Christmas came around pretty quick this year. It seemed like as soon as Thanksgiving was over, Christmas waiting right around the corner.
We spent Christmas Eve with Mike's family. I was pretty excited about the gifts I got for the kids, because I thought it would make for a good photo op. We don't have all 6 grandkids together very often, so this was a nice time.
all the girls have snowgirls and all the boys have snowmen on their shirts, and I had their names put on each one. I ordered them online and am pretty happy with the quality. I bought at least a size larger than what the kids are wearing now, so that they can wear them for a bit.
some other favorites from C. Eve:
Christmas Day was spent at home, and we opened gifts with my mom, dad and brother.
Keira most definitely understood the whole concept of opening presents. We handed her one at a time, and she would look for a seam and start ripping. Each gift got bigger in size and she would say, "this one is BIG!!"
this year, we had a bit of a theme going for Keira's Christmas gifts....Ni Hao Kai Lan. She's pretty much a superfan, so we looked high and low for whatever Kai Lan stuff we could find. She scored a Kai Lan DVD and doll from my parents, the whole set of Kai Lan Beanie Babies from my brother, clothes, another doll and the mother of all Kai Lan toys from Mike and I:
my extended family came over later in the day for dinner, along with Mike's family and a few of my brother's friends. It was another record number of people for our house, I sort of lost count. We had turkey and prime rib, salad, grilled veggies, satay chicken, eggrolls, chinese sticky rice, hot links and dessert (red velvet cake, chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies).
Mike bought us a pretty cool family gift...an XBox Kinect. I had a suspicion that he got it, but he hardly plays his XBox so I figured why waste money on it. But it turned out to be really fun, and we played with it a bit after everyone left last night.
so that's that. My dad flies back home tonight to work a few days and then flies back into town Thursday night to spend New Year's with us. My mom and brother are both off, so they'll be hanging around for the week.
2011, here we come!!
so its been almost 2 weeks since I last blogged. just normal life happenings going on, so let me get you caught up!
a few weeks ago, we had a bunch of my pharmacy school classmates over for our second annual holiday party. there were over 30 adults and kids here...a record for our house!
Mike happened to be off one Friday, and we decided to renew our Disneyland passes and spend the day there. Keira is at the age where she is starting to understand the whole concept, so we figured...might as well!!
We took her on the Dumbo ride and she loved it. Mike told her to put her hands up, which she did, and she just loved flying with Dumbo.
This year I decided to sew bags to wrap gifts in, rather than use wrapping paper that will end up in the trash. I was finishing up the last of them and asked Keira to put them under the tree.
I guess she thought hanging them on the tree was a better idea.
Other than work and everyday life, that's what we've been up to. My mom and brother are driving down late Wednesday night and my dad is flying in Friday night. A huge chunk of my extended family will be over on Saturday for Christmas as well as Mike's family. It's going to be another loud party!
I'm loving all the rain that we've been getting the last few days, but I majorly dislike having to drive in it. It's not so much my driving (because I know I'm a perfect driver) but it's other people that I worry about. Driving on wet pavement is soooo not the same as dry.
only two more weeks left of 2010. what the heck?!
another wound to Keira's face. nothing out of the ordinary happened, well at least for her. she was sitting on the couch, drinking from her sippy cup and fell off the couch. Mike doesn't even know what she was doing when she fell. but yet another abrasion that must heal.
Keira is 22 months today...holy toledo!
we've hit the terrible two's in this house, and it has been challenging all around. She's her "normal" self most of the day, but when she has it set in her mind to be difficult, oh boy is she. She whines, she cries, she screams "that's mine!" or "no! I want that one!" and very seldom do you hear the words shut up come from either Mike or I. but since we've hit this wonderful stage of toddlerhood, I've heard Mike say it twice. and very sternly as well.
On the flip side, Keira is quite the talker. She's speaking in sentences more and more, and while sometimes her speech is just a bunch of muttering, other times we are surprised at what comes out of her mouth. I've realized lately that when we're in a group of people and Keira talks to them, most of the time they have no clue what she is saying. But Mike and I are totally clued in. I guess that's what happens when you hear Keira-ese all the time.
She is still on a milk strike right now, but likes to eat cheese and yogurt. I recently found Yo Toddler! yogurt at Target and we've been giving it to her. It's fortified with iron and omega-3 DHA, so at least she's getting additional nutrients from that. Her appetite is a lot better too, and she will sometimes eat a whole bowl of rice with meat and veggies.
