It’s beginning to look a lot like…


That’s right boys and girls, Christmas! It’s just around the corner. Now that Emma is 2 years old and has a better understanding as to what Christmas means to her (Toys, Presents, Fun, etc.) we have been using the phrase, “Santa is watching” liberally as a disciplinary tool to keep Emma focussed on being good. Of course as a terrible two-year-old she has been calling our bluff and when asked if she is going to be naughty or nice she responds, “naughty”. It doesn’t matter that we remind her that Santa doesn’t bring toys to the homes of bad girls and boys, she insists that she is going to be “bad”. Hopefully Santa will be forgiving to our little brat.

In November Emma’s cousin Jessie came to visit for five days, and my parents came for four. It was nice to have visitors and Emma was extremely happy to see her Grandparents whom she had not seen in six months.

Emma’s vocabulary continues to impress us. She seems to express herself with new words every day and Elena and I constantly look at each other in wonder as we try to figure out where she learned a particular word or phrase.

“The Little Mermaid” and “Lady and the Tramp” have been played with such frequency that the DVD player no longer requires either disk as it can play them from memory.

Elena and I have been very busy ramping-up our business and are excited with where we are and how far we have come. That’s pretty much why I have been rather silent on Emma’s blog lately. Hopefully that will change as things stabilize.

I Think I’m Turning Japanese


This picture makes me think of that song from the 80’s from the group “The Vapors” whose chorus went something like this: “I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so”. I have no idea what she was thinking but my little Emmalicious was clearly feeling quite pensive.

Today Emma signed the word “cook” for the first time. I had used it in front of her this weekend when I was making breakfast. Tonight she signed it while Elena prepared dinner. She’s quite a little sponge.

In the last two weeks I have noticed Emma go through a developmental growth spurt. She is now able to stand-up from a prone position without any aid whatsoever; and although she has been able to climb the stairs of our house for some time, she does it with a lot more ease now. Next we will need to work on her going down the stairs.


Emma has a more adventurous appetite than she had in the past and will ask to eat food off our plate. She also understands the concept of “pretend” and will share her food with her dolls (Tigger and Baby Annie). Emma has also grown to be quite affectionate and dispenses hugs at kisses frequently throughout the day. Those little Emma kisses are the best I tell you.

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This weekend we had a visit from Grandpa Arnaldo and Grandma Maria. Emma loves it when people sit on the floor with her and engage her in whatever activity she is involved in. Grandma Maria is always really good about focusing on Emma and playing with her. It is clear that Emma really enjoys playing with her Grandma. Grandpa likes to sit on the couch and try to convince her to come over to him so he can grab her and hold her. Emma hates to sit on peoples laps so she tends to walk around him and beyond his reach.