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!!


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!!

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!!


August 22, 2008

Zoe has learned that she can slide by herself!  Of course, Kirk and I are close by, just in case, she decides to try and slide head 1st.  Check it out!

Since these videos were taken (about 10 days ago), Zoe is now able to climb up the stairs by herself, and slide down with control!

Week in Review

June 23, 2008

Hey everyone!  This week was spent trying to get back onto schedule after our great vacation to Vegas.  Zoe played hostess at one of our playdates and then decided to take an early nap halfway through all of the fun.  Zeke is (finally!) neutered and spent the week running into the wall and the backs of my legs with his elizabethan collar.  Kirk left early Friday morning to go to the NC Bar Convention in Atlantic Beach, NC, where he was elected Secretary for the Young Lawyers Division, and returned home on Sun at lunchtime.  Ollie and I did our usual; Ollie slept, and I did laundry, made Zoe her meals, and ran errands.  I know, it’s not incredibly exciting, but hey, this is what we do.




 Zeke wearing his elizabethan collar and checking out the Sunday ads.




This is what our living room typically looks like on Sunday mornings:  Zoe’s toys strewn on the floor along with the Sunday paper, which Zoe “reads”.  The only thing missing is Ollie sleeping on the couch, and Kirk and I sitting on the other couch reading the paper.




 Playgroup on Wed, 6/19 at our house.  Zoe’s “twin”, Kate, is Zoe’s oldest “friend”.  Her parents and Kirk and I met during our Bradley birthing class.  Kate turns one in the middle of July.





Zoe, Kate, and Ava splash around in the pool.