One Year Old, and One Year Wise

Posted by Amanda on May 18th, 2008

Amelia turned one year old on May 16th!  We had a little party that evening, which Kathryn helped me plan.  We invited Katya and 3 of the ILP teachers that have been here to babysit the girls several times.  First, Kathryn helped me make the cake/cupcakes.

Amelia was able to open part of the first present before Kathryn helped.

We all wore “princess headbands”.  Amelia got a baby and a stroller. 

Katya made Amelia a beautiful card and gave her some traditional slippers.  Katya also told us of a tradition that Ukrainians do for a child’s first birthday.  You put several items on the floor and let the child choose one.  That item represents what he or she will tend toward when they are older.  We put a dress, doll, ball, pen, book, money, and keys.  If its the pen, they will be a writer, etc.  Amelia looked around a bit and then chose the doll!

 We ate some homemade pizza and then had cake and ice cream before it was Amelia’s bedtime.

Happy Half-Birthday

Posted by Amanda on March 4th, 2008

Today is Kathryn’s half-birthday.  Before I had children, I really didn’t know anything about them.  I never would have known a 2 1/2 year old could do so many things.  We went outside today and I let Kathryn play at the park.  We came home once for her to go potty, then back outside for more play.  Some other kids came and shared their toys with Kathryn.  She enjoyed swinging this truck.  Last week Kathryn painted and had a great time painting faces and rainbows.  She is a great helper with Amelia.