It's been a busy couple of months for our family! It was fun to see you really enjoy the holidays for the first time. And of course your 2nd birthday was a very big deal – you asked for cupcakes and a purple present and you got both three times over (one celebration with each set of grandparents!). You used to call yourself a “little girl” but now that you are two you insist on being called a “big girl”!
Dollies were the theme of the season for both Christmas and birthday presents. It's a good thing you love them! You got a diaper bag and a baby carrier for your favorite baby and you love to carry one or more dolls around, feeding them, putting them to bed and changing their clothes (I guess I actually do that part!). You have another favorite toy that you ask for daily and play with for extended periods of time: wooden “paper” dolls that have changeable faces and can be dressed with scraps of fabric. Definitely qualifies as toy of the year in my book!
Thanksgiving was crazy – we had a “progressive Thanksgiving” with the LaFrances and Slacks on Thursday (appetizers at Slacks, main meal at our house, and dessert at Grammie's) then on Friday we had twenty-some of our friends-without-family-in-the-area over for a “second Thanksgiving”.
December 4-9 was a trip to Texas (so your actual birthday was celebrated there!). You were great on the airplane, though you weren't too keen on laying down for a nap when told. I ended up having to hold you in my arms for the whole nap, but I wouldn't have traded those sweet moments for the world! Last year in Texas was challenging as you were both sick and shy. This year you opened up and had a blast! You loved going to the zoo with “my uncles” and you even got to have a special tea party with Grandma B. She also helped you and Isaac make and decorate sugar cookies.
For Christmas we headed to Minnesota and on Christmas day our whole family got to sled together on the snow pile in Grandpa Curt's property. At first Daddy just pulled you in a sled on the slick driveway, but soon you insisted on going down the hill. By yourself. Over and over again! You were a big helper for Grandma Kim, pulling up a chair in the kitchen several different times and asking, “Can I help with something?” Santa Claus showed up at the Flanegan Christmas party and called your name but you buried your face in my shoulder. Now, however, you refer often to the “socks that Santa gave me”.
Daddy and I often glance at each other in pleasure as you give us sweet looks, say charming things, and just bring such joy! You are so loving to everyone from “my brother” to “my daddy”. One day you told me “When Daddy gets home I will tell him, “Daddy I love you so much!”. And you did.