a funny story

We spent the beginning of the week up in Cooperstown, NY watching my nephew play baseball. The games were great… I was amazed at how well 12 year olds play. It was better than a lot of major league games I have seen.

Anyway. Our niece came up with her brother and we were lucky enough to have her stay with us while we were there.  Annie was over the moon to have Morgan there. I think she may have even slightly usurped the position of favorite person ever which is currently held by our cousin Cillian who is over from Ireland.

My niece is 12 and wants to be a vet when she grows up.

The following conversation had me in stitches.

M to A:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

A:  A veterinarian

M: Me too

A:  No. You can be my nurse.

She was so matter of fact about it , it was hilarious. Nothing like a 3 year old to put you in your place.

The kids will be back in Jersey for 2 weeks the middle of next month. Can’t wait for more cousin time.

Annie and her “nurse” Morgan

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I can’t believe my little noodle is three!

Some of her favorite things at 3

– favorite colors pink and red

– favorite foods : chicken, broccoli, yogurt, all fruit

– favorite characters : Sweet Sweet petunia ( veggie tales) Minnie Mouse, Stuffy ( dragon from Doc McStuffins) and Belle and Tiana from Disney

– best friend : Carley

– favorite animals: zaboos ( ring tailed lemurs) , elephants, and sloths.

– wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

– I asked her who she was going to marry and she told me ” no one. I am going to be a racecar driver with a pink racecar”

– she  is potty trained and loves princess underwear.

-She goes to gymnastics and loves the tumble track, bars and doing forward rolls. She will be starting preschool there in a couple of weeks.

-She still can’t say the word hospital. (Mommy works at the hoss – table)  and calls Doritoes ” burrito chips”  so cute!

-Very very busy all the time. Would rather be moving and bouncing more than sitting.

– still off the chart on height and weight for her age. Wearing a size 5 clothes and a 9 1/2 shoe.

– very social. Runs to kids on the play ground and asks them if they will play with her. Loves to take kids by the hand to go play with her.

– Loves hugs and kisses and being nomnomnomed when she is wrapped in her towel (I’m a burrito! Eat me up)

Lovely and full of life. I love this little girl!


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a new backyard

My daughter has a lot of energy. I have parents ask me ” does she wake up in the morning like this?”. The answer is yes, she does. Even as a newborn she never wanted to sleep, preferring instead to be up… moving… vocal. We are always searching for ways to wear her down. ( never out.. that just doesn’t happen) Play ground have always been great for us. She is a girl who loves to climb, swing, jump, and run. Unfortunately there aren’t any playgrounds closer than a 10 minute drive for us – and that is to a small not so much to do playground.

So we decided on a backyard makeover for this summer. Phase one is now done! The problem with living on the top of a mountain is we have no flat area in our yard.  Luckily we have a friend whose dad does excavation in the side. We were able to make a play area for a third of the cost that hiring a landscaper would have been. So we were able to do this…

Our new play area

Coming soon will be the bigger sandbox, the pool, the balance beam and some other fun activities.

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