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Maia is 15 Months Old

by Chrissie Wainright on March 23rd, 2015

 

Maia is 15 months old!

Maia is 15 months old!

MMMM =)  I love her little nose crinkle when she says this =)

MMMM =) I love her little nose crinkle when she says this =)

 

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Maia is 15 months old now and I let a whole month go by without journaling! Good thing I posted a lot to Facebook. We spent the last ten days in Cali so I’m a bit behind on her update, but I’m often behind with no excuse so I’ll just get to it =)

Maia repeats things at last! While we were in California Ann taught her to say “mmmm” M is the perfect sound for her since it starts Maia and Mama =) So when you say, “can you say Mmmm?” she will! This is the first thing she will actually repeat when asked. She does say several words, but only when it’s her own idea, not when asked to say it before this. She also learned the word “clog” from Tina, which she says when she’s tapping her shoes on the ground. Ironically, she can also say shoe, so two out of her 20 or so words involve footwear. Aunt Jennifer and Auntie Marilyn must be coaching her. ;) Too bad she doesn’t really get to wear shoes…

Other words Maia says often: Dada, Bath, Berry, Cracker (interesting pronunciation…) DZ, Sis, Door, Boo! (book), Nigh-Night. She’s said Mama once or twice only so it’s a good thing she snuggles me a lot ;)

Maia will give me kisses when I ask for them! I love it =)

She loves exploring outside now! I really need to clean up the yard! She loved it in Ann’s yard in Cali!! I think she’ll get mad now if I don’t let her outside! And for the most part she stopped eating gravel so she learned a lot last week. =) She started putting it into buckets instead, which was adorable.

Ann and I went shopping together, which was SO much fun! We both like shopping for baby clothes =) She got Maia the cutest little hat and romper. I love that Maia has a few things that are just hers.

New outfit =)

New outfit =)

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Vanaema got this cutie a new hat =)

Vanaema got this cutie a new hat =)

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Maia was very happy to be home with her books this morning! I think she’s brought most of her favorites to me to read this morning. She definitely thought that I didn’t pack enough. She was getting restless yesterday while we were riding the train to get to our next plane. Since I didn’t want to put her down I started reciting some of her favorite books and she instantly relaxed into me to listen. Pajama Time works every time. =)

Maia’s favorite toys are the Magformers and Lego Duplos. She doesn’t really care for most soft toys, with the exception of the soft bunny that Abbey got her. And it has some really interesting textures on it. But most of the time she’s chewing on a book, Magformer, or lego person.

I took this picture because John was napping, but Maia wanted to go out the front door.  She stood by the front door clapping, then she'd run over to him on the couch, then she went back to the door to clap.  Too cute!  He would go exploring with her out the front door and she LOVED it!  =)

I took this picture because John was napping, but Maia wanted to go out the front door. She stood by the front door clapping, then she’d run over to him on the couch, then she went back to the door to clap. Too cute! He would go exploring with her out the front door and she LOVED it! =)

So happy to have her books back =)

So happy to have her books back =)

She loved climbing all over this park =)

She loved climbing all over this park =)

Vanaema reading to her in Swedish

Vanaema reading to her in Swedish

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Still tasting the gravel

Still tasting the gravel

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Reading Perry with Uncle Colen and Aunt Tina

Reading Perry with Uncle Colen and Aunt Tina

Doing puzzles with Vanaema.  She mostly eats the pieces but she did manage to get a couple in place!

Doing puzzles with Vanaema. She mostly eats the pieces but she did manage to get a couple in place!

What makes you think someone forgot to close the bathroom door?

What makes you think someone forgot to close the bathroom door?

Sleeping on the plane with Daddy =)  She was SO good on the plane!

Sleeping on the plane with Daddy =) She was SO good on the plane!

Chewing on a water bottle with two lego people as backup chew toys

Chewing on a water bottle with two lego people as backup chew toys

 

 

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“Cracker”

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Donovan in February

by Chrissie Wainright on March 12th, 2015

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DZ in February

 

Snow Zuma and Hovercraft!

Snow Zuma and Hovercraft!

We spent a lot of time snowed in this month. We always get most of our snow in February. DZ tends to enjoy the snow for longer than Serenity and I do, fortunately he and his Daddy had fun together =) They built a snow Zuma and his hovercraft! Adorable.

 

Collapsible Cardboard Doghouse.  I was really proud I thought about transportation this time ;)

Collapsible Cardboard Doghouse. I was really proud I thought about transportation this time ;)

Puppy Love!

Puppy Love!

Walking his dog =)

Walking his dog =)

Decorating his little Dog House

Decorating his little Dog House

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Donovan was so excited for his class Valentine party! It was a Puppy Love theme. =) I ordered little puppies with hearts on them from Oriental Trading, and made them doghouses out of gable boxes. The kids decorated these with stickers, and made collars with pipe cleaners and beads for their puppies. It was just like the pound puppies on my childhood. The kids loved decorating the doghouse and pretending to be puppies. It was a little crazy since I was across the hall running P-1’s party, and Eric and Maia were in DZ’s party. But they had a wonderful time!

 

Donovan is getting really good at Legos. Raegan passed down several kits, plus he built a Ninja Turtle Lair he got at Christmas, and our Winter Carousel set. I love it!!!

We built a Lookout out of Lego Duplos (Paw Patrol!)

We built a Lookout out of Lego Duplos (Paw Patrol!)

