On her way to a YELLOW! bike

September 25, 2009

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“Uncle” Simon came to visit earlier this month, and as a special treat he took Clare to the toy store to pick out a present for her. They apparently had a great time playing in the store but when it came time to choose something to take home, Clare was not interested, and instead said she wanted to come back another time. Oh, and she wanted a YELLOW! bike with pedals. Well, this particular store does not carry bikes and Clare already has a Strider bike which, at that point, she had not been riding much at all.

Things have changed since then and now Clare loves to ride her Strider. In literally a week’s time, she has gone from tentative rider who would straddle the bike instead of sitting on it to speed-demon who likes to hop on and off curbs. We couldn’t be more excited. And, almost every night this week we have gone for after-dinner walks so that she could get her bike fix in before bed.

Now, we just need to figure our where we can buy a YELLOW! bike small enough for our little racer.

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Happy Three Months, Bryce!

September 22, 2009

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Today Bryce is three months old. It’s hard to believe that three months has already come and gone. I can remember vividly in those early weeks praying for these months to fly by so that we could quickly skip past the rough nights and newborn phase. Of course, now I am recognizing that I need to be careful of what I wish for because too soon that little turkey will be walking and I’ll wonder, “Where did my little baby go?”

Bryce is really a great baby and we are incredibly lucky to be handed another “easy” kid. We have witnessed repeatedly what other parents have to sometimes go through when their second child arrives and is so much different than their first. Of course, Bryce is only three months old so we’re not seeing really who she will become and what kind of personality she’ll develop. Will she be outgoing and stubborn like her sister? Or, will she blaze a path all her own. Time will tell, I know.

In the meantime, this little charmer is full of smiles and happy 98% of the time. She sleeps well and is easy to put down. I still marvel at how easy it is with her and expect at any moment to be faced with a screaming tired child. So far, we’re in the clear on that one as she is a graduate of the learn-to-put-yourself-to-sleep training school. Phew.

Last night, after dinner, we went for a family walk while Clare road her bike. I had Bryce in the Bjorn facing out for the first time. She was a happy little clam checking out the world. So far, she’s taken well to new experiences. Over the weekend, we went to the pool (another first for Bryce) and she relaxed in the water as if she were in a hot spring.

Happy three month birthday, Bryce. We’re all watching to see how great your next three months will be.

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Smiling Mischief

September 22, 2009

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Minutes after this picture was taken over the weekend, Clare was out in the back yard playing. I look out to check up on her and she’s sitting in the grass with a piece of Logan’s dogshit in her hands. She’s breaking it apart and inspecting it. When I send Justin outside to take care of this and he reminds her that we don’t play with dogshit, she proceeds to argue with him and deny that it’s actually shit. That kid is too much.

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