Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aaahhh!! I forgot to post about Halloween!!

November is almost over and I never posted about Renee's Halloween fun!  So here it is, better late than never, right?

October 9 - We went to the giant pumpkin patch in Lathrop with our friends Jason, Jodi, Keira and Jackson.  The kids loved playing in the pumpkin jump house and the playground.

Jeff, Keira & Renee climbing up on the tractor tire tower.

Fun in the jump house!!
In the picture above you can see Renee's "dallween meow" (translation: halloween cat) shirt.

Renee and Jackson getting to go on the big kid swings!!

October 11 - We had our friend Julie and her son Eddie over for some Halloween cookie decorating.  It was messy and fun and the kids loved eating their works of art :D

Eddie adding LOTS of sprinkles to his cookies.

Renee decided that her hands also needed some colorful icing.

October 28 - They had a harvest festival at Renee's daycare.  All the kids dressed up and played fun harvest themed games.

Snow White, Doctor, Sunflower, Renee the Witch and a Fire Fighter 
Renee playing "throw the hoola hoop over the pumpkin"

October 31 - Halloween!!!  We went trick-or-treating in downtown Davis with our friends Julie & Dave, their son Eddie and Eddie's daycare group.

I love this picture of Julie and Renee walking, so precious.

Renee the Witch and Eddie as Peter Pan

Enjoying her very 1st candy - a mini Snickers bar!!

The weather was so warm that when we got home we set up our pumpkin carving station out on the front lawn.  It was so nice not having to make that mess indoors!!  Although we did get some mosquito bites - it was October, crazy!!

Scooping out the innards.
Once the pumpkin was carved we all just sat out on the porch and waited for the trick-or-treaters to come.

Lewis didn't like being alone, so he sat out with us too.

Renee got to eat more candy, she liked Halloween!!

And because I love side-by-sides, here's Renee's 1st and 2nd Halloween costumes.  Apparently she's adorable no matter what you dress her up as!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Nee dood dit"

Renee has been talking so much lately.  And it's really fun to be able to communicate with her.  To be able to ask her a question and not only have her understand what I'm saying, but to also have her answer me, I love it!!  And I know just about everyone learns to talk in the world, but it's just such an amazing, fascinating and rewarding process, especially when it's my own baby!!  

Of course, it's also very challenging at times, as I can't always understand what Renee is saying.  She's usually very determined though, and repeats what ever it is over and over again until I get it.  It's cute, and sometimes frustrating and slightly annoying, but it's a learning experience for both of us.  

Here are some of the things she's been saying these days (and the translations in parenthesis):

"No, no, Yoyo! My dahdoo." (No, no, Sophie.  My cracker!)

"Dadaaaa, arrr juuuu?" (Dada, where are you?)

"Mama, hood ju!" (Mama, hold you.)  This means she wants me to hold her.  It stems from me saying, "Do you want me to hold you?"

"Mama, dee dee dahdoo." (Mama, cookie cracker.)  This means she wants a cracker from the box that has the picture of Cookie Monster on it.

"Nee zock on.  Nee dood dit."  (Renee sock on.  Renee will do it.)  She's getting very independent lately and wants to do everything herself.  She usually says, "No, Nee dood dit!" when we ask her if she wants any help.  But then gives up in frustration after a couple of tries and says, "Mama, hep."  (Mama, help.)

She also likes to tell us what we're doing, like if Jeff is putting his shirt on she'll say, "Dada, surt on!"  Or, if I finished my glass of water she'll say, "Mama wahwah, all done!"

Everyday it seems she says something new, this is such a fun age!!