Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We had a good day. Pete was working on a building in Lynnwood and he was able to come home for lunch and open presents with Zoe. She got an amazing Calico Critters cottage and furniture & accessories from Nana Jo and Aunt Annie. It even has lights that turn on inside the house. It goes with the bunny family that Zoe got from Rowan's mom, Jen, for her birthday last year. This, btw, is the doll house/etc that I want Zoe to have. So if you, or someone you know, wants to get Zoe a little gift that is "doll house-y", look at the Calico Critters stuff. It's at the usual toy stores & online. It is definitely a little pricey, but totally worth it in my opinion because it's so well-made and detailed. Nana Jo sent the Birthday Girl t-shirt that Zoe is wearing, too. Thanks!!! It might still fit next year?
Uncle Doug & Aunt Tammy sent some very fuzzy moose pajamas that I think Pete would have put on if they were a bit bigger. He loves them. There was also a great box of sea life animals with a submarine and a boat. Zoe took the animals out of the box one-by-one and then looked in the empty box and asked "where's the sea? where's the sea, mom?" And then she insisted on taking a bath so that she could play with the boats in the water. She really likes the octopus.
Uncle Doug & Aunt Tammy sent a GeoTrax set, too. It's really awesome! We were actually at the toy store last night and I looked at all of the parts & pieces that we could get to add on to the Radiator Springs set that Zoe has now. Some of the sets have remote control cars and the tracks are really sturdy and easy to assemble in lots of different ways. The cars stay on the tracks really well, which is the point of this brand, and they're big so that little hands can push them around easily. There was a cool Christmas set with a Santa train and a bridge with working lights & ho-ho-ho sounds. fun!
Betty & Everett sent some cute pj's and pink slippers with bows on them. Zoe looks super cute in them and they keep her toes toasty!
Pete went back to work in the afternoon and then Janie and Constance were here later. Rowan is out of town and everybody was kind of busy on the Monday before Christmas, so it was the 5 of us, which was just right anyway. We ordered pizza that Zoe likes [dominos] and watched Beauty & the Beast on tv. Then we piled into the jeep and went to Baskin Robbins for ice cream sundaes! Two scoops!! Then we went to Toys R Us so that Janie could get a My Little Pony for Zoe, but they were all modern & weird looking and not at all like the My Little Ponies that Janie loved when she was a kid [last year], so she picked out some My Littlest Petshop animals. She brought it back to the house and wrapped it up and gave it to Zoe who said "A present for me? I'm so surprised! Thank you!" and it was hilarious.
We are still enjoying all of the new toys today and I know that we will for a long time. It's fun to have things that we can add to - like the GeoTrax & the Calico Critters - instead of things that we have to replace.
********** Thank you again! Zoe is here saying "let's go mom, let's go mom, let's go mom, let's go mom" and I think she wants to play Candyland [my birthday gift to her] so I'll try to continue this post later!
FYI - we have the webcam & Skype set up for free video calls. If you want to do this, just call me or text or set up a time and we'll do it!
Zoe put the candles in the cupcakes and she wanted a candle in each one, which is why there are 7 instead of 3. While we were singing happy birthday she yelled "stop singing!" at us - hence the joke at the end of the video. The first candle that kind of sizzles & goes out is the one that she spit on instead of blowing on. I guess she kind of spit on all of them. We didn't really eat these, they were just for the song & candles.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
We finally had time to see Santa last night. We wanted to take Zoe to the fancy "good" Santa at Macy's downtown. They have quite the Santa Land set-up with moving reindeer heads and a sleigh filled with presents and giant toy soldiers, etc. As it turns out, it's also wildly expensive to take a picture and they don't allow personal cameras, which might explain why NOBODY was there in line. But it didn't matter because Zoe fell asleep in the car on the drive there and then freaked out when she woke up and we were in Macy's. I had told her that we were going to do "something special" and she was very excited about it until this point. She cried and cried in SantaLand and refused to do anything except sit on my lap on the floor and wail. After many minutes of this my leg was warm and wet and her pull-ups had weirdly leaked and then she calmed down. She is doing a fantastic job at potty training the last 2 weeks and she gets really upset when she knows she has to go but we're not at home and she really doesn't know what to do about it. So that was part of it.
Monday, December 13, 2010
But sometimes we don't need any of those things because Zoe is really good at screaming "WAKE UP MOM, WAKE UP MOM, WAKE UP MOM, WAKE UP MOM" and stabbing her very pointy knees and elbows into my back.
