Sunday, April 15, 2012

violet at 2

every once in a while, i think it is good to give an update on the girls. they are changing so fast that i am sure they will have completely different likes and dislikes before i can even finish this post. and THAT is why i need to be documenting it all more!

so, here is what life is like with violet these days.

her stool

little did i know, violet didn't really ever need parents. to be fully independent, all she was waiting for was a stool.
from the minute we brought this stool back, vi was alive with independence. she turned light switches on, washed her hands, practically potty trained herself, helped herself to any snacks i had placed out of reach.... you get the picture. she even carted the stool into the livingroom for a while whenever she got to watch a show. it was the perfect size for a toddler chair. in the kitchen, i now have a chef's assistant at all times. stirring, tasting, and telling me what foods she doesn't like. the stool aged my little girl a good ten years- but i say there is nothing as cute as seeing a pint-sized person hauling a stool around everywhere they go.

ch-ch-ch-chatter box

violet loves to talk. i have said this before, i know, but lately she is really getting into some deep conversations. sometimes she really gets going as she tells cade and i all about something she did. she loves to find similarities with anything and point out that it is "just like me!" she often tells me what we are doing tomorrow or on "friday" all the while making up grand adventures of going swimming or to the park with her cousins. i love every second of it. there is no better entertainment, i assure you that. this chatty stage is so fun.

her talking is also making reading time a whole new adventure as well. now she will "read" the books to us as she memorizes what we are saying. her favorite books right now are cats and brown bear, brown bear- both of which she can pretty much read to us.

potty training

done. check. fin. violet was so ready for it all. sure, we had a few accidents, but they were few and she would bounce right back. these days, she is pretty much accident free! my favorite thing about her potty experiences right now is that she calls number two, "going snakes." i know that is t.m.i. but she calls it like she sees it. when she finishes up, that is what she sees left behind. snakes.
like father like daughter... she thinks she needs to play on an ipod whenever she goes potty. yikes.

belly tickles

this little one is quite demanding when it comes time to go to sleep. whether it is a nap or bedtime, when violet gets sleepy, she needs a belly tickle. it is a major part of her day.

and we should also note that she can't go to bed unless all fifty of her stuffed animals are tucked in with her. she really does notice when one is missing..

friends and fancy

violet has quite the group of friends she plays with in the neighborhood. a group of us have organized a little joy school/play group where the girls learn the alphabet and play. they are all on cloud nine when they get together. my favorite part to watch as these girls giggle and play is how they all naturally gussy themselves up. they exchange chapstick, brush one another's hair and talk endlessly of princesses. where does this come from!? do they really see this all around them enough to pretend play at 2? i am fascinated and humbled by seeing that these little girls are sponges! makes me think twice about how i act and what i do. regardless, this princess business has led to violet's obsession with snow white. right now she is really loving on all princesses- but especially snow white. she has lived in her snow white dress since she got it. she wears it to bed and barely parts with it when she has to get in the bath. she. is. snow. white.

the fanciness continues. the other day she ended up at the doctor's office looking like this:

she didn't want to take her glasses off for anything. when we told her we needed to take her kitty shirt off for the exam, she firmly told me that it was ivy's turn and refused. dr. alba was great with her as she glared through her glasses at him. gotta love this 'tude.

gaga is her gal

violet loves to dance to lady gaga. she asks for it by name. she even sings along to the chorus of "just dance." the other day, i was at subway with violet and my parents when a lady gaga song came on. without hesitation, violet stopped to listen and then yelled out, "gaga!"
she really knows her stuff.
she only knows a few, clean songs of LG- but i can only hope that we can listen to the "wheels on the bus" cd again soon...

her little sister

as ivy is getting bigger, the two girls are really starting to love play time together. violet is always down on the floor with ivy rolling and babbling right along. she often gives ivy a toy if she gets sad and kisses are a must. the other day violet happily yelled out, "i love my little sister ivy!"

i truly do love this stage. there are a zillion things that happen very day that i think i should write down- i don't want to forget them! overall, i really am enjoying this time to get to know violet as she is growing up so fast. she is playful, dramatic and so eager to learn. it makes every day different and fun.

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