Friday, March 27, 2009

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Grandma and Grandpa think of all the fun things to do with Sammie. Last night they came over with a kite. A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Kite. Do they know her or what?!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Samantha's Bedtime Routine

If ever we call on you to babysit, here is Sam's schedule.
It is long. But fun. Sometimes.

Before, during and after dinner, Daddy and Sammie play basketball in the driveway. She got a pink basketball and volleyball for Christmas. She likes to carry them
(both at the same time) around the house, waiting for Dad to get home. And, she sleeps with them at naps.

Car ride
We pimped out her car with a DVD player. Luckily Aunt Melissa is letting us borrow this for the plane ride. Imagine Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for 3 hours straight...she'll be an angel the entire flight!
The washcloth on her tummy is keeping her warm because she gets cold...wonder who she got that from!
We let Sam pick out 2 books. Tonight was a bear theme: Bear Wants More and We're Going on a Bear Hunt. This was the first time Blake heard her "read" the book.

She won't say them, but she will give a shout out to her current favorites of the day. Mommy, Daddy, Gamma & Pappa, Deesh & Ray, Ma-Lissa, Nate & Ditney, Lauren-Avery, Davey, Lyd-i-a...and then she'll add any friend she happened to see that day. Prayers are going to become really long after we reunite with all 26 cousins next week. Is that right? Is there really 27?!


At bedtime, she almost always hides in the same spot. We would tell you, but that would be cheating. We wouldn't want to spoil all the fun. This is another spot she will either hide in, or watch TV from here. Can you see her?
Look closer...There she is!Potty
We are not potty-trained or potty-training for that matter. She wears pull-ups and goes pee-pee before and after nap and bedtimes. It's a start. When we get back from Nate's wedding, she's got a whole pack of Disney Princess undies waiting for her.

I have an entire stash of potty prizes. So far, she only cares for the bubbles. She has to be in bed, laying down...that way she can catch them with her feet.

Once the bubbles are over, she starts screaming to go "poops." This is a lie...she doesn't need to go again, so don't fall for it. The key is start singing a song she will sing along with. Current winners are: I Know You from Sleeping Beauty, Twinkle Twinkle, I Am a Child of God, and Wheels on the Bus. After she blows us kisses, Dad leaves and I get to sing a few more songs. Then we leave her to talk and sing to her baby. Door open.

That's ALL it Takes!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

One of our yearly outings is the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Sam has been every year, including the year she was in mommy's tummy. The older she gets, the more fun it is for everyone! One of these years, we will all dress up like Pappa.We started off walking through the carnival. She insisted on stopping so she could "ride this one!" Have you ever seen a happier girl?
We stopped at the pig races... and petting zoo.The Children's Country was great this year.
We walked through Fun on the Farm. Sam needed no guidance. She knew just what to do and loved carrying the basket of goodies. She got to plant seeds... and harvest the crops.
Milk cows, and pick fruit off of trees. In the end she sold her basket of food for money, and got to buy a treat. It was a great activity for kids.We ate lots of great food: funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, BBQ and ice cream.We got to see Taylor Swift that night. She is adorable and put on a great show!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Square Foot Garden

I've been wanting to start a garden for years. With the help of Blake and my Dad, it is finally built and I hope.I've got: tomatoes, zucchini, onions, pumpkins, watermelon, peppers, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, cilantro, parsley, dill, sage, chives, basil and oregano.