Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dear Dash: 2 Years!!

Dear Dash,

You turned 2 today!! Your habit of saying "almost 2" must now be changed! We are both excited and terrified with what will come this next year. We've already got an early start on the terrible twos as well as some potty training.

We've had so much fun seeing family this past month. You loved playing with your older cousins Cadence, Ainsley, and Xylar. Your vocabulary took a huge spike after spending time with them over the holidays. 

You have learned how to pluralize words by adding an "s" to the end. You also know our 'real' names now (Matt and Bekah) and will use them if you hear us use them. You regularly say three to four word sentences now. You swap the subjects and verbs of sentences a lot, ex: "sitting mommy" instead of "mommy sitting."

We've upgraded to a plastic cover for your door knob since you figured out how to unlock it. This is the third time we've had to upgrade something in your doorway in order to keep you from wandering the house in the middle of the night. 

We got a zoo membership, which you LOVE. We get to feed the giraffes, ride the train, and go on the carousel as much as you want, in addition to seeing all the other exhibits. This was a huge hit for your birthday today. 

Your favorite toys are cars, followed by the hammer and plastic scissors you got for your birthday today. Your favorite series is "Chuggington," a show about trains that is on Netflix. You love to read, and our newest favorite series is "Elephant and Piggie" by Mo Willems. 



PS see below for your birthday pics

Birthday breakfast
Watching Chuggington


"Monkey stickers?"
Train Ride at the Zoo

Carousel at Zoo

Hammer time!

Birthday dinner: mac n cheese and chicken cordon bleu

Birthday treat: blueberry muffins,
because you're too young to know the difference of a slightly healthier option


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dear Dash: Twenty Three Months

Dear Dash,

Your words as of late-
test-mony: testimony
sa-ca-ment: sacrament
bree-king bed: broken bread
tinker: tanker
pow: plow
quarger: quarter
papa: grandpa
sop: stop
hooway: hooray

You are a pro at checking out books at the library! 

you have your own little christmas tree with child friendly ornaments

you learned to tuck in your blanket

you request to be a cat at least once a week
you still love dogs

and any stuffed animal 
you went to your first BYU women's soccer game

you love the stray "kiggy" that comes by the house

you had fun with your cousin over thanksgiving break

and seeing aunt emily

and your great-grandparents

and your uncle scott

you helped "rake" the leaves

and play piano

and got to play with the dogs that grandma was watching

we put up our big christmas tree two days after thanksgiving!

you had your first starfruit

and enjoyed the fall rain 
you don't need glasses, but it was sure cute to see you try them on!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo

This year I participated in NaNoWriMo. For those who don't know, National Novel Writing Month is a challenge where participants have from November 1 to November 30 to write a 50,000 word novel. This year I wasnt sure if I had time to do that many words during Dash's variable nap time. So I made my goal 25,000, which is the length a middle grade novel should be (which I happen to be writing). I also may have cheated by starting a few days early because I knew that it would be hard for me to get writing in over the holidays.

I completed my goal (yay!) and learned a few lessons along the way:

  1. I probably could have done 50,000 words! It usually only took me 30 minutes to reach my daily writing goal. 
  2. I should have done 50,000 words because I didn't have time to finish my story. But they say that a lot gets added through editing, so maybe that's a good thing.
  3. I should have outlined more. This time around, I would pursue a new character or mini story every day, sometimes writing several versions of a scene (which wasn't editing- I was trying out new theories). But if I had planned things better beforehand, I would have been able to have a more coherent story.
  4. I should have talked to more people about my story during the month to get plot ideas. There were several days that I was stuck in the plot and could have benefitted from a brainstorming session. 

That said, I already have my story picked out for next year, and I think it will be a lot more organized. I'm glad I at least started somewhere with my writing half-marathon this year, and I was able to gain a lot of confidence in my multitasking abilities. I kind of wish I could do another month sooner than next November, but it looks like the next 8 months will be dedicated to bar review.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dear Dash: Twenty Two Months

Dear Dash,

You've had another busy month! Here's some of the things you did:
you visited daddy at his office

and helped out in one of his classes,
where they taught you to fist bump

we went to the beach

and you tried to fly a kite

you were buried in the sand
we visited cousin Cadence and family
and you bit your lip pretty bad
and bled all over mommy's shirt
we went out for frozen yogurt

and you refused to sleep in your new bed during naptime the first week
so you had a bunch of naps during errands
but you like your bed better now

went to at least 8 storytimes

lost the privilege to feed yourself yogurt

cooked with daddy 
worked out with daddy

had a playdate at the park

and dressed up for halloween

we went to the edventure museum to trick or treat


we also tried some potty training

Dashinary words of the month
peas! - please
taco - thank you
bafbaf - giraffe
beeg - big
peeg - pig
all gong - all gone
babee - little
gurgle - girl
doy - joy or toy

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