growing stuff

after 4 days in a row of bela asking me "did my flowers grow yet?".... they did!!

q&a with bela about daddy

1. What is something Dad always says to you?
no touching his tv
2. What makes Dad happy?'
not watching a bela show
3. What makes Dad sad?
when i make him watch bela shows
4. How does your dad make you laugh?
he makes faces
5. What was your dad like as a child?
he had a pacifier
6. How old is your dad?
two 3s
7. How tall is your dad?
hes pretty tall
8. What is dad's favorite thing to do?
play guitar
9. What does your dad do when you're not around?
he is just home by himself
10. If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for?
i won't tell you
11. What is your dad really good at?
playing guitars and bela games
12. What is your dad not very good at?
13. What does your dad do for a job?
he picks strawberries (?)
14.What is your dad's favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of your dad?
when he make silly faces
16. If your dad were a cartoon character, who would he be?
17. What do you and your dad do together?
play dora games
18. How long do you think your dad will live?
19. How did your mom and dad meet?
you guys met cuz you guys were born
20. Do you think you will always live with your dad?
yes daddy and mama


catch up survey

ok so in a shameless effort to catch up, i am posting a facebook-esque survey about bela. i filled this out about myself and the title what 25 random things about me.... lets see if i can make it to 10 about bela.

1. as of april 13th bela is pacifier free
if i had known this was going to be so easy i would have pushed it a long time ago! we were at the store and she was begging me for this barbie doll. i told her no, but when she insisted i decided to try bargaining. i said fine, but on one condition. when we get home no more pacifiers. she agreed. i smirked to myself for being such a sucker and letting her fool me into thinking that this would actually happen. when we got home she set out to collect every paci in the house and put them in a pile on the counter. when i tried to put them away on a high shelf in the cabinet she scolded me, "no mama, in the trash!". that was that. she never mentioned or asked for the pacifier again.

2. bela has a super human sense of smell and taste.

i blame/credit my sister for both of these. at least once i day bela will say "whats it smell like in here?" and at least once a day i will call her crazy sniffer or ask her what she is sniffing. she always smells things before she eats them and can be seen sniffing random things all day long.. most times her hands after touching something

3. bela does not like tomatoes or onions.
no matter what kind of food you put in front of her, she will first ask if it contains onions or tomatoes before eating. if i try to pull a fast one on her, she always knows. once i told her that a piece of onion was celery, she was not fooled.
i love both. brett hates both.

4. bela loves pink.
i hate pink. approximately 80% of the items i received at my baby shower were pink. i returned much of that 80%. somehow my little bela has embraced her love for pink anyhow and i have learned to accept it. it can be pretty much guaranteed that she will have on at least one pink item of clothing every day.

5. bela insists on dressing herself.
she does a pretty good job and even when she doesnt she looks so darn cute anyhow. if for some reason she asks me to pick out her clothes, i usually stick with her fashion ideals and pick something that she would approve of. i also do this when packing for a night away.

6. pink cowboy boots.
my sister gave bela pink cowboy boots that had been handed down (and shunned) to franka. i knew immediately that bela would love them (see #4). she has worn them everyday since receiving them, except for the week that they were at my moms house. that week i just had to hear her complain everyday that she couldnt wear them. i expect this to continue for a long long time since the boots are currently 2 sizes too big.

7. bela has pretty much officially given up napping.
this is both a good and a bad thing. i miss the nap because it gave me some bela-free time in the afternoon and because it meant that i didnt have to deal with the crankiness that a non-nap equals. on the days that she did nap though, the already trying time of bedtime was twenty times worse. so now i deal with cranky kid but bedtime routine is a tad bit easier. not sure which is worse.

8. my three year old is boy crazy.
seriously. loves boys. mostly my guy friends, but also those her own age. it is a regular part of her vocab to say "mama i am crushin on ____" no idea where she got that from. it scares me, but is also kinda sweet. pretty much weekly she will tell me that someone new is her boyfriend. although it has been andy for about a month now.

9. bela recently started saying "mom" in a way that i thought only a teenage girl could pull off. many of you have heard it and she will do it on demand. it makes me laugh out loud but also kind of frightens me as to what is to come in her teen years.

10. bela has a great imagination
this makes me very proud because it seems to me that nowadays many kids do not. she is constantly telling me about things that she is pretending to be or do. i love it.

ok... ten.. done.. maybe another installment of ten to come at a later date.


back to the hair

so for a long time i was getting belas hair cut in a really cute hip style. everyone loved it and we were always getting compliments. now she wants it long and refuses to get a haircut. this leaves my little cutie looking like a mess most days. i have tried to explain to her that having long hair requires extra care, basics like brushing and washing, but she isnt havin it. so most days i have to fight with her to get out the door without giant knots in the back of her head. yesterday i somehow convinced her to let me put her hair up, she was not very happy about it. of course today she is once again halfway to dread locks and wont let near her with a comb... ugh.


the latest addition

after much pleading on belas part, and the weak will of her parents, today we got a hamster. his name is elephant. brett took her today to pick him out and get all the necessary items. the cage is totally fancy and even glow in the dark! bela told me that she is his mom now and she will take good care of him.