We had our first snow of the year the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It wasn't much, but it covered the ground and was enough for a few minutes of fun. We never took Sophie out in snow last year, so this was her first experience. She called if "fluffy" and seemed mostly ok with it. She absolutely loves snowmen ("meemen") so Dave made her a small one she could hold.
With her "meeman"
Her "platform boots" - we discovered that these boots were not good for snow. It sticks to the bottoms and would just build and build on her feet until we would knock it off.
These days if you ask Sophie if she is a big girl or a baby, she will always say "big girl," - and it's true. As much as I want her to stay little, she is growing up before my eyes, and I am amazed at how much she learns from day to day. Sometimes I swear her brain is literally exploding.
We can sometimes negotiate with her now to either avoid a tantrum, or end one. She knows so many words, and some of her colors. She has also learned to smile at me and say "pease" (please) when she wants something, and I almost always give in. She loves to give hugs and kisses, and one of her favorite games is to make all her animals kiss each other. She also loves the potty, but I'm not ready to cross that bridge yet.
She has started to recognize and love characters. Current favorites are Santa, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Daniel Tiger, Curious George, Cinderella, and Nemo.
The other day I put her hair in a pony tail for the first time - wow that made her look grown up.
She has become more imaginative in her play and has gotten better at entertaining herself
And the other day she learned how to open doors. So far she has only used this ability to throw away trash, but I bet it won't be long before she starts getting into things that used to be off limits.
I have several pictures from the last month that never made it into a post and rather than just skip over them I've decided to combine them all into one random post. This blog is basically our family journal and I don't want to forget the little stories connected with each photo!
Spirit Day at school - the theme was "mustache" day. I borrowed my mustache from Sophie's Mr. Potato head and am proud to say I kept it on the whole day. Dave told me I looked like a muppet, and I think I agree.
Unfortunately this fashion statement is not for Spirit Day. I just happened to put on one black boot and one brown boot when I got ready in the morning. Too bad I didn't notice until after I had been to two stores and then gone to work.
Rockin' a killer mohawk
Sophie's current obsession is coloring. It's something she asks to do almost every day so she was pretty excited that someone left all their sidewalk chalk at the park. We colored until it started to get dark and then I had to carry her home under my arm kicking and screaming because she didn't want to leave.
Painting pumpkins at the aquarium. She looked so cute in her "smock" - a mens shirt that I had to roll the sleeves about 6 times before it fit. I let her do the paint all by herself and she only got one little smudge on her face.
At the aquarium with daddy enjoying the indoor playground. We love coming here! Dave ran her around for 2 hours and then brought her home for an impressive 3 hour nap!
Our dryer died a week ago. It would still tumble, but there was no heat so nothing would dry. Since it was a used dryer, we figured it wasn't worth repairing. I started searching the classifieds and after a week of drying everything pioneer style, we were able to get a replacement for $100. I love our new dryer and am so thankful for modern appliances!