Santa, Take II

December 8, 2008

img_1771On Sat morning, the fam went to have Zoe’s picture taken with Santa.  Needless to say, picture taking did NOT go well.  So, this morning, I took Zoe to a different mall in Charlotte to try again.  I have to say, this Santa is the bomb.   He talked and played with Zoe as if she was his own grand-daughter, and we (myself and the “elves”) were able to get a couple of shots.


We also went Christmas tree shopping on Sunday.  I have no idea why, but tree shopping for us has always taken forever.  We end up walking the lot at least 3 times before we start seeing trees we like.  Of course, this year was no different.  I think it took us a little over an hour to pick our tree.  It seems as if all the good trees are either too small or too big.  Oh well…I like the tree we have and that’s all that matters.





Last Friday was Halloween, and every year, our neighborhood has a block party where all the kiddies dress in their Halloween costumes, the parents take side dishes, the hosts provide hamburgers and hot dogs, and there is a costume parade before all of the trick-or-treating festivities.  Of course, because most of the kids are under the age of 5, they don’t make it to our street (we only had 2 groups of trick-or-treaters), but maybe as Zoe gets older, we’ll start having more.  Here are a few pictures from the block party. ( BTW, I really don’t like the picture above of me, but since there are so few pictures of the 3 of us, I thought I would include it. )



img_1669 On the way to the party with “Bear” in tow.

img_1672Kirk and Zoe wait in line to show off Zoe’s costume.

img_1674 I’m not the best picture taker in the world, hence, Kirk’s head got chopped off, but I couldn’t resist showing how the “hat” was too big, and Zoe had a hard time seeing when she was wearing it.

img_16771 A random neighbors’ chair that Zoe thought looked comfy.

Eat Your Veggies!

October 27, 2008

One of my dilemmas with Zoe is she will not eat vegetables plain; she won’t eat meat either, but that’s an entirely different story.  She’ll eat veggies on pizza (black olives, spinach, onions, green peppers) or spaghetti sauce or veggie fried rice, but if you give her peas or corn or green beans, etc on her plate, watch out, because those veggies are going to become doggie snacks.  So, I have to hide them, and no, hiding them in macaroni-n-cheese no longer works.  I have found a Rachael Ray recipe that she LOVES!!  Check it out: 

Now, if only I can find some more recipes like this with different veggies, I’ll be golden….

On another note, this being the week of Halloween, we (Zoe) have a ton of chances to dress up, so check back often because I’m going to do separate posts (along with pictures) about them.

Snack time

October 7, 2008

Afternoon snack time around the Bradley house is a chance for Zoe to practice her new found skills of self-eating.  I let her make as big a mess as possible and take as long as possible; why, you ask?  For the sole purpose of – it takes a lot of time for Zoe to feed to herself with a spoon or fork, and then it takes awhile to clean up everything.  Here are a couple of shots of Zoe trying to feed herself yogurt:

 A few notes: 1) No, Zoe did not miss her mouth and tried to feed her head.  She was actually taught to drink the milk out of her cereal bowls (really, what was I thinking with that idea?!), and she thought she could do the same with yogurt.  I really didn’t have the heart to tell her that it wouldn’t work.  2)  If you look really hard at her cheesy smile, you can now see 4 little toofies!  YEAH!!

Fun at the Lazy 5 Ranch

October 1, 2008

Yesterday was a school holiday for Zoe, so one of her classmates, Maisie, and her mom, Betsey, Zoe, and myself loaded into Betsey’s car and took a field trip to the Lazy 5 Ranch ( 

We took a wagon ride around the ranch and were able to see and feed all sorts of animals like emus, ostriches, zebras, European white deer, water buffalo, pot-bellied pigs, giraffes, and moutain goats.  Maisie and Zoe had an absolute blast, and Zoe ended up falling asleep before we even left the ranch and then slept in until 8 this morning.  Here are some pictures of some of the animals and a couple of the girls:


15-Month Stats

September 25, 2008

Zoe had her 15-month-old well check on Monday with Dr. Kocmond, and it went very well.  Here are the stats from her visit:

Weight: 19.2 pounds (~5th percentile)

Height: 29 1/2 inches (~20th percentile)

A couple of side notes, because she still has a lingering cough, Dr. Kocmond has put Zoe on singulair for a couple of weeks.  If it helps, then the next cold she gets, she’ll go straight to the singulair to help prevent the cold from lingering like this one has.  Also, she received 2 vaccines: hepatitis A and chicken pox.  Zoe was supposed to get the MMR as well, but when I mentioned that I wanted to split the vaccine, Dr. Kocmond said he would rather wait until either her 18-month or her 2-year appointment to give her the full dose and to make sure her verbal skills have adequately developed.

Festival in the Park

September 25, 2008

This past weekend was the 44th annual Festival in the Park at Freedom Park.  Just a little tidbit about Freedom Park – it was built shortly after WWII by converting former polo grounds, and it connects 2 former suburbs together: Dilworth and Myers Park (the neighborhoods are now considered urban neighborhoods).  Anyways…the weather was picture perfect on Friday, so Kirk got off of work a little early, and we headed to the festival.  It’s your typical festival – full of local artisans selling their wares, magicians and clowns, a folk music stage, a kiddie carnival, and of course, tons of food complete with funnel cakes and lemonades.  We didn’t partake in the food, but we did play at the carnival, and Zoe loved people watching. Zoe and Kirk check out the big kids’ moon bounce.

