The Adventures of Sloane

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hiking at Allatoona Pass

Last Sunday we went for a hike in Cartersville at Allatoona Pass, the site of a famous Civil War battle.

Afterwards, we went to the playground.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nanook of the Southeast

This morning, someone demanded "bubbles" at 7:20 am and it was about 40 degrees on the balcony. So we broke out her new parka from daddy's Aunt Evelyn in Manchester, UK. She loved it so much she refused to take it off.

This is what happens when you try to tell her that the bubbles are "all done":

(and yes, that is a pair of yellow and purple pajamas, turquoise crocs and a pink parka... she picked out her own outfit)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Daddy

In honor of daddy's birthday, we bring you, Her Royal Highness, Princess Pretty Girl, demanding to go on the balcony and blow bubbles:


Friday, October 24, 2008


The house is sold. SOLD!!! Es-to-the-oh-to-the-ell-to-the-dee!

The paperwork is signed and countersigned and we are all feeling a giant weight lifted off our shoulders.

Good-bye crap-tastic house, hello freedom! Tomorrow is daddy's birthday and we have a lot to celebrate!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Halloween Preview

Little Bumble Bee

Little Bumble Bee in her Fort with Frank and Cali

Little Bumble Bee chasing bubbles on the balcony (try saying that one five times fast)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Breaking News

The mystery fever and mystery rash were in fact roseola infantum, a relatively minor and common childhood illness. Sloane should be complately fine in a few days and now has immunity so she won't get it again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

18 Months

Dear Lolli -

Mommy is almost a week late with your monthly letter because it's been a crazy few days! First, mommy and daddy had to leave you with grandma and grandpa for a few days to go back to New Jersey to oversee the movers. That was really hard on mommy because even though it's just a house, and not a very nice one at that, it was mommy and daddy's first house and we poured our hearts and souls into making it our own and something very, very special. It was the house to which we first brought you home from the hospital, and it was the house in which you had your first smile, rolled over for the first time, sat up for the first time, crawled for the first time, took your first steps and went from a itty bitty newborn to a full-fledged toddler, with opinions and personality. It was the house where we cooked two Thanksgiving dinners and handed out lots of Halloween candy. It was the house of birthdays and anniversaries and lots of love. We're going to miss that craptastic 90 year old house, leaning retaining wall, crumbling plaster, ugly cabinets and all!

On top of that, you were very sick with a mystery fever for all two and half days that we were gone and we were going crazy with worry. Delta Airlines didn't appreciate our worry and insisted on charging us $200 to come home early to be with our sick Lollipop. Boo on Delta! You seem to be doing better these last couple of days, though now that the mystery fever is gone, you have a mystery rash.

This month has been a month of many changes for you. You are picking up new words almost every day and are becoming a little tyrant, ruling the cats with an iron fist, a wagging index finger and a constant refrain of "no, no, no." We try to explain that we only tell the cats no when they're doing something bad, but you just enjoy bossing them around too much to stop.

You are also very decisive when you want something -- lilting questions of "more?" becoming ever more insistent until we get you whatever it is you are asking for. You have definite and strong opinions over what you will wear on any given day and if we dare take off your "shoooosss" before you want them off or try to put on a pair that are not the ones you had in mind, we are in for a big sobbing, angry ball of fire.

Your temperament is mercurial, but your sweetness and your big kisses and hugs make up for it every single day. You love to kiss and hug and play with our ears. You even try to slip mommy the tongue on occasion with hilarious results when mommy doesn't expect it! You offer to share your toys and you play well with others, though you are very quiet around anyone who isn't mommy, daddy or grandma and grandpa.

We still having problems with your sleeping and we are working on that. After we get the sleeping under control, we'll start potty training in earnest - you love to sit on the potty and you hate having a diaper on (and fight us like a wild banshee at every diaper change), but you haven't quite figured out how to connect the two.

