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Time Flies By
November 15, 2012

My wonderful brother-in-law, John, posted on Facebook tonight that he bought my nephew’s cap and gown today. My first thought was WHAT?!??? It seems like yesterday I remember his cute little self running around in a diaper!

And then their first Christmas in Missouri. They moved here in 2001 in a dreadful ice storm and were stuck in a hotel room for what seemed like months while they waited on their house! John John and Caroline were so worried Santa wouldn’t find them in a hotel! And that was almost 11 years ago. Time does indeed fly by.

So, you’re asking yourself, “What does that have to do with BAILEY???” I’m getting there. Patience, Grasshopper…

Well, after reading that post, I stumble onto a savings website ( where she posts all kinds of nifty finds on the internet that can save you big bucks. Tonight, she happened to have posted a side story about her family Christmas letter (that was a whopping 13 pages long, but good for her!) and how she was able to remember all of those little moments that happen in such a flash throughout the year. She has a cool idea that she jots down on post-it notes and sticks them to a special bulletin board. Then, at the end of the year, she’s doesn’t have to try and remember. I thought that was a great idea!

And then I realized, I already have that. Here. With the Bailey Daily. And I went back and read a couple and realized how much I missed capturing and treasuring those special moments. So, my plan is to start it back up…. So here goes!

First up… My treasured Nick Jr. doing a total belly flop with their new programming (at 9:00, they drop kids shows and show what I believe to be totally inappropriate for a 2-year-old “mom” shows). As such, Bailey has become a movie-holic. Now, granted, she rarely watches the entire movie, but she makes an effort. And with our extensive collection, she has quite a few options from which to choose!

Tonight, she selected an Easter favorite: Hop. (Of course, Johnny quipped, “You’re supposed to be watching CHRISTMAS movies!”), but Bailey is anything but traditional… So anywoo… Her favorite part is the music, big surprise! She LOVES to dance!!

So, without further ado:


Picture Day!
April 21, 2012


Yesterday, Bailey had her “short and sweet” session with Angelique Hunter, who did the fabulous photo that you see in the header of this site last May.

We arrived early and so Bailey and I went for a quick walk. I had told her we were going to the park and she kept asking when we were going to get there! (I’m guessing she thought I meant a playground park!) I snapped this with my phone as she was crossing the bridge:


She was working on the potty training really well this weekend and told me she had to pee right after we crossed. She successfully peed in the grass along the path. I kept a lookout for three leaves! (I figure Johnny will be appalled I put this in here!!)

Then when we were done, she wanted to blow more bubbles (Angelique had taken her picture with her blowing bubbles and I can’t WAIT to see how those turn out!)


Pygmy Marmoset!
December 5, 2011

Today, with Hasten in one basketball game here in Wellsville and Tristan having basketball practice in Montgomery, it’s one of those running nights. But, Johnny took pity on my fragile flu ridden health and lack of sleep and put me on Bailey duty.


So, I’ve cleaned up her room and changed her bed, started laundry and I’m taking a break to watch Bailey curl up on Quackster to watch Go, Diego, Go. (those of you NOT in the know, they rescue animals in the wild while speaking Spanish to them!)


Regardless, anyone who has watched any of these shows knows that they strive to be interactive, constantly asking questions of the kids watching them. I’ve been trying to get Bailey to understand that she can answer for a few weeks now. She normally looks at me like I’m nuts for talking to a tv.

But, tonight was a different story. Tonight Diego was rescuing Pygmy marmosets! And so when he prompted Bailey to say “pygmy”, I was floored when she responded with a crystal clear “pygmy.” Then, proceeded to repeat the process with “marmoset”! Then, she was prompted to put them together and she had “pig marmoset!” Close enough for me!!

Boy, is she smart!!!


Black Friday 2011
November 28, 2011


Although Black Friday has long been a shopping tradition with my beloved big sister, the past few years have obviously changed with the addition of Bailey into my life.

As a result, Karen wound up shopping Thanksgiving evening with her John and I stayed at home playing the Internet frenzy tagteam game. We made a heck of a successful team! But, that meant not physical fighting the crowds for me. Oh darn!

Well, about 10:30 Friday morning, I was in official Black Friday withdrawal. So, Bailey and I suited up and headed out. We were tackling Carter’s because she needs bigger jammies. And they had them on sale!

So, after being soooooo good at Carter’s, we deserved a happy meal! Which we promptly ate only the French fries sitting in the front seat in the Walmart parking lot. But, we decided to head on into Walmart and scope out any remaining deals. 30 minutes later and NOTHING but Bailey in the cart, we headed out the doors.

But, on the way (which we were walking by now because it was starting to approach naptime and we had had enough of being in the cart!) we spied $4 slippers. Bailey LOVES shoes, so I thought this would be a no brainer. There was pink smurf ones and purple (ooohhh, purple!!!) TINKERBELL ones. Another no brainer: pink smurfs! (still not sure how that happened!!!)

Bailey was gracious enough to hand them over to the lady to scan them, we paid, and out the door we went, snuggling the precious slippers to her chest. And falling asleep with clutching them in her carseat.

We get home and I’m hoping we’re going to continue our nap. No such luck. So, we settled for putting on our new slippers, climbing into my bed to watch tv and drinking the remainder of my sweet tea! (click that link to watch the video!) What a wonderful end to a wonderful day!!!


The Sugar Plum Fairy Graces Us!
October 31, 2011

Back in August, I told Johnny that I absolutely didn’t want to have to scramble at the last minute to find a costume for Bailey’s first real Halloween. So, after lots of searching, we stumbled upon this cute-as-a button “sugar plum fairy” costume. Given Bailey’s favorite color is purple (ok, it might actually be pink, given how she picks her clothes currently, but Johnny and I love purple, so hers is purple by proxy!), we thought it was appropriate! Surprisingly enough, she actually WANTED that headband piece on her head, so that was good!

Her day started off bright and early with Stephanie taking the little ones around all the businesses in Montgomery City. She was pulled along in a wagon and had a blast filling up her pumpkin!

Here the bunch is at the Montgomery City Courthouse. Like I told the ladies there, Bailey had better never set foot on the 2nd story (the actual courtrooms), but they all posed for pictures (and to warm up a little since it was a slightly chilly 40 degree morning)!


After returning home, Johnny and I put her costume back on her to go make the Wellsville friends and family rounds. The ever brilliant Johnny (hopefully he doesn’t read this as he doesn’t need a bigger ego…) figured out the best way to make her shoes work was to stuff her beloved Crocs in them and she could wear them as actual shoes! Tristan dressed up as a Charger ball player and Hasten as a surly 13-year-old! (i.e., no costume because he’s too old!) 😀

Such a great picture! I wish the camera hadn't been on the wrong setting!!


First stop was to visit Grandma at the nursing home (she works there, not lives there!) But, all of the residents were out for visiting, so Bailey turned on her charm and filled up her bucket there as well!


Then we rode around to lots of houses where Bailey finally figured out if she ran up and said “Trick Treat,” they’d give her candy. She started warming up to the idea and blowing kisses back to each person who gave her candy! Everyone thought she was too cute! She got pixie sticks from Tristan’s teacher (to whom I promptly replied I was sending them with Tristan for lunch the next day and she laughed) and then Bailey snuck into one here:


Then, she found the king of all candies, a GIANT pixie stick and was in heaven:


I just loved the little elf shoes!

Tuckered out, we got one last shot with Tristan before we headed off to change into our PJs…

I hope everyone had as happy as of a Halloween as this little Sugar Plum!

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!!

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!!



Big Girl in her First Nightgown
September 18, 2011


Finding this on sale at Sears back a few months ago, I kept waiting for it to get cool enough for her to wear it.

When I finally dug it out when the temperatures dipped today into the 50s at night, I told Johnny to be ready to take her picture because I wanted to get it. Little did I know that she was listening. When he picked up his phone, she looked right up at him and said “CHEEEEESE!l”


And he captured her perfectly! She’s just getting cuter every day!


Growing Up!!
September 3, 2011

Bailey is getting to the point where it’s time to change her bed over to a toddler bed. It’s hard to believe she’s already 19 months old!!

Today, we took off the side rail and she jumped up and down, well, just like a little kid!!!




Little Guppy
August 22, 2011


Yesterday, while the boys (big and little) were at Starz practice, the day had been warm enough for Bailey and I to get in the pool.

Since a certain person (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) has enough water fears of his own, I decided I would take the time and work with Bailey in the pool with no floaty vest. Although, same said person IS CERTIFIED in infant CPR, and thus I feel better doing such with him around, I’m not 100% sure he’d ever let it happen. So, off we went!

I was actually very surprised at how well she did. She’ll usually kick her way around the pool a few times, but mostly likes to stick to the stairs where she can touch bottom (don’t really blame her for that one!). Yesterday, however, she had a good ol’ time chasing noodles and balls and Ducky. She went completely under twice, which I was really concerned would totally freak her out, but it didn’t.

I guess you could say she took to it like a fish to water. My very own guppy!!

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