Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Play doh!

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I had a great time in Colorado with my cousin Christina. Play doh pancakes are the best! Grandma Gail got a lot of use out of her new cell phone... she thought it was pretty cool to take pictures and movies! She's going to be mad at me for posting this one because I couldn't figure out how to change the volume. Oh well, she loves me anyways!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Alphabet Skills

At school, my teachers (Miss Janet, Miss Saless, and Miss Sandy) are teaching me the alphabet. Sometimes we recite the letters; other times, we sing the ABC Song. Here I am (looking incrediby cute, if I do say so myself) practicing at home.

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OK, so I'm not perfect, but who is at age 2?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Why Walk?

When kids are little, their parents want them to walk. Countless hours of video are taken of toddlers taking their first wobbly steps, of year-old children with huge grins on their faces while they fall down because they're still unsure of themselves. Mommy and Daddy were no different, although I don't think there's too much video of me.

I don't know what the big deal is. There are so many ways to get around. Crawling, either forwards or backwards, accomplishes the same thing. And why risk walking down the stairs and falling (and maybe hurting yourself) when you can slide?

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Up High...Down Low

Really, there's not too much to explain here. Just watch the video.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008, Part 2

While Thanksgiving was lots of fun, the best part about Grandma A's Thanksgivings are the desserts. People raved over chocolate mousse (which I helped Daddy make), rice pudding, banana cheesecake, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and chocolate icebox cake (a Grandma specialty).

In my mind, there's nothing to compare with a good old chocolate chip cookie. No frills. No walnuts. No mint chips. Here are a couple of pictures that you might enjoy. That's me with my cousins Phoebe (from Cleveland) and Yael (from Miami). Yael taught me to dunk my cookies in milk.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 was totally awesome. I got to see my cousins Emma, Sarah, and Phoebe from Cleveland. I saw my cousins Sam and Sophie from Cleveland and cousins Ben, Will, Ellie, and Jacob from Pittsburgh. But I finally got to meet my cousins Hannah, Naomi, and Yael (and their parents Rabbi Alan and Debra) from Florida. I've been around for 2 years, and they're finally just meeting me.

The highlight of the holiday was getting to cook with Daddy and with Grandma. Grandma got me my own cooking utensils, a hat, an apron, and oven mitts. Here they are in action.



Then I helped Grandma make stuffing for the turkey. Grandma likes matzah stuffing much better than bread stuffing, so I helped break up the matzah.



Grandma realized we needed more mushrooms for dinner. She came up with a plan for me to cut them--an egg slicer. By the time I was done, I was quite a pro.



And what's Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. Daddy let me help him.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Election Day, 2008

The 2008 Election was almost as old as I am -- Mommy and Daddy couldn't wait for it to be done. Daddy took me to vote with him that day, only to find that the line was almost an hour long. I was really bummed out; I even learned the word "vote" the day before. Oh well--I'll just have to wait another year to help Mommy and Daddy fulfill their Constitutional right.

And if you didn't know who I was going to support, here's a picture.

I just felt that Barack and Joe were more supportive of the toddler community. They listened to what we had to say, they promised not to cut federal subsidies for daycare centers, and their health care plan was just more appealing.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Careers

Some people grow up wanting to be a doctors. Others want to be a lawyer. Maybe astronaut or luggage handler at the airport (this is what Daddy wanted to do when he was little) sounds good to you.

I prefer something that you can practice all the time: chef. Here I am in action.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween, Part 2

This is why no little girl should EVER let their father dress them. Check out the combination of green/white/pink hat, tan suede jacket, white t-shirt, blue skirt, purple polka dot tights, and brown shoes.

Halloween

This year was the first time I had the chance to celebrate Halloween. Last year I was barely a year old and I couldn't walk. Now I'm much older and more mature, which means that I can do so much more.

Here's a picture of me in my pirate costume. My friend Kyra loaned it to me this year.

Mommy's favorite part of Halloween are Smarties. I've just finished feeding her a roll here:

This is my friend Elle. She's just learning how to walk but she's awfully cute as a bear.

