Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving, part 2

We are so lucky! We not only had one great Thanksgiving but two! The day following Thanksgiving we went over to Alicja's friend John's beaaaaautiful house to join Alicja, her daughter Basia and Basia's boyfriend for dinner. We had never met John but but he was a really warm and welcoming person.
While waiting for dinner, Cady devoured the Brie and peanuts. Of course she likes the expensive cheese, right? Rob and I couldn't keep the Brie going fast enough and both of us were feeling really conscious of the fact that our 18 month old was eating about 10.00 worth of cheese and by withholding the cheese we would be inviting a full-fledged melt-down! Cady's voracious appetite for cheese indicated that it was time for dinner so we all sat down to a REALLY delicious dinner of something Alicja called Dill Pickle soup that was really quite yummy. The soup was followed by Smoked Duck with Orange Sauce which was amazing. Rob and I were both prepared to do a polite sampling but ended up devouring our portions. The duck was followed by a smoked turkey, sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and a giblet gravy that Rob passed on and I probably should have. I didn't realize until it was all over my turkey that I was eating giblets. I have to admit that it was really good, yet once I discovered that the big chewy chunks were giblets I couldn't continue to eat it. I know that is dumb, but once it was in my head I couldn't get it out.
Mid-way through dinner I had to leave the table to take care of Cady who decided that she wanted to explore the non-child-proofed house. She also decided early on that Alicja was somewhere up on a pedestal and Rob and I were ranking right around the level of chopped liver. Nearly the whole dinner, every moment that Alicja would get up from the table to grab something from the kitchen, Cady would call for her. She also decided that she would ignore every request that I made which is sooo not her! So as Cady is exploring the house she is not only not listening to me, but she is pushing pretty much every one of my buttons that she possibly can. So as she is exploring the house and pushing my buttons she manages to try and grab for some breakable items on a glass shelf. In my effort to stop her from grabbing the items, I knock the shelf over and the glass items are about to fall onto the glass shelf below. I'm holding this glass shelf with one hand trying to balance the items so they don't fall off and with the other hand I'm holding Cady back who is still trying to grab the breakables, so I have to yell for Rob, who is eating, to come help which of course attracts the attention of the whole table who are now watching me try to balance this shelf without breaking anything. Classy! Cady is bored by all of this and goes to sit on Alicja's lap. I take my place back at the table to find an empty plate. Rob was *helping* me by eating what was left. In fairness, he didn't realize that I wasn't done and that I had only left the table to chase after Cady, but what a bummer to come back to an empty plate!
It was really a nice night all-in-all. It was a nice change to have a family style Thanksgiving sitting at a table rather than the usual buffet-style-balance-the-plate- in-your-lap style Thanksgiving that we have every year. Although it's a little tough to be totally dismissed by Cady when Alicja is around, it's also incredibly reassuring to know that Cady is with someone five days out of the week that she loves and that loves her back.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Best Thankgiving Ever!

We had one of the best Thanksgivings that I can remember! We had two other couples over that we both really get along with in every way. They also brought their kids, so Cady's two best friends were there as well. One of them is 3 weeks older than Cady and the other is 3 months older but they all get along so well. They ran through the house all night chasing each other, squealing, pushing each other around in the stroller, playing with toys. I found myself with the hugest grin plastered on my face most of the night. I'd have to say that Cady absolutely loved Thanksgiving. She and the other kids, could care less about the food though. I think that painting our house with cranberries was the only thing the food was good for in their eyes. It was absolute chaos the entire night. I've never been good with a lot of noise and chaos but this is different. There was a moment when I raised my glass and toasted to the chaos. At that point all of us parents were like "yikes, this is mighty stimulating here" and by toasting to it and our fortune to have such wonderful chaos in our lives, well, I think it reframed it for all of us. This is good chaos and memories in the making!

Look how grown up she looks in these pictures we took last night on our way to PetSmart!!

Jerimy, the Tickle-Monster!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Santa, Take 1!

My friend and I went to the mall this morning with the kids. We passed Santa and noticed that he had NOBODY in line so we took the kids up. As soon as I approached Santa, she yelled "No no no no no" and clung on to me for dear life. The Santa was SUPER cool. He didn't push himself on her and was really great. He tried to get her to do a high five, pulled out the HO-HO-HO and asked her if she wanted to touch his beard. She wasn't having it. My friend suggested that she let her kid (one week older than Cady) in his lap and then Cady might do it. Well, he did the same thing as Cady did. Santa made some head-way by giving Cady a candy cane pencil and eraser which she wanted so bad that she was willing to go up to him, take it and say thank you and bye bye. He said to bring her by everytime we go to the mall and he'll walk up to the gate if he's not super-busy and let her see him so that he starts to become a familiar person to her.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Don't you have somewhere you have to be?

So, in the morning I bathe, dress, and feed Cady and brush her teeth before her nanny, Alicja, shows up. Today Alicja shows up. Before I leave I shut the bathroom door so Cady doesn't play in there. Cady follows me (as does Alicja) gets on her stepstool and grabs her toothbrush. I forgot to brush her teeth.

Cady used to like when I brushed her teeth, up until last month. But we started her on a star chart and so now she loves to have her teeth brushed b/c she loves picking a star at the end. She LOVES it, okay? So, I grab her toothbrush and go to brush her teeth and she SCREAMS, grabs her brush from me and starts yelling, "No, no, no, no, no, no!" I take it back, tell her it's important to brush her teeth and that she'll get a star. She clenches her mouth, grabs her brush and SCREAMS, "NO!!" Then she looks at Alicja (who of course is witnessing all of this) and then she looks at me, makes the sign for work and YELLS, "Mommy go work!" I leave the bathrooom to grab my purse (and to conceal laughter b/c I've just been dismissed by a toddler). I come back to give her a kiss goodbye and who is standing happily at the sink having her teeth brushed by Alicja. Oh yeah! I am so glad she loves her nanny and wants to spend time with her, but man, it burns just a little to be dismissed by an 18 month old. I didn't think this happened till adolescence!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In the news...

It's been 10 days but I think I'm out of blog fuel. What can I say?
Cady is back to calling her daddy, "Rob"
She has a crazy dance that involves, spinning, jumping, bopping and hair wagging.
After a LOT of practice and determination she has learned to jump
She is absolutely into books. It's her favorite thing to do and storytime is a constant request.
She's talking in sentences.
She wears our shoes and walks around

She's being VERY bossy. She tells us when to stop singing. She patrols the kids in music class and thinks that she is in charge of clean-up time.
She's singing. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is her favorite.
She climbs and climbs and climbs.
She is a hoot the last hour before bedtime when she just loves to tickle, roughhouse and give hugs and kisses.
She goes down the slide all by herself, which is a big achievement in her eyes.
Oh, and she still gets crazy bed head!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Going for a walk...

Me and Daddy took Dolly for a stroller ride down to the lake.

I had to stop on the way to pick some dandelions out of the neighbors yard.
Then I had to blow them

My daddy took me down the slide

And I gave him a big hug because I lived to tell about it!