Tonight as I was tucking her into bed, I told Catherine, “I love you,” just as I always do. She looked at her doll (my twentysomething-year-old Cabbage Patch Kid) and kissed it. Then she turned back to me and said, “love you.” It was the sweetest thing!Filed under Catherine, Life, Photographs | Tags: Catherine, family | Comment (0)
For the second time since Catherine’s birth, we took a family picture. I’ve been trying to get this done since April…at least! The little boy is the son of the guy who took our pictures…just some random family who was going through the park. We were on our way to dinner, which explains why Catherine is looking at the boy’s bread so longingly!Filed under Catherine, Family, Life, Nathaniel, Photographs | Tags: Catherine, family, Nathaniel, photo | Comment (0)
Catching up…here’s last months’ photos. She’s quite the active little lady. She doesn’t miss thing…if Nathaniel’s getting a snack, she wants one, too. If she hears the word “outside,” she’s at the door grabbing her shoes and taking them to the nearest person with her eyes begging for you to put them on her. And, no, those are NOT beer bottles she’s playing with; they’re Russian carbonated beverages…kind of like ginger ale.Filed under Catherine, Life, Photographs | Tags: Catherine | Comment (0)
Yesterday Nathaniel’s set of five dinosaurs arrived. It was just something Daddy bought randomly. Well, not randomly in that he’s not interested in them (he is), but that it’s not a holiday or anything. Actually we can count on one hand how many toys we’ve bought him in his five years of life. He gets most of his toys as hand-me-downs from his older cousin who had an extremely large collection of them–we recieved two large tubs of toys when Nathaniel was born. Of course by the time I removed the unacceptable toys (a suffed Bart Simpson and characters from the Happy Goat, Evil Wolf cartoon) and broken ones, we were still left with a box.
Anyway, today Nathaniel was explianing which dino was stronger and which was larger and told me that if only “this big one was as strong as this smaller meat-eating one, it would be the perfect dinosaur!” I was shocked at his use of the word perfect. I have no doubt that he knows the word in Chinese (I don’t) since kids are pushed to be perfect, but I don’t recall saying it or explaining the word to him.
After dinner I mentioned this to Santiago and he said that they’d talked about this earier and he’d taught him the word perfect. Mystery solved!Filed under Life, Nathaniel | Comment (0)
Three months past due, these weren’t taken on August 7th, but are within a day or two. We were in the USA for six weeks in July and August and I just kind of skipped the monthly picture since I didn’t have the usual blocks that I use to spell out “months.” Never mind that I did buy a set of alphabet blocks at a rummage sale and could have used those. Anyway, these are from her first trip to Chicago with Nathaniel, Grandpa and I and our afternoon at the Boone County Fair.Filed under Catherine, Nathaniel, Photographs, USA | Tags: Catherine, USA | Comment (0)
And finally, pictures that aren’t terribly overdue! These, too, have just been haning out on the camera but since I need to get the card cleaned off before our trip, I had to get this done. Nothing like a little procrastination! Catherine is now saying (in Chinese): give you and hello…and for the life of me, I can’t remember the others right now.Filed under Catherine | Tags: Catherine | Comment (0)
Also just sitting around, and they were taken the day she was 13 months old. By this time she was saying–in Chinese–”mommy,” “daddy,” “grandpa,” “grandma,” “big brother.” She also says “bye-bye” and makes a sound for when she needs/goes #2…and she knows the kiddy word for her brothers “little boy part.” Someon e likes to run around without his clothes on after baths and apparently she saw it, he told her what it’s called, and now she says it whenever big brother runs around sans undies.Filed under Catherine | Tags: Catherine | Comment (0)
A few months late getting these up…but they were taken the day after her birthday and have just been waiting for me to find time to upload them. The Sunday before she turned one, she took a few steps by herself, but didn’t really start walking until she was one year and two weeks old. About a month later than Nathaniel, but there are two girls–one a month old er, the other two days older–who still aren’t walking, so she’s doing just fine.Filed under Catherine | Tags: Catherine | Comment (0)
Although a week late in being posted, they were only a day late in being taken. Catherine can now stand by herself for about a minute, and did take a step on the day she turned 11 months! She also started saying “mama” again, though not very purposefully. Lots of people say that she’s tall, but Chinese grandparents are already saying that she’s “behind” because she can’t walk, unlike the 9 month old they know at the playground, nor does she say four words as that 9 month old does. I should be used to it by now; they still compare Nathaniel to his cousin who’s eight months younger…and have been since the little boy was born 4 years ago!
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