What do you think I should be for Halloween next year? I'm going to ask Daddy to take me trick-or-treating so that I can get lots of really yummy candy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Rabbit Time

Peter Cottontail. Roger Rabbit. Brer Rabbit. The rabbit guarding the Cave of Kyre Banorg in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. All of these members of the order Lagomorpha have been made infamous through the years. But none of them are quite as fun and cuddly as my rabbit. And mine is so much more talented—look at what it can do.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Chair

Grandma Gail and Grandpa Joe (also known as "Pop-pop") came to visit last weekend. They bought me a child's version of a Lazy-Boy recliner for my birthday. While I may not look super excited in these pictures, I LOVE this chair. It's the perfect size for me and a couple of my close friends: frog and kitty. It matches my coloring table. And I can move it around the house when I need to.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

While Daddy's away, pt. 3

This week, Daddy's in New Jersey; here's our new game. I really like the blocks that Granny A and Grandpa B brought for me. The best part of all of these games are the videos Mommy makes. We watch them together and then make another. We can spend a whole 30 minutes doing this before Mommy gets bored with it. We do retakes, but no edits... My fabulous readers only get the best of the best!!!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

761 Days and Counting

As most of you know, October 17 was my second birthday. Things are going well: I know all of my capital letters, I can count to 10 (although not necessarily in the right order), I'm speaking more and more, I've moved up rooms at day care (which means that potty training isn't too far away), and my smile is to die for.

My birthday was pretty fun. Everyone listened to Mommy and Daddy and didn't get me lots of presents because I have everything I need. I had my all-time favorite dinner: chicken nuggets, fish sticks, and peas. Here's dessert and my birthday celebration:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chopin, Eat Your Heart Out

Frederic Chopin wrote a little-known piece called, "Sonata on C for One Finger." Here is my rendition of it.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

While Daddy's away, pt. 2

So, we went to a pumpkin patch while Daddy was in Philly. My new Green-room friends (and their parents) took us to a corn maze (or, a maize maze--it was amazing!), a bouncy fort, a cool skeleton, a tractor ride, and small pumpkin shopping. Later Mommy drew faces on my pumpkin and I carry it all over the house!

Here I am in the maize maze. no dead ends for us wee ones!!!

This was my favorite thing. All of those pieces of paper were flying around inside the bubble.

I had a lot of fun taking pumpkins out and putting them back in. Even after we bought one, I wanted to put it back! But now since Mommy has decorated it, I'm so glad we took it home!


Here we are on the tractor ride. Evan, Kyra and me! (and Evan's Mommy, and Kyra's parents, and Kyra's little sister, and Mommy!)

Daddy's Gone, Pt 1

So, Mommy and I learn all sorts of new games while Daddy travels. This one developed while he was in Seattle.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Giggles

Is there anything better than a little girl giggling in the backyard?

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pesto Adventures with Mommy

This morning, Mommy and I made an important contribution for dinner. Pesto. Yummy. All summer long, I've enjoyed picking basil with Mommy and today I got to do something fun with it. Here I am in action.

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We started our morning by peeling a head of garlic. After Mommy cut it up a bit, I transfered it to the Cuisinart. Then we put on shoes and hat, went outside, and filled a huge white collander with basil from the front yard. Then we washed it and I shredded several pieces. Since I know my letters, I could find the P (for pulse) button, which I really liked. After Mommy added the olive oil we watched it really mix up and salted it. I got to taste it with Mommy by putting my finger on the spatula and then into my mouth. When we decided that it tasted right, I decided I wanted to eat it for lunch!

Note, in particular, the first bib I've worn in months and the glass of milk on the table. We only use sippy cups when we take milk in the car! For lunch, I had half a pita dipped in pesto, several slices of red, orange, yellow, and green peppers, and some cottage cheese. And I ate lots of tortellini with pesto for dinner, too.

Mommy says she likes spending time in the kitchen with me. She thinks it's fun and I do too. It was a nice (but messy) way to spend our Saturday morning.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Yummy with Mommy

Yesterday, Mommy and I made eggs. They turned out so well that I ate all of mine and all of hers too!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Counting

As you learned in the previous post, I've started counting. Here I am in action.

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22 months and counting!

So, here's what I like to do these days:

As you have probably seen, I love my ABCs. I now know A, B, C, D, F, H, I, M, N, O, R, S, T, and V perfectly. I get E confused with F and Y confused with V, but I'm close to getting those two letters down also. I'm coming along nicely with L and X. I like to tell Mommy and Daddy what letters I can see at any moment. I really like to jump around in a word so that they have no idea what I'm looking at! It could be their T-shirt, a cereal box, a board game, a water bottle, or something they don't even have a clue about.

I'm also starting to count. If Mommy or Daddy gets me started by saying "one," I can get all the way to "four." but, I'm not sure what comes after 4. Is it 3 or 8?

I run pretty well these days and was recently spotted running laps around our main floor. I'm really fascinated with a tricycle, but I'm just a little bit too short to work it all out. I also now walk up and down the stairs. Carefully. Preferably holding someone's hand.

Horsie is still my favorite animal, and I keep him nice and safe (but not so clean) in my crib. While horsie sleeps during the day, my favorite two animals are my plastic Pooh and crazy-hair Baby. I'm also rather fond of Tigger, Penguin, and Elephant.

