Eric, Lindsay and Rylie

Eric, Lindsay and Rylie

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last 2 Days of Fun

We had our final two fun days of Christmas Vacation, though there are still 4 days left for us to recuperate from all the fun:

On Tuesday we went to the Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe. Rylie got to ride the rides. The first ride was the carousel, on which she got to ride on Spirit's Mom, this was a very big deal and she was happy to talk about the fact that she rode on Spirit's mom during the rest of the rids.
Next we went on a Diego Van that went up in the sky in circles...mom was a little scared of the heights but Rylie thought it was fun to ride on the "school bus".

Then we went on a Train ride, that was fine, but not as exciting as Spirit's Mom.

Then Daddy took Rylie on a balloon ride, she thought that was great, not only was dad on the ride with her, but it was like Minty's balloon (a new My Little Pony video she got for Christmas).

Then mom and Rylie went on Blues Clues, which was fun, but she had ridden before.

Then Dad and Rylie rode the big trucks around the moose.

The day was full of excitement and Rylie didn't want to leave, but mom and dad had had enough of holding Rylie in long lines, it was very busy.

On Wednesday we went to the Minnesota Children's Museum. They had a special dinosaur exbit that was the highlight of the trip for Rylie. We had been telling Rylie for days that we were going to go see dinosaur , so on Wednesday morning when she woke up and we asked what she wanted to do, she said "go see dinosaurs!" That was the first room we went to, they had a bunch of dinosaurs and even dinosaur eggs.
Rylie enjoyed petting all the dinosaurs and one even got a hug.
She says her favorite was the T-Rex, and he as scary. She says he was trying to "eat my hand."
Rylie also liked the baby room that had some little slides and bridges you could walk across.

They also had an ant room where you could call through the ant tunnels. It was a tight fit for mom, but since we didn't know where they holes came out someone had to go with her.

The other room that she liked a lot was a town, they had a bus, a post office, a doctors office, a house, a kitchen, a grocery store, and a few others. Rylie had fun in the dog house, cooking in the kitchen and grocery shopping.
After the museum we went to a famous St. Paul diner called Mickey's Diner. It was quite the experience, we sat at the counter and watched the cook make all the food. It was very small inside and very busy. Rylie got 2 big Mickey Mouse pancakes that the cook made special for her. When he asked her name and we tole him it was Rylie, he said that is a boy's name, to which Rylie replied "no, I'm a big girl." The food was very good, and Rylie ate all her pancakes, we were shocked she was able to eat all of them, but then again they were really good. The Mighty Ducks I, II, III, Jingle All the Way and A Prairie Home Companion movies contain scenes that were shot on location at Mickey's.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Big Girl Bed and Swimming!

Last night Rylie slept in her big girl room. She moved some toys and stuffed animals there during the day and all day we asked her where she was going to sleep at night, to which she replied in my big girl room. But when the time came to go to bed, she wanted to sleep in her little girl room. So when Mom and Dad went to bed, we moved her;) When she woke up she did cry a little, she does not normally do that, but she said she knew where she was...in her big girl room. At nap time today she didn't want to sleep in the big girl room. I have a feeling we may be moving her for a while.

Today's fun event was that we went swimming at the Maple Grove Community Center. Last time we were there they had just opened the outdoor pool, so it had to have been in May. Rylie didn't seem to remember it. She was excited to go swimming and excited when she saw the pool, but not so excited when we went into the pool. She didn't want to walk in on her own, she wanted to be carried, and then once in the pool she would not let go of dad's neck. We held onto her for about 20 minutes before she started to get use to it. She liked the area that had bubbles (like the bathtub in mom and dads bathroom). Finally we got her to stand in the shallow end and she began walking back and forth from mom and dad. That was fun. We spent the next 45 minutes with her walking around the pool. She liked to "dip", go up and down in the shallow water by bending her knees. She also liked to jump in the pool, or have mom and dad help her jump in the pool (she was not ready to jump alone). She tired to go under water and dad had to show her how to hold her breath with her mouth closed so that she would stop swallowing the water. Overall it was a very fun time, she was not ready to leave so mom and dad offered her a chocolate malt (shake) from McDonalds. She was promised this yesterday when mom and dad rented a movie and we came home only to have her ask where the cheesy burger and chocolate malt where?

