Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jumping Beans

I know, I know...I haven't posted in ages. Trust me its for a moderately good reason...busy with work, busy with studying, busy with family. Holidays and whatnot.

Until I finally find the time to bring everyone properly up to speed, here's a lil' somthing to tide you over...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

She's a Maniac, Maaaaaniac...

It's important that everyone knows what a talented dancer Sophia has become...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bean to English Dictionary

There are about a thousand other updates that I need to post, but this is an entry that has been swirling in my brain for months now. Sophia talks so much now, and her little voice and baby lisp just kill me they are so cute. Some of her words are so funny to hear that they need to be shared with everyone. Sadly, a person can't get the full effect of the cuteness unless you hear it first hand, but I figure a little translation guide would be the next best thing...

1) "mommeeeee": aka, "mommy". When she's really tired or fussy, she'll scrunch up her face and then say "ooohhhh, mommeeeee". It's pretty adorable.

2) "daddheee": aka, "daddy". Dad is pretty much the coolest thing in the world lately. He's the go-to guy for all things fun.

2) "puhpeee" or "Loolee": the dog. She follows poor Lucy around the house all day every day looking for an opportunity to sit, lay, ride on, or in some other way torture the poor creature. Lucy, thankfully, is pretty patient.

3) "kihee" or "titty" or "Saffooo": that'd be the cat. Sappho is far less patient than the dog. On another note, I'm pretty grateful for the fact that Sophie doesn't say kitty much outside the house. I just imagine lots of raised eyebrows when my 17 month old is yelling for her "titty".

4) "boobee": depends on where we are. She's big on birds lately, and "birdy" usually comes out sounding like "boobie". Unfortunately, birdies are only outside, so there are quite a few "boobies" that the neighbors end up hearing. Sophie also really likes identifying body parts. In this case, I think the translation is pretty self explanatory. :/

5) "copper": no, she's not a fan of police shows. A couple weeks ago, we had a fire nearby and there were helicopters that kept flying by. She LOVES pointing out airplanes now. Almost all planes end up being coppers, however.

6) "oggee": not a ganster, although that would be pretty rad. This would be yogurt. Sophie would eat her body weight in yogurt.

7) "ermeal": oatmeal. If she's not eating yogurt, she's eating oatmeal. There are days where she eats it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

8) "dee doh": that would be her ding dong, otherwise known as her belly button. She's big on pulling up her shirt and showing it to you at various points during the day. She also has a book that she calls her tummy book where she likes to find the dee dohs on the monsters in the book.

9) "caca": before you start making poop jokes, let me clarify that "caca" is cracker. Crackers are anything small and crunchy, from cereal, to actual crackers. I popped a mint one time and she asked me for a cracker. :)

10) "cock": probably my favorite and most embarassing. This means clock. She likes to find them in various books, and she frequently asks to borrow ours (although she more frequently knows that the ones on our wrists are called watches).

11) "Suffee": she just started saying her own name. She usually will point to her chest when she says it, just in case the listener didn't originally know who she was talking about. :)

There are a ton more, but I wanted to give everyone my top 11. Being that I haven't blogged in about a century, there are lots of other updates. To tide everyone over until that long awaited day when I actually am completely up-to-date, here's a little taste of the cuteness that is my kid...



~enjoying a pretzel during our beach day with Jana and Ryden~

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In Memory of...

As most of you know, our nephew, Tyler Sikora, died just recently. He was an amazing individual with a beautiful spirit, and he will be missed by everyone who's life he ever touched. Whatever you might believe, Ty is in a better place now, and can play sports the way he always wished he could.

The day after Ty's death, he and his bother's friends organized a candlelight memorial at Crescenta Valley High School (where Tyler was playing basketball when his heart gave out). The pictures are a few from the vigil. The outpouring of support and emotion was extraordinary, and again a testament to how special Ty truly was...


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Call of the Wild

I think this one speaks for itself...

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...she's going to hate me for this one day...

Interior Designer for Hire.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

She's a Gourmet...

To be clear, Sophie dumped all her cheerios out of the bowl onto the living room floor. She proceeded to place them one by one back in the bowl and "drink" them individually.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

525,600 Minutes--Part Deux

One year. One year! How is Sophie already one year? I know every parent says it, but I really, really mean it. I can't BELIEVE that it's already been a year since Sophie was born. I've been playing the 'one year ago today' game for about a week now (I feel like play that game a lot...). One week ago yesterday , Tony and I undertook the task of walking all the way to the dog park in hopes of encouraging Bean to make her debut before my induction date. One week ago last Tuesday was the first day of my maternity leave. One week ago this Wednesday, I had my first panic attack because I realized I was about to become a parent. You get the idea. Now my baby is about to become a toddler. Exciting, but a little sad at the same time.

Since Thanksgiving (seriously, I'm the worst blogger ever. Who waits 4 months between entries?), there have been lots of exciting updates. Bean started walking New Years weekend. Just stood up and toddled from Tony to his mom like it was the easiest thing in the world. Granted, she looked like a drunken sailor at first, and there were plenty of crash and burn moments, but at this point, she looks like she's been doing it all her life! She even can squat down and pick things up without having to hold onto anything anymore (that's a skill, for those of you who are thinking, "big deal, I do that all the time!"). Sophie is also talking up a storm. Her favorite word is "hi", which she says to everyone and anything. You are usually greeted with a cheerful "hhhhiiiii" when you walk into her room to get her out of the crib. Strangers are persistently greeted as well on the streets. "Daddy" and "doggy" are interchangeable, and she will frequently repeat "dahdeee" until either Tony or Lucy appear. She's picked up a few signs also. Actually, she's known the sign for "light" (opening and closing your hand at the ceiling, although she kind of just twists her wrist back and forth) for awhile now, and is starting to finally remember the sign for "all done" (waving open palms face down back and forth), too. She can show you were her (or your) nose is, and pretty consistently can show you her belly and eyes too. Her other new trick to put the phone (or remote control, or calculator, or anything really with a keypad) next to her head. Not always her ear, but she seems to know that phones (or phone like objects) go next to your head. My kid rules. :)

We're doing a small bbq at my mom's house this weekend to celebrate her birthday. Mostly, we want to celebrate the fact that we made it through the first year unscathed, and that we managed to keep her alive. Go us! Some carne asade, some beer, and family and a few close friends is the perfect way to celebrate our amazing little girl.

I'm sure there is more I should be talking about, but I'm a little too nostalgic to be thinking much past Sophie right now. Stay tuned, and I might even update on Tony's and my happenings as well!



Three months (I don't have a younger pic available!)


Eleven months. How does that happen?! (P.s. She was having an interactive experience with some cottage cheese)