So this morning we were already awake when the phone rang at 5am to wake us up. Zoe picked up the phone and said something like:
Santa? You have reindeer? I have a big problem! My presents are missing! I can't find them. I can't find my presents. Ok, bye.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Pete's birthday was Friday December 3rd. We went out to a delicious dinner at the Buenos Aires Grill on Thursday night with friends and then just stayed home on Friday. Pete was given an awesome birthday present in the morning from PSF Mechanical - a work shirt and a van! Hooray! They have warned him that if work slows down they have to let the "last guy hired" go first, but it seems like everything is going to work out. This is the same company that sent him to Baltimore in November. Because they have the Nordstrom account there is a chance that Pete might be asked to travel more. woohoo!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
She got about 20 pieces of candy, which I was totally thankful for later that night. She needed to know what each type of candy was. She wasn't interested in eating it, just identifying it. She went through each piece about 45 times and said "what's that mom?" over and over again. Into & out of her candy bucket. She didn't stop until she went to bed. And then in the morning she comes in our room carrying her bucket with the candy and gets on the bed. "Look what I found!" and then she starts asking me again "what's that mom?" and I say "I don't know, what is it?" and she says "a jolly rancher!" and we go through them all. It's a good thing Pete and I are eating it for her or this game could go on forever.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Zoe loves to pretend that things are flying away. I can understand everything she is saying, can you? I don't have any idea what she sounds like to someone who doesn't hear her every day. She says that the puzzle piece is in the wind and then it lands "on the top" and then she says that she broke it. She asks "what shape?" and answers her question "a puzzle". Then she looks for it and says "there it is. it's really high" "how we going to get down?" "I know - a hand" and then her hand jumps up to get it. When she tries to put the piece in the wrong way she says "no" and then "I fixed it."
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Uncle Dougie sent a big box of paint. Pete opened the box for Zoe and she ran out of the room and came back with her palette. Today I drew her a Halloween picture. I usually squeeze the paint out for her but she wanted to do it herself today and she did an amazing job! I'm so glad I was video-ing this because I love it when she decides that her paintbrush is too small. This is just a small example of what I believe is the key to success in life: options. It is impossible to choose something when you don't know that it exists.
Zoe told me twice today that she needed to potty and has had no accidents and no diaper changes! So fantastic!
Uncle Dougie also sent a 30-piece puzzle that is a picture of a barnyard. We've had the puzzle for a few days and I think we've put it together no less than 20 times. I help Zoe get the edge pieces sorted out and the first few times I talked to her about how the pictures match. Now she has it all memorized and she says "where's the horse? here's the horse. where does it go? right here. I did it!" Now she also knows what hay bales and wagon wheels are.
This morning she was making this really weird noise and I asked her what she was doing and she said "I'm an elephant!" and then she tried to stretch her head out in front of her and she said "I'm a giraffe!" and then she was a monkey [eeh eeh ah ah] and a kitty and a dog and a lion and a dinosaur.
Pete still has his old skateboard in the garage and Zoe is adamant about trying to ride it whenever she is allowed in the garage. Yesterday Pete got her to balance on it correctly by spreading her feet apart and bending her knees a little and then she rode it around the driveway by holding onto Pete with just one hand. He is dying to take her snowboarding. And since kid's start skiing at age 3 here she might just get to go this winter. It sounds dangerous, right, but then when you are laying on the side of a mountain thinking about how bad your legs hurt and a dozen 3-year olds blaze past your head it makes you wish that you had learned how to do more things when you were bendy and had a low center of gravity.
I made some ghosts and paper chains for our front porch and we put up a black light so they glow at night. Zoe has watched me cut all of the ghosts out. I was surprised when I was hanging them up and she said "look, decorations!" in her little voice. Such a big word. And this morning I opened up the curtains by the front door and she saw them again and said "look, it's a party!" and then she asked where the cake and candles were.
Grandpa sent these MagnaTiles. They are plastic shapes that have magnets all around the edges so you can build 3D objects. I made these "tents" for Zoe. She ran out of the room to get a "hammer" and fix them. She has been watching Handy Manny - he speaks Spanish and his talking tools can fix everything [if they work as a team, of course]. She saw one episode of Handy Manny a couple of days ago and now she is totally uninterested in UmiZoomi.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
We went about 30 minutes North to Snohomish [also where the pumpkin patches are] and found a couple of geocaches on Saturday. I found a lot of weird mushrooms and a giant slug. Zoe found some fishing line in a bush and a rock. And she pretended to catch a fish by holding a little stick in the lake.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Zoe is in love with a show called Team Umizoomi right now. It is a pretty good animated show with tiny superheros who solve problems using math, shapes, and Pattern Power! I found a scavenger hunt "printable" on Nick Jr's website and we have played it several times each day. I don't really hide the shapes because Zoe freaks out when she can't find them. The fun is in looking at the "map" and being able to quickly find the match. I check them off and she puts the cut out shapes in her Halloween bag that mom made 2 years ago. She uses this bag for a lot of tasks because it fits on her arm and it's easy to put things in it. And she likes the pumpkins that are on it.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We went to the Seattle Children's Museum. It was all right. There are more things to look at and read about then there are to do. This is a common flaw at a lot of places that are designed for children. Yes, things will get broken and dirty and carried away. That has to be part of doing business. Why else is it so expensive to visit these places when all of the objects are enclosed in plexi glass and everything that looks like it's going to move is nailed down?
She did enjoy the little kitchens from around the world. But everything was behind plexi or nailed down. The art room was good, but you could only stay in there for a certain amount of time and there was room for 10 kids at a time and the 1 girl who was running the space looked like she wanted to hide in a closet instead of dealing with the constant, constant, constant mess.
Zoe has lots of musical instruments - even a violin & guitar [thanks grandpa!] - and she often plays a little song on the piano that usually sounds better than the songs Pete invents. The other night she brought me a tamborine and gave Pete her maracas and she had her recorder/flute and she told us that we were a band and then we made some really loud music for several minutes.