Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mind your manners...

Like most parents we know, Sean and I pride ourselves in continuing to teach Kylie about manners. She started saying her "please" and "thank you" as soon as she started to talk. We kindly had to remind her every now and then but it soon became second nature and Sean and I would just glance at each other with great delight and satisfaction when Kylie would mind her manners without being prompted. Kylie to this day will pick up her bowl and slurp her milk or soup which doesn't seem to bother me as much as it does her Daddy. She still tests the limits every now and then when she tries to put her foot up on the dining table and giggles although she knows we are not pleased. Well, I should not have been surprised yesterday when a co-worker informed me that Kylie had frosting on her hair from eating a cup cake in honor of said co-workers son's birthday in school. Huh? She then went on to tell me that Kylie had the spoon in one hand and then dived in face first to eat her cupcake! I laughed out loud at the vision in my head and then I just about fell off my chair when I received pictures via e-mail of our pumpkin's face planted on her cupcake! This one will be another one of those priceless pics in my library of photos. It just goes to show that no matter how much we try to instill good traits in our kids, they will do their own thing as soon as they are out of our sight...sigh.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

The year of the Rat!

We got together to celebrate the event at our favorite Japanese restaurant, Nagoya Sushi. The servers are wonderful and the food is fantastic! I forgot to take a pic with Kylie and my favorite server Vivian. We are regulars there so I'll make sure to follow up with a pic:-) The girls looked great and played wonderfully together. I love looking back at this pics. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I love seeing their happy faces.

Monday, February 04, 2008

House o' mouse

Kylie continues to impress us with her vocabulary each day. Just the other day we heard her tell her teddy as she was getting into the tub for her bath "teddy, watch me take a bath". Yep, 5 whole words together. Lately when Sean or I call her pumpkin she corrects us by telling us her full name. She is starting to count to 20 although the teens get a little mixed up. Too darn cute!! But if you are not a regular visitor with Kylie, don't expect her to communicate with you any time soon. She will often stare blankly so as not to make eye contact and she will not say a word. That is just fine with me because at some point I will be preaching to her to not talk to strangers so why pressure her now? Kylie is also refusing to nap on the weekends. I know that in daycare they can get her to nap even if it is for an hour but refusing naps already? She is only 2 1/2 aren't kiddos supposed to take naps until they are at least 5 yrs old? Also, although we have an evening routine, she is also not wanting to go to bed by 8pm. So needless to say, things have been quite interesting around here with our little 'spicy' girl and this mommy tends to be tired...alot. Our little girl is expressing herself vocally, pushing the envelope towards independence and we wouldn't have it any other way. We LOVE our sassy girl who can also be a little dainty princess.

And now the reason for the post title. We went to the house o' mouse today and I keep wondering if this place ever has a 'non-peak' season. We had a wonderful day and both Sean and I enjoyed the precious smiles and animated personality that come to life when Kylie is having a blast. I was particularly excited that Kylie enjoyed a hug from Minnie and even better, Kylie flashed us a cheese smile to our delight. Usually Kylie will mimmick her friend Ellie when hugging one of these characters but today she was on her own and boldly venturing out. We were all too happy to snap away hoping for that one fantastic photo. Too bad the sun was in her face as you will see. We finally redeemed our season passes today so we will try and try again for that great shot! Enjoy the pics!

Kylie's favorite thing to do whether we are at a theme park, zoo or grocery store! Up Daddy, shoulder!

Train ride!

Check out the piggies in the wind

According to Kylie all castles, whether they are in fairy tale books, movies, the fancy Morm*n temple not too far from our home or even the castles she builds with her blocks, they are all Cinderella's castle:-)

Waiting not so patiently to visit Minnie!

Isn't this Minnie wonderful? Is as if she had been waiting for Kylie all day:-)

A little dance

The sunny shot!


OMG! Did she really fall asleep in the car!?!?! Our sweet angel.