Ryan: You have 3 Cars books. You are pretty
much obsessed with all things Cars, so these are your favorites. You take them to bed every night, and if we come in before you're asleep we always find you with your flashlight poring over every picture. You've had them over a month and never get tired of them!
Allie: You prefer to choose a different book every night, but your frequent favorite is a Trucks book. You really love trucks.
Both: Too Pickley, Too Purpley, and the Llama Llama books. You just got them for Christmas and we have to read them every day!
"That'd be good." - You say this when I suggest something you would like to do or when you are suggesting something to me. "We should play downstairs, Mommy. That'd be good."
"Awwwww!" - Apparently I have done this a lot. He says this when he sees (in pictures or real life) babies, animals, and his sister after naptime!
"It hurts Allie's feelings." - I was trying to explain how mean actions (taking toys, hitting, fighting, etc.) hurt other's feelings. Since we want to show others, especially each other, Jesus' love, we shouldn't do things that are hurtful. It took Allie about 2 days to start using this to her advantage. Now anything we do that she doesn't like (such
as tell her that she can't watch any more tv) "hurts her feelings."
Both:"Its my favorite!" - You love superlatives. It might be a toy, a book, a song, or a really
bad idea (lining the cushions and pillows on the floor and then jumping off the furniture onto them). You have a lot of favorites!
"I do it myself!" - It shouldn't be a surprise. Isn't that what the end of the Two's and the beginning of the Three's are all about? You love doing things on your own and asserting your independence. Each day you get a better sense of your expanding coordination, motor control, and strength, and you love trying out new things. I just have to remember to keep encouraging you when you have difficulty and yell, "You do it, Mommy! Too hard!" Stay calm. Keep trying. You can do anything if you just keep trying. Those are some of my most popular phrases right now!
You are full of energy and imagination. My favorite thing is how we can go outside and the fort with the slide becomes a pirate ship, a school bus, or a tow truck. Your beds frequently turn into airplanes, boats, or hot air balloons. You can't get out of the bathtub because you are swimming to Nebraska (which would truly be a feat since it is landlocked!), and you can't leave the playroom because you are too busy having an adventure. Your play times have become so much fun!