Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NYC +/-

We're in LI and NYC for the week, doing holiday visiting with family and celebrating my grandmother's 80th birthday. Being here has its ups and downs:

+Being with family! (duh)
+ seeing Lili with my cousins and my bro and s.i.l.
+ having 4 generations of women in one room
+ playing wii
+catching up, reminiscing, and otherwise picking on each other
- lili not sleeping well because of all the people and excitement
- us not sleeping well either

+Good food. Great food.
+ cheap, delicious asian pears
+ asian style cake!
+ bubble tea
- overeating, oversnacking

+City sights
+ playing in Central park: 2 different playgrounds in less than one block!
+ Toys. Everywhere. F.A.O. Schwartz
+ Christmasy decor on 5th Ave.
- Holiday crowds. Too. Many. People.
+ Lilian: Sitting on Keith's shoulders saying "Lots. Of. People." over and over again
+ Public Transportation. "The Train talks!"
- City travel time suck.

Being here reminds me how glad I am to live in the "country". I'm just not raised to be a city mouse. But there really is nothing like New York City!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Winter fun continues

We were invited to an open skate with some friends of ours and decided it would be a great time to try out Lili's new hand-me-down ice skates. She impressed everyone, and after a little time using the crates she decided to go it alone and wouldn't allow any help from either of us. Several people stopped to remark on her determination and so we were just very proud of her. We stayed all the way until the end and even watched the zamboni clean the ice at the end.

click here for more pictures

Thursday, December 25, 2008

First Coherent Christmas

This was Lilian's first Christmas where she "understands" what's going on, so we did the whole bit. I got "Twas the Night Before Christmas" book from the library and we read it to her so that she'd have some idea of what's going on, then:

Christmas Eve:
After book reading, before tooth-brushing, we did "clean up, clean up" for Santa, because you always clean up before company comes over. Then we prepared a plate of cookies and milk and a carrot for Rudolph, and then Lili went to bed.

1am: woke up crying
4am: woke up crying
6am: woke up crying (what's up with this???)
9am: woke up calling for milk

Christmas Morning:
Contemplated showing her the presents and then telling her she can't have them because she got up so many times last night. Decided that would just be too mean.

Brought her into the kitchen for milk, avoiding the living room. She gets excited for milk and then stops short. "Where's Santa?". "He was only here last night". "Oh!". Runs into the living room to look for the plate with (no more) cookies and the carrot nub left. "And what did Santa leave for you?". "Presents!". She was so excited. Just so excited. But we had to get Keith up before we opened anything, and then it was just so much fun. I didn't take any pictures because I wanted to savor the moments like when I gave Keith his present to open, but there weren't any for me, Lili gave me her Playdoh. She's so thoughtful!

Her gifts from us this year: extra winter boots, wool socks, music box, playdoh, Curious George puzzle, Elmo Doll

Hannukah in the next post!

Update: She is, at the moment, introducing Elmo to the other stuffed animals in the house, and kissing him, and reading him books. Priceless!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Someone Named Tina!

This is what Fere Jacques sounds like when sung by my little toddler:

Fere Jacques, Fere Jacques,
Door May MOO! Door May MOO!
Someone naaaaammee Tina! Someone naaaammmee Tina!
Ding dong Ding dong.

click the picture to download a mp3 of her singing!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mmmm. Heavenly.

The view out our living room window:

It's amazing what 48 hours of snow can do. It's so beautiful and fluffy outside. We've been out a lot, shoveling and playing. It took a couple of times, but we have perfected Lilian's outside get-up. The last step was adding a neck warmer. Which for her is really a cheek warmer. She came in with some frost-nip on her cheeks the first really cold night we went out so we added that layer. She doesn't like it over her face and says it feels "weird".

Of course our camera doesn't do the atmosphere any justice. It is really gorgeous outside, with big huge flakes coming down. It's ridiculous to say, but it makes me just giddy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Scratch That

Remember how I knit that wool soaker really fast? Well, I have beat my own record and I knit a cute little hat in less than 24 hours. In fact it only took me about 3-4 hours of actual working time, and unlike most of my other projects, I didn't get bored of it.

I modeled it after one of the freebie Burton hats we scored and it was too easy in a chunky wool with big needles. It fits me and Lili and it so soft and cushy I could sleep in it. I'm trying to power through another one to give as a gift but already it's taking me much longer than this one...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Nothing Like It

There is nothing like the first big snowfall of the year. And munchkins in their full winter regalia:

Knitty Crazy

This may have been the fastest knitting project I ever did. It's a wool soaker cloth diaper cover, though for now it will just be a pair of shorts for "Hero" bear. I knitted up the newborn size because I didn't know if I would have enough of my trash yarn to make a bigger one. Plus, I wanted to learn the pattern using the smallest size because then it's way faster. Less than one week! It's pretty cute, and it was really fun to knit. I learned a few new techniques on it.

If you're interested, here's the pattern.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

BTV Benefits

One of the benefits of living a couple of miles away from a major snowboard maker? Being around to go to the special events that they hold. This evening was "Ladies' Night" at Burton, and Lili and I were lucky enough to be within the first people in line, so we each got goodie bags with stickers, and hats. Lili's Burton hat even fits her! I love free stuff. I love even more standing in line with people who get as excited about 6-12 inches of snow in one night as I do.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm That Mom

Today, I am that mom. The one who takes her kid to Burger King for lunch. No, not for the toy (we didn't even get the toy).

We went for this:

Because the weather was like this:

And hey, she gets a crown and we played CandyLand, too. So it all evens out, right?

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I have been on a big knitting kick recently. It helped that when we were in NJ I had time to knit a big portion of a hat, and that made me crave more. There is one project that is slacking, though. Lili's swing coat sweater has been suffering because I'm getting really tired of it. I have one sleeve left to do so I really should just power through, but my interest has shifted to knitting a wool diaper cover for the first time. I'll start with a newborn size to practice and then maybe work on one for Lil. But in all honesty, I hope she's potty trained before we actually need it!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

bed update

The first night went super smoothly, with Lilian sleeping right through the night with no peeps. Or maybe Keith and I were just sleeping too soundly... Nap today was a little different. Lili got up three times before settling down for her usual hour and a half nap. So far, so good!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

big girl bed - phase 3

Phase 3 of the big girl bed transition came about 3 weeks earlier than we expected! A nice phone call this morning from the furniture store let me and Lili know that a big chapter in her life would begin today (dramatic enough for you???). After haggling with Keith, I decided we would be able to squeeze the mattress into the wagon with Lili in the car with me, and luckily it worked. I'd hate to disappoint her. So the big move happened today, with plenty of excitement.

See below for pictures of Lilian hugging her crib goodbye, and then faux sleeping for documentation sake, and us celebrating the fact that we can now lay with her in her own bed.

And, if you care to know... The mattress is stunningly beautiful, and tremendously comfortable. Which, considering the price of it, is a really really good thing.

She's seemingly settled in for the night with no troubles. We'll see if that continues. Updates later!

Shiny and New

Instead of getting a DS Lite for Chrismukkah, like I wanted to get for him... Keith decided that he would much prefer new pots. Even though I do most of the cooking. But, he is the efficiency (energy efficiency) guru around here, and so it has been bothering him that our not so flat pots have been wasting energy on our fancy glass top cooking surface. Hence the new, very flat, shiny, heavy bottomed new pots. They are beautiful. Maiden voyage will be tomorrow, with a chicken chili. Keith predicts they will decrease boiling time by 30%. We shall see... But in any case, they are very pretty, and another foray into being grownups.