Grumpa started this by showing Sammy a hunting magazine that had pictures of bears in it and teaching her what a bear sounds like, "Grrrrrr!" He got Sammy to growl. Next up, our trip to Yellowstone inspired teaching her how to howl like the wolves we had just seen. So, let's have a big hand for Sammy and her Howlers!
Here she is on her first day of her new play group. Mommy said that when she picked Sammy up to go home, Sammy did really well walking holding onto only one hand instead of the two she prefers. I wonder if those cages in the corner are for time out?
Here is Sammy with Daddy's cousin Courtney. So does that make Courtney Sammy's second cousin? If so, then how is Courtney's kids related cousin-wise to Sammy? (We could all just pretend we live in Hawaii and everyone is "Cousin" there!)
This is also to prove that there is another blonde in the family...not just Daddy.
Grumpa and Uncle Mike decided that they needed some male bonding over fixing things. I don't know. Anyway, they emptied a couple of the bays in our motorhome and it seemed like a perfect place to watch the goings on. Sammy got bored with it as soon as I did. (and it's an unloaded air rifle behind her)
Sammy is usually a pretty good eater but there can be times when playing with her food commands her attention. That and Uncle Mike was standing behind me making faces at her, encouraging her to put food where it shouldn't go.
Today is also a big day for Sammy and all of us. She will be going to a friend of Mommy and Daddy's house to join a little playgroup with two other children her age twice a week. These other two can walk and talk. Sammy needs to socialize with other toddlers so that she can learn to walk. She can walk if you hold her hands but not on her own. Her pediatrian has recommended it to Mommy. Apparently, Sammy is not impressed with our ability to walk on two legs, she needs others her size for her competition gene to kick in. And? Mommy, Daddy, Grumpa and I can't be around her otherwise she'll fall back on her habit to crawl or wait to hold hands and walk. We're already wrapped around her little grubby fingers....
My brother, Uncle Mike, was here and Sammy joined him outside. He was reading a magazine when he heard Sammy grunting to get his attention. He looked down and she was holding in the palm of her hand this caterpiller that she had picked up. Without squishing it! He promptly put it on her head.
No matter how many times Mommy or I say "NO" to Sammy for getting into the dog bed, she does it anyway. And woe is me to drag her out of it, with her kicking and screaming. Maybe I should take of picture of that? I'm pretty sure that fort making is in our furture.
Ok, before you all start your shoe interventions out there, she outgrew her Stride Rites! It was time! On this occasion however, Sammy wanted to have a say in the shoe selection. It didn't matter if it was rain boots, slippers, boys shoes, or fishy sandals, she was going to decide what, if anything, was going on her foot. (Editor's note: remind me never to take her into Toys R Us.) She is now into a 4.5 WIDE. Again, taking after Daddy in the length.
Sammy walked and walked and walked this trip. And then she also walked. Here she is walking between Daddy and Uncle Dave. We kept trying to get her to step forward without anyone holding on, but it didn't really happen. YET.
This was taken on the way home from Yellowstone, about a 90 minute drive with road construction. Daddy is prone to car sickness as am I, so sleeping is his best option. Apparently taking a page from Daddy's book, Sammy decided it was a good idea!
I have seen this look in my children's faces many years ago. They are like squirrels with all the food they would stuff into their cheeks. Sammy doesn't have any food in her cheeks...it just looks that way!
This is my absolute favorite picture so far this trip. A little brief moment of time where Mommy and Sammy are quiet and touching. Shortly after this was taken, Sammy was off and running all over creation.
This is a new jogging (?) stroller that Grumpa bought to bring with us from now on. Looks spacey and comfy right? Sammy seems to enjoy it..she has taken two naps in it so far. It really works well on the forest paths we take to the lake.
Many many many years ago, I had a picture taken of Daddy's first taste of ice cream that his grandpa gave him. Here is Sammy's Grumpa giving her a taste of COLD ice cream...(Cold! See how her shoulders go up with that sensation?) She loves it. She had more ice cream later when we all went to West Yellowstone to cure Mommy's craving for a milk shake. And Daddy's. And Grumpa's. Me? not so much.
Wifi here at the RV park is hard to come by but this year we've found an area where I can go update this blog. I don't have to drive 6 miles south to another lodge. We can sometimes get access out on the boat but I'm not bringing the computer out there!
Here is our first night at camp celebrating Uncle Dave's birthday. Of course, Sammy had to be in the thick of it helping in her own way.