And She’s Two…

May 7th, 2014

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She’s an energetic bundle of joy; can’t get her to sit still–not even for some chocolate pilfered from her dad’s stash!
After the guys left for work and school, we finished making her cupcakes and then went on the bus to find her a balloon.  Every night, for the last month or so, she asks if she can go on the “bus (with) daddy (to buy a) balloon.”

We didn’t find anyone selling balloons; probably because it was a weekday morning and not many kids were out and about. But she did get a balloon last week when she was sick (bought by daddy), and one yesterday (just a cheap one that a store was using for decoration, given to her by some of the ladies that work there) when we were out shopping. I took her to play at KFC and we had ice cream before coming home to frost the cupcakes and go to grandmas for lunch.

 

New Year’s Clothes

February 7th, 2014

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Most Chinese rush out to buy new clothes for the New Year, but we’ve never done that. Two  years ago, I started a sweater but come New Year’s Day, one sleeve was still not done. I finished it last year and Nathaniel’s worn it all year. I whipped up a dress for Catherine last year; I think it got left in America for baby Morgan to grow into. This year I had the best intentions to knit both of them sweaters, but I only got Nathaniel’s done…around 11 pm but I only weaved in ends that would be noticeable! The rest remains to be finished.

Again this year we were scolded by Santiago’s parents for always forgetting to buy new things, so a week before the holiday, I ran out for a quick shopping trip. I was certain I’d get his sweater done, so I just bought him some jeans. For Catherine I ended up buying her a cute floral shirt and paired it with jeans she had. I also put in the zipper on a sweater my mom knit her. While it didn’t match (no biggie…we’re in China where red, pink and orange can always be worn together!), it was cute.

Her red jacket and his blue sweatshirt were gifts from older aunt. Her hat was actually given to Nathaniel many years ago by Santiago’s coworker. She doesn’t have a child and apparently didn’t realize that it was more suitable for a girl. Glad no one else had a girl to pass it on to; it and the scarf are quite cute on Catherine.

Twenty Months

February 5th, 2014

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Belated, as usual, but well worth the wait, I think! They are from her 20th month, though. She’s a little fashionista in the making; each time she goes out to play, she has to inspect each of her three pairs of choose to select the pair that she wants! She can say “piao,” which is part of the Chinese word for “pretty,” and uses it frequently!

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“Love You”

November 1st, 2013

DSC_0019 DSC_0021Tonight 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!

Family Pictures

November 1st, 2013

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! DSC_0056 DSC_0070 DSC_0085 DSC_0087 DSC_0089 DSC_0099The 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!

Sixteen Months

October 30th, 2013

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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.

Fifteen Months

October 30th, 2013

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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.

Fourteen Months

July 15th, 2013

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. DSC_0043 DSC_0025 DSC_0011 DSC_0010

Thirteen Months

July 14th, 2013

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.” SomeonDSC_0068 DSC_0064 DSC_0045 DSC_0073 DSC_0007e 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.

First Birthday

July 14th, 2013

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 oldDSC_0008 DSC_0012 DSC_0013er, the other two days older–who still aren’t walking, so she’s doing just fine.

    About Charlotte

    I'm a wife, mom and freelance writer in small town China. My two kids and I are three of the dozen foreigners that live here, though we've yet to meet them.

    We're near enough to Beijing to visit occasionally, but far enough away to make it a bit of a hassle since we don't have a car.