What Is This Called...

Telese Car:

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Clever Bell

One of Apollo's most favorite things in the whole wide world right now is his Thomas the Tank Engine trains.
He can name just about every single one, and believe me, there are oodles of them!
Two in particular are named Annie and Clarabel.
He loves those ones.
He calls them: Annie and Clever Bell.

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'Pollos Pillow

Look at the nice, soft pillow Apollo is lying on.

 Oh my! That's the softest looking pillow ever!
 And it's warm and has ears!
 Duffy's such a good sport and puts up with Apollo's antics.

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Handy Dandy Goggles

The other day Apollo kept asking if he could take a bath. It wasn't until he hopped in that I realized why he had been begging for a bath.

He wanted to use his handy dandy GOGGLES!

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Goodbye Soft Blankie

In realizing that this cute little guy will probably be my last, milestones like these are bittersweet for me.

As you may or may not know, he never took to a pacifier like my two oldest did. Instead, this is what he finagled:

A few weeks ago before bedtime he was disheartened because we couldn't find his "soft blankie." I looked high and low, to and fro, but nothing. He ALWAYS has his little blankie for bedtime just so he can hold onto an edge of it while sucking his fingers. That night he went to bed soft blankieless. He actually didn't complain for too long, being the easier going little guy that he is. I did feel a little sad for him though. I used to have my favorite little blankie that I sucked my thumb with. In fact, probably up until kindergarten. Then my Papa started coating my thumb with nasty tasting stuff and I didn't feel that it was worth it anymore.

A few days later Steve noticed the soft blankie tucked behind our mattress and the wall. It would have been fun watching the sheer joy on m' little guy's face, being reunited with a long lost friend. BUT that wasn't going to happen. Because with his blankie gone, his finger sucking habit magically disappeared too! Such a sad and happy time for me. I will miss seeing him snuggle with his blankie, sucking on his cute little fingers. But I am also relieved that I don't have to deal with breaking the sucking on fingers habit!

Goodbye Soft Blankie...

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Banana Mystery

Last week something mysterious happened.
With his breakfast Apollo ate a banana.
I noticed there was one left.
Soon after, I did my run and went to the kitchen to fetch the last banana.
When I went to retrieve it, it was gone!
I called out to Apollo who was hiding behind the couch.
When I asked if he ate the banana his reply was,
"the banana flew down my mouth!"

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The Perfect Way to Sneak Treats

When Mommy's not looking...

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Apollo got to play with his cute buddy Luke (6 months younger) while I visited with Ty and Stephanie (Luke's parents), who are some of my good friends. We don't get to visit as often since they moved to the other side of the water. It was great being with them again.

The boys grabbed some balls and then disappeared.
I heard noises coming from the bathroom
and decided to investigate.
Here's what I found:

And here they are in action:
Notice how Luke squints his eyes each time Apollo throws the basketball up into the air. So cute!

Such cuties:

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The "First" Milestone

In a previous blog post I mentioned something about a "first" milestone. I thought I'd better post it before it being too outdated.

Buddy graduated to a toddler bed.
I'm thinking this happened a couple of months ago. Sheesh! Such is the story of my life. The adjustment went quite well. The only draw back was that he wanted to sleep with his (actually mine) mini drawer full of notions (tacks, rubberbands, buttons, misc. game pieces, etc...) that he loves playing with (and drives me crazy). When I insisted they stay on the ground he pitched a fit. Other than that, all went well.

His crib was transformed into a toddler bed.

Here's when he starts getting upset.

Later on, all is well. Fast asleep.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Violet

Do you remember this scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Violet ate some gum and it caused her to get rather plump?

Well, check out who did the very same thing:

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Another Milestone!

Before I begin with this milestone, I must explain why it's "another milestone."
Plain and simple, I haven't blogged about the first one yet. It's on it's way...

And now this milestone:
Potty Training!
We tried several months ago, but decided Buddy wasn't quite ready. 
Today HE decided he was ready and asked to sit on his
"potty froggy." 

I was already prepared with the intent of getting him trained as soon as I had a non-busy week to dedicate my time. I had a basket-ful of goodies for him to choose from each time he went in his "potty froggy."

His first three choices (surprise, surprise) were the Hot Wheels cars:

Thousands of Dollars!!!

Tonight I asked Bud to quickly grab my wallet so I could put a hold on a movie before anyone else did since it was the only copy available in this area and I've been dying to see it. After he handed it to me I quickly opened it up to find my debit card. Meanwhile Buddy magically appeared out of knowhere, glued himself to my side and asked, "Mommy, can I have a thousand dollars?" I don't know where he gets this stuff. It's not like we're talking all the time about the thousands of dollars that we don't have. Tax refund season IS coming up so maybe he overheard us talking about that. hmmmm.... 

Space Ship

Recently I returned from my amazing cruise from San Diego to Ensanada, Mexico. Since I returned at midnight I didn't get a chance to say goodnight to the kids. So the following morning I was greeted by Buddy who had hopped in my bed and was cuddling with me.
Here's our first conversation:
"Mom, did you go to Sandy Diego?"
me, "yes"
"Mom, did you go to Mexico?"
me, "yes"
"Mom, did you go on a space ship?"
me, LAUGHING!!!!!!

Are You Not Being Debbie?

Yesterday after I hopped out of the shower, and still with a towel on my head, Buddy approached me and asked, "are you not being Debbie?"
Debbie is my wonderful sis. And the funny thing about this is that he only started saying this within the last few weeks. The last time he was around Debbie was back in June while we were in Utah. You would think the little guy would have said it a lot sooner after just being there.