Up Day

At this point in my week I had hoped to come here and share with you what Mickey is going to dress up as. Sadly, at this point the answer is "I don't have any idea".

Yesterday for our music class she was supposed to go dressed up as Cinderella. She has been obsessed with this girl, Cinderelly. She wears the slippers almost everyday and has even worn the dress a few times around the house. Yesterday she saw the dress and decided that no the dress is evil. As far as I can tell from her reaction the dress was threatening to eat her up if she got near enough to the dress to actually wear it.

So what does a mom do? This mom had to think on her feet and put some overalls on her, put her cowboy hat on and put some freckles on her with my eyeliner. She was a cute although short lived.

We have our annual "Animal Ball" event tomorrow night. And thought I would be "creative" and make her into a cat. So I cut out some ears and bought some face paint. Oh I also found a tail for this cat idea. Just a side note Mickey is very into cats so "I thought" this would be a no brainer. So tonight I thought I introduce her to the idea. Which she promptly rejected. *sigh*

So I thought I would put on some whiskers on my face to try to sell the idea. Oh no! That was a bad bad idea. She reacted like I was some sort of monster. She told me "I don't like it" and then as we went into the bathroom to wash it off, she told me "It is not working momma" (to the idea of me as a cat). After she helped daddy wash the whiskers off my face she was much more relaxed.

The one thing that she liked about the cat outfit is the tail. She regularly wears tails and this just fit right into her area of comfort.

So what to do tomorrow? Will she go as a cat dressed up with as a little girl? She can meow and act like a cat but look like a regular little girl? Will she go as the first cowboy that sports a tail so that the animals are more comfortable with the cowboy? Will she put on that Cinderella dress? Will she put on the monkey George outfit from last year?

Do I have the only kid who thinks that dressing up is for the birds? Hmmm.... Who knows what we will do but I know that we will have fun at the animal ball even if she goes as Mickey.

Mickey's 1st and 2nd Dress Up Day Outfits

Her Cinderella Dress

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stories from Elbow Turkey

Mickey was a hit at my Grandma's house. It took her a bit for her "real" personality to shine through, but soon she was her energetic and loud self. She loved to go up to Grammie Rose (her namesake)and give her a tickle in the side. Grammie Rose thought that this was fun and kept giving Mickey an over the top reaction which of course continued the process.

Uncle Marc & Auntie Yvette came over and Mickey thought that Uncle Marc was "interesting". She wanted to get close but with that loud booming voice, well at times she thought he was "Scary Uncle Marc". At one time she decided that she would read her paper (comic book) like Uncle Marc. She thought he was fun up until Dani came around. Dani is Uncle Marc's daughter.

Dani came inside the house and Mickey immediately stopped looking at Uncle Marc and went to Dani. She had to sit right next to her. Pretty soon, Mickey had her back away from the entire room and was engaging Dani. Telling her that she liked her bangs, and telling her that "I missed you". Remember that Mickey doesn't remember her last visit with Dani that was at her 2nd birthday. At one point in time she turned and told me that "Dani has teeth". She was just so amazed at this girl that had come to visit her. She had to read to her. Then she had to have her hair and shoes on that were just like Dani.

The next morning she declared that Uncle Marc and Dani were coming to visit her. She sure did like her. Oh and when I was getting the pictures ready to post she looked at them and said "That's Dani!".

We also got to see Uncle Ton and Auntie Rita. She was very interested in Auntie Rita's fingernails. I had to remind Mickey that those fingernails were not for biting. Mickey has a nasty habit of biting her own fingernails. When she has no more fingernails to bite she comes looking for mine. Oh what joys of a motherhood. We have told her many times that biting your fingernails is yucky. This in her mind, even when she saw cousin Zay biting a toothpick that she couldn't see she proudly and boldly said "Out of your mouth that is yucky, SON". To which my cousin who is in his 20's said "Yes, MOM".

