Toddler Life: Cheese and Elmo

Toddlerhood is crazy. Zoe was a great baby. She slept through the night most of her younger months, she was quiet in public and smiled at everyone she saw. She was the picture perfect baby. Toddlerhood I imagine is difficult for most. Zoe is a crazy toddler. She is amazingly adorable, but crazy. It probably comes from her being so outgoing. She wants to know what is going on in every place at every moment. However I am doing my best to savor every moment of her toddler time because it is still so cute and wonderful.

Sometimes it amazes me what things Zoe enjoys and doesn't enjoy. She LOVES cheese. She is obsessed with cheese, She will stand at the fridge and say, "cheese, cheese, cheese, " like she will die if she doesn't get some. She loves mac and cheese, grilled cheese, Annie's cheddar bunnies, string cheese, cheese slices, quesadillas, and more. If I ever ran out Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, it would be bad. Those bunnies keep the peace. I could hear it now, "bubbies, bubbies." It would be so so sad. Nate and I both love cheese, so this is no surprise that she loves cheese. She however isn't big on meat. That is not normal for us. We love meat. However, I recently discovered that she will eat almost any meat with some ranch dressing or ketchup. Yay!

One of the things that makes me feel so lucky is Zoe's love for sleep. She has always been a pretty good sleeper. She had her phases of waking up in the middle of the night and rough napping. For the most part though, she has been a good sleeper. It helps that she doesn't have any windows. The sun doesn't wake her up. For the last couple of months, she has been doing this thing where when we go into get her up she stays laying down and even moves away from us getting her up. Sometimes it is a game and sometimes she really doesn't want to get out of bed. Nate went to wake her up the other morning, we were staying in a hotel, and she wasn't wanting to get up. The first thing she said to him was, "bye". Later dad, I'm not getting up. She is hilarious. This is not surprising. I love sleep and LOATHE the morning. I was the worst kid to get out of bed. When I was in high school, my mom used to pour water on me. It was a struggle. I'm guessing that what goes around comes around will be so true in this area.


After I got her dressed one the morning...

Are you crazy, mom?

Zoe also has a special love for a pretty famous red monster. You probably know him, his name is Elmo. Elmo is very important in our home. Today we went and hung out up at St. Paul because she wouldn't give up asking me for Elmo. We needed a change of scenery. We went up and played with the kids outside. I know I have talked about Sesame Street before, but seriously, it is a great show. I am pretty sure that Zoe already knows what a triangle is and we didn't teach that to her. That Elmo though, she loves him. She woke up one night at 1:30 am and was walking around the apartment saying, "Elmo, Elmo". I responded with, "Elmo doesn't exist at 1:30 am." I held my ground and three hours later she was in bed without the help of Elmo. Mom win, kind of. If I had to work early the next day, I probably would have let her watch a few songs. I am fine with her loving Elmo. The struggle is making sure that she also knows how to play with toys and run around outside.

Last week we all went to Waco for the Pastor's conference. I was really excited to take this trip because there is a TV show that I love based in Waco. It is called "Fixer Upper". It is about this couple who fixes up houses. You probably would say, those shows are a dime a dozen, Katie. Yes, there are a lot of those type of shows, only not like this. Chip and Joanna are funny and there is very little drama in the show. Well, they have a home decor store and my friend, Virginia and I stumbled on the soft open of their new location. It was really cool. We were happy that we got to see the store. Sadly, we did not get to see Chip and Joanna. Zoe was not very impressed, but she isn't very patient while Mommy shops these days. If she was able to watch and appreciate the renovating geniuses that Chip and Joanna are, I think she would have felt differently.

She clearly was upset that I didn't buy everything in the store.

Anyway, life is busy here. The church keeps Nate busy and Zoe keeps both of us busy. I am happy that we will be in McAllen until December before we have to travel again. I'm sorry that I haven't been writing very often. Because I am writing for the Rio Grande Valley Mom's Blog, I have been somewhat neglecting this blog. My latest post was about taking Zoe to church and the struggle it is. You can read it here:

Here are some extra pics of Zoe.

Getting excited for the crafts that will happen after the trip to Hobby Lobby.

Hey mom!

I'm up here too!

Let's cook!

Eating some Chipotle like a champ!

That face.

She's so cute it hurts.

I like to read books while I'm dressed as Minnie Mouse to distract Mommy from cooking.

Living the dream: Sesame Street and waffles.

Bath shots are too cute to pass up.

That's all for now, God is good.


  1. I can't get enough of her!! I love your writing style and all of her cute pictures! Thanks for sharing her across the distance!

    1. Thanks Amy! I love seeing pictures of your two little ones too! I hope you had a great Christmas!