Saturday, February 26, 2011

The day I became really dumb

On Tuesday, my kid locked himself in the car. I realize phrasing it as such might appear as though I'm deflecting all blame and responsibility. That is certainly not the case. I just mean to say, he had the keys in his hand, and literally locked himself in the car.

The day started off kind of exciting when I awoke to realize my two teacher friends had the day off due to weather. I quickly made plans to meet them at the mall playground.

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The before-the-incident pictures. Doesn't he look like such a big boy?

We left the mall to go to lunch. That's when I made dumb decision #1: I let Will hold my keys while I strapped him in his carseat. He's usually an excellent car rider (thank goodness, as it makes the decision to keep him rear-facing THAT much easier). However, he does tend to fight me when I buckle him in.

Will grabbed my keys, they pacified him, and that made me happy. So, I let him have them.

This led to dumb decision #2: Not wanting to hear the inevitable screams as I ripped the beloved keys from his chubby hands, I let him hold them while I put the stroller in the car.

This was quickly followed by dumb decision #3: closing the back car door.

As soon as I closed the trunk, I heard the *beep* which meant Will was locked in the car. With my keys. And the diaper bag. And my phone. Seriously, is your mouth hitting the floor over how stupid I am?

Luckily my friend was still a couple rows over. She came over with her phone and I called Mike. No answer. I called the police and they said they'd be there soon. Meanwhile we were trying to coax Will to "press the button" (as if he understood what that meant). All the while he smiled at us and ate crackers from his snack cup. A little bit of honesty for you: the thought crossed my mind, "If my camera wasn't locked in there with him, would I be taking pictures right now?"

Miraculously, Will did "press the button" and, just like that, the door was open and our little situation was over. I called and cancelled the police.

The whole thing only lasted about 5 minutes, yet many lessons were learned. Like, sometimes it's better to let your kid cry than to end up on Frederickburg's Most Wanted List.
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The rest of our week was certainly less eventful, but still fun.

I used some of Will's Valentine's Day money to get him some Playdoh. I think he would've enjoyed it more if he could eat it.
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And on the subject of food, I've been getting Deceptively Delicious 'round here. Anyone have that book? I spent last weekend pureeing veggies to incorporate into new recipes. Cauliflower in the mashed potatoes, sweet potato in the chicken nuggets. Ya know, sneaky stuff like that.

For lunch, Will had a whole wheat pita pizza (with spinach!) and a chocolate chip cupcake (with yellow squash and pumpkin!).
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So far, so good. It gets this little boy (and his parents) eating more veggies.

That's about all I have in me. It's been a... uh.... interesting?... week.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Getting outside

I never expected to go so long without posting. But, you see, I just couldn't help it. Because late last week, we enjoyed temperatures in the 70's. That's right. 70's. In February.

To say it was amazing would be a complete understatement. We spent every second we could outside and we loved it.
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These pictures are so over-exposed, but I just can't help lovin' them.

Mike and I have a little tradition that started before Will was even a figment of our imagination. On the first warm day of the season, we take a day off and go to the zoo. I love the zoo.

Normally we go to the one in DC, but having to drive in and out of the city on a Friday afternoon is enough to induce panic and anxiety. Luckily I talked Mike into driving to Richmond instead.

It was our first time at the Richmond Zoo and I have mixed feelings about it. So much so, that I debated whether or not to post pictures of our afternoon there. But you should know, I'm HIGHLY sensitive about animal issues. For instance, we make regular donations to animal causes and will NEVER attend a circus. Also, it might be worth noting that I have, in fact, called Animal Control on an elementary school because their rabbits looked cold. See? I'm kind of a weirdo. Feel free to ignore me.

This particular zoo is literally someone's backyard. To me, it totally gave off a "I'm going to put up some cages, buy some exotic animals, and charge people to come see them" vibe. But Mike told me I was being a tad dramatic, so I decided to share just a few pictures after all.
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Mike took this picture and I couldn't love it more. (Edited to add: I just noticed the eye goop. Ewwwwwwwwwww!)
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This series of pictures really make me laugh. Little baby climbing, dangling himself right above his Momma, being such an instigator. Then Momma deciding enough was enough and snatching his little butt down. All while Daddy just looks on.

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Hello, cool, new, light-up Toy Story sneakers.
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On Saturday night, Lindsay came over to baby-sit, and Mike and I had a beautiful dinner out. It was our first restaurant meal as a two-some since September 2009. It was amazing. We had drinks at the bar, ordered steaks, and had some cheesecake for dessert. The time away as a couple was so refreshing, it had us asking, "Why, again, did we wait so long to do this?"

Look at us all dressed up for a night on the town--
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Wait - what's that? Huh. Funny, I hadn't even noticed.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yesterday was Valentine's Day...

Were you feeling the love?
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Yes, Chewie is the best cat ever. Will needs to hold his 'meh' (meow) at least once a day. There's no hissing or biting while Will nearly squeezes his head off, pokes his eyes, or has a taste of his ear. Love our Chewie.

I know some like to call it a Hallmark holiday (which I guess is true), but what's wrong with a little fun in February?

Gone are the days of Mike's grand romantic gestures (our first year in this house he surprised me with a dining room set I had been eyeing at Pier 1). Now we settle for a card, maybe some flowers, maybe a meal out. We actually have a babysitter for Saturday - it will be our first childless restaurant meal since September 2009.

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Will got some valentines from Grandma and Grammy (who included $5 - $3 for new balloons and $2 for his piggy bank) He scored a new touch and feel book (his faves!) and some Toy Story sneakers that light up. Even his little friends sent him some cards.
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We met Mike for lunch. We played outside in our unusually warm 65 degree weather. We took pictures with my new 50 mm lens (a gift from Mike!).

A little baking, a little indulging...
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Yeah, it was a good day.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Great Wolf Lodge

It's Saturday night. I'm exhausted and a newly delivered box of Thin Mints is calling my name. A short post with a few pictures to share.

I heard through mostly second hand sources that Great Wolf Lodge is a good time. I didn't seriously consider going until I heard a commercial on the radio about their winter special. Mike and I discussed it and decided to go. Two days and a night seemed the perfect length of time.

There are many fun activities for the kiddos (mostly the older crowd), but the real reason everyone goes: the indoor water park.

I can't even tell you how much fun it was to take Will swimming in the dead middle of winter.
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I love his Target swimsuit. And his big ol' pot belly.

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Yes, I'm pretty sure he's a water baby.
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Will points at EVERYTHING saying, "Dat" and "Dis." For all you non-speakers of Toddler, he's saying "That" and "This." Or maybe that was fairly obvious.

Several times a day it snows in the lobby.
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Pretty darn exciting when you're a 16 month old. Or a 29 year old. It's the little things, you know?
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So he's not the best sleeper in the Pack and Play... but all in all it was a fabulous time. Think we might have to do it again next year.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg

Winter is kicking our butts. We're cold. We're bored. We're going crazy in this house of ours.

Mike and I decided that a little getaway was in order. Nothing crazy. Just a night at Great Wolf Lodge (about 2 hours away).

Colonial Williamsburg is only a short drive from the resort, so we decided to stop for a little visit.
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Will loves sticks and rocks and hates wearing his mittens. He's such a boy.
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It was so cold, we only walked for a short while.
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I admit it. I kind of like old cemeteries. I find them interesting, even though that probably makes me creepy.
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Colonists!
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Cobblestones!
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Thomas Jefferson!
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A delicious lunch with a well-behaved 16 month old!
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Next stop: Great Wolf Lodge.