Sunday, October 30, 2011

Never Cross a Marsupial at Naptime

Let's hope that tomorrow goes a little better for the little kangaroo.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1 going on 13

There was this kid on my front porch the other day.  

She had pigtails

Trimmed bangs

A cell phone


And leopard print flats

Does anyone know what she did with my baby?

I think that this kid is the culprit that scribbled in both pen and crayon on the molding in the bathroom door frame. 

But not even she could have been naughty enough to drop 
one pink snowman sweater
one white cotton cardigan
one package of hair rubber bands
one shoe
six socks
one bathing suit
one bikini bottom
one inflatable water wing
into her dirty diaper pail, only to be discovered who-knows-how-many days later when it was time to change the bag, forcing her mother to dig through the mess to find everything.

That must have been another child altogether. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Snow Day

This Denver weather is slippery. On Monday, it was 78 degrees and we were warm in jeans. This morning, we woke up to snow, and it's still coming down.

Matt decided to work from home today, and Alice and I had nowhere to be, so here we are, in the midst of our first official Denver snow-in.  I headed outside with Alice right after breakfast, thinking she would have a ball out there.  Surprisingly, she was quite wary of the white stuff.

She did seem interested in this new phenomenon, and kept pointing to the falling snow saying "buh-buh" (bubbles); however, she definitely didn't want to touch it. After a while she compromised by allowing some to fall on her from the safety of the porch.

Once Matt came out, she grew bolder, but the plastic bags that I insisted we put around her sneakers to keep her feet dry kept making her slip.

We decided that short intro was enough for the morning and headed back inside, settling into the bay window to watch the action from there.  As if on cue, the two little girls that live next door emerged from their house and put on the most convincing snow celebration routine I have ever seen.

They made snow angels and threw snow balls, fell backwards into the snow and jumped on piles of it, kicked it up into big snow clouds and shoved heaps of it into their mouths. All of this was carried out with the utmost excitement and punctuated by hoots, giggles, and screams.  Alice's interest was definitely piqued.

It was quite a display of the versatility of snow as play prop. 

Once they told us that they had a spare pair of boots in Alice's size, it was a done deal. 

We returned to the slightly damp heap of clothes by the door and replaced them layer by layer.  We put on the borrowed boots, tucked some tissues in our pocket for the inevitable cold weather nose drip, and faced the snow once again. This time, following the girls' example, Alice plopped right down and joined in the fun.

We definitely earned ourselves some hot chocolate today, and so did the girls next door!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grammy and Grampy Come to Denver

Karen and Greg just left about two hours ago, and we miss them already! We had a wonderful weekend with them, despite the fact that we all (except for Grampy Greg) caught Alice's cold and were battling it all weekend. With all the runny noses and watery eyes, I just didn't get as many photos as I would have liked.  Still, I can assure you, we enjoyed their visit, and hope they come back soon.

Alice's new go-to activity is coloring, and we did lots of that this weekend. 

 We extended the coloring off the paper and onto the sidewalk too.


The weather was just perfect for spending time outdoors.  

 We adults watched Alice run up and down the sidewalk.

More often than not, she would be pushing the beloved toy stroller, borrowed from the porch next door.


The changing leaves made a beautiful backdrop for strolls down the sidewalk.

Karen and Greg even helped me weed the front yard.


Alice was in heaven with her Grammy and Grampy! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bed Head

I'm not sure what was going on in the crib during nap time, but if this bed head is any indication, it was pretty wild.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bobbing for Apples

Would this be considered cheating, technically speaking?

Friday, October 14, 2011


We had such a wonderful visit with Great Grandma and Grandpa Denny last weekend in Phoenix.

Great Grandma and Grandpa D had thought of everything for our arrival.  

There were lots of toys for Alice to play with, borrowed from a friend of Aunt Lynn.  

Alice developed a rather unconventional way of mounting the horse, but it worked for her.

There were cream puffs waiting to be smeared all over the face like moisturizer.

The pool was heated and the perfect temperature for splashing around, and we were served meal after delicious meal. 

We spent the whole weekend enjoying each other's company. 
Hanging out.

Playing around.


And catching up.

Mandy took Alice's visit in stride too.  She didn't even complain when Alice's pats got a little aggressive, nor did she protest about having all the attention directed to someone new for a weekend.

Alice even had her first bang trim.  Think it was about time?

We are so grateful we had the chance to visit!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Back in Business, Again

My new camera arrived just in time for last weekend's trip to Phoenix.  But before I get together a post about what a great time we had, I thought I'd lift you out of the mid-week doldrums with a few shots of Alice's expressions of unbridled joy. 

She's just tickled pink.

Pleased as punch.

On cloud nine.


Walking on air. 

Hope you are too!