How did it become December already?
Fall felt like it was just hereâ€¦but with a few cold wet weeks, it is now winter. Iâ€™m literally sitting in my office wearing a huge down parka coat sipping chai.
The past few weeks have been a blur between going off to Vegas once again for Thanksgiving and then Mattâ€™s parents visiting the following weekend. Itâ€™s always nice to have an opportunity to see family, and for Natalie to hang out with them all.
We were in Vegas for a week and, once again, it was mostly chill time and eating Chinese food. We hit the strip only twiceâ€”once to go to Circus Circus for Natalie and the second time to have a date night with Betina + Justin. Thanksgiving was hectic as there were in total like 21 guests on that day. The Chans came over and brought little Madeleine so Natalie had a fun playmate that day. We took A THOUSAND photos and I havenâ€™t had the mind or energy to sort through them yet but there was definitely lots of cute overload, especially when the 2 girls grabbed the karaoke microphones and started belting out â€œTwinkle Twinkleâ€ and â€œBaa Baa Black Sheepâ€
Our evening with Betina and Justin started off with a fabulous dinner at Carnevino inside the Palazzo â€“ it was an indulgent evening of meat and white truffles. Highly recommend. Afterwards, we hit the tables of course and had a surprisingly steady streak at the Craps table. Rounding it off, I played a bit of Baccarat with Betina (â€œjust bet on the banker!â€) which earned us even more money. I went from $100 and ended with $229 by the end of the evening. Not bad.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, Mattâ€™s parents came to visit and it was mostly chill time with Natalie. They brought a gingerbread house to make which was fun as Natalie discovered the â€œglueâ€ was yummy frosting. We also took advantage of Mattâ€™s dad being here to help us get a Christmas tree and we got it all set up and decorated during Natalieâ€™s nap. â€˜Twas exciting for her to come downstairs and see a big Christmas tree all set up!
Anyway, I was recently inspired by my friend Katieâ€™s Top 15 posts to come up with something like that for here, perhaps for me and for Natalie (hope you donâ€™t mind Katie!). So here goes:
|loves to eatâ€¦.fish, shrimp, gingersnaps, â€œelephantâ€ snacks, bunny crackers, grapes, raspberries, fig bars, â€œchinese honeyâ€
typical breakfastâ€¦yogurt with raspberries or cheerios with raspberries
hates to eatâ€¦veggies or anything green (except a pouch of course!)
favorite phrasesâ€¦canâ€™t do that!, stop talking, Iâ€™m beautiful, yummy in my tummy, more puhwease!, more milk!, hold me!
canâ€™t sleep withoutâ€¦her puppy and about 5 layers of blankets with a small pillow under her feet and a nice adult pillow under her head
potty training?â€¦still not there. on occasion recently, she has said she needs to go and sheâ€™ll pee or even poop..but otherwise, she seems to have no problem going in her diaper.
loves watchingâ€¦Caillou, Super Why, Dora the Explorer, Shaun the Sheep, My Little Pony, Pingyu, Backyardigans, Sid the Science Kid
|loves to readâ€¦curious george, in my garden, go dogs go, mr. brown makes sounds
loves to singâ€¦rockabye lullaby, good night my someone, you are my sunshine, abcâ€™s
clothing obsessionsâ€¦doesnâ€™t like wearing jeans (thinks theyâ€™re too hard) and only likes â€œsoftâ€ corduroys (i.e. jeggings)
currently learningâ€¦lots of mandarin songs and phrases. counts to 20 in mandarin now.
recent bad behaviorâ€¦bit Matt in the shoulder
recent firstâ€¦trip to the dentist! she did really well (and it helped having Dora playing on a TV in the ceiling). The dentist was even able to use the automatic drill cleaner instead of a regular toothbrush on her. All teeth are in, including her 2 year molars!
something she said that made me smile recentlyâ€¦she came home from school and came down to the basement and found me and immediately said â€œIâ€™m so glad I found you mommy!â€
|recently researchingâ€¦.things to do with kids in Whistler. We are going up in a couple of weeks and seeing what there is to do with a 2 year old.
in the process ofâ€¦refinancing the house, woot!
looking to buyâ€¦christmas gifts
favorite recent purchaseâ€¦a new phone! my Nokia Lumia 920 because the low light photos are freakinâ€™ amazing and the video stabilization has me blown away. The wireless charger arrives tomorrow and I canâ€™t wait.
last movie (out) seenâ€¦Wreck-It Ralph with Aaron and my cousin Jocelyn at the Red Rock Cinemas over Thanksgiving break
currently annoyed byâ€¦the soreness of my mouth. I just got attachments added and a new tray for my Invisalign treatment and my mouth is super sore.
|watching on the tubeâ€¦Walking Dead, Revenge, Gossip Girl, 90210, BIll & Giuliana, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Greyâ€™s Anatomy, Private Practice, Vampire Diaries
on my to do listâ€¦make a video compilation of Natalie for my grandma, make a family photobookâ€¦.for 2011
last dinner out wasâ€¦at Mamma Melinaâ€™s with Mattâ€™s parents
ate for dinner last nightâ€¦Indian leftovers– butter chicken and naan
snacking onâ€¦grapes and this new cucumber-infused water at work that Iâ€™m in love with (particularly with wearing my Invisalign)
have planned for this weekendâ€¦juggling Christmas parties