Sep 17, 2014
We followed tradition and threw Gwen a party at Jane's Carousel for her birthday. It was basically a repeat of last year except this year she was really excited for the party and terrified of the carousel. Maybe next year she'll like both parts? We love you, Gwen.
Gwen, how old are you?
And the at-home party:
Posted by kate at 8:39 AM
Sep 4, 2014
I wrote this back on Gwen's birthday and keep not posting it because there's no way to really capture a 2-year-old in a blog post. I guess I'm going to try anyway. It will probably be long and sound like one big brag but I'm just trying to remember the awesome things she's doing right now because 1. some days are not awesome at all and 2. I can't remember anything by myself.
"ah somesin in my toes" every 10 feet when we're walking outside
"too sunny" "too bright" "too cold" etc. Everything is "too" something. I finally taught her "just right" and she's trying to understand that there is a happy medium.
"Mama Pearl" "Daddy Edie" etc. She names adults according to their gender/kid, makes sense to me.
"What doin?" about every 30 seconds throughout the day. "I'm blowing on your food, Gwen." "I'm handing you your water, Gwen."
She calls herself "Nie" or "Nennie".
Pretending. Mostly going places, talking on the phone, making cookies/pizzas, or taking care of her dolls/buddies.
Coloring, blocks, flipping, rolling, jumping, sliding, running, stomping, carrying her scooter around the park.
Every nap/night it is "sunbeam", "God"(I am a Child of), and "Twinkle". Other favorites are "E-i-e-i-o", "issy bissy sider", and "Go" & "Snowman" (Let it Go).
Favorite places to go:
Outside, park with friends, anywhere to get a cold treat, church/nursery.
Favorite color: pink (how is this so inevitable?)
Favorite show: Bo on the Go (do not look it up, it's the worst.)
Being a sibling: For the most part she is the greatest to Fred. She loves to mimic whatever we say/do to him. She runs to him immediately if he makes a peep and she loves to rub his back and sing to him, kiss him, etc. and she is excited every single time he wakes up from a nap. Sweetest. And then sometimes she hits him.
Remembering: How does she remember exactly which zippered container her Easter erasers are in when she put them there 2 weeks ago? Or what color sunglasses each kid had at the party yesterday? I love to quiz her at the end of the day about what we did together. Who we saw, what the weather was like, where we went, what we played and I am always surprised at which details she remembers.
A few more brags: she willingly walked all the way (1.3 miles) to the carousel by herself the other day, she knows her numbers/letters/colors, can recognize when we are on our block or close to our friends' houses, can mostly get herself dressed, and brushes her own teeth.
Been a pretty great 2 years with this one.
Dishonorable mentions: the incessant request for snacks, the waking up at 6am, the refusal to let anyone go in the bathroom without her, the need to have everything she says validated by repeating it back to her, the diapers.
Posted by kate at 3:45 PM
Aug 20, 2014
Back in July, we took this little guy to Maryland to give him a blessing with some of our family. It was lowkey and sweet with just us in the church before Caleb's baptism. Then we made everyone line up and take pictures outside after. We feel so lucky to have the parents/families we have and days like this really remind us of that. Lucky Fred to have so many people who love him and lucky us to have so much Fred to love.
Posted by kate at 3:32 PM
Aug 11, 2014
Jul 8, 2014
After our days in Henderson, we drove up to Utah and met Regan there to spend a few days with the Johnsons. Tramp time, aquarium time, lots of fast food time, giant house time, funny themed family party time, more unaccompanied backyard play time, and tons of cousin time. We loved it.
Posted by kate at 11:22 AM