Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Friday, August 31, 2012


Tonight Staley was playing with Zach's watch.  She put it on her wrist.  Zach asked, "What time is it?"  And Staley answered, "Bath time."

Fruit Salad

Staley loves to go to the grocery store.  She loves to help pick out groceries, hold the groceries, put the groceries in the cart, and hand the groceries to the checkout person.  She is often opinionated about what she thinks we need.  "Go grocery store.  Get apples."  "Go grocery store.  Get milk."

The other day, we stopped by the store to grab a few things.  We told Staley that we needed to get some fruit and asked what kind of fruit she thought we should get.  Her answer?

"Strawberries.  And blackberries.  And peaches.  And bacon."

Close.  So close.

Monday, August 27, 2012


What could be more fun than a little family get-away to Madison, WI?  A little family get-away to Madison, WI with cousins!!! 

Animals at the Madison zoo are cool...

...even if they're not real.

But let's be honest.  The carousel trumps animals.

And apparently now train trumps carousel.  Who would've thought??

The highlight of the Children's Museum?  Magnetic blocks.

But there were lots of other fun things at the Children's Museum too.
Staley's other favorite?  A plastic cow hanging from the ceiling.

And hotels are almost as fun as outings.  You have closets...

ice buckets...

and great big beds!!

All in all, a great trip.  The zoo, the Children's Museum, the hotel pool, restaurants, and lots of fun with cousins made for one happy girl!!  And Friday night boy's night out to a brew pub and Saturday night girl's night out to a rooftop terrace for drinks and dessert...well, it was a great trip for all of us!!

Cheers to Madison!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Staley Funny

The other day, Staley and Zach had this little conversation.

Zach:  "Let's grab an extra diaper, just in case."
Staley:  "Just in quesadilla."  (Insert Staley giggling here.)

Hold onto this little gem.  Now anytime you hear someone say 'just in case', you can reward yourself with a little smile as you mentally change their sentence. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Easy Solutions

Last night, Zach and Staley went for a walk.  There is a field with some cows a few blocks away, so they walked over to see the cows.  Two cows, covered in mud and dirt, walked over towards the fence by Staley and Zach.  Staley told Zach, "Cows dirty.  Mommy clean them."

The other day, Staley was playing in her playroom.  She fell and hit her back on her slide.  She cried briefly and then said, "Hurt back slide.  Jake kiss it."

On Tuesday, Staley was at her Grammie and Grandpa Walles' house for the day. In the morning, she wanted to play out in the yard. My mom told her, "The grass is too wet right now." Staley's solution? "Go inside. Get paper towel."

Businesses spend millions of dollars hiring people to come up with solutions to their problems.  Thanks to Staley, we get our solutions for free.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Spreading Rumors

Staley tells us lots of things.  Sometimes they seem to come out of left field.  Sometimes they are silly.  Sometimes they are not true.  We can usually find some connection to something Staley has read, seen, done, or heard... but not always.  On Saturday, out of nowhere, Staley began sharing this information with Zach.  She gave these 4 pieces of information.

1.  "The mailman bring mail."
2.  "The mailman put mail in mailbox."
3.  "The mailman kiss Mommy."
4.  "The mailman says 'bye-bye.'"

For the record, the mailman and I have never exchanged more than passing pleasantries about the weather.  And upon further questioning, Staley did note that the mailman also kisses Daddy, Uma, and Papa.  Regardless, I'm not sure where this came from.  And my concern...

What else is Staley out there sharing with the world?  What kinds of information is she giving to her baby-sitter or the church nursery workers or the women at the library?  Staley talking about Uma running a race or Lila riding a motorcycle or Aunt Melissa flying up in the sky (all of which she has talked about recently) are cute, humorous antidotes that make me smile.  But Mommy kissing the mailman?   Not so cute and humorous.  I'd rather Staley not be sharing that story with anyone...especially the mailman.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Off and Running

Like her parents, Staley is a runner now.  Okay, let's be honest.  Like her father.  Her mother claiming to be a runner by the one run she musters every month or so probably doesn't count.  But I digress...  Staley was a walker.  Then a stable walker.  Then a fast walker.  And now, she runs.  Honest to goodness, lift your feet and swing your arms running.  And although not super-fast, keeping up with her these days requires some energy.  Staley now loves to race and chase.  Our nightly family walk around the block involves a lot of 'ready, set, go' and chasing...along with frequent stops to visit with neighbors, pet dogs, smell flowers, pick up rocks/sticks/acorns, and play in puddles. 

