Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Mornings

Alice and I have established a morning ritual over the past few weeks.

I usually come downstairs to find her in her pajamas, sitting at the table with Matt, in front of a plate of breakfast that he has prepared for her. Usually, she's scraping the cream cheese off the top of a bagel with her teeth, anointing Matt's orange juice glass with peanut butter, or ignoring a plate of scrambled eggs.

I get out the blender, and Alice proclaims, "Shoobie!".

I get out frozen berries, yogurt, milk, honey, and even spinach (you can't taste it, I swear), and dump it into the blender.  Right before I push the button, Alice yells "Noishy! Noishy!"

By the time the noisy portion of the preparation is over, Alice is usually out of her high chair and observing the action up close.  She eagerly points to the two glasses I have set out, establishing which one is for her and which one is for me.

As I pour the smoothies, she reminds me, "Straw! Straw!".  I top each smoothie with a straw as Alice makes her way over to her preferred smoothie-drinking location: the second step of the staircase.

We both sit on the step enjoying our smoothies and reviewing over and over which is hers and which is mine. We drink for a while, as Matt finishes getting ready for work.  Every now and then, she picks up my glass, threatening to spill the smoothie all over both of us, brings the straw to my lips, and insists that I take a sip.

We say our goodbyes to Matt, and the split second he shuts the door behind him, Alice leaps up and runs to the window, pointing fervently and asking "Down?! Down?!".  I can't bear to correct her word usage when her request seems so urgent, so instead I lift her up to the window ledge so that she can wave energetically, shouting "Bye! Bye! Bye! Bye!" until Matt disappears from view.

Then she asks if there are any birdes.  Sometimes, just to keep things interesting, she points off to the empty sky or a patch of grass in our yard and yelps "Look! Look!", which is just as entertaining to me as if there were actually a bird there and not just her mimicking my reaction when I see one.

Then, I help her down and we get ready for the day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Garden of the Gods

I guess I have some catching up to do.

After our friends from New York left, the three of us took a drive to the Garden of the Gods, near Colorado Springs.

We could not have chosen a more perfect day to check out the landscape.

The clear, sunny skies made for some breathtaking colors.


I'll let the photos do the talking (in other words, I'm too lazy to come up with text about a trip we took last month).


Inside Out

 Good Morning!


What? Do I have something in my teeth?


Is my fly down?

Oh, that?

Get used to it! Diapers over jammies are the next big thing! Go grab yourself some Depends, make sure you put them on after your P.J.s, and get ready to turn heads.  You can thank me later!


Monday, March 5, 2012

New York Invasion

A few weeks ago, we had a visit from the most adorable little New Yorkers you've ever seen (and their equally adorable mom and dad).

Alice did her part to be the hostess with the mostess and make our guests feel at home. 

But, of course, she had to make sure there was no confusion about whose toys everybody was playing with. 

"My. My. MY!." 

I don't think it gets any cuter than this.