Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cooking Lesson

Staley loves to help me in the kitchen.  Today we had this conversation:

Me:  "Maybe after rest time you can help me make some cookies and some granola."
Staley:  "I have a great idea!  We could make granola cookies."
Me:  "Hmmmm...I don't know how to make granola cookies."
Staley:  "I do.  You just need five gallons of milk, one gallon of water, and two gallons of sugar.  Then you mix it up and cook it and that makes granola cookies."

Or sugar soup.

Either way, sounds scrumptious, right?!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a current phenomenon used to raise awareness and money to support research for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).  Even as someone who is not on Facebook and is admittedly out of the loop, I was aware of this trend sweeping the nation.  Simply put, individuals are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads while filming it and then challenging others to do the same.  This is done in conjunction with a donation, all to support research for this devastating diagnosis.  According to the ALS web-site, the Ice Bucket Challenge has currently raised more than $70 million.  For more information or to make a donation, feel free to visit the ALS web-site at  

So when we were challenged by the Bradfords to participate in this, our little family gladly accepted.  We did complete the challenge and video tape it, but as I do not know how to load videos onto my blog, I will just share a few highlights with you.

Staley was excited about Lila challenging her.  As we were getting ready to head outside to complete our challenge, Staley told me she had a great idea.  She ran upstairs and returned a few minutes later like this...

Wrapped in a blanket with her umbrella, I think she might have been missing the point.

If you were to see our video, you would get to experience:
1.  Zach completing the challenge and challenging two friends from work while Adelie is crying in the background because she wanted Staley's Dora umbrella.
2.  Staley, in true Staley form, deciding that she wanted to do her own challenge and pour the water on her arm or her leg instead of her head.  When we tried to convince her that the challenge was to pour it on her head, she dunked her head partway into the bucket (just enough to get a few hairs wet) and then decided that was all she wanted to do.  However, she did happily challenge Liam to complete the challenge that she didn't.
3.  Adelie, not quite knowing what was going on, picked up her bucket.  When Zach helped pour it on her, she cried and ran away.  She got over it quickly and then, with a little help, challenged her cousin Elliott.
4.  When it was my turn, you could watch me finish the challenge while challenging two of my brothers and their wives, all the while hearing Staley talk about alternate challenge ideas in the background.

All in all, it may not have been a picture perfect Ice Bucket Challenge video.  But it's not about perfection.  It's about doing our small part that will hopefully end up making a big difference...and looking forward to watching other people get cold and wet in the process.

Funny Girl

Adelie has always been a ham.  She will do anything for a laugh.  As her vocabulary for this early part of her life has been pretty limited, she has generally had to rely on physical humor to get her laughs.  You know, things like falling down, throwing things, putting things on her head, sticking her fingers in her ears.  But as Adelie has been adding more and more words to her vocabulary, she has found her first funny 'joke.'

At meal times (any time during breakfast, lunch, or dinner), Adelie will say "dessert."  I will say, "We're not going to have dessert."  Adelie will then smile and say, "cookie."  I'll say, "We're not going to have a cookie!"  And Adelie will grin like a chesire cat and then start again with "dessert."  Staley thinks this is SO funny, which of course keeps Adelie going and going and going.

It may not be the first one you bust out a dinner party, but it gets lots of laughs around here.

My funny girl!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Big Sister

Staley is a fantastic big sister.  She is very patient and loving and helpful with Adelie.  She shares with her, keeps an eye on her, plays with her, and gives her a hug and a kiss every night before bed.  She is also quick to tell me when Adelie is getting into something she shouldn't (which is often).  Staley is always ready to comfort Adelie when she is sad, and can make Adelie smile quicker than anyone else.

The other morning, I was getting ready in the bathroom upstairs while the girls were still sleeping.  (The girls' bedrooms are across the hallway from each other with the bathroom right between them.)  As I was in the middle of finishing my make-up, Adelie woke up and started to fuss.  I let her fuss for a few minutes while I was finishing up.  All of a sudden, Staley's bedroom door swung open and Staley went running across the hall yelling, "Don't worry, Adelie.  I'm coming.  I'm coming."  It was so sweet--and, of course, the minute Adelie heard Staley's voice, she stopped fussing immediately.

On the other hand, Staley is also quick to reprimand Adelie when she is breaking the rules (which, again, is often.)  This morning Staley was sitting at the table and Zach was standing behind her while holding Adelie.  Adelie reached down and pulled Staley's hair.  Staley said, "Oww!! Adelie is pulling my hair."  When Adelie let go, Staley turned around and told her sternly, "Adelie, I'm very disappointed in you."

