Wednesday, January 23, 2013


This week, dear Tessaroo:

-- You deepened your obsession with books, asking everyone (Nonni included) to "read it, book" and snuggling with joy when someone takes you on her lap to read.

-- You put on an accent for the first time, deepening your voice, pretending to talk on the phone and saying, "Hello? Who dat? Name of Tess. How a' you? Gooood."

--You've started to mimic everything your big sister does and says. I know you'll soon have an excellent vocabulary. 

-- Favorite story: Still pretty obsessed with Big Red Barn but Rosalind and the Little Deer was in heavy rotation. Favorite song: To sing, Jingle Bells (ha) and to hear, All Through the Night.

-- I discovered you know the ABC song. I am amazed at your vast knowledge for someone who is 20.5 months.

-- You spontaneously started saying, "I luss you, mama" and "I luss you, Emmaline, kiss" and giving us kisses. Such a love baby.

This week, sweet Em:

-- You pretended to be an Arctic explorer, got licked by a cow and your third loose tooth is extra wiggly.

-- You asked repeatedly when it will be spring. Let's hope soon, love. 

-- You wanted to dance with Tess every day and said she was your bride. She sometimes cooperated. You are a very gentle and patient big sister. You make me proud every day.

-- Favorite story: Peter in Blueberry Land. Favorite song: "Hop Up My Ladies" by Elizabeth Mitchell

-- You planned a ball to which "every illegible man" was invited and wore an old dress of mine, proclaiming, "My mother used to be fancy until she married my father." Ha! When I asked what type of music we should play, you firmly said, "A waltz. Decidedly." You are so smart.

-- You declared pumpkin soup to be your new favorite food. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

the 52 project, week 2

Starting a week late, I know, but inspired nonetheless. The 52 Project = take a portrait of your child(ren) each week for a year to mark how they change. Beautiful idea. Here goes.

Emmaline/ Em/ Blueberry/ Blue/ Bluest

--- This week you learned to whistle. For real. No more "woohooing" instead. 

--- You begged to stay up to "read" later than usual and went through about 20 books.

--- You were obsessed with the idea of a locket so "Tess and Mama and Daddy could be close to my heart."

--- Favorite story this week: The Snow Queen.

--- You made a giant snowman with Daddy in the wet snow and tried not to cry when he fell over. 

--- You carried water to the chickens without being asked, and fed Mittens too. 

Tess/ Tessaroo/ Buttercup/ Noodle/ Noodlebug

--- This week you started saying "peek-a-doo" when playing hide and seek.

--- You started to call "nanoor" "pillownurse" instead. 

--- You truly started to "smi-ow" for the camera, as evidenced here. 

--- Favorite story this week: Big Red Barn.

--- You played pretend with your sister for the first time; your dolls were sledding down the mountains of your pillows. 

--- You still dislike the snow, but enjoyed our walks in the woods on my back.