Eating dinner the other night and Myke was having black eyed peas. Its not something we have often, so he says to Chianna, do you know what this is? It's The Black Eyed Peas. You know, they sing the song "Tonight's Gonna' Be A Good Night". (Chianna loves that song.). And she looks at him, puts her ear down to the plate and looks up and says with all seriousness. "I don't hear it."
Since a couple weeks ago when Myke taught Chianna to walk like a zombie and "eat brains", she has been breaking into zombie mode every now and then trying to 'get us'. Last night she comes out doing her zombie walk after us, but got it a little wrong, she was chanting "mind, mind, mind!", Myke and I lost it laughing. What a funny moment that was.
We have been watching Christmas movies the whole month. We have all 3 Santa Clause movies. Myke and I have always loved them. We watched 1 and 2 already with Chianna this month and today we put on The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause. This is the one when the evil Jack Frost tricks Santa into saying he wished he was never Santa Claus and reverts back to the day he became Santa by putting on the jacket 12 years prior. Jack Frost becomes Santa and the last 12 years of Santa's life is re-written, definitely not for the better. During the process where he is not Santa anymore. Poor Chianna became inconsolable! She was crying hysterically, one of the worst crying episodes I have seen her have! We had to pause the movie and try to comfort her and explain that we should watch the rest to see how Santa saves the day and assured her it would be ok! We ended up finishing the movie and she was very happy in the end, but it was a real rough patch there! For those of you who know Chianna know she hardly ever cries and it really takes something big to upset her so much. Leave it to Santa!
I took Chianna shopping today so that she could pick out something for Daddy for Christmas. I asked her if she knew what she wanted to get him, dreading that she would ask to go to the mall. (Dreading it since I waited so long.) But she said rather quickly, "Santa Lights". I then remembered that we were all in Home Depot a couple weeks ago and we were thinking about getting these particular lights. Evidently Chianna did not forget at all! So I had a few errands to run and while in the car, Chianna was going on (and on) as she does about when she grows up and has a baby that she wants to live where there are moose. I don't know what brought this on other than she has this new little toy moose from Papa.(She has been carrying it around non stop since Papa got this for her at IKEA the other day. Today it spent most of the day in her pocket and also she tucked him in the seat belt in the car for safety!) Although she does often talk about wanting to live where it snows. Which is odd because Myke and I do too, but we don't really talk about it to her. So she is babbling in the backseat about living where moose live - on another planet, of course! Which she realized and corrected and said another state. Then she says "and I won't have a car, my baby and I will ride a moose"! A moose? I exclaimed, and she matter of factly said yes. Then she broke into singing Jingle Bells but changed the line from a horse to a One Moose Open Sleigh - HEY!
Then after singing she went on and on insisting that we would not live near her, because she wants to visit us in Florida and we need to be "in pieces"! I asked if she meant "apart" and she said yes. I couldn't figure this out for the life of me, but she seems really serious about it and even instructed me "can you tell Daddy, please"? I don't know if it is her independence or just some idea she has in her head, but being far away from my baby, "in pieces" doesn't sound so good to me!
Today Chianna and Daddy were playing, he taught her to walk like a zombie and say "must eat brains". So she was doing this at lunch, walking around pretending to eat everyone's brains, when something clicked as to what she was doing and saying and broke 'zombie mode' to say, "Brains? I'm gonna' be smart!"
Merry Christmas or Feliz Navidad (sort of) from Chianna!
This was filmed Christmas 2010. Chianna learned this song for her school show, so we made our own show with her as a soloist!
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We watched The Santa Clause 2 tonight and after it was over, she ran around the house saying "Dasher, on Dasher, and Dasher and Dasher". We explained to her that it is all of Santa's reindeer, but she would have none of that. "Only Dasher!" While tucking Chianna in to bed tonight, she informed me that she wanted a pet dinosaur to fly her to school. She is going to name him Dasher. She is very matter of fact about it too.
We got her to bed a little later than usual since tomorrow is no school, and I read a book to her. After the book was done, I tucked her in and said I would send Daddy in to kiss her goodnight. At this point she always hides in her "egg position" as if she can't be seen like that, for a game with Daddy where he can't find her. But she was very sleepy tonight. Today was a big day at school, last day before Christmas break and they had field day too. She said in her sweet little sleepy voice. "I'm very sleepy, I don't want to play with Daddy when he comes in but I don't want to hurt his feelings, I only want a hug. Can you tell him, Mommy?"
Chianna has this thing she has done for a while, mostly playing with Myke when she is trying to get him to stay in one place, she pretends she is taping him down, and says "tape, tape, tape, glue, glue, glue" as she is pretending to tape and glue him in place. A couple weeks ago, she must have overheard us talking about how we needed some Gorilla Glue for some pesky gluing job around the house and the other day, she was playing with Myke as usual and added to her mantra: "tape, tape, tape, glue, glue, monkey glue!"
Where does she get these ideas? Chianna asked me to put drops in her eyes tonight before bed to "wash away the bad dreams". She has had this idea since before she could communicate it with us. Its strange yet smart and innovative too!
Evidently this works because the next morning on the way to school, she told me all about the dream she had that her and I were swimming with mermaids. (Or dolls with tails, as she calls them!)
Last year was the first year that Seaworld did their Christmas Celebration and we loved it so much, we decided to make it a tradition and go every year. Besides lighting up the park with their Sea of Trees, the have Christmas shows and convert the polar expedition train ride into the Polar Express. They also have a fabulous dinner with Santa event that is really amazing. It is a buffet of great holiday food, the elves come to visit and pour hot cocoa, Mrs. Claus servers her fresh baked cookies AND Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to come and visit, tells the story of The Night Before Christmas and sings Jingle Bells with the elves. Before he heads back to the workshop, he makes time to visit with all the children one by one and Seaworld gives us a picture of it too!
Here are some more pics of our fabulous time.
Yes, my little daredevil goes on this, and screams "yee haw" on the way down!
Here they come. . .
And there they go!
I really love riding Atlantis too, but I had a bit of s snifle and didn't want to chance getting wet and then sick right before Christmas!
Chianna's quote @Target "Mommy, let's buy some Santa Milk for Daddy!" (Egg Nog w/ Santa's Pic on it.)
So Chianna and I are on the Tilt-A-Whirl (after many other spinning rides) and after the ride really started spinning, her squeals of delight turned into: "I don't know, I don't know, I think something is coming out!" Luckily nothing came out, but now I have another funny Chianna-ism! LOL
Myke was making dinner. Chianna: Daddy, I'm so hungry, I can't wait! Myke: I am cutting as fast as I can. Chianna: Cut faster! Myke: I'm using a knife, if I go too fast I might cut myself! Do you want me to cut myself? Chianna: I'm sorry, Daddy, I lose my mind! I lost it and I don't know when I find it!
We hold you in our heart and touch you in our dreams. You are here each day with us, at least that's how it seems. We know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long. But remember child, we love you so and that will keep you strong. Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin... Because tonight, just as always, we blow you kisses in the wind. We promise you, darling, we're doing all that we can do. Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend. But for tonight, just as always, we blow you kisses in the wind. May our love wrap you up and hold you very tight. And let the angels bring the kisses that we send to you each night.