Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
you know what... I don't really want you to take my picture
I'd really really prefer that we not take my picture right now, I'm SLEEPY!
Unfortunately we waited till after the service and lunch to try to take her picture and she didn't want to stop playing AND was getting sleepy. So it was not a great success, oh well!
I will happily take a picture if Mommy will hold me!
And I am REALLY happy to take a picture with Mommy AND Daddy!
My good buddy Mia looks almost as cute as me! ;)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Daddy was at the table and was about to throw his head back and gargle some tea the other day (Mommy has been dilligently trying to break Daddy of these bad table manners that HANA will pick up and he is slowly learning that she will copy him). Just as he was about to gargle he stopped himself and I congratulated him. Then I said, "Hey Hana, your Daddy is as smart as he looks!" and Hana says "UH OH!!!!" We all died laughing!
Today I asked her if she wanted something, I can't remember what it was at the moment, and she goes... "uhhhhhh, Yea-NOPE!"
She has incredible vision! She spots things, TINY little pictures of Mickey or Pooh or a bow-wow, from way far away in a moving car! It amazes me.
Her favorite phrases right now... "yubs sh00uuu" (I love you) and "hol shoouuuuu" (Hold you) We hear these a MILLION times a day!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Lately, it is almost like I have amnesia or something, I forget that she is adopted and I wonder why I don't remember being pregnant with her or giving birth to her. She is so much like us, has so many similar characteristic that could not have been "learned" and I am just amazed that I didn't give birth to her. I truely forget! I totally understand now those parents who introduce their family and say, "one is adopted but I forget which one!"
She is also such a healthy eater! She has FINALLY started to eat some sweet things. She'll take a piece of chocolate now and then, or some ice cream, but she never wants a lot, she doesn't want anymore after a few bites. She LOVES veggies! We sit down to eat and the first bowl she grabs is her salad, scarfs it down and asks for more. This evening we had stir fry and she was picking out the spinach, onions and mushrooms with her fingers. Her FAVORITE food by far is cucumbers. On the walk back from the market the other day she asked for a cucumber from the shopping bag and ate the whole thing by the time we got back home. Everyone we passed on the street thought it was so amazing and cute! I agreed!
She is talking so much more these days, and is using more English with each passing day so Mommy feels better about that. Her favorite two things to say in Japanese though are "what's that" and "look". Daddy and I try to always tell her "say it in English" before we respond. So now, whenever I use the phrase "say it in English" even though she is trying to say something else, she immediately says "look". If I shake my head no and don't respond, she will then blurt out "what's", if I still don't respond she will say, "that". (cracks me up that she trys saying "what's that" in two different tries) And if I still don't respond, she starts babbling nonsense! It is so funny! Then I coach her on what to say and she repeats it. so funny!
Hana said the prayer for us at dinner tonight for the first time. When we held hands to pray, she started babbling with her head bowed, so Daddy asked her to say the prayer. She just grinned and stared at us. So I told her what to say and she said it! TOOOOOOOOOOOO precious for words. I nearly cried.
After the years of infertility we dealt with I can not believe I am so blessed to be this little Angel's Mommy. She is straight from heaven and we are so blessed!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Onigiri (rice ball) = oninini (SO CUTE!)
Tonight we had a concert. There was this one little grandpa there and she just LOVED him, and he was sooooo flattered! They were so cute together.
On the way home, she was looking at a map, she LOVES maps in the car because Daddy looks at them in the car too. and she and Baba (grandma) were talking and she was telling Baba what everything on the map was. Then Baba asks, "is this my house?" and Hana says so matter-of-fact "ummmm, nope!" It was so funny, that matter-of-fact so adult sounding answer.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
The other thing that is really interesting is that she clearly knows evil things are scary too, without us ever having taught her this. Obviously frightening LOOKING things make her scared, but she also is afraid of small Buddhist statues, the things around temples and shrines, and so forth.
Recently at a friends house she saw a butsudan (the small shrine to the dead inside some people's homes, pictured right) and she would not go anywhere near it. It is simply a decorative wooden cabinet with a picture of the deceased nearby, sometimes a statues inside, some candles burning, and a place for "worshippers" to kneel and light incense and pray. She hated it, and wouldn't even go into the room where the butsudan was. We were driving near her grandparents house recently and there is a street corner that has a small Buddhist alter with a stone statue inside. She began to point and say "kowai, kowai (scary)" when we were near that alter. We later asked her grandmother is she had taught her that this alter is evil, and "ba-ba" said "no, but everytime we go near there she tells me it is scary."
Her little spirit knows!
Children are amazing...
Thursday, October 19, 2006
DVD's Hana loves...
Winnie the Pooh
Mickey and Minnie
Anything with ABC's or educational (SHE LOVES ABC's, 123's, shapes and color educational stuff)
18 months sizes fit her perfectly right now, especially since she is already in big girl panties and they are made for children still wearing diapers. 24 months stuff, is a little too big BUT she will grow into them. You make the call...
Clothing NEEDS -- warm winter PJ's, warm coat, shoes (size 4), outfits
she loves blocks, legos, baby dolls (LOVES LOVES LOVES to care for baby dolls, feed and cloth them, put them to sleep, etc.), drawing and coloring, finger painting, stacking things, pretending to cook and shop.
Other things Hana loves... she loves pictures of her family members (I make her little laminated pictures into a booklet), she loves video of family members
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Until now she has played peek-a-boo in Japanese (inai-inai-ba) but recently a friend played it in English with her little girl and Hana picked up on it. Now she says "peep-a-ba!" using the Japanese ending of ba, with peek-a-boo! too cute.
Some other new words and phrases...
cumbers (cucumbers - her FAVORITE food)
and more I can't remember right now
She loves brushing her teeth too and comes to me saying "mama..." and then sticks her finger in her mouth and rubs it back and forth on her teeth! Makes me laugh almost every time.
She has stepped up her pretend play a lot the last couple days. Yesterday she came to me and said "mommy, money" and held her hand out. She had a bag on her shoulder and she pointed at the door and said go. So I went along and asked her if she was going shopping and she said "yea" and asked for money again. So I handed her some pretend money and off she went. In a few minutes she came in yelling "okaeri" (means "welcome home" it is what the person inside the house is supposed to say to you in Japanese when you get home. The person returning is supposed ot say "tadaima" but she uses the wrong word, so cute) She came and showed me what she bought and asked for more money. I pretended to pull more out of my pocket and give it to her and off she went again. She did this over and over again. Then she did it again this evening. It is so cute how she packs up a bag before she leaves. And today she went so far as to ask for the car keys! OH MY, asking for money and the car ALREADY! I'm not ready for this!
I have also noticed that when she is coloring and drawing, she now names what she is drawing or has drawn. Today some scribbled squiggly lines were a plane and a bow-wow. Quite the imagination. She also did finger painting today and was telling me what things she was painting. This is new, until now she asks us to draw those things for her.
We haven't had any accidents and a long while! She is a pro at the potty!
we are doing great!
Monday, October 16, 2006
and she liked the rocks and dirt, and the "pool" (a little river nearby) better than the real flowers. But we go visit blooming flowers when we can because our little Hana (her name means flower in Japanese) is so cute in pictures with them!
This one is blurry but so sweet!
Last week we cared for our friend's baby, Mia, for a few hours. Hana LOVED it! They played together, shared toys, and Hana loved and loved on Mia, giving her lots of hugs and kisses.
Okay, this is boring, why do I have to sit here when all those kids out there are having so much fun!!!
Oh boy, what are we out here with everyone for??? What do I get to do!?
I got one I got one!!!!!!!! (she was supposed to run get her prize and the head straight out of the area, but she knew where Daddy was and she was going to him to show him her prize, made a B-line for him and couldn't be redirected! it was so cute!)
The other fun thing to do at sports days, COVER yourself with dirt! from head to toe!!!!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
First of all a disclaimer, she doesn't really want me to put her hair up much these days, so I feel like she looks like a shaggy mess. I may cut it a little soon, I was wanting to grow it out a bit more before cutting it, but it looks so shaggy all down, so we'll see. Anyways, she's a real hoot! Enjoy
When we studied "B" in preschool, we blew lots of bubbles one day. Now she asks for bubbles on a regular basis. She likes to catch them in her mouth! yuck!
Every where we go she makes friends with any little kid who is willing! This little girl and Hana had fun but she wouldn't let go of Hana's hand and after a while, Hana didn't like that very much! too funny
She loves to drink out of cups by herself, and it usually ends up all over her, as you can see here. And she loves to check out the high chairs in every restaurant, she proudly crawls up in them and sits down for a while with a fervent "Mommy too, Mommy too!" as she pats the chair next to her!