All in all, you are the most miraculous, intelligent, beautiful and fantastic little girl and we couldn't be more thrilled to be lucky enough to be your parents.

your mommy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Half Birthday Celebration Gone Wrong

Today is Sloane's half birthday and I had the bright idea of having cupcakes to celebrate. I guess my mommy brain wasn't functioning properly when I thought adding this on to the end of a tired toddler's long day was a good idea. Things went downhill long before the cupcakes were even unveiled when Sloane was done with dinner and throwing cornbread and chicken on the floor.

When we brought out the cupcake, she momentarily perked up, but it went waaaay south again when I made the earth-shatteringly horrible mistake of cutting her cupcake into bite-sized pieces. Even my banishment and the entrance of daddy was not enough to soothe the savage beast toddler.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Miniature animal adventure

A co-worker told me about a farm about a 40 minute drive from Atlanta that has a petting zoo filled with miniature animals, just perfect for toddlers. Since Sloane is going through an animal-obsessed phase, we thought it would be a great outing, so we headed up to Tanglewood Farm to check it out.

Sloane loved almost all of it. She wasn't thrilled with the pony ride (mainly because she hated the helmet!) and she got freaked when a baby bull got a bit overzealous to be fed and head butted her to the ground. Overall, she really loved it and particularly went nuts at the goat feeding frenzy.

She preferred this pony ride instead...

This is actually an action shot as this baby bull is about to head butt my baby (if I'd known it was about to happen, I would have stopped it, but instead I caught it as it was happening on camera). I kept yelling "bad cow" at it afterwards, but it didn't seem phased. Sloane wasn't hurt at all, just scared.

Flashing gang signs at Mr. Pig

This teeny baby goat (in process of being weaned off mother's milk) was a big hit with Sloane

This miniature baby piglet was literally about the size of an adult hand

Sloane caused the goat version of a food riot when she insisted on feeding them every last scrap of bread she had, while giggling up a storm

Miniature alpaca

Miniature bison

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Oakhurst Festival and Other Adventures

We had a great time at the Oakhurst Festival today. Sloane really enjoyed the music, dancing and swaying and clapping after every song.

Afterwards, we went to the playground at Oakhurst park. The neighborhood is teeming with children, many around Sloane's age -- we can't wait to move into it!

But before we get to that, this t-shirt is for Sloane's homies (OK, it's for the mommies on my internet group. They know who they are):


Getting ready to go. Sloane deigned to allow me to put the cutest little piggy tails into her hair, but unfortunately it lasted all of 30 seconds before she fussed and yanked them out.

(yes, she insisted that daddy's hair get a piggy tail too)

At the festival:

Drumming on the pumpkins:

At the playground:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Sloane had her appointment today with the ENT specialist to check her hearing and discuss whether we should consider ear tubes. She passed her hearing test with flying colors and there does not appear to be any damage from her recurring ear infections at this time. We will continue to monitor and check her again in three months.

On the way back from the appointment, we got stuck in traffic and Sloane expressed her displeasure:


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Irish Step Dancers and Hurlers

Today, among other things, we went to "Sunday in the Park" at the Historic Oakland Cemetery. They had performances by an Irish dance troupe and Sloane was mesmerized by both the step dancers and the hurling dancers. She kept inching ever closer to the stage and at a few points, we had to dart out and retrieve her before she walked on to the stage. Afterwards, she stared at the teenaged dancers with wonder and tried to stomp her little feet as if she was one of them.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Day in the Life of HRHPPG*

(*Her Royal Highness, Princess Pretty Girl)

8:00 am, post-breakfast, post-shower (we had an overnight up-chuck incident): Reading with Mommy

8:07 am - I want you, yes YOU, to take me to the park

8:09 am, ready to go

Let's go already!

Being a little punk

Checking out the wares at Atlantic Station

Giving mommy a near-heart attack by quickly scrambling up the 10 foot "big kids" slide at the park

Drivin' that bus

What is this "sand" stuff of which you speak so glowingly?

Oooh, I can squish it with my toes!