Friday, July 30, 2010

Flashback Friday

Hard to believe that this was exactly one year ago today.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Traveling One-Woman Band

Thank you, push walker, for teaching my child that you can walk anywhere you want as long as you find a suitable item to push in front of you. Things that work well include dining room chairs, Laugh and Learn Farm, Cozy Coupe and music table. This is what Campbell did all Sunday afternoon (they're very similar, but you can hear her say "cat" in the 2nd):

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Lovey Dovey

You guys, Campbell is in love. Apparently, her "type" is short, red and furry because the object of her affection is an Elmo puppet.  I've noticed that she was a fan of Elmo in the past- she's seen him in books, heard his songs and yes, watched him a few times on Sesame Street (yes, I'm horrible and she does occasionally watch TV, but, in my defense. I'm a WAHM- some days when I'm trying to finish my assignment, Elmo and the gang give me that extra 10 minutes that I need to, you know, not get fired). But, the level of her affection reached infatuation levels today.

We met Grammie at Baby Bugaloo (which is a dangerous, dangerous place if you have/ know/ have ever seen a child under the age of 5). We were looking for a gift for Campbell's 3rd cousin, Carter (I think he's her third cousin- at any rate, Campbell's Grammie is 1st cousins with Carter's grandma) but, seriously, that store has some of the cutest things in it! We browsed all around the shop and while we were looking, I saw Campbell's eyes get huge, and her hand shot out and started grabbing at the air. I looked over and saw it- an Elmo puppet on display. Luckily, they had another one in a bucket so I grabbed it to show it to her (and see if that was really what she wanted) and she freaked her freak (as B would say). :) I mean, breathing fast, clenching hands in her "I want it and I want it now!" way (this looks kind of like the sign for "milk" which I tried to teach her, so maybe she caught on and just uses it for "WANT!"). I tried to placate her with a small Elmo, but there was nothing doing.

So, Campbell proceeded to carry Elmo around the store while we shopped and after about 5 seconds I realized we pretty much had to buy him since she'd slobbered all. over. him. (particularly his big white eyeballs). Not to mention, Grammie's kind of a sucker (Hi Mom! We love you! Thank you!) and when she saw how enamored Campbell was, she wanted her to have him.

So, we brought Elmo home. All day she carried him around with her and would randomly hug him (freakin' adorable). We've been having some bedtime issues lately, but tonight Elmo went to bed with her and she was happy as a clam. The only thing is, she sat in there for 20 minutes blabbering away to Elmo. But, I haven't heard anything for about 10 minutes, so hey, at the end of the day, she's happy, safe and healthy (and so is Elmo!) so I consider it a success. I just hope they don't go through a dramatic break-up. ;)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

From vintage Campbell:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Splish Splash

Campbell and I have been doing somewhat of a tour of Austin-area splash parks with our mommy and baby friends. Some of them are more geared towards older kids but there have been a few that got Campbell's seal of approval.

The first sprinkler we visited was at the Triangle. Z and I took Campbell there one afternoon (after lunch at Chedd's- OMG- cheesy deliciousness).  At first she was a little hesitant, but she warmed up to the sprinklers after a while. Sophie helped calm her fears. The next week we went back with the other mommies and babies and Campbell played in the sprinklers a little, but mainly wanted to cruise along the concrete wall.

Next up was Champion Park.  I thought it was a really neat sprinkler- it was shaped like a whale and the main sprinkler was the blow hole. Campbell wanted to feel the water and at first she liked it, but the pressure was variable so it got harder and sprayed her in the face, after which she wasn't such a fan. She liked the swings though.

The last park we checked out was Pease Park. Campbell liked this one the best. She was crawling all around and splashing in the water. There were some bigger kids and a few women who don't believe in deodorant, but all in all, it was a winner. We'll definitely be back.


Other sprinklers on the list for this summer are Ricky Guerrero, The Domain, Hill Country Galleria and Butler Park.  Hopefully we'll be able to get to those soon (if it ever stops raining!)