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04/20/2015

Belle

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We started in a new music class and Sabine loves it.

We started in a new music class and Sabine loves it.

She also dances to the beat of her own drummer. Hands up, my dear, not hiney.

She also dances to the beat of her own drummer. Hands up, my dear, not hiney.

Nap battles have been temporarily suspended as long as I let her nap anywhere other than the crib.

Nap battles have been temporarily suspended as long as I let her nap anywhere other than the crib.

Which is great for Sabine but makes it impossible to do ANYTHING while the nap takes place.

Which is great for Sabine but makes it impossible to do ANYTHING while the nap takes place.

I made Sabine home made play dough and it is a huge hit. She likes making fashion for her animals.

I made Sabine home made play dough and it is a huge hit. She likes making fashion for her animals.

And playing with play dough while she eats. Which is why I made it rather than bought!

And playing with play dough while she eats. Which is why I made it rather than bought!

She has also started dressing herself.

She has also started dressing herself.

She prefers "grandma chic" rather than the current trends.

She prefers “grandma chic” rather than the current trends.

Partners in Crime

04/13/2015

Belle

Last week I accidentally left a near empty cat food bag out after refilling the food storage containers. I did not realize the missing bag until I heard rustling and “more?… more?…… more?” coming from Sabine’s room.

Sabine is in LOVE with her kitties these days. She likes to give them hugs, loves to be a part of serving them breakfast and goes bonkers when we let her play with them with the feather wand. She is a smart little kid and knows that the bags hold the food and that food is the way to win a cat over and that a cat won over will allow her to do all kinds of dreadfully embarrassing things to it, like put hats on it and try to have a tea party (true story, she had a hat on Yum Yum’s rump and a tea cup and saucer set in front of her one day!).

Here is a little video I caught of the feeding frenzy just before it escalated to an “all you can eat” buffet.

Tell me your favorite pet/baby story. I love a good kitty or doggie tale!

P.S. This is accidentally double posted on Sabine Daily. Oops!

Easter Egg Hunt

04/08/2015

Belle

Our trip was a success and Sabine enjoyed all of her little car goodies! The best toy was a tie between the slinky and reusable stickers. The least favorite toy was the coloring book, which was a big surprise because typically Sabine loves to color. The favorite snack were the Annie’s organic bunny crackers and the least favorite were the goldfish. Stay tuned for our next big trip – a two day drive to Alabama and back during Christmas (God help us all).

As for the weekend, we had an amazing visit with my extended family. I don’t get to see my family very often so it is always a treat. We stayed with my aunt at her new house in VERY rural PA. Like, so rural I had no cell reception or internet for the entire time, which was a delightful surprise as I am working to disconnect from technology a little. I have to be honest, though, by the time we were headed home I was getting a little twitchy. WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED ON FACEBOOK??? Newsflash, nothing happened except a lot of people wasting a lot of time!

We woke up Saturday morning to snow on the ground, which was a bit of a downer since everyone in the northeast is totally sick of snow at this point. Despite the snow, we layered up and went out for a hike and were delighted to learn that we had found complete and utter solitude. The only other life we saw was one deer, a few birds and some moss making a mighty attempt to thrive despite the never ending winter.

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That’s the Professor up there with our little monkey on his back. Notice there is no one else. For miles. This is something you really learn to appreciate after living in NYC!

Keep trying moss!

Keep trying moss!

That afternoon my cousin and her daughter took Sabine and I to Kraynak’s to visit Easter Bunny Lane, which evidently is a western PA tradition. It was… interesting. The Easter Bunny Lane was the same as when my cousin, who is going on 40, was a kid and the Easter Bunny at the end was both dirty and creepy and potentially the same one as when she was a kid. But we had fun and got a hilarious photo of Sabine and bunny to add to our growing collection of kid torture photos.

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Original sign. Potentially original bunny.

Cousins waiting to enter the lane.

Cousins waiting to enter the lane. Sabine is already unimpressed. Please don’t judge my outfit. Clearly I got dressed in the dark. Or I was drunk. Or maybe both.

These few photos do not really do the Lane justice. It was display after display of tacky and climaxed with a CRAZY Jesus display.

These few photos do not do the Lane justice. It was display after display of tacky and climaxed with a CRAZY Jesus scene that I failed to photograph because I was too stunned by it’s weirdness.

Me in my bright red shit kicker boots (there was lots of mud in PA) and Sabine protesting the bunny. Classic.

Me in my bright red shit kicker boots (there was lots of mud in PA) and Sabine protesting the bunny. Classic.

We survived!

We survived!

The next day was Easter. My aunt went out of her way to get the family together so all the cousins could meet Sabine and have an egg hunt. Sabine LOVED all the attention and took her egg hunt extremely seriously.

Hunting. The bag is nearly as big as she is.

Hunting. The bag is nearly as big as she is.

Egg hunts are awesome!

Egg hunts are awesome!

Sorting all her loot.

Sorting all her loot.

It turns out my child is too sensitive to eat her Easter bunnies and Peeps. Instead she spent the afternoon kissing and rocking them. Later she made a house for the Peeps out of a crate and lined them all up inside and said “night night.” Everyone got a huge kick out of this.

We love our chocolate bunny so much that we will not eat it.

Hugs and kisses for chocolate bunny.

This might be my favorite photo from the entire weekend. Sabine loves her big cousins!

This might be my favorite photo from the entire weekend. Sabine loves her big cousins!

A whole pile of second cousins!

A whole pile of second cousins!

And now, if you made it to the end of this very long and rather boring post, I will reward you with a 30 second video that sums up my family – each kid got a tub of fart putty in their Easter basket. Because nothing says religious holiday quite like a bunch of farts!

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