Thursday, August 28, 2008

Next Greatest Rock Star - Evah!

Leda is very interested in my guitar, that poor instrument that has been stuck in the corner of my office, wishing someone would pick it back up and learn how to play it! Anyway, Leda loves the guitar! She likes to strum the strings!

I purchased a surprise for Brock (okay, it was really for me, but Brock likes it a lot!) from iTunes today and asked Brock to come up to my office to hear his surprise - Little Feat's latest album. Leda immediately went over to the guitar and started strumming it. So I asked her if she would like to play it and boy, did her eyes light up.

So I told her to sit in the chair and I placed the guitar in her hands. And, cuteness blinded us all!

Next Greatest Rock Star - Evah!

And, she didn't even really need to be told how to hold the guitar...she's a natural!

Next Greatest Rock Star - Evah!

Can you guess what she MIGHT get for Christmas this year??? ;-)

Friday, August 22, 2008


Tonight, after dinner, Leda and Brock went outside to play. I followed a little later. Connor, the 12 year old boy who lives next door came over to play a little with Leda. She LOVES Connor!

They were playing Hide-n-Seek. It was Connor's turn. He counted on one side of the large tree in the middle between our two houses while Leda hid on the OTHER SIDE of the large tree!

Connor yelled out, "Ready or not, here I come!"

Leda yelled, "Ready!"

It was cute! Obviously, he found her pretty quickly.

The next time it was Connor's turn, Leda hid behind the ladder for the slide. The later for the slide is not solid, so it would be pretty easy for someone to find her! Obviously, Connor was able to find her pretty quickly again.

I guess it's time to teach Leda the fine art of hiding so that the other guy can't find her!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Day on the Bay

Let me tell you, I have the best friends! And I'm not just saying that because we got to spend the whole day on their boat on the Chesapeake bay on a day that couldn't have been better weather-wise. No, I truly believe I have the best friends. The fact that they have a boat and invited us to spend the day with them on a day that couldn't have been better is just a perk! ;-)

Yesterday was such a day. We were invited to join the Durhams on a day boat trip on the Chesapeake Bay. We met early in the morning (okay, so 9am isn't exactly early) and we headed down to North East, MD to launch the boat.

When Leda woke up in the morning and I told her that she needed to get into her bathing suit, she thought we were going to Paige's house to go swimming. I told her no, but we were going to go with Paige on a boat trip and we would fish and that she could swim in the bay. The only time Leda has been on the boat is when we were down the shore, so she was a bit confused by this "bay" stuff. I tried to explain, and I think it worked because she responded to me that she couldn't swim in the bay, because "the fish will bite me." I assured her that no fish would bite her (even though that's probably one of the reasons I will not get into river or lake water - don't want no fish biting me!).

Leda wasn't much of a help in making the first part of the day enjoyable. From the moment she awoke ("I want YOU to make me breakfast, Mommy" - as if I pour the cereal and milk so much better than her father can!) she was one big whine fest. Oh, and now I know why my mother couldn't stand is like nails on a chalkboard after the first, oh, I don't know, 1 SECOND OF WHINING!!! And she whined ALL THE WAY TO THE MARINA! Then, she whined some more. While we were waiting for the boat to be prepared and dropped into the water, I had to go use the restroom. I told Leda that we were going to go potty, and oh, the whining hit a whole new level. I had to scold my child in public. Boy, that was fun. "I don't need to go potty, Mommy," over and over and over again. When we finally got to the restroom, who do you think needed to use the potty first? Yep. Not me!

Anyway, we finally got on the boat and things got much better. The girls went down below and watched movies. That's right, a beautiful day on the water and what do our kids want to do, watch movies. And you know what, I don't feel one bit guilty letting them - you know why? Because the whining HAD.FINALLY.STOPPED! Ahhhhhh!

The day, was beautiful. A warm day with a bit of a breeze and not a cloud in the sky. We cruised down to Turkey Point (I think that was the name) where the Elk River comes out into the bay and cruised a bit up Elk River to a little cove where we anchored and had some lunch, and did a bit of fishing (where we proved to Leda there were NO fish in the water, for if there were, we would have caught lots of fish!) and Leda and Paige went swimming with their daddies.



