Friday, February 26, 2010

Library Storytime with Luna Moms Group

We met up with one of the moms groups for storytime at the library. This particular one is geared toward babies (as opposed to preschoolers), so the librarian only read on story, sang a whole bunch of songs, then turned on some music so we could dance with our little ones. Then she dumped this large basket of block and musical instruments on the floor and the kiddos went to town. Sophie really enjoyed herself, but I had to keep an eye on the toys she played with since they went into her mouth.

Our group had about 15 members present, which is apparently much more than normal, but the librarian did have a heads up that we were coming. Look at all those kids!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Valentine's Day Fun

Sophie and I did this for Daddy!

Sophie had a great Valentine's Day. She got lots of little gifts, including a rose her Daddy sent her to preschool.

She loved eating all her snacks from her new plate.

Here she is with all her goodies, including a new book.

I set the table up with the gifts for both her and MIC.

Daddy found this and bought it. It's what he calls Sophie all the time.

Card from Daddy.

Card from Maw Susan.

The whole family.

Due to the snow storm, the preschool had their Valentine's celebrations a week late. Sophie had Calentine's for each of the kids and she helped me deliver them.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Shrove Tuesday

The Children's Ministry group at church has a pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Sophie and I went mainly because it was a meal I didn't have to cook and Paul was working late. Sophie didn't like wearing the mask, but she thought it was funny on me.

She loved the pancakes, probably ate half of one, plus some of her veggies.

We had fun watching the older children play games with the pancakes, like flipping them from a skillet and seeing who could toss them the farthest. That would be the kid who managed to get his to slide under the door of a locked office. Ha, ha!

Here is Sophie with the beads on, but she didn't get to keep them very long since everything goes straight to her mouth these days.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy New Year

It is the Year of the Tiger! We went to the local Asian market near our house for their new year festival. We just walked around taking in all the sights and sounds (you gotta love a good Vietnamese band, right?) and then got some food.

Paul got food to take home, but I had these waffles while we were there. I have no idea why they are green but they were good. I didn't really let Sophie have any since I couldn't be sure what was in them.
This really cute little boy came up to her and wanted to say "hi" and touch her. It was funny, I think the parents were worried about how I would respond. She's not even 9 months already driving the boys crazy!
On Sunday, Sophie and I made "fortune cookies" using the Hello Kitty Fortune Cookie set she got for Christmas. Here she is getting the dough ready. (It was really just fondant.)

Pinching the sides.
We had to let them dry so we ate some today.

She really only got a taste. I thought they tasted pretty bad. I may update this post later in the week. Paul is thinking about taking her to see a lion dance.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sophie Feeds Herself...

with a spoon!

February MIC Meal

Due to the snowstorm, we didn't get to eat Chinese on the 11th, but did get out the next night. We stayed close to home and went to the buffet just down the street. i had my usual (one bite of a few things, hoping something would taste good, a roll, and dessert of bananas in some sweet red stuff). Sophie ate some noodles and cheerios. I think I may be able to get out of eating Chinese food soon. I believe it is going to become a special Daddy/Daughter night out!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Much Fun

This is just crazy. In Sophie's short 9 months of life she has been through 2 (yes, 2) snowstorms. We woke this morning to a white backyard and huge flakes falling from the sky. As soon as Sophie woke up I put her in her "snowsuit" and we went out to play. She loved it.

She even tried to catch snowflakes on her tongue. I guess she was paying attention Christmas Eve when I showed her how to do that.

I started making a snowman, but that is so-o-o not my thing. Here she is standing next to the 3 snowballs I rolled.

By the way, that grass showing in the picture above is now covered again in snow. It just keeps coming. Hope you all are safe and sound and having "snow much fun", too.

We went back out in the snow after Daddy came home. He turned our snowman (which had fallen) into a thrown for his princess.

Then we had her make a snow angel.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Toddler Time with The Mommy Connection

We joined the others in the playgroup at the local rec center for Toddler Time. Sophie had lots of fun, especially after I found this toy for her.

She spent about 20 minutes just walking around the gym.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl Sunday

This is who we are rooting for in the Superbowl. Oh, wait, they aren't playing. That's okay, Sophie and I will just pretend.

So how do you spend Superbowl Sunday when the man of the house is a complete NFL fanatic?!?

First, you wear the only team's outfit you have whether they are playing or not. And you cheer for them all the same. Go Dolphins!!!!

You cook up some great food...of course it's going to be put in the freezer for lunches later in the month.
You find time to play.
You Tivo the you can fast forward through the football playing and watch only the commercials.

And right after the halftime show you read a book and get a bottle before you go to bed.

New Tricks

Sophie has a couple of new tricks. Here she is kneeling. She looks so funny in this position.

She loves biter biscuits but man are they messy. Here she is having her snack, including formula in her new straw cup. After she has the biscuits we go directly to a bath.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Snow in Texas

So, here is the Christmas Eve story. Typically, we go to Paul's parents to have dinner and open presents with his brothers and their families. We got there about lunchtime or so, but no one was there yet. His brother from Florida had gone shopping and then was doing presents with his in-laws and the other brother was just going to wait until later to come. It started "snowing" just about the time we got there, but wasn't sticking. Here we are in the snow. I showed Sophie how to catch snowflakes on her tongue.

Then the snow really started coming down. The brother who lives close couldn't get out of their subdivision without getting stuck. So we decided to try and make it home. We only got around the block before I told Paul to turn back. I knew that I would be a complete basket case the whole way home, even if the main roads were clear. I was worried about food and formula for Sophie, but figured we could make it until about noon the next day. Luckily, I had plenty of diapers and extra clothes. Our plan after dinner was to go to the 11pm service (where we were scheduled to light the Christ candle), so we all had a change of clothes.

We let Sophie play in the snow (although Wrangler was the one who really enjoyed it). We ate breakfast for dinner (saving the traditional meal for the next day to have with everyone), then put Sophie to bed. We didn't open presents (the tradition in my family) or get to go to church.

I was really upset about how the day turned out. I know, I know, Sophie won't know the difference but Christmas Eve and Santa has always been huge with my family (and it so was not for Paul's). I have planning for years what my child's Christmas Eve would be like. Santa did make it to our house in GP, his gifts were waiting for us when we got there on Christmas afternoon. But we didn't get to put out cookies and milk for him, or listen for his footsteps and the reindeer's bells. But we promise Santa, next year we'll make it up to you!