What’s new with O – Fall 2014

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on our sweet little O. It’s true what they say about time flying. We’ve been having a blast with O and all of her toddler adventures. And I’ve just realized she’s not so little anymore.

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We headed to the pumpkin patch as a family last week and she could have cared less about the pumpkins. I practically had to make her sit for a pumpkin picture. She was all about the hayride and pony rides. And she also attended a birthday party with pony rides. Those cowgirl boots are getting worn in. Get this: she wants a pony for Christmas. Too bad that doesn’t fit in Santa’s sleigh (or his budget).

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She’s looking less and less like a toddler and more like a kid. O also now has quite the fashion sense… this season she’s big on side ponytails, vests, jeggings, Toms, cowboy boots, rain boots, and bracelets galore! You know, if you take your fashion cues from almost-3-year-olds.

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She always puts her shoes right next to mine. And on rain days she begs to go “puddle jumping” on the way to the bus stop. Being two and a half is so much fun!

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O has also taken up painting. She’s always liked coloring and drawing. Up until now we used Magnadoodles, chalk boards, computer paper and notebooks for art. On a recent trip to Ikea we found a little set of watercolors complete with brushes and water cups. I also grabbed a roll of paper. She’s been a painter ever since. Great for patching time too!

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This was the first year O was really into Halloween. For the past two years we had chosen her costume (bumble bee and Elmo). This year she knew she wanted to be Elsa (from the movie Frozen … in case you live in a hole) for months. I found a costume in early September at Target for a cool $20 and I jumped all over it… because as I suspected all the other Elsa dresses I saw later were double that price a few weeks later. Due to the weather, we incorporated a fur vest into Elsa’s wardrobe. I think it worked out. You can’t tell in the pictures, but she insisted on wearing her cowboy boots under that dress. Of course, I was Batman… er, um… Batmom?

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She made it to a dozen or so houses… that’s a lot of walking for those little legs. O had more fun handing out our candy and treats. You may recall that she has moderate food allergies (milk and eggs) so we participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project that I blogged about earlier this month. We handed out spider rings, vampire teeth and (practically every allergy free) Dum Dum suckers.

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In addition to choosing her own costume, O is old enough to tell us what kind of face she’d like on her pumpkin. She chose Hello Kitty. It was a bit of a challenge to carve, but I forgot how much I love to carve pumpkins until we started!

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As a special surprise we treated O to a trip to Disney on Ice. We didn’t tell her until we arrived at the show and she was so excited. Below is her “excited” face.

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Hubby and I had fun too. I was impressed with the show! Worth every penny. Even this $12 foam crown. It came with cotton candy… which she hated and Mommy and Daddy devoured.

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O also went to the Ophthalmologist last month. We learned that her prescription increased to +5.00 in the right eye and +5.50 in the left eye. We weren’t really surprised by the increase because she’s growing and changing. She was so small (18 months) at her last major exam that it can be hard to get completely accurate measurements. We’ve ordered he new frames and lenses and are awaiting their arrival. She will still be patching 3 hours a day (over the right eye) for the Accomadative Esotropia and Ambloyopia. She was being silly in the mirror when we were ordering her new glasses.

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xo, Hilda

 

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Today I’m guest posting over on Regarding Nannies all about Halloween, Food Allergies and The Teal Pumpkin Project. Check it out!

Autumn is Shaping Up

 

A sure sign of fall is definitely a classic sugar cookie in the shape of a pumpkin. Who doesn’t love a classic sugar cookie?!

Here is my favorite recipe for rolling out great shapes. I also have found (through tons of disastrous attempts) a better way to roll and bake cut outs. First lay out several pieces of parchment paper cut to the approximate size of my cookie sheet (in my case I use a baking stone… And I highly recommend this one for perfect pizza and cookies). Then you can either roll your dough on the counter, cut your shapes and transfer to the parchment OR if you aren’t good at gently transferring dough you can roll dough directly on the parchment and use your cutters spaced apart as you would place them to bake and peel away the excess so your cut outs are left to bake. And you never have to risk breaking them since you never have to lift and move them! I repeat this on all my parchment pieces until I’m out of dough. Then all you have to do is slide each piece of parchment onto the cookie sheet as the others are slid off to cool on the paper after baking. This is especially helpful with kids. They can roll all of their shapes at once and not worry about breaking them apart. So simple!

PSSST! The dollar store usually has perfectly good cookie cutters. Also, I wait for the day or too after a holiday for specifically themed cookie cutters to go on sale for super cheap! We use them over and over for play dough, fun shaped sandwiches and pancakes, salt dough gift tags and more!

 

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In addition to baking some fantastic cookies, made trips to several local pumpkin patches. I heard about Blooms and Berries Farm in Loveland, Ohio from a few neighbors at work. It was a fantastic place for the kids! Corn maize, mini hay bail maze for smaller kids, hayrides, and little pumpkin and fall themed play sets.

 

I fell in love with this pile of misfit pumpkins and gourds. I wanted to buy them all (but didn’t).

 

This farm also had a corn box instead of a sand box. I’m not quite sure how Baby O felt about it, but I thought it was adorable and even the big kids liked it! Consequently, I found kernels in the dryer, my car and in shoes. Oh well.