Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Carving (Then & Now)

Before Rebekah was born, James had a lot of time in the evenings leading up to Halloween to sit down and carefully design pumpkins for carving.

With Rebekah, trying to be as creative while remaining clean was not possible. She was very excited about the big pumpkins, although she was a little frustrated at their weight.

But the pumpkins got cleaned, the seeds dried and roasted (the best part of pumpkin-carving), and the Thomas the Train carved.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Nose Diving

(No Child Was Harmed in the Making of This Blog)

Our devious little daredevil cleared all her stuffed animals off the bean bag last week, because playing with dolls just wasn't doing it for her that day. The ensuing fun is captured below:

the flips end with a smile on her face

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Interactive Playing

You all remember Rebekah inserting herself into her own little Noah's Ark story. Rebekah recently has become obsessed with the barn someone gave her, especially the three-piece fence that she constantly tears apart then asks daddy to put back together.


We will spare you the pictures of all the little people inside the fence, which is the most common outcome of playing with the barn.

But once the camera came out, the normal playing stopped and Rebekah decided to insert herself into her playing.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mesmerized or Just Relaxing?


We've tried to not let Rebekah watch much television the first year or so of her life. Sitting in her "princess" chair, though, it looks like she's an old pro at vegging out.

Sometimes she just sits and rocks her baby dolls to sleep in the chair.

And recently she's gotten over just letting her dad watch sports when the television is on, instead demanding to watch her two shows: Veggie Tales and Thomas the Train.

She looks so comfortable, or Thomas the Train has hypnotized her.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rebekah and the Bear (10/13/10)

The Long-Awaited 18-Month Stats of Rebekah:
(actually taken at 19-months, due to Dr. scheduling)

Weight: 22.6 lbs. (25th Percentile)
Height: 32 in. (75th Percentile)
Head Size: 18 3/4 in. (90th Percentile)

The big white Bear is not the only stuffed animal Rebekah owns. We tried to get as many of them in the pictures as we could, but that was not possible.

But Rebekah carries all of them around at different times throughout the week, rocking them to sleep and patting them on the back; or trying to feed them her food and give them her sippy cup.

Those animals that have hands (or front feet) often give one another high fives or fist bumps for no particular reason.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Signs of Growing Up

Rebekah is definitely growing up, and we are reminded of that fact at least 10 times daily:
  • She is a Master Bargainer. If she wants something (usually in the cookie-cracker-juice category), she'll do almost anything you ask of her, from a simple kiss or hug to cleaning up her toys.
  • She can (and will) repeat almost anything she hears, from her parents, friends, and teachers or on TV or the radio (case in point: her grasp of sports terminology is already greater than the average adult female, with "fullback" and "fleur-de-lis" being normal, everyday words to her).
  • She remembers phrases and games and people she might have said, played, or seen a month ago and not seen or heard since.
  • She is learning to play nicely with our Chihuahua, Kosi, instead of just batting at her and pulling her tail.

  • She's always ready to go somewhere, even on days she doesn't have school. Many mornings she'll just pick up her purse and Minnie Mouse and just tell us "Bye Bye" and walk into another room.

  • She is afraid of the only real way we punish her, by the use of uber-short "Timeouts." Unfortunately, we have to use this multiple times some days--usually for the same thing: standing on whatever piece of furniture she's figured out a way to climb onto.
  • She's tall. And her teeth are numerous. We will soon be purchasing more safety devices and going to show the dentist all our teeth.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

BCS Busters

Southern Miss doesn't win against all the BCS Conference opponents it faces every year, but it always defeats some BCS Conference opponent every year. Confused? While the football team didn't do so well against South Carolina earlier this year, they had a pretty good day two weeks ago against a heavily favored Kansas team. We were there to enjoy the day of food, fun, and football.

Rebekah waved at the football player as they passed by. Unfortunately she's not old enough to go to the night games yet.

The ROTC cannon that signals the start of the Eagle Walk before every game scared her, but she soon recovered to cheer for the band, cheerleaders, and most of all...

... Seymour, who Rebekah talks about every day during the week, long after the football games have ended.

Seymour always leads the team onto the field,

and this week the Conference USA Golden Eagles got the best of the Big XII. It wasn't even close.