Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
- Must enjoy anything Christmassy.
- Must take child to any Christmas event in a 20 mile radius.
- Must coordinate events so that there is still time left for making snow angels and baking cupcakes.
- Must be able to watch the Dora the Explorer Christmas movie at least 50 times without getting tired of it.
- Must learn that the Christmas spirit is about being together, not about how many things you can do in a week.
- Spend endless time cuddling, laughing, and playing.
- See the glow of the Christmas tree on their faces.
- See Christmas thru a child’s eyes!
- Feel more joy than you would ever think possible.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
He's right over there!
Natalie also really enjoyed all the activities in the different rooms:
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here in December, we've had something going on almost every day, from daycare parties to holiday trips to the botanical garden and to the zoo, to great family time at home. So, in order not to get too stressed out, blogging has taken a back seat for a while.
But not to worry, there will be lots of posts with lots of Christmas pictures - even though they might stretch into January a bit! Oh, well, nothing wrong with making the holiday spirit last a little longer, right?!?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The cake was beautiful:
Isn't it amazing how the "eating-cake-picture" gets less and less messy every year?!
For the Yo-Gabba-Gabba games, we had a couple of things going on. One of them was a dancing game which the girls seemed to like. But I think the big hit was this one:
Natalie's watertable filled with packaging chips. And little "treasures" for the girls to find. What made this a Yo-Gabba-Gabba game? Well, the goody bags to put the "treasures" in looked like Yo-Gabba-Gabba characters! Okay, maybe a bit of a stretch, but it worked...
The girls played all afternoon and evening, and they had such a blast (and us grownups had a great time watching them, too). When it was time to get into their jammies, it turned out that they had matching sets:
Best friends in matching jammies - How cute is that!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
You may have noticed the flags on the table in the first picture. It's an old tradition in Denmark to use the Danish flag for celebrations. So this would be a perfect birthday picture - well, at least if Natalie had actually smiled...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
This year I couldn't find the time to wrap it all up until the last minute. So on Nov. 30th, after Natalie and Karsten had gone to bed, I was listening to Christmas music and wrapping up 24 little gifts. I tied them onto an old embroidered "calendar" that my mom made for me when I was little. And I enjoyed it sooo much. There was so much peace and quiet in the house, and I had time to look forward to Natalie opening each present, thinking about if she would like them, etc. I was also thinking back to when I was a little girl, getting all these presents. Good times.
Here's a picture from Dec. first when Natalie got to open the first present:
Such a great tradition.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Natalie was very patient while we waited for the show to start. Of course, the blue Icee she got also helped.
Most of the first part of the show she looked like this. Don't worry, she's having a good time. She's just not smiling because she's too busy taking it all in and enjoying the show. And yes, the blue stuff around her mouth from the Icee did come off eventually, about a day later...
For most of the second half of the show, she was standing up in front of the seats, dancing and clapping along. It was awesome. In fact I'm not sure who enjoyed it more; Natalie watching the show, or me watching Natalie watching the show!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
She picked up the phone from her play kitchen and had a conversation on it, complete with pauses to listen, etc:
"Hello... Uh-hmm... How are you doing... Okay, Bye!"
Then she put the phone down and looked at me while she said:
"That was your Mom calling. She said she was doing good."
Then she kept right on playing, not skipping a beat.
That comment made me smile.
My Mom passed away more than ten years ago.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We spent some time talking about what the 50 stars mean. And we counted the stripes and talked about why there are thirteen of them.
Then she looked at the other flag and asked "What does that mean?"...
I told her it was for us to remember some people that were far, far away.
Because there are things you should not need to worry about when you are two years old.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In case you are wondering, they are made out of various coffee filters, kitchen towels, and napkins, along with some cotton balls, yarn, and googly eyes. And per Natalie's instructions, we made a Mommy ghost, a Daddy ghost, a Natalie ghost, and a Grandma ghost. You get to guess who is who!
Monday, November 2, 2009
And Natalie got to hammer pegs into this poor pumpkin...
She looked for white rubber skeleton in a sensory table full of flour.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Natalie: We have to brush our teeth. Otherwise they will fall out.
Natalie: Then they will fall on the floor and get all dirty.
Me: Uhm, okay...
Natalie: And then we would have to put them in the dishwasher!