Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Water Fun

Gracie Girl cooled off and relaxed in her "pool" this afternoon where she enjoyed splashing with her favorite turtle, reading books, and looking at alphabet letters. Grace even ventured into the "deep end" which was 1.5 inches deep!

Ladybugs, Ladybugs!

Grace adores ladybugs! She is able to find the tiniest ladybug in any book if I ask, "Grace, where's the ladybug?" Her big blue eyes will scan the page until she locks eyes on the red and black spotted beetle and then breaks out into a huge smile! Grace can even find ladybugs that are smaller than the size of a pea in books and pictures! Grace and I have been talking about ladybugs all month long so Grace's art project this month consisted of making fingerprint ladybugs. I love hearing Grace's squeal each and every time she sees a ladybug. It's precious!

The Cat's Meow

Grace continues to be fascinated by all three of our cats ~ Emma, Lil' Bit & Good P. Grace even loves their toys, especially this over-the-door squeaky mouse toy!!!Grace had fun this morning dressing Emma up in this bright yellow rain hat. Emma and Grace are the best of friends!

Sunday, July 29, 2007


On Saturday we walked over to Mary Hogan School to enjoy the playground. We spread a blanket in the cool shade right outside of the classroom where Maddy works. Then we went to Kidspace and had fun on some of the swings. They even had a "baby" play area where Grace had the best time swinging with Maddy & Poppy.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Beauties in Bloom

Mommy, Daddy, Maddy, & Poppy couldn't believe how much we all love this picture that Mommy took of Grace with Maddy's hydrangea. The hydrangea was in full bloom today and Grace was in full smile.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Supporting a Good Cause In Vermont

Grace & I came back to Middlebury, Vermont with Maddy & Poppy to support the annual Cystic Fibrosis Three Day Stampede. My brother Adam & I knew a woman at our elementary school who has twin granddaughters and at birth one of the girls was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Her two sets of grandparents have sponsored this annual three day event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event is a combination of a lawn sale, silent auction, raffle, dance, walk-a-thon, bake sale, and a craft and flea market. There are over fifteen tents of everything you can imagine from furniture to clothes and toys. It is an incredibly coordinated sale with every item sorted by size, color, and category. The volunteers put in an incredible amount of time throughout the year getting ready for this inspiring event. Last year they raised 92,000 dollars! Maddy & Poppy found lots of fun and new things for Grace all while supporting this wonderful cause.

Grace is waving "hi" to Daddy and telling him to get here quickly after work tonight so we can go again tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"Who's Calling Me Now?"

The Blues

Poppy & I don't have the blues but we really enjoyed listening to the Blues today at the Portland Public Market in downtown Portland.

Swimming & Discovering

I had a great day today. First, Poppy went in the pool with me at my swimming lesson at the YMCA where I showed him a few of my best moves! Then Maddy, Poppy, Mommy & I went to the Portland Public Library where we spent some time looking at books by one of my favorite authors, Denise Fleming. We discovered her book -"The Everything Book" which has hidden ladybugs on every page! I LOVE ladybugs...Mommy & I are making our July art project on ladybugs. I'll show you soon.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Maine Blueberries

We ended our day picking blueberries in Limerick. Grace enjoyed the lucious fields of green and looking at the pretty berries. She was a big helper, grabbing at the bushes as Daddy picked the blueberries. Grace tended to take the branches with the berry and crush them all with her strong wee hands but it was the thought that counted!

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Memere & Pepere drove up to Maine from Massachusetts today. We all enjoyed a wonderful day together at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.

"A very big thank you to Memere & Pepere. I love the beautiful new backpack that you bought for me! I especially enjoy being able to sit up high in comfort and closely watch everything that goes on around me. I have a whole new view on the world now!" Love, Grace
Here Daddy is thinking, "That's close enough Mr. Steamer!" Hmmmm....he is already being very protective of his Gracie Girl!!As usual, Grace intently watched and took in all the sights and sounds today. She enjoyed people, dog, and bus watching at the Clam Festival. You can see by the look on her face that she certainly doesn't miss a thing!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rainy Day

Grace sneaks a peek out of the door on our screened-in porch as the rain gently falls outside.

