Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nearly 22 Months Old

On Tuesday when I picked you up from daycare you didn't have your zip up sweatshirt on - I looked around the room and couldn't find it - so I said 'Genevieve, where's your jumper?' You ran to the slide and grabbed it from underneath and brought it to me - what a smart girl!

Arriving at daycare with your cute backpack on
Also that day I was looking at the photo slideshow on the laptop in your room to see what you had done that day. Lori who works in your room had put a cute bow in your hair and she had taken some pictures of you wearing her diamond bracelet - she said you were learning that diamonds are a girl's best friend ha ha. When you saw yourself on the screen you pointed and said Gen veeve!
You're getting quite good at saying your name :)

Today when I picked you up you said 'Bye Mila, Bye Sana' to your friends - so sweet:) You also have started saying your main teacher's name - she said you say 'Meechel - Come!' when you want her to come play with you (Michelle). Also you copied Michelle the other day when she was telling Mila not to stand on the sofa - you said 'Mila stop, Get Down'!

I have always let you push the on button on the washing machine, but you LOVE to push it multiple times (which turns it off). So I started saying One Time!You came in the other day to help and said 'One Time' and gently pushed the button once and laughed when it started spinning - fun!

We also had a lovely visit from Helen & Nanna - fun with bubbles!
And they brought some Gorgeous cupcakes! Yummy too!!
You also now love to say LATER! (as in 'see you later'). When you push your stroller around the house you always stop before leaving the room to say 'Bye bye, Later!'

Just this week you started saying 'Hold This' - you like to hand us stuff to hold while you pick up other stuff - so cute.

Also this weekend we were driving through Manly looking for a parking spot and you suddenly yelled out 'Beach - YAY!' - we had a good laugh - you must have recognized where we were? (or spotted the ocean) - either way I think that's pretty darn smart!
You with Dada at the beach - there was a chilly wind!
At Manly Beach! We put on our sunglasses so we could see the planes flying overhead for ANZAC day.
Lennox, Me & Genevieve (you both wanted to stand on my lap!) - we went to Manly to see Cassie, Hamish, Zephyr & Lennox one more time before they return to the UK.

I'm also happy that you are now fully over the flu bug you had and are finally eating well again - last night you asked for BocLi (broccoli) and when I gave you a bowl of mixed veggies too you looked in it and said 'Corn - Yes!'.

We also had a good time at Bunnings this weekend - you LOVED pushing the little cart (and carrying a few things around for us!)
Go Go Go !
 You are also getting SO close to potty training for real. Last week on the way back from the beach you said 'Change Nappy?' I just looked back at you with my mouth hanging open! I finally composed myself enough to say 'Yes - when we get home I will change your nappy' (you had just done a wee), you were satisfied with that answer and went back to singing the Wheels on the Bus!  You also had a morning where I got you dressed and sat you down in your highchair then you started yelling POO POO! and refused to sit down until I changed your nappy (it actually was just a wee, but you seem to call both poo poo). Anyhow, the point is that you understand now when you are wet and you don't like it - a big step!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Quiet Week

Genna caught gastro this week (the flu basically) which was terrible - so she spent a lot of time just relaxing on her little sofa.

But she did make a little bit of time last weekend to play with her new cleaning toy :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012 Genevieve Joni is EXACTLY the same age that I was when this picture was taken at Joni & Kevin's wedding on December 19, 1981

How cool is that?

Gosh I had a LOT of hair! Good curling job Mom :) LOVE the shoes too!
And of course Joni looks Stunning!!! Love that headpiece :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Easter

Two weeks ago your daycare had a 'dance party bbq' at the end of the day on a Friday (they hold one of these 'parties' every couple of months so the parents can meet each other - I love this place - so community'. We went inside to play a bit first - you LOVE this zebra - it bounces up and down and turns around - like a bucking bronco.

Outside I got a picture of you sitting next to your friend Sana. You had fun at the party - mostly because you LOVE the hot dogs they serve (you had 3! you kept going up the table and putting your hand up and saying More Please!). But we also had fun dancing though too - you liked bouncing around to La Vida Loca!!

Last week you and I weren't feeling great - so had a few 'tt' days (what you call TV). You LOVED watching Lady & the Tramp from aunty Joni. Lots of cute puppies!

And then last Friday - the big event - Dada came home!! You ran out the front door and gave him a big hug when you saw him. You then didn't let him out of your sight for the rest of the weekend! Every time he left the room you'd yell at the top of your lungs DADA!!!!

On his first afternoon back we took a walk down to the neighborhood park

Fun on the slide with Dada

You LOVE this slide because it is long, but not too fast


Riding the rocking 'horse'

Bubbles back at home

Taking puppy, baby and baba for a ride in the stroller

We also had a lovely day at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden with Steve, Selina, Clara & Amelia

You LOVED how good Amelia & Clara were at blowing bubbles!

Easter Sunday we started by making cookies together for the first time

You started playing with the dough like play doh though and breaking it off into tiny pieces

The Easter shapes were SO cute!

Then Aunty Helen came over and set up a fun egg hunt!

WOW - first egg found!

View from inside your cabin

Ohhh another one

Cute bunny shirt from Grandma & Grandpa

And a cute ducky basket from Nana & Granddad!

Shaking the eggs is fun!

Ahhhhh I LOVE it!

Too fun

Then it was time to decorate!

SO much fun

They turned out beautifully (and tasted SO nice!)

After you nap we went to another local park and you loved swinging with Helen

Bunny Skyping!

Doing your best home alone impression with Dada - ha ha

Your new favorite hiding spot

I also made cupcakes for our special visitors this week (who love Spiderman!)

Zephyr & Lennox! They came with Mom Cassie to spend the day with us which was great fun.

Later in the week you impressed Grandma & Grandpa on skype with your musical skills

and you impressed Mama by eating your new favorite vegetable - broccoli!

Your second Easter Egg hunt happened later in the week with your friend Isla

The two of you had fun putting the little wooden eggs through the screen door vents as well, because they would fall out of the bottom - very clever :)

We also had our third swimming lesson this week. Oh my GOSH do you love it - you have a HUGE smile on your face the whole time. This week when we arrived I said look Genna - the pool - we're going to go swimming! You said SWIMMING and took off running for the entrance fully clothed :)

This week your new favorite saying is Washing Hands. You love saying it, even while pouring milk from your cup onto your hands for fun!

A fabulous Easter Break for sure :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Another Lovely Weekend

We started off the weekend by going to the mall - you spotted this ride and said Please Please!
Holding your puppy handbag on your elbow - gosh you love that thing!

SO much fun!

Your favorite cartoon character - Elmo!

Playing a game on Mama's new i-phone

ohhhhhh marshmellow


Sunday we made our way to Featherdale wildlife park - and I got to hold this cute little owl!

Ohhhh a koala sleeping (Genna was VERY excited to see koalas...)

A cute little Kookaburra


Oh look - this one is awake and eating!

and some cute little kangaroos! (or Roos as Genna calls them)

They were ALL over the place

Genevieve checking out the penguins

Look Mama - another koala!

SO CUTE - a very big koala baby on its Mother's back :)

We had a GREAT time - its such a wonderful park - so many great Australian animals to see (we also enjoyed seeing the wombats and the Tasmanian devil running laps in his enclosure!)