Well, school has started again, and we're starting to get into our new routine for this semester. So far things are going well!
Lately we've really been trying to take advantage of our free museum passes, which is part of our student IDs. Alice enjoys these outings more now that she's a bit older, and we enjoy them as well. We are really lucky to live in a place with so many fun, family-friendly places to go in the winter.
Alice is getting more and more of a personality. She's a pretty happy girl, especially now that three of her incisor teeth have finally poked through. I hypothesize that these have been causing her some grief on and off for the last few months. We are excited to have more teeth to floss between! I'm kind of joking, kind of not . . . she thinks flossing is cool because Mommy and Daddy do it, so sometimes it's a reward for her letting us brush her teeth.
Going along with the mouth topic (because who doesn't want to hear all about an almost-2-year-old's mouth), Alice has been talking a lot lately! I know I say that every time, but she really just keeps saying more and more. Today I was counting cups of flour for bread dough, and she said "two, three" before I did. It took her yelling "BLAST OFF!!!" before I realized, "Hey, she just counted!"
Another funny thing is that she owns this annoying book that has kids songs in it, but with Mickey Mouse and Crew themes (Daisy, Donald Duck, etc.). She loves it because it has "E-I-E-I-O" in it (What she calls "Old McDonald Had a Farm"). She also has a stuffed Minnie Mouse that she had never even liked before, but now she's made the connection between Minnie and that Book, so she loves Minnie Mouse and calls her "E-I-E-I-O."
One thing we love about Alice is how sweet and kind she is. She gets so excited to see us when we come home, and she often just randomly comes up to us and gives us hugs. I especially love that she is so attached to Ryan and that she gets to spend so much time with him. They have a really good relationship, which would be more difficult to form if he were away all day every day.
For pictures, first we have the rest of the Hawaii pictures, which I didn't have access to last post:
|Testing out Travis's Christmas gift. He kindly shared with her.|
|That's right! We're a reading family!|
|This is one of the paddle boards we used to go on the river twice. It was so fun!|
And now for the Pennsylvania pictures:
|Alice has become more interested in trying on clothes. She also makes sure we all have jackets, hats, and mittens before we got outside.|
|We love our new rug (Kendra's Christmas gift)! It's bright, but that's what we were going for. It's must nicer to lay on than the uninsulated, hard berber carpet.|
|And here you can see the whole kitchen set that we finally put out. My parents painted it while they were in town in October. We had gotten it from some friends who were moving from Pittsburgh, and we all love it!|
|Facetime with Grandma Lori, Grandpa Luke, and Aunt May-may. Technology is amazing!|
|Yeah, I mean, I'm pretty cool. I actually know how to put sunglasses on my own face now, at least.|
|Just doing the model walk and showing of the new clothes my Grandma sent me . . .|
|. . . which happen to match my boots perfectly.|
|Gotta get everything ready for shopping . . .|
|If she really had eyes in the back of her head, she would have known I was taking this photo and then would have started running around to make it as blurry as possible.|
|Still with those sunglasses on--look like some sort of alien facial ornament|
|She figured out on her own that strawberries and lemons are a good combo (she even had velcroed the two different halves to each other).|
|Trying on her new furry boots. They're pretty big for this year, but will fit next year!|
|Gotta love that little face!|
Carnegie Natural History Museum
|Alice loved seeing all the animals she's seen in books!|
|The nice thing about taxidermy is that it can get up close and personal.|
|I wouldn't want to meet those tusks in person.|
|She was pretty much in awe with everything she saw.|
|"What does a rhinoceros do?" "Stick you"|
|Digging for dino bones. Well, brushing the sand away. We're required to wear the goggles, so this venture lasted just long enough for the photo.|
|Trying on part of our car emergency kit (face masks)|
The National Aviary
|Visiting the National Aviary on MLK day. The flamingos were her favorite part, probably because she saw them first, they are in a lot of her books, and they are big and hard to miss.|
|She would just walk right up to these birds and around them like they were other people walking around.|
|Dressed up like a marshmallow for the snow!|
|She didn't really like it when I put her in the 6 inches of snow because it was hard to walk.|
|Don't worry. She was okay.|
|She looked a little bit Indian with that raspberry dot on her forehead|