Monthly Archives: December 2007

First Snow

A few weeks ago we had our first snow storm. It came down quickly. We decided to take LiLi out into it. LiLi does not particularly like to be dressed in her snowsuit. I then realized that she did not have any snow boots so she is wearing a pair of cowboy boots we bought this summer in Montana. She and I lasted only about 5 minutes outside before I was cold and she had decided enough was enough.

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Maggie and LiLi in the snow

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Maggie and LiLi in the snow

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Inside after being in the snow. Notice the cowboy boots.

I went to buy her a pair of snow boots a day or 2 later but the selection was horrible so she still doesn’t have any but I decided that she does have a pair of shoes that work until I find a better selection(which will likely be next year).

December

Well, with the end of November and the beginning of December, the Christmas season has begun. I must say that it is nice to be able to enjoy this season again now that we have LiLi to celebrate it with us. And, of course, because of LiLi we started the season by going to see Santa at the Zoo, the weekend after Thanksgiving. LiLi was not quite sure what to make of Santa when she first saw but as he was singing, he was ok. However, once he came near her, the fun was over.

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Watching Santa singing. This isn’t so bad

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Santa is ok in the distance but not so close even if he has given me a present

Now, after seeing the above picture, you will be suprised to find out that Santa has become one of her favorite words. I blame this on her Nana who must have a million Santas in her house and has managed to brainwash LiLi into a Christmas/Winter fanatic. Her other favorite thing now is snowmen and the song “Frosty the Snowman.” Actually, she calls snowmen “Thumpety-Thumps.” We were at the mall the other day and there was almost no one there so we stopped to look at Santa who came up and was talking to LiLi. She did not cry this time but just stared at him with this scared, awed look. He then gave her a coloring book which she would not reach for from him but gladly took from me. I then turned her stroller around and we had not walked more than three feet when she looked at her coloring book and started saying “Santa” over and over again.

To continue the holiday celebrations, we went last weekend and cut down our Christmas tree. Both LiLi and Maggie seemed to enjoy this trip and there was a huge Santa on the premises that made LiLi just stare in absolute awe. Our tree is now up in its stand but we have not had the chance to put up and lights or ornaments. I think that will be coming over the next few days as we may be stuck in the house after all the snow that has fallen outside but it should also give us some more pictures. More later.

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Mommy and LiLi check out a tree

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Daddy, LiLi and Maggie

Visit with Uncle Jay and Aunt Brett

Uncle Jay and Aunt Brett came to visit over the Thanksgiving week and LiLi had a lot of fun with both of them. Of course, Aunt Brett had made her a new shirt to go under a pair of real overalls and in which she looked quite cute. Aunt Brett also spent the whole week laughing at everything she did just like LiLi’s Nana so, of course, LiLi just hammed it up some more. By the end of the week, she was on such a high from being laughed at and adored that it took her a good week to realize that that was not always the way it is. Sometimes she does have to be told no and of course, her Mom seems to be the one that falls upon. Uncle Jay and LiLi took a little more time to get comfortable with each other. LiLi was actually scared of him at first but I think it may just be the beard. After a day or so she learned that he was an easy touch if you wanted to have a book or 3 or 4 read to you and since that is LiLi’s favorite activity, she and Uncle Jay spent a lot of time reading. They spent so much time reading that when I was talking to Uncle Jay a week or so ago and put him on speaker phone, LiLi immediately made the sign for book and kept on doing it insistently. Uncle Jay has promised to read her a book the next time we talk with him.

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Back to pictures of Li Li

For those of you who were unaware, Missouri lost the big 12 championship but was still selected to go to the Cotton Bowl. You can watch them on New Year’s Day, I know we will be watching them.

Bundled baby

Recently while Catherine was out studying for her boards, I bundled Li Li up to go to the playground. This level of bundling would have passed the Chinese grandmother test because Li LI must have had 5 or 6 layers of clothes on including her hat and mittens.

Li Li absolutely loves the playground especially swinging. Even though it was about 25 degrees with a bitter 20-mph wind, Li Li kept asking for more using her sign language. She is not happy merely swinging back and forth a few feet. She wants big swings and she wants them often.

Swing Space

Of course I give them to her because they make her so darn happy. How can you resist a smile like this?

Li Li Laugh Swing

While I was pushing Li Li at her beck and call I was also playing with Maggie in the park since no other parents were crazy enough to be outside on such a cold, blustery day. I would push Li Li several times and then toss a stick for Maggie. I must have repeated that particular sequence of motions about 30 times before I realized that one of the three of us had to be a responsible adult – and Li Li isn’t quite ready to take on that role. Finally it was probably time to go back home and warm up.

Of course one more picture was required.

Maggie and Li Li Slide

Li Li decided to climb on some equipment and Maggie promptly joined her. Li Li was able to climb up the equipment to the top of the slide and then slide down all by herself. I was poised to catch her if needed but as unsteady on her feet as she is sometimes, she was able to climb and slide without any issue- even with a 65 lb dog nudging her periodically. I figure eventually she’ll be so used to being bumped by a big dog that she’ll be a force to be reckoned with on the field hockey field or Soccer pitch.
We’ll see where her interests take her. That’s all for now. -t