April 30, 2010

Drawing princesses

All of those years Pam has spent drawing ballgowns and costumes had really paid off.... She can whip out drawings of princesses in no time.... Fully adornded with rhinestones and wings. :)

April 29, 2010

Law of Inverse Bedtimes

Why is it that if the kids bedtime is relatively consistent (8-9pm) that the time that they wake up is inversely proportional to the bedtime of the PARENTS.... If we went to sleep by 9, I'm sure the kids would sleep until 8pm.... but if we go to sleep after midnight, they are up by 4?

April 27, 2010

Quotes from today

Move me closer, so I can actually reach the box [of fruit rollups] myself. [After she has already been told that she has already had her two today]

Daddy, you aren't good at the chair, you are good at the floor. Mommy isn't good at the floor. [Talking about where we stay when we are putting her to bed]

April 25, 2010

Problem solving with playdoh

At Quinn's request, we were playing the adult cranium game this morning and she wanted to play with the cranium playdoh. She did not want to return it, so I told her let's swap it out for one of her playdohs, but then I said that the box wouldn't close with it. Then she went to find a small Playdoh which would allow the box to close. She is so good at problem solving.

April 22, 2010

All day with Quinn - twice!

Drew emailed a couple of weeks ago asking if I could babysit both kids 2 days this week. I responded: " Are you CRAZY!" Both kids, all day?! " I thought not! So they found a place to put Brock and I took on Quinn for Tuesday and Thursday. May I say she was an absolute pleasure both days, the entire time! What a cutie patootie!

On Tuesday we met Bennett and Ooma (Barbara Aaron) at Miller Outdoor Theater to see the Three Little Pigs. Had a picnic outside (it was a cool, fabulous day!), ran up the hill, and rode the train. Quinn fell asleep in the car on the way home and I managed to take a 45 minute nap in the car in the carport waiting for her to wake up. :-) We had a tea party inside and fed the birds outside. It was a thoroughly delightful day.

Since Tuesday was such a success, we met up with Bennett and Ooma again on Thursday at music class, then went on to a park to play. Quinn & I then visited Beverly (Drew's nanny), had a picnic on Heights Boulevard, visited Arts Alive so Quinn could see where Popo works, then had another successful nap experience on the way home. More tea party, including baking some real cookies, followed by watering the plants in front of the house.

The nice thing - I was not totally worn out after either day. Go Popo!

April 21, 2010

Jelly Sandwich

In my lack of sleep daze, I nearly made MYSELF a jelly sandwich

P a j a m a s

On her own, Quinn sounded out Pajamas last night as we were reading... she couldn't quite come up with the word on her own, but she had nearly all of the right sounds (she kept saying "em" for the "M" instead of "mmmmm" )

But looks like she'll be reading soon

April 20, 2010

I had fun today

Quinn said "I had fun today" just before going to bed.

Thanks Popo for the tea party, 3 little pigs play, picnic, and time in the garden.

April 19, 2010

Guidlines for icing

As a general rule of thumb, when applying icing, the apparatus should be edible (ie celery sticks). We made marshmallow cookies again tonight with Caroline, painting with celery sticks. Quinn ate about 3 sticks, and Caroline EVEN had one (Caroline doesn't eat anything green)...


April 17, 2010

Another dawn patrol

Did another dawn patrol today. We did a 5k at rice. Quinn did pretty good, ran some of the time, and sat on the buggy board some of the time... Pam and I didn't run though, we walked.

April 15, 2010

New rule - no more naps after 4pm

So Quinn took her nap today from 4-6... That is never going to happen again. She didn't go to sleep until nearly 11pm.

April 13, 2010

She is a great problem solver

So, we've been having issues with Quinn coming into our bed in the middle of the night. We have started an incentive program to limit this (Quinn loves fruit snacks, which we limit to two per day... sleeping in our bed takes one away). We told Quinn it was okay to come get us if she is scared, but we have to go back to her room... We also said that we could go back to her room with her if she wanted us too. So then she asked if it was okay if she slept on our floor. (We said Zoe sleeps on the floor and would probably lick her, and she accepted that).... but man, she is a good problem solver.

April 11, 2010

Rough no nap day

Whew.... What a bitch... Both the day and the girl. No nap today.

Started going to bed routine 1.5 hours early... Ended up going to sleep only 1/2 hour eariler then normal...

But it certainly wasn't quiet...
She better sleep all the way till morning to catch up!

April 09, 2010

Birth control

I'm happy that we were able to supply some birth control to the couple at alumni dinner tonight... Actually, I'm sure Quinn's tantrums supplied it to many more people then just at our table.

April 08, 2010

8 hours

Woot! 8 hrs of sleep had by all!!! It's too bad it's not the weekend

April 06, 2010

Restaurants with playgrounds rock

Quinn enjoyed a wonderful Irish jig dancing in the soft sand at Lupe Tortilla

April 03, 2010

Earth day

Had a faboulous earth day at discovery green... Even though we ended up over tired and refused to eat