Adelie is so lucky to have such a loving, attentive, and patient big sister.  And Staley is lucky to have a little sister who thinks she hung the moon.  I love watching my girls together...and I hope this sister love never changes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Day of School

Staley was SO excited about her first day of school today.  She picked out her favorite outfit and bow, put on her new sparkly princess backpack, and posed for first-day-of-school pictures.

On the way to school, I asked Staley what she was most excited about doing at school today.  She answered, "Learning."  I told her that she would probably have fun playing with her cousin and her new friends too.  She responded, "Recess is for playing.  Preschool is for learning."  I hope she's not disappointed in the amount of fun and playing that she will have to incorporate into her learning time.  

Staley had no qualms about being dropped off at school.  She happily hung up her backpack and jumped right into her classroom activities.  She barely noticed when I gave her a kiss good-bye.  

Usually Staley will be at preschool all day on her two days, but today was only a half-day.  I left work for awhile so I could pick her up from her first day and take her to lunch before dropping her off at the baby-sitters.  As soon as we got in the van, I asked Staley how she liked preschool.  She answered, "Great!" but then was quick to add, "but I didn't learn anything today."  Based on our conversation, I learned: 

1.  That her preschool sings a different days-of-the-week song than she sings at Miss Meagan's.  (I'm assuming same days of the week, different tune.)
2.  That she had Cheez-its for a snack and Skittles when she was lining up to go home.
3.  That they read a story about a mouse who goes to school and makes a mess, but is so little that he takes a bath in a sink.
4.  That she had the neatest backpack of anyone in her class.  (Hoping she wasn't sharing that little thought with her classmates.)
5.  That there are two bathrooms.  A little bathroom with a big sink in her room and a big bathroom with little sinks across the hall.  Apparently the big bathroom has lots of potties, but curtains instead of doors.  (Yes, the bathroom descriptions were a lengthy part of our conversation.)
6.  That she only made one friend (her cousin, Lila) but sat next to Sloan when she ate her Cheez-its.
7.  That she colored a picture.  On one side, she drew rain because it was raining outside.  On the other side, she drew a castle.  And that she had to leave her picture at school because that was the rule.
8.  That her favorite thing was playing on the playground.  I guess since there wasn't enough learning taking place, she had to find something to be a favorite.

A great first day of school for my little girl...
topped off with ice cream and sprinkles!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Making it Happen

This morning, Staley and I attended an hour "meet-and-play" morning at her preschool (before she officially starts tomorrow.)

Staley and cousin Lila in their new classroom

Since Grammie and Grandpa were watching Adelie, I told Staley that after her meet-and-play morning, we could go do something special.  Initially we were going to paint pottery...until we drove over there to find out that they are closed on Mondays.  Bummer!!  Not to be deterred, Staley then decided that she would like to go to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies for her butterfly queen costume that she has been talking about making for literally months now (as mentioned in this previous post.)  So we went to Hobby Lobby and I told Staley she could pick out 4 supplies that she needed to make her costume.  Then we came home and with a little cutting, a little tying, and a few stitches, we made THIS...

Staley's "supplies" that she picked out included purple sequinned material, silver sequinned material, rainbow colored feathers, and a black lacy broach with rhinestones.

I'm not sure we're going to go into business, but Staley seemed pleased with the outcome.  
And I'm just proud that we could finally make this happen...even if this concoction of sequins and feathers is what we made happen.  :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Question of the Day

On a cool, overcast morning, if you are the only people at State Farm pool, does that make you really smart...or not so bright?

No crowds.  No lines for the water slides.  No traffic jams in the lazy river.  Our own private life guard who followed us wherever we went.  Sure, both girls were shivering by the time we were done swimming, but judging from these smiles...

...I think it was a pretty good idea.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

She Says...

The other night at dinner, Adelie got messy (as usual).  Staley said, "It needs to be bath night tonight, Mama.  Just look at your daughter."

Today Staley and Zach were playing a game where Staley was thinking of a word for each letter of the alphabet.  When they got to 'w', Staley said, " 'W' is for weapon."  Well, yeah.  A little disturbing, but correct nonetheless.

Staley has decided that when she grows up, she wants to be a therapist and work at the hospital like I do.  She told me the other day, "I already know how to be a therapist because I'm good at playing with kids."  I'll wait a few years before I explain the years of schooling it will take before she can officially "play with kids" as a career.

