When we were in Vegas for Thanksgiving weekend, my mom and I decided to let Hubby and my brother watch M while we spent a couple of hours having some fun in the casino.
When we returned, M was in Hubby’s lap and my brother was playing with her.
Once she saw me, she ran to me exclaming “Mimi and Ama came back!”
Then, after she gave me a huge hug, she tells me, “I hit head!”
Apparently, while Hubby and M were playing, she got up and ran away, tripped and bonked her head. It wasn’t too hard, and she got over it quickly, but she totally felt the need to let me know.
It was the cutest thing and now Hubby knows he can’t hide anything from me so easily anymore…
Yes, I know I said that I wouldn’t be counting months once M hit two years old, but I just can’t help it. It helps me keep track of what she did at what time in her life. It’s not like I say it when people ask me how old she is..
But M is twenty-seven months today. Also, M was baptized 2 years ago today.
Time is just flying and she’s growing and developing in leaps and bounds.
We now have conversations. She tells me stories. She tells me what she wants. She definitely knows how to say, “no.” She loves to play. She loves to laugh. She loves to sing. She loves to dance. She loves to jump. She loves to reenact scenes from videos and television shows.
She loves to give me hugs and kisses. She puts her arms around my neck so tightly. She gives me the best kisses a mother could ask for.
She’s called me her best friend. She’s told me countless times that she loves me.
She makes my long, tired days just disappear with a single smile.
She doesn’t like spending more than 5 minutes on my lap anymore. But in those moments when she gets tired and just wants to snuggle in my arms, I take full advantage! It still reminds me that she’s still my baby, no matter what age.
I love this little person M is growing up to be.
She doesn’t tantrum as much (knock on wood!), and she’s returned to the pretty easy going, flexible person she’s always been.
I’m loving this age and I can’t wait for what else life has in store for us.
It was an interesting Thanksgiving 2013.
We spent the holiday in Las Vegas. It was our first time celebrating there.
We could have been more prepared.. all we had was the hotel we were staying.. The Rio.
We didn’t even know where we were going to have our Thanksgiving meal!
Hubby was smart. He complied a very long list of the restaurants that were having Thanksgiving meals. We decided on having a Thanksgiving lunch. We made the reservation Thursday morning for 11:30am. Luckily for us, the first choice we wanted had a reservation spot for us!
We had Brazilian BBQ. Twelve different meats, a selection of salads, mashed potatoes, broccoli, plantains and bread were included. It was delicious! AND no cleanup!
M wasn’t too into the Thanksgiving food. She ended up just eating a lot of rice and bread. She has no idea what she missed out on..
That night, we had pho. That’s when M feasted.
We had a great Thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a fun-filled holiday!
Holy smokes, it’s December..
Getting Christmas cards out.. getting Christmas shopping done.. wrapping all those purchased Christmas presents.. making Christmas gift tags..
All these tasks will basically consume me for the entire month.
All these tasks PLUS dealing with my rambunctious toddler.
Please forgive me if I tend to disappear this month. Just know I’ll be trying my very best not to drown in my to-do list..
M is learning about orientations..
Over, under and behind.
If you ask her where something is, it’s usually behind something or under something.
Other times, it’s hiding, according to her..
It’s super cute.
Sometimes she likes to make it a game for herself.
For example, at the restaurant the other day…
Hides crayons under the menu..
M: Mimi, where’s crayons??
Me: I don’t know, where is it?!
M: Undah pay-peh (Translation: Under paper)
I have to say that it makes it easier to for me to tell her where to find things when she loses them. I can now tell her that her toy is under the chair and she knows what I’m talking about. I can tell her that her sippy cup is behind the recliner, and she knows just where to go!
Have I told you how much I love this age???
The “song and dance” gene has finally been activated in my little girl.
I LOVE IT!
She sings as many songs as she knows. She dances to every song she hears..
I’m so proud!
I can’t to put her in dance lessons!
If you didn’t know, I took ballet, tap and jazz dance lesson from age 10 to age 16. I started singing in public at about 19 years old. I did community theater from about 19 to 28 years old. I cantored and sang in the church choir from about 2007 – 2010 .. I loved every moment of it. I would have loved to continue, but life just shifted and so did my priorities.
It’s so fun to see M exploring the performing arts side of her. Watching her dance and sing her little heart out makes me so happy. She always has the cutest smile when she does it.
What things from your life do you want to see your child have an interest in?
Ok.. so I dropped the ball on the whole “Thankful November” thing I wanted to do this year..
I figured that since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’d make up for it and just do a post about what I’m thankful for..
Obviously, I’m thankful for family. Not only my little family of Hubby, M and I, but my entire family.. parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, in laws, sibling-in-laws, nieces, nephews.. you related to me? I’m thankful for you.. A major source of support and love comes from all of you. I can’t thank you all enough for just being in my life.
I’m especially thankful for M. She’s my endless source of unconditional love and entertainment. That girl loves me, and I hope that I never disappoint her. I’m so thankful that she’s the little person I get to raise.
I’m thankful for Hubby. He is my partner in crime. He is my teammate. I am so very thankful that I get to spend the rest of my life with him. He’s loving, he’s supportive, he’s entertaining, and he’s challenging. I love him and I can’t wait to see what else our lives have in store for us.
I’m thankful for the roof over my head.
I’m thankful for the ability to wake up every morning.
I’m thankful that I can function from day to day.
I’m thankful for my friends. I’ve had to let go of some the negativity in my inner circle and regain my bearings. I’m just thankful for the friends I do have helped keep my trust in basic friendships. I’m thankful for the new friends I’ve made this past year and I’m thankful for the friendships of the past that have been rekindled due to social networking.
I’m thankful for crafting.
I’m thankful for photographs.
I’m thankful for cameras.
I’m thankful for coffee.
I’m thankful for 2013.
I’m thankful for life.
There are so many other things I’m thankful for. I’ve probably forgotten some major ones and I’m sure I’ll remember them once this entry has been published…
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and a great beginning of the holiday season.
I will be taking the day off from the blog tomorrow to spend time with my family.. I hope you all have the opportunity to share this holiday with your family!