Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We had a great time on Halloween! Samantha seemed to put up with/enjoy her ladybug outfit quite well. This costume was well timed as she has recently discovered the book that we have had since her baby shower called "Ladybug Girl" and asks to be read the book over and over and over....

The costume started when I found the tutu and the ruby red slippers at a consignment sale..a friend found the vest/hood and I added some dots to the skirt.

We went to a couple of friends' neighborhoods to see their festivities and to trick or treat at some of their houses. Samantha thought it was very interesting that people wanted to throw things in her bucket...she learned after awhile that there was some good stuff in those little packets. She comes by any sweet tooth honestly. Rick and I coached her on which candy to get - the ones mommy and daddy like of course!

She loved stomping around in her clicky clacky shoes and carrying around the bucket. She didn't want to be carried or have any help in carrying the bucket.

Trick or Treat from Becky Kobsik on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


What happens when you take the iWhatever away from the 16 month old...

Monday, October 3, 2011

Squeezing in some Pumpkin Time

We squeezed in some pumpkin patch time at the beginning of the month as Samantha and I are about to head off on our European Vacation to Stockholm, Sweden! So on October 2, we returned to Carrigan Farms, the same place we went last year. It was a lot colder this year than it was last year! We were a bit surprised by the weather!

Samantha looked pretty unimpressed the whole time we were there.  But I'm thinking she had a good time!  THere were hayrides, animals and pumpkins - what more could a mom 1.5 year old ask for?

getting ready for the hayride!

this hayride is chilly!

checking out the animals...

what are you looking at?

this little girl looks yummy!

strong toddler contest - this one looks good!

demonstrating the proper way to carry your pumpkin

I approve of these pumpkins!

daddy and his three pumpkins

my little piggy tailed pumpkin!

Friday, September 30, 2011

16 months

This past month has been somuch fun as we watch her on her way to becoming a master walker, learning how things work and generally discover the world around her. As doting parents, everything she does is completely amazing and a work of genius.

Cutie patootie with the crazy hair! September 1

Playing at Discovery Place Kids - September 4

Books, books, books...Her all time favoritesare "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" by Al Perkins and "Dr. Seuss's ABC's". She loves these books so muchthat she makes a very excited noise when she finds them and begs repeatedly for us to read them to her. I made some movements up to the HHFT book and she will do them along withme or if she is looking at the book by herself sometimes she will do the movements by herself. Rick and I have admittedly hid these books from time to time so that we don't have to read them 50 times in a row. Feel bad? A bit...

She loves the 100 first words book too - September 9

Here's a picture of two favorites - the HHFT book and Bobbie (formerly known as Bob) - September 16

Another favorite - the iPad, the iPhone, the iWhatever...she knows how to work those things better than I think Rick and I do. There are a lot of great apps for learning - and just entertainment too. There are books - one of our favorites is "The Monster at the end of this Book" as read by Grover.

Getting mommy and daddy to play with the iPad - September 28

We took part in Okra Fest - a made up festival our friends created. They have a fun walk/run each year and Samantha is the reigning baby champ two years in a row now. She is so proud.

This may be my favorite picture of the month - in her IU jersey before the race

Another favorite - being outside! The weather has gotten a little cooler and so we have spent some afternoons outside. She loves the front porch swing - which a year ago was our saving grace whenever we had a finicky baby.

swingin' with Dad - September 7

Can Bobbie and I go out and play? - September 26

We had flags out for 9/11 and she loved helping me pick them up!

She wore a different dress every day for weeks thanks to all the great fashions we acquired from the cousins!

I've got my fancy dress and my Vera bag (from Jenny!) and I'm ready to go! September 6

Samantha went to a birthday party for one of her classmates at the Y. The party was at the indoor pool and as you can tell, somebody LOVED the cake!

September 10

I had totally misplaced the TPC Piper Glen decal that my previous co-workers had given me for Sammie's "golf cart"! I ran across it this month and finally got her cart up to snuff....

fore! Golfing in our PJs - September 17

September saw the start to the regular NFL season. We have friends with a regular tailgate and we generally join them. Samantha loves dancing to the music, meeting people and sometimes napping at the tailgates. How she pulls that off, I'm not sure.

with April - September 18

scenes from a tailgate - guarding the cooler and making friends with Norah

Those fingers!
She doesn't go long before those fingers go back in the mouth. Its kind of frustrating but then again we haven't ever had to search for lost pacifiers. Since about 5 months (there is a pic in here of when she first started on the fingers) she started sucking those same two fingers - the two middle ones on the right hand. Hopefully she'll stop before she goes off to college.

Our usual look - two fingers with Bobbie in hand - September 27

I just like this picture :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


She wasn't so sure about it at first but once she got going on this spaghetti and meatballs with broccoli, then you couldn't hold her back!

Despite how the picture looks, she really does loooove her some broccoli! She can really shove it away...

The fork is only a sometimes utensil - it helps to stir the bowl...

Oh here's proof! She's putting broccoli in her mouth! Notice her method of spearing some food with the fork in one hand and actually using the other hand to feed herself. Genius..

And of course we had to be wearing a white shirt - the bib could only do so much in this situation.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

so sweet...

oh and she is so cute with that monkey shirt...even when she's not wearing it, and you ask her "where's the monkey?" she points at her belly

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Discovery Place Kids

This past weekend we went up to Huntersville, NC to check out the much talked about Discovery Place Kids. We had heard that this children's museum was geared toward the younger of the kids and that it would be perfect for Sammie.

WARNING: Samantha was awfully cute this day and the momarazzi was out en force!

And off we go!

She made some friends

drove a fire truck

watch where you're going Daddy!

played "near" the balance beam

did some arts and crafts

was a NASCAR driver

walked up the ramp

and down the ramp - and repeat oh about 75 times

made a mess and helped to clean it up

played in the water table

and played

ewww don't do that!

oh she was thoroughly soaked by the end

mommy wanted ONE picture with her and she wouldn't cooperate - but we ended up with this cute picture instead