The other day, Zach and Staley had this conversation:
Staley:  "Daddy, will you help me go potty?"
Zach:  "Sure.  What do you need help with?"
Staley:  "Company.  (pause)  Company is for when you're worried that you might get lonely."

To be honest, I'd generally prefer a little less company when I'm trying to use the bathroom, but to each his own.

Princess Party

Today was one of those dreary, nothing planned, just hang around the house kind of Saturdays.  I was looking forward to it.  The girls spent most of the morning in their PJs.  We played.  I did some laundry. The girls took a fun morning play-bath.  (The girls LOVE to play in the bath, so when they get a morning or afternoon bath without the time constraints of bed time, it's a fun treat!!) And then our day got a whole lot more exciting.  Uma called to tell us about a fund-raiser at a local hair salon.  So the girls finished their bath, put on their fancy dresses, and we headed over for...

a princess party!!!

Snow White took Staley from station to station at the party, spending the whole time with her.
Staley told us that walking around with Snow White was her favorite thing!!

Staley played a game, made a wand, and then got her fingernails painted.

After that, she got a fancy hair-do...complete with sparkles and a new tiara.

To top it off, she then got a cookie...before lunch!!

What a perfect treat for my little princess!
And we also supported St. Jude.  Winner, winner!!

And, of course, Adelie was ever-ready to go along for the ride.  She played a game, won a glow bracelet, and had a cookie treat too.  She didn't get her hair or nails done, but I don't think she minded.  And since I didn't take any pictures of Adelie at the princess party (poor, neglected second child), I'll share not one, but TWO pictures from our fun outing to the Farm Park yesterday to make up for it.

Taking a break from playing to 'cheese' for the camera

She can brighten up even the gloomiest of days!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hair Cuts

Today I took both girls to get their hair cut.  This was Adelie's first haircut.  Her hair isn't that long, but it needed a little trimming to erase the baby mullet look in the back.  Shockingly, Adelie sat very still in the chair and did great throughout the entire haircut.

Pretty happy to be getting a big-girl haircut

Adelie and Miss Rachel after her first haircut

Staley had been talking about getting her hair cut for awhile.  Initially she told me that she wanted to grow her hair like Rapunzel's until it touched the basement floor.  After I explained that Rapunzel is just pretend and real people's hair can't grow that long, she then decided that she wanted her hair cut like June's (a girl in her Sunday School class who has a pixie cut) because June NEVER gets tangles.  I convinced Staley that she didn't want her hair that short, so she finally settled on hair at her shoulders like her friend, Camryn.

Before (and rocking her new pink cowboy boots)...


...and after.

I LOVE it, but I think it makes it her look so grown up.

Big Heart

Staley has always had a big heart.  She loves to give compliments, share with others, and comfort those who are crying.  Yesterday, Zach and I were discussing the upcoming birthday of our Compassion child.  (We sponsor a child in Guatemala through Compassion International.)  Staley asked what we were talking about, so Zach explained to her how we send money and letters to a little boy in a far away country who doesn't have very much.  Then he shared that this child's birthday was coming up, so we were sending him a birthday card and a present.  Without saying anything, Staley went into her playroom.  Zach went in a few minutes later, and Staley was pulling toys off her shelf.  When Zach came in, she said, "I want to send these to the boy for his birthday too."

She's growing up so fast, and I'm so proud of the little girl that she is becoming.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Kamikaze Baby

I think our house is uber baby-proofed.  My child is well supervised.  She is well coordinated when it comes to climbing on and off of things.  She even knows to sit down when she's at the top of the stairs, and can turn around to climb down on her stomach independently.  But no matter how safe I think the environment is or how closely I am watching her or how coordinated she is, my kamikaze baby still finds ways to push the envelope of safety on a daily basis.  And it's not just your average, run-of-the-mill falling while walking too quickly outside or slipping off while trying to climb onto the toilet or tackling her older sister, although there is plenty of that too.  That's just the start.  We have to go even further.

Who would think to hang from the handle on the oven door until it flies open, causing her to whack her head on the kitchen floor?

Who decides it's a good idea to run as fast as she can (luckily it's not that fast yet) towards me while I'm bent over tying my shoes so that her head bounces off mine?

Whose taste buds think that sucking on the dispenser end of the pump soap sounds yummy?

Who, because the baby gates are locked at the top of the stairs, climbs through the kitty door on the baby gates to get to where she wants to go?

Who determines that waiting for mom to get the big toys off the higher shelves in the toy room requires too much patience and just prefers to pull them off onto herself?

Who has found that throwing toys and books, especially big ones, is a satisfying activity...and loves to do it with a glint in her eye and a mischievous smile after her mother has already told her 'no'?

