My Day with Ashlyn

August 31, 2008 at 2:36 am (Uncategorized)

Today Ashlyn came over to play.  We had a lot of fun.  We went over to Gami and Gampa’s pool, played in my house and played outside.  Overall it was a great day.  Mom took a couple of pictures and a video of me swimming all by myself.


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The Panera Bread Experience

August 30, 2008 at 12:07 am (Uncategorized)

August 22: We (Doug, Monica and I) just had one of the most memorable moments as parents. We met Doug for lunch by his office at Panera Bread. The place was pretty packed so we ended up in a table near the back (not easy to maneuver to). When we’re out to eat, Monica still has to sit in a highchair (to keep her confined). She screamed when I tried to put her in so we left the building for a time-out (after an initial warning). When we came back in she was better. She started to eat but decided she was done very early on so she pushed her tray forward. This pushed Doug’s tray into his lap with a full bowl of French Onion soup and his sandwich. It ended up landing totally on his lap and was a huge mess. A group of women next to us were laughing at the soup being dumped.  Doug was pretty ticked at this point so I ran and got some napkins (remember we’re in the back corner and I’m hugely pregnant). He is cleaning himself up and tells me he’s going to have to go buy some pants in order to go back to work. Luckily there was a Target and Meijer right there. So he ate the remnants of his sandwich and left (not saying bye to Monica). Monica in the mean time has decided she wants Daddy’s soup (which is all over his lap) and is crying over that and everything else. I was trying to eat as quickly as possible knowing we were going to have to leave because of her crying. So she cried from the point of the spilled soup until we left. I ate my salad, threw the sandwich in Monica’s bag and cleaned the table (maneuvering to the trash can through the mass of people who are all staring at me by this point). The entire time she is yelling to me, “Mommy I’ve stopped crying.” as she keeps crying. When we left every person was watching us as she screamed and some idiot guy makes some comment to me, “I’m sure glad to be past that point”. I almost poured soup all over him.

As we were walking out, Monica informs me she needs to go into time-out and I TOTALLY agreed! She also says she needs a diaper change. Now at this point I didn’t care what she asked for, she wasn’t getting it (just on principle). So I put her in her car seat and told her she had to sit there by herself for 2 minutes in time-out. She calmed down in the two minutes and was able to talk through everything that happened and was silent the whole way home (she fell asleep 5 minutes into the drive). So when we get home she immediately wakes up and while crying says she needs a diaper change. I get her inside, change her DIRTY diaper that has kind of burned her bottom and take her upstairs. I think she fell asleep immediately. Good thing because otherwise I might have hurt her.

Anyway, that was our lunch today. Doug informed me, not one part of that lunch was nice or relaxing. I told him he got to see me 🙂 but that didn’t seem to cut it.

As I was standing at the trash can all I could think of was, I’m going to have another one? What was I thinking???

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Swimming by Myself

August 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Uncategorized)

On August 25 I went to Gami and Gampa’s house for our Monday routine.  We started the day going for a bike ride at Kensington and then went over to G&G’s house for lunch, swimming and nap time.  This week I had a blast swimming and ended up swimming and jumping into the pool ALL BY MYSELF.  I don’t have any video of this but I have a couple of pictures of the day.  I would jump into the pool at the corner and swim over to the stairs and do it all over again.  Elizabeth Rose was so proud of me (this is Gami’s Cabbage Patch kid).

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Church Camping

August 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm (Uncategorized)

August 1-3 we went camping with all of my church friends.  Ashlyn, Mason, Hannah and Jameson all came camping with me at Portage Lake.  We had a lot of fun but I fell a lot that weekend.  I managed to get a lot of bumps and bruises to show everyone who would look.  My mom didn’t take many photos but I have one of “my camper”, me and Mason going for a ride and Daddy reading to me before I went to bed.

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My Vacation to the Great Wolf Lodge

August 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm (Uncategorized)

At the end of July I went with mom, dad, Gami and Gampa to Traverse City.  I had a lot of fun.  We went to the Great Wolf Lodge, the sand dunes, downtown Traverse and to the beach.  If you ask me I’ll tell you my favorite part of the trip was “The Big Ole Bucket”.  ” The big ole bucket dumped the water on the kids.” At the bottom is a picture of the bucket that I told everyone about who would listen to me (and even those who wouldn’t).

I had a lot of fun at the dunes too.  My only problem was when we got to the top of the dunes I didn’t understand why there wasn’t water there.  Mom was really glad to walk with me up the dunes because it gave her good breaks so she didn’t look like such a wuss.  By the time I got near the top I kept falling face first into the sand.  I ended up having sand in every orifice of my body.

We also spent one afternoon at the beach where I made friends with anyone who would listen to me.  I begged some chips off one woman and played catch with a black lab.  Daddy spent the afternoon chasing me around the beach.


My favorite thing to do during my vacation was play in the water park at the Great Wolf Lodge.  I spent most of my time going down the kid slides and by the end didn’t need anyone catching me at the bottom.  Overall I had a blast on my vacation!

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I’m 2!

July 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Yesterday I turned 2.  It was a big day.  I started the day going to church and seeing all of my friends.  From there I went to Gami and Gampa Vaughn’s house for our family birthday bash.  It was a lot of fun and most of all I got to see AVA!  We went swimming, ate food and opened presents.  I had so much fun I fell asleep on the way home.  Life is good when you’re 2.

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2 year photos

July 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm (Uncategorized)

Here are a few of the photos that I had taken today.

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Upcoming Birthday

July 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm (Uncategorized)

My birthday is in 2 days so I went and got my pictures taken today.  This was Mommy’s favorite photo.  I also had lunch at my favorite fast food restaurant, Taco Bell with my Mommy and Daddy.  I didn’t take an afternoon nap so instead I went outside and played with Maddie on her swing set and trampoline.  Life is good when you’re almost 2!

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