Cell phones are one of her favorite "toys". Most of the time Mommy and Daddy don't let her play with ours (she actually calls people when we do) so she loves when someone else is around who will relinquish their cell phone into her control. On a recent car trip she found a willing friend in the back seat who would let her play with the cell phone. This is her having a conversation with the imaginary person on the line. She does this often, goes on and on, inserting pauses for the other person to speak, she even raises her voice and gets "stern" with them or excited, and then says "bye". I have tried to catch video of it, but as soon as she sees to video camera she stops.
Hanging out with Daddy in the tent. She LOVE playing with Daddy. "Daddy pay, Daddy pay!" pay = play
Monday, October 09, 2006
her newest fad is Ice Cream! I gave a little as a snack a few days ago and watch out, her goal is to get it for almost every meal! She can open the freezer (on the bottom of the fridge here in Japan) and pull it out. She asked for it for breakfast yesterday! It is so cute, I only mentioned what it was once, but she remembered it, and talks about it a lot. She calls it "I keen"
She hasn't had any accidents in I don't know how long so she's doing great with the potty. She has been waking up in the middle of the night some lately so that can be a pain. She wants to get in bed with us, and if she does that she sleeps ON ME and tosses and turns the whole rest of the night. So a couple times we've had to put her back in her bed and let her cry herself back to sleep. We haven't had to cry it out for a VERY long time, so it is kind of crazy. But usually it only takes a couple times, and she knows Mommy and Daddy are seriously not coming back and she gives up quickly, so we'll see. Two nights ago we were in a hotel, and last night she was so tired she didn't wake up, so we'll see how tonight goes.
This morning we went to the kindergarten where I teach English and watched their sports day. WOW, Japan is SERIOUS about sports days. I've always heard what a big deal they are, but to see it was AMAZING. Talk about preperation, I mean it ran like clockwork, and everything went perfectly. Hana LOVED playing in the dirt, she covered herself with it. I really enjoyed watching my kids, they did a dance I helped to make up too, and they were so awesome! It was a great day. Hana did one activity for preschoolers, they did a little race to go grab a prize, she wouldn't do it alone though. Most of the other kids didn't either! Then once later she go ahold of a ball that needed to be returned to the teachers, and she went out into the middle of all the kids to try to give it back. No one even seemed to notice she was there and she came back with the ball after half the group had laughed at her cute little attempt to return the ball.
That's life these days for us!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
She is still doing wonderful with potty training. But we have had a couple of accidents, one here at home, and ONE at a concert!!!!!!!! I was mortified, everyone else thought it was so cute???!!! It was a concert at a community center and all the mothers were like "Oh it takes me back." They just laughed it all off. They were so helpful cleaning up and didn't care at all. But that has been all the accidents we've had. She is still even dry at night and in the morning will even wake up and play for a while before going to the potty. She amazes me with her ability to "hold it". She EVEN told us she needed to go teetee during the bath the other night and truely needed to go. Then she has even told us on car trips too! She also consistently asks to be taken right before bed and nap times. It is cute, it is her way of putting off going to bed for a few minutes, but she also goes for me and that makes Mommy feel less worried that she might go in her sleep or wake up and go before I can get to her.
She still loves ABC's, shapes and learning. She is into Veggie Tales and Dora the Explorer videos right now too. The hilarious thing is, she calles Veggie Tales videos "bobby". It took me forever to figure out why. She is mixing up Bob and Larry's names, Bobby! I love it!!! She gets Gummies after going potty for me and calls those "bummy". Oh and get this, she LOVES chewing gum. I should have known that my child who loves to stuff her cheeks with fold and hold it there for forever would be good at chewing gum. We give her our CyberWize chewing gum which all natural and actually good for her, so I don't mind her chewing it. but I am amazed that a two year old can chew gum. AND she calls it "bum"!!! She likes to get some when we get in the car so she starts yelling "bum, bum, bum" from her car seat every time we go somewhere. She always has new words she is using but at the moment I can't seem to recall any.
She is a joy to parent!
Saturday, September 23, 2006
1. She has been perfectly dry for two weeks or more.
2. She is in big girl panties at night too, and has been perfectly dry at night for a LONG time. (Only one wet night in a diaper about a week 1/2 ago)
3. She is telling me consistently throughout the day when she needs to go, or she happily goes when I tell her she needs to (if we are going to be in the car for a while or something).
Only thing left, when does she start taking herself???
