Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grandma Got Run Over by a Christmas Goat??

A Christmas several year ago, during a family gift exchange, I acquired a large, white reindeer that has light up ears and sings "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." This obnoxious reindeer has stayed with us through several moves. It is really soft and I usually sit him out during the holiday season. Once we adopted Zeke, the reindeer became a source of Christmas entertainment because Zeke is scared to death of the it. There are few things funnier than a 95 lb lab running from a light up reindeer that sings.

Last year, Kerington was interested in the reindeer but kept her distance. She wanted Steve and I to push the button on his foot to start the music, but didn't want to get too close.

This year, when we drug reindeer out of our box of Christmas decorations. Kerington immediately ran to it, hugged it, and told us how much she loved it. She played "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer" over and over and over, while dancing and wallering reindeer. While Steve and I decorated the tree and set out all of our holiday trinkets, trying to get Kerington involved in the festivities, she hugged and laid on reindeer while repeatedly pushing the start music button. The good news was, we could tell the batteries were about to die. There was no way the reindeer was going to make it to Christmas.

As I was putting the tinsel on the tree, Kerington, reindeer in hand, came up to me and said, "Mommy, take a picture of me and my goat." I laughed out loud. How cute, she thought the white, ear lit, stuffed mammal she was playing with was a goat.

My laughter only increased the number of times the song was played. She kept saying, "I love my goat!!" She wanted to sleep with goat, but I could not bear the thought of being startled awake at 3 a.m. by the screeching of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Thankfully on the second day of the "goat," the batteries died. . . but it broke Kerington's heart. She cried, "My goat broken, Daddy fix it." "Goat need battery" "Fix my goat, please" So, alas, we found batteries and the goat is working again. It will be a very Merry Christmas at our house, just be careful grandmas . . . of the goats.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Seven Blessing Sunday

It is that time again, seven things that I am thankful for:

1. Living 1.5 hours from my family so I can go home if I need/want to.
2. Kerington's new favorite word, "dewishious"
3. Carving pumpkins with friends
4. The television at dance that shows what is going on in classroom (closed circuit TV??).
5. Discussions with hubsies about our future.
6. A hubsie who will DVR the Tiger football game so I don't have to go to the grocery store along (then some dude told him the score anyway, GRRRR!)
7. Beautiful Fall weather

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seven Blessing Sunday

Sooooo, I have been in a funk. . . for a few months. . . nothing is REALLY wrong. . . I could tell you several little things that have been bothering me and I have let get me down . . . BUT that is not what this is about. I am going to break my funk!! Step one: Seven Blessing Sunday. Seven Blessing Sunday is to blog about seven things that I am thankful for or have been blessed with. So starting this week . . .

1. Steven Glen Condron, Jr., my hubsies, my love, my BFF, my support, my shoulder to cry on. I know everyone says, "My husband is the best." (Well maybe not everyone :/, but I really think MINE is. He really picks up wherever I leave off. He is a great dad, he makes Kerington and I a priority, he does whatever he can to make me happy. What else could a girl ask for?

2. Kerington LeeAnn Condron - Ohmygoodness, who knew a little blond haired, gray eyed, bundle of energy could make me so happy? She is so sweet and kind. She is sensitive. She is all of the best qualities of Steve and I rolled into one little happy package. Tonight, as we were making cookies, she told me, "I am so happy!!" It may have been about the prospect of eating cookies, but I am going to take it to mean, she is happy about her life :)

3. Mom and Daddy-O Cook - My mom made a Cupcake Fairy costume with me being skeptical and putting time constrainsts on her (it turned out beautifully), my dad drove 1.5 hours to help Steve put together a swingset, they both drove to Tulsa to sit with me while I was 8 months pregnant because I did not want to be alone; then stayed 2 weeks because K was 3 weeks early. Then came back three weeks later because Steve had to go take the bar. They have supported me emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially through all kinds of ups and downs in my life. They are the first people I call when something bad happens and the first people I call when something good happens. I am not easy to deal with, but they love all the same.

