Saturday, July 24, 2010

Alice Loves the Park

We are so lucky, here in our neighborhood, to be surrounded by so many great parks and playgrounds, especially because Alice loves them so much. Since the weather has been so nice (if a bit on the hot side!), we try to get out at least once each day to enjoy them.

Here are a few photos from some of our fun at the parks over the past month or so:

Alice's favorite part of the park is being able to play with new friends.
We have mentioned frequently that Alice enjoys the water.  She gets so excited when she can run through water fountains.  Thankfully, most of the parks around us have interactive water features for the kids to enjoy on a hot day.  The next few photos were taken just this afternoon, in which she displays her fearlessness!:
Luckily, it has been hot enough outside that she can run under the fountains to her hearts' content, and she is pretty much dry by the time we get home!
Here is a link to all of the photos we have taken during our adventures at the parks and playgrounds in recent weeks.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Toddlerhood, Here We Come!

Alice just turned 14 months old, and it is remarkably noticeable how much she is now a "kid" versus the "baby" she once was.  She is really running around well now, and the freedom of being able to walk is such a delight to her (although Mommy and Daddy are getting lots more exercise these days, chasing after her now!).

Here are Alice and Daddy, cuddling on the sofa and laughing:
She is now REALLY into her favorite show, Veggie Tales.  Here she is in her PJs, engrossed in the show (we only have the one video and she loves watching it over and over).  She refers to the show as "Bob!!" - since the main character is Bob the Tomato.
Here she is as we took our monthly "Duckie" photos a few days ago.  It has been fun to look back at these photos over the months, since she is now bigger than Duckie, when he once dwarfed her!
Here is Alice, stylin' in her new dress and pink high top Converse All-Star sneakers from Auntie Chris and Uncle Dan!
She continues to be a very happy girl, and we are enjoying each day with her.  Exploring this summer has been especially fun, as we have watched her learn more and more about the world around her.
Here she is, blowing you kisses, one of the most recent things she has learned:
Goodbye!  Enjoy the rest of the photos of Alice turning 14 months old.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Teddy Bear Picnic & Parade

A few days ago, Alice and Mommy saw a flyer at our favorite local playground for an upcoming Teddy Bear Parade and Picnic.  It sounded like fun, so tonight, Alice, Mommy and Daddy headed over after work to check it out.

When the kids checked in to register for the parade, they each received their "number" and a special prize: a kazoo!  Here is Alice, before the parade began playing with her kazoo:
Alice really loved the parade decor and especially enjoyed admiring the balloons:
Before starting the parade, everyone sat and sang songs with their stuffed animals:
And then we were off!  Here are Alice and Mommy and Whaleman as the parade began:

At the end of the parade, Alice especially enjoyed the performance by the "Sunsetters" - a local singing and dancing troupe.  She was not shy at all about getting out there and dancing along to the music!:

Here is a link to the rest of the photos from tonight's fun evening in the park!

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4 - Little Miss Independence

To celebrate the 4th of July, we spent the weekend down by the Cape, and a special half-day with Grammie and Grampie at the campground.

Here is Alice, reclining in her baby-sized Adirondack chair, complete with a cup holder!
Daddy tried out Grammie and Grampie's new whale pool first.  It was COLD! :)
Alice soon joined in the fun in the pool.  She could see her reflection in the side!
The pool was so exciting... it even had a "blow hole" that Grampie had fun using to surprise everyone!  Alice thought the blow hole was so funny!
Speaking of Independence, Alice has now started to really run around on her own.  In honor of that milestone (and because she's now outgrown her last pair of shoes), Auntie Chris and Uncle Dan got Alice some cool new, pink, Converse All-Star hightop sneakers!  She'll be the most stylish one at the playground! :)
Once again, here is a link to the photos from our fun, holiday weekend.  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Beach Bum

This holiday weekend, we took a short vacation from the city and went down to visit Uncle Dan and Auntie Chris.  We spent a half day at the beach and Alice took the opportunity to take her first dip in the ocean.  She LOVED it!  She really enjoyed playing in the sand and especially enjoyed jumping over the waves as they came in.  The water was pretty chilly, but she didn't seem to notice.

Here she is, rocking her beach cover and new hat and soaking in the sun:
Before venturing out into the ocean, we ate a picnic lunch on our beach blankets.  Alice got so into the beach food, she even tried a handful of sand!  Here are Alice and Mommy, getting ready to head into the water after lunch:
After running in the surf a bit, Alice and Daddy sat and waited for the waves to roll in:
Alice was fearless.  She loved standing in the water as the waves crashed into her legs.  A couple of times, she even got to taste the salt water!
There is no doubt that we have a water baby!  She would spend every day in the water if she had the chance.

Here is a link to the photos from our fun 4th of July weekend down by Cape Cod!

Rainbow Brite and Master of the Remote

Just a funny picture of the little one.