We also have a new word...Glassable which means breakable. As we have told her things are glass and breakable she has created and learned the meaning on Glassable meaning don't touch.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Princess and the Frog


Yesterday we took Rylie to see her 1st movie at the movie theater...Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Every time she saw the commercial she asked to watch the movie, so we finally got to go see it. She did very well, she was very impressed with the big TV. When the movie was starting she was making comments about all the things on the screen..."those are stars" "I love dalmatians" "that is a frog." We had to keep telling her not to talk, the theater was pretty busy. She tried to sit in her own set for awhile, but that didn't last too long. Once it got dark she ended up on Mom's lap. She did get a little tired during the movie, since it was so dark, but she didn't fall asleep. Towards the end of the movie she was back and forth between Mom's lap and Dad's lap. She is pretty proud today of the fact that she saw The Princess and the Frog in a movie theater, but I don't know if she would sign up to go to another movie anytime soon. Tomorrow we are going to the swimming pool and she has said she will be going down the toddler slide by herself. Last time we went to the swimming pool was last winter, so we'll see if she remembers it.

Daddy, Rylie and Mommy Snowman

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning

So yesterday Santa came to our house. On Christmas Eve Rylie was telling us that Santa was not going to come, and low and behold he must have dropped a present on his way flying over our house because 1 present ended up coming early. Christmas morning when Rylie woke up I told her that Santa came and brought her presents, to which she replied, no he didn't. Keep in mind that Rylie says no to just about everything right now. So we went downstairs and what was there? Presents.
Every time she would get a gift to open she would tell us that it was "a big present" I think of the 20ish presents she got only 2 were not big. She would open one present and then be excited to get what ever it was, lets use a horse as the example. Then she would get another present and before she even opened it would say "its another horse." The good thing was that most the items had multiple so she would get 2 horses, 1 princess dolls, 2 books, etc. She was just so happy with the 1st one that she need a 2nd one (see post on the other Cookie). 2 must always be better than 1 in Rylie world. There was 1 present that she was not sure what is was, so she said oh a box, still happy as can be...it was the game Memory so that she can find the match. She thought for about 1/2 the presents that she needed mommy to help open them, until mommy went to the other room to get a garbage bag and she realized that if she did it herself she didn't have to wait on me. That is when her new favorite phrase came into play..."I do it my big self." Right now everything is about doing it her big self...walking, getting out of the car, taking off her coat, anything she can try to do her big self she does. She was pretty good about knowing what was in each gift with just the smallest hint, The My Little Pony symbol, she knew it was Ponies, the yellow dress on the doll she knew was Snow White, the mice on the back of the box she knew was Cinderella. Now all she wants to do is play with her toys, we went to Target this morning and as soon as we got home she ran it to play with her toys. Most of the playing is with the new barn and horses, to which she points and says "That's Rylie Barno." Not sure why she adds an "o".
Oh, and for that one thing she wanted...another Cookie...the new cookie is not as great as old Cookie, she wants him with her, but he does not get the privileges that old Cookie gets, sitting on the table, sleeping in bed, going to the store. I wonder what would have happened if we had just switched out old Cookie? She did think that new Cookie was old Cookie when she saw him in the stocking, but when she saw that there were 2 Cookies she squealed with joy.



