Friday, February 6, 2009

Twinsfest 2009 - 1/25/2009

It's that time of year again - getting ready for BASEBALL SEASON! I love this time of the year - the countdown to spring training - the start of spring and better weather!
This is the second year we have taken Zoe to Twinsfest - this year Rob was able to join us too. I was very excited about this year in particular because Nick Punto was there signing autographs and I was determined to get his autograph and have Zoe meet him.
We got to the dome and were getting ready to buy our tickets and this woman comes up to us and asked if we still needed tickets. We told her yes and she handed us two tickets explaining that her friends were unable to join her and they were going to go to waste. I couldn't believe - she was giving us these tickets - for free! I asked her twice if she was sure and that we would be more than happy to give her something for them - she said she had been given them anyway so she was glad someone could use them. it was so great - things like that remind me that there are still good people around and not everyone is out to make a buck. Thank you so much to that nice woman - what a great start to our day!

We made it in to the dome and headed down to the field. There were quite a bit of people there - it was nice - all of the money spent that day goes toward the Twins charities for kids so it is a great cause.
Mom, Zoe and I got in line to get Nick's autograph - we were able to get three items signed by him and Boof since we had three people. Nick was super cute in person and so nice - he greeted Zoe and I with a big smile and asked how old she was and told us how cute she was - I couldn't disagree she is pretty cute. Both guys were really nice to us and we really appreciated it and thought it was pretty cool. I was even more surprised at how nice they were because if you could have seen the line that had formed for the guys that were signing after them you would have realized how it may have been a bit disheartening that all of these people are waiting in line - but not to see them - they are there an hour early for someone else! Oh well, it worked out well for us cause we were able to go right to the front of the line. Thanks Nick and Boof!
We spent an hour or so walking around and checking out all of the booths. They had a big display for the new stadium which was pretty cool. They had a big life like display of the actual stadium and what it is going to look like - they had actual seats that will be in the stadium - they are all wider and much more comfortable than what is in the dome now. How nice will that be!

We walked by a booth that was there for Cambria granite products - they have a big dragon that is their mascot - who knew! Zoe spotted him but did not want to get too close - recall the aversion to large furry creatures. The Cambi dragon was pretty funny though - he would creep toward her and get just as close as Zoe would let him! It was cute!
Cambi attempting to give Zoe high five - not so much!

I also had the opportunity to meet Al Newman - he had a booth at the fest that was promoting his new charity. He was so nice - he noticed that my brother matt was trying to take a pic of him signing my baseball so he actually offered to let me come back there and take a picture with him. It was pretty funny - he told matt I could come back there as long as he didn't mind him hugging on his wife - Matt replied - you can do whatever you want to her she is my sister! Just then I see Rob step up and say but she is my wife! We just all laughed! Its kind of hard to see but we sort of have matching bellies!

After some more walking we decided to sit and have a bite to eat. Zoe had a good ol time playing with Grandma Sharon's soda bottle top. it was pretty funny she was trying to put it back on the bottle and she was actually getting pretty close to doing it!

A fun day was had by all! Now we just can't wait for the season to start and to get to a game. Most likely our first game will be for Matt's birthday - it typically is so not sure why we change the tradition this year!

Zoe's First Birthday Party - 1/17/09

yes I realize that my child is already a year old but as most know our first attempt at a birthday party was foiled as Zoe ended up with the Croup and we had to cancel. So, here we go again! Zoe's cakes - one to eat, one to smash!

It was a great turn out - we had all of our close friends and family there to help us celebrate our daughter turning a year old. It was a big deal for me to have a party for her - more for me I presume than it was for her but I just felt that every kid should have a party for their first birthday.

We went with Elmo and friends as our theme - we had really cute decorations - my mom outdid herself as usual with the decorations and balloons. it was great. Everyone pitched in and helped us with food too - Rob and I did pulled pork sandwiches, Nana Lynne did a chicken salad (at Rob's request), grandma sharon made cheesy potatoes, grandma sue made a brocolli salad and Missy made chuckwagon stew (baked beans with meat if you are so inclined). It was all wonderful and really made it so nice for us not to have to worry about making all of that food on our own! What great friends and family we have!

We had lots of kids there too - having the party at the church worked out perfect because they had a "nursery" that was full of toys that kept the kids busy and they all seemed to have a good time playing together.

Zoe made out like a bandit with gifts - as if she needed anything but we sure did appreciate all of the wonderful gifts she received.

Missy made sure Zoe had her own cake to smash up - it was from Byerlys and it was so good - but the frosting was kind of thick so she had some issues really being able to SMASH it - but she definitely got plenty of frosting and a little cake!

Check it out!

And here she is having at her cake!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Sesame Street Live - Elmo's Green Thumb - 1/14/09

A couple of months ago I heard about the Sesame Street Live gang coming to town and the show was all about Elmo and his flower. What could be more perfect for my child who is in love with Elmo and Sesame Street! I ordered tickets and was able to get enough so, Rob, Zoe, my mom and I could all go to the show for pretty inexpensively.
Of course the night the show was on was one of the coldest nights of the winter. Luckily the show was at Target Center so we were able to park in the ramp and get over to the TC through the skyway.

We had pretty decent seats - they only used half of the floor so only half of the seats were sold and they only sold on the lower level. We were off to the side - but it was good - Zoe was just far enough away to not be freaked out by all of the big furry characters. If you recall my post about a month ago she is still not a fan of large furry creatures up close!

The show started and Bert and Ernie were the first on stage - they started a song that had all of the characters coming out and singing about the letter of their name. All the characters were out on the stage except for one! Bert asked the kids - who is missing - some of them were able to yell out ELMO! All of a sudden Elmo comes bounding out to the center of the stage - my child instantly got so excited and yelled - MELMO! That was the first time we had heard her vocalize her love for this red furry creature. She immediately started throwing kisses to Elmo on stage - it was so adorable!
This was our first attempt at bringing her to something other than a sporting event - where sitting in seats was required. She did such a great job - there was an intermission so she was able to have a snack and hang with grandma while mommy and daddy went to the bathroom and got Zoe a keepsake from the show. She absolutely needed another little Zoe doll - cause every 13 month old should have several! I know, I spoil her but she deserved it - she was so good.

Toward the end she did start to get restless - but in her defense she was tired and it was past her bedtime.
here are a few shots from the show:

Random things that occur when Z and I are home alone - 1/11/09

So, as most know Zoe and I spend a lot of time alone together in the evenings. Rob spends his time with her during the day and then has to work at night so we are left to our own devices quite often. I decided that Zoe's hair was getting long enough and thought I would try out the little bows I had bought a while back. I wasn't really sure how they would work in her hair and if she would even let them stay in her hair.

So, while she was eating dinner one night I put one in - result below!

She also decides that she needs to wear things in/on her head that don't necessarily suit the moment - but who am I to stifle her creativity. She could be the next Rachel Zoe and be designing for famous people some day! We were snuggling in the chair before bed and she spotted her hat on the table (I am sure Rob left it there, cause that is where it belongs). She wanted it so I gave it to her and she let me help her put it on. So there she was sitting on my lap with her ducky pjs on and her Abby Caddaby winter hat on - she's so silly!