Overalls from Emma Claire


Before we moved here, Emma Claire's mommy got some blue overalls for me at a yard sale to grow into someday. Mommy and Ms. Caroline agreed that they looked "so big" but knew they'd be cute on me when I got big. Well...someday has come quickly! Mommy let me wear them to church today and figured that she'd have to roll up my overalls, but they were just long enough! Mommy still forgets how big I am sometimes. Here I am posing in them for Emma Claire. Thanks again, Ms. Caroline!

Riding My Tricycle

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Too Cute-a Note from Mommy

Fall is here and December is on the way, so of course I've been thinking about Jonathan's birthday. We think we want to do a train-themed family party this year, and look what I found!

Train cupcake molds! We thought they were pretty cute, and I'm sure we'll be using them to make train cupcakes, muffins, and Jell-o for years.

A Calendar by Anna's Mom

My old playgroup buddy, Anna, has an artistic mom. You might have read her blog-it's down in my list of grownup blogs. Anna's mom has a published calendar for this year that you might enjoy. It's on Mommy's Christmas wish list...maybe it can be on yours, too!

Fun with Ella

Today, I got to have some fun with my good buddy, Ella. After some fun outside, we came inside to be firefighters...


work my name puzzle...


play with blocks...


sail in our boat...


sail in separate boats...


and hear Ms. Jen read a story to us.


Thanks, Ella for a great time-come again soon!
Now I'm slowing down and getting ready for a nap.

Visiting with Buddies

This morning, I had a visit from some new buddies, Emma and Alex. Emma just turned two, and Alex is a big boy-he's four. We had a great time playing inside and outside. Thanks for the visit!



One More With Daddy

I Sure Missed Daddy!

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Am I Becoming a Valley Kid?

This morning, I was getting out of bed, and I told Mommy, "You [meaning I] totally laid on the covers like that." And I used the word "totally" in the next couple of senteces, too. Mommy thought it was pretty funny, so maybe I'll do it again!

My Crib Has Been Recalled

Hello little buddies,

If you have a crib like mine, you might want to check to see whether it has been recalled. I'm not sleeping in mine anymore, and I'm thankful it didn't cause a problem for us, but Mommy is still sending for the repair kit. You can see the news article here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20907633


I sure have had a bunch of stuff recalled in my life. My car seat, my wagon, my play chair, my puzzle table...and now my crib. Somehow none of my toys have had lead paint on them, though!

Dear God

Here was my bedtime prayer tonight:

Dear God, thank you for Jesus, and Bluebird, and thank you for tires for our Subaru, and thank you for the hood for our Subaru, and for the engine. And thank you for new tires for cars and trucks, and bigger tires for BIG trucks. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Buddies

I mentioned that Graham and his family did lots of things to make our visit fun and special. Here are some more of our special times together.

We went out for a special pizza dinner one night. We got to run around downtown while we waited for our table. Mommy took this picture, and Wesley was hanging out in his stroller.


Timmo made some yummy waffles for our breakfast.


Here I am with Graham getting the day started. It sure was fun to have a little buddy to share all the normal parts of my day.


Mommy took a lot of pictures of Wesley. He sure is cute!


Here is Graham helping Wesley with his pacifier. It must be nice to have a brother!


Here are Graham and I watching a few minutes of my Cars movie. It didn't happen very often that we were both sittting still at the same time, so Mommy took a picture every time it happened.


We both have toes...


and Mommy thinks mine are still pretty sweet, even though they're not baby toes anymore.

Graham has a big wagon, and we took a few rides in it.


Little buddies know how to ride!


Our last big outing was to a train store with not just one, but several train tables just for us. Thanks, Jo Jo, for making our time so fun!


Here's the only picture of Mommy with her dear friend, Jo. (I heard some comments about the three boys keeping the mommies very busy.) Mommy meant to help Jo with Graham and Wesley, but really ended up soaking in lots of time talking to Jo. Mommy had a really hard time leaving when it was time to go!


After we said our tearful goodbyes, it was time to get on the plane. I got to sit in the cockpit with the pilots for the first time. It was a special ending to a truly amazing trip. We are so thankful we got to go!

Seeing Other Friends and Family

During our week-long trip to see Graham and his family, we spent most of the daytime hours on the weekend seeing other family and friends.

One of the things Graham's parents did to make our time special was to have Ms. Katie and Mr. Perry over for dinner on Friday night. Before there were any kids around, they had lots of adventures with Mommy and Daddy and Graham's parents. (I think adventures are much more fun with us kids around.)