Friday, December 25, 2009

Rylie Christmas 2009 (90 photos), by Lindsay Eden


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Doggie Shirt

This morning Rylie got up and I started to dress her for school. I had picked out her baby leopard outfit, but she said "No mommy I want to wear my doggie shirt." She has a number of doggie shirts so I pulled out the one that she tells everyone has cookie on it but "No mommy, not that one." So I tried for the red long sleeve tee shirt with a dog on it. She wore that last week, but I was really hoping that she didn't want the red dog sweater that I bought for Christmas. Everything she wears to daycare ends up a stained mess. But I am sure you can guess what the response was to that red tee shirt..."No mommy the other red doggie shirt." I pulled it out and she says "yes that one." I told her that if she wore it she could not spill on it or get it dirty, "no mommy I will not spill on it." She got to wear it and it actually made it home clean. Maybe I should try that everyday.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rylie and I went to the mall today with my friend Amy for lunch and some shopping. We were at Old Navy and I found a yellow and white shirt for Rylie that I loved, the sad part was they didn't have her size so I picked up the same one in blue and white. I asked Rylie if she liked it and she said..."no mommy, I want a pink shirt." I told her that I didn't like pink...to which she replied "but I like pink." We knew this was going to happen someday, I just figured she would be a teenager by the time she disagreed with me, not 2:( Needless to say she got a pink shirt.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Cookie



As we are working our way to Christmas we keep trying to get Rylie to tell us what presents she wants Santa to bring her. She is not really sure what this means and thinks that you only get presents on your birthday or when the grandparents come to visit. Well today we had a break through...she told me that she would like Santa to bring her another Cookie. Cookie is her stuffed animal dog who she loves more than any other toy she has. We have been looking for another Cookie, to replace the current cookie who stinks. So I asked if Rylie got another Cookie if we could throw away this Cookie. Oh no, she would like 2 Cookies! So now that is the only present she wants for Christmas...Another Cookie. What to do? How do you deprive her of the only gift she really wants? Santa may just have to order another Cookie. It could be interesting to see what really wins out another Cookie or new toy horses. Guess we'll wait and see:)

Friday, December 11, 2009

But Mommy Said...

This morning while I was dressing Rylie I told her that today is Friday, so that means tomorrow she doesn't have to go to school. She didn't seem to take much into what I said. As I told her goodbye when I was leaving for work she told me to put on my coat, hat and mittens. As I got to work I received a phone call from Daddy telling me that he was told by Rylie that mommy said she didn't have to go to school today. I guess she was listening but didn't understand the meaning of tomorrow. Opps! Maybe I'll try again tomorrow.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Big Dog Party!

Yesterday at daycare they got to bring their favorite bedtime story. Rylie picked to take the book "Go Dog Go" which is one of her favorites. She has heard this book so many times that she knows a lot of the key parts. One part that is repeated a number of times is "Do you like my hat?" to which Rylie states the next line "I do not like your hat." Well at daycare when they read it to the class she made it almost to the end of the book when the dogs are headed to the tree. The book asks "Why are they going to that tree? Will they work there? Will they play there?" At this point Rylie yells out..."They are going to a Big Dog Party!" The teachers thought this was pretty funny. I am surprised that Rylie was able to contain herself until the end of the story, I thought fore sure she would have been helping them read the whole story, not just giving away the end.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How do the Piggies Eat?

Yesterday Rylie put her tongue on something medal outside at daycare and got it stuck. She got it un-stuck fine and they said it didn't seem to bother her, she did have a little bloody spot on it when we got home. So in keeping with the Christmas Story theme I had an idea of another thing in that movie that I might should try with her. She is not wanting to eat anything right now. The last 2 nights we had chocolate chip Mickey Mouse and Snowman pancakes so that she would at least eat something, and I got to thinking maybe I could teach her to eat like a pig. That worked in A Christmas Story with the mashed potatoes, right? The downfall would be the mess, not just for me but for Rylie who can't deal with "sticky" hands, I hate to think what she would do with a sticky face. Nala and Kodi would be happy to clean her up after if need be, I'm sure.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Taking a Break

Rylie does not want to ride in a cart at the stores right now and as soon as you get to the back of a store she wants to be carried...at 30+lbs that is not ideal. Today at Home Depot Rylie was being a bit crazy. She was dancing and running around. As we go into the car Eric told her she was not listening. To which Rylie replies..."I am not going to listen, I am going to take a break!" We assume that is what they kind of call a time out at daycare. They are not able to give time outs but they have "quite time" where they sit and read a book away from the other kid - or "take a break". We may need to change time outs to taking breaks at home...it seemed to work for nap time today as well.

What is the meaning of a word?

You can always tell when Rylie is trying to learn the meaning of a word. When they learned shapes everything was a "circle" for a while. Matching was a big one...everything was "kind of a match" for months. Now they are working on sizes so everything is "kind of the same size". We are getting better at not just agreeing. With things being kind of a match you could usually find something about them that was kind of a match...same color, same shape, but never really a true match. With the same size we are saying "no, which one is bigger" and she usually knows the answer. The other thing that we keep trying to get her to understand is what is a names. She thinks all dalmatians are named dalmatians and they are not dogs. For whatever reason the other one we did to explain names was what are mom and dad's names. She got that figured out really fast, she nows if you ask her what is mom's name that it is Lindsay and if you ask what is dad's name it is Eric. Then you ask what is Rylie's name and she tells you her name is "big girl". Ahh, we were getting so close.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Disney and Nanny



Grandma and Grandpa Disney came up for Thanksgiving with Nanny to celebrate an early Christmas. Rylie had a lot of fun opening presents and Grandpa Disney was a big help with the presents. Grandma Disney couldn't help open them because their dog Maddy was so afraid of Nala and Kodi that she would not get off of Grandma Disney's lap. Rylie got some horses, a sleeping bag, books, Ariel, and fake food. Nanny got her some doll furniture with a baby doll. It was a lot of fun feeding the baby the fake food. Rylie especially enjoyed the "coke" which she wanted to share with everyone.

Sunday Morning

Rylie: "Daddy I need a drink".
Daddy: "Would like milk?"
Rylie: "No"
Daddy: "How about orange juice?"
Rylie: "No Daddy, I want a special drink."
Daddy: "Okay...how about some chocolate milk?"
Rylie: "Yes, that is a special Drink"

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Everybody Shake It

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I Have Sticky Hands

Rylie has this thing where when her hands are dirty after eating she tells us that she has sticky hands, then she knows we will wipe them off for her. Last weekend Dad put her down for a nap. This is a very hard thing for her to do on weekends (nap) so typically she plays in her room alone for a while or will cry for a while before falling asleep. So after a while of fussing Dad went up to check on her. She says "Daddy I have sticky hands." This is a bit odd because she has no food in her room. So Eric turns on the light and she has poop on her hands. She had put her hand in her diaper after going poop and was not happy to now have it on her hands. I am down stairs and Eric yells..."Lindsay get up here!" It was actually pretty funny, most likely because she didn't touch anything after doing it. Just to be safe we did quick take off all her clothes and bedding to be washed. All I can think is how lucky it was that Eric turned on the lights before checking her hands...I don't think I would have done that.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The World at Night

It continues to get darker earlier each day on top of the fact that I was downtown this afternoon, the normal daily pickup was a bit different today. Rylie and I went out to the car, and she says to me..."kind of dark outside, time to go night night." That was the common phrase over the summer, we may need to re-think that now, that is if we plan on seeing any bit of Rylie. I did tell her that she couldn't go night night because we had not eaten dinner, that really gave her something to think about. To through off our normal ride home, I also did not have the van, which to Rylie means no TV:( She was very quite on the way home, then as we are driving through our neighborhood she yells out "Kind of Like SPARKLEWORKS!" which was really just a house with the Christmas lights on. Sparkleworks is her My Little Pony who has fireworks on its butt. She has been obsessed with this pony for many months, and only resently did we finally win one on eBay. It is one from a few years back that is mentioned in some of the My Little Pony books. Anything that sparkles or lights up is kind of like Sparkleworks; fireworks, stars, Christmas lights. On the way up to take a bath, Rylie looks outside and tells me that Bambi's fly in the sky like birds. Now I am sure she is referring to Santa's reindeer, but I am not sure where she learned about that. I keep trying to read her Christmas books at bedtime, but she does not want us to read her stories right now...the closest we can get is to go through picture books and let her tell us what the pictures are. Maybe someday soon she can read us the bedtime stories.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Who is Santa...I want to go see Bambi!

Friday night we put Rylie to bed and told her that in the morning we would go see Santa and Bambi. That was not the thing to say. She went to bed great, but the next day all she could talk about was going to see Bambi. We had to wait about 45 minutes to see Santa, which she did a good job and sat on his lap. She didn't cry, but getting her to smile was a bit hard.

They also had a fire truck that you could get your picture by, the fireman asked Rylie what grade she was in...we replied that she was 2. She is bit big for her age, but come on, I don't think she could pass for kindergarten quite yet.



After seeing Santa we had to wait about 30 more minutes for the Reindeer (aka. Bambi) to come out. That was the high light of her day. The bad part was that so many people were trying to get around the small area that it was hard to get up to see them. I have to say many of the adults were worse than the kids. One lady was petting the Reindeer for so long, come on, there are little kids that want to do that. Anyway Rylie did get her turn and was very pleased to get to see Bambi. So on Sunday we were going to go get lunch and she runs out the door to the car to "Go See BAMBI!!!" Poor kid, Bambi is a once a year event. The good news is that our neighbor got a bunch of the light up deer for her back yard, so one of these days when she turns them on, Rylie will be so excited to see that the Bambi's that live at Target (she calls them out every time we go) now live next door. We are also thinking of getting a couple for our yard, so that she can spend the evenings watching Bambi out the window.
This afternoon we put of the Christmas decorations. Rylie was napping while we did it and when she woke up and saw her singing dog from last Christmas she was trilled. Her first words were "That is Mine!" Then she would push his paw so that he would be "Singing to me". She kept pulling Eric and I over to see him and kept telling us to "Tie it" (Try it). Then the Christmas Tree broke (mom's fault) and she got sad and gave it a hug and a kiss. Dad finally got the Tree fixed, he used screws rather than the original idea of duct tape. And Rylie got into the fun of hang the ornaments, that was until she found a couple horse ornaments, and that was the end of Rylie helping. I am pretty sure those ornaments will not end up on the tree this year, they may get to spend the season with the rest of the horses, in the basket under the TV.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fun at School

Rylie must be tasting good again, she has gotten bit twice at daycare this week. We had this issue when she was in the infant room and they told us that it never happens in the infant room but that it is a big problem in the toddler room. I guess the good thing is that she is not the one doing the bitting, but when she was in the infant room they said the kids usually work it out themselves by bitting back, so I kind of wonder why doesn't she bit back, most likely because she is too nice and doesn't know what bitting is. That or she knows that it hurts because she keeps getting bit.
Yesterday when Eric dropped her off at school the teacher and kids were looking at pictures in a book and one picture was of a horse, so the teacher says "Rylie will want to see this, Rylie come here, what is that?" to which Rylie reply's "That is kind of like Sparkleworks!" the teacher says "no Rylie that is a horse" and Rylie says "kind of like Sparkleworks." Now Eric is standing there through this whole thing but does not think to explain to the teacher that Sparkleworks is a My Little Pony, Rylie's favorite one that she just finally got this week. We had this same issue when she kept asking the teachers for Cookie...she wanted her dog Cookie...they thought she was talking about the food.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween


We went trick or treating tonight. Rylie had a great time. She told me that she wanted to "trick or treat all long night." Mom took her to about 20 houses and she got a ton of great candy. I only had to carry her to the last 3 houses. She was pretty good at saying trick or treat and thanks-welcome, she even told a few people she would see them tomorrow. Every time she saw other kids she got all excited to see all the "boys," for some reason all kids are boys. We also went to a house that was playing scary music, I told her it was spooky and all she did was start to dance. When we came back home she wanted to look at all her candy and eat everything. But she only got to have a few M&M before Dad took her back out. They went to about 20 more house and as soon as they go to the point where they were going to turn around to head back she tells dad she is tired and needs carried. I don't think they hit may houses on the way back. She got to had out some treat to trick or treaters after she got home. One little boy who lived in our court came dressed as a dinosaur, Rylie was excited to see the dinosaur; which at dinner tonight Rylie decided she would rather be a dinosaur than a dalmatian, maybe next year. She was exhausted at bedtime. She got a bath to take off all the face paint and fell right asleep after her book. I wonder what she will think tomorrow when she can't go trick or treating for another year.

"Where is Cookie?"


We have begun to learn a big downfall to mom picking up from daycare...Cookie is still at work when Mom and Rylie get home:( Rylie hates to leave Cookie (her stuffed dog) for any reason he comes everywhere, but stays in the car, because dogs are not allowed in Target. Well in the morning he goes with Dad and Rylie to daycare, but has to stay in the car. Well everyday when I get to daycare to pick up Rylie's first works are "where is Cookie?" to which I reply "at work with dad." We have been trying to explain that if she leaves Cookie at home with Nala and Kodi, where dogs belong, then Cookie will be home when Rylie gets there, but she can't bring herself to leave him at home come morning. Well the other day we got home and she was reaching at the refrigerator and I thought she was thirsty but no...Cookie was on top of the refrigerator, Dad had finally won. Not that it lasted. I think Dad's motivation to leave Cookie at home is more due to the fact that as soon as he gets home Rylie runs to him...not because she is happy to see him...because "where is Cookie?". Now she can't figure out that if she leave Cookie at home during the day it is better for her, but then come today, she gets done with lunch and I say "are you ready for a nap?" To which she replies "no, I just woke up." Now how can she understand that? Well tonight is Trick or Treating and the big question will be if Cookie gets to go too?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Maple Grove's Halloween Event





We went to a Halloween event this weekend for little kids in Maple Grove. They had easy games for them to play, such as roll the pumpkin down the hill. For playing the games the kids got a piece of candy or some other prize. Rylie got 2 suckers...which due to a lack of knowledge she decided that they were called Dingle-Hoppers. Where did she came up with that name you ask? Well on the movie "The Little Mermaid" the seagull does not know what a fork is and he tells her it is a Dingle-Hopper. So as much as we try to tell Rylie they they are suckers, she is sure they are Dingle-Hoppers. She also got a balloon animal, it was a dog for about 2 minutes before it came apart, but then she decided that it was a snake. Pair that up with the glow in the dark bracelet that would not stay in a circle and she had a mommy snake and a baby snake. Rylie had a very good time, every day she gets down her Halloween Basket and admires the treasures that she got.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Winter?...Oh look at the Snow!

Winter apparently decided to come early this year. Saturday morning we woke to snow, then on Monday it snowed even more. Rylie was pretty excited about the look of snow, but didn't know what to think of the feel of snow. At daycare they spent Monday morning outside playing in the snow. They built a snowman. He was actually pretty big, which surprised me since typically the early snows do not stick that well. We were the smart family this year and we bought her snow boots on Sunday so she was all ready to play in the snow. That is one thing you learn working in merchandising at Target...buy the kids boots as soon as they hit stores, otherwise they are gone. I have to say the snow excites me about as much as it does Rylie. With the new commute it did slow me down a bit, I was about 3 minutes later than normal, what do you do when you work less than 5 miles from home?
Rylie also got her seasonal flu shot yesterday. I think she cried more in the waiting room because they had not toys (removed due to H1N1 I suppose) and I wouldn't let her read the books (same thought as removing the toys). She cried when they gave her the shot, but the nurse made up for the pain with the My Little Pony sticker she got afterwards...kind of like they planned on Rylie being there.
Grandma Disney arrived today...so Rylie and her will have a fun fill rest of the week at home. I am sure Rylie will want to watch Cinderella or Bambi all long day. Though the plan is to make some homemade play dough and a cake. The big test will be if Rylie actually takes a nap for Grandma Disney. She fights that on Saturday's and I tell you, Sunday is never fun after a non-nap Saturday. Crabby! I'll be sure to update you on the fun days.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Taking Care of Her Big Sisters


So the dogs had been out in the rain for a while tonight. They come in all wet and are laying on the sofa. Rylie goes to pet them and realizes they are wet...what to do? Oh yes, if it is wet dry it off. So I suggest that she get a towel. At that she moves a kitchen chair so that she can reach the top of the table and gets a napkin. She then takes it to Nala and wipes her off, then she wipes off Kodi. The napkin is soaking wet now. So I tell her to throw it again and I get her a real towel, she then spends 15 minutes going back and forth between the 2 dogs drying them off. I don't think they thought it was cute...but I sure did. Boy does she lover her puppies:)

Monday, September 28, 2009

All Long Day

Today Rylie didn't want to go back to school, her plan was to stay home and "watch Bambi all long day." This is her new saying for all day long. She wants to do everything all long day. So tonight when we started our usual fight to go to sleep, she decided that she would pull the "I have to potty" bit and when she got on the toilet she said she was going to go "potty all long day." That would not have been very much fun for me, so we tried for 5 minutes then went back to bed. She was actually pretty good when Eric called to talk to her. She didn't let him talk, but she did talk to him. She said "hello, its me" over and over until I finally took the phone away. When she was in bed she asked where daddy was, I said daddy's gone and she says oh and that was that. I guess she understood that better than when I told her Wisconsin earlier today. I am just hoping she sleeps all night. Last night she woke up at 2am. We have just moved to bring her to bed with us when she does that, but tonight I won't be able to sleep if I do that, for fear that she will fall out of bed without the 2 of us to sleep between. I have to say the 2am is better than when she woke up at 4am a couple weekends ago, because she wanted to play horses with Grandma Disney. That morning we put her in bed with us turned on a video and went back to sleep. Someday she will be a teenager and learn the joys of sleeping in. I just hope that I can still sleep until noon at that point.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Just the Girls

Eric goes to Madison tomorrow for 3 days...so that means he is putting her to bed tonight. I think we are really going to have to be better about the rotating bed nights...it wears me out to put her to bed every night. He does do it about every 3rd night, but I think every other is fair. We went to Fleet Farm today and as soon as we walked in the store Rylie asked if we were going to see the horses. This is funny because we have only been to Fleet Farm once, recently, and we did look at the horses then, but she got her "Bambi's" that time. She was very serious about what horses she wanted today. She had some left over birthday money and we kept telling her that she could not get the horses at Target because Fleet Farm is like half the price. So she picked out the 2 she wanted. We told her she could have 3, but she only wanted 2. When we left we went to McDonald's for dinner. It use to be when ever she saw a McDonald's she wanted French Fries, but now she has learned they have something better than French Fries...chocolate shakes...or as Rylie calls it "ice cream cone". Not sure where she learned that, it use to be all ice cream was a chocolate malt. She also got some new socks today. This is the new fun thing to buy because Target sells socks with Disney characters (ie. Snow White, Ariel, etc). She got a Bambi and Thumper pair last week and I guess she kept taking off her shoes at daycare to show the teachers Bambi. They will love us now...she has enough for a different pair everyday. We'll she has been crying for a while, guess I could go check on Eric, he has not master the art of rubbing her head, leg, stomach and back. Or maybe I'll just vacuum;)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Oh no, I have to Pee!

I am so proud of Rylie's progress with potty training. She has now told me twice that she had to go potty in the potty. Saturday when she did it she not only pee-ed she pooped too! Then tonight she says "oh no, I have to pee" then she sat on the toilet for a couple minutes thinking, then gives me a big grin and the peepee comes. Now if only I could get her to go to sleep. Back to it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Home from the Wedding




