Monday, February 13, 2012

Birthday Pictures

I have several half-written posts that may or may not see the light of day. So, to hold you over until I have something reasonably insightful and coherent to share, enjoy some pictures from Emily's birthday party. All congratulations on the cool birthday cake go to Pretty Mahana, who made it for Emily.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Birthday Girl

Emily turned three recently! We celebrated with a small and mellow birthday party with a few friends, so as to not overwhelm my shy child. We made hats, had a Mickey Mouse cake (which she was too shy to blow out the candles for), and played together.

Her big birthday present was a tricycle, and we have been taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to ride it at least once a day. She’s getting pretty good, and it is adorable to hear her telling her bicycle, “come on, I know you can do it!” on the slight inclines.

Emily’s favorite place in the world is the mall. She loves the play place, loves the toy store, loves the glass elevator, and loves the train (which she did earn a ride for, by the way, but more on that another day). But she just loves being there. We’ll just be walking to Sears, and she’ll exclaim, “Mommy, I’m so happy!” She asks to go to the mall pretty much every day.

She loves imaginative play. Her current favorite activity is to pretend her blocks are people and have them go into houses and take trips to the mall. She loves playing doctor, loves having her stuffed animals talk and play together, and loves taking care of her “babies.”

She takes good care of her brother. After a several month period of near constant fighting over toys, she regularly brings him things to play with, and she’s becoming the one to cheer him up when he tantrums.

She’s still super shy around other adults. Only one of the five or so nursery leaders she’s had has actually heard her talk, and that was overhearing her talking to me when I came to get her.

She’s a very encouraging girl. She regularly tells me “I knew you could do it!” or “Good job!” when I accomplish something. She’s a pro at “thank you” and “you’re welcome.” We’re still working on “sorry.” She kisses me better when I’m feeling sad.

Happy birthday, sweet girl!
* My camera has gone MIA the past few days, so a picture will come later.