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Archive for September, 2009

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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