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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beach in February

We live less than 30 minutes and 20 miles from the coast. There's an awesome boardwalk along the beach that is just so much fun. We like to run along the sandy beach, putting our feet in the water, and then eating ice cream. There's also a splash park that Zoe just loves!

What's really interesting is that instead of everything being in Spanish, everything is in French! Who knew it, but Fort Lauderdale is the wintertime home for thousands of Qu├ębecois (people from Quebec, Canada), or "Florib├ęcois".

Yes, I think we like it here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I see you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Princess Zoeena

No matter what you do, little girls like princesses. They like to dress like them, sing songs about them, and read about them.

My Dad used to tell my sisters and I stories about Princess Leanna, Princess Madelena, and Princes Tara-ini who lived with King Ron and Queen Rose. These princesses went on such fun adventures! There were dragons and faraway lands, and probably a prince or two.

Zoe is now at the age where princess stories are requested on an almost daily basis. So Princess Zoeena and Prince Maximo go on some pretty crazy adventures. Zoe likes to dictate to me the exact adventures that these two wacky siblings embark on and you can bet they include going to the "spooky forest" to see the mean witch and/or the flying dragon.

I've tried to weave Queen Leanne and King Everett in there once or twice, but it's been met with fierce opposition. But if I try to leave Prince Maximo out of the storyline, I get a strict talking to! "Mom! What about Prince Maximo?!" Zoe just loves her Maxi.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

5 months

I cannot believe that Max is 5 months old! Here he is on his belly for "tummy time". He is a neck-holding-up machine now! Whenever we put him down on his back, he does crunches lifting his head far up in the air. Whenever he's on his belly, he gets himself up on his arms and looks around. He can roll over onto his side, but not all the way over yet.

He smiles, giggles, and coos. He eats and drinks and pees and poos. He sleeps - not all night yet - but he sleeps pretty good. He pays attention to the world around him - especially if that world involves me clapping, his Dad making funny faces, or his sister singing loudly to him. He's starting to develop a personality. He's starting to become him.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Laughter is contagious,
And it's advantageous,
ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


Zoe is a sponge. She is just soaking up knowledge. Before Christmas, she could count from 1 to 11 and always skipped 10. Tonight I listened as she counted up to something-teen. It went something like this: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-15-16-17-18-14!! Close enough! It really geeks me out when I see her learning stuff!

She's also learning Spanish! Some of it is learned from watching and listening to All Things Dora (and I am seriously digging her new Dora CD she got for Christmas - thanks Santa!). But her new school is very focused on bilingual education. Not surprising given that we're in South Florida and almost everyone here speaks Spanish, but they've really got it worked into the curriculum. Everything in the class is labeled in both English and Spanish (door/puerta) and they actually listen to some songs and books in Spanish. This is great because there's all sorts of research out there suggesting that learning a language early on is good. It also means that she'll be able to start to translate for me which will come in very handy here!