4. Uncle Anny - aka my brother by the same mother - He lets me call him that so that should be reason enough to be a blessing in my life. I bossed him around most of our childhood yet he forgave me and as adults we get along spledidly. He is one of the most easy going, laid back, funny people I know.

5. Job - I am very thankful to have a job. In this economy, not everyone can say that. It is not only a job, but a job that I enjoy. I went to school for many years and it is rewarding to be able to do what I trained for. Also, I work with some of the nicest, most giving people I know. It does not matter if I have a professional problem or personal problem, I can talk to anyone at work.

6. Lazy Sundays with my little family - Today, we stayed in our pajamas ALL day. We made cookies, we played outside (in the backyard), we worked puzzles, read books, got some cleaning done, watched Nemo, got caught up on our DVR-ed shows. It was a delightful day.

7. Our neighborhood - we live in the cutest little neighborhood. The houses are about 50 years old. It has beautiful old trees that are turning colors and losing their leaves. The neighbors are friendly. We take a walk most evenings and stop and talk to people who are outside. There was a block party. It really is a cute area.

Seven blessing for seven days in the week. I will be back with seven more next week!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summertime walk

Tonight, we had our good friends, the Lohrey's, over for dinner. It rained this afternoon and the temperature dropped below triple digits so we took an after dinner walk. Kerington's boyfriend, Kai, and her had the best time splashing in puddles, running after each other. Kerington tried to hold Kai's hand, which he wanted NO part of and it became a game. Kerington chased after Kai yelling, "hand, hand, hand!!" Kai ran away laughing.

At one point in the walk, Kai was upset. Kerington went back to comfort him. She patted him on the back and top of the head. They hugged it out and the hand holding game started all over again. Kerington is such a sweet little girl. She was really worried about Kai.

We stopped at a particularly large puddle and the splashing became sitting. It did not matter though. They were having the BEST time. They chased each other through the puddle, they sat down beside each other laughing and talking the whole time.

As we were finishing our walk, I was thinking about my sweet little girl. I was so happy just thinking about the perfect summer evening with friends, the innocence and happiness of my daughter, and how much I love the simplicities of life.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bittersweet Move??

So, if you have ever talked to me for more than five minutes, you know that I hated, loathed, despised, and resented the duplex we lived in. When we moved to the 'burg, we had only one income and already had a mortgage so we moved into a duplex that was. . .awful because it was all we could afford. Everyday, I would look around that place in disgust. The old carpet, the bland walls, the unidentifiable smells, the refrigerator held together with tape, the cigarette burns on the bathroom counter, the loud neighbors on the other side of the wall. UGH!! My blood boils just thinking about it.

I was so excited to find this house. It is clean, we could paint, it had a backyard, no noisy neighbors. It is in a nice neighborhood. We came over and painted. We talked to Kerington about moving to the house. She would ask to go to, "house?" She would tell us she was "movin." I painted one of Kerington's walls pink (something I had been dreaming about since she was born). She liked "house."

Wednesday night, I went to dinner with a friend. When I got home Steve told me Kerington was moving her rugs and chairs and baby doll crib out of the room. He said he asked her what she was doing and she said she was, "movin." Poor baby was confused, I decided I would talk to her some more about this being where we lived now, etc.

Thursday, we went to check out of the smelly, old, nasty duplex. We arrived a little early to make sure everything was clean and I had not forgotten anything. Kerington walked into her old bedroom and said, "room mommy, my room" I nearly broke down right there. To her, it was not a gross, yucky, dirty duplex. It was her home. That is where she learned to crawl and learned to walk. It is where she took her first bite of cereal, ate her first bite of cake, it is where she first sat in time out. It is where we had her first Christmas, where she turned one and two, she got her first tooth, she first sat in a high chair, she first sat in a booster seat.

So while I loathed that smelly, old, nasty duplex, we had a lot of happy family memories while we lived there. I know we will make happy family memories here, and Kerington loves her pink wall (maybe not as much as me). I just did not anticipate that it might be an adjustment for her. So while I never thought I would say this, it was kind of a bittersweet move.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

5 Bands I like and 5 Bands I don't

So this is Steve. Lori somehow conned me in to writing something for the blog. She asked me what I was going to write about and I didn't know so I made something up. I really like music so I decided to write about my 5 favorite bands and 5 that I don't care for. I will say that my dislike for a band or singer is sometimes purely arbitrary.