Uncle Adam ~ Thank you so much for sharing the Beatles "Rain" song with Grace. We'll be sure to listen to it on all of our rainy days and think of you.......Rain, rain, I don't mind!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Standing" Stool

Grace's most prized possession in the entire world right now is this step stool that Maddy purchased for Grace on our IKEA shopping trip a few weeks ago. I was planning on putting it away until Grace was much older, however, Grace is using it now as her beloved "standing stool." Grace loves her stool so much that we have to take it everywhere we go so she can practice her standing!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fun at the Fair

We went to the Ossipee Valley Fair today. As you can see Grace had a great time!Two first place beauties meet ~ this four month old calf had just won first place in a cow showing competition and of course Grace is always #1 in our book!
Here Grace & Daddy intently watch a horse pulling competition. Grace couldn't take her eyes off of all of the animals that she saw at the fair today.

Fair Food

OK....so we are not too proud to admit that one of our absolute favorite reasons to go to a fair is for the fried, greasy food. It is the one time that Bob & I go all out and splurge a little. While at the fair today, Grace happily dined on her all organic whole wheat O cereal and organic whole grain rice puffs. Meanwhile, Mommy & Daddy dined on non organic onion rings and fried dough that in all likelihood was probably not made from whole wheat flour (just a guess)!I think it's a little early for Grace to know that she should not be down-wind when Mommy and Daddy are eating a piece of fried dough covered in confectioner's sugar! Not a proud moment for Bob & I but from the looks of it Grace certainly didn't mind being delicately sprinkled with the sugar!
P.S. To make up for all of the very, very bad for you fair food that we ate today, Bob & I had grilled chicken and steamed asparagus for dinner. We can only hope that our healthy dinner will somehow magically make up for our earlier transgressions.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Gracie Girl has been standing with her hands free all afternoon today for 10-15 seconds at a time!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Special Moments Last a Lifetime

The way a book is read~which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to the book - can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it. ~Norman Cousins~

Saturday, July 7, 2007

07-07-07....Lucky Number Seven

Of course every day with Grace is special but we thought today was unique because of the same triple digit date.


Today we all went to Pineland Farm to show Uncle Adam & Maddy all of the farm animals. We had a picnic lunch and Grace enjoyed her new farm book while we all practiced our farm animal sounds!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Shopping, Shopping, & More Shopping at IKEA!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

It's Summertime, Summertime...Sum...Sum...Summertime!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Grace & Her Uncle Adam

Maddy & Uncle Adam have come to Maine this week for a vacation. Hooray! Today we went to Mackworth Island - the site where Grace made her very first fairy house. There is a one mile footpath that encircles the perimeter of the island. Along the way we enjoyed many stops to look at the ocean, sailboats, flowers, leaves, ducks, fairy houses, and many unusual trees. We had a delicious picnic lunch and even met a white lab dog named Gracie!
What a treat for Grace to be carried by Uncle Adam as she fell asleep on the last leg of our journey!

Red, White, & Blue

The REDS of the 4th of July.....hat & Red Sox cap
The WHITES of the 4th of July.....clouds & t-shirts
The BLUES of the 4th of July.....eyes, ocean, & sky

Monday, July 2, 2007

Seven Months Old!

It seems as though I just posted Grace's six month old picture - it's hard to believe that another month has gone by so quickly. Here are some "Amazing Grace" things that have happened over the past month:
  • Grace started the month off by getting into a sitting position from her tummy and quickly advanced to always wanting to sit while playing
  • now crawls long distances (across rooms)
  • pulling to stand (ALL THE TIME!)
  • standing up to 5-6 seconds with hands free (a new development within the past week)!
  • starting to cruise along furniture
  • kneeling
  • identifies familiar objects and people by looking when she hears the word or in response to, "Where's (named object/person?)" (e.g., butterfly, fan, book, our cats, cup, spoon, ball, car, hat, Mommy, Daddy, light, hair, car, flowers, leaves)
  • started finger foods - picks up food using pincer grasp (small pieces of banana, sweet potato puffs, and Cheerios)
  • two new teeth (left upper middle tooth & the one adjacent to it)
  • brushing teeth (all four of them!) after every meal
  • drinking from a straw cup & an open cup
  • consistently turning pages of books
  • beginning to tap and touch pictures in books
  • first time visiting a farm
  • taking baths in regular tub
  • started swimming lessons
  • sat in umbrella stroller for the first time
  • new sounds and sound combinations

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