Miss Em is officially 2.5 years old. She is growing up so fast it's making our heads spin! But do you know how fun it is to be the parent of a two and half year old? So much imagination, laughter and language. Everyday I have so many funny stories to share. I always mean to blog about them, but don't ever get it done. So for posterity sake, I want to write out what Em is up to these days.
*Reading. She still loves to read and probably has us read about 10 books MINIMUM per day. Her favorite as of late is Curious George and do you know that some of those books are around 80 pages long? Yeah, I tire easily of that dang monkey! We're checking out the shorter ones these days. She also loves for us to tell her stories orally, her favorites are Fairy Tales at the moment.
*Princesses: Speaking of Fairy Tales, the girl can spot a Disney Princess from a mile away in any given store. I'd hate to see what things would be like if we actually bought her all of those movies, stickers, costumes, etc. Just yesterday we were walking down the aisle at Target and she shouted, "There's the Little Mermaid!" Sure enough LM stickers, which she studied for a good 5 minutes. Luckily we haven't had tantrums about buying such items...yet.
*Singing: Em loves to sing and can sing many songs by herself these days. Her favorite songs are: The Alphabet Song; Twinkle, Twinkle; Away in a Manger; Baa Baa Black Sheep. The best part about this is that she insists I do sign language to the songs most times. She likes to do the signs if she knows them. Then the other night in the car we're driving along and she tells me, "I doing sign language, Mama!" Tom was driving so I turned around to see what she was doing, she said, "No Mama, don't watch me do sign language." So I turned back around and watched her in the mirror. It was so funny! She was basically just flipping her hands around, but I loved that she was wanting to do it in sign language!
*Swinging: I'm not sure if she will ever tire of swinging. She's always loved it.
*Dancing: Em loves to dance around to music and tells me, "I'm doing ballet." She does this sweet, somewhat corny, slow dance that involves all sorts of hand swaying. We think it must be something that she does at school. The other night she did a "show" for us where she would go out of the room and Tom would introduce her and she would come in to sing songs and dance. When she'd get finished she take a HUGE bow and then would say, "You guys clap now!" Then we'd clap and cheer and she would start another act. We were rolling on the floor laughing by the end of it.
*Gymnastics: This girl is flexible and strong and loves flipping and tumbling. We're taking a Saturday morning tumbling class and she loves doing somersaults, jumping on the mini tramp and flipping on the bar.
*Language: Our girl is quite a chatterbox and her language amazes us. She is very expressive and pretty easy to understand for her age. She uses such descriptive language and is very precise in her word choices. The other morning she told Tom, "I'm so excited to see my teachers!" as she hopped out of the car and they walked in to school. Sunday night in the car she told us, "This one mine favorite song!" I always imagine that some day she might be a writer as she continues to develop her gift of language. (I wish I could think of better examples...but I can't at the moment?!)
The most exciting thing for us is that she is also speaking lots of Mandarin Chinese at school and understands her teachers perfectly. We're so happy she is bilingual and hope this will remain true for the rest of her life.
Two and a Half! And we are infinitely blessed to be her parents.