1. Weezer: Rivers Cuomo is a complete genius. I love the song writing, I love the guitars, I love the vocals. I really can't say anything bad about Weezer. "Buddy Holly" is still one of my favorite songs nearly 17 years after it was released. Let that sink in "Buddy Holly" "The Sweater Song" all were released almost 20 years ago, this is almost classic Rock. The band has the staying power of the Stones. I have every Weezer album and I think that "Pinkerton" was a great album.

2. Wheatus: I like quirky groups. They don't get much quirkier than this one. They have never sold out. Lori and I drove 180 miles once to see them play in a little coffee shop in Springfield, MO. I was the only person in the audience who knew all of their songs and at that time the show was an all request set. I got to sit and talk with the whole band and even had a part int eh show itself. I think I had a smile on my face for a month afterward. Check out the "Too Soon Monsoon" album if you haven't, it has a good sampling of what the band puts out there.

3. Foo Fighters/Nirvana: I list these together because I feel like if Nirvana hadn't ended Foo never would have happened. I think Nirvana is the most influential rock group of the past 30 years. I think Foo has been the most consistent group of the last 20 years. If you ever want to argue with me, tell me you disagree with Nirvana being on par with The Beatles for influence. I get paid to argue and I will seriously rip any other group apart.

4. Garth Brooks: This is easy, Garth is awesome. I love the early stuff, the Chris Gaines album was terrible, the other stuff is fantastic. My favorite Garth song is "The Cowboy Song," it is beautiful in my humble opinion. In the 4 years we lived in Oklahoma, I heard all kinds of people talk about seeing Garth at the Owasso Wal-Mart, we went there all the time and never saw him. This may be one of the biggest regrets of my life.

5. Cake: I regularly tell Lori that if I had any musical ability of my own I would start a band and it would be just like Cake. I am crazy about Cake. I like that they don't change the way they make music to sell more records, they are who they are and that is all.

Honorable Mention: The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, George Strait, and any Rock group with a female lead singer. (Side Note: I want Kerington to grow up to be in a rock band, someone please teach her to be musical, because Lord knows I can't.

Bands I don't like

1. The Eagles: Hate is a strong word, however, it is the correct word to describe my feelings toward The Eagles. There used to be a commercial calling them the greatest American Rock Band. I almost threw up any time I saw the commercial. The Eagles did nothing to advance the state of music, they did nothing to test boundaries. All they did was suck and sell a bunch of records which brings me to;

2. Nickleback: If you could make one song and repackage it again and again and again, and somehow make more money everytime, you would have Nickleback's keys to Rock for Dummies. While I have a lot of respect for Carson Dailey, I think he should still be doing TRL, I do not think Nickleback should be allowed to pollute the airwaves our children occupy.

3. Lady Gaga: I just can't stand her. That is all I have to say about that.

4. 80's hair bands not named Poison: Wow, that was a worthless break from decent music, right?

5. Rotates to whoever is making really horrible music in my opinion. Right now Ke$ha, and Miley Cyrus are running neck and neck. Oddly, I kind of like Katy Perry, don't tell.

These opinions are mine and don;t reflect anything except my personal feelings.

We're Moving!!

A couple of housekeeping issues before I get to the topic at hand. . . first, I did not really write 4 blogs today. I write them and keep them a couple of days before I post them to see if I still like them or sometimes, I have to wait until I can get pictures downloaded to the computer. It had been a few weeks since I had posted anything so I went in and cleaned out my draft folder.

Second, and MOST EXCITING, Condron Family blog is going to have a guest writer!! That is right ladies and gentlemen, Steve will be guest writing in the near future!! Get excited!! Disclaimer: Views expressed by the guest writer are not necessarily the views of Condron Family blog. :)

NOW on to today's topic . . . WE ARE MOVING . . . next weekend . . . to a house . . . AND I have not packed ONE box, cleaned out ONE closet, organized ONE drawer. Am I stressed? Not really BECAUSE, we have moved 6 (yes SIX) times in 7 (yes SEVEN) years of marriage. What I have done is arranged 5 guys, 2 pick ups, and 1 dolly to arrive at our duplex at 10 o'clock next Saturday. In my opinion, the most important part of a successful move is having a dolly and many strong men, you don't want to wear out your help.

