Lucy is a very persistent child. I know this will serve her well someday, I really do. She also has, what I like to refer to as 'sticky thoughts'. She gets ideas in her head that she simply can not let go. For quite some time now, she has been stuck on the idea that she needs to have a hamster. We've been very clear that she is not going to get a hamster. I think I told her she could get them when she is 7 (because that is the suggested age on the sign at the pet shop). Not because we are mean! Exactly the opposite! We are kind human beings who want to save a poor hamster from being loved to death. One day, Lucy spent 10 minutes trying to convince us that she knew everything in the world about how to care for hamsters, and thus should be able to get one. She references her book often (note: she does not know how to read). I've narrowed that 10 minutes down to 1 in the video below. We were throwing out hypotheticals to her and the kid did not miss a beat. She had an answer for everything. I must confess that I am very proud that we still do not own a hamster. Because it would have been so easy to cave on any one of the 975 times we have talked about hamsters in the last few months. Just to stop the words coming out of her mouth.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Eli turned two this past weekend. To celebrate the big day, we went to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the day and spent the night. We did the town up and down, including the Children's Museum, the River Walk, swimming at the hotel, dinner, presents and cupcakes. The next day, we went to Rock City and then headed home. I present to you, a weekend in pictures:
This is the only way Eli eats cupcakes. And notice his beloved key set Grandpa gave him for his birthday. He slept with them in his crib, of course.
And now we take over Rock City. Eli RAN through the entire place, sweat covered from top to bottom. Lucy was a little less enthusiastic about the days events. But My Little Pony was there for moral support.
Lucy has officially entered that phase of her life where photos are no longer cute, but simply a way for parents to annoy their children. And this is how they get their revenge. Some things are eternal and it's almost a comfort to see them appear.
She smiles! She looks cute!!
Oh, The Whine is back. But look, My Little Pony is sticking by her side.
The picture of me at this spot has Lucy crawling through my legs and Eli trying to get out of my arms. Dad and Eli is so much better.
Aaaaaaaaaaaand, we are done.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Dear Hello Kitty stamp pad,
Thanks so much for your help this morning as I was trying to get everything ready to leave the house! You were right there, when I needed you most. You kept Eli occupied so well, for such a long time. I should have known you were helping him discover his creative side.
Oh, I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to throw you in the trash! Here, let me take this bag of trash downstairs to the trash bin, just to make sure Lucy doesn't miss you.
See you, never again!
P.S. I just found more evidence all over the closet door, the desk, the chair, the baby gate (you know, the one whose sole purpose in life is to keep Eli out of Lucy's room for just this sort of act of curiosity).
Monday, July 12, 2010
Eli now rests comfortably in his crib with the crib tent attachment. I've had it in a box in the basement for him for a good 6 months. I think he knew how to get out of his crib, he just didn't really feel like it. Which was nice. But once he really grasped the idea of the freedom, there was no stopping him. This is a lovely invention. I'm planning to keep him in this crib until he is 3, or he outgrows Lucy, whichever comes first.
Lucy is a girl with a lot on her mind and a long list of to do's. This do to list really takes on a whole new meaning at bedtime. There are so many stuffed animals to put to bed, dolls to dress, beds to make and forts to build, it boggles the mind. This week, she has been sleeping with a large copier paper box at the bottom of her bed. This is where her stuffed animal Bolt sleeps. He's got blankets in there and brushes, and leashes jeez, Lucy my eyes have glazed over already.... But I did find a half eaten bagel down there too. I tried to remove it, but a complete meltdown almost ensued. The other day I looked and it was gone, so I guess he ate it.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
All talk, no action.