Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chuggin' Along

Hey, guys.  Just wanted to pop in and say hi.  It's now mid-November, which means a very special person in my life will be three soon.  That's pretty hard to believe -- well, until she acts like a tween.  Not kidding, y'all.  M will go into her room, close the door, fold her arms, pout, and politely tell me "no thank you" when I tell her to clean up her toys.  And it's not the cute little pout you'd expect from a toddler, but the kind with the smirk that you'd see on a tween/teen's face.  How and when did this happen?  I have no idea where she even gets it from.  And then here's another one of her comments when I ask her to do something she doesn't want (like get ready for bed):: "I'm sick" (insert the pouting again). I have to tell her, "No, you're not sick.  Don't say that."

While she doesn't take it as far as not doing what she's told to do, I am still not a fan of the dramatic behavior.  Where in the world does she get this stuff?  There is nothing cute about a toddler with a tween attitude.  Nothing.

Anyway, 95% of the time, M is this typical toddler who says and does funny, adorable stuff.  Her birthday is in a few weeks, and I'm in the process of finding a place to have her first birthday party. Besides taking some cupcakes to school to share with her friends, she's never had a real birthday party.  I've always wanted her first birthday party to be when she actually understands.  She definitely "gets it" this year, so I'm excited to give her this day. I'm in the process of choosing a place for her to have fun and eat cake with her cousins.

I'm not sure if we should go with a theme, or if the theme should be Princess Tiana or trains...yes, I said trains.

 A couple of months ago I saw a Thomas and Friends DVD at the checkout line at Target for $5.  Since I've always wanted my daughter(s) to grow up with diverse interests (not just princesses but Legos, trains, etc.), I decided to throw the DVD in my cart.  Since Princess Tiana had been the only thing in the DVD player for weeks, I was sure she wouldn't give Thomas the Train the time of day.

Boy, was I wrong.

She has memorized every single Thomas story on that DVD and acts them out with her own toy trains.  (I couldn't resist buying her a few Thomas toys to feed her interest).  Speaking of acting out stories, you should see Morgan act out scenes from the Princess and the Frog.  She gets SO into being the characters (body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, etc.) that her daddy one day turned to me and said, "Okay, no more princess movies."  Haha!  Now that I think about it, maybe she's just a theatrical child...which may explain the DRAMA I get when she's pouting and pretending to be sick -- because, again, I have absolutely no idea where she gets that from!

Anyway, she plays with these trains for hours and even takes them to bed with her.  I couldn't have been more proud in the store a couple of weeks ago when we were standing in the "little boys" toy section, and my GIRL was naming all those trains.  Go, M!

Life with a toddler is loads of fun, I tell ya.  Just really sweet.

Makes bad days go away.  I've actually had a rough couple of weeks -- a combination of being completely overwhelmed and having random things go wrong (at the same time).  I had to look up Bible versuses on being overwhelmed -- I really needed some guidance because there were a couple of times these past two weeks where I wasn't sure I could handle it all.

I admit that I still find myself feeling like this at times, but I know that He will not put more on me than I can handle. I have to remind myself to trust in Him -- especially when times get tough -- and that worrying is not what He wants me to do.  I'm getting there, y'all.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a good week.  In the next few days, I hope to spend some time with family, put up my Christmas tree (yes, before Thanksgiving), and get a boatload of things done.  

Enjoy the rest of your week. :-)

By the way, I am aware that lots of my pictures from old posts are not showing.  Working on fixing that.  I've got issues with Google right now. :-\

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