10. She's starting to get really into movies, especially Disney. We have instituted Friday movie night at our house, which has really become something Steve and I look forward to. We do early jammies, make some popcorn, and pop in a movie of Evelyn's choice. Her current favorites: FROZEN, Tangled, Finding Nemo (which might possibly be the LONGEST. MOVIE. EVER!), Cinderella, and the newest favorite is The Lion King. I hope this tradition continues for a long time!
9. Speaking of The Lion King, the way she sings "Hakuna Matata, it's our problem free, 'losophy" is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard.
8. Evelyn has realized that many people nod their head when they answer yes to a question, a practice which she is trying to implement herself. Her nod starts at her waist, though, resulting in the funniest looking upper body bob I've ever seen.
7. You will never get to see this awesome move because she refuses to let me take a picture or video of her. The minute I try to get out my phone to take a video or picture she instantly wants to watch Marshall videos, which is what she calls any videos on the phone because they originally all featured her cousin Marshall. When she's doing something cute I have to go stealth mode to try to get a picture of her from the side or back.
This is actually starting to change with the arrival of Vivian though, and she has actually started to ask for a picture to be taken of her and baby sister. If I really want to take a picture of her I employ the fail proof tactic of...
6. Bribery. She will do anything for a "treat." The treat should preferably be in the form of beans (of the jelly variety) or chocolate. And the treat must come in pairs. "Two Mommy!" I kind of blame her love of chocolate on Frozen, which is mentioned at least 3 times in that classic. Steve has a different theory as to who is to blame for her love of treats, particularly the chocolate.
|This beauty cost me a handful of goldfish.|
5. She is absolutely fearless. She climbs up rock walls at the playground, goes for the big slide, and jumps from heights that seem just way too tall to be safe for a two year old.
4. She is the friendliest kid I know. She calls out the window of the car to people passing by, walks down the paths at Longwood Gardens saying hi to everyone she sees, and when she sees other kids she wants to go over and "make friends."
3. Every morning she asks us if we want her to make us coffee. She then proceeds to bring us a toy cup with a play tea bag in it. Not sure how the connection between the tea bag and coffee started, but I'm wondering if Steve and I discuss coffee too much? Because there are 4 cups, she also proceeds to indicate who her favorite person of the day is because she gets that fourth cup ready for someone (usually Grampy, Poppop, or Uncle Jeff).
2. Speaking of Grampy, Poppop, and Uncle Jeff, her favorite people are boys. She mentions Uncle Charlie, Uncle Andy, and Uncle AJ often, too. Every day when I pick her up from school I ask her who she played with. (A great example of how I am totally turning into my mom, every day for my entire school career she asked me who I sat next to at lunch. This continued through college. I apologize in advance, Evelyn.) She only mentions boys when she tells me who she played with. I know the names of all the boys in her class, but really have to dig deep if you would ask me who any of the girls are. And I'm often just guessing by pulling from some of the most common girls' names these days (anything that ends in the letter A is fair game it seems...).
1. She says everything three times, especially questions. She would drive Will Ferrell's character Mustafa from Austin Powers totally crazy. Everything she has to say is so important that it warrants being said three times. And when she gets her little pointer finger going with what she is saying, watch out because she means business. And after that third time, she usually punctuations what she is telling you with, oh-KAY?
So there's the top 10 things I want to remember about Evelyn at almost two and a half. :)