Now, I will say each time we move Steve and I have a huge blow up. Steve is a no nonsense mover and I get caught up in the senimentality of all the little hidden treasures I find. But each time it gets finished, each time we get settled into our new place, and each time I am grateful that Steve kept me on track. I am also so grateful for all of our helpers!! It makes the move so much easier.

We are moving less than a half of a mile away, and it is NOT our shortest move. In Tulsa, we moved 2 city blocks from an apartment to our house. I am excited to move out of our duplex into a house. Duplex living has served its purpose, but I am ready to be back in a house, with a yard where K bear can have a swing set and Zeke can roam.

Ker Bear is TWO!!!

So it happened, my sweet little girl turned two!! I knew it would come, I thought the more I talked about it the better prepared I would be. I wasn't, it is sad. She is no longer a baby. She is a running, laughing, talking, cuddling, opinionated LITTLE GIRL. I think that the only thing that makes it bearable that she is not a baby anymore is the little girl that she is becoming. She is sweet, considerate, and sensitive (oh we have our battles, she is two). But each day she brings a smile to my face. She gives the best hugs and kisses. She has stellar dance moves. She says the funniest things (I hunky- I hungry, I do it, I dancin mommy, I two monkey, I jumpin, are you?, No Zekie). Maybe they aren't funny to everyone, but they bring a smile to my face. She is sharp as a tack, not much gets by her. She is a "watcher," she watches everything; people, animals, cars, airplanes, TV, etc and remembers EVERYTHING!!

Yesterday we were at Lowe's and saw our friends the Eatons, Kerington and Riley ran up and down the aisle while we chatted for a couple of minutes. Today we were back at Lowe's (we stalk all of our Lowe's purchases at least three times before actually buying anything) and when we were in the aisle where we saw the Eatons yesterday, Kerington asked, "Are you, Iley, are you?" She remembers EVERYTHING!!

Anyway, I digress . . . so to celebrate Kerington's birthday, we had a small party at the park (one of Kerington's favorite places). Very simple, very relaxed. . . cupcakes, ice cream, singing, and presents. A lot of family and some friends were there to help Kerington celebrate. It was hot, but short and sweet. Kerington had a great time, I know, because she slept for a long time afterward. That is how you can gage a good party, by how long the sweet girl sleeps afterward.

Aging is part of life so I guess, I just have to accept that sweet little 6 lb bundle we brought home from the hospital is now a beautiful, lovely, active two year-old full of life and brings joy to us everyday!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer reading program

Our new adventure is the local library. Now we have used the library on and off before, I just get out of the habit of going or I misplace a book and can't go. Currently, all of my books are returned, Kerington is really into reading so we have started going to the library again. Kerington thinks the library is the most exciting place we have ever been. They have puzzles, blocks, a house, bean bag chairs, and of course books. . .

This summer the library is doing a summer reading program so I, of course, being an advocate of reading and contests signed Kerington up to read 20 library books during the month of July. We checked out 5 books for her while we there (and 2 for me), I did not know if there was a block on my account, I really do have a sketchy return record :/ That night, she read 4 of the 5 books we checked out for her. I was feeling really good!! I should have signed her up for 40 or 50 books, this is going to be easy. The next day, I took the four books she read back to the library (yay for me) and checked out 8 (a little more ambitious). I brought the books home to Kerington and she does not want to read any of them. She wants me to read "Ladybug Girl" and "Thomas Breaks a Promise" Two books I could recite without looking and commonly hide under the couch when K is not looking (don't judge). She begrudgingly let me read a couple of her library books . . . but not at the pace we started. I will . . . I mean SHE will win this contest!!

Cooking with Kerington

So, I decided I want Kerington to help me in the kitchen. She is interested when I make dinner and I usually pull up a chair so she can see. She will watch for a while, but inevitably, she will want to help!! Now, it may be my personality or my aversion to unnecessary messes, but I have a hard time letting her help. Recently though, I have found a few jobs that she loves:

Side note: Don't worry about clean hands, hand washing is our new pastime. She will wash her hands for hours if allowed with A LOT of soap.

