Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cute things heard recently

This morning, TN woke up bright and cheery as usual. I sat her down on the changing table, took and took off her jammies. When I got to her diaper I said, "Girrrrl, you're wet!" She said, "Holy Buckets!"

Last weekend, Terry went to Iowa to help his family who were struggling with the flood which deeply affected their businesses and lives. TN and I spent the whole weekend talking about the fact that dad was in Iowa. It took me most of the week to convince TN that each morning this week dad had gone to work, and NOT to Iowa. Well, this evening, we're shopping at Target. TN is in a cart in the middle of the aisle while I peak at a pair of shoes for her. Suddenly, she says, "Mom! Nerys go Iowa!". The lady passing by starts laughing, for this is quite an odd thing for a 2 year old to proclaim... what two year old wants to go to Iowa??

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sing, Sing A Song!

TN has begun to sing... and read. We've sung these songs and read these books so much that she now repeats the words in a super-cute, sing-song cadence. She even imitates the tones, pitches and voices used to sing and read. D&J returned from a 2.5 week vacation in Alaska only to find a two year old who sings and reads. Poor Grandma and Grandpa are sure she grew too much while they were away. How can a little girl who "only" talked several weeks ago suddenly be a "reading", singing big girl in so little time?

I'll give TN this, she's a smart little one. She's ready to read every book in the world and to read it back after a few sittings. If you say a word once, it becomes an instant part of her vocabulary. Now she wants to sing the ABC's fifty times in a row and it's too funny to listen to ellemmenoopeee all in one little blurred phrase. And when she gets to the end of the song, she is so, so proud of herself. And, so she should be. We're proud of her, too!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Toad Foo

TN has developed an affinity for Toad Foo. She especially loves Toad Foo when it has been sauteed with sesame oil, Shitake, button, portabello mushrooms and low-sodium soy sauce. She doesn't particularly care if we consume Toad Foo over brown rice or rice noodles, as long as there is a steady supply of Toad Foo in which she can stab her fork, she is very happy. Just in case you haven't interpreted yet, Toad Foo is Tofu, that lovely firm soy-based product that comes in a massive block water soaked block. It is also her new favorite food. I just want to thank the Toad Foo producers of the world for the alternate protein source for my meat-hating, veggie-loving 2 year old.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Let the Birthday Bash Continue!

This is TN in the morning crinkling up her nose when I asked her if she looked cute:

TN loves her cake and eats it, too!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

She's 2!

Happy Birthday, Terefech Nerys!

Today, you turn two and celebrate your first birthday with us. Last year, we celebrated your birthday buying toys and scrapbooking supplies, preparing for your journey to us. We cried because we could not be with you, but talked about our hopes and wishes for our future, together, as a family.

This year, you light up our lives with your laughter, jokes and charm. Your beauty is compared to none, and compliments your bright personality and your amazing capacity to learn and grow. Tiny little you has grown to a robust and active little girl, running, jumping, singing, and climbing over every possible obstacle. You are independent and have such a strong desire to learn that we find ourselves trying to keep up!

We've been telling you for a week that today you get to have cake. We're pretty sure you think you get to have pancakes for your birthday, and I think we can accommodate that.

Happy Birthday, Nerys. You are an amazing little girl that we are honored to have as our daughter, our forever baby...

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