Friday, July 29, 2011

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far...

Ask my husband about how hard it is to get H.B. Nanna to say she is sorry for doing something wrong and he will tell you that she gets that from her mother.

He would be telling the truth. It's not something I like doing. I don't always like admitting I am wrong.
But who does?!

Yesterday was quite a scene in our house. I was told not to talk and that she “wasn't listening to what I had to say” and that “she didn't care”. {She is 2 by the way!!}

30 awful, tear-filled minutes later, I was told she needed “1 more minute” before she could say she was sorry. And there were more tears. It was like I was pulling her teeth out. {I wasn't!}

Finally she mumbled something that sounded like she was sorry.

This is how the rest of the evening went.  H.B. Nanna on one couch.  Me on the other. 
And she wouldn't look at me.
Except when Clifford was over and she wanted to watch another.

I will feel sorry for my husband once puberty hits in our house!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Toddler Talk Thursday

Today's Toddler Talk Thursday topic is Keeping Toddlers Occupied While Waiting

I think this is funny because most people will say that they hand over their phone {iPhone or Droid} so their child can play games.  I am guilty of it though I try to keep it as a last resort. My Mom always says that she was able to keep my sister and I occupied without a phone.  I try to think of that when I am in a situation where I just want to hand H.B. Nanna over the phone and be done with it.

My purse always has some random crayons in it that really come in handy.  I have one of those fancy crayon holders but it always seems to make its way out of my purse {ahem...H.B. Nanna}.

I have gotten in the habit of packing a bag with books and baby dolls {or whatever the favorite toy of the moment is} when I know we are going in the car and could potentially be somewhere we might need them. 

Don't get me wrong...I am not always this organized and there are plenty of times I don't have anything and a melt down will occur. Most times I can find something to occupy her whether it be holding a box of noodles at the grocery store or a germy book at the doctors office.

H.B. Nanna has become quite familliar with the term "we have to wait our turn" and she {for the most part} is pretty good about it.

Of course there is always the handy dandy snack and juice. Any excuse to get a pretzel while we are at the mall, right?!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We are very fortunate to have a talented photographer in Stephen's family.  Anessa is Stephen's cousin that lives out in De Pere, Wisconsin and she has loved taking photographs since she was a child.  We were very fortunate during Anessa's last visit to have her take some photos of Hanna. We are looking forward to have family pictures taken in August.

If you are in the De Pere area and looking for a photographer, check out Anessa! 
You can find her on Facebook here.

Monday, July 25, 2011


  • I am learning that there are things in life that you can not control.  Those things you can control, sometimes it is easy to lose control before you even realize it.
  • A 2 and a half year old toddler really can have a mind of her own.  And sometimes it is hard to bring her back to reality...that I am the Mom and she is the child.
  • Moving close to the beach is one of the best decisions we made.  It is so nice to have coffee on the beach and still be home and showered by nap time.
  • Losing power on a day when the heat index is 110 is awful. But I am sure I am not the first person to say that.
  • August is 1 month away.  Already.  Is it me or is this summer flying by faster then normal?
  • We have 2 trips planned this year.  I feel like a kid planning our trip to Disney!
  • Having a child who is sick during the summer is the pits. The good thing is that it gave us an excuse to stay in the air conditioning since the temperature was over 100.
  • My sister is getting married next year and she asked me to be her MOH.  Of course I am excited.  Of course my wheels are spinning with things to plan :)
And what is a blog post without a picture :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Hanna picked these colors out all by herself at the store the other day.

She wanted a pattern.

I think her teenage years are going to be very interesting!!