Saturday, June 27, 2009

Swim Lessons

The first two weeks of summer Zoey and I had swim lessons at UWF.. at first she was not so excited.. but then of course in true Zoey style the last day she LOVED IT! she was laughing and jumping off the side of the pool... hopefully we can practice a lot more at Grandma and Pop-pop's pool..
(sorry about the quality.. pictures of pictures)



Can you tell its the summer and our days are less than busy? this is like the 4 post this week.. i love it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Oh Zoey...

Zoey has a mullet.. its official.. to try and offset that I am employing new hair strategies...



This is what happens when Zoey falls asleep while trying to eat..


This is what happens when Zoey is tired but is fighting sleep...

Seriously could she be cuter..

..the best day of the year..

MY BIRTHDAY! even in hard economic times... my husband went above and beyond (as always) to make my birthday AMAZING!
I walked in from swim lessons (Zoey's not mine) to this!


That used to be an amazing cupcake from Publix.. precisely what I asked for!


Beautiful NY Strip steaks.. my favorite of course!


A full dinner.. potato, salad and steak.. yumm!


Ice. cream. cake....glorious!


We are still celebrating.. because its June and I celebrate for a month! Thanks babe! you are still the best!

New and Improved

Thanks to Craigslist.. we here at the Mattes household have upgraded.. well Zoey has upgraded.. big time!


New Swingset... only $70.. retail $300!

No more redneck here.. we are have a ligit watertable!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dada...

One of the reasons I fell in love with my husband was the way that he was with children...to see the way he is with our daughter only makes me fall in love with him more and more everyday...



Happy Dada's Day to the best daddy in the world!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Redneck Baby..

In attempts to find fun, educational activities for the summer.. we have been in search of a water/sand table for Zoey... but paying $40 just doesn't seem practical.. and even craigslist has offered no solutions... so this week i came up with my own solution...



Yes I filled a cooler with water and it is now her favorite outside toy... don't judge.. we saved $40 and hey she was born in pensacola.. what do you expect...

How can you not love that face.. even hot and sweaty... just too cute!

Our answer to annoying solicitors...


Now she runs to the phone whenever it rings...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

dancing anyone? and update on Zoey... of course.



This toy has been without batteries for quite sometime.. i mean who uses AAA batteries anyway.. well tonight i put new ones in... she stopped and got the biggest grin on her face took the toy and started dancing...

13 months and going... (mostly for my memories' sake)

Zoey can...
- dance
- walk pretty steadily on her own
- start to run
- say.."mama, dada, woof-woof, quack, was-that, whos-that, something that sounds like thank you, lalala (elmo), hii, baba, bye-bye, papa, nana"
- sign.. food, more, bird, milk, fish
- sound of dog- 'woof-woof', elephant-raspberry sounds, sheep - 'baba', do what a lizard does - sticking her tongue in and out...
- find noses on her face and yours... almost can do eyes and mouth.. just be careful or she'll poke your eye out...
- do the wheels on the bus hand motions
- blow kisses, give hugs and kisses
- wave bye-bye and hi
- do "so big"
- starting to climb
- drink from a sippy - NO MORE BOTTLES! WOOHOO!

Zoey likes...
- playing with her kitchen
- sucking her LEFT thumb.. only the left one will do...
- getting whatever she wants
- food- peaches, cheese, sweets, eggs
- MILK
- playing outside
- petting and kissing the dogs...
- "cooking" - stirring, pretend eating...
- "cleaning"- sweeping, picking up dog food, wiping her tray, picking up her books
- reading.. LOVES to bring you books to read...
- dancing








Zoey doesn't like..
- not getting her way
- patience
- being in time-out.. but its working!!
- baths! - she has been screaming bloody murder...

She amazes us every single moment.. i'm so excited to spend the summer with my big girl!

ps- tonight is the first night in months that Zoey didn't SCREAM through her bath... maybe we have turned a corner! hooray!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer activities and goodbyes...

Zoey got two new toys this week to keep her busy this summer while she is at home she is already having a great time playing with them...

Zoey is learning to earn her keep...

cooking, cleaning.. this kid thing might have more advantages than we thought!

Queen of the castle...


We will have to have lessons on playing with this toy...

Lastly we said goodbye to our favorite neighbors.. due to the military.. We loved you guys!!

Zoey and baby Pierce

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Domestic Goddess

Zoey has become quite the helper around her lately.. as you read in the previous post.. her are some other tasks she has begun...

Laundry...


Sweeping...



Taking a break to do a little reading...


Finishing her day the way we all domestic goddess' do.. chocolate ice cream!