I haven't posted all week! Really, this time of year there just isn't that much going on that's worthy of a blog post. It's cold, it's rainy, it's raining ice (oh joy). So, we send daddy to work and us gals (and Max) stay home where it's warm and cozy. We play in kitchen (Emi's, not mine) making tea and cooking/baking depending on Emi's whim. I should have grabbed the camera but always thought of it after. I need a small pocket camera that has a fast shutter speed (Emi, fast as the wind!). Oh, and cheap. Yeah, good luck with that.
We also played a lot down in the family room. Emi is really getting more and more into her puzzle pieces, not so much putting them in the puzzles as using them in different areas. The stacking pieces with the holes she likes to put on my fingers, she likes to put the animals into her car and zoom them around. Basically anything other than putting them together in the puzzles these days. I do think that imaginative play is coming out more and more. She is enjoying her new Cinderella dvd. Oh, she could care less about the plight of our heroine, it's all about the birds. And the mice. Don't forget the dog, cat and horse. In fact, right about the time that the fairy godmother shows up, Emi is done with the movie as she knows there isn't much more of the animals. I also found a great dvd on Netflix that Emi loves (that we need to buy). Ultimate Pandas. Set in Wolong Conservation Center (China), it's a wonderful gentle look at pandas. Emi loves this dvd, it's probably her favorite right now. I would love to find more dvd's like this one. Nothing scary, all animals, a teaching tool without it really seeming to be one - perfect for her.
The big excitement of the week actually happened last weekend. "Uh-oh" showed up. Considering that that is basically Emi's only word, it's a big deal around here. She sort of has "Da" (daddy), ALL (ball) - and yes, said in all caps!, oooooon (balloon), baaaa (what the sheep says) and will pull out ma ma ma when she feels the need to get out of trouble. I still don't think she knows what it means, but knows that mama likes to hear it. But uh-oh is her first real word. And uses it, a lot. It has also become her get-out-of-jail-free card. Especially in her mind. It doesn't work so well now, as it did earlier in the week, much to Emi's chagrin. But we are hoping with the success of this word that maybe others will follow. We are still going to talk to the speech therapy folks here, as we do feel she is behind in her speech.
We have been talking about what we are going to do for Chinese New Year. We talked on and off about going to Bainbridge Island as it looks like they have a nice celebration that lasts several days. But really, the only thing that would be age-appropriate for Emi is the parade. And while it looks wonderful, to drive over the mountains (if we could make it, if the snow wasn't too bad/high) 3-4 hours each way spend at least one night either on the island or near Seattle seems kind of crazy for a parade. Even a great one. If Emi was a bit older we'd probably do it, but we are thinking of putting this idea on hold for a couple of years. We are thinking that with Emi's love of animals, that maybe we should try and put together another trip to the zoo. The last few tries have been kind of a bust, mainly because of weather. So we are going to shoot for this spring, April or May, probably. I would like to try the Seattle zoo again, but then the Tacoma zoo sound interesting too. We have time yet to make that decision, and they are close enough to do both in one long weekend but that could be too much of a good thing. Time will tell. But, back to CNY, we still haven't found something to do and we really want to. There is a local adoption group that is having their annual dinner that we are planning on attending, but I guess I was hoping for something more. Still looking, so maybe I will find something closer than going all the way to Seattle.