Archive for October, 2011
Yesterday Clara hit the seventeen month mark. But it’s a lot easier to call her “almost one and half” (so people don’t have to do lots of math when we tell them her age).
She basically gave us two looks during this little photo session: (1) sitting and sucking her thumb while staring at her pumpkin and (2) running around everywhere. Obviously we opted for the standing one where she happened to be in the right spot, but here’s our favorite sitting outtake:
Such a sweet girl. They grow up so fast (sniffle).
Last week we hit up the State Fair of Virginia as a special little outing with Clara and my parents.
Don’t worry, we didn’t actually take Clara on a roller coaster. This was a fun little photo-op they had set up (like the ones below) that we were dorky enough to enjoy (it was rightside-up with an upside-down backdrop, and we flipped the photo after we snapped it). Bravo to Clara for actually putting her hand up!
We were most excited to show Clara all of the farm animals, since cows and chickens are pretty much her Justin Bieber. Look at her staring in awe:
She was equally excited by all of the sights and lights, so we may have pushed bedtime back a little bit…
…and had some dessert in its place.
She put that momentary sugar rush to good use by getting some quality time with Tom Tom (that’s what she calls my dad) watching the rides.
Maybe next year we’ll actually ride some.
Clara loves her some doggies. So imagine her delight when she met Sage & Simon, the two rescue dogs owned by our friends Matt & Kristin (the ones we stopped in to see in Charlotte, NC on the way to John’s cousin’s wedding).
Clara was in heaven being around pooches that:
- Were Bean-height (sorry Burger, she loved the novelty of bigger pups)
- Actually stuck around to be petted (sometimes Burger plays hard to get)
By the end of our stay she was practically living amongst them. Waiting for treats… sharing their beds… playing in their water dish… sigh.
Thank goodness Sage, Simon, and their parents were very patient with Clara’s determination to befriend some big dogs. And while we’re at it, thank goodness for good friends. Here’s me, Clara, and Kristin now.
Ignore my weird face (not sure what the heck I was trying to do – I think I was bending forward to readjust Clara on my hip when John snapped this). Just try to focus on cutie pie Clara and sweet smiling Kristin. Miss her already!