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Wordless Wednesday: Tea Party with the Dog


Last week Muppet happened to be laying on the floor rather than on the sofa. Adaline took this opportunity to have a tea party with the dog.



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Birthday Tradition: Professional Birthday Photos


One of our birthday traditions is to have professional photos taken each year. For the past two years I’ve taken Adaline to J.C. Penney’s on her actual birthday, August 4, where she has pictures taken in her birthday dress. We might not always do it on her actual birthday but it worked out that way the past few years and I’m glad that we have some good birthday photos of her.

Birthday Photos 2011
Adaline is 2!

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Birthday Photos 2010
Adaline is 1!

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Adaline also had her 1st birthday photos taken in a romper that I wore in my 1st birthday photos. There’s at least one slight difference in our appearance 😉
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I know that’s way bigger than a smash cake. I forgot to ask my mom to make a little cake to take with us so she stopped by the grocery store and this was the smallest cake they had! Let’s just say that between this and her actual birthday cake, smash cake, and cupcakes we were eating cake for weeks and I literally gained 10 pounds!
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Posts COMING SOON
Balloon Wreath Tutorial and Links Post
Ladybug Picnic Centerpiece Tutorial
Free Ladybug and Bug Fonts Links Post
Ladybug Picnic Products List
(I’ll be creating a separate post that contains all of the info and links for the supplies from this party. In the meantime if you want to know where I got something just ask in the comments.)

Related Posts


BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS
BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS
*Birthday Traditions: Personalized Birthday CD
*Birthday Traditions: Knife and Cake Server
*Birthday Traditions: Professional Photos
*Birthday Traditions: Photo Puzzle
*Happy 2nd Birthday, Adaline!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
*Birthday Girl…2 years old: Photos of Adaline at her birthday party
*Ladybug Picnic: 2nd Birthday

*Pink and Green Polka Dots and Cupcakes Party: 1st Birthday

*Ham and Man Party: 30th Birthday

*Celebrating 30 years in 30 days! All of my birthdays from 1980-2009

BIRTHDAY TUTORIALS
*DIY No Sew Party Hat Tutorial

*Ribbon Topiary Video Tutorial (Centerpiece)

*Tissue Number Birthday Sign (Mini-Tutorial)

+Birthday posts will be published all throughout September 2011 including tutorials, party decor ideas, and birthday traditions!

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Wordless Wednesday: 12 months of Adaline


My little girl is turning 2 years old tomorrow!
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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA


In May we went to the Pittsburgh Zoo and when we left there around noon we headed over to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

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One of the first displays at the museum is Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I think my husband and I loved this more than Adaline since we grew up with the show.

Sitting on Mister Rogers’ porch swing.

Mister Rogers’ shoes, fish tank, sofa, trolley, and piano!

Adaline and hubby are at the far left of the trolley.

King Friday’s Castle!

X the Owl’s tree!

Daniel Lion’s clock!

The puppets!
When I was little I had no idea that Fred Rogers was doing all of the voices. When I watch it now it’s so obvious 🙂

There was a wall of plastic pins that you could push through and make shapes. Adaline loved this but she didn’t get to play with it much because there was a little girl on the other side that was completely obsessed with getting every last pin on her side pushed through. She pushed back all of the pins we tried to play with. I think we were really getting on her nerves. Ahem.

For this you would place the wooden balls of different shapes on the different colors. Then you would turn the crank and the balls would fall onto blocks of wood that would then make “music”. Adaline loved this, but it really needed oiled so it wasn’t Mommy and Daddy’s favorite.

Put the pebbles in the drum for fun sounds!
Adaline loved this as well.

This was the coolest thing ever. You stand in front of a screen that’s projecting your image and letters rain down on the screen. When you move in real life, the letters move on the screen…you can swat at them and so forth. I would’ve loved to try to spell “Coolest Family on the Block” or something…but my husband didn’t have the patience for me to play in front of that screen for 20 minutes.
Sometimes words would fall on their own. Look above my head…I’m one “t” short of it saying “I hot thing!” Why, thank you 😉
Instead it actually says, “I ho thing” and I’m not sure I quite care for that 😦

Adaline racing cars…fun!

