Saturday, June 22, 2013

Slacker Mommy

I clearly have been avoiding my blogging duties, but I have photos to make up for it! 

Amelia telling Matt a story. She talks with her hands just a bit. :)

Mid-tumble. She takes gymnastics at school and LOVES to practice her tumbles.

This great shot is courtesy of Matt's cousin-in-law (I might be making up that phrase) Sean Carter. He took it during a Mother's Day/Graduation brunch. If anyone has tips on getting her hands out of her mouth I'm all ears.

Amelia's current obsession is dresses. She has to have one on everyday. Nana sent her some sundresses and she's been modeling them for me.

And the current favorite dress - the long blue one. 

Soccer practice. She's just started, and is the youngest one on the team, but she gets very excited every Wednesday for soccer practice. Actually participating is another story...

Occasionally she will actually kick the ball instead of carrying it around.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wait, what?

Amelia is now 3. I'm not sure how that happened. We had a small celebration on her birthday and then a small party the following weekend. She was sure that because she had already turned three that the birthday party meant she was turning four. Not quite right.

Big birthday morning hugs for Daddy.

First thing in the morning. She's gotten huge and the pictures don't do justice to how tall she is.

Dressed for school. She wanted to wear her Easter dress but we drew the line at the glass slippers. She requested chocolate cake at home and vanilla cupcakes at school. Variety is the spice of life.

Happy third birthday Amelia!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Beach Bum

Just before Matt and I were ready to send Amelia to live with the gypsies, the next best thing happened. She went to spend a few days in Florida with Matt's mom and step-dad. Amelia had a great time and LOVED spending time at the beach.

When the weather wasn't warm enough for the beach she loved being a daredevil at the local playground.

And she enjoyed helping make a birthday cake for Bill.

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lousy Smarch Resolutions

So this time I'm going to try and post pictures more often. Seriously. We'll see how it goes.

This weekend we had the nicest weather in a long time. Amelia and I took advantage by doing some painting outside. She's the only child I know who loves using brushes more than her hands. I take that back, I wouldn't be surprised if Matt did. She was very confused that I let her use a "work shirt" of mine, but I'm not going to wear it anymore so it might as well get some use.

She is now 95% potty trained for the daytime. This has brought back an unexpected photo opportunity. Depending on the underwear/legging combination you can see the characters thru her pants. It's not fully noticeable here, but there's a big Finn McMissle (Cars 2) on her bum. My brother used to wear Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle underwear under his white baseball pants and I swear you could see the turtles when he was playing right field. He will never live that down.

Before we went to London, my parents visited (Nana and Poppy) and they had sent Amelia this trampoline. We put it together and she LOVES it. The point was to calm her down, but unfortunately it only gets her more excited. But she does love to lie down on it. Here she's dressed in her Rapunzel dress and Stanford Sierra Camp sweatshirt. She's a stylish little one.

Friday, March 8, 2013

London Calling

So I totally lied about getting more photos up and writing more often. But I'm about to make up for it with pictures from Amelia's first international trip. Matt had to go to London for work and Amelia and I  went along for the ride. I mainly wanted to see my sister and Amelia wanted to find princesses and Mary Poppins. I told her that there were princesses named Beatrice and Eugenia and she totally didn't believe me. 

We took the red eye over, so here's Amelia with one last snack before getting on the plane.
Here she is on the plane. Because of frequent flyer miles we were able to fly in Business Class and it was awesome.

She's got Brave, blanket and a chair that reclines. This is a happy traveler.

 Amelia and I spent the first day visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum, along with the Natural History Museum. Dresses and dinosaurs proved to be the big winners. While going to meet up with Bunny we found this chalk painting on the sidewalk outside. We looked around for Dick Van Dyke, but he was no where to be found.

We took a walk in Hyde Park and looked at the swans. I wouldn't let Amelia get too close because those things are mean birds. And yes, I do still hold a grudge against the one that bit me when I was four.

Trying to get a self portrait.

Afterwards we went to Amelia's absolute favorite part of the entire trip - Harrod's.
They now have a Disney cafe where we had lunch but it was almost impossible to get her to listen to anything. There were no less than 4 movies playing at one time and then her pizza was shaped like Mickey Mouse.  

There were statues of the characters next to their movies and Amelia wanted to be with Rapunzel.


And Big Ben with Tinkerbell.


Then we hit the ultimate pop-up store. I had read that Disney was doing a temporary (or pop-up) store inside Harrod's. It was supposed to close after Christmas, so I didn't think it would still be there. Apparently it was such a big hit that they kept it open another three months. In the middle was a castle and when you went inside it was a pink velvet padded room with the Harrod's exclusive Cinderella glass slippers. To say they were a hit is a huge understatement. Here's Amelia trying on her new shoes. The did have adult sizes but in a rare moment of sanity, I realized I would never actually wear them.

There were more princesses to take pictures with. After that we hit part of the toy section, the candy and confectionary hall before I declared I needed out immediately.

Close up of the shoes.

After being in the store for a few hours, Amelia declared that it was her favorite store ever. We also took a walk along a street with the most expensive jewelry stores ever. Amelia loved all of it, and proved that she is Anna Gwyn's great-granddaughter by referring to a 13 carat ring as "a small one."

Friday was a bit of a rainy day, but that didn't stop us from getting out and about. Matt didn't have to work in the morning so we did some sightseeing. Big Ben was the biggest hit because that and Tower Bridge, are the things Amelia associates with London. And Peter Pan.

I swear that somewhere there's almost an exact replica of this picture, but with my Dad and Bunny.

Trying for family portrait.


Saturday was a full day of sightseeing, starting with the Tower of London. We tried to convince Amelia that she had to stay in there but it didn't work.

Looking out at Tower Bridge.

At least someone stands still for the camera...

It was great to see Bunny and her husband Pete. We had dinner with them every night and even though  Bunny used her "teacher voice" with Amelia, she couldn't get enough of her aunt. Every day she would ask if we were going to see Aunt Bunny and Uncle Pete that night. They were kind enough to babysit for one night so Matt and I could have a date night. After a drink at the Ritz Bar (I have an obsession with nice hotel bars), we had dinner at The Wolseley. It was great and we happened to get the best table in the house for people watching. That ended up being especially cool because Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were having dinner there at the same time. The whole experience was great. 

All in all a great trip. Amelia is already talking about when we go back.

PS - If anyone can smuggle a case of this stuff (the apple cider, not the strawberry-apple) into the country I would love you forever. It's a Swedish brand that they don't currently have here, but it is in Canada. I see a road trip in my future.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Year, New Pictures

I have no good excuse for not posting so I'm not going to try to come up with one. I'm hoping this will satisfy cravings for more Amelia photos. 

These are more shots from our shoot with Angelia Photography. (side note - Steph just ran the Disney marathon and finished a series of Wounded Warriors photo shoot raising over $4,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project. We totally love her and wish her the best for her wedding this fall.) As I sent our Christmas cards out on Monday, some of these will be on that. I'm clearly totally on top of everything right now. :) 

Family shots

Princess Won't Look At The Camera
Twirling much?

School Pictures - Amelia refused to do it last year but was totally into it this year.

She's realized that she can swim in our bathtub and now would like every bath to be in there and to be a bubble bath please. I also have a picture of her washing her hair with her foot, but it's not quite appropriate for a public posting.


I have some more photos coming, but I'm having technical difficulities. I promise it won't take another six weeks to put them up.