Sunday, December 16, 2012

Julia's Holiday Program

Julia's Montessori school put on a holiday program on Friday night.  Here's the under-3 year old performance (Julia is the tall one in the blue dress hamming it up!)




Also, Julia impersonates a frog during a walk last weekend:


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reading books

Julia was sick most of the weekend (Thursday through Sunday) and we spent lots of quality time in bed reading.  Her favorite author is Doctor Seuss.


Safety goggles

Courtney's favorite sunglasses broke recently, and Julia loves wearing them around the house.

Slippy soap!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ice Cream at IKEA

Julia has been sick, and this is the only thing she wanted to eat.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Julia voted!

It went a lot more smoothly in my brain as I imagined voting with Julia. Oh well.

Update:  Here's part of our conversation with Nana last night.

Mommy:  Do you remember going to vote with Mommy this morning?
Julia:  Yeah!
Nana:  Did you vote for Obama?
Julia:  No.
Nana:  Did you vote for Romney?
Julia:  No.
Mommy:  Who did you vote for?
Julia:  Airplanes.  Up! Up! Up!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Party! Party!



A glimpse of some of the fun at Julia's party.  Yes, she is squirting her strawless juice box all over the livingroom.  Good times.

Happy Second Birthday!

Dearest Julia,

Today you turn 2 years old.  Every time we ask how old you are, you say, "TWO WEEKS!"  which is only slighlty off. According to the Doctor this morning ("Doc Get Man" you say) you're 35.5 inches tall and weigh 33 pounds- big for age 2!

You are an absolute joy. You're a running, jumping, talking, eating, laughing, dancing joy.

Every day you discover new words.  You are quite the little parrot right now, echoing almost everything that comes out of our mouths.  It is really fun to watch you play with language- you use variations of "my," "my's," mine," and "mines," "yes," yep," and "yeps," and (of course) "no," "nope," "nopes," "nopies," and "NO!"  You  know the pets' names, now call us Mommy and Daddy instead of Mama and Dada.  You occasionally tell us you love us.  You can count to ten in English and Spanish, and you know the ABCs, days of the week, months of the year, and more. You refer to the iPhone, and all your games, collectively as "Melmo Watch!" You learned a couple Halloween words this year, including "pumpkin" and "werewolf."  You are learning great songs at school.  You love to say "slippy" when playing with soap in the bathtub.  The other day you started to sing "baa baa black sheep," and you were so surprised and happy when I joined in!  You're pretty good about please and thank-you. Occasionally you blurt out, without warning, "happy!"  This is my favorite word of all.

One great thing about your ever expanding vocabulary is that you can now express preferences.  It's nice to know when you want your duck, that the bathwater is too hot, that you need to blow on your dinner to cool it off, that you prefer milk, or that it's "not hot" outside. Another great thing is that you can tell us what you notice about the world.  This morning we took a short walk before school and you immediately noticed the moon in the daytime sky.  You always notice the moon, and I so rarely do- keep looking up! 

Your favorite food word is "pizza."  If given the choice you like eggs for breakfast, though you've never met a donut you didn't like. Just recently you've started trying new foods instead of just refusing them.  You usually take a lick, sometimes a nibble, and frequently discover that you actually like the thing you previously weren't so sure about. You are a good eater.  I love that you can now feed yourself, though it is still sometimes very messy.  You can also drink out of a regular cup all by yourself, though you still spill as you carry the cup around. 

You also love books.  We have several new books, though you're starting to "read along" with old favorites you have memorized.  You got a copy of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" for your birthday, and you love it- you sit quietly through the entire book. 

Your personality is so much fun.  You're very serious a lot of the time, but you belly laugh long and hard quite often.  You seem up for anything.  Last night you had the opportunity to ride a pony and several carnival rides by yourself, and you were up for anything.  Totally cool, like you were born to ride that horse and it was no big deal.  I love that you're so adventurous, and I hope it lasts.

The second I publish this post I'm going to think of 47 other things I should have said.  I could spend weeks chronicling all the amazing things you say and do, and it still won't capture the amazing you.  Here's to another great year, Julia! 

Love,
Mommy.

Merry go round!