It was so easy, I am so glad for all those months of taking her to the potty as often as possible even when she was still in daipers. So worth it! We saved who knows how many diapers over the last two years, and it was such an easy smooth transition for her, nothing tramatic about it. The potty has always been a part of everday life, we just polished off there at the end. I will definitley follow the same process with the next baby (and any others after???). I highly HIGHLY recommend it, you could never start too early with using the potty.
I can hardly believe it, no more diapers!?
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Today she asked me, after her nap...
Mommy atsui too? (atsui = hot) 'Mommy are you hot too?'
She had sweat a whole lot during her nap time, and I thought that was funny.
She is sooooooooooo happy these days, I mean ALWAYS happy and smiling and squeeling and running around. I don't know what has got her in such a good mood constantly but I hope we can keep it this way. She hasn't been grumpy in a long time.
Potty training is really REALLY going well. She has not had an accident in almost 3 days (I think, I lose track) and she had one night time wet diaper this week. She is telling me almost always now, that she needs to go. There are just a few occassions throughout the day that I take her because of the amoutn of time it has been since she went.
She learned the letter P somehow, I have no idea how, but she knows that one now too. And she is getting better about saying her numbers. She says three now, and she doesn't call EVERY number two anymore, but 5 is still 2 to her and she insists that it is a two. She looks at me like I am crazy when I tell her it is a 5. She also says 2 for S's. they look very similar.
smart little cookie I got here, and so much fun!
Friday, September 15, 2006
Yesterday Hana had a fever and by late evening was telling me she needed to go teetee like every 20 or 30 minutes. so I thought she may have a bladder infection. Turns out she doesn't but somehow, that couple of hours of telling me so often she needed to go, made something click in her brain and she is now totally telling me she needs to go. I only asked her twice today if she needed to go and she said no and meant it. All the rest of the day she came and found me and told me. I even didn't take her right after her nap but waited for her to ask to go, and she did eventually without any accidents. I am tempted to declare her totally potty trained, BUT I will wait because she changes so much sometimes. and she seems to be in a phase of wanting me to treat her like a baby, she wants me to hold her milk cup and let her drink while being held like a baby, and she is even wanting to nurse lately! I can't believe she remembers it, but being around a few babies recently has triggered her memory I guess. I'm not letting her (I'm too afraid she would bite me) but she seems to want to go back to being a baby a little bit. So I am cautious about the potty too. Plus she isn't totally night time dry yet. So I am keeping her in diapers at night.
Other than that, all is well. She is so happy and fun these days. We are doing good with pre-school, it is just a short part of our mornings or afternoons (30 min. to an hour or so) but she really enjoys it. She just loves learning and I want to keep it fun! What a joy raising a two year old is. She is also so so so obedient. I am very proud of how obedient she is. I can not remember the last time I really had to get onto her. She is just so much fun!!!
I took some video today of blowing bubbles during pre-school AND I have some pics, I'll get those up soon, but for now Mommy is off to bed.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
We had another perfect potty day, after two accidents late yesterday (I think). I can't figure out if one of them was a teetee accident, OR a spilled drink. but I had to clean it up either way, so I count it as an accident, in her CAR SEAT no less!!!
She's doing pretty good about telling us she needs to go, but I still have to take her from time to time against her will, especially when she is busy and distracted by a lot of people. She is just like her Daddy, LOVES to be around people, and stops being aware of EVERYTHING else in the world when with a group of her favorite people.
She is such an odd mix of being shy and other times not being the least bit scared of a stranger. Today she went straight to two men she doesn't know. They were both sweethearts, and she can spot a sweet man from a mile away. She just KNOWS! I pray she keeps that up and ALWAYS only wants to have anything to do with sweethearts.
We start home preschool tomorrow. I just pray I can keep it up, I have three weeks planned out. This week we study A, next week B, and next week C. I have a game or an art project, songs and Bible lessons planned. It will only take about an hour or so each morning. But I thought it would be good for us, sort of a trial homeschool venture! It will be interesting to see how she responds to it. I don't know if she is going to like the structure or not. As structured as games and playing with letters can be for a two year old. But we'll see!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
We went to play with Corkey today and it was so fun. She even inspired Corkey to use the potty several times while we were there. Corkey's Mommy as like, "Come back ANY time and motivate Corkey again to use the potty!" My little inspiration!!! LOL!
I was going to blog about something else she has been doing lately and now I can't remember what it was. Maybe I'll remember later.