So we are home from Aunt Erin's Wedding. It was a fun filled weekend. I am not sure how much sleep Rylie missed out on but she actually went to bed and napped without any issues today. That is the first time in almost a month. She did walk down the aisle without crying, but dad did have to walk with her. She was pretty good through most the ceremony (it was an hour), and I had a tight hold on her so that she could not leave the front pew. I kept looking for Eric so that I could s end he r to sit with him after she lost her thrill of playing with my flowers after about 30 minutes, but he was no where to be found. The funny part was that when Eric did his reading he was talking about God creating cattle, or something to that fact, and Rylie Moo-ed. I didn't know she even knew that cattle were cows. I was wishing that she was just 1 year old, the 3 year old flower girls did great. They actually fell asleep during the ceremony. Oh to have been that lucky. I ended up having to carry her out of the Church so my groomsman got more than he bargained for. There were a few hundred (200-300) people who Eric then had to dismiss from the church so I got to carry our 30lb daughter in very uncomfortable shoes for about 30 more minutes. While I was in that pain all I could think about was how there was no way I was going to take the provided transportation to the reception. I was a car trailer on the back of a truck with hay bales to sit on...I was picturing me with hay fever covered in hives having to leave to go home as soon as we arrived at the reception, no way. Needless to say I rode in the van with Eric and Rylie...I am way to city for some of this stuff. Rylie had the time of her life at the reception , Eric and I did not.
S he was all over the place. She tried to take out the big screen for the slide show, apparently the DJ and Eric were the only ones who noticed. Eric went outside w ith her through most the speeches, because she was being so crazy and screaming. I think she got 4 time-outs before the dancing started. That was when the fun really began for Rylie (and it was fun for us to watch) she was all about the dancing. She was ready to dance with anyone who was ready and able, or else she would dance alone. She only got hurt a could times, when too many people were on the dance f loor, or when she got to dizzy from spinning and ran into the tables. All she talked about today was how she danced with Aunt Erin or that she danced with boys. It was a fun time, but we were so glad to be home so that all 5 of us (Nala and Kodi included) could finally get some sleep.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Finally a new dishwasher

So we got our new dishwasher today. Oh what a happy day, I think we only washed dishes by hand 3 times, but I don't want to have to do that again. It is funny how the little things can excite you, like not having the silverware in the door or being able to fit cookie sheets in the bottom with plates. But I am a little upset that I paid extra for the "good brand" and they didn't put that on the outside door, come on give me something to show off.

We leave for Iowa in the morning. Aunt Erin is finally getting married. Rylie is the flower girl, so I bought her some fancy socks to wear with the dress and she told me they were not for her they were baby socks...not sure what makes socks baby socks over big girl socks? Tonight Eric got to put her to bed, she actually was kind of good tonight. It had to be the PJ day at school, it can't be that she didn't have me to manipulate. The funny thing of the night was that she discovered that daddy is fuzzy (in other words he needs to shave).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What to do with an extra 9 hours a week?...

So tomorrow is my last day in my current position. I am staying with Target, but moving to a completely new job. The good part is that I will be so close to home now, and no more bus for me:) So as I was telling everyone about the fact that I was going to be saving 9 hours a week with commuting people asked what I was going to do with the extra time. One person said I needed to start a blog. So here I am. Now the question is will I really have time for this. If I was not spending 1-2 hours a night sitting in Rylie's room and telling her to get back in bed then maybe. I tell you the kid went to bed perfectly everynight and then she turned 2. We are going on week 3 of not going to bed. The nightly reason not to go to bed changes daily. Tonight we needed to sing, last night Eric took a turn so I don't really know the reason, the night before she told Eric he had to 'leave mommy and mimi (that is what Rylie calls herself) alone'. He took that well and left me to get her to sleep. The reason she wants us to be alone is that she can manipulate mom, all she has to say is 'mommy, I play with your hair' and I am all about letting her stay up. The sad thing is that she does this every night and I never get my hair played with. She takes the comb from me then give it right back and says 'thanks, welcome'. I let this continue because I know one of these days she will truly play with my hair. As we contiune down the not sleeping path I just think of a new reason why she will go to sleep tomorrow. So tomorrow is PJ party at daycare, she get to wear pajamas and bring her favorite stuffed animal (who is her puppy Cookie). Maybe that will may her sleepy tomorrow night? So with that said I'll end this. Maybe tomorrow I can tell everyone how she went to sleep without any issues. Not likely, I know.