After awhile, it was time to turn toward home. Paige indicated she was tired and would probably like a nap on the way back to the marina, whereas Leda announced she wasn't tired at all. We lured them downstairs to watch a movie, whereas both girls fell asleep within 5 minutes of pulling anchor. Yep, not tired at all!


It was a beautiful day. Did a little boat shopping, too. Saw a few motor boats and sail boats I would be perfectly happy with! We had a lot of fun, and we were all pretty exhausted from all that fun by the time we got home last night! But it was all worth it to spend a beautiful day on the water with great friends!


Check out more pictures of our beautiful day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No Longer Friends

The latest in Leda world....when we tell her "no" to something, she will cross her arms and say, "I'm not going to be your friend anymore."

This has happened to both Brock and I this week.

So, just to alert the world, Brock and I are no longer friends of Leda!

Until she gets over it! And then all is right with the world again.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Dream

It happens every four years. I try to plan two weeks of my summer around what I want to see on the Olympics. Which is pretty much everything. Except boxing, I don't dig boxing.

I love the Olympics. I wish I had been good enough at something when I was a kid to have made it to the Olympics. One year, I will go to the Olympics (we are starting to plan for London 2012 - that would be an awesome one for me to go to!). And, I will cry like a baby when I get there!

Seriously, I love everything about the Olympics. I like the competition, I like the unknown, I like the camaraderie, I like the idea of the youth of the world coming together to compete in a positive way. I just eat that stuff up. And yes, I ball like a baby when the torch is lit. And every year, right before the start of the opening ceremonies, I say I will probably flip the channels during the parade of nations (because, man, that takes FOREVER!) but I never do. I watch them all. I watch it all. And I scream and yell at Bob Costas for his idiotic comments the whole entire four hours EVERY FOUR YEARS! (yeah, like he can retire now!)

I'm excited about Michael, do you think the guys that have to go up against him are like, really, seriously, do I really have to even swim? 'Cause he just pummels them all! I'm excited about the girls gymnastics team. I hope they do well. I love the equestrian events. The synchronized diving is pretty cool. And how awesome is that bronze by the men's gymnastic team? All of it just pumps me up. Makes me wanna go to the gym. (Ha!)

I let Leda stay up late on Friday to watch the ceremonies with me. She fell asleep in the first 15 minutes (she hadn't had a nap that day - not because she was bored). I think she may be a little too young to care. But believe me, the kid gets good at a summer sport, she is so going to train for the Olympics! Unless she doesn't want to, but if she does, she's so there!

Anyway, that's what I will be doing the next two weeks. Watching and dreaming. And, yeah, probably shedding a happy tear every time we get to hear the national anthem at a medal ceremony. Oh, and don't even bother me on the closing ceremony night...I'll be dreaming of the next Olympics in four years...well, maybe the winter Olympics in two years!

Deep Trouble

Yes, that is what we are in, now that Leda has one of these...that now works!

Our neighbors gave us this motorized vehicle when Connor got too old for it. We loaned it to the Durhams for awhile, since Leda was a little too little for it. The batteries were pretty much done for. Brock just bought new batteries for it and they arrived yesterday. So Leda got to try it out when she got home from daycare. Needless to say, she loved it.

Yeah, I know, not enough posting. Well, just don't have a bunch to is summer, the Olympics are on (Awesome stuff - So glad I stayed up late on Sunday night to see the men win the 400 free!) and I'm pretty much hating computers these days...too much work! I am going to attempt to post a little more the next week or so....try and pick it up before Leda goes off to SCHOOL! That's right, Leda starts nursery school this fall! Unbelievable! (okay, its like a total of 5 hours a week...two days a week...but still!)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekend with Family

We spent the weekend (and Brock's birthday) in NY with the family. Claire and the kids came in from Colorado so we headed up to spend some time with them and Grandpa and Nana Pam.

We got home last night. Had to work today. I'm beat. The camera's battery died half way through downloading the pictures. So, only two to keep you occupied until a full write up of the weekend can occur...

Leda with Daddy's birthday cake - obviously with NOT NEAR enough candles!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

After a visit and lunch with Nana Rose

The Yates Family

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