This was one of Adaline’s favorite things to do…paint on a chalkboard with water!

Then I had to get in a few shameless plugs 😉

Playing with sand on top of a light table.
(Oh my there was much sand on the floor…not from her, I assume it’s always like that.)

Bird seed table

Adaline’s favorite part of the day…the water room!
Doesn’t she look cute in the little raincoat they supply?!

This looked like so much fun. Water squirts out of the ground and there all sorts of different pipes that you can connect together to make the water go in different directions!

And out of all that her most favorite thing…
floating a rubber duck in the water.
We’ve since acquired about 10 rubber ducks at home.

Just for the fun if it here’s a photo of my sister and I at the Children’s Museum back in 1988ish.

They had a display of a kitchen and you would use a wheelchair to see how you could function in the kitchen. I remember it being super crowded in that pretend kitchen with kids in wheelchairs bumper to bumper. I don’t think we came away with the right message. Instead of thinking “wheelchairs are hard” we thought “wheelchairs are super fun!”. *Shakes head*

Do you have some place fun in your town to share?
Write a post and come back at 10pm est tonight to link up with the “Show Us Your Town!” Hop.

Related Posts:
*Wordless Wednesday: Shameless Plug: Children’s Museum
*Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: Pittsburgh, PA
*Hanks Frozen Custard: New Brighton, PA
*Living Treasures Animal Park: Moraine, PA
*Show Us Your Town Hop: 06/10/2011
*Show Us Your Town Hop: 06/17/2011
*Show Us Your Town Hop: 06/24/2011
*Show Us Your Town Hop: 07/01/2011
*Show Us Your Town Hop: 07/08/2011

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Early Ultrasound 9 weeks 2 days


Yesterday I had another early ultrasound. This was the follow-up to the one I had two weeks ago. The baby was very small at the time so they wanted to make sure a twin wasn’t hiding in there.
Apparently there wasn’t. There’s just one sweet little baby in there. She had no trouble finding the baby this time. We saw the heartbeat and it was 167. We also got to see the little one give us a few wiggles and shimmies 🙂

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The head is to the right and you can see the baby’s arm buds!

After my ultrasound I went to my first prenatal appointment. It’s just a lot of talking and answering questions and whathaveyou. Everything’s good.
Below you can see me at my appointment accompanied by my friend the Bubba Keg. That is the “jug” that I drink water out of every single day…not just when I’m pregnant 😉 (I kinda love water). It always impresses the doctors but seems to frighten average citizens.

Related Posts:
*Early Ultrasound 7 Weeks
*Wordless Wednesday: Two Lines
*Trying to Conceive: Take 3: Secondary Infertility
*Trying to Conceive: Take 3 Continued
*Our Infertility Story: The Short Version

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Wordless Wednesday: Chalks


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It was a beautiful day last week, so I took Adaline outside for some fun.

“I’ll just stare at the ball.”


Adaline saw some birds flying and she said, “Birds! Adaline hold it! Catch it!”…she didn’t catch it.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors ball.
Adaline kept staring at the ball next door and saying,
“Kids ball. No Adaline’s.”.
That’s right, now quit staring at it.

I’m embarrassed to tell you that this is all my awesome artwork. Adaline’s still too young to make more than squiggles. I made this very authentic looking heart to show her what chalk was. She was excited in spite of my illustration.

She was very excited about the chalk and kept saying, “Chalks. Adaline chalks.” Mostly she liked taking them out of the bowls, drawing one line, and saying what color they were.

Getting messy chalk on our clothes and hands.

See how much fun she’s having 😉

Just kidding. That’s her “mad face” she does sometimes to be funny.

Once she emptied the bowl of all of the chalk, she decided to wear it as a hat!


“Look, Mommy, there’s chalk dust in my hair!”

Here is my thumb. Also, I got to wear the bowl hat too 🙂

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