Thursday, May 20, 2010

These Are a Few of Her Favorite Things

My little munchkin, the sweet love of my life, will be 13 months tomorrow. This month has flown by with park visits, car rides, festivals, crafts, baby laughs and messes everywhere. I have documented some of that here, some of it will just be a box of photos and a scramble of half formed memories years from now. But that does not erase the effect, the imprint she makes on me and me on her.

I post a lot about what I love about her, but today I decided to go all Julie Andrews and post a few of Illusia's favorite things. ---Pretend that last sentence was sung all dramatic like, okay. It is privy to the plot.

Favorite Games:
Peekaboo! --- She loves this like there is no tomorrow. I started playing it with her when she was about 2 months old but she can totally operate on her own now. She will put anything in front of her face to pull it down,.She has not learned to say peekaboo yet but she loves when I, or grandma say it to her.
Shark Attack --- This is basically where I hum the Jaws theme and then 'attack' her with my hand, or her pink fish. She now starts giggling and squealing when I start humming that first 'da dum.'
Kiss War --- She loves to give kisses, all the time, to everyone. So this is a recent addition to her favorite games. The objective is to kiss the other person before they kiss you. As soon as the words 'kiss war' are spoken, it's on!

Favorite Books:

Funny Bunnies --- She makes me read this at least five times a day. It is only 5 pages long. It is driving me nuts...but I keep reading it anyway.
Find the Kitten --- A little kitten that likes to hide. We find her in the garden, behind the shed and in a tree among other places. Illusia loves to point to where she is at. She is right about half the time ^_^.
I Play--- A cute little book feature none other than baby 'loony toons' playing with blocks, instruments and more. I have read it only slightly less than Funny Bunnies.

Favorite Naughty Activites
I am not talking about Hollywood Actress goes to rehab naughty. But Illusia has her fair share of tricks and tantrums.

Dirty Clothes Makeover --- She loves to take the dirty clothes out of the hamper and put them...everywhere but the hamper. In the bottom dresser drawer, in her megablocks box, on the bed, all over the floor. It is basically a dirty clothes playground around here everyday but laundry day. What she does with the clean clothes before I can put them away is another story. 
The Whine of Doom --- It starts like a low nasal whimper, soon it has all your hair on end and your head feeling like it is in a vice. Then, it escalates to a high pitched whine somewhere between a hurt puppy and a firetruck siren, full with jumping and hysterics.. Maybe you wouldn't share (let her tear up) your magazine, maybe she is tired and refusing to nap. Either way my friend you are screwed when the whine of doom comes to town.
Little Miss Pickpocket --- Yes that is right, she already has kleptomania. She loves to reach into my pockets and steal things. Mostly my cellphone but sometimes she will take Kleenex, the grocery list or even cold, hard cash.

Favorite Words and Phrases
"No." --- Okay, so she does not speak this that often. But, she does shake her head no all the time. She also shows her sense of humor this way by shaking her head no when I say certain things.
"Hi." --- She loves to say hi, complete with hand wave to everyone she sees. Even strangers walking down the street. And she is quite persistent and will keep waving for several minutes if no one waves or says 'hi' back.
"I like!" --- Illusia loves to let others know when she likes something, just in case the glee, screaming and happy smile might not give it away. This is especially funny with food when she says something akin to "Num-num-num-I-like." with her mouth half full.

Favorite Places to Visit

The Park--- She loves most parks, but there is one in particular she likes because they have a lot of rides for little kids that the other ones do not. A favorite is the ladybug ride and the spinny green thing. Also there is a sandbox to play in and plenty of  grass and trails to walk on.
Sedgwick Co. Zoo--- Now as a vegetarian and huge animal lover, I have a lot of mixed feelings about zoos, They can help preserve rare species but also I believe wild animals should be kept in the wild if at all possible, not on display. All I know at this point is that the couple times we went there Illusia loved going and seeing all the critters.
Target---Red is her favorite color, so the big red carts at Target are a bit hit! They also match her red and green picnic shopping cart cover which goes everywhere with us. Her favorite section in Target is the clothing section because she loves to pull pretty items off the racks.

Favorite Other Stuff:
Boy, I am sooo articulate today aren't I? These are just a final few misc. things that Illusia really loves to do.

Playing With The Kitties --- Illusia loves her kitties. Esp. our buff (in color, not physique) Blaze because he is kind of strange and does not mind being abused by a 1 year old. He does not mind if she sits on him, kisses him and gives him a great big (suffocating) hug or 'pats' him with gusto. In fact he purrs louder the rougher she is. He is just a bit messed up in the head that way....(fyi this in no way means I let her beat my cats, lol. She is usually very gentle.)
Climbing Up the Walls --- Okay, not really up the walls, but if she could she would. She does climb all over the furniture now though. Refuses to walk still but climbs and cruises to her heart's delight.
Dancing --- Last but not least by any means. Illusia loves, loves, loves to dance. She loves to listen to music, sing along and bounce, jump, kick her feet, shake a leg (or two) & get down.

This was fun, maybe I will post more of her favorites another day as she has plenty more! Right now it is time for some stinkyhead to have a bath (hey quit looking at me like that, I meant her.)
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