Sunday, July 31, 2011

Although I've been a busy girl the last few weeks, I don't have many pictures to show for it! It seems like the camera is always in the place where it might get used, and never does!
Anyway, I'll tell you a little bit about what I've been up to...
Last weekend was girl's weekend. This was my 2nd year in attendance:) Mom and I went with all the ladies from grandma Lynn's family- So I got to hang out with grandma and my aunties Lori and Lisa, great aunt Jan, Great-Grandma Spielman, and Leslie too. We rented a house in Brule, WI on the Brule River and Lake Superior. It was beautiful! We relaxed and played games and I got LOTS of extra lovin' with all those ladies around!

This past week, I attempted to help mom with my 1st cooking experience...we made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I tried to help mix, but the job I was the best at was licking the beaters:)

 And of course I had to sample the finished product:) Nothing beats a warm cookie, especially when the chocolate melts all over my hands!

On Thursday, we went to Granny's house to celebrate my cousin Cameron's 7th birthday! We went swimming at the pool, grilled out, opened presents, and had cake and ice cream too! My boy cousins sure loved having me around and they wanted to play with me and show me the toys, books, was pretty cute the way they thought they could corral me to do what they wanted...they obviously don't see me often enough to know that I am Ms. Independent:) But I did have fun playing with them.

The birthday boy! 

I had a birthday hat too, but I kept trying to yank it off my head~ 

Other than that, no big events around here...
I had some friends from daycare come and spend 2 days with me so that was nice to have someone to play with besides my mom! I love to play outside and I can do everything on my slide by myself now.

 I climb up the back...  

I stop at the top to stand up and spin my wheel round and round... 

Then I slide down! WHEEEE! It almost gets too hot to touch when it's in the sun, so today we brought it into the living room and that was a pretty special treat for me! 

Tomorrow is August and that means that summer is pretty much over already for mom! With moving to a new classroom, getting new curriculum, and having her largest class ever, she's going to be busy getting ready for those anxious kindergarteners this month! Starting this week, I will start going to daycare a little bit each week. Just 2 half days this week, but gradually more each week.
As much as I love my mom and she loves me, we are both very anxious for a change of pace:)
 (Bless you stay at home moms out there...I don't know how you do it!!!)

I have started to talk up a storm lately! Many of my babbling sentences are unrecognizable, but upon occasion, you can understand what I want or what I'm trying to say. I have gotten really good at using my sign language for eat, more, please, and all-done!
Crazy to think I'm almost 18 months old already! Where does the time go?!?!
I hope you all have a happy start to August and I'll update you again soon:)
Love, Danika

Monday, July 18, 2011

"In the Summertime When the Weather is High..."

It's a heatwave!
I've been such a little fish this week!I started swimming lessons M-Th and believe it or not it was really chilly a couple of the days! Hard to imagine now with the hot weather we're having...

Having a snack and warming up in my towel with dad:) 

We also went in the boat again this week. I loved it this time! I helped daddy drive the boat and I even swam in the lake! 

Practicing floating and singing a song at swim lessons 

Holding my ball that I throw in the water and then practice scooping and kicking to get it again:) 

A few other fun things I did this week include playing with play-dough for the 1st time...After I got over the exploration of trying to put it in my mouth, mom showed me how to stretch, roll, cut and build with it. I mostly just enjoy mashing it! 

Because I (well, mom too!) go crazy staying in the house all day, we have made lots of trips to the park and walking the trails near the park. A few of my favorite things to do at the park are swing, slide, climb and steer! 

My favorite thing this week to do when I was inside the house, was to push the stroller around with my baby and my puppy inside! I got very frustrated when I couldn't turn it around in the hallway, but with mom's help, I pushed them all around the house!

I was even lucky enough to get pushed around too! Dad took me for a ride around the house, and of course Sophie thought that because I was in a stroller, it must be time for a walk:) 

We hope everyone stays cool this week! It's going to be  scorcher! Aside from swimming lessons, I'll probably do more inside activities this week like the library and children's museum to stay cool! Oh, and I get to go see Amy and all my friends at daycare on Wednesday...I'm SO excited! I've missed them!
Love Ya!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer is in Full Swing!

Hello Again! I am loving summer time:) I have been going to the pool or playing in our pool at home, taking walks/runs with mom, going to the park and swinging and playing in the sand too! I love being outside!

Mom and dad have taken my highchair off it's stand and now I sit on a big girl chair just like them! I still sit in my actual highchair, but now I eat at the counter with them and rarely ever use my tray...I'm becoming pretty responsible (most of the time) with my food:)

Havin' a yummy snack...I can't decide if I got more in my mouth or on my face:) 

Don't bug me when I'm snacking! 

The usual bedtime routine with one slight difference...I was reading books to daddy instead of him reading to me! I blabber and blabber and point to the pictures in the stories! 

A little quiet reading on my own... 

Shhhh!!! I'm trying to read! 

We celebrating 4th of July at our house with a grill out. We had Uncle Mike, Auntie Lori, and Grandpa and Grandma Dummer over for dinner.
Daddy's Girl:)

 Splishin' and Splashin' with Aunit Lori

It was such a special day, I even got to eat my hot dog with out having to get out of the pool!  

I'll leave you with my favorite picture of the week...I'm getting to be such a big girl now- I even have my very own step stool! It's still kind of big for me, but I can get on it by myself and when I go, I stand on it and talk to myself in the mirror for a long time!

I started swim lessons again today, but this time they are at the outdoor pool. We go every weekday except Friday's for the next 2 weeks, so hopefully next time I'll have some pictures to share with you of that!

Have a great week! Love, Danika