We had a holiday party this past weekend at my house and a friend gave Keira a Disney Princess suitcase with a pillow and blanket inside. I've never introduced her to the Disney Princesses (mommy isn't a girly girl), so I figured she wouldn't know who they were. boy was I wrong. She insisted that she go to bed with her Princess pillow and blanket that night. well, more like screamed :)
Keira loves playing with her cousins Jacob and Matthew...or rather Cob Cob and Mattie. Last week, when Mike picked her up from his brother's house, Matthew really wanted to go home with Keira and even said to grandpa that he was going the wrong way, ie going home instead of to Keira's house. I love that these 3 are growing up so close.
Keira likes to color and knows most of her colors now too.
She can be heard singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday or the alphabet song here and there.
Still loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Ni Hao Kai Lan.
She's wearing size 24 month or 2T clothing and size 5 diapers.
She doesn't like Santa. at all. more on that later.
she's still the joy of our lives, despite us wanting to give her away in those difficult times.
we love you Kia!
(that's what she calls herself...Kia)
Thursday mornings are usually a little more hectic for me. I work a 12 hour shift so I have to leave early in order to drop Keira off at my sister-in-law's and get to work on time. Today shouldn't have been any different.
But it was.
I left Keira upstairs in my bedroom, watching tv with a bag of cheerios and goldfish. That way I can get our stuff packed and loaded into the car. So I go into the garage to put our bags in the car, and turn around to head back in.
The door is locked.
Panic sets in.
What if she falls down the stairs or wanders into the bathroom, falls head first into the toilet and drowns?
I go to my neighbor's house to use her phone to call Mike since I am assuming my cell phone is inside....with my car keys, on the kitchen counter. I left them there figuring I would grab them when we leave.
So while I'm waiting for Mike to come home, my neighbor starts devising plans to get Keira to open the door and let me in. First off all, she's 21 months old and while she can touch the doorknob, she can't quite turn it enough to open the door.
So why don't you call her on the phone? Does she talk on the phone? Why, yes she does!! She chats every night with Mickey and Kai Lan before going to bed. Um, for real?! One, the phone is on top of the dresser where she can't get to it and two, she just stares at the phone when there's actually someone on it talking to her. So that won't work. Oh come on, give her some credit, she says.....
All the windows are locked, the sliding door too and we have no spare key hidden anywhere.
Oh crap, what if she starts crying and I can't get to her? Wait, I hear the bulldozer down street, maybe they can come and break the wall down? But its a new house....
So I ring the doorbell, thinking I can at least get her to where I can hear her and know that she is okay. Well, that scared her and definitely made her cry. I could hear her through the front door.
I run back to the garage door and start knocking on it, calling out her name. And she comes and says mama? Oh no! Open door! But she's not hysterical, probably just thinks we are playing a game.
I remember that I had bought two boxes of diapers last night and left them on floor right next to the door. Maybe she could climb on one to try and open the door. After all, its my kid and climbing things is first on her things to do for the day.
So here I am, talking through the door and telling her to push the box...see the box?...over to the door and turn the knob. I can hear the box being dragged across the carpet and the the knob being fiddled with. Woah, she actually listened to me?? Then, I hear the DEADBOLT being turned. NO NOT THAT ONE!! I keep telling her the one on the bottom, which didn't really work but at least I knew she was right there and not busting into our wine stash for a quick glass of wine.
Mike finally made it home after what seemed like an eternity (there's traffic going in the direction of work to home, so it took longer) and rescued us. We get the door open and she is jumping around, dancing like nothing is wrong.
The irony is that this very morning I thought how funny it would be if I locked my car keys somewhere and I can't get to them. I think that everytime I'm loading up the car and putting Keira in her carseat. What if I accidentally hit the autolock, shut the doors and both my keys and Keira are inside? I usually keep them in my pocket or with my work keys so I don't forget them. But today....oh today.
Thankfully, nothing more happened other than being late to work. If something serious happened inside the house and I couldn't do anything, new house or not I would've broken a window or driven my car through the wall.
But with my car keys locked inside, the second option wouldn't be an option, would it?
I think I have a problem.
I keep buying cupcakes cups.
one thing I learned is that when you are making chocolate cupcakes, you can't see the design of the liners anymore. so I think that means no more chocolate cupcakes.
now I need to find a reason to make some cuppies...wait, do you really need a reason to make them? Linda seems to be on a cupcake making roll, so maybe I should share my stash with her.