Monday, December 10, 2012

Dear Diary, 12/10/2012

Dear Diary,

Alabama has relented and decided she cannot pretend it is summer anymore--what with the Christmas decorations out and mocking her. So, she brought rain and gray days. No fear here in the Kraft household, though, because even though it gets dark at 4:30, infant and toddler energy abound. Olivia often does laps around the kitchen and great room on command when I see she can't contain herself, and spontaneously other times. Leo is so fast crawling it is scary. His favorite game right now is "Peek-a-boo" around the ottoman--me crawling where he can't see me and then him "finding" me. He continues to take a couple of steps here and there, but doesn't seem terribly interested in walking on his own. He loves to hold on to my fingers and walk, and often wriggles out of my arms when I am carrying him to do so. He cruises on all the furniture, pushes chairs around, and even walks with just the wall as support. Leo stands on his own very well. He will stand up holding a cup and drink, or with a toy and play with it for seconds at a time. He is an avid apple-juice drinker now since that pebble he swallowed STILL has not made its appearance. Perhaps I missed it.

Saturday we went to our friends' son's fourth birthday party at the gymnastics place that Olivia goes. It was a super hero party, so Olivia dressed as Wonder Woman, which was a costume that happened to be hanging in her closet as a hand-me-down from Abby. Olivia had a good time, but it was a little different since she didn't really know anyone and was at least a year younger than most of the other kids. Usually when we go to gymnastics, I stay right near her because it is just "toddler play time" and not a formal class. At the party, one instructor had all the kids doing activities: obstacle course, races, trampoline, etc. I stayed with her for the first few minutes, and then she cozied up to a female instructor and was okay with Leo and me going to the side and playing. I later went to put my sweatshirt in a cubby, and she freaked out and was done being away from me. By that time, though, it was nearly time for balloons--they had someone come make balloon animals--and snacks. Olivia ate a Jello snack for the first time by herself with a spoon! Impressive!

I didn't get any good pictures, so I posted four bad ones. Four bads make a good, right? Olivia is in the blue and red Wonder Woman costume. She loved her cape!

I've been meaning to write down some conversations that Olivia and I have had lately, too. Here's one where she is pretending to be Cinderella and I am the prince.

Olivia: Hello, Prince!
Me: Oh, Cinderella, let's dance!
Olivia: Do you like my dress, Prince?
Me: Of course!
Olivia: It's midnight, Prince. Bong, bong, bong, ....
Me: No, don't go!
Olivia: Don't worry. I'll see you when I marry you!

Olivia has a fantastic memory. She remembers things from when she was eighteen months old and before. It's astonishing, really. We have a book of 19 nursery rhymes that she has memorized. I thought that was that. Now she has decided to make up her own songs and rhymes by altering the words. Here is an example (like Jack Sprat) that she told us at dinner yesterday:

Irk Smirk could eat no fat
His wife could eat no ornaments
And so between the two of them
They licked the ornament platter clean

Of course, it is much cuter coming from her mouth. She has a great imagination, and could play with me in her room all morning pretending to have a party and then a sleepover, which is what we did Sunday morning. She even made Leo a bed. She said, "My Leo can sleep there," pointing to a blanket she had spread out on the ground with a pillow.

And I just found out tonight that Leo and Olivia will be in the Christmas program at their school on the 21st. Olivia is going to be an angel and will be singing "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night," which she already has memorized and can sing on her own. Leo will be a sheep in the field. Now, to find him a white outfit...


  1. Oh man! I can't wait to see some pics of the Christmas program ... sounds like they will both be adorable!!

  2. Yes, I think four not-great pics = 1 wonderful one. We could see her, so they did turn out well.

    As for the costume, Martha has an answer: