Archive for the ‘Playtime’ Category

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 (www.hip2save.com) 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:

I WANT CANDY!!

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“Girly Girl”
April 22, 2012


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Yesterday, Bailey and I went shopping and added a new hat to cover her head during all the upcoming ball games. I let her pick, and big surprise she chose Dora! However, I didn’t expect the fedora to be her choice. But, I must admit she makes it look goooooood! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the record, Hasten took this while I was driving…I told him that I wanted a picture of her cuteness, he took this first:

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Gotta give him props… She definitely cute in that one, too!! ๐Ÿ˜€

MAJOR rock star
April 22, 2012


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Wow… December 5th was my last entry… Not sure if anyone missed them, but I know not being able to go back and relive those days through the stories made me want to start these back up again…

Tonight, after a long day in the city with rain delayed baseball, we finally got home this evening. Bailey hasn’t been sleeping well lately due to the hectic baseball schedule we’ve been keeping, so I was hoping to be able to get her home in time to put her to bed at a reasonable hour. However, as you can see, she had other plans….

Donning her new Dora sunglasses (even at 9:30 at night, I guess that makes her a REAL musician!) she pulled her keyboard down and proceeded to play, what I think were scales!!

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Anyway, had to snap a quick photo. To which she came running over demanding to see it. And so I flipped the camera around and caught her again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Picture Day!
April 21, 2012


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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:

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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!)

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Black Friday 2011
November 28, 2011


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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!!!

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Accidents Happen
November 8, 2011


Well, I originally wrote this big ol’ long blog on how Bailey fell and cut her face and when I went to add the photos, this app locked up and crashed and I lost everything. So, this happened Saturday night…

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And I’ll post more details tomorrow when I get back to a desktop… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoying the Cool Fall Air
October 25, 2011


With me having to work late to catch up for missing yesterday, Bailey got full Daddy time this evening. As such, I got all kinds of cool photos on what I was missing…

The fun ride home from practice…

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Cracking up with Daddy & Tristan…

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Then, getting home and making one last ditch effort to stay outside since the Fall night was such a nice one!!

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I was so happy she had such a great evening and Johnny was so kind to make me a part of it the best he could!!!

Pumpkins, Goats & Kitty Face
October 22, 2011


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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 filledย 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!!)

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

Then, we painted pumpkins…

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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.

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

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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!!

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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:

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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…

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Then you speak into the mouse, “Hello?”

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And, it’s for Mama!

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More Shoes!
October 19, 2011


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

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

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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…

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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…

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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!!!

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