The past two months have been a whirl wind of activities for our family. First of all we took a family trip up to Washington for our nephew Josh's wedding! Mae really enjoyed being around all of the family. Not only did she get to see the Weston Clan she also got to spend a little time with Auntie CeeCee (Lacey), Uncle BriBri (Brian), Sammi, and Akika (Anika). While she was visiting the Puhl's she took her first bubble bath with "Akika" and now insists on having one every night! She learned oh so much from Anika too...like my name is now Mom, Mommy and Momo instead of just Mama and how to correct the doggy when he is jumping up, "NO-DOWN!" She loves singing about her cousin Anika and Auntie CeeCee too! This trip also meant that we had to take her on two airplane rides...in the words of my daughter, "Ai-yi-yi!" Thank God they were only 2 hour flights!!! She absolutely loved being on the airplane and insisted on letting everyone on the plane know that she was on an "aihhhhpane." She kept pointing out the window to the wings and telling everyone, "Fly, aipane, fly, aipane!"
Testing Pumpkin #1
Testing Pumpkin #2
We have also done a few road trips in the past two months. The first trip we took was up to Riley's Farm to pick our own apples and pumpkins. Mae had an absolutely fabulous time testing out all of the large pumpkins as chairs and picking apples, raspberries and pumpkins. Once she found a good size pumpkin that she could carry she wouldn't put it down!
Scooping out the guts.
Picking raspberries. Yummy!
Mae loved her pumpkin so much that when we finally carved it right before Halloween she decided to eat its insides raw!!! I sometimes wonder about her taste buds???
Chillin' by her pumpkins.
Mae as you have already seen, was a monkey for Halloween thanks to Lala's sewing skills!!! She did an amazing job!
Checking out the hot spring
Playing in the hot spring
We also took a trip up to Mammoth this past month with a few friends and stopped at our favorite spot in Bishop along the way. It is a spot right along the Owens River with a small hot spring that we love to swim in. Mae had a blast and sang to the small fry that kept swimming up and "kissing" her toes. Jimmy fished the spot and caught a medium size rainbow trout, but he released it. In Mammoth we were fortunate to stay in a cabin right on Twin Lakes so we got to hike to the waterfall there. Mae of course wanted to go swimming there and didn't understand that the water was soooo cold. She loved checking out the fish that the guys caught, collecting baby pine cones, and playing with her friend Annan.
Dad and Jimmy cooking up the sausage.
Mom helping serve the sausage
Now for one of the highlights of our month...Jimmy debuted his new company, "Salt and Thyme" to the public at the 1st Annual Cevapcici Festival right here in San Pedro!!! He made his own variation of the Croatian skinless sausage and mustard and they were a huge hit! "Salt and Thyme" is a gourmet, artisan food company. As many of you know, he quit his job a few months back and has been working for all of those months as a work at home dad trying to launch this company. It looks like it will be another 2 weeks before his food starts selling at the San Pedro Farmers Market. Hopefully some of you will be able to make it out some time to taste his goods!
Mae was "sashed" one of the cevapcici princesses at the festival and had a wonderful time tasting and dancing! You have to check out her dance video. :o)
Now for a few tid bits about our little monkey:
*She loves dancing and making up songs.
*She is starting to repeat EVERYTHING we say which makes you realize how much you say certain words!
*She is obsessed with Elmo and Sesame Street characters.
*She has never seen Dora, but loves her!
*She loves, loves, loves Tinker Bell because she is sooo magical.
*She loves Disneyland and cries when it is time to leave.
*Every time she gets into Lala's car she thinks she is going to Disneyland!
*She loves The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Mickey and Minnie characters.
*Dressing up and nail polish make her so happy! (She has to see herself in the mirror immediately though and will run right over you if you get in the way.)
*She loves taking care of her baby dolls.