Inspiration . . .
This year, the girls’ hearts said . . .
- We love looking at the moon with you.
- We love watching you write your name.
- We love hearing you play the violin.
- We love you knock knock jokes.
- We love your kisses.
- We love your hugs.
- We love seeing how much you love your sister.
- We love your laugh.
- We love your dimples.
- We love the castles you build.
- We love how well you take care of Izzie.
- We love how hard you concentrate at your art.
- We love YOU!
- We love you might you love your babies.
- We love you how are not afraid to tell us how you feel.
- We love your smile.
- We love hearing you sing.
- We love to snuggle you.
- We love seeing you trace letters.
- We love your hugs.
- We love your giggles.
- We love you love to do art.
- We love hearing you say new words.
- We love how much you love babies.
- We love watching you play.
- We love your kisses.
- We love seeing how much you love your big sister.
- We love YOU!
Something super adorable happened this year. M decided that R and I should have hearts on our door too. So every night, she’d get the materials all ready. She’d tell me what she wanted the heart to say and I’d write it on a post it so she could copy it onto a heart in the morning. She kept this up for 6 days and then lost interest, but it was really neat to see her get involved and want to make us feel special too.
Her hearts for us were really for her dad, but this is what they said:
S is two years old! My baby, my littlest baby, is two years old. Impossible. She’s loving life at her Montessori School. She just loves helping and doing things herself – “I DO IT!” When she needs something she says, “Need that, my wa-wa” or “Need that, my mommy.” She’s very into babies, both real and plastic. She’s enjoying building castles out of blocks (the ones from when I was a kid!) with her sister and dad. She loves her dog and say “stop it.” She can go half a day or longer in underwear and won’t have an accident if you remember to take her to sit on the potty every half hour or so. She still nurses once a day, at bedtime, but does fine going to bed without nursing if someone else puts her to bed. She is very cuddly but also very independent. She doesn’t allow me to get her dressed anymore or even to pick out her clothes. She still needs our help though, of course. She loves her sister and loves to torment her sister by taking something she’s working with and running away as fast as she can. She’s still a good eater, but her appetite seems to be slowing down a bit. She’s not a lover of sweets like her sister and I are. She loves talking to her “e-ma” on the phone. She’s very into legos (duplos). She counts a bunch, from listening to her sister and from playing hide and seek. She can often be found singing The Wheels on the Bus or Where is Thumbkin and will sing along most of the words to Lullabye Broadway. She goes to sleep between 7 and 8pm with no problems. She wakes up between 5am-6:30 am by calling for mom and crying. I’m tempted to move her to a toddler bed, turn her carseat around and stop nursing her, but I think I am going to hold onto this baby just a little bit longer.
Here she is opening some of her birthday presents: her very own yoga mat, a blanket for her baby dolls and a bathrobe.
And finally, her two year stats:
Weight: 24 lbs (20th percentile)
Height: 35 inches (75th percentile)
This little one just wants to do EVERYTHING her big sister is doing.
Here’s something R and I never did growing up – SLEDDING! We have a great hill at the school in our neighborhood and it was obvious from all the tracks that we aren’t the only ones that think so. The girls had a great time. R broke our smaller sled. I guess those things just aren’t made for adults. (It was just a super cheap plastic sled). Looking forward to doing a whole lot more of this.
We had a really fun trip to Florida for Christmas! M was a total champ while traveling. She walked with her violin on her back and pulling her small carry on rolling suitcase. We had a good time on the plane for the most part, eating treats most of the way. I had to work a few days of our week stay, but we were still able to make it to the beach and see all of our family. R got the girls to the zoo with his mom, our niece and one of his childhood friends and her family. We had four Christmas celebrations in Florida, in addition to the one we had here before we left. We have way more stuff than we need, but we are so thankful for thoughtful family. The girls had mixed feelings about the beach. M had to be bribed with donuts to go anywhere near the sand and refused to go near the water because of the jellyfish. We could hardly keep S from running head first into the strong tide. We didn’t stay long. This year, M asked Santa for a doll with hair she can brush, but changed her mind after Santa had already done his shopping and asked for a pony with her she could brush. She was lucky he was able to pull off both. She has yet to brush anyone’s hair. S “asked” for a baby doll, as her sister has several and doesn’t really love to share, even though she doesn’t really play with them. S loves her new baby doll and putting the binky back it’s mouth 85 times a day. We were lucky enough to meet up with a few old friends – one with a new baby, one about to embark on a cross country move with her little family, one from the military and a few WPB hold outs. Here are a few photos from our trip.
Thank you to Aunt Beth and Uncle Roger for the adorable dresses and the feather boas. I promise S liked hers, even though she looks less than thrilled here.
My mom MADE the girls super hero capes!
My mom decided to get their pool heated. I know this seems silly in Florida, but it made such a difference. We swam just about every day.
But only made it to the beach once for less than half an hour.
M really hit it off with her cousin P (a few years older) and S really hit it off with her cousin K (a year or so older).
And the kids all loved the zoo, especially the splash pad.
When asked her favorite part, M replied that she loved seeing all her family.
1. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (My Book Club)
2. Every Day by David Levithan
3. The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri (Jenna’s Book Club)
3. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
4. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (Cathy’s Book Club)
5. The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey (Colleen’s Book Club)
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Kate’s Book Club)
7. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
8. Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin (Stefania’s Book Club)
9. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (Jenn’s Book Club)
10. The Law of Similars by Chris Bohjlian
11. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Cathy’s Book Club)
12. What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell
13. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
14. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (Courtney’s Book Club)
15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Colleen’s Book Club)
16. Wild by Cheryl Strayed