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Embrace the Camera: DJ’s Second Birthday

Last year when my baby girl’s first birthday rolled around, I couldn’t bear to not spend the day with her, so I took the day off and had some quality mommy-and-daughter time. This year I wanted to do the same thing. Today is DJ’s second birthday and since she only takes one nap now, we could squeeze a little more in than we dad list year (which wasn’t much except for a little bit of shopping).

We started by visiting the garden store. That was more for mommy, but DJ didn’t mind. After that we went to Bounce-n-Play and spent a couple of hours there, though that might not have been the best choice on mommy’s part because DJ is still a little too small and timid to climb on some of the bounce houses/slides. She had fun in the toddler area, though. We had lunch while we were there. I could tell my girl was getting tired after lunch, so we headed home, stopping on the way for some frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog. We got chocolate frozen yogurt and topped it with cheesecake cubes, strawberries, pretzels, Reese’s pieces, and cookie dough balls. DJ liked the pretzels and Reese’s best.

I didn’t take my camera along (though, I’m regretting it a little) because I didn’t want to lug it around and I wanted to try to just be present and enjoy our time together. I did take several photos with my phone, which aren’t great quality. Here’s a fun little series of photos of me and my girl after our sweet treat.

This is her favorite funny face to make. Isn’t she cute?


Simple Things Sunday: My Fearless Toddler

Miss D loves her shoes. She loves getting her cousin’s hand-me-down dress shoes out of her closet and putting them on, walking around in her Hello Kitty boots, or wearing her big brother’s sneakers. This had me thinking that perhaps she’ll be a girly girl who loves playing dress-up and changing her clothes, but this past weekend she showed me another side.

We visited family on Easter and I took three different dresses for us to choose from, some stockings, and a pair of shiny shoes for her to wear. I thought she would love being dressed up, but she wouldn’t have any of it. She wanted only her comfortable, everyday clothes with her comfortable, everyday, on-their-last-leg pair of shoes. At first, I thought this was because she was overtired and I woke her from her nap to go to the family Easter party; surely that had something to do with it.

The sour attitude didn’t last, though. She was mostly content at the party and was going strong several hours later. In fact, near the end of the party she got on a trampoline that was there with three bigger kids–all rowdy boys–and she held her own and had a blast! The oldest of the three boys even remarked “she’s tough!”

She’s a brave one. Fearless, really. And whether she grows up to be a girly girl or a tomboy, it doesn’t matter to me. I just love watching her be who she is: my girl!

Here's a photo I took of her while she was on the trampoline. The combination of the rubbery surface, the dry air, and the bouncing caused the kids with any amount of hair to have it sticking up in all directions. Add a little wind and you get a wicked mohawk!