Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
When we were at the amusement park, Natalie needed to use the bathroom. Of course, we needed to wash our hands afterwards, and of course I didn't have a stepstool for her (someone should really invent one that would be small enough to fit in a diaperbag, but that's another story), so I was lifting her with one arm, trying to wash both her hands and mine at the sink. The lady in front of us noticed, and before she left, she made sure that there was enough paper towel hanging out of the dispenser for us so we didn't have to fight with the dispenser. A small thing, maybe, probably something I would not have thought of doing myself for others before I had Natalie, but still something so very important and kind - from a perfect stranger.
The next day, we were at the grocery store, picking up something from the bakery isle. There was a lady filling up the displays, and when she saw Natalie, she went in to the bakery to get her a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Yes, it's a good PR trick, but it was still very sweet (not just the sugar in the cookie, but the gesture also).
Then, outside of the grocery store, we were putting our cart away in the cart corral when Natalie noticed that there were two "little dogs with big ears" in the car parked next to the carts. She looked at them with great interest thru the carwindow. Then the owner came out to the car, and she asked if Natalie wanted to pet one of the dogs. She held the dog up so Natalie could reach. Again, a perfect stranger, doing something nice for us and for Natalie.
I am so grateful to those people. Not only did they help give Natalie some great experiences, but they also helped teach her - by example - how to be kind to and considerate of others. I will try to remember that in the future, so I too can show her by example how a simple gesture can mean so much to someone else.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
But the big hit came when she got to ride the pink panther truck. She has never tried something like that before.
Her smile when the thing started to move was priceless:
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Well, Natalie decided that Baby Natalie needed to have a party. And of course, she needed to have some toys at her party. Shortly thereafter, we took this picture, thinking that it was kinda cute and funny how neatly everything was lined up:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- One small plastic cup filled with (imaginary) sunscreen
- Water from the faucet in her kitchen
- One purple pom-pom
- One white pom-pom
- One red ball-pit-ball
- One yellow ball-pit-ball
Put the first four ingredients on a blue plastic plate. Put the ball-pit-balls in a colander and a serving dish from her kitchen. Bake it in her dishwasher. Put it in the kitchen cabinet above her fridge to cool it down. Then top with green frosting (a green ball-pit-ball).
Let me tell you, it was very, very yummy!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We played around in the basement, just running around being all goofy and silly. We played music and danced around. We ran around the little half-glass-wall in the middle of the room, playing peek-a-boo and making silly faces.
We made necklaces, both out of yarn and pasta and of the more edible variety.
We made cupcakes, and we put frosting on them and as many different kinds of sprinkles as we could find in the house.
Natalie and I watched her favorite "movie" about the Fisher Price "Little People".
Right now Natalie is napping, and I get a chance to blog about my beautiful little girl.
I can't imagine a better way to spend Mother's Day.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Natalie's best friend Aubriella has a new baby brother. Last weekend, Aubriella came over for a playdate, and she brought her baby brother (and her parents, too of course). And of course, we all had a great time.
Natalie was so proud that she got to hold Baby Brayden. She was very careful and gentle, and she even sang the ABC song to him: