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As has been digitally documented by this blog, Grace is consistently walking.  That’s directly attributable to being surrounded by other little people who walk around too.  Nice outcome of Day Care peer pressure, and this walking skill will serve her well in life.

Crawling, her previous primary mode of transportation, generally served its purpose well.  I’m sure the parents reading this will agree that regular crawling will quickly wear out the knees on the pants.  Grace no longer crawls much, but she does tumble quite a bit.  Walking around in the sandbox during recess is a bit tricky — “Kaboom” now and again.  I suppose that the wear and tear will continue when she starts playing tag and other fun stuff on the playground.

My parents bought me Toughskins pants when I was younger.  If you’ve never bought/worn these, you should know that they have an indestructible layer impervious to playground tumbles, acid rain, and thermonuclear meltdown.  It was also permanently ironed, so you simply can’t tear them without a jedi lightsaber.  Essentially, we’re talking consumer based Kevlar made for youngsters.

Unless her Mom thinks otherwise, we won’t have any pictures of Grace in Toughskins.  We’ll just continue washing the grass stains out in the laundry.  Because Day Care will change wet clothing, it’s actually kind of interesting to see what she comes home in.  — A dirty outfit could very well represent a well earned play day!

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Lawnmower

Today, according to Ms. Kali, Grace had a great time outside pushing around the play lawnmower.  Upon hearing this, Daddy had all sorts of ideas about how we can continue this habit until she is ready to mow grass at 14 or so.  Any other parents out there had success in teaching small children to mow the grass?  Starting at age 6, Greg pushed a plastic play lawnmower right behind his Dad (to catch the ones he missed, I’m sure).  This effectively started his mowing career.  Poor Grace doesn’t even know what’s in store for her– but I’m not going to tell…

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Back at daycare!

Somber child...

Somber child...

Today Gracie was glad to get back to daycare and see her friends, but she was slow to start this morning.  She sat down immediately upon entering the classroom and tried to take someone else’s breakfast (until she got her own Puffs, then she was just fine).  She hopes that it’s nice outside so that she can play hard!

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Grace came home today in time to celebrate Daddy’s birthday.  She walked right over to Daddy and gave him a big hug.  When Daddy growled, she growled right back.  She’s really looking forward to singing “Happy Birthday to you” and eating Boston Creme pie while watching Daddy open his presents.

The family took an outing in honor of Greg’s birthday and checked out the farmer’s market (a favorite spot of ours).  There are pumpkins galore and lots of apples, which Grace just loves.  Now that she’s got a few teeth, she can chew some of the softer varieties and she just *loves* to wave at everyone who walks past from her perch atop Greg’s shoulders.

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Grace likes music.   She loves the little piano that she got for her birthday where she can see the colored keys and the xylophone on top although does not always use the keys (preferring instead to bang hard on the xylophone parts, which make less noise).  She also dances at all opportunities to all sorts of music.  Because of this love for music, Great Aunt Jenny & Cousin Bish-Bish opted to take her to hear Jenny’s husband Larry and his friend Veronica sing and play music today.  After taking a long nap, she was ready for this outing and excited at the opportunity to see a *real* piano and dance around now that she’s a walking girl.  Dancing standing up is a whole new world of fun to explore!

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Surprise trip to Reidsville!

Greatest Aunt Jenny earns her name again!  She swooped in, gathered Ms. Grace up (and all of her various medicines and drops and whatnot) and carried her to Reidsville where Bish-Bish & Great Granny Emmy will spoil her rotten all weekend, I’m sure.

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A trip to the doctor

to find out that Grace still has an ear infection 😦  *AND* she has pinkeye 😦

Poor, poor Grace.

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Growling

Grace and Daddy have come up with a new noise that they make to one another.  Grace will growl and then Greg growls back.  Greg thinks it’s cute, and in a limited way, it is.  Fortunately, Grace is smart enough to know that Daddy likes growling best and so she mainly growls for him.  I just hope that she doesn’t growl at the other kids at daycare!

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Walking

Today, Grace decided that she’s start really walking.  She’s been all over the toddlers classroom and up and down the hall.  She’s totally mobile and it happened much like crawling; she just decided it was time and she did it.  I tried to catch it on video– here’s a taste of what life is like at the Robinson household!

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Using a spoon!

Using a spoon!

Since joining her friends in toddlers, Grace has been practicing eating with a spoon.  While sometimes she wishes that things would stay on both sides of her spoon (she was so glad to have beans at Great Grandma Emmy’s because they *DO* stay on both sides of the spoon), for the most part, she’s okay with the fact that only about 10% of what she puts on the spoon actually makes it into her mouth.  She still keeps trying and is getting better and better!  Mama particularly likes some spoons that her Gammie sent which have strainer holes in them so the liquid part of her cereal/soup/dinner does not end up all down the front of her, only the solid parts, and some of those actually make it into her mouth too! 

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Grass stains and grins

Grace greatly enjoyed her time with her Great Grandma Emmy, her Great Aunt Jenny & her Cousin Bish-Bish.  She went outside of Emmy’s house and waved at the folks next door, walked around on the grass and went up and down the stairs lots of times.  After all of that outside time, Grace was sleepy on the ride home and arrived home just in time for dinner and a bath then bed.  It was a fun weekend and Grace looks forward to seeing Great Grandma Emmy & Great Aunt Jenny again soon!

Playing hard

Playing hard

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Beginning to walk!

Grace has been practicing walking for quite a while now.  She will get steady on her feet and stand by herself, or even take a step or two while we’re watching.  Today, she took eight steps while Great Grandma Emmy & Mama watched, and then again, when Cousin Bish-Bish was standing at the stove, Grace walked from the refrigerator to the stove unassisted to ask Bish-Bish if she could come up.  Watch out world, she’ll be walking SOON!

Grace in her birthday presents from Great Aunt Jenny

Grace in her birthday presents from Great Aunt Jenny

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Breakfast with AJ!

Today when we went into the Toddler’s classroom, AJ was visiting, because his birthday is tomorrow.  Grace was very excited to see her scooting friend, and offered to share her breakfast with her old pal.  (He gratefully declined and read a story with Ms. Stephanie instead).  Now that she’s getting to be an old hand in toddlers, she told him (quite loudly) that she’d show him the ropes — or at least that’s what it sounded like from this end.

Breakfast with Daniel

Breakfast with Daniel

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A boo-boo

Yesterday, Grace played hard on the playground, and unfortunately, because she’s not yet very steady on her feet, she skinned her forehead (yeah, I know, normal children skin their knees, yet only a truly talented kid would skin her forehead).  She didn’t seem to bothered by the whole event– she was quickly back up on her feet and running around again (sans diaper too, by the way, because somehow she figured out how to undo it while she was on the playground so they not only had to deal with a skinned forehead, but a pee-pee soaked Gracie).  We’re trying to assure the folks at daycare that she’s just trying to keep them on their toes.

This morning, Grace went straight to playing with her friends– completely unfazed by the mosquito bites that are all over her face or the skinned noggin.  She’s a tough cookie, our Gracie, and she takes her playtime seriously!

On the climber

On the climber

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Breakfast!

Today Grace arrived to find that she’d be eating breakfast with her friends from the 2 year old class too!  It was lots of fun to eat Cheerios together, and Grace waved bye-bye cheerfully as Mama headed out of the classroom.

Eating Cheerios!

Eating Cheerios!

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