Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A weekend as seen through the eyes of a 17 month old.....

Hi guys! My name is Aviv. I have an Ima who is obsessed with photographing me. It takes all my strength not to *ROLLEYES* at her constantly.

Most of my family lives overseas, so I like to babble with them through the computer, where I can see them and they can see me:

I've been having some pretty annoying rash issues, so Ima allows me to run around half naked, even if it means the occasional pee or poop on the floor. She says its worth it for seeing my little doughnut tush. Isn't she WEIRD?

Whenever I can, I get around on my hot new wheels. I sometimes get stuck and can't push it on a carpet or something, in which case I yell "MA ! MA! MA! MA! MA!" until Ima comes around and helps out. MA means Ima, in case you didn't know that.

Saturday evening auntie Danielle came by for a sleepover, and she helped us bake pumpkin cookies with glaze, and whole wheat pizza with mozzarella, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. I most willingly helped out, and even stole a couple of tomatoes and ate them whole! What a mess that was, with tomato juice squirting all over the place. hahahahahha.....

I ate the pizza, topping first (as auntie Kasia knows!) and loved every bite of it:

But what I was REALLY waiting for was the pumpkin cookies, all glistening and fragrant.

I approve the glaze!

Thankfully Ima focused the camera on someone ELSE for a moment. Let me introduce, auntie Danielle!

I thought I should experiment in making the cookie into a donought

SUGAR HIGH!!!!!!!!!

Then Aba took me upstairs for a bath since I was covered in tomato juice, pizza toppings and glaze. I drifted off to sleep hearing wine glass clinking on a table and Ima, Aba and auntie D watching a movie.

The next morning I was so happy to see auntie Danielle was still here. Aba went to work (I hate it when Aba works on the weekend...) but Ima got to take a shower while I played with Danielle. Then we packed up my stroller and walked all the way downtown for some Starbucks.

The Starbucks lady was really nice and gave me MY OWN water cup!!! I loved walking around with it, drinking from it, and playing with the straw.

Here I am demonstrating my amazing concentration capabilities:

I'm telling you, putting that straw back in is NOT as easy as it looks! But I did succeed. Eventually.

When I started running around the store with my cup of water and fell over a bunch of times, Ima was a party pooper and said its time to go. She picked me and the fallen water cup up:

I was non too happy.

I got over it quickly when Ima let me run around outside

By the way, I told Ima to get me another coat, because I'm pretty sure all of my LJ aunties are tired of seeing this pink coat, cute as it may be

Monday, October 19, 2009

It was a rather calm, quiet weekend - full of rain, home cooking, and playing. Even though we didn't do quite as much as I had in mind, I felt very content and accomplished by the end of Sunday (and we streeeetched Sunday night - catching up on Ugly Betty and drinking vino until 1:30 am).

Saturday was pleasant enough to venture out of the house (bundled, of course, as it was 42 degrees) and enjoy some fresh air. We decided to check out a local farm that offered pumpkin picking, animal petting etc.

Although it doesn't seem like it, Aviv had a great time looking at some of the farm animals - there were goats, chickens, a lamb, lamas, rabbits, ducks and roosters. I think the lama (and its drool!) were coming too close, too fast :)

Then it started raining so we escaped into a "haunted greenhouse", which was basically a huge greenhouse full of various Halloween decorations. Aviv walked around and took it all in

A little freaked out?

When it stopped raining we went back outside, where I ran after Aviv trying to get her attention for some photos. The girl totally ignored me!! It was hilarious. The ONE time I got her to smile was when she was running, so it came out blurry. Oh well!

She was fascinated by the flowers (which were beautiful.... We bought a smallish plant to bring the holiday spirit to the home!) and spent most of her time smelling everything out there.

We came across some sort of wagon, and Aviv insisted on being driven around in it. After about 10 minutes we decided enough was enough... But she wouldn't have any of it! She refused to come down and just kept demanding (in her jiggebarish language) to pull her.

"pull me using THAT!"

I sneaked on, trying to get a picture with her. "Smile Aviv! Smile!". Ummmm, no. She wasn't having any of that.

Right before leaving we stopped by the farm's store and browsed around. We bought some flowers, a pumpkin, and pure maple syrup. I was surprised to see grade A pure maple syrup for $6.99, so I insisted we buy it, only to find out later in the car that we were charged $26.99 (only a $20 difference!). I called the farm and it turns out the number 2 was blurred out. I didn't make a stink, but it was annoying!

Aviv staring at a mummy statue (complete with rolling eyes) in the store:

While strapping Aviv back in the car seat she FINALLY decided to indulge me with some smiles (thanks honey!) so of course I whipped out the camera and snapped some shots of her pearly whites... And there are quite a few of them - including all of her molars!

Once we got back home Aviv went down for a nap while Emiro worked on a paper and I perused some decorating and DIY magazines. When Aviv woke up she helped me make our new Saturday weekly tradition - home made whole wheat pizzas. She even helped me roll the dough and sprinkle toppings on. It was SO much fun and I am really enjoying creating family traditions. There is just something about it that makes our home more of a .... home. If that makes any sense. And it brings us all closer together by giving us something to look forward to.