Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Easter...belated...

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. The McBryder clan certainly did.
I am slowly getting back into playing violin - I had a "church gig" on Sunday. Two services. Sammy and David came to watch the second service. Given that Sammy hasn't spent much time in a church, I was a little concerned with how she would do (the message had been long during the first service - and it ended up being even longer in the second!). But she was great, making the people in the pew behind her laugh when she asked at the very end of the service "is it done?" It was cute watching her and David sing.

The Easter Bunny came to visit during her nap, so we had fun watching as she found her hidden eggs and basket. The weather was cold, rainy and extremely windy, so the bunny was nice to hide everything in the house! Then we went next door and had dinner with my parents. And then we took a dip in the hot tub. All in all, quite enjoyable.

I don't have many pictures, apparently our camera battery has died and we are without replacements. But here is one of my new favorites...

We've gotten a kick out of some of the fun things that Sammy is saying nowadays. Though I should probably discourage her from playing with her food, it cracks me up to hear her saying things like: (holding a pea in each hand) "here is a little pea looking for the mommy pea. Where is the mommy pea? In Sammy's mouth!"

Or, we were in the store the other day and Sammy wanted me to hold her. I told her that I wasn't going to because my back hurt. So I asked her, do you want to push the cart or sit in the cart. She opted for sitting in it. Then she quickly changed her mind, so I got her out of the cart and put her on the floor. She said "I want to kiss you Mommy". "Oh, ok Sammy" as I leaned down. "No, on the back" (we do this thing where we kiss elbows or knees or ears, etc). So she kissed me on the back and said "Now your back is better and you can hold me!"

No, she isn't eating a lemon, she is showing off her new trick - the wink!

This weekend (the 30th), Sammy moved into a new "Big Girl Bed". It's a cute toddler sized bed that our friends loaned to us. We went to pick out sheets, but realized we will have to go to a speacialized store for toddler sheets. So we just got a Tinkerbell pillow. Sammy took her first nap and nighttime sleep like a pro. So, we upped the bar:

Yesterday, we couldn't find the binkie for her naptime. She usually has it on her bed, but it had gotten moved and wasn't readily visible. I found it later, but thought I would use the opportunity that had presented itself. Surprisingly, she didn't cry (as she has in the past, at the mere thought of giving up her beloved binkie (pacifier)). However, she also didn't sleep. For three hours she didn't sleep. So I gave up trying to get her to take her nap, figuring it was going to be a long evening. We went to cousin's house that evening and took a nice walk down to the beach. Came back, got into pjs, brushed teeth, read a book, gave some milk. No sleep. So, I realized I didn't want to have to go through this twice (at cousin's house and then later when we got home), so she and I drove back home (at 9pm). Now, Sammy is notorious for not sleeping in the car. Sure enough, we are halfway home, I look back and she has fallen asleep. I quickly woke her up and kept her awake and talking until we got home. She got into bed, got her music turned on and promptly crashed. And, surprisingly, she sleep through until 4:30 at which point she woke up looking for her binkie. But we got her back to sleep pretty quickly.

So, first Binkie-less night down. I look forward to hearing how David's day went today!


Blogger CaliforniaGrammy said...

Hip Hip Hooray for Sammy. Big girl bed PLUS no Binkey? Awesome! And I love the story of sitting so nicely in church . . . is it done? Cracked me up. I can hear her say that like she was right here with me. She's just growing up so much.

9:46 AM  
Blogger CaliforniaGrammy said...

On second peek at your post I hadn't seen the "Winking" picture, it didn't load the first time. That's hilarious. I've never seen a kid that young actually able to wink, they always think they're winking when, in fact, they're blinking. Way to go Sammy.

And way to go Steph. I'm so glad you're able to fit playing your violin into you busy "Working Mom" schedule.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Middle America Mom said...

What a big girl she is now! Big girl bed, no binkie, and winking like a pro. My how time flies!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Middle America Mom said...

What a big girl she is now! Big girl bed, no binkie, and winking like a pro. My how time flies!

4:44 PM  
Blogger jennavar said...

What a great post! The story of the "kiss on the back" should be sent to Readers Digest! That is too darling. What a smart girl to strategize that way! I HAVE to get a blown up picture of her wink and give it to my hubby with her instructions on teaching him how to wink. He refuses to wink back at me (even though I know he knows how!) He always blinks slowly back at me whenever I wink at him. Just one of those buttons he knows how to push. What a great picture!

I also love the mama pea story. You have to write these ones down (hmmm I guess you just did through this blog huh!)

I love this age (actually I say that with every age but these stories are sure cute!)

8:08 PM  
Blogger CaliforniaGrammy said...

You..WhooooooO! April has passed us by and it's been a week into May ... time for an update!

10:26 AM  
Blogger CaliforniaGrammy said...

You-Whoooooo again . . . today marks two months since the cutie-pie winking picture! We need a Sammy fix!

9:15 PM  
Blogger cajunken1949 said...

Ken LAMURY, lamuryk@att.net, wishes to contact any McBRYDERs who may be related to Louis McBRYDER of the 1920s & 1930s. He had 3 boys & 1 girl by a previous marriage. He was married to Elsie Emma KILPATRICK in 1927 and had a daughter who is my mother.

6:14 PM  
Blogger cajunken1949 said...

I'm looking for relatives of Louis McBRYDER, b. abt 1896 in Orangeburg, SC. He was married to Elsie Emma KILPATRICK in Van Buren Co, Ark on 16 Aug 1927. These are my grandparents. I have yet to find anymore info on him since their divorce around 1932. If you can help, please contact me thru this blog or facebook or ancestry.com. Ken Lamury 316-529-3846, Wichita, KS.

2:39 PM  

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