Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Some children run right up to these creatures and hug them.
My daughter did not.
Luckily there was Jello to distract her from the large chipmunk hovering over her.
And friends Ava and Maya to save her from the large strange mouse.
Ava loved it.
At first Natalia liked it because of the horses. Then she liked it because of the wind blowing in her face. Finally she became entranced by the mechanism that makes the horse go up and down.
She spent one entire ride looking up and chanting "Up . . . Down . . . Up . . . Down . . ."Opa was so proud. "That's my little engineer."
She may look a little concerned, but she fell in love with that ride. All weekend it was either Dumbo or the carousel.
Dumbo and the carousel.
Dumbo and the carousel.
We did ride on the Rockets as well, which she loved (because it was like Dumbo).
But we always went back to Dumbo and "horses".
This was the set of ears that she picked out. For someone who thought they were going to have a rough and tumble child, I sure do bring home a lot of pink and sparkles. Natalia was given her choice of ears at the Mad Hatter's Shoppe and she picked out the only set of ears that was all pink and had a veil and rhinestone tiara attached.
It's so Ooohhh, La, La.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The real estate investment firm I started began buying up, rehabbing, and renting out houses.
We went to Disneyland with Danielle and Ava (and Courtney, Danielle's husband, and Dara, Danielle's sister). Natalia fell in love with the Dumbo ride and the carousel. I get dizzy thinking about it. (Photos will be posted, never fear.
Natalia started really talking. They are full sentences, four to five words at a time. She no longer repeats the response I whisper in her ear. Instead she initiates conversations, repeats phrases at the correct time. One of her newest and most favorite sentences is:
"Do it by self"
Everything is "Do it by SELF!"
Another favorite is:
"Want some Mama?"
and if I don't respond quickly enough
When I finally say, "Yes, please" she replies, "Okay. . . Just one" and holds up one pudgy little finger.
We ate about 24 Teddy Grams this way - one at at time. "Want some? Hmmmm? Okay, just one." It is just too cute.
She has also started sleeping with books. Yup - my child is not even two and she is already hiding books under her covers. Every night she gets to take one thing with her to bed. And every night for the past week she has chosen "Abby Book". Abby Book is a Sesame Street counting book with Abby the fairy monster on the front. It was given to her by one of her aunts and she is OBSESSED with it. Can't sleep without it. I personally can't see how she does it. It is hard cardboard and big. But she clutches it in one hand, holds my hand with her other hand, says her prayers, and falls asleep. Without Abby all is lost.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Actually I didn't even brush it. It was pulled back from her face all day and when she ripped out the rubber band, this was the result.
How long do you think it will take her to buy a straightener?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
When crying: "Oh Buggy"
When she has hurt herself: "Ice . . . Whale Ice."
At something surprising: "Oh Gosh" and "How Bout That"
Upon picking up my purse (or anything resembling a purse) and putting it on her shoulder: "Have Fun! See you soon."
Then she'll walk out the door to whatever room we are in, close the door, turn around and knock:
"Hello . . . Who's there?"
Open the door, come back in, and say "Hi . . . Good bye. Have fun! See you soon."
(This game is repeated at least 5 times.)
In reaction to anything Nana does: "Silly Nana . . . so silly Nana."
(Again, this is generally accompanied with a shake of the head and a smile.)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
But I digress.
As I was saying, I was trying to get Natalia to eat more vegetables. I had made some spinach-carrot brownies earlier in the day (quite good) and had some beet puree left over beet puree from something or other. So I decided to make beet-spinach gnocchi.
And what a helper she was. After asking for a "tiny spoon" she decided to fill an empty ice cube tray with the gnocchi mixture. I think that she got at least half of the tray full.
Thirty minutes later we all sat down for dinner. I dished her up her regular tray of pears, cheese, and chicken but added a little gnocchi this time. Did she eat any of it?
Are you kidding me!?!? Of course not!!! (But it sure was fun to feed to Odin.)
Does she like to eat Play-doh that is the same color? But of course!!!
How about quarters, plastic eggs or Odin's toys. Yum yum.
What about pink gnocchi? Yuck, don't make me puke!!!!
Oh well. At least I got my vegetables for the day.