On October 20th you turned 27 months. You had so many adventures and a new first! You also had lots of fun with visitors in town.
I love how you play. We made a little snail out of soft clay and you took him on a picnic and on an adventure around the kitchen. You are a little photographer. You take pictures with our phones but also with our camera. I’ve started a folder for you of all your photos. I love to see your perspective. Sometimes I catch little conversations or kisses you give your baby dolls as you hold them tight or push them around. You tuck them into their cots and whisper ‘nice and cosy’ and ‘I love you.’ You make up stories in your big tall doll house from Aunt Shannon. Your imagination grows more every day. I am so lucky that I get to spend my days with you. We have so much fun. ‘Where are we going today Mama?’
I love how you play games on the computer with Abees. You always want to be the pink basketball player. You are learning to give him time to hit his switches and you both take great pride in winning and high five each other when the other wins.
I love how you make Sebastian laugh. We had so much fun with Grandma on Toronto Island when she visited. I think it was really our last summer hurrah. You love to learn forward and fly ‘like a butterfly’ on the swings. I’m pretty sure your daddy is afraid you will tumble out, head first. Though he also likes to toss you up up up, and you ask for more, ‘again daddy. to the sky.’ And Sebastian just laughs. We saw farm animals and you sat in the front of a quad-cycle while daddy and Grandma peddled and I held Sebastian. We saw monarch butterflies on all the pink flowers and you took my big, heavy camera and hung it around your neck and took photo after photo. One of my favourites is of our shadows and the pink flowers. Two of your favourite things.
You also got your very first haircut when Grandma was visiting! You sat up tall in the pink airplane and say very still. You held a Dora doll. I love how you love Dora and her Spanish words. You love trying to speak Spanish and one of these days we will take a class together.
Your Granny and Pop came to visit all the way from Australia and we traveled to the 1000 Islands where we started with sunshine and then had a lot of rain. You love going on adventures and stomping in puddles, so the rain didn’t bother you. On the boat tour through the islands you spent most of your time moving chairs and making friends. I watched you making friends with little girls older than you that didn’t speak English and their parents marvelled at your friendliness. I think they liked your bright blonde hair and spunky attitude because I spied them taking a few photos of you with their daughters too, on holiday from Japan.
I love how you climb onto Sebastian’s chair so you can be closer to him. How you move your chair over to be right next to his at dinner time. Sometimes you use it as a stepping stone but he doesn’t mind. He loves your adventurous spirit. If you can’t reach out and touch him you aren’t close enough. Side by side with your ‘bruva.’
You really enjoyed having your Granny and Pop in town and went on many adventures with them. You even had a special girls’ morning out with Granny while I got my hair cut. You went to Queen’s Park and afterwards we had a little shopping trip on Bloor St. Your favourite part though was taking the subway. A rare treat for you. We spent as much time outside as we could on their three week visit, going to parks, taking walks and playing in the back garden.
We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving and I passed on the tradition of breaking apart the bread for the stuffing, something I always did as a child; though usually while the Thanksgiving Day Parade played on the TV in the background. But that’s US Thanksgiving. We celebrated with all the yummy things my mom and Grandma made for us when I was growing up. Sweet Potatoes. Corn. Green Bean Casserole. And of course Pumpkin Pie. The corn and the pie were your favourite. Which you wanted to help feed to Sebastian. He’s a lucky kid! You also decided that wearing your shirt off your should meant that you were Super Girl for the day. And we finished off the day with The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. You are a big fan.
I love how you love bikes. And all because of your papa-daddy. Riding. Locking up. And fixing. You watch everything he does and you want to do it to. In fact, you are very good at it. I also know it’s one of his favourite things too.
On top of the world! Evergreen Brickworks.
When we call you a kid you tell us, ‘I’m not a kid, I’m Tallula!’ You are strong. You are brave. You are full of love and laughter, compassion and adventure. You balance on every surface worth a good balance, and you spread your arms wide open, embracing the world and those in it. You are Tallula. Our favourite little girl.