Mickey also got reacquainted with her Auntie Lin and Uncle Andy. When she saw Auntie Lin she excitedly exclaimed "My friend came to see me". What a little character.

So we had a great time visiting family. The only problem is that the visit was much too short and Jeff couldn't be there. So we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Elbow Turkey" Zoo Trip

This past weekend we went to see my family, in what my little girl lovingly calls "elbow turkey". While we were up there we decided to go to the zoo. So we packed up the truck and Mickey's grandmother and great grandmother went with us. Grammie Rose has never been to the Aquarium and so it was my mission to take her there. I am not sure who had the better time seeing all the animals, Mickey or Grammie Rose.

We had a busy day although we were all very tired by the end of it. But I am sure glad that we were able to make the trip. I am looking forward to the day when we can take Daddy with us.

We also had other adventures and stories while up in "Elbow Turkey" but I will save that for tomorrow. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Please Pray

One of my friends has a sweet 6 week old baby boy. He is in the hospital and got out of surgery this morning, for his bladder. Mom and dad have a 2 year old (almost 3 year old) at home with family. Please pray that the doctors will know what is going on and make the right diagnosis and be able to treat him. Also pray for healing. I cannot imagine how much strength it takes for a parent of such a small baby to be in the hospital. Thank you for your prayers.

Corn Maze

Yesterday we went to our annual trip to the Corn Maze. We don't actually go through the corn maze, but we do all sorts of activities. It is fun to see how Mickey is growing and how her interests have changed and stayed the same. She still loves the slides but this year she also loved the duck races. She was having a great time pumping the water and doing it all by herself! We look forward to continuing year after year and seeing how Mickey continues to grow and find new things.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Zoo Trip

Yesterday, we decided to make a quick trip to our local zoo. We were a bit disappointed because it is a small zoo to begin with then add that half of the exhibits were closed for the day. But we made the best of it and got a few photos out of it. This trip pretty much decided that we need to go and visit my family and visit the larger zoo near their house. I think that Mickey will enjoy the more animals out and about.

Taking a look at last year's trip to the zoo, I am amazed on how much Mickey has grown in just over a year. Her love for animals has also grown.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fair Time

So on Wednesday I told Mickey that we were going to the fair to see animals, this little girl could not get ready fast enough. She talked about the animals all the way out to the fair grounds. When we got there we headed right out to see the bird house. We found the ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, roosters and several other birds. The look on her face was amazing and so full of awe and excitement.

We also headed out to the barn where we saw goats, pigs, sheep, cows and horses. Oh did she have fun. Although she was a little overwhelmed from the size of the the cows, but she was thrilled to do a little mooing to them to say "hi".

We also were able to catch the brown bear show where we saw the bears that were used to help create the movie "brother bear". Mickey was very interested and we couldn't keep her away from the fence because she had to be close to the action. Silly girl, doesn't she know those things weigh 500 pounds??

We went back to the fair in the evening and we were hoping that Mickey would enjoy a pony ride. So on the way into the fair we showed her the ponies and asked her if she wanted to ride them. She eagerly said yes and then changed her mind when we got up to get our ticket. So we left and went to enjoy the animals again. So we walked by them again and asked her and she said yes she wanted to ride them and quickly changed her mind. So we were off to explore some more and decided to call it a night. Mickey realized that she was going to miss her chance with the ponies. So we made our way back over the ponies, fully expecting her to change her mind once we got there. She surprised us, she got out of the stroller and headed right to the gate to ride her pony. She didn't want to get off once her ride was over. She had a blast.

The next day we got up in the morning and asked to ride the pony again. I think we have an animal lover on our hands. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Photo Contest

We went to our local fair yesterday, I have some pictures of Mickey that I will share once I go threw them, and of course some stories to share. But what I want to share with you today is that I entered a photo contest. I have always wanted to enter a contest and so with Jeff's encouragement I entered. And guess what?

I got Third place for this photo.

chocolate hands

and 2 honorable mentions for these
yellow rose