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day seven: shopping

knowing how busy this year has been (and will continue to be), i've been working on my *drumroll, please* holiday shopping. excuse me if this admission makes you ill, but i'm almost done with everyone on the list. hallejuah! i still need to place a couple of orders and make a few of the handcrafted gifts, but overall i'm pleased to know who's getting what - and to see the pile of gifts to be wrapped growing.

with emmy's birthday coming up soon, we've decided that we don't need to overly splurge on lots of gifts for her at christmas. heck, if we play our cards right, she'll still be opening birthday gifts by then! she's still too young to understand everything about the holiday but we will make it a fun one for her. to that end, we have already purchased the one big holiday gift o' the year: a wooden kitchen. after debating the large yet way cool pink retro set at costco and spending a few heady days in dreamtown, touring the oh-so-portable rose petal cottage suburban "dreamhouse" (a.k.a. throwback to the 1950s), we finally compromised on a simple wooden set that is both space efficient and provides enough storage to suit my ocd organizational needs. now, being the anal mom that i am, i intend to stock the fridge with some cool new play foods - and this is where you come in. i know several folks have posted asian pretend food reviews before, but so far the only interesting sets that i've found are either this new "feast from the east" set (what a punny name, eh?) or the standard melissa & doug sushi sets. any recommendations from the peanut gallery?

(or feel free to comment that i spend waaaay too much time thinking about toys. or holiday shopping. you're probably right on both counts.)

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snippets of our day

"mooooo", she said. i'm a cow. duh!

recent cool things:
  • we had a great, great day: a puppet show and playtime with friends - mommy really needed the chance to get out of the house
  • emmy ate like a champ - from apple pancakes and bananas to ravioli and spinach and meatloaf and broccoli and cauliflower and even a clementine, PLUS snacks ("nacks!")
  • and even better: em seems to like the new variety of soy milk we bought - could this be the solution to our evil milk problem? (on a related note, i tried calling our peds today to ask what they suggested. uh, yeah, waste of time. all i got back was a voice mail telling us to try anything that's "lacto-free." um, did you mean lactose-free, perhaps? and thanks, like i couldn't figure that out on my own. sheesh.)
  • i *heart* the signing time dvds. i totally recommend them to anyone trying to teach their child sign language. we've seen volumes 1-9 courtesy of our local library system, but i may just have to breakdown and get the whole set. it's signing time with alex and leah... that song runs through my head a million times a day! and yes, the picture above is emmy signing her version of "cow." i think she probably spends a good 50% of her day signing "more - eat - cheerios - more - eat!" to us now, with the occasional "cheese" thrown in for variety. at least the kid knows what she wants!
  • emmy's starting to pretend play now and it's one of the coolest things i've ever seen! it started with her putting stuffed animals under blankets and saying "night night". then she started feeding them with a doll milk bottle. and just the other day we spent at least 30 minutes giving her tiger a check-up - she's totally fallen in love with her tiny medical bag and likes to hear mommy make the buh-bum sound when she uses her stethoscope. just a warning though: that girl is vicious with the fake syringe. her poor tiger must have been vaccinated for everything... in the eye. ouch!
and that's all for tonight, folks! g'night!

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