At mealtime, I can get a whole bunch of peas on a fork and into my mouth without dropping any, much to Ziggy's disappointment. I still eat pretty much anything, from pesto to tater tots to steak. I no longer sit in a booster seat because the buckles were too "distracting."

My favorite toys right now are my alphabet puzzle, my golf-club set, my miniature Pooh books, anything that rocks, and crayons. My favorite songs are "row, row" and the dinosaur march. I'm also getting competent at Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! And, one day, Mommy stopped singing the ABC song in the middle and I had to help her get going again. My favorite books are Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, the Alphabet Book, and Clifford books.

I still love daycare (they taught me how to count!), and will start going full time in September. Also in September, I will probably transition into the Green room with Ms. Saless and Ms. Janet. I'll miss Ms. Debbie and Ms. Gail so much--they've been my teachers since I was 3.5 months old! I guess the big deal with the Green room is something called "potty training."

I'm really fussy about putting things where they belong. For example, when I come inside, we do "shoes off." Then my socks come off and need to be tucked into my shoes. Then my shoes have to be placed just so against the wall or in their basket. Lastly, if mommy or daddy have left shoes and/or socks askew, I have to fix them.

My favorite words: Mommy, Daddy, shoe, hat, baby, Pooh, (m)ilk, stool, up, please, help, slide, (out)side, H, and O.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Being goofy

Sometimes I like to do somersaults. Here are me and Daddy getting ready to try one together.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Black and Bluest Eye

Last Monday evening, Mommy and Daddy had a couple of friends over for dinner. I walked down the stairs to get a toy and stumbled for a second. I grabbed the railing and steadied myself, but my face hit the railing.

Like a fine wine that gets better with age, so too does a bruise on the eye. Note the wonderful color change from Tuesday morning (the first picture) to this evening (the last picture).







Friday, August 1, 2008

Letters

I've been working with Mommy to learn my letters. I'm doing pretty well, if I do say so myself. Of course, there is still lots of work to be done...

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gatlinburg

As I said in my last post, Mommy, Daddy, and I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a little vacation. We all had a really good time. We went to the National Park for some hiking, went to the Aquarium, walked through downtown Gatlinburg, did a little outlet mall shopping, played on the playground every evening, and did some swimming (or what passes for swimming for a toddler).

Here are me and Daddy in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is one of the larger National Parks in the country and it's within a two day drive for over half of the population of America. There are lots of hikes to do--Mommy took this picture on a short one near the Sugarlands Visitor's Center. As you can see, I didn't do too much hiking of my own...


If you look very carefully, you can see my first suntan. We went swimming in Gatlinburg and someone (yes you, Daddy) didn't quite get enough suntan lotion on my back.

The aquarium in Gatlinburg is one of the largest in the world (so they say). We saw lots and lots of sharks, rays, and reef fish. One of the neat things that they have is a tank where you can feel horseshoe crabs. Daddy forced me to touch one.

Yes, my very first lollipop. Pretty darn tasty.

I'm really into Winnie the Pooh right now. It doesn't matter what it is--I love videos, books, clothing, stuffed animals. Tigger's my favorite, as you can see from my huge smile.

The other thing that I really had fun with was the slides on the playground. There is a very small slide at day care in Oberlin, but nothing like these two.

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10 down...

...40 to go. Just what does this refer to? Why, the number of states that I've visited. There's Ohio (where I live), Pennsylvania (where Grandma Arlene and Grandpa Bill live), Colorado (where Grandma Gail and Grandpa Joe live), Texas (where Grandma Stephanie and Grandpa Tom live), California, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

I was in these last two states for the past week. Mommy, Daddy, and I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a vacation. We stayed just outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and had the chance to do a little hiking. Here are some pictures:

That's me, standing in a tree on our first hike, just off of the Sugarlands Visitor's Center.

This is the view looking west from Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the National Park.

And here's the stereotypical family shot, again on Clingman's Dome.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summer Travel, Part 3 - Children's Museum

Another really fun thing we did in Denver was to go to the Children's Museum. I've never been to one before, but it was great. Here are some of the things that I did.

Make-believe dancing was lots of fun. Here I am with my crown and twirly thing.

Some of these stars make noise. Here's Mommy helping me jump from one to another.
What else would I find here but a Winnie the Pooh book?Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream...
My very first tea party. More are sure to follow.
Part of the museum was a pretend tree that you can walk beneath. Here I am coming out of the roots.
I've painted before--in fact, we do lots of it at daycare. But this was just so much fun. Paint. Brush. Smock. Instant classic.