Sunday, July 19, 2015

We're a laugh a minute

S: "T you're such a good robot!"  (T was doing a robot voice to Ainsley)

Looking at a small facebook photo of a family member:
S: What's his wristband say? Something project dot org...
T: Project runway?
S: Project Runway support bands? I would totally buy us some!

While driving...
S: I'm not sure if I can turn here, but I did it before... It doesn't say no left turn.
T: Pretty sure those five yellow lines mean you can't.

I told T that I changed one of the radio pre-sets in the car from a hip hop station (not sure how that got on there, we don't like hip hop) to a Christian rock station. I didn't know it was a Christian rock station at first, I just knew there were three songs in a row that I liked. A few minutes after that:

S: We have a really blessed life. And that's not just the Jesus station talking.

I was trying to tell T about a clip from the TV show "Top Gear" where one of the guys wants to make the inside of his car look like the study of his house. T tried a few different searches on youtube.

T typing "top gear study"
S: Why do you keep typing in "study?"
T: ...
S: Oh, I get it. I thought you meant study like a medical study!
(If you want to see the clip, click here!)

Roxy at 10 months

Roxy on her 10 month birthday

Here's what our sweet Roxy was up to between 9 and 10 months:
  • Started sucking her thumb - what?! She's been falling asleep on her own for about 3 months without sucking her thumb and now she always sucks on her thumb when falling asleep. I think it is kind of late to develop this, but I don't really know.
  • More rolling to get places but still frustrated with her lack of mobility (she isn't crawling yet) .
  • No interest in walking. Roxy won't take a single step while standing and holding my fingers no matter how far forward I lean her.
  • New "words" (sounds that she makes, no real words yet)
  • Front top two teeth came in.
  • Had some separation anxiety / mommy preference. Roxy cries when I leave the room or if I walk past her while someone else (even T) is holding her. She was mostly over it towards the end of the month, though. 
  • Sleeps through the night (about 11 hours) most of the time.
  • Likes shaking her head "no."
  • Eyes are still blue. According to baby's eyes are unlikely to change color after about 9 months. (Though this was definitely NOT the case for Pippa!)
  • Likes to grab knobs and open and close drawers and cabinets.
  • Loves to play hide and seek with Pippa (squealing with delight when we find Pippa or Pippa finds us).
  • Puts hands "way up in the air" for that part of patty-cake.
  • Pinches my upper arm all the time. She's been doing this for a while now.
  • Rarely spits up in the car now. The car is pretty much the only place Roxy was still spitting up. Very occasionally she will spit up at home.
  • Fussier this month than last month. I think it's mostly frustration with her lack of mobility (mentioned above).
  • Total arm flapper when excited - especially when she's excited about getting food (has been for a long time now - like 3 or 4 months).


Friday, July 10, 2015

4 of July Weekend

T had Friday off for the 4th of July so we took a small trip to Happy Hollow. The last time we visited Happy Hollow was 1.5 years ago. Happy Hollow is still a small (small!) amusement park and zoo geared toward younger kids.  The target age range is probably 3-6.  There are about 7 rides, a petting zoo, a regular zoo, and several playgrounds.  We even went with our same friends from last time!

Roxy went on her first ride - the carousel.

Just like last time Pippa LOVED driving the cars.


Just like last time Pippa loved going on the ladybug ride with J.

Pippa went on her first roller coaster! We're small - I'm waving and Pippa is just visible next to me.

Had to include this one because our friend's little girl (just behind us) has the best expression.

Pippa and J really do love each other.

Seriously, these friends are some of the best people in the world.

The girls napped in the car on the way home. Which meant when we got home and wanted to nap they wanted to play.

T fell asleep mid-puzzle.

We started the actual 4th of July with a church pancake breakfast at the park. Pippa pounded 3 pancakes and ran around with friends. I ate breakfast made by someone else (!) and made a new mom friend. T played with Pippa then after a bit took Roxy home to nap. After she woke he came back to help clean up. We were some of the first people there and were the very last to leave. Pippa was still having a great time when it was time to go home 3 hours after we arrived.

