Jun 30, 2009

Snackin', Dancin', and Pool Invasion

This week we have just been hanging around and looking for fun things to do. Here is Stella enjoying a snack in an inappropriate seasonal bib... On Monday we went to Toys 'R Us, where Stella sang the classic, "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys 'R Us kid. There's a million toys at Toys 'R Us that I can play with! From bikes, to trains, to video games, it's the biggest toy store there is! I don't want to grow up, 'cause if I did, I couldn't be a Toys 'R Us kid." She sang this with perfect pitch, I might add. Since Stella is still a little small for a bike, and video games are off limits for life, she had some fun trying out a pint-size stroller.
Her baby was inconsolable, so she had to take her out of the stroller.
On Tuesday we visited the library for "Cajun Dance" at 10 a.m. At least that is what it said on the calendar of events. Stella's face in this shot conveys her confusion at "The Cupid Shuffle" being touted as a cajun song. None of the cajuns she knows dance to "The Cupid Shuffle."
They finally played some Stella-approved tunes and she was able to get down with her bad self.
That night Stella was all set for some fun in her froggy pool, but a bigger fish invaded her small pond. Apparently, Damon is really serious about practicing that open water swimming.

Jun 26, 2009

I Scream, You Scream...

Stella had another delicious learning experience the other day when we both enjoyed ice cream for our lunchtime dessert....okay, okay, I enjoyed ice cream and Stella enjoyed nasty imitation ice cream (namely, soy cream), but she doesn't know the difference yet and she loved her treat. Here she is being studious with her very sticky flash card...And here she is stirring her yummy soy cream! Stella also heard that Grandpa and Grandmere were planning an exciting vacation, so she thought about stowing away in their luggage...One of Stella's latest accomplishments is saying, "Cheese!" for photos. While is it heart-wrenching due to the fact that she cannot actually enjoy this tasty dairy treat, it is also humorous because she makes a very cute but not very photogenic "Cheese Face." (See next photo for a sample.) Strangely enough, as a child I can remember making this exact face and frustrating my mother's photographic efforts. What makes a kid think that closing their eyes makes their smile bigger I don't know, but apparently it has seemed logical for at least 2 generations in this family.

Jun 23, 2009

The Louisiana Children's Museum

Today Stella and I visited the Louisiana Children's Museum. We arrived at 10 o'clock for Toddler Time. Here Stella is getting instructions for her art project. Of all the books they had to choose from, of course she wanted to read the puppy book.
She rocked a baby for a few minutes. If you read a lot of children's books you will recognize the backdrop from Goodnight, Moon.
She visited the kitchen to cook like Grandmere.
Eventually she said, "Rain on this. I'm sticking it in the microwave like Mommy does."
The Museum is truly an electrifying experience.
Before she hit the shelves of the Little Winn Dixie, she had to check out the sale paper.
Her first shopping selection was baby powder.
Almost ready to check out.
Putting her selections on the conveyor belt. She chose baby powder, 2 bags of dog food, and rice. We see where her priorities are already.
We need a price check on Daily Balance Dog Food.
After paying for her purchases, Stella tried out the other side of the register.
"Ma'am, please don't forget your receipt."
Next, it was on to the restaurant where Stella tried her hand at waiting tables.
Let's all hope that Stella never actually enters the food service industry as a vocation. The refills that she got for the lady on the left she returned to the lady on the right. Yuck! She stopped by the Port of Orleans on her way out and explored the cargo hold of a ship. Apparently, the Children's Museum is way more fun than the zoo, because she was asleep before she even made it to the carseat!

Jun 22, 2009

Splish Splash

Since the pool is closed on Mondays, this evening we took advantage of the heat wave and created our own tiny backyard waterpark. Stella figured out where all that water was coming from!
Please plug Elmo back in!
Stella pretended that this froggie was a whale and tried to imagine how Jonah must have felt.
Luckily, we saw this warning right before Stella attempted her double back flip swan dive with a half twist. Whew!
Still very concerned about Elmo...

Sometimes...

Sometimes I don't know whether to hose her off, or just lick her... Which do you think she enjoyed more, the carrots or the oreos?

Jun 21, 2009

Father's Day Fish Fry

On Sunday we celebrated Father's Day by letting Grandpa fry fish for us at his house. The fish turned out perfect, in his opinion. We have to admit, they were pretty tasty. Here is Stella blowing a kiss to that Old Man. Sharing some laughs with Grandmere. Grandpa can't be left out... How many Pourciau's does it take to feed a baby? (variations on this question are a theme around here, as you will see later) Grandpa and Stella reading his Father's Day present. Again we ask ourselves, how many Pourciau's does it take to remove a baby from a high chair? Grandpa rescued Daddy's old horsey from the attic and saddled him up for Stella. Ride 'em, Cowgirl! Yee-haw! Hugging that sweet pony. Stella thought the horse did not go fast enough, so she decided she would push it. Still pushing. This is Stella's "Could you PLEASE stop documenting every second of my life on film?" face. Sometimes the paparazzi really gets to her. Who's in the barn? It's Sheila!
Happy Father's Day!

Jun 20, 2009

A Double-the-Fun Birthday Party

Saturday Stella and I traveled to Pineville for the social event of the season....Rylie and Sadie Sharbono's first birthday party! Jen had cooked tons of truly scrumptious food, put up beautiful decorations (some of which Stella and I accidentally helped take down. Sorry!), and planned a fantastic soiree to celebrate the double milestone. Here are our friends enjoying their birthday cakes...they were much more into the cake than Stella was at her party...
Daddy and Mommy did not know that Ms. Scarlett took this picture, but I love it because you can just see the pride oozing from every pore.
A Stella's eye view of the festivities...
Loving Ms. Jen...
Time for presents!
Stella had to help out...
The twins received some of Stella's favorite items, and she could not wait to show them to Me-mommy.
Sweet little Savannah Poole was there for her cousins' big day. She was so well-behaved!
Stella wanted to make sure that the pink pony was safe for the girls. She's so thoughtful that way! Nathan and Jonas were the pony construction crew.
Stella is pretending to be prim and proper in this shot. I am sure that seconds later she way-laid one of the other babies for a toy.
Double the pleasure, double the fun!
Stella was even chauffeured around by this good looking young man before she climbed back into her carseat for the long ride home.

We had so much fun celebrating with Rylie and Sadie! Happy Birthday to Stella's double B.F.'s!