1. Washing green beans, I snapped the green beans and put them in a strainer, she washed the green beans for 15 minutes and even asked for soap (I do not give it to her). Those are the cleanest green beans around and were quite tasty. I think because they were washed with love.

2. Putting strawberries in the bowl. As I was washing and cutting the tops off of some strawberries, I would hand them to her and she would put them in a bowl for me. The problem with this is I can't cut them fast enough.

3. Eating cantaloupe. The other day while cutting up a cantaloupe, Kerington wanted to "help." Her idea of "helping" was eating the cantaloupe as I cut it up.

4. Finally my personal favorite. . . Pizza making!! I made homemade pizza the other day. Kerington helped pat out the dough and put the pepperoni on the pizza. She did a nice job, but did not like her fingers touching the sauce as she laid the pepperoni on there. Then it came time for the cheese . . . I reached in and got a hand full of cheese and showed her how to sprinkle it over the top of the pizza. She reached in, got a handful of cheese and shoved it in her mouth. . . the girl loves cheese, what can I say?? Our pizza turned out really good and it was good to have Kerington help me in the kitchen!!

Stay tuned for more cooking adventures with Kerington!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

The ABC's of the Condrons. . .right now!!

I stole this idea from Lyndsey, but it was so cute. . .

A is for Awesome, this is one of K's favorite words. If she sees something she likes, "awesome" will be exclaimed!!

B is for Boo Boo, with shorts and sandals and running on the concrete comes boo boos. Most boo boos can be fixed with a kiss and a band aid, but she will not let you forget about her boo boos until they are completely healed!!

C is for Cuteness because that is what my day is filled with. From the cry for "mommy" to get her up in the morning to the cry for "daddy" to come back and get her out of bed at night, we are filled with the cute antics of Kerington.

D is for Dante. Kerington loves Dante. The other day he ran into the wall (pretty common at our house now, we are pretty sure he is blind). Kerington was the first at his side, "Dante, K? Dante, K?" She gave him a sympathetic hug and kiss to make his boo boo better. She also really likes to brush him, with whatever brush she can find :/ Dante tolerates her but can often be spotted dashing out of any room she enters.

E is for early because that is what time Kerington wakes up. It does not matter if we put her to bed at 7:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m., she is up before 6:00 in the morning. She gets this trait from her dad, because I like to sleep in, especially in the summer. I am going to remind her of this trait when she is a teenager :)

F is for Friends. We have made some really good friend in our town. We have people we can rely on, talk to, have over for dinner, not clean our house for (that is the sign of a true friend). Kerington has also made some good friends. She has her friends at Miss Molly's house, but she also has Riley (Iley) and Kai (Tai). She recognizes both of their cars (bye bye's) and their moms. She gets so excited when she sees them!! They play really well together too, except the occasional sharing issue which is bound to happen with two year olds.

G is for Grass because after extensive grass therapy, Kerington will walk in the grass with hop hops on or even barefoot.

H is for Handsome because Steve is getting more and more handsome everyday. I love that man!! (hey this is the Condron family blog and there are three of us, not EVERYTHING has to be about Kerington :)

I is for Isolation AKA time out. Time out is a daily occurrence at the Condron house. The most common offense . . . not listening. Time out is really effective with K, it truly upsets her to have to sit in front of the basement door for 2 minutes, not enough that she listens when she doesn't want to, but enough that it breaks my heart to see her sad little face in time out. My favorite part of time out is she has to give us a hug before she can get up. She really is a great kid!!

J is for Jumping because around Easter, Kerington discovered her love of bounce houses.

K is for KinderMusik. We took KinderMusik in the spring and are going to take a short 2 week session at the end of July. It is a cute little class that focuses on age appropriate child development and having fun!!

L is for Leotard. 'tard as K calls it. It is her Tuesday morning attire for dance class. She has two cute little 'tards, pink and black, with matching pink ballet slippers.

