January 17, 2018 | Those scary-parent moments happen here and there, & I knew it was only a matter of time until we needed to have a talk about hiding from me in a store. We began playing in the rug-display (she was a cat, of course) and it was a perfect area to hide in. I told her to stay in the rugs, but of course she was having so much fun she disappeared. I was crawling around in all of the rugs looking for her, calling her name, imagining all of the worst-case scenarios. Several minutes passed, when I finally spotted her several aisles away. She had wandered into the chair section for an even BETTER place. I think she knew from my face that I was not having any fun, and I hugged her SO TIGHT. Long conversation after that had to happen, and she apologized a lot. Parenthood is not for the faint of heart!
January 9, 2018 | Being a dancer most of my life, I was so excited for E to attend her first ballet class. We did a low-commitment, community center “session” just to give it a try, and I used her gymnastic leotard with a new skirt/ballet shoes from Target (used regular tights, oops). She was acting pretty excited, and I was only a little worried that she wouldn’t want to because it’s after a full day of preschool. But she ran in with the amazing teacher, and followed directions so well! I’m the weird-o mom who brought her real camera to shoot through the door during class — while carefully avoiding too much hovering — and made a dance bag from my fave photo below…!
December 7, 2017 | When I found out there would be a PERFORMANCE at the Winter Event, I couldn’t contain my excitement. E loves to dance/sing for us, so I knew this would be adorable/hilarious/chaotic. We brought a veggie tray into her room, and she quickly showed us around all of the Stations and pointed out her artwork. After some snacking, and a decorated Frame gift (complete in painted gift bag) it was time to rally the toddlers to the “stage”! The Winter Pokey, and a couple other songs were sung, and my heart just melted. They are seriously so cute, and she was incredibly proud of her gift to us…we loved it! Since we’d seen Santa, I thought that she wouldn’t need a second trip at school but she ran right in and sat on his lap. This kid LOVES Santa… 🙂
ETA: She’s been loving the “Ivy and Bean” series of books and one of them has the kids doing all sorts of things with the small red wax circles that some individual cheeses come in. She saw some of those at the party and had to recreate it.
November 8, 2017 | We had planned on taking E to the dentist when she turned 2, but here we are at 3.5 and FINALLY made it. Wow have dentists changes since I was a kid! She arrives to a big toy-filled waiting room, giant fish tank, and they ask her to make her hand-print on this giant wall. She gets stickers for doing well on the x-ray, a sucker for doing well during cleaning, and an electronic toothbrush/fresh cookie at the end. WHAAAA?! Next time they ask that the parents stay in the waiting room, which is kinda funny, but I know she will be just fine! Did I mention there were dogs running around in there too??? Crazy!
July 30, 2017 | I don’t remember how we decided, but this was the Summer we took E on her first flight/vacation! FL was the destination of choice, and thanks to a recco from a friend/client we chose Tradewinds as a family-friendly resort. Lots of on-property activities, and kid-focused fun seemed like the simplest way to go. This is going to be really long…and I’m not sure I remember all of the details over the course of several days, but I will try!
Day 1 she woke up and took the final chain off the countdown which was a SUN. We were armed with a TON of new books/toys/activities for the plane ride. I mean, a 3-yr-old on an airplane? I wanted to be prepared! Perhaps it was TOO much…but E loved having out suitcases all packed, and carrying her very first purse. Adorable! The airport was a breeze, and with E riding on our new luggage it was a snap getting from the gate to our rental car. She promptly fell asleep on the way to the hotel…so much excitement! But then she saw the beach for the first time, and loved the sand/waves. We brought out the new beach toys and she was so happy to just dig and play. It was cloudy and overcast (which was an omen of the whole trip), but she didn’t seem to notice.
