Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
In case you happened to be at the MN Zoo this afternoon, my child was the one shouting 'dadadadada' and waving her arms violently as we walked down the long corridor towards the dolphin exhibit.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Alex did enjoy playing at the H.A. bead table.
She insisted on walking next to me for almost three lengths of the mall. There weren't many people out and about today, so we took our time toddling along, enjoying the smiles and comments from admiring strangers.
I was worried that it would be hard to try on shoes with Alexandra in tow, but she was quite content to sit in her stroller and eat a graham cracker while I found the perfect pair! Then, she was VERY happy to be the 'shoe holder' until we made our way to the checkout. (Her expression is her reaction to the "SMILE" command.)
As a reward for her stellar behavior, we stopped in at Underwater Adventures. She was obviously exhausted from her long walk around the mall and decided to stay in the stroller for the majority of the visit.
We finished off our trip with a visit to Alex's favorite restaurant- Rainforest Cafe- where she enjoyed macaroni and cheese. She's finally figured out regular straws, and was able to slurp up the milk they served her with ease (yea! no more carting around her sippy cups to transfer liquids between!).
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
We started off with a trip to Rainbow foods (8am grocery store runs = happy baby, deserted store, and speedy checkouts!), and then headed to ECFE class. After class Alex fell asleep in the car on the way home. She was bushed!
We did some more snow experimentation (this time adding powdered Jello to make tasty snow), and spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning. I LOVE having a daughter who will happily take a Clorox wipe and clean, clean, clean! She wipes down her kitchen, the bookshelf, the cat....whatever comes in her cleaning radius :-) Today I gave her her very own sponge to 'wash' her pots and pans (guess what I was doing at the same time...)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
After our VIP tour, they set up a table in their cafe so that the kids could decorate their own cookies (like we watched Mr. Mark do in the kitchen). For a first-timer, Alex did a pretty good job (she did have her 'big girl' friends Lauren and Lydia to help her out).
She thoroughly enjoyed the frosting and sprinkles, even deciding to decorate her pants at one point. Luckily, they're washable, and the moment was priceless!What a fantastic business-- we've been here before (numerous times, actually), but they totally cemented my business loyalty today! We had so much fun-- Thanks, Edelweiss!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
We did get to revisit the chevrotain (the 'little deer', as we refer to it). The most fun, however, was walking on her own. She knows, though, that she needs to hold my hand if she wants to walk somewhere. This video shows her wanting to move on, but torn between the drive to explore and the need to hold my hand.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Another bitterly cold -20 degree day today, so we started off with some projects. Alexandra and I made three batches of playdough. I spread a towel out on the kitchen floor to put the three pans on and Alex was in charge of measuring (with a little assistance) and dumping (no assistance needed) the ingredients.
While I stirred the pots on the stovetop, I gave her a personal pan of flour to 'mix'. She was engaged with that activity for a good 15 minutes straight! You can see the mess it made, but wow-- she loved it!After our messy cooking, it was time to clean up. Luckily, Alex loves to Swiffer! Everything else- pajamas, towel and all, went straight into the washer. We had fun playing with the playdough, too-- but my camera ran out of batteries, so no pics :-(
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We read a lot of books this morning, but a favorite is a Jan Brett retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Alex and I spent a long time playing Noah's Ark after reading the story. She insisted on referencing the illustrations to figure out which animals to put into her ark.
Then we had arts & crafts time, pulling out the humongous Color Wonder paper so we could keep working on our 'mural' (it's not quite done yet-- we work on it a little bit at a time-- I'll post a photo of it when we finish in a few weeks).
For the science lesson today, we brought in some more snow. Now that Alex is familiar playing and working with it, we started to explore its properties. We started out by molding it into an ice cube tray. Then we saw what would happen if we added some food coloring, making it pink snow! We also compared the cold snow with a tub of warm water, and experimented with adding one to the other. Alexandra was amazed at the 'disappearing snowball' trick! :-)
As the climax of the lesson we made some Sugar Snow-- she helped me add some warm maple syrup to the snow and watched as it hardened into little drops of sugary goodness. She really enjoyed that part of the morning (and it took longer than usual to get her down for a nap this afternoon-- so Sugar Snow will be a treat only enjoyed on the most special of days).
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I knew that it was time for her afternoon nap when I discovered her 'napping' with her hippo. She was quite pleased with herself, and excited to be going "night-night" with her friend.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
It was also the first time we stopped in at the kid's area. They have an assortment of puzzles, games, dress-up clothes, and Alexandra's favorite, stuffed animals in crates. Much to my dismay she dragged around an obviously 'much-loved' (read "disgustingly tattered") tiger for most of the time there.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
After running some errands and taking a long nap we met our friends Emma and Megan at Edinborough Park in Edina for some playtime. Alex and Emma are two independent chicas who roam wherever their little feet take them, so it was actually hard to get a shot of the two of them together!
Alex liked the toddler-sized play area, but I think the most fun was had in the 'open gym' where she could run after basketballs and play in the huge inflatable bouncer.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Today was a hard day. Dave and I made the decision to help Copper, our beloved basset hound, pass away. She'd been in a steady decline (heart failure) for the past few days, and we didn't want her to get to the point where she was in pain. She had stopped eating (even table scraps), and was having a hard time breathing. She was just very, very tired and it was time for us to help her cross over.
Carrie was able to come down early in the morning to watch Alex for us while we went to the veterinarian. The technicians were all very kind and helpful, and the vet was understanding and compassionate. Copper fell asleep on Alex's baby blanket, with her head in my hands and Dave's hand caressing her ears. It was very peaceful.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers right now. I am so thankful that Carrie has been able to stay with me all day to help take care of Alexandra. I do feel a great sense of relief and peace at the fact that Copper's struggle is over. She was a fantastic friend and companion, and touched many lives over her career as a therapy dog as well as a family pet. We love you, Copper, and look forward to seeing you again on the Rainbow Bridge!
Monday, January 5, 2009
The other toy that she loves is the little tugboat that she can 'drive'. It's stationary, so she just sits in it, plays with the steering wheel and honks the horn!
After ECFE, we rushed over to Kindermusik (we're double-booked on Mondays as one class is ending in 2 weeks and the other starts up). All in all, with two back to back classes, Al did very well. She was so excited to see Miss Helen at Kindermusik this morning, she was dancing and signing 'hello'!