Saturday, October 29, 2011

Little Happy in the Mailbox

Ladybug received the cutest little happy in the mail today from Abby. It was an envelope full of Halloween Happiness! You can see how excited she was to see Elmo on the front of a coloring book.





Then she wanted to carry the Pumpkin Peeps around with her the rest of the day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

At 32 Months



*This Ladybug is now a little chatter bug.

*I love how she knows in/out, off/on, open/close, up/down.....all of those opposites.

*She's finally into the "school" routine. I've noticed when i drop her off the whole vibe of the classroom is more serene and calm. All the kids are settling in....we learned quick not to let her be the first one there too. Hehe

*Remember how last month she was recognizing and learning all of her letters? She really wants to be able to write them. Her M and O are perfect and the rest of the time she scribbles and then tries to "see" letters from her scribbling.

*Mommy's IPad is now Buggy's IPad. Ask her.....she'll tell you all about it.

*I'm currently teaching her the names of all of the coins. We've exhausted animals and body parts.

*She's climbing in and out of the bed by herself, but she still won't get out of the bed until we walk in her room to let her know it's time.

*Bug weighs 26.8 pounds, size 5 shoe, size 3 diapers, and although her 24 months clothing fits great the pants are too short so we're now doing 2T.

Here's last month chair photo.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Golden Anniversary



Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to T's parents!

The brothers put together a perfect little celebration on Saturday at Marshall's restaurant.

50 years is a wonderful reason to celebrate.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ghoul's Night Out




You're invited to Ghoul's Night Out this Thursday at 7:00!

We'll be making several 3-D projects that you'll go home with including the candy.

Light snacks will be served and we'll have a door prize drawing too. Cost is $10 OR only $5 with a $25 order.

Email me for more information.

Friday, October 7, 2011

One More Day





In Kansas City, we took a quick tour of the Hallmark Visitors Center and had intended to take Buggy into Hallmark's Kaleidoscope. We couldn't get past the desk...she said Bug was too young. I was a little disappointed. /sad face

But we did find a Crayola store to explore!

Then it was back into the car for our last day of driving. So ready to get home sweet home.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Long Road Home





We started our journey back home today and had our sights on slumbering in Kansas City for the night.

After an ice cream break, many hours in the car, and a romp through the leaves in a rest side park, we finally arrived!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheese Curds Anyone?

Everyone told me to be sure to try a cheese curd! Well, I didn't partake of the grocery store variety because I knew we would be driving to Wisconsin for our afternoon nap trip.

Seriously, T did sooo good picking this cheese factory. They had a HUGE gift shop, at least 6 rooms, for me to browse while he talked with the cheese curd connoisseurs.

Although, I was lured away from shopping by a quick sample of the chocolate cheese. It was pretty good, tasted like fudge to me.




After the samples, shopping, and a little ice cream snack outside we played with more pumpkins and snapped a few photos.





Someone was not ready to get back in the car!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Toddler Tuesday is an Eye-Opener







Tuesdays are for the toddlers at the Mall of America so that's where we spent the first part of our day. We did purchase a toddler ride bracelet but Buggy would not even get on Blue's Skidoo or the Big Rig Trucks. We tried several times during the course of our day and in the pic above you see me trying to urge her on but she was adamantly saying no way.

She was completed fascinated but cautious with Uniqua and Pablo from the Backyardigans! Highfives were okay but hugs were definitely out. Perhaps T was right about not going to Disney this year.





After a half day and lunch at the mall we took a drive to an Apple Tree Farm. Planning afternoon trips was the best solution for us to get Bug's nap in. She definitely took advantage of the drive and slept the whole way. There's no doubt she would not have taken her nap in the hotel otherwise.

After apple picking she headed straight for the pumpkins. Have I mentioned how she can make a musical instrument out of anything? The pumpkins were her drums, hehe.

Monday, October 3, 2011

2nd Day on the Road



We made a few side trips on our way out of Iowa today. The first was a self guided tour of the covered bridges of Madison County. It was fun driving around the country roads and stopping to explore a bridge or two.




Bug was a big fan of this little park and hedge maze that was near one of the bridges.




In Austin, Minnesota we stopped by the Spam Museum....explored and even tried to assemble 5 tins of Spam in under a minute. Oh, is that not a Texas sized tin of Spam, or what?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

She's a great Traveler



We really wanted to take a family vacation this year and I was very much pushing for Disney World. T was against it because Bug is too young. My argument was that this Disney vacation would be for ME not Bug! Yes, I'm 40 years old and have never been to Disney. (But according to Facebook, I'm actually not alone.)

After looking at the map, we determined that we've been everywhere within a one day's driving distance so it was time to go for a 2 day trip. I've always wanted to see the Mall of America in Minneapolis and we both decided that somewhere cooler would also be a nice change.

Here we are taking a quick break at the Iowa border! We reached this endless-cornfield-state before ending our first day of driving and found a hotel in Osceola, Iowa.



Bug is an awesome traveler! She never even whimpered about being in the car for so long.

Road Trip!



We headed out early Sunday morning for a two day drive to have a real family vacation. We also taught Bug to yell Road Trip whenever there was a lull in the conversation or when we were jumping back into the car after a quick break.

Can you figure out where we are headed?