Saturday, January 30, 2010

portland visit

Pete was able to take some time off of work this week so went went to Portland Thursday & Friday to see Nana Jo and Aunt Annie. While we were there we went to the Japanese Garden and the Portland Children's Museum. They were both amazing places to see. The Japanese Garden is the most authentic & beautiful garden outside of Japan, according to a Japanese emperor. I cannot wait to go back and see how it changes throughout the year. They also have lots of events that teach you about this type of gardening, papermaking [!], tea ceremonies, etc. We got a membership. I took tons of pictures that I will put into a slideshow for you.
Up a very steep hill from the Japanese Garden [which is up the hill from the Portland Rose Garden - also famous] is the Portland Children's Museum [and the Oregon Zoo]. It was so much fun. There were lots of things to climb on and slide down of course. But there were also a bunch of rooms with different activities: a room with a bunch of water running through gears and pipes into big tubs - they had plastic smocks for the kids to put on, a clay room where they could make something out of clay and let it air dry, a story room with a tree house, face painting, a "dig" room that was filled with cedar chips and shovels and conveyer belts, a theatre room with a stage and curtains and costumes and seating for the parents to sit and watch. This place has a preschool and a kindergarten. It would be awesome to work there and to take Zoe there. She cried when we left. Me too.
Anyway. It was a lot of fun.

Friday, January 22, 2010

pajamas, butterfly wings, phone


We are having Spring weather almost every other day. It's in the 50's again today and sunshiney. This is typical Northwest weather to me. And look, our daffodils are right on time! They ususally bloom in February.

Monday, January 11, 2010

one two six nine ten

We made biscotti. And then Zoe counted the flour.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

one more video tonight...

it's cute when she sticks her tongue out.

what's up?

We got a new computer and I'm realizing now that all of our other photos are on my laptop, and I'm too tired at the moment to transfer them here, but I'll get some of her birthday-xmas photos uploaded one of these days.

We went to Zoe's 2 year check-up and she is about 34" tall and I think she weighs 29 pounds. She was 31" tall when I measured her in September, so she grew quite a bit in just 3 months. She fits all of her 2T/24month clothes and her feet grew a size bigger [6 1/2 - 7 now] so I ordered a new pair of ladybug rainboots that finally arrived today. She is still in the 50th percentile for height & weight, so she's still small, but at the same time so much bigger.

She talks all day long, but I think I'm the only person who can really understand what she's saying because I'm used to her language. I'm trying to teach her sentences, and today she managed "want toy" which is SO much better than the alternative when she points and says "this this this this this" and gets frustrated because I don't know what she's talking about. The words that she knows she does say really clearly like "juice" and "fruit" and "boots" and "egg" and "book". There are other things that I understand like "flurfly" [butterfly] and "iraf" [giraffe]. Everything that comes out of the oven that is baked is a "cookie! yum! yum!"

She seems to know most of the alphabet and likes to yell out the letters she sees on signs when we're in the car. We are working on counting and numbers. She knows what the number 2 is and sometimes 8. She counts stuff everyday, but so far it's always "one, two, six, nine, ten!" We're working on colors, too, but it's kind of a complex idea I guess. So when I ask which cup is red, she looks at me like I'm asking which cup is also a monkey. She also knows a lot of shapes: heart, star, triangle, square, circle, oval, moon, rectangle, cloud. She can say all of these words. I made a pie crust last week and when I cut out the dough she yelled "circle!" it was really exciting. I make a point of telling her what everything is when we're outside or at the grocery store, etc. She remembers more than I realize. We were outside when it was dark [5pm?] and she pointed up at the sky and said "Look! The moon!" so now I try to take her outside whenever it's not rainy or too cloudy so we can look at the stars and the moon each night. We talk about the weather a lot, so she says "oh no, it's raining."

She doesn't mind playing alone but when she gets bored or lonely she'll come take my hand and say "come on" and have me sit on the couch so she can sit on my lap or she'll lead me to her room and hand me a book to read. It will be really nice next year when she's 3 and she can finally start one of the preschool programs I've read so much about.

She is super happy most of the time and loves to dance and sing. There are 2 different shows that we watch that have wiggle dances, so that's a big hit. We do a lot of wiggling and tickling and bouncing and spinning and climbing throughout the day. She has a lot of toys, and they all get played with at some point each day. I make the mistake of thinking that she has outgrown something so I put it away to be sold/donated and she knows immediately that it's missing and suddenly it's the most fun thing ever when I get it back out for her.

I think that's about it for now.

butterfly wings

Nana Jo sent a complete butterfly-fairy-ballerina ensemble to Zoe for her birthday. I hung the wings & tutu up and Zoe wanted to put them on today. She already had on the striped pants & heart shirt. She has a lot of pink clothes.
Yes, she has a little bruise in the middle of her forehead. It looks bad because it's, like, day 4 and it's turning kind of yellow before it fades away.

sunny day

It was 50 and sunny here today so we played in the backyard for awhile before taking a huge stack of cardboard boxes to the recycling center. Zoe didn't show a lot of interest in this little swing/slide when I bought it last summer, but now she loves it.