Who finds pure enjoyment into running as quickly as she can and launching herself into furniture or people?

This little one.

Yes, she's cute.  But she is WILD!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Sometimes the honesty of kids is refreshing.  Sometimes it's cute.  But sometimes it's just bad for your self-esteem.

Staley:  "Mommy, are you going to wear your new shirt that Daddy bought you?"
Me:  "I don't know.  I'll have to try it on first to make sure it fits."
Staley:  "It will fit.  I saw it and it is HUGE."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sassy Pants

Most of the time, Staley is delightful.  She is generally sweet and loving and obedient and fun.  But there are those moments...those un-delightful moments--that are also a part (thankfully a small part) of who Staley is right now.  Staley has moved past her toddler-tears-over-ridiculous-things phase.  I was happy to see that go.  But lately she's been trying on her sassy pants...and I'm not liking how they fit.

I was a little taken aback when this sassy-girl attitude arose from my sweet and compliant little girl.  When she looks me in the eye and defiantly chooses not to do what I ask, and especially when she does it with a little smirk, it does not sit well with me.  When she sassily makes demands like "I won't go potty until you shut the door" or does things like slamming doors, stomping her feet, yelling, pointing her finger at us, crossing her arms,or even walking/running away from us when we try to talk to her, I briefly lose sight of the child that she usually is.  It makes me sad to see these unbecoming behaviors arise from my little girl.  It's hard removing privilege after privilege, knowing that when it comes time for her after-rest movie or bedtime music or bath time toys, she'll probably be her sweet, happy self again.  And it's difficult not knowing where these behaviors are stemming from.  Is she seeing some of these behaviors or hearing this sassiness from the older kids at the baby-sitters?  Is she testing limits, seeing how far she can push now that she's older?  Is this normal for 3?  Is she just getting it out of her system now so that she'll be utterly delightful during her teenage years?  I'm not sure what the answer is or how to quickly extinguish these behaviors.  All I know is, I'm not sure where Staley found these sassy pants, but I'm hoping she outgrows them very soon!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

A New Therapy Strategy

*Disclaimer:  I know my blog has been heavy on Staley quotes lately, but she is continually cracking me up with the things that she says.  So bear with me because here's another one.

Today after rest, we were doing arts and crafts.  Staley made a picture using glitter and jewels.

Staley:  "This picture is for you at work."
Me:  "Thanks!  I'll put it up by my desk."
Staley:  "It's not for you to put up at work.  It's for you to use at work."
Me:  "How should I use it at work?"
Staley:  "You need to fold it up and put the colors inside.  Then you squeeze it like a bow and arrow and shoot glitter on the kids who are hurt or need help.  That will help them feel better and it will give them a surprise."

I guess that's just one of those things that they don't teach you in OT school.  But if it's effective, I may be shooting a lot of glitter on kids in the future.

Knowing the Rules

There are many perks to having Grammie and Grandpa living with us.  It's been at least several weeks since I've folded my own laundry.  I come home from work to dinner on the table.  The lawn gets mowed.  The dishes get done.  The groceries magically appear in the refrigerator.  And, of course, the girls never get tired of having Grammie and Grandpa to play with.  I am only half-joking when I say I want to tell their builders to slow down a little on the house progress.  But one of Staley's favorite things about having Grammie and Grandpa around?  They don't always know the rules.

It's universal that grandparents can be more fun and less strict than parents.  With grandparents, you get treats and can splash water out of the bath and go on fun outings and eat sugar cereal and stay up past bedtime.  And Staley loves when Grammie and Grandpa don't know the rules.  Like when Grammie let her brush her teeth with the non-spitty toothpaste.  Or when Grandpa let her watch TWO episodes of her after-rest television show.  Or when she and Adelie got ice cream after lunch.

Last night after dinner, we had this conversation:
Staley:  "Mommy, can I have some dessert?"
Me:  "Dessert is a special treat.  We're not going to have dessert tonight."
Staley:  (turning to Zach)  "Daddy, can I have some dessert?"
Zach:  "Didn't Mommy just tell you that we weren't having dessert?"
Staley:  "Yes.  That's why I'm asking you."
Zach:  "Well, if Mommy says no, then I'm going to say no."
Staley:  "I know!!  I'll ask someone who doesn't know the rules.  GRAMMIE...."

There are many reasons that we love having my parents staying with us.  But Staley's sucker she got from Grammie after dinner last night might rank towards the top of her list.

Grandparents are the best!!