Wednesday, August 22, 2012


August 5, 2012
Julia turns two today. 
She has been such a delight.
She is a cute little angel. 
She scrunches up her nose when she smiles.
She loves to cuddle and give hugs, touch your face and look lovingly right into your eyes.
She loves to sing “I’m all wrapped up, I’m all tied up, I’m all tangled up in Jesus” – although she doesn’t sing it.  Rather, she points to us, wanting us to sing while she does the motions.  It is the same for “This little light of mine” and “The wise man builds his house upon the rock”.
She loves music and loves to dance.  She does “sing” sings in her own baby talk language.
She loves to put her babies over her holder, pat them on the back and say, “Shhhh.  Shhhh.”
She loves her baby doll, Jelly and the Curious George stuffed animals.
She loves to wave hello and good-bye – even to the animals.
She blows kisses.
She loves bossing the dogs around, chasing the chickens, holding the rabbits, trying to get into the hamster cage (could that be why he keeps escaping?) and petting the cat.
The kids routinely take her with them while they do their chores because they know she loves collecting eggs and feeding the animals.  She looks so cute trotting behind them.
She has a good laugh which she uses often.
She loves climbing onto Ginny’s top bunk bed (something we don’t encourage) and climbing up into the fort outside (the fact that it is missing the first three stairs doesn’t detour her.  She scales it like a monkey.
She loves to give fist bumps and high fives.
She loves mimicking anything and everything her siblings do.  If they are reading, then she gets a book and sits next to them with a book (usually upside down).  She loves to take a Wii controller and “play” with them, copying their arm movements.
Julia isn’t saying much, but she can communicate whatever she wants. If she’s hungry, she gets a plate and brings it to us.  If she wants her diaper changed, she lifts her dress and points to her diaper.  If she wants something in a different room, she takes out hand and guides up there and points.
She says the names of our animals: Bootsie, Comet (momet) and Lady
She says a few defensive words: Go away and stop it.
It is still hard to make out the names of her siblings.  She learned Josh (Josssss) first, so for a while all her siblings were Josh.  Now she says Tyler (Ty-lor). 
She says a couple friends’ names: Silas and Sammy.
She says a few essential words like hot, Hi, mama, dada bye, terere, hey guys, baby and shoe.
Julia is fun.  She is easy going, pretty independent and enjoys being outside.  Not a day goes by when we don’t marvel at something she has done or something new she’s discovered.  The kids take such delight in teaching her new things, taking care of her and including her in their games and play.
Julia helping to make her birthday cake.


A couple weeks ago, a Paraguayan friend crocheted this pink hat for Ginny (she love it and hasn’t taken it off).  She then taught me how to make one for Julia.  I finished it just in time to give it to Julia for her birthday.  Julia really likes it and wants to wear it all the time.

Julia loves to push the stroller - her birthday gift

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