Monthly Archives: March 2016

Early March

In the playground, at school, Bo pulled Sydney and Tennyson around in the wagon. (3/1/16)

In the playground, at school, Bo pulled Sydney and Tennyson around in the wagon. (3/1/16)

Sydney decided to hug Tennyson as they rode!

Sydney decided to hug Tennyson as they rode!

Sydney LOVED making pizza! We pretended we were at Pizza Rev and she was working behind the counter adding toppings. First topping: Olives! (3/2/16)

Sydney LOVED making pizza! We pretended we were at Pizza Rev and she was working behind the counter adding toppings. First topping: Olives! (3/2/16)

Yay Olives!

Yay Olives!

After the olives, Sydney added pineapple, artichoke, and finally red peppers

After the olives, Sydney added pineapple, artichoke, and finally red peppers

Sydney sampled all the toppings, as she added them, to make sure they were good

Sydney sampled all the toppings, as she added them, to make sure they were good

Photos from February

Five girls getting ready to slide

Five girls getting ready to slide down the hill at Shredder (2/4/16)

Whee! Sydney sliding down the hill with Elle, followed by Lena, Settie, and Josie

Whee!

Posing for photos

Posing for photos (Lena, Settie, Elle, Josie, and Sydney)

Sydney LOVES her rain boots, especially where there are puddles to play in! (2/11/16)

Sydney LOVES her rain boots, especially when there are puddles to play in! (2/11/16)

On Valentine's Day, we visited cousins Wyatt and Henry in Aurora. First, they all made Valentine's Day Cards for each other...

On Valentine’s Day, we visited cousins Wyatt and Henry in Aurora. First, they all made Valentine’s Day Cards for each other…

Then, they ran to the playground!

Then, they ran to the playground to play outside! (2/14/16)

Playing with Evie (2/20/16)

Playing with Evie (2/20/16)

Driving the car, attached to the cart, at King Sooper (2/25/16)

Driving the car, attached to the cart, at King Sooper (2/25/16)

At the top of Mt. Sanitas (2/26/16)

At the top of Mt. Sanitas (2/26/16)

Hiking down Sanitas, with dad

Hiking down Sanitas, with dad

Eating dessert with Sammy Samantha (2/27/16)

Eating dessert with Sammy Samantha (2/27/16)

 

Two and a half!

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We celebrated Sydney’s half birthday on February 4th! Sydney hadn’t sat in a high chair or a booster chair for months, but she wanted to sit in her high chair for a day or two after she almost fell off a bar stool.

At two and a half, Sydney enjoys asking and answering TONS of questions.  Here are her answers to some of her favorite questions:

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite restaurant: Lyfe Kitchen (Unfortunately for Sydney, Lyfe Kitchen recently closed)

Second favorite restaurant: Pizza Rev (Sydney loves to watch as they make her pizza right in front of her.)

Favorite pizza toppings (at Pizza Rev): Artichoke, Olives, Pineapple, and Tomatoes

Favorite foods (according to Sydney… not necessarily what she eats the most of): Salmon, Corn, Challah, Edamame, Yogurt, Pretzels

(Foods she asks for and eats regularly: peanut butter, pancakes, blueberries, tomatoes, shrimp, asian noodles, pasta with tomato sauce, slivered almonds, butternut squash ravioli, freeze-dried peas and corn)

Favorite dessert: Ice cream! (Typically, it’s actually sorbet or frozen yogurt.)

Favorite class: Music

Favorite “friend” (Doll): Ally

Some of Sydney’s favorite activities are: Pretend cooking in her play kitchen, caring for her “babies,” pretend grocery shopping, REAL grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s (where she pushes a mini cart), making cards for people’s birthdays, drawing, coloring, decorating (shoes, feet, legs, faces, paper, etc.) with stickers, performing “shows” where she “juggles” or sings and dances, and performing finger puppet shows.

Sydney is very invested in her “friends” (dolls) and she recently started referring to herself as the mommy and her “friends” as the children. In February, Sydney set up a “picnic” for two of her “friends” (Dora and Rosita) on a blanket in our living room.  I couldn’t hear what she/they were saying (whispering) to each other, but all of a sudden Sydney picked up Dora and brought her over to the kitchen, where I was preparing dinner.  Sydney, speaking for Dora, said “But, I don’t want to share….” and then Sydney, “the mommy” said, “Dora, you have to share, okay?”  Sydney/Dora said “Okay,” and then they went back to the “picnic.”

 

 

 

 

 

Dad’s birthday

Sydney sang "Happy Birthday" to Dad a day early with Mom and Lola at the St. Julien. (1/20/16)

Sydney sang “Happy Birthday” to Dad a day early with Mom and Lola at the St. Julien. (1/20/16)

Sydney LOVES making birthday cards! This is the card she made for Allan.

Sydney LOVES making birthday cards! This is the card she made for Allan.

