Sadly, back in August, Dash was dispatched from his throne as the newest, cutest little fur ball in the family. Meet Clover. Their first meeting was a bit tense. Initially, I was quite glad a few states would separate them, but by the end of the visit the four-legged kids had started to get along a bit better. Isn’t that always true of family?
If you spend even just a few hours with our daughter, you know she is a font of energy. I know this is not unusual for little kids, but just like the size of her gigantic, 95th percentile head (sorry honey, that’s from me!), we are convinced her energy reserves also must be near top of the charts. In fact, the very act of sitting still is what now serves to get us most concerned something is wrong.
We call it the Dora/Mickey Mouse Clubhouse scale. If she sits through an entire 20 minute episode of either show, then she’s probably just knocked off her morning 5 miler and is just recouping. If she sits through two episodes, she probably picked up a bug at daycare. If she sits through three episodes, hot dog, we are grabbing the go-bag and hitting the ER.
And nothing seems to get Ce moving more than the vast expanse of Grandmother and Papa’s backyard. Given the opportunity she will endless run from fence post to fence post. It’s exhausting just snapping the photos.
Answers to commonly asked Christmas questions this year:
- No she didn’t cry, but she didn’t sit on his lap either. Healthy fear of strangers.
- A big girl stroller for her babies, a digital camera, blocks and arts and craft supplies.
- Not really, maybe next year.
- Same dress as last year.
- Seeing baby Rachel
It would be more apropos to say ‘kiddie’ pool as Cece is definitely no longer a baby. To underline that point in bold, red pen the daycare recently informed us that Cece would be graduating from the infant room to the toddler room next month. We even received a report card (above average in everything except utensils). I don’t think either of us is quite ready to say good-bye to the baby stage just yet, so baby pool it is until further notice.
Last week, we traveled down the turnpike to visit Grandmother and Papa and were hit smack in the face with sizzling summer temps. Luckily, Grandmother was prepared with the backyard staple of childhood: the blue plastic pool. Cece and her cousin Nathan were able to get some sun, relax and sip some bottles poolside. Take a look.