Friday, October 31, 2008


Tonight is Halloween and it's the first time Lauren gets to go trick-or-treating. Like last year, we had a mild melt down when the costume was first put. Thankfully, Lauren had a quick recovery.
My Mom brought back this belly dancer costume from her trip to Turkey this year.

There are cute shoes that go with the outfit that have little balls on the ends but she wouldn't wear them.

For a while she carried around the camel and then tired of that.

Here are Lauren and Joe on the path to collecting goodies.

By the end of the evening Lauren was very good at saying "trick-or-treat" and then "thank you". We only had one episode where she walked into someone's home because she heard a dog barking.

Grandma and Pa-pa handed out candy for us while we went around the neighborhood. All in all, Lauren was a hit. She loved walking around and hearing herself jingle. Joe got her to "shake" her body - it was too cute!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Missouri Botanical Garden

Today Lauren and I went on a field trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is the last week of the special exhibit by Niki de Saint Phalle. Her sculptures are really neat and many of them are made to be walked in and climbed on. Lauren walked much of the gardens and really enjoyed the freedom that entailed.

This is the first sculpture we saw upon entering the gardens. It's called Abre serpents.

This is one of the two Guardian Lions. It was the first sculpture we came to that Lauren could climb on.

These little sheep are not part of the Niki exhibit but Lauren really liked them. Twice she stopped and said "cheese" - meaning she wanted me to take pictures of her.

This was probably Lauren's favorite exhibit. It's called Nikigator. We spent a lot time here crawling around and feeling all the different textures.

Another visitor to the gardens took our picture on the Nikigator.

La Cabeza was really cool. The inside was awesome! There's a bench to sit on and when you look up at the top, there's a moon and stones that make you think of stars. Just a little fact, this sculpture weighs 6 tons!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Carving Pumpkins

Last night we carved our pumpkins. Actually, we gave Lauren markers to color her pumpkin and Joe and I carved ours.

Lauren kept grabbing the markers by the wrong end which resulted in her getting marker all over her hands. She does not like to be messy so I was wiping her hand every other minute.

Here is her masterpiece. She had more fun playing with the markers and their container than she did coloring her pumpkin. Oh well.

As Joe was scraping out the inside of our pumpkin he kept asking Lauren if she would like to stick her hand in and help pull out. "No" was always the answer. She liked to look in the pumpkin and touch the outside but she had no desire to touch the gooey inside.

Joe and I tag teamed on our pumpkin - I came up with the design and he carved it out.
I guess our pumpkin was too scary for Lauren.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Today we went to Rambach's Pumpkin Patch. Typically we don't buy our pumpkins here because they are pricey. We took Lauren last year but she wasn't able to walk. This year she walked everywhere. Just after entering the grounds, there are live chickens, pigs, bunnies and rooster. This was probably Lauren's favorite area. No matter where we went, she kept wanting to go back to that area. Joe took Lauren on her first horse ride. Her horse's name was Boots.

Giddy up Boots!

Last year Lauren and I had our picture made in front of this pile of pumpkins. Maybe this photo op will become a yearly tradition.

Big Girl Bed

Yesterday was the BIG day - Lauren went from sleeping in a crib to sleeping in a big girl bed. The transition had been coming for a while. So, this past week I ordered some cutie bedding and it came in on Friday. Here is the last picture of Lauren in her crib...

Add VideoAs we were putting together the new bed, she was playing in side the rails calling it a pool. Joe and I kept a steady stream of talking up about her new big girl bed and how exciting it was going to be. Once we got the mattresses on, Lauren wanted to jump on the bed. Being the indulgent parents that we are, we let her. I wanted to exchange out the mattress for another one and when we took the mattress off Lauren started crying "No! My bed. My Bed". She thought we were getting rid of her bed. After we made up the bed to my satisfaction, she wanted to jump on the bed and "cheese" for a picture (pre bed rails).

Lauren had a difficult time falling asleep in her new bed. Part of that is my fault - I didn't keep her normal bed time routine like rocking her before putting her in the bed. Part of her not falling asleep also had to do with Lauren not having a nap at all yesterday and being so tired she was wired. I let her fall asleep in our bed and Joe moved her to her bed. She slept all night long with no problem. Tonight, I will definitely stick to our routine.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Life Update

Wow! It has been a long time (over a month and a half) since I last blogged. A lot has happened in our life since then and I will do my best to catch everyone up. After this blog, I plan on posting regularly again. Okay, hold on tight 'cause here we goooooooooooo...

We left off with us going on vacation to Walt Disney World September 11 -15. (I'll blog about the trip later.) On our last day of vacation I was informed that 2 managers in St. Louis (one of them being my manager) were laid off due to the downsizing of my company. On the 18th of September, I was laid off (along with lots of other people nationwide). Bummer. Their loss. Needless to say, the first couple of weeks after that were a little nuts. I've been looking for jobs but the market is kind of stagnant right now. The perfect job will come along - hopefully sooner rather than later.

On September 28, AB had family day at Six Flags. Before we headed to the park for the day you'll never guess what happened?! Lauren used the potty!!!!! Boy we were so excited. She used the potty 2-3 times that day and then the next but hasn't sat on it since. Every time I ask her if she needs to go potty she says "NO!". When I try to sit her on the training potty, she stiffens her body and refuses to sit. We will save that battle for another day.

Six Flags was fun but boy was it yucky!!! Granted, I am a Disney Snob but come on - the park felt like a glorified carnival. The music was too loud, and the upkeep was not good. I felt like the workers were always trying to up-sell me and there were advertisements everywhere. We had a good time but it will be a while before we pay to go. Lauren had a blast. She enjoyed seeing Scooby Doo and Scrappy too.

Lauren also enjoyed riding her first amusement ride by herself. Joe and I were nervous at first that she would cry when she realized we were not going to ride with her but she LOVED it.

To shore the last few weeks up, we've been on a hayride at my Aunt Libby's. Lauren enjoyed bobbing for apples - actually she liked playing in the water more. She took a couple of tries at a pinata and ate 2 1/2 hot dogs -no bun. We attended a family picnic at Garden of the Gods last weekend and was in Harrisburg when my parents got to meet Brenna's boyfriend Kelsey. Overall, life has been good. I just need a job.