Archive for the ‘Toddler stuff’ Category

Happy Birthday!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Today is Cate’s third birthday.  Here she is enjoying one of her birthday presents (that she got a little early):

Cate swings to avoid te Big Bad Wolf

Cate swings to avoid the Big Bad Wolf

As we celebrate Cate’s birthday, let’s not forget that today is also Mole Day.  So can chemists take the day off?

Happy Days

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Here’s a picture of Cate having a Happy Day at Broadway at the Beach.

Ayyyyyyyyyyy!  (800x600 JPEG, click to enlarge)

Ayyyyyyyyyyy! (800x600 JPEG, click to enlarge)

Broadway at the Beach has added a bunch of old rides from the Pavilion and called it the Pavilion Nostalgia Park. While i never went to the Myrtle Beach Pavilion while it was open, the rides do remind me a lot of what you could ride at the county fair when I was a little kid.

Easy as A-B-C

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I expect a recording contract to show up in the mail soon.

What do you think?

My excavator!

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The road between Cate’s daycare and our house has been under construction for some time, since a new bridge over the highway is being built.  So Cate sees a lot of earth movers, bulldozers, and so forth – and has become quite fascinated with them.  She comments every day on the “tractors” and how much she likes them.

She also likes my computer.  And if I let her use my Ebay account, I’m sure that she would probably do this:

A New Zealand couple nearly found themselves in a financial hole when their three-year-old daughter bought an earthdigger in an internet auction.

The child, Pipi Quinlan, was trying out her online skills while her parents were asleep in bed.

As Cate would say:  “I want one tractor!  For me!”

Cate’s snow day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

It doesn’t snow very much down in these parts of South Carolina.  There’s so little snow here that today was Cate’s first time to see snow anywhere other than on the television.

It’s good that the college was closed, since that meant that we could stay howm today and allow Cate to enjoy the snow with us.

Cate's first snow day:  January 20, 2009.  Cate has noticed that she can leave footprints, so she's started stomping around the front yard.

Cate's first snow day: January 20, 2009. Cate has noticed that she can leave footprints, so she's started stomping around the front yard.

Cate enjoyed the snow quite a bit.  She was so wild abut the snow that we ended up taking her outside about four different times over the course of the day.  Cate has also learned the basics of the snowball fight – how to make snowballs, and how to throw them at things.  At the moment, she prefers large, stationary targets to moving ones.

Targets like Patty's car!

Targets like Patty's car!

I wonder if there will be any snow left for Cate to play in tomorrow afternoon.

More Cate

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Friends and family members – if you’re looking for a few more recent pictures of Cate, my friends Richard and Kathy have posted a bunch of new pictures of Cate playing with their daughter Mya.

[Cate and Mya, from Richard and Kathy]

Friday Cate: The Blonde Tornado

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I’ve been asked a few times to post a recent picture of Cate. So, here it is!
[Blonde Tornado]

As you can see, she’s a little blonde tornado, cutting a wide path of destruction through the house!

If you’re disappointed with the quality of the picture above, don’t worry.  Using an advanced high-speed camera, Patty was able to obtain a nice picture of Cate helping to wash the car.

[Cate washing the car: 600x800 JPG]

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles …

Friday Cat / Friday Cate: Pet sitter

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Pet-sitter for hire!  Will work for a bottle of milk!

[Cate and Ash, 450px]

Of all our cats, Ash is the most laid-back.  Usually, she’s the only one who will allow Cate to pet or otherwise touch her.  Sometimes Cate takes a little too much advantage of this, as you can see above.

I guess Cate hasn’t yet learned that Ash is not a park bench!

It’s snowing!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

According to the National Weather Service, it’s now official:


It’s snowing. We’ve been in this house a number of years, but this is the first time any snow has fallen on it since we moved in. We don’t get much snow in this part of the state, obviously.

This is also the first time we’ve had snow fall since Cate was born. It’s unfortunate that Cate won’t get to enjoy the snow. She’s old enough to run around in it, but our little bit of snow isn’t sticking to anything except the roof of my Jeep.

[Jeep snow - January 16, 2008]

That little bit of snow will be gone before morning.

Oh well. If Cate can’t enjoy the “snow storm”, at least she could enjoy a spaghetti storm!

[Cate “eating” her spaghetti]

This is what happens when you feed spaghetti to a fourteen-month-old. Readers without kids yet … you were warned!

Have a ball this Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

The Shrimp and Grits family hopes you’re having a ball this Christmas!

[Cate decorating the tree, 450px]

Yes, Cate really did help to hang decorations on the tree this year.

Later, she removed at least as many from the tree as she hung!