Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sydney Speak

Okay, so I've heard that toddlers can go through a language explosion but I've never seen it for myself so I can't say I understood how suddenly or intensely it could happen. Well, holy cow, let me tell you, this little girl is absolutely busting at the seams with new words and phrases.  It's so adorable. I wish there was a way to train my brain to remember every detail of what and how she says things. Since there's not, let me share some for posterity . . .
During our long car trip to Florida, Sydney practiced the ABC song.  About 1000 times (though it felt more like a million).  She's got almost every letter down except L-M-N-O sounds a little fuzzy like she thinks it's one big letter she doesn't quite know how to pronounce. She also pronounces the letter 'R' as "or-ah" (similarly, the number '4' is "foo-wah") - who knew a New York accent was innate? But the absolute cutest thing about her Alphabet Song is the letter 'W' which she pronounces "double-boo."  I can't help myself from going up to her several times a day and saying "Q-R-S-T-U-V" just to hear her say "double-boo-X-Y-Z" and give me a big smile.
Over the past few days, Sydney's taken to saying "I yike (like) it" and it's really funny because the context in which she says it leads me to believe that what she actually means is "I want it." For example, she'll come up to me when I'm eating something she's never seen before much less tasted and say "I yike it" as she reaches out for me to give her some. For some reason, it's so much harder to refuse when she frames it her way.  Clever, clever girl.
She likes to punctuate everything with "WOW!" or "YAY!" And she LOVES to sing!  Not just the Alphabet Song but also Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star and Jingle Bells and the Hot-Dog Song from Mickey's Clubhouse. She's got an indomitable spirit. 

I love this little girl so much.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Very Happy Holidays

We're an interfaith family. Or, more accurately, a secular family with both Jewish and Christian roots. We generally do a little bit of Christmas and a little bit of Hanukkah but I wouldn't say we've ever done either all the way. Now that we have kids, we try to make the whole holiday season about togetherness and family time. This year we did it up right -- I'll give you one hint where we went . . .

Yup, family road trip to sunny Florida. And it was awesome! Here's a few of the highlights:

We visited a local farm where Kaden rode a pony and Sydney chased an extremely evasive team of ducks.

Kaden went swimming with daddy . . .

While Sydney hung out poolside with mommy.

Kaden learned how to play classic video games like Pac-Man and Galaga . . .
And Sydney perfected drinking from a straw all by herself like a big girl.

And, of course, we spent a day at Disney World. They both love Disney Junior and know all the characters so they were thrilled to meet Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Minnie but one member of our party (a little girl who shall remain nameless) got a little overwhelmed when we got up close to the characters so we weren't able to get good pics of those encounters. Nevertheless, we had an amazing time!

And now we're home, comfy and cozy and looking forward to a great new year!