Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Backyard Daze...

Having a little juice break in the shade on our backyard swing.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Little Swimmer....

It was really fun going to the pool with the cousins....now Willow cannot wait to get back to it....and this tie she wants to wear her life jacket into the big pool! It's gonna be a fun summer....

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Farmer's Market

Today we bid a fond farewell to cousins Artemis and Demter....after a little carmel corn at the Farmer's Market and another quick jaunt to the playground. Ciao....until the Three Musketeers meet again......

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SWIRLS!

One of Willow's first 'baby cone' experiences. I think she is pretty into it....


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Opa's Day...

We couldn't have asked for a nicer spring day. After the service for my Dad, there was much fun and dancing around to be done at Grandma's house....and that is just the way Opa would have loved it to be.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cuzzy Fun!

Ok, I am a little backlogged with Willow's World here....I finally made a picasa album of our family visit. Click this link or click the link on the side to see them.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Family....

It is wonderful to have the whole family together again. Here are some of the nice pics from the day....

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Uniting of the Cuzzy Pants!

It was a long time coming...and now for one glorious week the cousins will be uniting to play and romp and wreak complete havoc on the House of Grandma! Ahhhh, so many magic moments....I just love seeing these girls together!

22 Months

Well, as Willow races closer to her second birthday, I think it is safe to say that in many ways she is already a two year old. Now I don't want to describe her two's as being terrible. Sure, I have already felt my patience and endurance being tested right to limits I didn't even know I had. I have also felt the joy of a heart swelling over with pride and love for the amazing little person I see growing before my very eyes. I have recently, been referencing my Dr. Sears baby bible to try to gain some further insight into this super challenging stage of development. If there ever was to be an actual DNA code for button pushing, then I would guess that Willow has inherited it. Mostly I can stay calm, or relatively nonchalant about it but occasionally she will do something that really gets to me...something that makes me swear under my breath and causes me to have a grumpy little fit of my own...in short, she occasionally pushes my buttons to turns me into a pouty two year old as well! Haha! well, every Mama has their moments, I am sure so lets just hope a little childish emotionalism doesn't damage her too much (or teach her anything she doesn't already know!) So, I see many of those classic two year old behaviors happening. If I ever say 'No!' it can almost guarantee that whatever said action will occur. Today it was dumping out almost an entire bag of awesome, fairly traded, Organic Brazilian Rainforest ground coffee onto the kitchen rug. Not only do I covet coffee more than anything, as it is my only real vice right now, I was so completed choked at having to bend over (not an easy feat these days) needlessly to clean yet another mess. I was so grumpy about it that Adam jumped right in to clean it up, which diverted a tantrum on my part. Hahaha. It's funny now and I am glad that for the most part I can laugh at stuff (except spilt coffee....somehow that just crosses the line!) So, fair to say that without going too far into specific behavior, I am finding my reactions set the stage and tone for our lives as a whole....which makes dealing with a two year old a little less stressful. (note I said 'little less' stressful, not 'entirely stress free') I thought that I would share with you some of the funniest and most frustrating things that she is currently doing.
The first is her sense of self, entitlement and confidence as it manifests in her ego...which at times seems pretty huge for such a little person. Her current battle cry is "NO! Willow can DO it!". Now this can apply to pretty much any situation. If it is something that she genuinely can do for herself, (such as brush her teeth, put on her shoes or climb up and down the stairs) then I feel happy for the 'friendly' mama - reminder to allow her to learn and grow by being independent. What bugs me is when it is stuff that clearly she cannot do, is not capable of doing or simply not old enough to do and she still insists on 'Do ALL BY SELF!' such as making the morning coffee, or trying to climb out of the car and bonking her head on the car door or sometimes not wanting to hold my hand when we cross the street. It is just hard to not be irritated by the chorus of "No, No, No, No, No. NO!" that she sometimes gets fixated on. I swear I have even hear her saying "No Mommy. No Mommy!" in her sleep! It really makes me wonder what kind of dream she is having. The real clincher is if I am trying so hard to do something nice for her or for all of us....today I was making a smoothie for us as a sunny day treat...and for the first few minutes she's commanding the scene, "No Mommy! No MOMMMY!" This is when I stop to explain to her that it's not nice to for me to hear that and I am making a treat and she should be saying "Yay Mommy! Hooray Mommy! Okey Dokey Mommy!". She gets it and her tune quickly changed into a round of "Hooray Mommys", which was great and made me laugh.
So I suppose I could go into all the nitty gritty details of the other 'negative' toddler-type behaviors that I have been encountering as of late: grabbing toys, not sharing, night waking, etc. But why focus on all that stuff when there is so much on the positive, hilarious, enjoyable and wonderful side of things happening at a much more frequent rate. One of the things that I absolutely love is Willow's independent playing and singing. She can really get engaged in activities like puzzles (she is a complete whiz at her 'alphabet' puzzle), coloring (she can spend huge chunks of time using felts, crayons, pencil crayons, pens and she really is great at it) books (she will sit and recite the books that she has heard a hundred times over), peoples, dolls, anything really, and she will sing any number of the songs from her wide repertoire. Her singing is so sweet and her words are becoming so accurate, If I am in the kitchen do stuff, and I get the chance to 'spy' on her from afar, I can stand transfixed while I watch her and listen. Sometimes she sings songs that I think she hasn't heard in 6 months or longer...it is an amazing display of her memory, which I know is very long. Now that the weather is great, we spend so much time in the yard and she has a number of 'play stations' outside which she can really get into while I putter about. Her little water tray in these pictures is a favorite. She loves to fill up her little watering can and water the plants....she can do that endlessly, which is great! Or she will sit in front of it a fill it with rocks. Or as you can see, she sometimes crawls in completely to create the ultimate backyard spa experience! I do plan to get a little toddler pool for her to sit and splash around in on these hot, prairie summer days. She enjoys others kids, but really, I never see her engage as deeply or for as long as when she is playing by herself.
Another thing that she does that I just Love is her sense of manners in language that is becoming a normal part of her vocabulary. She, quite unexpectedly will say "Thank You Mummy!" when I give her something or "Excuse Me!" when she passes by me. It is those little things that make me glow with mama-pride and happiness as I see her growing into being. She is an amazing little person....and no matter what challenges her 'difficult age' may bring, I know that she will ultimately be a source of pride, Love and utter Joy for us. (....until she become s a teenager, that is...hahaha!)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wise Willow

I have been busy getting ready for Opa's internment and the arrival of all of our family....starting tomorrow. I am so excited to see everyone! Here is Willow with the urn that I made for my Dad. To me, she just looks like a kid who knows what's up....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

It was such a special Mother's Day this year. Willow has grown into being the brightest light of my life and little Sunbeam inside is well on his way to join her. Of course it holds so much more meaning after almost two years of mothering and learning all about the trials and joys of this enormous task. The day was made perfect starting with a little sleep in, a yummy breakfast made by Adam, lots of Love, a beautiful walk at Police Point Park (or should I say 'waddle'...hee hee hee) and an afternoon at Grandma's house filled with bubble blowing and play. Thank you, my Loves for appreciating me....and just so you know, I would do it all anyways. I Love you!


Enjoying the special breakfast that Daddy made: pancakes with berries and yogurt -mmmmmmm!



Morning hugs and cuddles with Mommy's baby-belly



Bubble Fun at Grandma's House

How could Mother's day be complete with some quality Grandma-time?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Baking and Singing...

Some days Willow can really get singing....today after eating a whole bunch of blueberries while we made muffins, she really got inspired. Plus, she liked to watch the videos after I made them...It is amazing to think of the level of technology that she is being exposed to at such and early age. Watching videos of herself (and her friends and family) on the computer is the most normal thing in the world...as is chatting on a video-phone. But nothing can beat some good, old fashioned Raffi and Mother Goose...I have no doubt that she will be a well rounded kid.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Fairy Flying....

Willow was happy to get back to the 'routine'. Today her friend Eliena gave her a pair of fairy wings...it make her day!