Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Outfits Of The Day! - 3 Generations Of Warriors :>

Summer is finally here and it's fabulous! :> I heart the hot weather, which gives us the freedom to romp around in very little, provides us long days and endless energy.

Today, Nui Nui sported one of her new summer dresses from Kohls, whose coupons have totally been working on us :> It's become practically a Fryday tradition :>

I'm working on upping the motion-pic memories and happy to do so. We spent our Saturday doing our typical romping and are bringing you along for lunch. Join us! :>

How do you spend hot summer weekends? Share below, we'd love to hear! And tweet or Instagram us a pic, we'd love to see your outfits! :> :>

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Return To The Puh-Park, Fear Of The Slide

Parenthood is when you put the needs, wants, and best interests of someone else before your own. 24/7. For life.

Today was an example. I have to be honest here... I am not a fan of the park. I just see and anticipate so much danger. Falling, at one point in my life, may have been my number one fear and it's come back to haunt me. Ok, that admittedly sounds dramatic but so is the potential of your kid breaking an arm, falling on their head, or getting whacked by a swinger. Yikes! Why can't they make jungle gyms under 5 feet?

Suppressing this fear in hopes it won't show toward my kid and despite wanting to actually go for a walk to squeeze in some possible 'exercise' after work, I decided to take Nui Nui to the park. There really wasn't any reason not to. It's summer, after all, and the warm days where I am are slim picking. She didn't want to go for a walk.

Specifically, she wanted 'Wheeeee'. She wanted 'puh-park'. It was a beautiful day. The slide was dry. Unfortunate thing is, though, Nui Nui was afraid to go down the big slide. I must've not bit my tongue down hard enough. But, Nui Nui went to bed without anything broken. Nevertheless it was a good decision. And time.

Here's a glimpse of what it looked like.

What are you afraid of? And how do you overcome your fear(s)? Share below or tweet me, I'd love to hear! :>

Monday, June 24, 2013

21 Month Update! :>

Nui Nui turned 21 today! My gosh, every month she's getting closer and closer to two, it's ridiculous :>

I did this video without Mom because she was busy and it's in a slightly different format, which I hope makes it better. The feature is Nui Nui not behind the camera but in front of it :>

Nui Nui has seriously learned so much this month, the major thing being that we can actually now start to have conversations with her! Mom's reaction one day was: 'I talk to her. I have conversations with her. It's crazy!' :> I think it's really convenient because it helps us better know what she wants/needs. Theoretically, leaving less room for crying (theoretically but not really :>).

I'll be trying to hop back on the bandwagon of video-making because I miss it so, though I still have this major project looming in the background. Hopefully, with Nui Nui sleeping a little easier/quicker, I can add about 1/2 hour into my day, which will help.

Enjoy the singing and thanks for reading/watching! :>

What have you been up to lately? Share your latest developments below, we'd love to hear! :> :>

Monday, June 17, 2013

Better Than Intro To Psychology :>

It's been too long since I last posted— unacceptable and my apologies. As you can see, though, I am in the process of revamping the blog and figuring out a schedule that works. This top-secret project I've been working on, though, has been ever-consuming but one that should produce stellar end results.

Nui Nui has been in rapid development mode. My pics have migrated to Instagram, which would be candy if you can join me there.

We took Nui Nui to the park yesterday and my fear came true— she tumbled down the stairs up to the slide. She has the tendency to climb up and sit too close to the top of the stairs. She had a pretty stunted fall and thankfully walked away shaken but ok. Mom was telling me about her conversation with her today and apparently she hurt her foot. A conversation. Mom commented, 'we can have conversations now'. Nui Nui told Mom 'foot hurt'. Poor baby.

I've been trying to teach her a bunch of things as well and she seems to be making great progress. Today, for example, she took her first shower— sans a single drop of fuss— without the stool inside the tub. She even put her head under the streaming water to rinse her hair. I've been teaching her how to put on lotion, clean with body wash, and even put conditioner in her hair. Our toilet-training efforts, too, I think have improved since we started our pee-poo chart.

We find that Nui Nui picks up words very quickly and is moving on to saying more sophisticated phrases. Papa cramp, she said today, when Grandpa got a cramp. Read the book.

Another interesting thing, which I kind of test her on, is her ability to know emotions/feelings. She knows what happy/smile is, mimics my laughing, and identifies crying, sad, and hurt. One funny thing happened both yesterday and today. I was trying to teach her to not lay/leave her things on the floor. Yesterday it was her shoes. Today it was these toy rings. Both instances, I asked her to pick them up/put them away and each time she didn't want to. So I told her that it was dangerous and that someone can trip over them. I then walked over them and pretended to slip and fall on the ground. She ran to me and then suddenly burst out crying. And you could see she was a mixture of guilty and angry— guilty that she didn't pick up the toys as I had asked (with reason/explanation) and angry?, sad?, or definitely emotional that I had fallen and seemed hurt. Mom says that she really cares about me and doesn't want to see me hurt. I just find it fascinating and curious to know what she is thinking.

This is better than Intro to Psychology... :> lmfao.

Anywho. We've, as always, have been having a blast. Weekends are never long enough and Mondays are the toughest. Mom's scheduled for surgery on her other eye this week so it'll be a tiring one and crossing my fingers this one goes as well as the last.

Time is flying by, which means I must be having crazy fun :> Feels like xmas is just around the corner :> The crazy wind here doesn't make it difficult. :<

Nui Nui at the top of the slide before her fall.

What have you been up to lately? Share below, we'd love to hear! :>

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mother Country, Mother Tank :>

I've been wanting to get more graphic tops but they're just so darn expensive. I've thought about making them myself but that's as far as I got. I found this gem not on sale at H&M for $5.95, so I went with it. This goes to show a) fashion doesn't have to burn a hole in your wallet and b) how helpful it is for stores to hang huge pics of their merchandise in the store for inspiration :>

What fashion tops are you into lately? Share below or, better, tweet (@mdesenna) or instagram me (@mdesenna) a pic! I'd love to see! :> :>

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