These are a few of our favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad….

I don’t feel bad. Nor am I sad…I just want to get on “paper” my favorite things about this season in life right now. I don’t know if I’ve ever smiled as much as I’m smiling these days. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as much as I am right now, and that’s saying something…because I’ve been a happy person all my life. It’s just that Zoe is so dang cute these days…

1. Dancing

About a week ago we were driving home from church and Zoe hadn’t been able to sleep for her first nap of the day…you can imagine the mood that she was in. After about 10 minutes of incessant whining I found my brain and instinctively reached for the radio, found a rock station and started dancing like a crazy person in the front seat. The whining stopped instantly, and was replaced by laughter. Brad looked at me and asked if I did this often, I said, “Everyday. Every time we’re in the car”…and that’s the truth. Zoe and I dance together all the time. I would say that 9 times out of 10, if she hears music you’re going to see those little legs start pumping and her head start bopping. Occasionally, she throws some arms into the mixture. It’s almost always a game changer if I see that she’s headed towards Code Red. If you have a kid, no matter the age, dance with them…and if you don’t? Dance anyways…it’s liberating. Who really cares if the car next to you sees you doing the disco while driving down the road? Or the Cabbage Patch? Or head banging? Try it…you’ll love it. Dance everywhere. In the kitchen, in the grocery store, in the car…anywhere there’s music…dance.

{I can’t find my video of her dancing, so you’ll just have to trust me. It’s cute.}

2. Reading

Every day. Throughout the day. All day long…we read. Zoe does this adorable thing where she hasn’t realized that she should be walking with the book, so she crawls with just one hand…it’s like a 3-legged dog. It’s seriously adorable in a really pathetic kind of way. But, we’ll be playing and then she’ll crawl over to her books and drag one back to me. We read it, 19 times, and then she goes and gets another book. Seriously. I’ve started carrying books around in the car and she “reads” to me on our trips. It gets complicated when she tries to dance while she’s “reading”…I’m not making that up.

{I know I posted this yesterday, but I just absolutely love this picture}
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3. My Wedding Rings

When I got knocked up my wedding rings were the first to go. I think they stopped fitting at about 2 months. It was depressing. I wasn’t even showing yet…but my rings didn’t fit. On that note, I also got stretch marks WAY before I actually started showing. Like, my body found out that it was pregnant and was like, “Oh!!! FUN STUFF!!! Let’s make her fingers swell and give her stretch marks instantly….AWESOME!!!” Apparently I’m still bitter. I digress. Anyways, after I gave birth my wedding band fit again after just a few weeks, but not my engagement ring. Then I started really gaining weight and even that skinny band didn’t fit. When I started losing weight, my rings fit again, but only 1 at a time. At that point, I’d been almost 1 1/2 years without my engagement ring, so I chose that one to wear. I’ve tried a few more times in the last couple months to have both fit at the same time, and it just wasn’t working. But? Last week, on a whim, I tried them on one more time…AND THEY FIT!!!!!!!! I can’t get enough of them! They’re just so beautiful!

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{A closer view}
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4. Walking

Zoe has decided that she wants to walk {holding my hand} everywhere now. She’s still a little bit unsure of walking in public, so we’re working on gaining some confidence there. Yesterday I asked if she wanted to walk from the car into the gym. She said yes. So we did…it took exactly 15 minutes from the car door to the check-in counter at the daycare. It was worth every single second. The pride that she felt at her accomplishment was amazing. She even took about 10 steps all by herself once we got into the daycare. It was incredible.

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5. Shoes

Have you ever noticed that my child is barefoot in 99.9% of her pictures? Christmas? Barefoot. Dedication? Barefoot. First birthday party? Barefoot. There’s a reason for that. My child hated shoes for literally the first 13 months of her life. When I would attempt to put shoes on her feet she would curl up her toes to the point where it became literally impossible to put the shoe on her feet. I would tell her that she had until she was walking to figure out how to like shoes. And, you know what? Right about the time she started walking she started letting me put shoes on her feet. Now? She loves them. She even gets excited when we get them and will hold her feet out for us to put them on. Who is this child???? We don’t know what to do with ourselves…except let her attempt walking in public places.

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6. Splash Parks

Splash parks are one of the best inventions man has come up with, especially in Florida. We just discovered them this year, and we love them! The closest one to us is at the zoo, which is a double bonus, and it’s only 15 minutes away. Totally awesome. But, some days we can’t make it up there, so we improvise. Did you know that sinks make great splash parks? ‘Cause they do. Several days a week I put Zoe on the side of the sink and let her just go to town. It’s amazing how much fun can be had in the sink. You can play with the water coming out of the faucet, the hose that also sometimes magically has water, cups that can go under the water and you can drink them AND pour them out, clapping directly under the water so the splash is bigger, figuring out how to get your feet directly under the stream of water {that can be tricky}. It’s really quite great.

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7. Self Feeding

I don’t know if I could ever get tired of watching Zoe eat yogurt. Or, more specifically, the mess that she makes eating yogurt. That girl can get food in all of the most random places you can think of. It melts my heart. It’s also pretty cool that I can give her some yogurt and go about my business, you know, like writing this blog at the table while she eats. Until she throws the bowl on the floor. Which she just did. And there goes the spoon. And the banana. Actually, she honestly doesn’t really throw food that much because that ends the meal immediately. As does feeding the dogs ANY of her food. Oh! And she’s also decided that she wants to eat exactly how Mommy and Daddy eat. For example, sandwiches…she will no longer eat them if I separate the pieces like you’re SUPPOSED to do for babies. Apparently, she’s not a baby anymore, and wants to eat like a big girl. The other day she literally ate 1/2 of my Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich. I’d be lying if I said I was anything but impressed.

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What about you? What are some of your favorite things? Don’t worry…they don’t have to be baby related…I’m just a sappy mom.

Happy Thursday Ya’ll!

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4 responses to “These are a few of our favorite things

  1. She is so stinkin’ cute. ps, shoes are my favorite things too 🙂

  2. Well…PURSES are my fav thing! Haha! Shoes come in a close 2nd. I LOVE the pic of Zoebear sitting in her car seat reading her book. She is so precious Rebecca! Can’t for her to get a little brother or Sister…who I am sure will be as adorable as she is. Wait…is that even possible?? 😉

    • I don’t know…brad and I have asked each other the same thing…but I guess when baby #2 comes along, whenever that is, we’ll be just as in love….but from this side, I don’t see how that’s possible!

  3. Maaan…I need to proof read a little better. Lol..I meant I can’t “wait” for her to get a little brother or sister.

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