Here I am goofing around with Mr. Perry...


and Ms. Katie.

Another thing that Graham's parents did for us was to lend us their Xterra so that we could drive around and see our old friends. Since Mommy and Daddy lived here for a long time, there are a lot of friends to see! I sure loved driving that Xterra. Now I can recognize one on the road.

On Saturday morning, we went over to Ms. Sally's house for a visit. Ms. Sally was Mommy's teaching partner, and she's also a grandma, so she knew just what to do with me. Ms. Sally treats Mommy like she's a real daughter. We hadn't seen Ms. Sally since I was five months old.


We had a great visit with Ms. Sally!


Next, we went to Aunt Michelle's house. I just love her kitty! Aunt Michelle took us out for barbecue for lunch. (And for those of you in our new area who don't know about this, barbecue in the South is not what you do to meat when you cook outside, but it's a special kind of food.) Mommy said that she was happy to have her fill of sweet tea. We had a fun lunch together.


Here are Aunt Michelle and I admiring each other.


On Sunday, Mommy and I went to church where she and Daddy went to church while they were dating and for the early years of their marriage until they moved away. Mommy was happily surprised by how many old friends we ran into and talked to. I went to the 2-year-old Sunday school class and learned all about God keeping Noah and the animals safe on the ark. Afterwards, we visited with Jimmy and Ms. Jeanie. In this picture, Jimmy and I are comparing the size of our hands. We had fun playing outside.


Here I am with Ms. Jeanie. She and her family are special to our family.


Next, we had a very, very quick visit with Carey Mae and Anabelle before Anabelle's 6th birthday party. (There's another birthday guest in the background.) Anabelle had a My Little Pony tea party.


Here I am with my buddy, Anabelle.


After my nap, Mommy and I got to see Ms. Lori and Ms. Carly who were teacher friends of Mommy's. They had lots of adventures (and misadventures) together while Mommy was a teacher. Ms. Carly has a baby Wesley's age, as you can see here. Her name is Addison.


We all got to eat dinner together (except for Addison,) and I had a great time playing with the salt and pepper shakers. All the ladies had a lot to talk about. We didn't eat at the Chick-fil-A in this picture but at Jason's Deli, a great restaurant for kids.


I decided it was Ms. Carly's job to help me jump.


Ms. Lori suggested we go to a park next. It's a good thing Mommy has so many friends who are also teachers, because they know just how to keep me happy.


In between some visits, Mommy and I had a lunch date at a restaurant where she and Daddy used to go all the time. I love it, too. A lady stopped at our table and told Mommy that she had the cutest little lunchdate - me! Mommy got her fill of fruit tea at this restaurant. Something tells me that tea is different in the South, because Mommy doesn't drink it much at home.


Last but not least, Mommy and I visited Ms. Tricia, who was not exactly a teacher but was a counselor and friend at the middle school where Mommy taught, and she has been Mommy's Creative Memories upline for more than four years.


Ms. Tricia has two little girls, Mary Evelyn (who is ten months older than me) and Molly. Mary Evelyn looks like a pretty little Southern girl, complete with the matching hair bow. I had a great time with the girls and their toys.

We are so thankful to have so many good friends to visit, and thankful to Graham's family for sharing their vehicle with us!

Meeting Wesley

Mommy and I are back from our trip to the South, and it's time to post pictures! We went to visit our good friends, Mr. Tim and Ms. Jo (now named "Timmo and Jo Jo") and play with Graham and meet Wesley. Ms. Jo came to meet me when I was born, and then I came to meet Graham when he was born, so it was time to come meet Wesley.

First, we took two airplane trips, and if you're wondering, I'll tell you that I behaved like a champ on the trip (although I couldn't fall asleep.)

The first airport had a play area...


and so did the second airport.


Mommy and I had a special sit-down dinner together in the airport, and I got to play with one of my airplane surprises, as you can see here. (These trucks are going to the store.)


When we finally finished traveling, we got to see our friends. Here are the boys and their mommy.


Graham still has lots of fun toys, including this slide that he shared with me. We did pretty well sharing with each other, considering we're both two.


We all fit together in Timmo's Maxima. I am learning to recognize Nissans on sight.


Here we are at a fun park, where there were kids who understood this very important task even before we got there: putting rocks on the slide.


I really liked Wesley, and he really liked milk.


Here's Graham with his mommy.


Here are Mommy and I with baby Wesley.


Graham really liked to give me hugs, which were a lot like tackles. He's a little bit more "rough-and-tumble" than I am.

Our wonderful friends showed us a great time. More pictures to come...