M is for Moving. We want to move, but do we buy or find a bigger rental? Go back and forth for the next six months and you will be where we are now. . .

N is for Nice. We have really been working with Kerington on "please" and "thank you." She remembers almost all of the time. The other day a man, a stranger, commented on what nice manners she has.

O is for Outings on Wednesdays. Some of us have been having Wonderful Adventure Wednesdays. It is a time for mommies and babies to come together and explore the greater metro area. They have been fun, so far we have been to the zoo, Paradise Park, Deanna Rose Farmstead, and a Warrensburg play date.

P is for Play dates. This summer has been full of fun play dates with all of our friends. Sometimes we go to the park, sometimes the pool, sometimes at someone's house. They are always exciting and always fun. Any time you get two or more toddlers together, excitement is sure to occur!!

Q is for Quiet Time. Kerington used to need time everyday to play by herself. She would go through her toy box or play with blocks quietly or go play in her room by herself. Recently, since she has started talking more and talking in more sentences, quiet time has become less and less. She still plays by herself, but it is not quiet :)

R is for Restroom Drills (sometimes known as potty training). Oh potty training, what to do? I have talked to my friends who have potty trained or are potty training. I have read blogs, researched, and I have decided . . . the kid will pee pee in the potty when she is ready. She shows interest and I always sit her on the potty, but she waits until I take her off the potty and pee pees on the floor next to the potty. She does really like toilet paper though. . .

S is for "simming" aka swimming. Simming is one of Kerington's favorite pastimes right now. She recognizes the pool when we pull in. She loves the water, running around through the sprinklers, and has even gone down the kiddie water slide a couple of times.

T is for Thomas the Train. I don't know if it is because 47 trains come through Warrensburg each day or what, but Kerington loves trains. We took her to see Thomas the Train. She loves to watch Thomas on TV and she has a Thomas the Train book, which I have hidden on more than one occasion. I am not proud of it, but I did it, I read that book at LEAST 10 times a day and that is all I can handle.

U is for Uh Oh. Most of the time, the words "uh oh" indicate some sort of accident has happened, right? Well not at our house. "Uh oh" indicates that some sort of purposeful act it about to take place. When I hear those words, I go running.

V is for Vegetables. This summer we signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture program. Each Tuesday, we go to Buckeye Acres Farms to pick up our shares of vegetables. Kerington gets to see Hilde the Horse and the "cheeckins." The cheeckins were there for several weeks, then they were gone (Buckeye Acres also sells fresh chickens). It was a sad day for Kerington, but this week they were back again (or some that looked similar enough to fool an almost two year old :)

W is for Water. Water, strange as it sounds, is another obsession this summer. It does not matter if it is in a pool, a cup, coming out of a faucet, coming out of the sky, in a tub, in a puddle, coming out of a water fountain. There is not a drop that is going to get past the sharp eyed Kerington.

X is for x Xenons which has nothing to do with the Condrons. I googled "words that start with X" and it brought up a list of scrabble words that start with X, one of which is xenons. Steve and I do love to play scrabble, eat pop corn, and watch reruns during the summer!!

Y is for year as in I can't believe it has been a year since Kerington's first birthday and two years since she was born. She is such a blessing in our life, I can't believe that God blessed us with this perfect little girl who makes me laugh everyday!!

Z is for Zoo. We bought a Friends of the Zoo pass again this summer, FOTZ to those on the inside. We have already been three times and each time it has been awesome. Each time we start at a new point so we can see it "fresh." K loves the "enmals" My favorite quote from our last visit, "Hi Monkey, I two!" She loves the carousel ("dancing" as she calls it), she has ridden a camel, she talks to the enmals, and of course, the train. It is one of our family favorite destinations this summer!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Grass therapy

