Showing posts with label Toddler Tales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toddler Tales. Show all posts

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Let's Dance Part Two

You may remember this post on our preparations for Elise's first dance class. Three classes later I can happliy report that it is going great! The school is fantastic and she loves every bit of ballet and tap.
One of her favorite parts is getting to have a bun in her hair.
FYI: Goody makes Blonde Bobby Pins!

All set to go with moms old dance bag. The bag is as big as she is, but she loves that it was my bag and now it's hers.




We are so proud of our little dancer! Great job sweetie!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Let's Dance

Today was a milestone day, as we helped prepare our sweet girl for her very first ballet and tap class! I could hardly contain myself as we entered the dance shop, and Elise had a fabulous time. She loved trying on the shoes and leotards and is really looking forward to starting dance...Mommy is excited too!






Monday, June 20, 2011

Mary Poppins Remix



For about a year, our sweet girl was obsessed with the Mary Poppins movie, and would want to watch it at least once a day. I very much enjoy the movie, but after the 365th time of watching it, it starts to get old. This remix gives a new sound to an old favorite.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Toddler Bag


 image found here
What to do when the changing mat and diapers have been replaced by a travel Lysol spray and potty seat covers!
We have been out of diapers for about 3 months now, and it is very freeing in many ways, but has opened up a few unforeseen obstacles.  Before, the diaper change could happen most anywhere, anytime, thanks to the trusty changing mat and/or back of the car (we’ve all been there). Now, the hunt is on for the nearest public restroom. The rush of making it in time, and then the germ phobic, gut wrenching reaction to the unkempt toilet! Out comes the trusty travel Lysol can, and potty seat cover (the Princess or Dora print somehow brightens the mood, you know?), and hold on for dear life as that tiny little hiney hovers dangerously close to falling in said toilet. ARGH!! Next is the grand exit strategy, followed by the ever popular statements, “Don’t touch that”, “don’t crawl under the stall door”, and the balancing act of helping a three foot little one wash their hands without wallering all over the cruddy sink. OH! And remember to pray (seriously) for there to be pink soap when you do make it to the sink, because if it’s not pink, we’re in trouble!
So, we’ve graduated from diapers to big kid undies, and don’t find the need to carry the old diaper bag around anymore, but still find a need for a few essentials while out-and-about.
Enter the toddler bag! Here is what I find helpful to have on hand.
  • wipes
  • potty seat covers
  • change of clothes or two depending on where you are at with the newly discovered potty
  • hand sanitizer
  • plastic baggie to store wet clothes
Note: Keep the bag compact! Better yet, fit it in your purse, though I find it hard to do still. You will be squeezing into a one person stall most often, as someone has occupied the largest stall. A tip to getting in and out of said small stall: Pick up toddler, turn sideways and slide into the tiny crack of the stall door without running into the toilet paper dispenser, trash can, and of course the toilet, put toddler down and remember the famous statement “don’t touch anything!” close door and begin prepping the toilet, all the while reminding toddler “don’t touch anything!”.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Story Time with Gigi

Elise and I took a trip to our local Christian bookstore after school, for a special present. We are in the midst of potty training. Today at school she used the potty twice! This may not seem like a highly sucessful potty day, but for our sweet girl it was big. She had a hard time adjusting to her new school, especially with the potty training being done at school too. Today was cause for celebration and for her potty present she picked out lamb stickers and a wonderful little book called "Gigi, God's Little Princess".

If you have not been introduced to this lovely book, you are missing out! We read it tonight and Elise loved it! It kept her attention and she enjoyed the illustration. 

Here is the summary from Sheila Walsh's website. "Parents and children alike will be won over by the lovable innocence of Gigi, a little girl who just knew she was a princess. But where were the castle and royal jewels? With a little help from Mommy and Daddy, Gigi realizes that she is not just any old princess—she is the daughter of the greatest King of all" 

Gigi is a keeper in our house! Happy reading.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Mommy, that is not good for my mouth!"


I have been so very convicted this week about keeping on track with my goal for healthy weight. The holiday weekend was killer for the diet, but Monday brought renewed motivation as I read the bible lesson for this coming Sunday. (As many of you know, hubby and I teach Sunday School to an awesome group of three year olds). The Lesson is on Daniel 1: 1-20, "I can make choices". Here is the basic breakdown for the kids.
  • God loved Daniel and took care of him. God helped Daniel grow and learn.
  • Daniel learned to do the things God told him to do.
  • Daniel chose to eat foods that would help him grow.
  • This was Daniel's way to show he loved God.
We are supposed to talk about taking care of ourselves, making good choices, while this past weekend was packed with cupcakes and Nutella! To top it all off, our sweet girl thankfully does not share in my love of sweets, as she turns her nose up at most everything loaded with sugar. She hit me with this lovely quote when offered a cupcake..."Mommy, that is not good for my mouth!". Oh, that hurts! hahaha. You have to love the honesty of a toddler.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Recap & Room Reveal


Thanks to everyone who participated in my first linky party! I so enjoyed reading all the wonderful tributes to your mothers.