I remembered what I was going to write. The funniest thing she does right now. When we see a knat or a misquito I always try to kill it by clapping my hands together and trying to catch it in mid-air. So now, when Hana sees bugs flying around, she'll say "Mommy, Mommy!!" and then enthusiastically clap her hands together while staring up in the air at the bug, pretending to follow it around with her eyes! So funny!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
"Daddy, Mommy, Moon 'something something' BOW-WOW! BOW-WOW, BOW-WOW 'something something' moon, moon, bow-wow!"
She kept going on and on about the moon and bow-wow. At first I couldn't figure it out and she was so adament that Daddy and I understand her. She was getting all worked up saying it over and over again. Then I realized, since I was a little girl, I thought there appeared to be a bunny rabbit in the moon. To me, the moons craters sort of look like a bunny rabbit. I don't know if anyone else sees this, but I always have. Well it seems Hana sees something similiar because I finally said, "ohhh, Hana do you see a bow-wow in the moon?" And she got so excited, "YEA" she says, "Moon, 'something something' BOW-WOW" And on and on all the way home. She sees a puppy dog in the moon! I thought that was so creative. I don't know, maybe you can see one too?
This is the best pic I could find on the web, and it is really too clear to see what the naked eye sees in the sky at night, but maybe you can make out my rabbit (Hana's puppy dog) it looks like he is laying on the moon on the upper left hand side. He is arching his back, so his face is upside down on the upper right, and his feet down at the bottom left. You can sort of see two ears coming out of the top of the head, he's got huge eyes and a huge nose, his body is just weird blotches, but you can sort of see two feet at the bottom left??? Maybe?
I just think it is so wild that Hana sees the same thing, a shape of an animal in the moon! MY DAUGHTER!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
She is such a happy baby these days too. Mommy and Daddy being home and not so busy has made a big difference in her personality. She is so fun, and playful. She is pretty good about letting me get things done and playing by herself too. She is watching way too many videos while I work on other stuff right now, but when I get the house in order I hope to start some morning homeschool pre-K acitivites. Just simple stuff, coloring numbers and letters, etc. We are going to costco this afternoon and I am going to see if I can find some good coloring books, etc.
She's talking like crazy too. Putting together three words sometimes. Like "teetee no go" and "Mommy, eata kore" eata is Hana's way of saying eat. I don't know why she puts the a on the end? And kore means this in Japanese. So she is mixing the languages. she is also into possession. She must declare what is whose. Hana's booka (she also adds a to the end of book). Mommy's bowl, Daddy's bowl, Nana's bowl (she calls herself Nana). When she sees objects and she knows who they belong to, she tells me. It's so cute.
Mama, has also almost completely disappeared. I'm Mommy now most of the time. Dada left her vocab a while back, but she slowly started switching back and forth between Mama and Mommy, but the last few days I don't recal hearing Mama at all. I thought I would be sad to not hear Mama anymore, but it doesn't matter what she calls me, it is so precious to hear that sweet little voice calling my name.
She is still over stuffing her cheeks with food, but is getting good about understand that she has to chew and swallow it all before she gets more food. We have had a few stand offs where she refussed to chew and swallow, especially one with Daddy that lasted almost two hours. They are both very hard headed. LOL! but she hasn't done that again since Daddy outlasted her. Sometimes it takes her 15 or 20 minutes, and yesterday she wet her pants because I wouldn't let her out of her high chair until she chewed up and swallowed what was in her mouth. But she is slowly learning that we mean business, and she might be getting better about not stuffing her mouth as full as she used to. Maybe!
she's suck a joy to me! She really is so very obedient for a two year old. There are days that the level of her energy drives me nuts, the constant, "Mommy, mommy, mommy!!!" and chatter chatter chatter, and when she gets really hyper! But at the same time it is precious, and it is well within the boundaries of normal. I have seen much worse. And she is easy to control, even when she gets hyper! She's a good good girl.
Monday, September 04, 2006
She still fusses a little when I make her go sit on the potty but she is getting better about just accepting it and calming down. Or teeteeing as she cries. Which is still so funny.