At the breakfast an empty nest couple from the ward had fliers for a pool party at their house - apparently they do this every year after the breakfast. The pool was the perfect temperature, the pulled pork sandwiches were divine, and the babies got super tired from all the splashing around and took great naps. Win-win-win.

A pool tossing photo! T tossing Pippa is kind of their thing. We have tossing photos in front of landmarks all over Europe (and a few here in the States, too).

4th of July matchy-matchy after swimming and naps.

Usually I don't let Pippa nap past 2:40, but on the 4th I let her nap until 3:30. I knew she wouldn't be ready for bed until around 9 (because she woke from her nap so late) and fireworks were scheduled to start at 9:10, so... I took Pippa to her first fireworks show while T stayed home with Roxy.

I didn't take any photos, but we met up with a bunch of ward members on the side of a hill. It was perfect to see fireworks and not deal with a parking mess. It was also great because we were far enough away that the booms weren't loud and scary. I brought a pack of glow bracelets which made us popular.  There were two little girls there from Pippa's nursery class and those three girls had a great time together. I had Pippa on my lap against my chest, one girl on my shins (my legs were out) and another girl leaning against my arm. It was a good way to watch fireworks. Pippa wasn't scared and was completely entranced by the fireworks.  "Very sparkly!" was her reaction.

I really enjoyed the fireworks, too. (You may or may not know that if we are ever ridiculously rich I want a professional fireworks show on my birthday! Fireworks are the best!) The last time I saw fireworks was the Washington DC 4th of July fireworks in 2012, so I was extra excited for fireworks this year. Hopefully in a few years Pippa will be able to handle sitting close enough that you feel the boom in your chest and feel the ash fall on your cheeks.


Yesterday Pippa saw a foam paintbrush I left out and asked to paint. So today we made that happen (after Roxy was asleep - can you imagine trying to keep a crawling baby out of this?) Sometimes I'm a fun mom.

 Pippa is wearing one of my old t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up and the waist clipped in the back.

 End result after about 10 minutes. I didn't even strategically place the plate - she moved it there when she was painting and even placed the paintbrush there when she was done.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pippa says

While potty training:
P: I need some paper toilet! (said often and meaning toilet paper)

This one makes me feel like we're doing something right. Pippa had been up in the night crying. This was at breakfast the next morning.

T: Do you feel better this morning?
P: Yeah, the Holy Ghost is here. In my heart.
T: Oh, did you say a prayer?
P: No, you said a prayer. And Heavenly Father sent the Holy Ghost to help me feel better.

Upon putting a basket on her head:
P: I want to show dad-dad my party hat!

This is an old one from our March trip to Utah. I was singing "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.
S: Do you remember when we used to sing sha la la la la la la la la la la ti da...
P: What's ti-da mean?
S: ... (can't think of an explanation at all)

One of Pippa's favorite songs these days is "Say Geronimo." While she was alone in the playroom I heard her singing "Happy birthday to Geronimo"

I was singing the song "Dankeschön" by Wayne Newton
S: Dankeschön, baby dankeschön...
P: Nooooo. Not baby dankeschön. I a girl dankeschön!

Pippa telling Grandma about our trip to the beach.
P: We chased the ocean!

T asked Pippa to get the drill that was on the floor.
T: Can you hand it to me?
P: You get it.
T: I can't reach it. It's too far away.
P: Try walking. Like this. (gives a demonstration)

Not a quote, just a tidbit. In April we were eating biscuits for dinner.  Pippa thought they were cookies.  She kept asking for more and getting more. She was totally giddy like she was getting away with something.  Adorable!

Roxy's first sign

Roxy has her first sign! She signs "more."


It might look like arm flapping, but it is very different from her excited arm flapping (which is out to the sides). It is more in front of her bringing the hands together. This sign is intentional - she does it in response to us asking "Do you want more?" She doesn't always sign more, but does it often enough that there's no way it is coincidence.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monterey Bay

We took a mini vacation to Monterey Bay at the beginning of June. It's not incredibly far from us but we decided to make it a two day trip.

