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Pumpkins, Goats & Kitty Face
October 22, 2011


Today, we packed up the family and headed to Pumpkins Galore in Wright City. Recommended by a friend, the ol’ reliable internet confirmed that they had 70 acres of pumpkin patch as well as a wealth of other things to do: wagon rides, hay bale mazes, petting zoo, John Deere rides and more… So needless to say, Bailey had a BLAST!!

First, she played on the “horse swings” while her brothers participated in the punkin chunkin!

Then, both Hasten and Tristan walked little fearless Bailey up the mighty tall slide:

, about 10′ tall, and slid down the bumpy ride to the bottom with Bailey snuggly in their laps.

Then, we saw goats (and fed them)

and a cow (and fed it too), pigs and even a donkey named Radar!

Then she got to meet the two big horses pulling the hay wagon,

followed by getting to go on the wagon ride itself!

After that, she got to play in the corn. Literally. They had filled up huge pools with corn and you just plunked your kid in there to play. Bailey was fine, but didn’t want to sit down, prompting Johnny’s standard muttering of “you’re such a GIRL!”

And, to that end, we headed over to have our faces painted, which Bailey wanted no part of, until I did it first. Johnny picked a jack o lantern out for me. Once she figured out what the heck was going on, she was on board for a kitty nose and whiskers! (yes, Katie, just for you!!)


Hasten got a “fall tree” with bats included and, shockingly enough, Tristan got a baseball!

Then, we painted pumpkins…


and also picked out some bigger ones we wanted to take home for carving. By this time, Bailey (and I) were getting tired and ready to head home. But, we had one last item on our list: the John Deere train. Bailey piled in like a trooper and was ok, until they started moving.


But, after being pulled around the loop, she was ready to go again!


And then changed her mind when Johnny tried to put her back in. So, we called it a day and headed home.

We stopped and picked up some McDonald’s (where she got fries, ate some of my burger and begged for (and got) sweet tea!!


When she was all done, she was out cold (well fed and tired to the bone) in just a matter of minutes! See the tired kitty here:


Overall, it was a great family day!!


Hello? Hello? Computer?
October 20, 2011

For you Star Trek fans, you can recall one of the scenes in one of the more recent movies where Scotty picks up an “age old” mouse and asks, “Hello? Hello? Computer?” because he can’t fathom that computers aren’t voice activated. (Of course, Siri is changing that quickly. Thank you, Apple!!!)

Today, when Johnny brought Bailey home, she actually repeated this scene. (Apparently EVERYTHING has the potential to be a phone nowadays!)

And, Johnny got it on his phone….

First you dial…


Then you speak into the mouse, “Hello?”


And, it’s for Mama!


More Shoes!
October 19, 2011

Today, I get a text from Johnny that contains this picture…


So, while I’m trying to figure out why on earth my HUSBAND has MY HIGH HEELS in the BATHROOM, I get this…


First, big sigh of relief! Johnny isn’t secretly wearing my shoes. Although it’s a little blurry, it’s not hard to determine the TRUE culprit, especially since I’ve been specifically telling her to leave those shoes alone in the closet. I think she’s entranced by the bling…

While I’m pondering how the heck she got these out of the bottom rung of my closet shoe rack (behind a whole bunch of other junk), I get this…


So, while I’m now fretting that she’s trying to wear them, which will, no doubt, wind up in a broken neck (because given the number of bruises scattered on her legs and feet, she’s obviously inherited my lack of Grace… Wait til Daddy reads this one! I just bet there will be a comment!!!), I finally get one last picture…


Meaning, with a sigh of total relief, that she’s also inherited my common sense (let that one go, Daddy!!) and has switched to sensible flats!! She’s so smart!!!

Photography from the Toddler Perspective
October 15, 2011


Just in case you couldn’t guess, today’s photo is brought to you by none other than Miss Bailey herself! We went over to Aunt Karen’s house to celebrate her birthday.

And here’s the photo I took once I got my phone back. As you can see, she was SOOOOO thrilled!


And here she is trying to BE the birthday present!!



Bailey’s Shoe Obsession
October 14, 2011

This morning while I was trying to get dressed, Bailey brought me a single black shoe out of my closet.

BUT, she didn’t hand it to me, she set it on the ground and WORE it to me. Then stepped out of it and went to retrieve the other one. And wore it into the bedroom, too!

