Saturday, December 7, 2013

2 and a half

Likes: Elmo, bubbles, school (ECFE), mango, cereal, carrot sticks with ranch dressing, cookies, blocks, the little shopping carts at Lunds, books, helping with anything (but especially helping Daddy make eggs on Sunday morning), dancing, "doing work" on her computer or her workbench at the Cuckoo House, Christopher, her grandparents and aunts and uncles, except when Mommy and Aunt Katie start laughing (then she yells "Stop it!"). She is in for it if she can't handle our loud laughing, because it happens a lot.

Dislikes: Jeans, peppers, dogs, loud noises (except her own screaming), onions, spicy food, when the hood on her jacket gets "bunched up."

She is just such a funny, smart, spunky little girl. She is shy around people she doesn't know, or doesn't know well, but when she gets comfortable and opens up, she is very entertaining. She makes me laugh every day. I wish I could capture in a bottle how she is right now, at this age, to open up and revisit when she is 14 and thinks I don't get it.  (Except the times when she is whining or throwing a tantrum. Those times do not need to be saved for the future.)

She is starting to say some hilarious things, too. This gem made me feel especially good:

Ben: "Why were the other kids in class crying?"
Clare: "They were sad that their Mommies had left."
Ben: "Were you sad that your Mommy left?"
Clare: "No, I was really happy."

And earlier, I tried to move her hot chocolate (which she drank for the first time today), and she told me in no uncertain terms that what I was doing was unacceptable. "That's my hot chocolate. You leave it alone!" she commanded.

Seriously though. How is she 2 and a half? Some days I want time to speed up and other days I just want to say, "Stop it!"


  1. The pigtails!!! SO CUTE! It makes her look more grown up ... I can picture what she'll look like when she's five.
    What a funny comment!! I'm always envious of the kids who don't cry when their parents leave (probably because my boys are the opposite). You should visit me downtown!! We could show Clare the giant Christmas tree and maybe check out the Macy's display (if it's not too busy).
    I like Clare's psychedelic pants.

  2. Ha - I was going to comment on the pigtails too! I love them! (Obviously, since I STILL wear pigtails.) Looking forward to putting pigtails on my girl someday.

    What a doll.