Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I think I may have mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again just in case you forgot.  The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Unfortunately for me, it is not anywhere close to being one of Lina’s favorites.

It wasn't all bad though.  She did have fun at the party at least.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I received some labels in the mail from Applied Labels for Elina to review on this here blog.  They claim to be dishwasher and laundry proof and perfect for labeling kids items for school or daycare.  Well, Lina is still to young to attend school and going to my Mom’s house doesn’t really count as daycare.  So I had to get creative about what was worthy of getting a label.  I thought about putting a label in one of her books, but that wouldn’t really test the product and it would drive me crazy.  I can’t even handle price tags on my books, or folded pages for that matter.  Call me weird.  I didn't want to put a label on her clothes, because she might have a sister one day who will be able to wear her adorable clothes.

Finally our trip to Mason's family reunion/vacation proved to be a worthy event for testing these labels.  Four items were tested for this trip.  A sippy cup, a snack catcher, a pink rubber duckie and a squirty elephant.  I wanted to put a label on her fabric covered raft as well, but the directions for the labels said to put them on the tag only.  There was no tag, so I didn't attempt it.

The Results:

Sippy Cup:  There was no flat surface on this cup, so I couldn't find a good place to stick the label.  Since the label had no stretch, the top and bottom of the label were left unstuck.  Even partially unstuck, the label showed no signs of falling off.  It was pulled off before being stuck in the dishwasher.

Snack Catcher:  There were plenty of places to stick the label on this one.  This probably also received the most abuse on the trip as well.  It held Lina's snacks, became a toy with several of her cousins and spent most of it's time being drooled on and dropped on the ground.  It has been through the dish washer several times and the label is still there looking brand new.

Bath Toys:  I brought these along for Lina to play with in the pool, they weren't very expensive so I wasn't too worried about loosing them.  But I didn't exactly feel like replacing them either.  I also wasn't expecting the labels to stick very well either.  The material was just too flexible, and the labels did slip a little.  That being said, those toys have been floating around in the pool with the hot sun shining on them for a month and the labels are still there.

All in all, the labels worked great.  We returned from our trip with all of our items.  The snack catcher went missing for a little while, but it was returned by dinner.  It's a good thing it had her name on it, otherwise who knows where it would have ended up.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Her First Sentance

If Elina were one of the Little Miss characters, her name would be "Little Miss Sassy."  In fact I think she is going to need some of those books for her birthday.

On Friday I asked Miss O to come get a piece of paper from me and give it to Mimi.  Normally Miss O would jump at this opportunity.  But this day, the blocks were more important, so she said "no."  I of course had no choice but to try again.  When she ignored me, my sister told Miss O to tell me what she always told her.  Miss O continued to play with her blocks and yelled (as if we were in separate rooms), "Just a minute!"

Lina adores Miss O and wants to do everything that Miss O does.  Without skipping a beat, Lina shouted "Yus-a-yenet!" 

The words might not have been perfectly formed, but the tone was dead on.  I knew I was going to have my hands full while I was still pregnant, but how do you prepare yourself for your 11 month old daughter telling you just a minute?