Then, she proceeded to put both of them on and walk back out of the room, only to get out of the black pair and into a pair of gold ones. Which she promptly wore back into my bedroom. This went on about 3 more times until I told her it was time to go. BUT, not before I got some of it on video.

So, for all you, BaileyDailyphiles, click here to see it yourself!!

Up! Down! Wiggle! Flap!
October 13, 2011

While watching Ni-hao, Ki-lan (basically a Dora knockoff that uses Chinese instead of Spanish) this evening, they started to do, what they called the “dragon dance.” They instructed for you to jump up, crouch down, wiggle your body and then flap your arms (like the chicken dance!)

Needless to say, I was floored when Bailey started flapping her arms. Then, she was trying to wiggle (which was quite funny!) And finally started running around the room jumping (which is a new milestone as we just started working on that the past couple weeks). She clears a good inch off the ground though!!)

They kept chanting, “Up! Down! Wiggle! Flap!” and although the speed was way too fast for her, she kept picking up a specific piece and doing that one. I was just happy to see that letting her watch a little tv (restricted solely to Nick Jr. because they have shows like this AND no commercials) before she goes to bed might actually be teaching her something.

I’m actually so happy I just might do the dragon dance! 😉

No picture because I was prepared, but I did take this one for Johnny who wanted to see how her face looked this morning after she fell out of her chair last night and smashed her nose into re corner of a tv in her room. OUCH! and it further blackened her eye 😦


Of course, she’s grinning hard saying “CHEEEEEESE!” That’s my girl!!



My Friend Froggie
October 12, 2011

Bailey’s newest “obsession” is Froggie, pictured here:


He is actually not a new obsession, per se, but rather an old resurfaced one. Originally a baby shower gift from her Great-Aunt Ann, he’s actually been in and out of her crib since pretty much day one that she came home. That being said, I guess he’s providing her some needed comfort on these dreary Fall mornings for that long 15 minute ride to “Steph-nie’s”.

Good news is she is willing to give him up when asked:


He went with us into he grocery store and the lady asked “what’s his name?” She wasn’t too impressed when I just said “Froggie.” I guess I could have told her, “Just wait until you meet Bob!”

The Devil is in the Details
October 11, 2011

Or, if you look close, you’ll find her in the Dollar General!!

Johnny found this cute headband…


And when I commented that “all she needs now is a pitchfork”, it magically appeared!!


If anyone has any doubts, feel free to offer to babysit!!!

But, I guess I can look at the silver lining… Bailey is obviously going to be an early starter… The terrible twos are in full swing at only 20 months!!

Bug Bites/Bee Stings & Benadryl’d Bailey Bear
October 10, 2011


Saturday, when looking at some houses in Warrenton, Bailey was stung by a bee or bit by a bug or had SOMETHING DO SOMETHING detrimental to her face, right under her left eye. It made a small welt and we didn’t think anything of it.

Fast forward to Sunday morning. Bailey wakes up with a small part under her left eye swollen. Throughout the day, it continued to get worse. By nightfall, it was starting to swell above her eye as well. A phone call to the pediatrician on call resulted in “a teaspoon of Benadryl every 6 hours, but it’s not an emergency unless her eyeball isn’t moving.” I REALLY don’t like that specific, in my opinion, seriously uncaring doctor. If her eyeball stops moving, I’m going into full blown panic mode, versus the partial panic mode I’m in already?!?

Monday morning, Bailey is up by 5:30 and her eye is almost swollen completely shut. Johnny and I both take off work to head to Dr. Bunge, who says she IS having an allergic reaction, but she’s also concerned infection is setting in. So, now poor little Bailey Bear is on Benadryl every 6 hours (even to the point of waking her up at 1:00 am to make sure she doesn’t miss a single dose) and twice a day antibiotics.

But, the good news is that she seems a little better this evening, although the Benadryl is NOT a good fit for her. After her dose at 7:00, she ran around the living room for almost 30 minutes.

At full speed.

Giggling like a maniac.

Hmmmmmm. I think Stephanie might have her work cut out for her this week!!

Going… Going….


October 6, 2011

Yesterday, Hasten and I took Bailey to the playground across the street at the school. Bailey played on the kindergarten set, swung on, I think, each swing on the entire place (click to see a video!), and the tallest slide that went supper fast. But, her favorite thing appeared to be going up the stairs on the kindergarten set and “sliding” back down them.

Pitter. Patter. Pitter. Patter. Pitter. UP! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! And down! GIGGLE!!!


You can also see a video here:

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