Day 2 we woke up to more rain, so we tried the KONK club for a little crafting activity. It was fairly packed with a lot of kiddos that had to spend the whole day there (which is odd to me), but E painted a sea shell nightlight. It was pretty cute, and made it home in one piece. Despite the clouds, we still walked to the beach and played a bit in the sand. In a random turn of events we discovered that Aunt Susan and Cousin Kaylee were staying just 30-mins down the beach from us! They were at a condo, so the beach had a totally different feel than our resort (that was pretty nice). We were out in the water a bit, building sand castles, and later made a quick visit to William Dean chocolates! I had a photo-shoot (also random timing with long-time clients) so they all hung out and waited to have dinner with me VERY late. I think we got E to bed around 11 PM? Oops!
Day 3 was our one day of sunshine — and it was awesome to wake up to! We dressed right into swimsuits and made our way to the reserved cabana. Also it was finally time to have some cliche blended drinks (that were insane $$) including a virgin-strawberry daiquiri for E — which she loved. We split the time between the beach, and the pool, and all of us got a little bit of sun! That night it was photo-shoot time that I had pre-paid for. It was an interesting experience for sure, but we ended up with a few images that I really liked! E acted a little weird during the shoot, and wasn’t very hungry during dinner — despite eating really late AGAIN. Plus we promised her ice cream if she was good during photos, which she was. The next morning would explain that!
Day 4 E woke up feeling awful — so a quick run to the drug store for a thermometer and cold medicine showed that she had a fever. Which isn’t really ideal when it comes to vacation. We watched way too many shows on the iPad and lounged around the room for hours. Everytime we attempted to leave the room, the skies would open-up and we’d be running back the room. I know she would’ve loved to just watch shows all day, but it was the final hours of BEACH! D let me journey out to take some photos with my camera — which was left in the room all the time due to the rain — and hit one souvenir shop. We even drug her to a pirate show that evening which was…crazy. But hilarious. She was a total trooper!
The final day when it was time to go, the skies were sunny and the weather was perfect. Of COURSE! E was feeling better, and excited to get on a plane again. But with a little time to kill, why not stop at the chocolate shop again? Mom and Dad needed a little treat for watching Mosby…& we wanted some amazing chocolate too. E had a whole new set of fun things to occupy the flight home, and did amazing on the flight. When we got to our car and starting driving home, that’s when her sickness/tiredness hit her. She was so tired, and couldn’t get to sleep in her car seat, so a lot of tears ensued. Poor kid! Overall it was still a great trip, despite all of the madness, and she still talks about returning to FL someday… 🙂
And here are the few images from the SLR!
June 8, 2017 | I threw some $1 store wings into the car, and went to get E from preschool. We had talked about the June Bug Ball in the morning, but she said she’d rather play water balloons. I thought maybe if I show her the new. purple. wings. with glitter…it would be a sure thing. But she still was thinking about the water balloons! I told her we should just go check it out to see if it was lots of fun…and she said “OK!”
So we got out of the car, strapped the butterfly wings to her, and made our way into the BALL! There were kiddos everywhere with costumes, antennae, dresses. E made sure to point them all out to me… 🙂 First stop was making her bug eyes/antenna. After a slow-moving line, we were finally on our way. She ran through the flag-maze, made some yummy/healthy bug-snacks (grapes on a skewer = caterpillar, celery boat w/peanut butter & carrot shreds/raisins = fuzzy caterpillar), and danced in the pavilion with some “big fairies”.
Then it was time for more science-type stations. She pet the BIG craw-fish, and held a baby one until it crawled and she threw it back into the volunteers’ hand. We found giant bugs on display, touched some worms, and she took off her wings ONLY to make the slides easier to play on.
By the time we walked back by the pavilion, the big-girls were actually dancing WITH the little girls. She ran up those stairs and instantly found a partner. It was the cutest thing EVAAAAA
Honorable mention; hammering a Home Depot tool-box together, on an aluminum picnic table with dozens of other kids/parents, is enough to make your brain go nutso… We will definitely be returning next year — perhaps getting started closer to 4 (vs 5:30 PM) since it closes at 7. Such a fun night!