Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Alaina was Blue from Blue's Clues for Halloween this year and had a wonderful time Trick-or-Treating.


Trip to the West Coast

My co-worker (Amanda) and I went to California this past week for the Internet Librarians Conference in Monterey. We took one day for sightseeing and had a wonderful time trapsing up and down the Pacific Coast Highway. We toured the Heart Castle in San Simeon and also 17-Mile Drive in Monterey. We also drove through Carmel but didn't spot Clint Eastwood.

We stayed at the Portoloa Hotel & Spa which was attached to the Convention Center. The Portola is located at Old Fisherman's Wharf so we got to see lots of sea lions, seals, and even one sea otter while we were there. They were very cute and the sea lions had an unmistakable "bark" that we could hear from the hotel. Here are some pictures from our trip:

At dinner our first night in Monterey

The front of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon


At the Neptune Pool at the Hearst Castle


On the beach at the Pacific Ocean

On the beach at the Pacific Ocean


The Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach



Friday, October 1, 2010

Lots of words

Alaina is now 22 months old and is talking up a storm! Here are some of the words she has learned to say:

• Hi
• Bye
• Laina (Alaina)
• Daddy / Dada
• Mommy / Mama
• BawBaw
• MeMe
• Me
• You
• Keisha (her babysitter)
• Latte (her babysitter’s dog)
• Tuckatoo (chocolate)
• Shoe
• Uh huh
• Yeesh (yes)
• No
• Cheese
• Peese (please)
• Ish ew (Bless You)
• Tees hew (Thank You)
• Nana (banana)
• Bucket
• Casey
• Kitty
• Puppy
• The End
• Ihmahn (Amen)
• One, Two, One, Two (she hasn’t learned to count to 3 yet)
• Juice
• PeePee
• PooPoo
• Potty
• Done Done
• Wawa (water)
• Got You (as in “Got You Mama” or “Got You Daddy”)
• Hee it come (“Here it comes” – as in the waves at the ocean)
• Boo (Blue – as in Blue’s Clues)
• Puhl (pool)

ANIMAL SOUNDS
• Moo (cow)
• Meow (cat)
• Woof (dog)
• Baaaa (lamb)
• Cheep Cheep (chick)

OTHER
• When we ask her to say “I love you” she gives kisses. She also makes the “mmmmmwah” kissing sound when we ask her to give you a kiss
• When she hugs you, she lays her head on your should and gently pats your back
• She LOVES to dance to “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias