Afternoon at the Park

I had to add just one more for today – sorry to overwhelm after not posting for weeks!

But to make up for lost time, and to capture my favorite moments while we’re a family of three, I just had to!

Poor Selah has been “sick” for almost two weeks now. I put it in quotes because “sick” actually just means she is up coughing at night with no other symptoms during the day…so Jesse & I have had less than perfect sleep patterns for close to 14 nights, but have a full-energy toddler still during the day. It’s also been really cold (in the 50’s actually! Cold for us, not bad if you’re comparing to snow or something I guess). Which means we haven’t gone to the park as often as normal. So, today we had Selah ride her trike up with us to expend some energy (& hopefully kill the last of the cough? We can only hope). Daddy certainly got his workout in and I couldn’t resist taking pictures of my loves:

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Merry Christmas 2012

Finally just downloaded all our Christmas pictures. I tried to narrow it down to my favorite 20 – only thing we missed was Skyping our Hawaii family, which is a bummer, but Skyping (especially during Christmas) with a toddler is kind of hectic to stay on the video portion, in addition to taking some pics. So, whoops, missed that part, but it happened and it was fun to at least be connected while she opened her presents. Starting with the day before…

Our visit to “Santa’s House”. This is as close as we got to Santa. She didn’t really even like it when the door opened between kids and she could see him.
1 - Santas House

A much more popular hit was the fountain – she loved throwing coins and making wishes! Good thing Grandpa was generous and parted with all of his change. Here she is with Grandma at the edge:
2 - Fountain with Gramma

Love this smile:
3 - Big Smile

Outside the SLO Mission:
4 - the mission

Making wishes:
5 - making wishes

She has quite the “wind-up”:
6 - the windup

Then on Christmas Eve, we celebrated with Nana and Papa, Grandma and Grandpa, and us at Grandma & Grandpa’s house. I think she got a kick out of giving her gifts (and of course getting them too!). Here’s her delivering her first gift to Nana:
7 - helping nana

Helping Nana unwrap:
8 - nana gift

Moving on to help Papa open his:
9 - helping papa

Finally opening her presents! Here’s a new purple princess dress!
10 - new dress

Which of course she needed on right that instant!
11 - i need it on

Oh, and a beautiful pink skirt. Might as well put that one on too! 😉
12 - the skirt too

Oh my goodness, it keeps getting better – a Rapunzel dress and doll! (Sidenote – how in the world did I end up with such a girly girl?! Geez. What I thought would be my nightmare though actually turns out to be pretty darn cute):
13 - and a rapunzel dress

Giving Nana a hug to thank her:
14 - thanking nana

Ready for tea time with my new tea set?
15 - tea set scrunched nose

Showing Nana the lighted village:
16 - nana and the village

She was really enjoying telling Nana all about it! Which was super sweet:
16 - showing nana the lights

Posing with Grandma:
17 - with gramma

I have less pictures on actual Christmas – maybe because it was more hectic? I’m not sure, but I’m lacking for that day. Good thing I got some the day before. But here’s the good ones from that day:

A new jewelry box and LOTS of jewelry to wear!
18 - jewelry box

I need ALL of them on, Mom:
19 - i want them all on

Using our new window markers from our stocking the next day:
20 - window art

I missed the Christmas day portion where we went to Uncle Steve and Aunt Rose’s house…and made them clean off the trampoline so that Selah could jump for an hour straight. Kaylee and Alyssa were champs and jumped right along with her in the cold – letting Mom and Dad watch on the sidelines (although, we did get up there too!). A blessed Christmas for sure, and we are so thankful to have a happy, healthy, fun, full of personality little girl – along with an amazing family to boot! Merry Christmas! 🙂

Parenting Fail & Our Weekend

Actual conversation last night in the car:
Me (to Jesse): Ugh, my car smells – I had to take my shoe out of that plastic bag because I needed to throw away Selah’s poopy diaper, and I stepped in dog crap dropping her at preschool.
Selah: What’s dog CRAP?
Jesse & I: (hysterical laughter. Unstoppable and loud…which hurt Selah’s feelings & made her cry. Great job, Mom!)

So, there’s the first “bad word”. Could be worse I suppose, but it was funny to then explain to her that “poop” is better to use than “crap”, and mommy made a mistake!

In other weekend news…
Daddy grouting the bathroom floor:

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Our family “date” at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf…trying not to forget to take a little time each weekend enjoying our family of three! (Even though there’s lots of work to be done, we don’t want to miss this last time to enjoy our only child!)

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And, I escaped to take a walk yesterday. I’ve been trying to walk some since its the only exercise I seem to accomplish. And Santa Barbara is pretty awesome to walk around! Here’s some iPhone pics of the last week of walking:

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Yeah, so, how blessed am I to live here?!? Pretty darn blessed, even when it’s been cold & crisp this week!

Still need to download Christmas & GG’s 90th birthday pics…so more to come… 😉