Every time, I think I am close to getting a "Mother of the Year" Award, Kerington puts me in my place. One particular situation started last summer. K and I had met our friends Jen and Riley at the park. Neither of the girls could walk yet, so we were limited at the park with what we could do. We swung for a while, took turns putting the girls down the slide, then thought we would just sit and chat in the grass for a while. As I sat Kerington down on the grass, she put her legs and arms up so no skin was touching the grass. "Eh, eh, eh" was coming out of her mouth. What?! Why won't she touch the grass? I looked over at Riley who was happily crawling around in the grass, chasing bugs, and picking up sticks. Then looked at Kerington who was working on abs of steel with only her diapered bottom touching the grass on the verge of a major breakdown. How can my daughter be afraid of grass? How did I let this happen? She is almost a year old and I have never sat her in the grass? Really? This put me into full on crisis mode. For the rest of the summer, most days, I would put her outside in the grass for a few minutes. . . the same thing, no skin could touch the grass. She started walking later in the summer and when she had shoes on, she would tiptoe carefully IF we were holding hands and there was NO way she could fall down. And heaven forbid someone not mow, and the grass was taller than her shoes. I didn't know what to do, what kid doesn't like the feel of grass between her toes on a summer day? I had failed.

Eventually fall came and it got cold so the grass issue went to the back of my mind. I could focus on more pressing failures. By the time spring rolled around, I had almost completely forgotten about the fear of grass issue. . . UNTIL, we were out looking at houses with our realtor. We were outside of a house, and decided to go look in the backyard. It was a warm spring day, Kerington had on flip flops (hop hops, as she calls them). We took off around the back of the house, in the grass . . . I look down at Kerington, who is walking along, then realizes where she is. She grabs my leg and says, "Ow toe, ow toe, up mommy, up mommy, ow toe, ow toe, see me, see me!!" What just happened? Did Kerington fake a toe injury to get out of walking in the grass? There was nothing in that yard for her to hurt her toe. My crafty little girl just faked a toe injury to get of walking in the grass. I had to give her credit, that was genius. I was proud, that shows problem solving skills.

Grass therapy went back into full effect. We would go outside walk in the grass, going a little further each day. Kerington's fear of grass became known, a topic of conversation at dinner parties and play groups, I received a lot of advice on how to help Kerington like the grass. One night, we were at our friend's, Paul and Sarah, house. Kerington was running around in the backyard with their dog. She had on hop hops, things seemed to be going well. Paul and Sarah even commented that she seemed to outgrow grass-phobia, THEN she fell. "Eh, eh, eh, eh" Kerington's arms and legs were up. We were all laughing, then Paul and Sarah's energetic lab mix came over to "help" Kerington. She was up in two seconds flat. Sometimes, you can't or won't overcome your fears until you have to.

Kerington and the grass are still not on the best of terms. She tolerates it, but she won't be rolling down any grassy hills soon. She still high-steps through they grass if it is too tall, but she will run through the yard barefoot or run to the swings at the park.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dancing Diva!!

So, we did it. . . we said we weren't, but we did. We signed Kerington up for dance, well creative movement actually, but she wears ballet slippers and a leotard with an attached tutu. It is adorable. The class is just Kerington and her friend, Riley. They dance, they walk on a balance beam, they jump, they stretch, and melt my heart while doing it. I realized that I totally underestimated Kerington and what she is capable of. During class, she follows direction, she can do things independently, and listens!! This has been a lesson for me.

Now there are some of us (Uncle Andy) who do not think that dance is a good idea. He has visions of a bottoxed, made-up, girdle wearing, panty hose sporting, big haired "prosti-tot." I assured him that Steve would stop me before I got to that point:) To which he responded, I am so going to hear about a "crazy pageant mom" on FOX news.

Getting Kerington into dance was not easy because you are supposed to be two and the class started 3 weeks before her second birthday. The owner of the studio said that if we brought her and Riley in, he would see if he could get them in the class. . . what? her first dance audition? I was nervous, how stupid is that? Even though I knew it wasn't a dance audition, it was judgement, but judgement of what? my parenting? how well behaved my baby was? cuteness? If it was cuteness, I knew we would be fine :) All he did was look her up and down and register her. When I tell this story later in life, it is going to go, "Kerington had her first dance audition when she was one." It is not entirely a lie. . .

For now, thirty minutes on Tuesday mornings, I have a beautiful little dancing diva!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day!!

