When Alison is in her high chair I like to give her a normal, albeit child sized, glass.
At first she would dump it all down her front, but now only a few dribbles.
You can see her left hand fingers are a little purple-blue, Alison really likes freeze dried blueberries.
Unfortunately they make a little bit of a mess so its a high chair or mommy super supervision only food!
She is proud of herself for drinking out of a big girl glass and really seems to enjoy doing it.
I ordered a doll high chair and a doll buggy for Alison, both in natural wood. They were deeply on sale and I was thrilled to get them for Alison. She has some serious baby doll love, especially May and her stuffed dog Buddy (who you can see was stuffed first, white fur, into the top part of the high chair).
Alison was very excited about the doll high chair and wanted to help mommy put it together. It took a little longer with her help but she sure was proud of herself.
Oh yes also since we visited Claudia in Naples Alison has necklace love as well, its so cute! Claudia had a box of necklaces for Alison to play with when we visited her and Alison loved it! So now she has some at our house to play with (supervised of course) as well.
Testing out the high chair!
The doll buggy unfortunately was missing a wheel in the packaging so I will show a picture of that when its complete. I put it together minus one set of wheels and oh goodness Alison was so excited about her new doll buggy!! She could hardly keep her hands off while I was putting it together. It's also natural wood in more of a 'cradle on wheels' style so its easy for her to put dolls in; but without the fourth wheel it only had one axle of wheels and Alison was so heartbroken (a nice was of saying had a melt down) that it wouldn't work that its now shut away in the spare bedroom awaiting the new wheel to come.
Chris' friend Rusty sent Alison and him a care package entitled "Dad's Survival Kit while Mom's Away" it was full of so many fun things (markers, coloring books, magic fairy wands) that Chris didn't even get to everything before I got home! So today I thought it would be fun to pull out the play dough they sent.
They sent us a BUNCH of fun sized tubs so we had lots of colors to choose from!
We used a spoon and a fork to make different patterns in the dough.
Alison was concentrating very hard when....Baba called to Skype!
Alison got to show off her molding skills to Baba and Baba was very impressed.
So overall our first experience with play dough was a roaring success! We probably spent an hour sitting there at the table playing and rolling out little balls and making all sorts of little things. AND no play dough was eaten during the process.
Thank you Rusty and family for the wonderful gifts!
Once upon a time I bought 3 mini teacups before Alison was born when we lived in Pacific Beach. My brother Justin was here for a visit and we went to a little tea shop where they had finger sandwiches, little treats and of course tea. They also had a little gift shop where I spotted the little cups and knew they had to be mine.
I don't normally collect little mementos but they were so cute I couldn't help myself! For the longest time I had them by each of my sinks (bathrooms and kitchen) to put my ring in. When we moved to our house I never really got around to putting them back out, since I don't really take my ring off. BUT I did have one in a kitchen drawer and pulled it out while I was cleaning and Alison saw it sitting on the edge of the counter top just perfectly in reach and claimed it as her own and has treasured it ever since keeping it always displayed on her shelf in the playroom.
I thought I would save the other two for a special occasion but Alison was being such a good girl today I thought 'what the heck? why not?' and gave her a second tea cup.
I handed her the little cup and she ran it over to where her first cup (the one on the left) was sitting and with a big smile and repeatedly saying "teacup! teacup!" she placed her second mini teacup in its new home to start its new life as a beloved toy for a two year old little girl.
We really like Banana Republic so we were pleased when Chris got an email at work saying that for the weekend they were going to be offering 50% off of three items each to military and their dependents.
Of course we went in to take advantage! Chris wanted to get some 'grown-up' clothes.
The handsome hubs shows me a possible outfit!
Alison and I are having fun with the little mirror and the stool as we wait for daddy to try on his cloths!
Alison was a really good girl but started to get a little restless, we will have to come back again some other time so mommy can get some new clothes too.
I had the wonderful opportunity to throw a baby shower for my good friend Jean Ann.
She lives in Texas and I have known her for about 10 years now. We met the first day of school our freshman year of college at the University of Oklahoma and have been friends ever since.
Jean Ann and her husband Jacob are expecting their first child a little boy they plan on naming Jacob and but calling him Jake. I arrived on Thursday and the shower was Saturday and I left on Tuesday so I was able to spend some time with the parents to be.
Jean Ann has been watching a lot of cake shows and wanted to try and make her own cake.
This is her first ever fondant cake and I think she did a really great job!
They decorated the baby's room with the Giving Tree and so we carried that theme through the baby shower.
My lovely mom!
My parents drove down to see Jean Ann and me.
Mom was so helpful setting things up. I just handed her the stuff I had picked up at the store and she make the table look beautiful. (apples for the giving tree and blue for baby boy!)
The pieces of paper are for Baby Bingo! A game where you fill in the blocks with things you think the mother will likely get for her shower and as she opens them you cross off your square and the first to get a bingo gets a prize. It was a fun game and everyone got to talking about what they should put in their squares.
Mary, Jean Ann's step mom and her half sister Marina made this baby buggy fruit bowl!
How cute it that?
Jean Ann's Aunt Betty expressed her interest in helping with the baby shower and she organized some of the family members to make food to bring in. It was so nice of her to want to help out and I really apprechiated it!
Planning a baby shower out of state is no joke!
My mom had a good time. The room was in a really cute cafe called The Mix. They had a boutique store and a little French cafe in one as well as this room they rented out for parties.
I didn't know hardly anyone there but everyone was really friendly.
Jean Ann has a wonderful group of people she is surrounded by in Texas!
This little 4 year old girl won one of the baby shower games where you pull a piece of crape paper the length of what you think would wrap around the mommy's pregnant tummy.There was a tie but both guesses were dead on. Since we bought prizes with adults in mind my mom thoughtfully put a $10 bill in an envelope and gave her that, she was thrilled. So both winners got a prize!
Jean Ann and her half sister Marina
Jean Ann and her half sister Kelsey.
Kelsey's crape paper guess was a bit off.
Jean Ann got a lot of really lovely gifts.
About to cut the cake!
It was almost a shame to have to cut her work of art.
Thanks again to everyone who helped and Thank you so much Jean Ann and Jacob for having me in your home and apart of your lives.