 Zoe loved being in the moon bounce – reason for the cheesy smile.

 A more normal picture of Amy and Zoe in the moon bounce.

 Zoe and Kirk take time to watch the ducks.  The ducks are kind of hard to see because of the reflections on the water, but they’re there!

1st haircut

September 17, 2008

Pre-Zoe, I was always of the opinion that you wait to cut a baby’s hair for the 1st time until it was in their eyes and bothering them.  My opinion changed when Zoe’s hair decided to grow into a fabulous mohawk/mullet combo – great haircut from the ’80s, not so great for a little girl.  So, I finally took Zoe to Pigtails and Crew Cuts ( for her 1st haircut.  She did great – just sat there looking around while the stylist did a couple of little snips.  She no longer has the mullet, and the mohawk isn’t as obvious since the front was trimmed just a little as well.

Before – I tried to get a profile shot, but of course, Zoe wouldn’t cooperate.

 Zoe got to drive the yellow taxi while getting her hair cut.

Check it out – no mullet!!

Just an update

September 16, 2008

I just realized that it’s been a couple of weeks, and I haven’t written an update or posted pictures or anything, so here it is:

First things first:  It was bound to happen.  Zoe has totally spoiled me when it comes to her health.  She’s only had a couple of colds that never required antibiotics, just a little TLC, the humidifier, and some saline nose drops.  So, she caught a cold over Labor Day weekend, and it just wasn’t getting better; in fact, it was getting a little worse with a cough.  We went and saw Zoe’s pal, Dr. Kocmond, and low and behold, we are now on amoxicillin.  Zoe has a little fluid in one of her ears, and since it had been over 10 days (normal wait it out period for a cold), he thought it would help prevent the cold from progressing into a bacterial bronchitis.  When I went to open her medicine and give it to her, I totally had a flash-back of standing by the refrigerator with my mouth open wide, and my mom dishing out the wonderful pink medicine.  Needless to say, Zoe loves the pink stuff, and starts to jump up and clap her hands when she sees me shaking the bottle!

School Update: Zoe is doing awesome at school; she does get a little upset for about 5 seconds when I hand her off to her teachers (I don’t think this would happen if she walked into the class on her own accord, but hey, I don’t want to upset the apple cart).  So far, she has come home with a decorated tongue depressor magnet that has (I think) 3 fingerprints with mom, zoe, and dad written underneath it (the weekly theme was “my family”), and today she came home with her 1st marker masterpiece, along with marker on her fingers, her pants, and her shirt.  Good thing they use washable markers!!

 Tongue depressor art

 Magic marker fun on the red firetruck

2 weekends ago, Kirk, Zoe, and I packed up the car and headed to Tiger country for the 1st Clemson home game.  Zoe was a hit in her cheerleading outfit, lasted for 3 quarters of the game (she loved listening to the fight song and watching all the movement down on the field), and had a grand time “camping” in grand-daddy’s and grand-mommy’s RV.  Unfortunately, there are no pictures…I was the bad mommy and forgot to take the camera into the stadium.  I’ll try to get some good pictures this weekend (if Zoe is awake for any of the game (it’s at 1pm).

Last week, I awarded myself the “mommy-of-the-year” award.  I had been noticing that Zoe had been trying to take her shoes off a lot, so I went on a hunting expedition for 1 more pair of sandals to make it until it was cool enough to wear shoes and socks.  To my dismay (and joy!), Zoe’s feet have grown from her 2.5 size sandals to a size 4!  No wonder the poor girl was trying to take her shoes off!  Sooo…I ended up buying 2 pairs of shoes, neither of which are sandals, but I think they’ll last at least until Christmas time.

 New kicks – a pair of tennys and a pair of mary jane’s. 

On a cute note, as we were driving home from school this afternoon, Zoe decided to have a conversation with her little bear that stays in the car to keep her entertained.  She kept saying, “Hi!” and waving to it, giving it kisses, and then giving it hugs.  I couldn’t help but have a grin on my face all the way home.

Off to School

September 2, 2008


Zoe the schoolgirl with the lunch-box that’s as big as she is!






Today was Zoe’s 1st day of “school” at Forest Hill Playschool!  I dropped her off at 9:30 this morning and then picked her up at 1pm.  Here’s her “schedule”:

9:30-9:50 greet and play

9:50-10:00 snack

10:00-10:20 craft

10:20-10:30 diaper change

10:30-11:00 rainbow room (large room to play in) or stroller walk

11:00-11:20 lunch

11:20-11:30 playtime and clean up

11:30 -12:00 castle room (push-toys, riding toys, etc)

12:00-12:30 stroller walk

12:30-12:40 diaper change

12:40-1:00 play and farewell

So, I went to pick Zoe up this afternoon, and this is what I found: Zoe sacked out in the stroller.

Her teachers, Ms. Kissha and Ms. Lisa, as well as the director of the school, Ms. Susan, said that Zoe did really well without a single tear or melt-down.  I have to add, there were no tears or sniffles on my part either!  Soooo….I think today was pretty successful!!