Her favorite foods are carrots, pinenuts, pistachios, eggy soup, eggy rice [egg drop soup and fried rice], yogurt, candy, chocolate, etc. She still LOVES milk and would drink it all day if she could.
Lots of her baby ways of saying things have disappeared, tho' she still says "poos" for spoon. I love how she says "I unno know" and shrugs her hands for I don't know and I love when she calls me sweetheart. Ben's favorite is how she says bewnding for building. I've been trying to incorporate a little more Spanish into our days and she can identify a few body parts when I ask dónde está...? and she can count to cinco and identify verde, rosado and azul. She also knows to ask for una fresa at our favorite burrito place :)
Another difficult and frustrating day around here, so I'm going to post some pictures of our visit to the Children's Museum last week! It is really an amazing museum [if you visit I promise we'll go!!] but it's pretty expensive [I'll pay!] so this was just our 3rd time. She has been having such a hard time having not napped since Christmas and generally being 2 that I decided to just fork over the $$ to let her have some VERA time. She loved it of course - her favorite being the store and the little ironing board which she hoarded and protected from all other kids attempting to play. My favorite moment was seeing her interact with a little boy a few years older at the checkout line. Soooo cute and polite :)
(sausage + mushrooms too for the manly man)
p.s. sorry for the potty talk
I was so excited to give Vera her Christmas present!! She can spot a pink backpack from a mile away and had often told me she would get a pink one someday to walk to school with. Anyway, I made this one from a pattern that Julie [via Emily] told me about from here. It did take me a while, mostly because after buying the fabric [easy part] I procrastinated a few weeks and then when I did get started, made several very silly and costly mistakes. If you decide to make it, email me and I will tell you what I did wrong! She loves it as much as I thought she would. It was so cute - and helpful! - on our plane rides as she could carry all her little goodies herself feeling like such a big girl. Another great handmade [not by me] thing for the plane was a roll-up crayon holder. She literally colored the whole time on every flight.
bunny did some coloring too...
So I finally picked up a book the other night - an old one by Elisabeth Elliot called Keeping a Quiet Heart. I didn't plan on writing this just now, and so the book and its amazing opening quote are upstairs... Basically she wrote how little inconveniences in our days, those things that interupt our plan are really the opportunities we have to serve God and others. When Vera whines and frantically cries for the 10th time for one more [(*&#ing] song at night or insists on me putting a [*(&*ing] diaper on for her to go poop I should take those opportunites to show her patience, kindness, understanding, love. Let go of my selfish want for everything to go HOW I WANT. I want you to go to bed now so I can go sit at the computer or watch tv or just be by myself!! I want you to grow up and go on the potty so I don't have to deal with it! I've felt real tangible anger surging up at these moments and I don't like it and I don't want my daughter to experience it either. I have made it a point then to get back into starting my day with reading and prayer - specifically prayer for forgiveness and for patience and help. and guess what? Today I was able to calmly hold her for about an hour during a crying fit, I didn't bribe or mention poopoo on the potty even once and calmly sang her another song at bedtime, and then another [with Ben. thank you, Ben]. and what a good day it was!
[usual apology here for a long personal post... really helps to put it in writing.]
At Ben Beauchaine's brother's family's house. You probably can't tell from the pictures but Vera was rather anti-social the whole first week - with a bad cold and overwhelmed by so many people. I wish she would have been more outgoing - everyone was having so much fun!
We went to Pasadena on the 2nd to see the floats from the Rose Parade. They are so much more textured/interesting/beautiful in person! It was also like 80 degrees; I was tempted to complain about being too hot and then remembered it's JANUARY.
Heather and Nate:
[she still remembers him as the one who tried to grab her quesadilla]
Megan and sweet smiley Eden:
[couldn't get a regular expression from either]
Not pictured: Kyle [Melissa's cute blue-eyed baby], Jilly [Jana's adorable spunky little girl :)], Vann [Lance + Jenni's cute little bruiser] and Eva who we almost got to hang out with :(