Here she is, the youngest and most determined of my g-babes and she just had a 3rd birthday a week ago. Simone’s the baby of her family (until Cole comes along any day now), and can sometimes act like a baby, but mostly she’s a big girl with an independence to match. Her latest thing this past few months is to pose with her tongue out. I don’t discourage it … it’s what she does now, and this too shall pass and I don’t want to forget the silly way she was. (And think of the blackmail possibilities later on in life!)
Then there’s this side of her when she wants to. And sometimes she wants. to. Just sayin’. But doesn’t she rock those sunglasses!
But don’t let those pictures give you the wrong impression of Simone. She is a sweet heart, wanting to help and mostly follow the rules, and she has an adventurous spirit as well, even though she’s naturally more serious than her joyful big sis. Simone loves going to Jump Time with me, baking cookies, playing dolls, and sleeping over. Don’t expect her to ever look at a camera though when there’s a movie on TV, cause she won’t. She physically can’t! It’s good her parents choose not to have a TV at their house, or they’d have a daily battle on their hands with this one. She loves Disney movies. She’s in gymnastics and I’ve had the fun of getting to take her twice. She just moved up because she loves it and does so well at it. It must be from all the playgrounds her mother has taken her to every single day of her life. Not even kidding.
Time spent with the cousins is always a hit (but even still Simone can go off and just do her own thing). We ventured to a skate park one afternoon and oh my did they hit the jackpot of fun. Jayden and Simone especially must have climbed the stairs and then slide down 50 times. They were f-i-l-t-h-y rug rats when we left, but a bottle of spray wash and a needle and thread (Simone split her tights) did the trick. I LOVE THESE BRIGHT SHINING FACES!!!
We had the girls the night before Simone’s big birthday party with about 40 guests and she didn’t quite seem herself — a bit more whiney than what we would have expected. While Grampa took Sydney on an errand with him, I took Simone to the toy store to pick something out. She wanted a Mommy Duck, but none were to be found, so she came home with some bunny Calico Critters instead. We just hung out and played in the interactive store then I took her back to my house for a nap. When it was time to leave, I got her up, put her in her car seat and she slept all the way home. Later at the party during dinner, she threw up twice in front of all the guests. No wonder she wasn’t herself, poor thing! Still, she was a trooper (although a calmer one) and did the birthday thing and no one got sick later that I’ve heard of. (Megan will no doubt have more of my party pictures posted on her blog when she can, so check that out if you were at the party). If you’ve never been to her blog, please do! Go to http://gerichs.blogspot.com to see all the fun things about their family.
Simone didn’t get to enjoy the bounce house much, but the other kids did.
And there was a fierce princess piñata that each kid got to have 2-3 whacks at until Sydney decapitated it. No candy fell out then so the kids didn’t really know what to think!
Here’s Robby’s family looking their finest as always. Oma and Opa are so proud. 🙂
For Simone’s birthday we went back to Red Robin where they said “well hello again Mike and Mary.” (Not really, but this is the third time in two weeks so they should have!)
And when the Red Robin choir came to sing Happy Birthday, Simone didn’t duck under the table like Jayden did. She was a bit reserved though.
Until she had her picture with us. 🙂
For her one-on-one birthday date with Grampa and I, I didn’t know what to do. It was Megan who said she thought she would enjoy the fishing gig and it was Mike who said “yeah, for about 10 minutes.” So we picked her up on a Saturday morning and she was all decked out in her most stylish fishing attire (she was definitely the prettiest one at the fishing hole). Grampa baited her hook, cast it out, and before long she had a fish nibbling so Grampa told her to reel it in. She did for a little bit then gave it to Grampa saying “you do it”. Knowing she had a fish on the line, he made her do it. Oh my, when the fish came up on the bank and she saw it, she threw her pole at Grampa and recoiled in her chair like a woman finding a mouse run between her legs. I laughed so hard. When it was all done, she said “I want to do that again” but before that could happen she got tripped up on her fishing line, scrapped her leg with the hook then let out a blood curdling cry. So much for that. Luckily the Fish and Game truck was there and they had bandaids and fish tattoos … and something even better! They had sparkly bass bait that they gave her and she was in heaven. She played with them like they were her friends … they talked to each other, told stories, came to see Gramma, etc. Sweet Simone has no shortage of imagination and can entertain herself better than any other. Thank you Fish and Game for making our fishing experience a good one. 🙂
When we caught our limit (giving them to a young boy next to us who obviously wasn’t as good of a fisherman as Simone), we left as Simone wanted to go back to our house and play princesses. I asked her if she would like to bake cookies with me (usually a favorite) but she said “let’s play princesses and then later we’ll bake cookies” so we played princesses then when she tired of that an hour or more later, she was ready to make cookies.
We are at the end of this post with only two pictures left that show the beauty that Simone is … that she has no idea of … nor does she care. She just loves playing and being the sweet thing she is. This 3 thing looks pretty good on her and I think she’s going to make a pretty good big sis. Love you Mone. XXO Gramma