Monday, March 28, 2011

Funny Phases

Sora is learning new things so quickly and is going through several funny phases, which I know will be gone and forgotten about soon. I wanted to share them so that I will remember them later!

  • Showers! For some reason, one night she requested a shower instead of her nightly bath and she hasn't taken a bath for over a week since. She showers with the curtain open and Kyle or I helping her (mostly Kyle). It has really helped with rinsing her hair, which had become a big battle.
  • Excuses! I love excuses because they help easily explain why she can't have what she wants. She has started to pick up on some common themes, so when she doesn't get her way, she usually knows it's because of: "library" (when she wants a book she can't have), "grocery shopping" (when she wants more food that she can't have), "daddy office" (when she wants to know where daddy is). It takes a lot of the tantrum out of her disappointments.
  • Camera - this one is less than adorable. She knows that you can see the pictures on the back of the camera, but doesn't fully understand that we have to take her picture first. This one has ended in many meltdowns. Here is one of said meltdowns.

  • Running! She loves this game she made up, but now somehow it involves her sitting while Kyle and I run. Not sure how that happened, and we'll be putting an end to that one soon!
  • Doing everything for herself! She can put on her own pants, socks, baby legs, and shirts. She's still working on shoes, but she has to try to do it herself for a while before deciding mom or dad can do it instead. This has trickled over (ha - potty pun!) into her potty training. We started last Monday and I think we're almost officially done. It was the perfect timing apparently since she is so independent these days. She has decided though that she would rather go on the toilet than in her potty chair, which makes sense since Kyle and I use the toilet and not the potty chair (sorry for the funny mental picture). Here she is studying up on the potty subject. I got a bunch of books from the library about it, but had to cut her off after Kyle and I were sick of reading the same potty books OVER and OVER.
  • Playing! She is getting more imaginative and fun with Kyle, as well as more sweet and loving to the baby we watch twice a week. She is getting more into her "projects" and has mastered several things already. What a smartie :).  Here is Super Daddy, Super Sora, and Super Baby.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Video Star Part Six

Because of this and this, we have spent a lot of time indoors at home this past week. While we have been staying busy with tot school and "projects", we don't have a lot of great pictures to show for it. We did get some great video for you to enjoy of Sora doing the dishes.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Growing Up So Fast!!

Kyle and I take turns getting up with Sora on the weekends since her idea of sleeping in is not the same as ours. Sunday I woke up and came out to a super hero musical. Sora and Kyle were saving the living room from the evil cow (which you can see in the background below). Sora did a lot of dancing which led to the musical aspect of the super hero role play.

 It was great to see them engaged in such fun, imaginative play! Over the past few weeks, it seems like Sora has grown up so much! She has learned how to put on her own pants and socks (but can't pull them up all the way quite yet). She is definitely right handed though because she struggles with one foot every time, but the other one is super easy for her to do.

Her hair is crazy lately so we've been trying to encourage pigtails ("conies") more often. They make her look so old! She is definitely in a "Sora do it" stage, which is great. On Sunday, when we came home from a birthday party, she chose to go pee on her "green potty" three times in a row! That was followed by three pees on the floor, but it kick started us into potty training mode. Today, she didn't wear diapers and didn't have any accidents! I had very low expectations, because I didn't want to be disappointed about when she potty trained, and I'm still skeptical (again, I'd rather be skeptical than pushy) but she had a great first day! She'll be going to college before we know it!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spin Again

I made Sora a tutu for her birthday but couldn't get her to wear it at the time. Recently, I tried again and she loves it! There's a song we've heard a lot on Pandora lately that fits perfectly with the tutu spinning, and she loves hearing the song while wearing the tutu.

The last line of the son is "now no more spinning - you'll get too dizzy", which is obviously very appropriate.

Spring Bike Ride

Sora got a bike seat for her birthday, but with all the snow and ice on the roads, we haven't been able to use it yet. We still have a bunch of snow but with the temp soaring into the 50 degree range the roads are mostly snow free. Before the March Madness games started today we set out on our first bike ride of the spring. The camp actually has tons of mountain bikes in a barn all set and ready to go. We put Sora's new bike seat on a bike for Maleah and we were off to the races. 