Since Staley has entered the world of running and seems to enjoy it, we let her experience the comraderie of her first 'race.'  Last Friday, we went to Illinois Wesleyan University for the 'Kids Run for Fun' night with her cousins.  Staley and Liam ran with the 1-2 year olds for 200 meters while Elliott used his boundless energy to propel himself 400 meters around the track.  Liam and Elliott completed their race distances running, while Staley ran about 20 meters and then decided she'd rather be carried while watching the rest of the kids run.  I guess the competetive streak isn't quite there yet.

Staley and Liam 'warming up' for their race.

Staley's first race number

And they're off...

Elliott (black t-shirt) and Erik (red t-shirt) running with the 3 year old group.

Staley checking out her trophy.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


When we tell Staley not to do something, we usually explain to her why.  The top 3 reasons we list?  It's dangerous, it's yucky, or it's not nice.  Running into the street, playing on the stairs, standing up on her chair--dangerous.  Putting crayons in her mouth, playing in the garbage, tasting kitty treats--yucky.  Pushing, kicking, hitting--not nice.  So yesterday we had this conversation.

Staley:  "Staley pick nose."  (As she proceeded to stick her index finger up her nose.)
Me:  "Don't pick your nose."
With a serious expression, Staley took her finger out of her nose and said knowingly, "Dangerous."

I'm not sure how dangerous it is to pick your nose, but if it keeps Staley's finger out of her nose, I'll go with it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Conversations with Staley

When Zach was putting Staley into her carseat when picking her up after work on Tuesday, she said, "Too hot.  Daddy turn on air."

While going on our family walk tonight, Staley said, "Go home.  Take bath.  Play with blue ducky.  And yellow ducky.  And teeny tiny ducky.  And bath toys.  And bath crayons."  Needless to say, it was a super-fun bath tonight.

The other night at dinner, Staley started throwing some of her peas on the floor.  I sternly told Staley, "We do not throw our peas on the floor."  Staley's response?  "Mommy pick up peas right now!"  For the record, I did NOT pick up the peas.  Staley did.

We always put Staley in a hooded towel after her bath.  She loves to look at herself in the mirror when she's all wrapped up in her towel.  The other day, Staley had a little hooded towel on that looked like a duck.  She saw herself in the mirror, smiled, and said, "Quack, quack."  Zach asked, "Are you a duck?"  And very seriously, Staley replied, "No.  Person."

Lately when Staley hears a noise, Staley will say, "Hear something."  I'll tell her what it is she hears--a helicoptor, a chainsaw, a motorcycle, a garbage truck.  Then she'll want to see whatever it is.  We've spent a lot of time going outside, looking around for the mysterious sound-makers.  So if you drive by and see Staley and I in our pajamas on the front porch looking around at nothing, you'll know why.

Spontansously, randomly, frequently, and oh-so-sweetly I'll hear, "I love you, Mommy."  And of all the cute, fun, amusing, amazing things that Staley says, this is by far my favorite.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Little Farmer

Staley loves animals.  All animals.  Household pets.  Birds and squirrels and bunnies in the yard.  Zoo animals.  And farm animals.  Oh, how she loves her farm animals.  So Staley was in her element on Friday when we joined with a friend's play group to attend Little Farmer's Camp.  Little Farmer's Camp occurred on a working dairy farm where the kids got to help with various farm chores.  Staley (and Elliott, who also joined us) got to help mix feed for animals, gather eggs from the chicken coop, bottle feed baby cows, and feed cows, sheep, horses, and chickens.  Up close encounters with all the animals from the barnyard kittens to the cows were high excitement for Staley.  She was also super-pumped about seeing both a red and a blue tractor.  Let's add this as another possible future Staley career.  My little farmer!

Staley scooping corn into a bucket to feed the sheep

Elliott and Abby carrying their bucket of feed

A little love from one of the cows

Staley and Elliott (and Grammie) watching the horses eat