Sometimes she "writes" in her cards and sometimes she prefers to use more stickers

Sometimes she “writes” in her cards and sometimes she prefers to use more stickers

She wrote "Happy Birthday Daddy"

She wrote “Happy Birthday Daddy”

It was a BIG birthday for Allan!  Thankfully, his friends helped organize a surprise dinner party.  Paul hosted and Brian cooked an excellent meal!  For the first time in almost two years, Allan and I went out in the evening together without Sydney.  Allan loved celebrating his birthday with his friends and Sydney loved having Megan (her babysitter) put her to bed!

Front Row (L to R): Mara, Kyla, Michael, Sarah; Back Row (L to R): Brian, Mike, Ray, Adam, Brenda, Devon, Allan, Jeff, Julie, Paul

Front Row (L to R): Mara, Kyla, Michael, and Sarah; Back Row (L to R): Brian, Mike, Ray, Adam, Brenda, me, Allan, Jeff, Juli, and Paul

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Ben, who took the group photo

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Happy 50th Allan!

 

Photos from December and January

Sydney thought flashlights were the coolest things ever. She would purposely throw things (pieces of chalk) under drawers or under the couch so she could use her little flashlight to find them. (12/7/15)

In December, Sydney thought flashlights were the coolest things ever. She purposely threw stuff (pieces of chalk) under drawers or under the couch so she could use a little flashlight to find them. (12/7/15)

Sydney decided to wear her pink princess costume to the park, where she sang and danced on the playground (12/8/15)

Sydney decided to wear her pink princess costume to the park, where she sang and danced on the playground (12/8/15)

Swinging and singing

Swinging and singing on 12/8/15

Sydney and Evelyn had a great time running up Pearl Street, touching all the lights (12/10/15)

Sydney and Evelyn had a great time running up Pearl Street, touching all the lights (12/10/15)

First time Sydney peeled an orange all by herself. She was very proud! (12/16/15)

First time Sydney peeled an orange (clementine) by herself. She was very proud! (12/16/15)

Our last Friday PAL (PLay and Learn) class at the JCC. Favorite part of class: Challah time! (12/18/15)

Our last Friday PAL (Play and Learn) class at the JCC. Favorite part of class: Challah time! (12/18/15)

Practicing riding her tricycle (1/6/16)

Practicing riding her bike (1/6/16)

When we went to dinner at Sammy Samantha's house, Sydney "cooked" a bunch of food in her play kitchen to bring for Sammy's babies.

When we went to dinner at Sammy Samantha’s house, Sydney “cooked” a bunch of food in her play kitchen to bring for Sammy’s babies. (1/9/16)

After almost 2.5 years of amusing Sydney on airplanes with stickers, books, games, etc. it was AMAZING to let her watch a video! (I actually read a magazine and took a little nap on the airplane for the first time in TWO years!) (1/18/16)

After almost 2.5 years of amusing Sydney on airplanes for HOURS with stickers, books, games, etc., we finally got Sydney a pair of toddler-size pink headphones, so she could watch videos when we flew to NY in January!  Sydney watched “Mother Goose Club” sing and dance, and she sang and danced along with them.  (I actually read a magazine and took a little nap on the airplane for the first time in TWO years!)

Sydney was very proud of herself for drinking her milk out of a real (GLASS) glass!

Sydney was very proud of herself for drinking her milk out of a real (GLASS) glass!

Playing football (hut, hut, hike!) with JJ in his room, in NY (1/12/16)

Playing football (hut, hut, hike!), in a princess costume, with JJ in his room, in NYC (1/12/16)

Sydney helped Allie and BeeBee Baby hug the giant bear on Pearl Street (1/23/16)

Back in Boulder, Sydney helped Allie and BeeBee Baby hug the giant bear on Pearl Street (1/23/16)

Posing for a passport photo! (Although, this photo was rejected because she is smiling and it's apparently the wrong size!) (1/27/16)

Posing for a passport photo! (This photo was actually rejected by the postal worker who handles passports because Sydney is smiling and it was not sized properly!) (1/27/16)

We brought a few different photos and they were all rejected on our first visit to the Lafayette Post Office, where they handle first-time, minor passports.  (Apparently, pigtails are also not allowed in passport photos.)

We ended up using an older photo, which the lady also tried to reject, because of the bow in Sydney's hair. There was NO WAY I was going to bring Sydney back there (and have Allan get another notarized "statement of consent") so I insisted we use this photo even though she tried to warn me that it might be rejected by the US Department of State.

We ended up using this photo (from November), which the lady also tried to reject, because of the bow in Sydney’s hair.  Troubled by the thought of having to bring Sydney back there (to wait on line) for a THIRD time (with another notarized “statement of consent” from Allan), I had to take a chance with this photo, even though the passport lady warned me that it might be rejected by the Department of State. Fortunately, the Dept of State is not as picky as the lady who works in the post office!