Monday, September 27, 2010

Summer days drifting away...

We've had such a fun summer! Every single day has been a new adventure with little Miss Ruby. I will admit though, I am SO excited that fall is finally here! This is my absolute favorite time of the year and I plan to enjoy as much of the wonderful weather outside with Ruby as possible.

I took Ruby to "A Day in the District" here in Ft. Worth - if you're not familiar with this, a lot of museums in the Cultural District offer free admission and several performing arts groups give free performances. We braved the torrential rain and started at the Modern. There, we saw a short performance by the Fort Worth Opera of Billy Goats Gruff - it was about a 30-minute opera that was geared towards kids. And I have news, Ruby loves the opera! She was enthralled the entire time watching the people sing and dance and also trying to imitate the pianist. After the opera performance, we headed over to the Fort Worth Science & History Museum (our second time to visit). Ruby had such a big time in the Children's Museum section. She spent over an hour in there, running around like crazy.
That afternoon, she and I snuggled up on my bed (while college football was on in the background) and took a two-hour nap. It. Was. Glorious. There's really nothing better than having Ruby snuggle up to me and hearing her sweet sigh. Loved it! That evening, Kayleb and I took Ruby on a walk to Curly's for ice cream. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.

I'm sure I've mentioned this a million times before, but I have the best friends ever! I was invited to the opening of Blue Sushi (it just opened up near Eddie V's) for a complementary multi-course dinner. It was soooooo yummy! I can't say enough great things about that restaurant. Delicious food, cool atmosphere, friendly staff, and it's just right down the street! It's very reasonably priced too, so I'll definitely be back! Here are a few pics with Kayleb, me, LeeAnne, and Tom.
Last night we took dinner over to Lindsay & Paul's. I told Ruby earlier in the day that we were going to have dinner with the triplets - to say that she was excited would be a drastic understatement. When she woke up from her nap, I heard her on the baby monitor jumping up and down in her crib saying "Addddddiiiieeee, Tartarrrrr, Dack! Yay! Fun! Yay!" (Addie, Carter, and Jack). She had a fun night playing with the babies - but they're almost not babies any more! Their 1-year birthday is coming up soon!!! They are doing so great and have the funniest little personalities. Ruby really enjoyed getting to share her food with the babies. She also had an absolute blast dancing with Linds - she's a pro at marching, clapping, and doing this funny little twist move.
Check out this hair!!!!

It's been a great week - looking forward to yet another one!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fantastic Fort Worth!

Ruby and I have been having such a great time together lately! She's getting to the point where she can communicate pretty well, so it's really fun to have a "conversation" about what she wants for a snack, which bow she wants to wear (and then promptly rip out of her hair), or why she prefers one blanket over another. She is the most affectionate child - always ready with a big hug or a kiss. I honestly love her more than I can explain!
We have been so lucky lately to get the opportunity to do some fun Fort Worth activites for free/very cheap. Ruby took her first trip to the zoo a few weekends ago! The Fort Worth Zoo is consistently rated as one of the best in the nation, and there's a really good reason for that - it is AMAZING! We lucked out and happened to go on the one day in August that it wasn't a zillion degrees. We got there right as the zoo opened and didn't have to fight any crowds. The monkeys, elephants, turtles, penguins, and kudu were a big hit with Ruby. She spent some of the time in her stroller and the rest of the time running around with her backpack on. Don't judge me when you see that her backpack is kind of just a glorified leash. You try being a single mom to an incredibly mobile (and fast) toddler who usually refuses to hold hands. I'd rather get a few sideways glances then have her running in to give the lion a hug.... :) Our visit lasted about 3 hours, but Ruby tuckered out right before we got to the MOLA (Museum of Living Art) exhibit. I happened to get a few cute pictures of our trip. It was such a fun morning to spend with my best friend. I'm definitely getting a membership next year and we're going to go all the time!
That evening I was invited to go to the Casa Manana's Annual Gala with one of my best friends, Kayleb. It was such a great evening with great friends complete with tons of laughter, fun cocktails, and lots of dancing. It was so fun to get an opportunity to get out of my pajamas for an evening and act like a civilized lady!

I took Ruby to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the first time on Labor Day - it was the last day to see the DaVinci exhibit that was there and I haven't gotten an opportunity to go since they renovated the museum. WOW!!! It is such a fantastic museum that has such great exhibits for all ages! Ruby had a great time in the Children's Museum part (she looooooooved the bubble tubes), and my friend LeeAnne and I enjoyed literally every second from when we walked in the door. My inner nerd was entirely too excited!

Ruby would walk in front of the bubble tubes and touch each one and count (spelled the way she says them) "One, toooo, free, fou, five, stix!" and then on the way back would count "Uno, dauuus, taes, baa-bro, tin-to, steees!" As she was doing this, another little boy who was about a year older than her was repeatedly banging a wooden toy on his head - his father was looking back and forth between Ruby and his progeny with the most defeated look on his face. LeeAnne had perfect comedic timing, as always, and started to whisper in a sing-song voice "Our kid is smarter than your kid! Our kid is smarter than your kid!" Trying not to laugh out loud was pretty difficult. In all honesty, Ruby is pretty remarkable. She can count to 10 in English and Spanish (although she can't say "7" in either language), she can spell her name, and she knows all the colors of the rainbow and can say them in order without any prompting. Also, in the bathtub the other night, she said the majority of the alphabet without any help. She is SO stinking smart! I'm not trying to brag, I'm just absolutely amazed with this little girl.

My dad took some pretty amazing pictures of Ruby the other day. He is such a talented photographer! If you happen to go to the Texas Ballet Theater's production of Cinderella this year (which you definitely should - it will be phenominal!), you might see a familiar face on some of their marketing material!

Ruby has blessed me in so many ways. I am the luckiest person in the world to be her mommy. I love her with every fiber of my body and enjoy every single second that I get with her!
Much love-
Jaedeanne and Ruby