Friday, May 29, 2009

Pack Rat

I definitely lean toward being a pack rat. Take for instance this book that I got in early elementary school - Teddy Bears have dreams to share... (One of their dreams according to the book is that they will "...win first prize when they exercise.")

Anyway it surfaced in our most recent move and Malia has enjoyed flipping through it despite its funny prose. It had a page of stickers in the front that had been left untouched for over 20 years (which is another reflection on my personality and being a total saver - I resisted taking even one sticker off of that page for all of my childhood year. Why? I have no idea - I think I thought they were too special to actually use.)

Well the page of stickers got used earlier this week. After looking at that book over two months, she finally took the stickers off of the page and stuck them all over her belly.


I was so pleased to see her enjoy what I had only looked at for all of those years. And the good news is I have all sorts of other treasures from my childhood for her to enjoy in the years to come - maybe it does pay off to be a pack rat/saver afterall?

Dirt and Bubbles

For the past month or two, Malia's only outdoor toy at our house was a shallow bucket of dirt that the previous owners had left behind (I think it may have been home to a plant at some point in its life). Armed with a spoon and a cup, she has spent hours digging in and transporting that dirt (and maybe eating some too).



Last week, I bought a small thing of bubbles to try and expand her outdoor activities. I think she is still a little young for this as the wand just went straight into her mouth.

This week, we finally broke down and bought a real outdoor toy - she loves it. Pictures to come soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summertime

We had our first days of summer this week (temperatures in the high 80s). On Sunday we ventured up to that great shopping area near us. Not only do they have hundreds of tulips but they also have a few fountains that kids can play in.

Malia was more intrigued by the other kids playing in the fountain than by the fountain itself but we had a great time. I think we will be going up there often this summer.


Check out the girl in the background! Malia really liked to follow her and the girl was very sweet to Malia, taking her hand and leading her around.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pow-pow-powerwheels

Our neighbor has a 3 year old boy, Lucas, who took Malia for her first spin in a powerwheels jeep (his older sisters - hence the Barbie). It was adorable - they looked like they were on a date together.

Malia was delighted to be doing circles in our cul-de-sac. The following pictures do not do justice to how cute this was - it is hard to capture toddlers in motion.

Trying to change the radio station?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Getting Out

The other day, Malia and I needed to get out of the house. It was beautiful outside so we went to a nearby outdoor shopping area that has tons of room for her to run around, things to explore and people to stare at. I took my camera knowing that they had these wonderful tulips around. Here are some of the pictures from the morning.



Running.



She loves to wave to people. Mostly when she is saying bye.

Sporting her new hat. Don't want that scalp to burn.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Krispy Kreme

Andrew and I love Krispy Kreme. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) the nearest one to our house is about 40 minutes away.

Two Friday nights ago after having dinner at home, we decided to make the trek down and give Malia her first taste of the melt in your mouth donuts. When we arrived, there were policemen on site raising money for the Special Olympics - because money was going to a good cause, we ended up getting a dozen hot glaze and then 2 other donuts for a total of 14 donuts. Yummy!

Of course all food is cooler if she gets to serve herself out of the bag.

It came as a real surprise to us but Malia was really not into the donuts. She wouldn't really touch the glaze and only took a few bites of her dads chocolate donut. Really the highlight of the trip for her was the sticker that the policeman gave her (oh and the hour and a half of quality time that she got to spend in the car with her parents!)