The past Mother's Day weekend, we enjoyed time with family and friends. It was a great weekend! On Saturday we visited my brother and his sweet wife. They are newlyweds and just bought their first house. After our visit, we stopped by Old Town Spring, a quaint little area of Spring, TX (about 30 min. outside of Houston). The town is an early 1900's railroad town. You will find various boutiques, tearooms, restaurants, art galleries, etc. First we had lunch at Ellen's Cafe.
Then we found an amazing store called Metals, Petals & More.
Where I found a room filled with beautiful bathroom vanities and chandeliers.
And fell in love with this piece.
Next we found a gallery with a bubble machine out front, Elise loved this.
Then we all enjoyed a pipping hot funnel cake! This was Elise's first funnel cake and she loved it!

I finally got around to taking photos of Elise's new big girl room! She is so happy with her new bed and has not missed her crib/toddler bed one bit.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Headboard Project Part Two

Remember this?
This is the headboard that we bought at a local antique mall for Elise's new big girl bed.

After some work

The headboard is ready for Elise's new bed!
We chose to paint it a nice crisp white with a parakeet green trim.

Elise is excited about the new headboard, but not happy about her current toddler bed moving out. I think once she sees it all put together, she will love it! We hope to have it all set this coming weekend. Let's see how it goes...Stay tuned for the big reveal.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Raising a Foodie

I have been cooking up a storm today, along with enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. Busy, busy!
Ever since Elise was first introduced to real food (post breast milk/formula days) I have tried to instill good eating habits. As you know, this is not an easy thing to do when the picky eater comes to dinner! A long while back I posted on what I call the super vegetable mix from Healthy Times Baby Food. To this day she still requests this wonder puree and will sit and eat a a whole bowl like it's ice cream. I have been pretty lucky that she loves veggies so much, but there are still challenges. My go to books for a while were the Deceptively Delicious cookbook and Cooking for Baby, wholesome, homemade, delicious. These two books are so helpful in starting to raise a foodie, but now we want to breakdown the deception and stop hiding the veggies. So after our Whoopie Pie extravaganza this morning, and a long nap, we had a little cooking demo for dinner. She loves eggs, asparagus and cheese, so I thought we would make a frittata using these ingrediants, and introduce two new items. Enter the red bell pepper and fresh dill! I brought out all the tools and ingredients and set up on the kitchen island. Elise was perched on a bar stool chomping on asparagus spears as I showed her what everything was. She cracked eggs (yes it was extremely messy!), did a  little stirring , and before we knew it dinner was served! Here is the finished product.
 Elise loved it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Soulful Sunday


We spent some time in the great outdoors today. The weather was perfect! While hubby fixed up the front flowerbed, Elise and I went on an adventure. Above is a photo of her finds. She was so proud of her bouquet of flowers and the acorns had to have their "hats", aka: the acorn tops. It is refreshing watching her explore the world around her. To take time and really "stop and smell the roses", so to speak.
While on our adventure, we talked about how God made the beautiful world. She was so excited when I would ask, "who made the flowers, acorns...?" Her answer every time was "GOD!", after which I would cheer "YAY, thank you God!" Little moments like this can really make a giant impact on her little faith foundation.

"Everything God made was very good" (Genesis 1:31)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fun in the sun!

 
Elise and I enjoyed some time outside after a long work/school day. This photo cracks me up! The outfit reminded me of Rosario, the maid on the TV show Will and Grace. From the look on Elise's face, I think she is ready for the cold weather to move on out!

 
Happy in her new heart print dress from Target. The spring clothing has me craving warmer weather!
I hope your week finds you well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Elise's First Salon Visit

Thanks to our wonderful hairstylist Danielle, at Alan Murphy, Elise has a cute new bob haircut! She cried at first and would not sit in the chair alone, so hubby sat in with her on his lap. This was her very first "real" haircut! My camera battery ran out right at the start of it all, but I managed to get a few shots in. The after shots are after she woke up from her nap...


before

after
A big thanks to Danielle!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What is harder than giving a cat medicine?

Giving a two-year-old her medicine via oral syringe!

We made a visit to the doctor today, because Elise has been fighting a cough and cold symptoms since Sunday. It turns out she has Bronchitis. She is still very active and happy, but that cough just won't leave her alone. So fast forward a few hours later and Elise and I are in a stand off over this little syringe full of pink cherry flavored medicine. I try reason, distraction, bribery (yes I am not proud, just desperate!), nothing worked. Finally little by little, through the crying, kicking and screaming, I got the medicine down. I was covered in remnants of pink cherry liquid and Elise was fine. This is yet another new phase of toddler that I am not used to. In the past if we needed to give Elise medicine, she would gladly take it without protest. Now, we are faced with the challenge of 4 more days of fighting down medicine. Wish us luck!

Does anyone have a great technique on how to get a toddler to take their medicine?

I  hope this week finds you well.