The dreaded ‘no’

She learned it.  Finally.

Not that I was looking forward to this, but I definitely didn’t prevent it.  My daughter learned the word “no”.

It was as if she woke up one day with an attitude and it hasn’t gone away yet.  She even has given me the ‘stink eye’!  What 16 month old know’s how to make a ‘stink eye’?!?!

The first time she used ‘the word’, we were in the grocery store and her dad was going to leave with her since she was making a scene.  She said “nononononono” over and over again.

Then she said it again the next day when I was trying to get her out of the car and was taking her book away from her.  This time it was a simple “no”.

Now she says it all the time.  She has decided that she doesn’t want to give up anything.  If it is in her hands, you better not touch it unless she offers it to you.

If just her saying “no” wasn’t enough, she has also started the tantrums.  I thought that the time she cried as we took a doll away from her at a store was a tantrum.  I was so wrong.  So very, very wrong.

Her tantrums are moments of pure anger.  She doesn’t necessarily cry.  She screams.  In short intervals.  And she hits and throws things.  Usually her tantrums only last a few seconds (yeah, I know this won’t last, they will soon be MUCH longer) so they are still kind of comical.  I have even caught myself laughing OUT LOUD when she is throwing one.

Oh, how I love toddlers.


February 17, 2010. Daily Photo, Photos, Reflections, Toddler. 1 comment.

Snow Day

We took E. up sledding last weekend in Flagstaff.  I was so excited because J. and I both love to ski and snowboard and it was a chance to introduce her to her new career.  (I plan on her being a pro skier and giving us some of her millions to live off of)

Anyways, she had TONS of fun getting dressed…

Cool lady.

But pretty much hated everything else.  We forced her down the hill three times and by the last time, she was done.  She refused to stand, sit or even be held while sitting in the snow.

Isn’t a crying toddler trying to walk in the snow cute?  I’m such a good mom.

January 21, 2010. Daily Photo, Photos, Videos. 2 comments.

Gumby and serial killers

When my daughter was born, my husband’s uncle gave him a 6 foot tall blow up Gumby doll.  Apparently it is something J. had when he was a little boy so his uncle thought it would be a fun toy for our little girl.

Her first encounter was a disaster to say the least.  I blew it up, stood it up in our loft and it fell over.  My daughter screamed.  She was absolutely terrified of it.  So I deflated it and put it away.

Just yesterday, I decided it had been long enough and I would try again.  I blew it up and she wasn’t scared.  She actually thought it was pretty interesting.  Maybe it was the tiny Gumby toy she got for xmas…

Regardless, I am deflating it again.  Why you ask?  Because, it disturbingly resembles a serial killer in the dark.

I didn’t think about it when I first blew it up, but I found out in a heart racing instance yesterday.  I was about to leave the house last night and had put stinky in our bedroom.  She is a walker hound so she barks…a lot.  I ran upstairs really quick to put a bark collar on her.  I had already turned the out the lights and just as I reached the top of the stairs, I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  I just about had a heart attack.  I seriously thought someone was up there ready to kill me.  It doesn’t help that Gumby’s left arm is raised in the air as if he were wielding a knife.

So, goodbye Gumby, I am putting you away and unless my fear of serial killers sneaking into my house subsides, you will not be coming back out.

January 20, 2010. Daily Photo, I Can't Believe It, Photos, The Stink. 4 comments.

The McDonald’s Chipette

That’s right.  My daughter’s new, favorite toy was given to us in a bag full of saturated fat and processed apples.  She loves it nonetheless.

When you push her lobotomy scar on the top of her head, she says, “It’s so beautiful!”.  At that point, my daughter uses sign language to say ‘beautiful’.  Trust me, it’s cute no matter how many times she does it.

January 13, 2010. Daily Photo, I Can't Believe It, Photos. Leave a comment.

Kiddie train rides

It was more fun than her face says it was.

December 15, 2009. Daily Photo, Photos, Reflections. 1 comment.

Santa made my daughter cry

Last year at Christmas, my daughter was only a couple of months old.  At that age, she knew what was going on about as much as a kitchen sponge.  Basically, she slept through her pictures with Santa.

This year…totally different.

This year the crying started half-way through the transfer from dad to Santa.   Not g6ood.  We didn’t buy photos and they wouldn’t let me use my own camera.

Sadly, we are going to subject her to Santa again as I want the picture for memories.  I’m such a good mom.

November 30, 2009. Daily Photo, Holiday Junk and Stuff, Photos. 2 comments.

Thanksgiving Turkey Decorations!

I like making things and pretending that I made them with my daughter.  She is only 13 months old so that doesn’t happen but I made sure to make it LOOK like she helped…

This is my Thanksgiving turkey banner.  I don’t have any Thanksgiving decorations so I decided this would be a cute one and it cost under $20.  I bought everything I needed at Michaels and if you are smart, you can find a coupon somewhere.  Here are the steps:

1.  Gather all your supplies:

  • Felt in the colors you want
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paper and Pencil to draw out stensils
  • Ribbon
  • Dowel
  • Googley eyes

2.  Draw out the feathers and letters and cut them out of the felt.

3.  Cut the banner to the shape you want it to be.  *I folded over all the edges and hot glued them together to make the banner double thickness.

4.  Arrange the letters and turkey on the banner.

5.  Hot glue the individual pieces to the banner.

6.  I then cut holes along the sides of the banner to string the ribbon through.  It was time consuming but turned out nice.

7.  Cut the dowel, if needed, to the size you want.

8.  Attach the ribbon at the length you want.  *I hot glued the ribbon to the dowel so it didn’t slip when hanging.

Hang in your home!

November 18, 2009. Daily Photo, Holiday Junk and Stuff, Lists, Photos. 2 comments.

In just a matter of minutes…

One of her favorite things to hold in the car is her sweater and if you even mention her head, that is where it goes among many other things

So she fell asleep.  It was naptime but she was not acting tired in the least.  It was literally a matter of just a couple minutes between these photos.

November 17, 2009. Baby Sleep, Daily Photo, Photos. 1 comment.


My cat hates loves my daughter but sometimes, my daughter can get a little…aggressive. You know, the ‘grab the tail and not let go’ or the ‘lay on top of the cat giving her a hug’ thing.

Well, when I noticed my daughter was trying to get at something the other day, I decided to investigate.  This is what she was doing…

And this was what was under the bed…

Maybe it was the pacifier she wanted but by the look on the cat’s face, it wasn’t.

November 16, 2009. Daily Photo, Gertrude, I Can't Believe It, Photos. Leave a comment.

A baby and her wipes

I have a very baby-proofed house.  The little one rules the loft and her bedroom during the day and there is nothing that she can do any damage with/to.  I turned my back for just a moment yesterday and when I realized she was being very quiet, I went to check on her.  This is how I found her.

She is sitting in a basket that normally holds her lotions and methodically pulling one wipe out at a time.  It’s one of those times that you are thankful your child stays in that position and continues with the mischievousness for you to go and get the camera.

November 11, 2009. Daily Photo, I Can't Believe It, Photos. 3 comments.

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