We planned on the girls napping on the drive down. Here's Roxy's response to that idea: 

Wide awake. She did eventually fall asleep, but not for anywhere near as long as we hoped.

We went to Carmel Beach in Carmel. The houses on the streets leading to the beach were ridiculously cute. We brought swimming suits but we planned on using them in the hotel pool, not the beach. Good planning because it was 63 degrees and windy. Ain't nobody want to get in the frigid Pacific when it's that cold outside! But if you're at the beach you have to at least wade, so we did.

(After we were home from our trip we Skyped with my parents and Pippa told them "I chased the ocean!" Adorbable!)

The ocean was a lovely turquoise color (it was always brown / grey in L.A.).

This was Roxy's first time at the ocean but we didn't put her in - it was too cold!

Since it was too cold to get in the ocean we walked along the beach, built sand "castles" (more like sand mounds and sand pits), buried feet, and ate lunch. Where Carmel Beach hits the cliffs there is a golf course. At first we thought it might be Pebble Beach Golf Course, but then realized it wasn't big enough.

Roxy was scootching around and got tired of being on her tummy so she just put her face in the sand to rest /whine.

LOVE that Roxy gives snuggles.

After we were nice and chilled from the beach we took 17 Mile Drive to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The girls fell asleep which was the plan :)

17 Mile Drive is supposed to have great ocean views but we weren't seeing any. Turns out we went the wrong way on the loop and were driving the inland part. Oops. We were about 1/3 of the way into the loop when we realized that.  The girls hadn't fallen asleep yet (and we really needed them to so they would have energy to finish the day) so we turned around and did the ocean view part. There were great ocean views but by then the girls were asleep so we didn't stop.

The girls woke up right as we pulled into the parking lot. Downtown Monterey is odd. Some cute shops but some run down places. Some Victorian style bed and breakfasts and some adobe liquor stores. It couldn't quite decide what it was trying to be.

Anyway. Monterey Bay Aquarium is pricey - $40 per adult, but kids under 3 are free. There were some decent exhibits and some ok touch pools (only crabs, sea urchins, and the like), but not worth $40 per person in my opinion. Maybe $25-30 per person. I liked the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach (about halfway down this post) much better.

T wrangling the kids.

Pippa loved the penguins!

Hanging out in a pretend penguin egg.

Pippa with "Nemo" fish.

For me the best part of this aquarium was the big kids area.  There was an indoor playground for older kids and a play area for babies. We spent a lot of time in these areas.  You might be thinking that I liked the Aquarium of the Pacific better because I visited it without kids. And this is a small part of it, but really, A of the P has better exhibits, better feeding shows, better touch pools, and cheaper admission.

Roxy on a water bed in the baby play area.

Exploring the texture wall in the play area.

We visited the Aquarium in the afternoon when it was less busy and it was still pretty busy. After the aquarium we hit one gift shop and bought a sand dollar Christmas ornament.

We snagged McDonald's for dinner and went to Embassy Suites. We chose ES because there are two separate areas (with a door between them) in each room.  Roxy goes to bed around 6:30 and no way did we want to sit in the dark and quiet and try to keep Pippa quiet and happy until she was ready for bed and then continue to sit in dark and quiet until we were ready for bed.

We ended up with Roxy in a pack and play in our room, Pippa on the floor on the hideabed mattress in our room, and us in the king sized bed in our room.  Around midnight Roxy woke. Normally she puts herself back to sleep, but I didn't want to give her time because I didn't want her to wake Pippa. So I tried nursing her, rocking her, holding her, the binky, and she wouldn't sleep. T pulled the pack and play over our bed (to get around sleeping Pippa) into the other room and finally 1.5 hours later Roxy was back asleep.

Embassy Suites has a great breakfast, but what the girls were REALLY interested in was the arcade.  We spent almost an hour "driving" these cars.

T took Pippa to the hotel pool while Roxy napped. We went to a huge playground near the hotel then McDonald's for lunch and the girls napped on the way home. Why is it that no matter how long the trip is, the last 20 minutes are the longest?

It was a lot of work but it was a fun little vacation.