Sora loved it for the most part. She did get pretty cold after a while and it was time to go home, it was REALLY time to go home. Maleah liked having Sora up front with her - it was easy to hear Sora when she talked (because she almost never stops talking) and it was easier to distract her when she started getting upset and cold. There will definitely be many more family bike rides as the weather improves!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Predictability is priceless

For the past several months, Sora has been more and more independent about going to sleep. It's gotten to  the point that after her bath time and jammie ritual, she goes to sleep after just a few minutes of rocking and singing with mama. Having her predictably in bed by 8:00 has reclaimed our evenings (even if she does still wake up 2-5 times per night). Our 8-11:00 evenings are full of possibility! It is definitely one of the amazing perks of being able to have a strict schedule every evening.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tree Tapping

Spring is almost here! I can taste it (literally). It seems that one of the wonderful markers of early springtime in the northwoods is the annual tree tapping. Apparently the best time to tap the trees is when it's in the 40's and still freezing overnight. I had hoped that the warmer weather (which is such a relative term - I remember a Californian Maleah that thought that 50 was freezing) would mean that the snow would melt by Saturday. I am apparently way off and need to wait another 2 weeks before that magical time comes.  However, it is warm enough to go for walks without freezing and to tap the maple trees, so there are some upsides to our current weather.

Since Sora and I had never seen the process before, we decided to join Kyle and Kathleen on their adventure. This meant that, for the first time ever, Sora went without a nap today, but that really didn't seem to phase her. In fact, that was probably the most fun she's had in the snow all year.

Kyle tapping the tree. He gave Sora a taste of the sap that came out and she decided that it tastes like water. I think she will be pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness that is maple syrup.

The bags that the sap collects in. Apparently the bags can fill up in as quickly as 1 day or as slowly as 4 days.

Sora spent most of the tree tapping time exploring the nearby area. She wondered off into the snow more than she ever has before! She loved it. Every tiny sapling she declared was "Sora's tree". She was also in complete disbelief that she got to spend that much time with Kathleen apparently because every few minutes she would wander over to me and declare "Kathleen!" or better yet "Where Kathleen go?" when Kathleen was exactly where she had been minutes earlier.

Of course all good things must come to an end, and eventually after all that snow exploration, Sora's pants became too soaking wet to have fun any longer. I am excited to take her back out later this week to show her bags full of sap! Also, if her good mood keeps up, we should have a lot of fun outside times soon. The only hinderance to this plan is that she is now terrified of the mud. Our entire camp will become a mud bog soon, so she needs to learn to embrace it. I'm hoping a pair of rain boots and a good old fashioned mud puddle will do the trick...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Stuffed Animal Promiscuity

As a part of Sora's evening routine, she gets to pick 3 animals or dolls to sleep with each night. Part of Kyle's evening routine is to be entertained by Sora as she hems and haws over this tough choice. She typically starts off the decision making process by announcing who hasn't made the cut for the evening. "Mmm... no hippi (hippo).... no guy" is how she started off today. Keep in mind that hippi and guy are among her favorite bed mates and often do make the cut. I'd love to know how her decisions are made. Did hippi and guy do something during the day that demoted them in her eyes? Does she just like to play the field? Keep her options open? Or is she still searching for a deeper connection?

Tonight she eventually settled on a handmade doll, a knit teddy bear, and a knit owl (all mommy creations - I'm so proud). Each night a different trio is selected and gets the privilege of sleeping on her bed or on her floor nearby. At the end of our routine, Sora places her pillow on my lap and adjusts the three animals or dolls just so, carefully picking the one that will spend most of the night snuggled up closely with her, before I sing her favorite lullaby (the ABCs) and place her pillow back on the bed for her to sleep on.

The upside of this apparent lack of bond with any one animal or doll is that at bedtime when one that she is looking for is missing, it is easily replaced, although it seems like Sora might already have some commitment issues.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Constant Energy Machine

New Dress, Same Fun Attitude!

Sora spent most of the day today rocking her new dress. Maleah made this out of some cool fabric and Sora likes to point out the fact that it has dots. I think she just likes the fact that she can say dots. In the pictures below she is playing a game involving 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cross Country Skiing at last!

In my picture perfect view of what our first Midwestern winter would hold, I imagined a lot of ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing, with a little broom ball, sledding, snow fort building, and snow ball fights mixed in. This of course is not a reality with a 2 year old. I'm hoping as Sora gets older, we get to experience more and more of these things.  I didn't realize how cold it really is and also how dry the snow is (which makes it hard to make a snowman, snow fort, or even a snowball). I also didn't realize that a camp that has everything wouldn't have Kyle's size in anything! 

Imagine my surprise when we came across a pair of ski boots that actually fit Kyle at Goodwill last weekend! They were cheap and perfect! Okay, they've already had to be duct taped together, but that just makes them cooler right? We went out for a quick family cross country ski this afternoon and it was the first time I enjoyed the snow in March! Although I'm hoping that spring comes soon, I am excited to sneak in a few more quick ski jaunts around camp before the snow entirely melts (which sadly is still a LONG time away).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Winter Crazy Sora

As we try not to loose our minds in the last bits of  long midwest winter I thought I would share some random pics. Enjoy.