Monday, November 26, 2007

Goodbye Thanksgiving... Hello Christmas...

Well, Christmas is looming on the horizon and I couldn't be happier about it. Ever since Mommy and Daddy have been married, they have decorated their house for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. So in an effort to not fail tradition, we dug out the Christmas tree and put it up Saturday! Mommy was a little worried about me being around the tree, but it only took a few stern warnings and one time-out for me to realize that I could only touch the decorations very gently. The novelty has already worn off and now I just prefer to enjoy the tree from afar.

Mommy also let me watch the Charlie Brown Christmas Special as her introduction to what Christmas is truely about. Although the highlight of the show for me was definitely the music, I am intrigued by the whole "baby in a stable" thing. Mommy also bought me my own "Little People Nativity Set" to tell me about Jesus, but right now I'm more interested in the sheep, donkey and camel that came with it.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Hope you all enjoyed your festivities! And as for the Canadian contingent... Happy "Month After" Thanksgiving! What an awesome Thanksgiving here at the van Riessen home. My Nani flew down from Canada and I had a great visit with her. I was a little grumpy though and it looks like my last set of teeth (incisors) are coming in. So Nani got to see my "less happy" side. But we still had fun and she taught me all kinds of songs. I love it when she sings to me!

We were pretty busy her entire visit. Trips to the mall, toy store, zoo, factory outlets, restaurants, etc. And of course we enjoyed a taste of gluttony on Thanksgiving day, when we all went to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's house for dinner. There were 11 adults and 5 kids there and they cooked TWO turkeys! There was enough food left over for another meal for sixteen people! Of course, I'm a little picky, so even with all that amazing food available, all I wanted to eat were Cheerios and raisins. Oh... and olives of course. But the meal was followed up with an unreal dessert buffet including your choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin squares, pumpkin cake, brownies, key lime pie and ice cream. So I made up for my small meal at dessert time. Yummy... Anyway, as it's Thanksgiving, I would like to give my list of things I'm thankful for:
1. God
2. my parents
3. my relatives
4. my pacifier
5. olives... oh, and ice cream...
Love you guys! Big Thanksgiving hugs sent your way!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mmmm... Thanksgiving is coming...

Hi everyone! Not too much to report around here. Mommy has had a bit of consulting work to crank through over this last week and Daddy finished replacing our furnace and ducting system. We took another trip to the zoo and of course had our Thursday play date with Ava and Keilani (see picture below)! And on Friday night, Mommy and Daddy got to go out without me and I stayed home to play with Auntie Paige. It's only the 3rd time they've gone out at night without me and they both seemed a little excited about the prospect. I don't understand why?

Mommy and I have started planning for the holiday season. We've started our Christmas shopping which is fun. Mommy has already caved and has given me one of the stocking stuffers she bought. I think she's even more excited then I am! And this evening my Nani arrives from Canada for a visit! It's a bit of a bittersweet visit because Papa wasn't able to join her this trip. He is suffering from some really bad back problems and had to cancel his flight. We'll TOTALLY miss him, but I'm happy that at least Nani is coming (even though she's leaving him to fend for himself)! WE LOVE YOU PAPA!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A visit from Grandma & Grandpa!

I had an awesome weekend! Grandma and Grandpa Belknap came for a visit and totally spoiled me! Their whirlwind visit began with a trip to the Folsom Zoo. We saw all kinds of animals, but my favorites were the peacocks, which roamed around all over the place, and the tigers. The tigers were playing with a giant rubber ball, and they would stalk it and then pounce on it just like a giant house cat. It was really fun to watch!

When we were leaving the zoo, Grandma took me on a train ride. We got to ride the coolest little steam engine around the property. I grinned from ear to ear.

We also got to spend some time with our extended family... the Hare clan (my great aunt and uncle) and the Faddis clan (cousins). This meant that I got to spend some time playing with my cousins Brandon, Logan and Brody! Those guys know how to play. I was exhausted after an evening of chasing them around. Particularly Logan. He and I had a blast playing with a section of air conditioning ducting that Daddy gave us. It was like a giant slinky that we could climb through!

I also loved seeing cousin Brody. I kept sneaking over to him and trying to pet his head. He's just such a cute baby! I felt bad because he was teething so bad, so I gave him one of my teething rings. I hope he feels better soon. Looking at this picture, I think you can definitely tell we're related!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Watch out Old MacDonald... here I come!

Although my spoken vocabulary is still a little limited to "bye", "Mommy", "Dada" and "banana", I have been learning some animal sounds. So far I know what a fish, pig, sheep, dog, snake and frog say. I bet you didn't even know that fish speak! Maybe it's easier for me to pick this up because I'm pretty much obsessed with animals right now. I love all things animals... toys, books, America's Funniest Home Videos, you name it! Unfortunately because of my allergies, Mommy is in the process of finding new homes (read: Good Will) for all but the nicest of my stuffed animals, and the one she's keeping are being evicted from my bedroom. I'll eventually forgive her. Anyway, here's some of the animals I know!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Trick-or-treating & my long lost sister...

Well, Hallowe'en was not really up my alley. I did indeed get to try out the whole trick-or-treating thing at our neighbors but I wasn't thrilled about the whole experience. I wouldn't let Mommy and Daddy put me down the whole time we were trick-or-treating and I was completely scared of the ghouls and goblins decorating our neighbor's lawns. Since I whimpered the entire time, Mommy and Daddy quickly gave up and we went home. But then our doorbell kept wringing and all these people in scary costumes would yell "Trick or Treat" at us. Everytime the doorbell would ring I'd get more and more scared. So I went to bed early and slept it off. My favorite part was definitely sorting through all the colorful packages in my bucket that the neighbors gave me. I wonder what's in those little packages? And I wonder why I couldn't find any of them the next day?

Anyway, today I got to play with my friend Emma. Many people have commented that Emma and I may have been seperated at birth. But she's 4 months older than me, so it's pretty impossible we're long lost sisters. Our friend Ty was also over so we all had a lot of fun playing together.

Well, I hope you all survived the terror of Hallowe'en. Love ya!