- December 18th: Maia’s Birthday!!!
- December 17th: Crafty!
- December 16th: Winter Concert and Cookies at Aunt Jen’s
- December 15th: Donate Day!
- December 14th: Snowball fighting with Elsa and ELF!
Maia waves now! She used to sort of raise her hand in a little greeting, but it is now improved to a definite wave. And it’s SOOO cute!
Maia is a year old today! The year has flown by. She’s such a sweet and snuggly baby. Just yesterday she gave me kisses for the first time =) I love those first open mouth little kisses. She also added a few new words to her vocabulary. Yesterday we were reading Dotty and she said “berries!” Berries are her absolute favorite food, especially strawberries, so this was perfect. She also said “parade” when we were reading the Christmas Parade, her favorite book. Serenity is actually reading the Christmas Parade to her while I try to get her 12 month pictures in the chair.
I have started writing her birthday posts, but I think I’ll wait to post them closer to her party, which we scheduled for January. That way they don’t get lost in Daily December and Christmas posts. For today I’ll just share her journal and some pictures we took of her in her rocking chair =) Maybe you can help me decide which is the cutest!
This morning I made strawberry muffins with whipped cream icing so we could wish Maia a happy birthday on her actual birthday. She did not understand at all =) She grabbed the whipped cream to try and eat the strawberry on top, but the feel of the cream was so strange she just kept squishing it and rubbing it in her hair. Pretty adorable. Then when I gave her a bit of my muffin that was plain she seemed to say, “hey, this is food, I’ve had this before!” and she actually took a bite and then ate some of the bits that she’d squished before. I think she liked it!
When I called to check in on the sleepover, Jen asked Serenity if she needed to talk to me. Serenity responded, “No, I don’t need to talk to her, but I love her.” Sweet girl knows just what Mama needs to hear =)
DZ had a wonderful time playing, but when it got to be time to sleep he wanted Mama so I came to get him. Of course, when he woke up this morning and didn’t have Barrett to play legos with he said, “I should have slept with Barrett.” And later when he heard Serenity had pancakes he really wished he’d stuck the sleepover out. Maybe next time =)
We had a lovely lazy day at home. The kids got to do two days worth of Legos since yesterday was so busy. They’ve started the carousel at last! This means more cooperation since Donovan really had to finish his part today before Serenity could add hers. Then Donovan wanted to help Serenity with hers, which I assumed would not go over well. But no, Serenity said, “OK DZ, I’ll put the piece in place and you can squish it down.” And she let him do it with every single lego she added! I was so proud!
Our activity for the day was to make salt dough ornaments. Salt dough is the kind of thing I’ve always thought would be fun to do, but that I’ve never actually made time for. So I’m so glad we finally did it! I invited the neighbors to join us as well, so I was going to do a test batch in the middle of the day so I’d know what I was doing. Well, the kids wanted to help so we ended up making a whole bunch in that first session, which is good because they have to bake for four hours! Kneading the dough is a lot of fun, although ten minutes seemed to take forever. I also made some starfish for Maia’s birthday party. My baby is one tomorrow! Crazy! She was very confused when it was time to do her handprint. She kept trying to grab the dough which made a lot of her handprints look like claws. But I managed to get a couple good ones. =)
The day ended when I went up to tell the kids eyes shut time. They’ve been working on stickering Christmas cards at bedtime. DZ gave me one and said, “I put this heart inside the wreath because I love you. I super love you!” Sooo sweet =)
December 16th: Winter Concert and Cookies at Aunt Jen’s
I adore the winter concert! And this year I had two children and three nieces and nephews to watch! Everyone did such a great job and it was so cute! Serenity was really into the motions, she was basically dancing at the front of her group. And you could see that DZ was really singing and he was doing most of his motions too. He especially liked the part where he got to SHOUT! =)
After the concert we went to Jen’s for cookie baking! Maia fell asleep in the car so we spent an hour resting while they did the cutting part, but we made it inside for decorating. Aunt Jen gave Maia her first cookie! She declared it “mmmm!” DZ went for blue icing and blue sprinkles… but he may not have been ready for full control of the sprinkle container. When I glanced over he had emptied nearly a whole jar on one cookie. It was a blue sprinkle mountain! He looked a little concerned for a second, until I declared that it looked delicious! His cousins all said “Wow DZ!” Then he got a big grin and picked it up for a bite! =)
Theoretically the kids are spending the night at Aunt Jen’s tonight… but the night’s not over yet so we’ll see =)