Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Amelia had a play date with her cousins this week. She always has the best time with them. They had CFA for lunch and then played for a few hours.

By the time our company had to leave - Amelia was worn out! I needed to do something in the kitchen so I sat her in her highchair with a little snack. I looked over and she was sound asleep. She has never fallen asleep in her highchair. Ever. She took a 15-minute cat nap and was ready to go again.

Amanda came over to keep Amelia for a few hours yesterday. She's coming again today. Having a babysitter twice a week has changed my life. I'm serious. I'm so grateful to Alex for letting me have this time to take care of myself and to run my errands. Yesterday I was able to go to the chiropractor, to the post office, to Hobby Lobby, to get an oatmeal cookie & iced tea (this was the most important of the errands), to Hallmark, to the grocery store, and then headed back home.

I've pretty much bought everything for Amelia's Easter basket. I've been picking up things for a while and I only have one more thing to buy. I found several cute things in the dollar bin at Target! I always loved waking up to an Easter basket full of candy! My Mom bought one HUGE basket - filled it with each of our favorite candies - and would have it on the dining room table on Easter morning. Amelia doesn't really get candy in her basket but she'll get some other fun things.

We went out to eat last night. Alex took us to Outback Steakhouse. After we finished dinner - a couple (about the age of our parents) stopped and asked how old Amelia was and then told us that she was very well-behaved. We've never had issues with taking her out to eat but this is the first time strangers have stopped to comment on her behavior. It's always nice when someone older tells you that you're doing a good job. Whenever my Momma brags on me as a mother - it means the world to me. I think we (new/younger parents) need encouragement like that. Parenting is hard and it's easy to get discouraged. It's easy to tell someone what they're doing wrong and more than likely (in my opinion) we already see where we can improve. I don't know of anyone who thinks they're a perfect parent or that their children are perfect. It's normal for me to feel like I don't know what I'm doing on a regular basis! So if your kids are grown and your on the other side of the sleepless nights/fits in the restaurants/etc...encourage a (new/younger) parent this week. I think that would be nice.

We ended the evening with a trip to Walmart. Alex bought Amelia a ball pit for her birthday and it popped this week. He wanted to replace it since she plays in it every day. He chose one - brought it home - blew it up in her room - and then we realized it took up half her bedroom! I think we're going to have to make it an outside toy. If we can get it through the bedroom door. :) She loves it.

Speaking of outside toys. Our backyard is completely empty. Nothing. Nada. Amelia asks to go outside now that she's older and I have nothing for her to do out there. So what are some of your favorite backyard toys for this age? She'll be 17 months old this month.

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Love to all,


Jenny said...

My youngest is a 17 month old little boy and he loves to play outside.
He likes to play with a tricycle/power wheels type toy, a water activity table, and in the sand box.
We also have a my 1st trampoline which has been really fun for him.

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh, she is so CUTE in her green!!!!!! :)

Momx6 said...

Just one question - how did you get her to keep the headband on that long????

beebee said...

I am so behind on my commenting.... I hope to come back and give you all my tantalizing thoughts soon.

Bubbles are always a hit and better outside!! (Cheap and no mess!)

Shannon said...

Ummmmmmmm, PLEASE tell me you printed and framed that close-up picture of her!!! Oh my! I want to frame it and put it in MY house! Hahaha Such a cutie!

Christi said...

I'm an "experienced" mom currently (not sure how experienced) and even us older moms can use the words of encouragement...especially when the kids can talk back to us now. It's a shame that society tends to only focus on the negative and not offer uplifting words; it's made me become more uplifting to moms (old and new).

I love her green outfit.

As for outdoor toys...little tykes makes this awesome bubble blower. A push lawn mower was a huge hit for my oldest child for YEARS. Maybe a little outdoor house (not the super expensive ones) or a small outdoor swing set...they seem to make great ones for kids like Amelia's age now. and the cozy coupe is a huge hit too.


Kym J said...

Shovel and kids love them.

Todd and Courtney said...

She is so beautiful Jill. We just bought Lauren the Little Tikes swing set. They have free shipping on their website. I found a coupon code online so it was less than $500. It's not near as expensive as the big swing sets. It's perfect with 2 swings, slide, etc. Little trikes are great. I got Lauren one at a consignment sale not long ago. Sand box, sidewalk chalk, little doll house, I can't think of anything else!

Kristen said...

I *love* that entire outfit of hers!

Jenna said...

Your child exceeds all levels of cuteness. She is precious in her green!!!

Amy said...

I don't have any good ideas for outside toys because my boys are (adorable!) little monsters and like sticks and rocks, etc. However, I couldn't let another day pass without telling you that Amelia is a cutie patootie, and every time I see her sweet face it makes me smile. She is so precious, and she totally rocks the green. LOVE HER!

Faith said...

In the words of Phoebe (from Friends) "I want to keep her"! Seriously, she is the cutest thing and I want one just like her. Lol!!

Mel said...

Cute girls galore! I'm such a sucker for girls.

That ball pit is SO COOL. L loves to be outside. We have the darn pool in the backyard, so we spend most of our time out front and walking. We have a radio flyer wagon she LOVES. She's also crazy about sidewalk chalk and bubbles. We have a community park in walking distance, so we take advantage of the stuff there but her favorite is the swing. She's still scared of that big slide yet, but I bet you could find a small slide that Amelia would LOVE. Sand boxes and water tables are always a safe bet, too!

Anna said...

Where did get Amelia's cutie patootie sandals??

Kristen said...

outside toys we have for my 3 toddlers...picnic table, mini slide/fort (from step 2), sand box, a big fort/slide/swing set, a lawnmower, a bubble blower...lots of options are out there. she is precious! love her yellow flower!