We're doing good! It will just be a matter of time before I can relax a little bit. We have had any BIG accidents where she made a puddle on the floor in 4 days, so we're doing good.
this Mommy stuff is so fun!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
This really is FUN! If I sound like I'm complaining, well, I'm having the time of my life!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Hana has technically been potty training for 19 months! Yes, that is correct, 19! However, it has been an awesome experience. When Hana was very young I heard about infant potty training. I was fascinated and decided to try it. Hana caught on very quickly. She always pooped just after eating and I knew basically when she was going to pee most of the time too, so I started taking her to the potty or holding her over a bowl, and she would do it! I started using specific words when she did her thing and before long I could tell her what to do and she often would. By about 7 months it was not uncommon to go through a whole day without her ever wetting or dirtying a single diaper. However, when she started crawling she stopped being so predictable and didn't want to go sit on the potty, and we regressed a little. She has almost always poopied in the potty since the beginning but teetee has been off and on from this point.
Several months back I tried big girl panties but it didn't work, we had lots of messes and a very cranky mommy and baby! So I sort of continued to take her to potty when I could and just let her wear diapers. I began to wonder if I couldn't accomplish potty training IN diapers, but over the last month have realized she just KNOWS she can choose to go in her diaper. After meals she is happy to go the potty and even asks to be taken but any other time she prefers her diaper and gets mad if forced to sit on the potty.
So I decided the only way to get over that is to take away the diapers, and that we did. Yesterday was her first full day in big girl panties. She had one small accident in the morning and the rest of the day was perfect. Today so far has been perfect! She is even dry in the morning also. She fusses sometimes when I make her go if it is not after a meal (when she is happy to go), asking her if she WANTS to go ALWAYS gets a "no". So I just make her go and sit there when it has been two hours or more she last went. It is so funny, she will be crying and I tell her she has to put teetee in the potty or she can't get down. She then teetees as she is crying and then says "yea, teetee" while still crying! But what an obedient child! I have no idea why she doesn't want to go if it isn't after a meal, but the fussing is getting less intense with each visit.
I was thinking we would have to wear diapers when going out and at night, but so far it looks good. She went out for two little outings yesterday and did fine without a diaper, and the last two mornings she has woken up dry. She hates when I make her go first thing in the morning but she'll get used to it, she fussed less about it this morning than she did yesterday and the day before. So we may not even need diapers at night. I'm going to give her a few more days to be sure she is consistently still dry every morning.
The only baby thing left about my baby is she still sucks her thumb. Otherwise, she is feeding herself, talking like crazy, sleeping in an open bed, and now out of diapers. My baby isn't a baby anymore, she's a little girl!!!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Mommy keeps talking about this special day tomorrow where we are having something called a party and I am turning two. I don't know what it is all about really but I know one thing for sure, she is making something interesting in the oven and it is shaped like Pooh, and smells good! I helped her mix up some gunk to put in this pan shaped like Pooh and now it is sitting on the table after coming out of the oven. Mommy seems so excited about it but won't let me touch it though, and I sure want to know what that is. She's cutting out something and covering it with paper and putting Pooh on top of that. I wonder what that is for. OH, wait a minute, the washer just quite and Mommy went to get the laundry... hmmmm I wonder if she going to disappear upstairs for a while with the laundry like she always does. I'm not supposed to touch anything on the table up there, but Pooh is sitting there, and I could get a closer look while she isn't around. Here she comes with that basket full of clothes...
Hana, Mommy is going up stairs to hang out laundry to dry, ok?
ALRIGHT! There she goes, nows my chance. I can get up on that chair and then get a closer look at that Pooh thingy. Ohhhh, he looks so fun. I wonder what he feels like. OHHHH, he feels soft! oh and he tastes real good. Here's these scissors that Mommy was using to cut out his blue backboard, wonder if it would be fun to stab Pooh with the scissors. WOW, they go right through him! Weeeee, this is fun!!! UHOH, Mommy's back!!!!!!!
(And here is what partially amputated Pooh looked like when Mommy returned)
This is Mommy here.... at first I was so mad! But soon, I began to smile about it. Now I will have a great story to tell Hana about her second birthday! And what is a two year old without a little mischief! Although she did get punished for touching things on the table, because she knows she is not supposed to do that. I did not have time to make a whole new cake, so I just had to try and do my best with amputated Pooh. However, once decorated, you could hardly tell he'd been mauled! Here is the final product after I decorated him.
