Posts Tagged ‘Dakota’

Swim Lessons


Yesterday, we took Dakota to her first real swim lesson. She had been signed up for baby swim lessons but it was more playing and less learning so I’m not sure it counts. This time around, she was learning to float on her back, kick her legs, and paddle with her arms. Considering how little time we’ve spent in the pool she did pretty good.

What surprised me was how well behaved she can be while all the other kids were splashing and playing away. The kids all sat on the edge of the pool waiting their turn. While waiting the other kids were splashing and playing with toys despite the teachers instructions not to do just that. Dakota on the other hand sat calmly watching the other kids. This surprised me because it feels like she doesn’t listen at home but if I had to choose one way or the other … I would prefer she pay attending on a class setting. It almost makes me think we’re doing something right!

Big Weekend


This past weekend was action packed for Dakota….

Saturday’s big attraction was a trip to Cosi. We spent most of the time in the kid zone. There, she was able to dress up like a doctor, play on slides, explore the water toys, and build with blocks. I think the doctor area was her favorite. She put on a doctor coat and wrapped a stethoscope around her neck. Then, proceeded to show us x-rays, weight a baby, give it a vial of medicine and wrap the baby’s broken arm and leg.

Elsewhere in Cosi, we tried to go to the Ocean exhibit but it was dark and “scary” so it didn’t last long. I have a feeling if it went any longer we would have ended up very wet. They had all sorts of water squirting toys and experiments with sand and water. We also went to the gecko exhibit …. also known as either “echos” or “yuckos” according to Dakota.  She did enjoy searching for the geckos since they were all hiding in the cages amongst the leaves and twigs.

Finally, Scott’s was there giving away plants and seeds to kids to encourage them to learn about growing things. The seeds came with a small plastic greenhouse for the flowers to grow inside. This worked out perfectly since I had plans to start seedlings this weekend anyway. They also gave us birdseed … which started another project.

Saturday afternoon after a good nap, we planted our seedlings. Dakota got Zenias from Scott’s and planted them in her little greenhouse. Then we planted tomatoes, peppers, and herbs in starter trays. Dakota poked the seeds down into the dirt and we covered them up, watered them, and put them into the window. The next morning she ran downstairs and looked into the little plastic greenhouse expecting to see flowers. Fortunately, she was receptive about waiting for them to grow so we’ll hope they come up within the next week or so before her attention span ends.

Sunday started out simple enough … we went to brunch at Lucasey’s, a local restaurant. Then, across the street to Lowe’s. The goal was to get some boards, plywood, and trim to build a closet in Dakota’s room so we have room for her clothes along with the baby’s new clothes. Of course, a trip to Lowe’s can’t be that simple. We did get the closet hardware … along with hardware to upgrade my grow box, and fix a rocking chair, and built a bird feeder …. because we got “free” birdseed from Scott’s …. which is the lesson of the week, nothing is free.

So again, after a good nap (by nearly all of us) we broke out the bird feeder. Dakota and I build the bird feeder in the afternoon. She was a big help … she loved asking about every little piece of hardware. She helped pick the right sized screws and twist the screwdriver. Unfortunately, she decided that the best place to put the hinges and screws were under things so we wouldn’t loose them. So we did spend a few minutes searching for lost parts. Otherwise it went well. We painted the outside her favorite color … purple and decorated it with Jaimie. The finished product was hung outside for the birds.

Somehow, I did find time to build that closet as well … which she’s surprisingly excited about. She loved the nail gun. She would jump, then giggle each time she heard me using it. She also enjoyed playing in the closet because it had a “roof”.

With that all done … for some reason we’re all very tired.

Dakota’s first tractor


It’s time for Dakota’s birthday again. We have the big party tomorrow but decided to give her our gift this evening. We got her an electric tractor so she can “help” outside. She loved it, the only problem is the steering. The only time she actually steered in a direction she wanted to go was when she was chasing down the cat under the truck. I’m sure she’ll pick up on it quick. Otherwise, she did great and really enjoyed helping out.

Crib is ready!


We had another snow day today, so Dakota and I set up the baby’s crib. “Dakota’s room” is in the slow transformation of becoming “the girls’ room” both physically, and more importantly in Dakota’s mind. She got out all of her toy tools and eagerly helped me put the crib together. We pulled out (and she played with) the bumper pads and all the rest of the bedding and she offered that the baby could use the blankets off of her bed (a sweet gesture, but not necessary since we have all the crib bedding we could ever need). It seemed a little silly to set up the bed this early, but partly I wanted to ease Dakota into the idea…and partly I am going to need the next few months to figure out storage of two kids worth of stuff. Having the crib up means that it no longer has to be stored under Dakota’s bed, which means that now there is storage space available under her bed as well as under the crib. As we start pulling out all the boxes of receiving blankets, boppy pillows, and the rest…I am quickly reminded of just how much gear and stuff babies require. I can’t help but be somewhat impressed with how well we have hidden the stuff around the house, since our old farmhouse has such limited closet and storage space. It is kind of like a treasure hunt to find where all the stuff has been stored (under, behind, and between just about everything). Until the baby comes, we have some of the most spoiled and well equiped baby dolls in the country. I don’t know of any other baby dolls that get to sleep in a full sized crib etc. Dakota thinks it is all great fun, and although I know that she doesn’t really understand the changes that are coming, it is comforting that, at least at this point, she is excited about it. We can only hope that the excitement lasts.

On a separate note, Dakota’s mastery of the English language continues to amaze us. Today’s new word was “mysterious” as she entered the living room announcing, “Harley is a very mysterious little dog!” Who knows if she knows what it meant, we started cracking-up…which meant that the the word was then repeated frequently throughout the day. It seemed like such a funny statement out of the mouth of a nearly 3 year old. Some of the other recent phrases that she has added to her vocabulary are “for some reason” and “I changed my mind”.  Everyday we add what feels like another 10-15 words and some of the funniest phrases. The best part is that she is actually pretty good about using them correctly, and sounds wise beyond her years. Having her around is like having a comedian in the house, she is constantly making us laugh.  Today while I was doing some grading, she came up and took my calculator. She started pushing buttons and told me that she was sending her grandma a message…apparently you can text with a calculator now.   Of course there are many other moments where she is trying our patience, avoiding naps, being rotten, throwing fits, destroying things, and other lovely toddlerish things…but it is the funny stuff that makes my day.  Until next time….live mysteriously :) .