Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today at the Pumpkin Patch

This was Zoe's first time at the pumpkin patch when she was old enough to understand a lot of what was going on. She could identify a pumpkin and say it and also realize that she had pumpkins on her socks. She loved the pumpkin ice cream she tried and especially loved playing with her friends Tully, Tripp, Mia, and Tate (though Tully was the one that got a little action in the haystack!) She picked out a baby pumpkin and chose an apple to eat on the way home too. She was even able to tell gramma about her trip when we got home (in one word Zoe sentences, of course) . Yay for fall weather in North Carolina - it is rare!

Happy Anniversary

We went to Myrtle Beach overnight for our 3rd anniversary and had a great time!

Even though we were only there for less than twenty four hours together, we did so much!

Daddy even won Zoe her first carnival prize with his big muscles (at least that's the story he's going with!)

The next day Daddy and Zoe went home and Gramma came to keep Mommy company for one more night. I had never been away from Zoe overnight, but it was well worth it for everyone! I got to relax for a whole 24 hours and Zoe got to be thoroughly entertained by her favorite "Na-Na" (Daddy)!

Yay for family vacation! We'll have to do it again soon!

Eating with a Fork

Zoe has started eating with a fork and a spoon. She's pretty good at it! She gets about 60% in her mouth and Boston gets the rest off of the floor (though I can't get him to eat the veggies!).
On this particular day she was having Daddy's famous homemade french toast (yummy!) and REAL maple syrup! As you can tell from the pics she figured out how to get down to the last finger lickin' goodness!

The terrible one-and-a- halfs?

Zoe is officially a toddler now. She has realized that she has an opinion and can express it whenever she wants to! Whether it's about not wanting to eat her breakfast or not wanting to stop playing to change her diaper or wanting to have a cookie - NOW. She has begun pinching us as a sign of dissaproval as well. Lucky us. So it's going to be a fun few more years (I say 4-7, depending) till we all can figure out how to work through this. We will be consistent and set clear boundaries, but as easy as that sounds on paper, it's never that easy in real life! Wish us all luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009

This little froggie

So Keith and I are big into letting Zoe explore nature. We let her jump in puddles, talk about the baby squirrels nesting on our porch, encourage her to hold caterpillars, etc. So the other day, we thought it would be cool to point out the little frog on the sidewalk. The frog must have been in fear mode because it wouldn't move (it was obviously alive because you could see it was breathing). Keith tried to coax it along by gently touching it with the side of his shoe. Still, it didn't move. In a split second, Zoe walked over and apparently thought she would help things along like Daddy did and - SPLAT! - she stomped on the frog ! Thank goodness she doesn't have much power behind her stomping, and the frog pretty much seemed to be OK. We didn't know whether to burst out laughing or grab her and run. After a few seconds of pure shock, we ended up doing both! It definitely was a lesson on perception and how those ever so tender teaching moments don't always go as planned!!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Barney is Zoe's new obsession. She asks to watch her Barney videos every chance she can (don't worry , we only let her watch a little bit each day). Barney stuff is hard to come by these days, though! I was told by the girl at Blockbuster that Barney wasn't "cool" anymore, so they don't carry his videos. He's about 20 years old already - whoa! Regardless, it's the only "kids" show I've come across so far that teaches good values, focuses on kindness and has no violence or innappropriate content. So Barney it is , even though if I wake up singing his song in my head one more time I may go crazy! Zoe loves the Barney "I love you" song and as you can see from the pic already has some of the moves down!

Barney did it!

We were out to dinner the other night and Barney accompanied us. Zoe decided she was going to feed him some of her dinner ( her idea!), and some of it ended up falling on the floor. She immediately pointed at it and said "Barney, uh-oh!" She was totally telling on him! She kept pointing at Barney and then to the food on the floor, implying that is was not her fault, but his! So funny! She will tattle on other objects too. If she bumps her head on the table or falls on a toy, she has to make sure you know exactly what hurt her...pointing to the guilty party as she comes to you for comfort. I can't say I wasn't a total tattle tale as a child...but this seems a little early to start!:)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

18 Months Old!

Zoe is now officially a year and a half! Look how big she looks! Wow~ it's exciting and scary at the same time! And on the day of her 18 month birthday she started answering the question, "What's your name?"!!!!!