Today is Steve's 2nd Father's Day and my dad's 32nd Father's Day. We spent a super Saturday with my Dad, Mom and brother on Father's Day weekend. We went to a parade, birthday shopping for K, barbequed, had a Minute to Win It Challenge (long story for another blog), K and "Gin" (hard "G" not and juice) made cookies, and K and my dad (her Papa) swang . . and swang . . . and swang . . . and swang . . . a favorite pastime at Papa and Gin's house.

Kerington loves almost everyone she meets. She is laid back, easy going, and friendly. If you can keep up with her, you can play with her, but her and my dad have such a special bond. She loves Papa and even called my mom Papa 2 for a while. She now affectionately calls her "Gin." But, she wants to talk to Papa on the phone, she recognizes "his" house when we visit, she know his truck, he is the first one to get a hug. He is the one she cries for when she is in trouble with Steve and I.

Watching them this weekend was was so neat, because I realized he loves her just as much as she loves him!! He is excited to see her, he lights up when he is the first one to get a hug, when she follows him around, when he is the only one that can put on her shoes. He is so patient, loving, and attentive to her. Funny side note: At one point, Uncle Andy had the remote and she took it from Uncle Andy and told him, "That's Papa's mote." While Kerington loves all of her family, she and Papa have a special bond.

Speaking of special bonds, the bond between father and daughter is growing in this house. K loves her daddy, and daddy loves his K. To celebrate Father's Day, we went to the zoo. K and daddy rode the carousel (or danced as she calls it) AND they rode a camel. Kerington has been talking about camels for a while now so when we saw the opportuntity, we took it. It was worth it, seeing the two of them on top of the gigantic camel was adorable. Kerington is very cautious and careful, I am not sure she would have ridden the camel with me, but she feels protected with daddy, she rode like a champion camel rider.

Steve is such a great dad. He truly LOVES to spend time with Kerington. He plays with her, has tea parties, reads books, builds blocks, just to name a few. She gets so excited when Daddy comes home. My favorite thing to do is watch Daddy and Kerington in the morning while she is cuddly and drinking her "mauk." She cuddles up next to Daddy and watches ESPN with him. It is so sweet. I am so glad there is a day to celebrate Daddies and let them know how much we love and appreciate them!!

Big Girl Bed

Tonight, for the first time, we put Kerington in her converted toddler bed :( She climbed out of her crib a couple of months ago, but the back and sides of her crib are taller than the front so we were able to turn the crib around. The problem with that is the back of the crib is REALLY tall and we just had to "drop" her in and hope she tucked and rolled. Steve had been telling me we need to convert her bed. I kept fighting him. This is just one more check off the list that I do not have a baby anymore, she is a big girl. . .

As we were converting, she was crawling in and out of her bed. I kept trying to convince her that she could not get out of the bed without my help. . . she was not buying it. I would try to help her and she would say, "I'll do it." (this is a common phrase at our house lately). So we laid her down at bedtime, we said our good nights, and I reminded her, "Don't get out of bed unless mommy and daddy come to get you." She chatted for a while. Steve laid in the hallway floor to see if he could see any tiny feet under the door, so far so good. It had been quiet for about 30 minutes so I went to check on her. . . Her little head popped up, "Hi Mommy!!" BUT, she was still in bed!! I just went to check on her for a second time and she is successfully asleep in her toddler bed!! I'll keep you posted . . .

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Even though I am 31, I still work on an academic schedule so. . . I love summer!! I am as bad as the kids, I count down the days, the hours, the minutes. I have difficulty paying attention. It is not that I don't like my job, to the contrary, I love what I do. But to me summer is a time to relax, catch up with friends, travel, and lay poolside. Kerington and I have done just that this summer. I have been out of school for 9 days and we have been to the pool, seen Thomas the Train, been to a backyard playdate, played at the park, picked strawberries, gone to see the "enmals" at the zoo, tagged along with Steve to a conference at the Lake, and even had a day where we did not get out of our pajamas!! So far this has been a perfect summer!!

My most favorite part of summer is getting to spend all day with Kerington. She is at such an adorable age. I think she is saying 100 new words since the beginning of summer. . . everyday is new and she is in awe of every experience we have. A common saying at our house is, "Wow, coo (cool)."