Friday, August 31, 2012

Funny, loving, messy, helper

Dear Maya,

Some days lately you have such a fun and funny little personality it's easy to forget you're just a toddler!

*Certain objects have special meaning to you. You love these red shoes and wear them around the house even though they're 2 or 3 sizes too big for you. You have to hold a stuffed pig grandma made and mommy's old Cabbage Patch Doll while drinking milk and being rocked before you nap or go to bed at night.

*You love animals, even if the two cats who live in our house don't exactly love you back. Lately a friendly neighbor cat comes to visit us on a pretty regular basis, and the two of you get along splendidly. The other day when we played outside, he even seemed to worry whenever you tripped or ran too fast. So sweet!

*When we go to your great-grandparents' house, you keep everyone in stitches. Poppy loves to egg you on and get you running around and climbing up into the bay window. Meanwhile, Nanny gets more and more nervous. You think the whole thing is funny and keep hamming it up with a mischievous look on your face.

*You're such an avid eater that you make some spectacular messes. This afternoon mommy took you out on the deck, sat you on a blanket in your diaper, and let you go to town on a lunch of watermelon, celery with peanut butter, and a couple of shortbread cookies. The orange drippy paste that ensued was a sight to see.

*You love to help out lately. When we go grocery shopping you get upset if you can't help push the cart and you love to put groceries away. When we cook you're always on your stepstool at the counter. Today mommy decided to bake some cupcakes, and you sat on the counter and helped add the ingredients, use the hand mixer to mix them, and even put all the paper liners in the cupcake tins! Although mommy usually likes to bake from scratch, she was more than happy to use a mix thanks to this toddler-friendly recipe:
Take one box of any kind of cake mix (we used white)
Take one can of any kind of soda (we used orange vanilla seltzer)
Optional: add fruit (we used mandarin oranges)
Mix ingredients together and bake according to directions.
(Some people microwave for 8 minutes instead but we used the oven)
No oil, no water, no raw eggs means baby can lick the batter!

How easy is that? And the result? Yummy, light, fluffy cupcakes (though we may put a nice thick icing on them tomorrow...)

Well, mommy's going to sleep soon. Love you!

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