My fondest memories of my childhood birthdays are watching my Mommy make cakes for us. She would work so hard to make them and they turned out so fun and delicious. I remember watching in wonder as the gooey yummy icing came out of the icing bag in the weird shapes, and created my favorite character in bright colors. I always wanted to squeeze the icing out, but Mom would only let me do a tiny bit and then she would tell me she had to do the rest. I dreamed of the day I would do that for my babies, so I could squeeze the icing out on the WHOLE cake, all by myself!!! I've had this Pooh cake pan and the supplies to decorate it for years. It has been waiting for the day I could use it for one of my children! I finally got to use it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only did the pan fit into my NEW oven ( a miracle since my old oven couldn't hold the pan) but I think I did an OK job of decorating it! I can't wait to make more in the future!
Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl!!!!!!!
Today she is a rambunxious, happy, smart and sweet little two year old. She obeys really well for the most part (although I am beginning to understand what they mean by those terrible twos). She is not terrible at two but certainly more independent, getting a stronger temper and showing more willpower than before.
She LOVES her Mommy and Daddy and showers us with kisses and hugs though out the day. She is start to say "I love you" which is more like "wub you" but it is so precious to hear.
Her current fad is the "ABC's" she wants to sing the song about a million times a day and wants to see over and over again, one portion of a certain Mickey video where they sing it. When she tries to sing it her self it comes out (with the ABC song tune) as "A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C" and so forth. And where ever she sees writing (whether in English or Japanese) she squeels and explaims " ABC's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I have a set of Baby Einstein learning cards and she can identify the circle, oval, square, rectangle, and triangle when asked. And she can identify one and two. Her favorite number however is two, so every other number after that is always two, unless prompted to say the correct number by Mommy.She still absolutely adores bow-wows, but can identify many many animals. All of them are identified by the noise they make and not their actual name. So cats are "meow, meow" dogs are of course "bow-wow", horses are "neigh-neigh", ducks are "ga-ga" (the Japanese noise they make), lions and tigers are "rahhhh", and so forth.
She absolutely loves Hermie the caterpillar! We watch that movie a couple times a day (she demands it imediatley after breakfast and potty trip are done first thing in the morning) and she would want it to play continuously thoughout the day if I would let her. We discovered hermieandfriends.com and she loves for me to print out the coloring pages for her.She is just such a fun little girl.
She is talking so much now that I can't possibly keep record of all the words she knows. She picks up several new ones a day. She speaks in a mix of Japanese and English. It feels to me sometimes like she is constantly speaking Japanese but really I think it isn't so bad. Most of her nouns are English and her verbs are mostly Japanese. She would be an interesting linguistics study. But Mommy and Daddy are as strict as we can be about making her say things in English before we respond. However, since we understand as readily what she is saying in Japanese sometimes we respond before we realize she said it in Japanese. It is taking a lot of self discipline for us both to reinforce the Enlgish in the home rule we have set up! She demonstrates to us all the time though that is understanding almost EVERYTHING we say. We also have to be careful in this area. She understands so much, in both languages!
I am so amazed to be her Mommy and so thankful to the woman who gave birth to her. She is heavy on my heart today as well as the other family (birth grandparents and other extended) who may be thinking of her especially today. I wish they could also know this precious ray of sunshine and watch her grow. I would love to say thank you to them today and everyday for this amazing and precious gift of my daughter.I can not believe two years have flown by. I wish I could slow down the clock, and at the same time I can not wait to see what a beautiful young lady this amazing daughter of mine turns out to be.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
A few weeks back she suddenly decided one day that Rocky is "Daddy" and not "DaDa". I couldn't believe it was such a sudden change, but she always says Daddy now. I miss it and I will be sad when mama becomes Mommy, if it ever does.
I'm also very sad that baby bed days are gone. She is in an open bed now (her baby bed left open like a big girl bed) and I just can't believe it. She made that transition herself too, she just didn't want to be down in that baby bed after sleeping on the floor and in the open so much the past weeks. I've been worried about her getting up by herself at night or in the morning, but she doesn't. At nap time and bed time, she stays put, and when she wakes up, she waits for us to come and get her. She never gets up herself. It amazes me.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
It was especially interesting to go watch my cousin Hayden do Karate! He was counting in Japanese and bowing and greeting people. I got so excited, and I was proud of him!
And the other really fun thing I got to do at my cousins Hayden's and Shane's house...
learn to DUNK the basketball!!!
I went to see Mim and Grandad in DeLeon too! Mim and I loved to play the piano together.
One other really fun part of this trip is meeting a bunch of Mommy and Daddy's old friends who now have kids too! That means more PLAY TIME!!!!!!! Yippeee!!!