For Christmas this year we went to our usual spot on Christmas Eve - The Mansion on O Street. Lil had fun exploring all the rooms and seeing so many cool things.
Lil had a better understanding of the magic of Christmas this year and loved seeing all the Christmas lights and stories about Santa and rudolf. She left cookies and milk for Santa and couldn't believe it when she saw he had left her a thank you note. We went a little overboard with the presents and Lil actually got bored unwrapping all her gifts so we ended up having to take a food break before all the presents were unwrapped.
Ian and I were lucky and had the whole week off between Christmas and New Year's so we rented a condo with a few of our friends in the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia at Massanutten Resort. We had a wonderful time and Ian even got to do a little skiing. But I think Lil had the best time out of everyone. She and her buddy, Phoenix, (who was born one day after her) were like two peas in a pod and had so much fun playing together. They were so cute!
I'm not going to make any excuses for not posting anything new, except to say that having a 2 year old really does keep us on our toes! She's becoming her own little person with her own little personality and ideas of what she wants and how things should be done. It's quite cute and funny most of the time but can be very frustrating and crazy making sometimes (i.e. insisting on sitting on the potty for over 45 minutes and screaming and crying when making her get off). And yes, we have started potty training. It's actually not as painful as I thought it would be and Lil's doing pretty well. We've learned that bribing her with M&M's is the magic trick. She is a non-stop chatterbox, talking, asking questions and singing from the moment she wakes up (at 6 am EVERY morning!) until she goes to bed. Her new favorite word now is "why?" and she loves to ask it 4-5 times in a row. She has to do everything herself and will say "NO! I'll do it" or "NO, I'm going to do ....". She likes to yell at Grizzly but also loves to give Grizzly and Squirrel big hugs. She likes to make us laugh by tickling us and making silly faces. Every day keeps getting better and better...
Happy 2nd Birthday!
We celebrated Lilian's 2nd birthday at the Playeum. It was an Elmo and Abby Cadabby party and she had such a great time. My parents flew in from Seattle for the celebration and Lil got to spend a lot of quality time being spoiled by them!
Lil LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba and was Foofa for Halloween! Our neighborhood organized a parade for little kids to walk around the neighborhood to go trick or treating together and has a band following them playing music. It was great! Lil only walked up to one house on her own and I had to carry her to the rest of them. Luckily, she didn't get too much candy and was only interested in the M&M's.
This year we got our family photos done in Annapolis, MD. Lil was having a blast and was a little ham for the photographer!