Frozen Play-Doh!  we made it ourselves =)

Frozen Play-Doh! we made it ourselves =)

Sleeping in the tents made snow days more fun =)

Sleeping in the tents made snow days more fun =)

He really loves his sister =)

He really loves his sister =)

Alex played LOTS of games with DZ =)

Alex played LOTS of games with DZ =)

He's a wonderful Big Bro =)  But do not call him Bubba.

He’s a wonderful Big Bro =) But do not call him Bubba.

Built a rocket with Papa and Daddy

Built a rocket with Papa and Daddy

He is really into tigers these days.  He asked to make this mask.

He is really into tigers these days. He asked to make this mask.

We made a pulley!  Lots of fun!

We made a pulley! Lots of fun!

Serenity in February

by Chrissie Wainright on March 12th, 2015

 

Our Daisy Scout!  Ready to sell =)

Our Daisy Scout! Ready to sell =)

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Serenity read The Secret Garden this month. I love her so much! It was so much fun to see her enjoying a book I love. Later she told me she was going to use Magic to fly. Just like Colin uses Magic in the book to learn to walk. She is going to visualize it and then work Magic. She’s not allowed to talk to her Uncle Michael about his early attempts at flight. =)

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Today’s lesson from Cookie Selling: Serenity convinced someone to order and they said, let me go get my checkbook. She looks back at Eric completely baffled and said, “What’s a checkbook??” Something new =)

 

Best moment was when someone asked her if she knew the Girl Scout Law and she recited the whole thing and got several other orders from other people that heard her =)

 

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Serenity just came downstairs at 10:30 and said, “It’s just too hard to sleep when BOOKS are tempting me to read them. She is so my daughter =)

 

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Serenity in February… I can’t believe I forgot to journal the entire month! It was such a great month! Especially for Girl Scouts. Serenity had her very first cookie business =) I think it was a great experience for her, and a surprisingly good one for me. She went door to door in our neighborhood, and was unfazed by all the doors we knocked on where no one was home, and didn’t mind when people told her “no, thanks.” She sold more than a dozen boxes that first day, and I decided the 4 dozen boxes they sent home with us weren’t as intimidating as I first thought. We pulled out all the boxes ordered by family, and she insisted we go restock that very day, “after all, it is my cookie business!” She sold lots of boxes to Eric’s work, and spent a very busy two hours working a cookie booth outside of the grocery store. So she met her goal! I was very pleased, especially since she took most of the responsibility for the business, doing inventories, deciding what we needed to restock (usually thin mints!), and speaking to lots and lots of customers. She even got to make a booth in Papa’s yard one day, which was very exciting for her since she had asked me multiple times if she could have a lemonade stand in our yard. So I’m very glad we sold cookies, enough to earn her a cheetah =) (280 boxes) Her troop had a special cookie tasting event, which was attended by a real chef, Justin Thompson, who is using our Girl Scout cookies in his restaurants to help raise money for the charity the girls chose, the Child Abuse Network. So there were news cameras and the girls even got into the Tulsa Kids Magazine. Exciting stuff. I was just glad that the news cameras didn’t record Serenity tasting the Thin Mint, as it made her cry. She was not a fan. =)

 

Cookie Tasting with Troop 442

Cookie Tasting with Troop 442

With her friend Wren =)

With her friend Wren =)

Setting up practice booth just before cookies sales opened.  She practiced with money...

Setting up practice booth just before cookies sales opened. She practiced with money…

And she practiced setting up cookie displays =)

And she practiced setting up cookie displays =)

To help avoid taking over Serenity's cookie business, I made my own cookie project =)  Samoas hair clips

To help avoid taking over Serenity’s cookie business, I made my own cookie project =) Samoas hair clips

Selling cookies at Reasor's

Selling cookies at Reasor’s

The other exciting Girl Scout event this month was World Thinking Day. Jennifer, her troop leader, and Rachel set up an amazing day at the library. We broke into small groups and discussed other countries. We got to learn about researching in a library, using their computers to look stuff up, and reading in a book to find out about other countries. Serenity studied Haiti and Egypt. She learned that nearly 90 percent of the schools in Haiti were destroyed by earthquakes, and she learned about political unrest in Egypt. She thought we could help Haiti by making monuments for the people who died in the earthquake, so their story was never forgotten. She wanted to send Egypt water in a big tube. I loved how thoughtful all the girls were about the problems others face and how they could help! And then they drew their own peace symbols, which will be combined into a troop t-shirt. So fun!

 

World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day

Serenity's peace symbol

Serenity’s peace symbol

At school this month was their Valentine’s party. I made a puppy party for both of the kids classes. I got to make doghouses with my cardboard stash, and I used my new polaroid camera that makes stickers in Serenity’s class. The kids had lots of fun!! =)

Her puppy in her doghouse

Her puppy in her doghouse

Puppy Love party =)

Puppy Love party =)

One snow day Eric blocked the stairs with this mattress.  It was a BIG hit

One snow day Eric blocked the stairs with this mattress. It was a BIG hit

She often carries little stuffed animals around in her dresses.  Especially this unicorn, Dianthus.

She often carries little stuffed animals around in her dresses. Especially this unicorn, Dianthus.

Art invitation =)  I drew crazy loops on a paper and put out paint.  This is what happened next.

Art invitation =) I drew crazy loops on a paper and put out paint. This is what happened next.

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Alex came to visit!  It was SO great!!!

Alex came to visit! It was SO great!!!

 

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Serenity’s Valentine! We punched holes above and below her fist to hold a sucker so it looks like she is giving it to them =)