Elf on the Shelf – Day 10

It’s been a crazy couple of days around here, and I have to say, I am very impressed with how well Miss Cadence is handling it because, let’s face it, when it comes to sudden changes in routine, 2-and-a-half-year-olds are not generally the best at adapting. In fact, something as simple as forgetting to bring a fruit snack when I pick her up from preschool has sent Cadence into a fit of hysterics that I was certain would require an exorcism to set right again.

Since Mom reported that both she and Dad had rested well Wednesday night after Dad’s surgery, and that he was really having a good day so far, I thought it might be okay to take Miss Cadence to visit her Papa. First, we had lunch with Mom in the hospital cafeteria, and then headed up to Dad’s room for a visit.

I talked to Cadence a little bit in the car when we arrived at the hospital, telling her that her Papa had just had surgery, and that he would have a lot of wires and tubes on him when she saw him. I also told her that Papa wouldn’t be able to talk to her yet, but that the doctors were going to make him all better soon. I asked if she understood and she said, “Yes, I go see Gramma and Papa”. So, we went.

I was surprised at how much better Dad looked. You could see the difference right away when you walked through the door. His color was better. He was sitting up straighter and seemed much more alert and responsive than the night before fresh out of surgery. Cadence did stop and give her Papa a long look when she walked in (though she may have been just as surprised to see him shirtless as she was to see all the wires and tubes), but then he waved, and she waved back with a hearty, “Hi Papa!” And he held out his hand for a high five and bump which she promptly delivered. That brought a big smile to Duane’s face, and Cadence and I spent the new few hours at the hospital, keeping her Grandma and Papa company.

I have to say, I was a little surprised at how good Cadence was, content to sit and chit chat and play without complaint. Even without a nap, she was on her very best behavior. I was so proud of my little girl, and made sure that Cosette got a full report on how well Cadence had behaved when we got home. After forwarding the good report along to Santa, Cosette made sure she showed Cadence how proud she was by leaving a little present for her to find and play with this morning…



And, of course, Cadence was thrilled with the little gift from her favorite elf! Thanks Cosette! 🙂





Fun in the Sun

Just a lazy Sunday trying to beat the heat in the yard. Steven caught the Mets/Yankees game on the Ipad while Cadence had a blast chasing a ball and running through the sprinkler. Then, a little lunch on the patio, and that’s what I’d call a perfect day. 🙂

And of course, I had to take about a million pictures of Miss Cadence looking like a 2-year-old Baywatch babe running through the yard in her new bathing suit. Unfortunately, I missed one seriously righteous wipeout when her shoe flew off mid-stride and she bellyflopped in the grass, limbs flying as she skidded to a stop. But, I still managed to get some really cute pictures.

Steven keeping an eye on the Mets during lunch
Really Momma? I can’t even enjoy a peanut butter sandwich without that camera in my face?
Cadence’s devious look
Mmmm…peanut butter
Gasp! The bunny? He’s here? Even all these weeks after Easter, Cadence is still obsessed.
Giving me the full explanation of how the Easter Bunny hides the eggs.

Seriously lady, time to put away the camera before someone gets hurt!
Electra praying for Cadence to drop something.

How To Keep Your 2-year-old Busy For Hours…

Give her a bucket of water and let her go wild.


With the exception of a very few coveted items (her favorite milk cup, her drawing pad, and her Daddy’s Ipad), Cadence has never really been one of those “Mine” kids.

Where’s some wood? I should probably knock. Odds are, I’ll say this now and she’ll wake up tomorrow hellbent on hoarding her possessions and making a liar out of me.

But honestly, Cadence is a pretty easygoing kid overall and will share just about anything willingly. Give her something to eat and she’ll always offer you a bite. Give her a toy to play with and she’ll always offer you a turn.

The backyard birdbath though? She ain’t sharing that with anyone…not even the birds. This poor little guy had enough time to land and get just one little sip before Cadence spotted him…

“Hey!” she hollered.

Then she ran across the yard, waving her little yellow shovel, yelling and barking like Lady from Lady and the Tramp. (Yeah, that’s another one of Cadence’s new “things”–barking like Lady and chasing birds. Crazy kid!).

And once Mr. Bird flew away and peace was restored to her little universe, Cadence was content to play.


In the midst of the craziness of working the past couple weeks, I decided I needed to test one of my lenses. For some reason, my 28-75mm has been hit and miss with focus, and I wanted to make sure it was in proper working order when I headed out to shoot my first Red Thread Session.

It was a little soggy outside after the thunderstorms, so I figured I better stay in the house or else have to deal with a very muddy child. After several test shots, I got the lens back in working order, but decided I wanted to test it out on a moving target, just to make sure it could lock quickly when I needed it to since my RTS session was with a family of 5 young children.

Electra was in her spot on the couch, passed out and snoring as usual. If you’re wanting to shoot still life, she’s usually a safe bet. A moving target in the Romano house, though? That’s easy. All I have to do is take the lens cap off my camera and point it at Cadence and she takes of running, jumping, bouncing, hopping, skipping, dancing, crawling, scooting, and shimmying through the house, laughing and teasing me as she goes.

Little turd.

You know, she’s pretty cute when she stands still long enough for you to actually get a look at her.

It took the better part of 45 minutes, chasing her through the kitchen and sunroom, dropping down out of sight and then ambushing her when she came around the corner to get a couple good shots. But it was worth it. Not only did the lens pass the Crazy Running Child test, I also managed to get a couple good shots of my favorite girl and capture a few of the expressions that crack me up on a daily basis.

Here are a few of my favorites…

The chase is on!
Trying to climb away from the camera
Oooh fishy light
Digging through the shoe pile
Taking a break to make a quick phone call
Haha, Momma’s so silly
My favorite, the “Gasp! He’s here!” face leftover from Easter and the sneaky Easter Bunny visit

Dinner with Friends

Cadence and I have officially arrived safely back in Nebraska, and other than a bit of grouchiness getting buckled in for the flight (after almost an hour and a half delay), the trip went smoothly. Yippee!

The only bad part about the end of a trip is how much you miss everyone almost immediately. But as much as Pawpoo and Granny and Whitney and Collin and Cadence and I are all missing each other, I think it’s probably Mojo that misses Cadence the most. I mean, who else is going to hand feed him breakfast and make sure he gets enough to eat?

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