Friday, August 28, 2009

Darby Loves Bathtime!

Here's a video I took on Monday night during Darby's bath time. She loves her bath SO much she gets upset when it's time to get out and dry off. I've started singing the cleanup song when I pick up her toys, so she knows it's about time to get out. She even helps me pick her bath toys up now!

In other news, Darby added a few new words to her vocabulary this week. She now says "shoes" (which is the cutest thing, video to come!), "ball" and "fish". I am working on "please" next. I've decided I really want to stress politeness - saying her please and thank yous. I don't want her to be one of those kids that says "I want food" when she is hungry. But to say "Can I please have something to eat?" or for now, "num num please" will work just fine. Since she already knows thank you I know she can do it!

I'm sure she can handle i!

post signature

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jackson's 1st Birthday Party

As I said earlier, on Saturday we went to Jackson's (Darby's #1) birthday party! It was a great time, Darby wore herself out (and us too) walking everywhere and got to load up on some yummy sweets. Jackson even tried to feed Darby some of his cake - he owed her from when she fed him her cake - but she wasn't too interested. Guess she's saving it for the wedding! Here are some pictures I took!

Happy 1st Birthday Jackson! Darby loves you and so do we! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you.

post signature


In the last week Darby has started walking everywhere! She is still a bit wobbly, but prefers it to crawling now! Here is a video I took this morning while she was walking around the house checking things out.

Darby's boyfriend, Jackson, had his 1st birthday party on Saturday. It was a great party and we had a lots of fun! Stay tuned for pictures!

post signature

Friday, August 21, 2009

Concert in the Park

Every Thursday evening during the summer, the city holds a concert in the park by our house. The bands range from 80's to country to classic rock. It's good family fun, and Darby loves going! We ride our beach cruisers over - Darby has a seat on the back of Eric's - and picnic while listening to the music.

Little miss Darby has been walking more and more. Last night she wanted to walk EVERYWHERE at the park during the concert. I have to say, while it is certainly exciting to watch her reach this milestone - it is so exhausting!

On a side note: I realize I haven't been good about posting my Thursday "Can't Live Without" posts. I have no idea if they've actually been missed, but hopefully once this month is over I can get back to making it happen!

post signature

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Having Fun

A few of my cousins - Cami, Adam and Caiti, are in town (Darby's 2nd cousins!) for a few weeks and so far we've been having a great time. They all love Darby, and of course she just loves them too! Here are a few pictures I snapped on Sunday when we were over at my parents for dinner ...

... and here is one of Darby 'laxin in her new livingroom chair! She loves sitting in it while drinking her milk (cold, from a sippy cup - big girl!) and watching Elmo, The Wonder Pets or Yo Gabba Gabba! She even pretends to fall out of it and then lays on the ground and (fake) whimpers. It's a crack up. I need to get it on video!

She is walking all around the livingroom now, but still prefers crawling since it's her faster form of getting from one place to another.

This last week has been busy, as I'm sure you might have guessed from my lack of posting! Darby had a few days of miserable constipation and Eric had Lasik done. Between him and Darby it seemed like I was always doing something or helping someone! Eric is healing great, goes back to the Dr tomorrow to get his bandage "contacts" removed (his lasik surgery was different then normal, he has weird corneas I guess!) and hopefully he will be seeing 20/20 in no time!

In other news, Julie continues to do better by the day. She is moving right along with her physical therapy and getting stronger. We celebrated her birthday (on Aug 1oth!) and watching her blow out her candles - without oxygen - and with her new lungs was fantastic!

post signature

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Darby loves Gymboree, and so do I! It's a great change of environment where I don't have to pick up any messes and Darby can do whatever she wants without hearing NO! We have been going to the Play and Learn Class a few times a week for the last month.

The class incorporates free play with a small weekly curriculum - this weeks is Depth Perception. We sing songs, play, and have a great time. The teacher even blows bubbles during every class! Darby is always pooped after which is another plus! I don't know how long we will continue to go (it is so expensive!) but we plan on doing at least one more month.

Another thing that is so great about Gymboree is that they have classes everyday, even on the weekends! We have gone a few times on Sunday so Eric is able to come too. Of course Darby loves having her Papa around and it's double the fun being at Gymboree with him! There are even "open play gym" times everyday during the week for a few hours a day. So far we've just been sticking to the classes (the open gym is during her nap) but I'm sure she would love that too!

Darby's favorite boyfriend crush Jackson loves Gymboree too. The cute thing is that Darby and Jackson periodically hug and kiss each other all through the class. It's adorable. Sometimes Darby just randomly puts her arm around Jackson. I love that she has a good friend already!

On Sunday I brought my camera and took a bunch of pictures! Jackson was still napping so he didn't make it to class, but of course Darby still managed to have a great time. She did however ask for him both on the way (saying "Jack, Jack, Jack?") and in the middle of class at one point.

post signature

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I know, it's about time!!

So I have FINALLY gotten (almost) all of the pictures from Darby's 1st Birthday Bash, up on my Shutterfly site! I'm sorry it took so long, I had uploaded them, but then just didn't get around to organizing them and putting them into a folder on the site.

Things have been busy! For her birthday, from her Grandma and Grandad (Finken) she got a months worth of unlimited classes at Gymboree! I have been trying to take her there as much as we can - and she LOVES it. I will be sure to bring my camera today when Eric and I take her to the Play and Learn class at noon.

Darby CAN walk. She just decides not to. She takes about 5 steps now and then plops herself down. When people ask us if she is walking, we say no - because really she isn't - I don't think taking steps and walking are exactly the same thing. She is close, I think probably by September we will have a full fledged walker on our hands. I am in NO hurry for it!

She is talking so much, here is a list of her vocabulary to date:

  • hi
  • uh-oh
  • book
  • buh (for Billie our dog)
  • Mama
  • Papa
  • Jack
  • Baby
  • thank you
  • see (she usually says "oooooh see?" and points to something)
  • this (when she is showing you or handing you something)
  • what's that?
  • num num (seems as though we taught her this for food and she tells us when she's hungry now - or points to food/pictures of food and says it!)
I think I covered it all. She does the baby sign for "all done" and I have been working on "milk" and "more". I haven't been as good with the baby signs as I wanted to, but I just have a hard time remembering to do them!

Darby is growing by leaps and bounds. She is definitely turning the corner into toddler hood. Here is a video I took the other night of her talking on her cell phone (an old cell phone we had lying around). Sometimes she even talks to her friend Jack on the phone (pretends to) and it is hilarious - she will blabber and then say "Jack,Jack, Jack", it's so funny! She is such a ham, enjoy!

post signature

Monday, August 3, 2009


On her birthday, I had to go in to wake Darby up from her afternoon nap - she was sleeping away the afternoon and I needed to get her ready to go out to dinner! When I have to wake her up, I usually just go in and she pops right up. On this day she was so sound asleep, she didn't even move! I turned on the light, turned off her rain sounds and she still didn't even twitch! I love how she either lays ON or snuggles her doll and just had to snap a few pictures -

Even after the taking pictures, she was still sound asleep!

Now if she could just sleep that good during nap time EVERYDAY!

post signature

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Updated Slide Show!

I finally added Darby's 1 year old picture to the slide show!

I guess this means it's time to start a new one for this year. I still can not believe how quickly this year went and that Darby is now a toddler! I am working on uploading all the pictures from her birthday party so stay tuned! I promise to have them posted ASAP!!

post signature