Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lots of learning

I am amazed at how much children absorb and pick up as their own. Veronica & I were in Cost Co yesterday and she pointed up at one of tents they had on display. She was wanting to know what it was, so I said, "Tent--it's a tent." Then she replied, "tehn?" "Yes, tent," I said. "Ohh, tehn."

Later on that day I was changing her diaper and she was un-velcroing her diaper, at which I said, "No," then "Stop." She replied, "stop?" "That's right, Stop."

Right before bedtime we were looking at one of her books (it's her baby's first words book she got for Tire Day 2008). She really enjoys this book and as we were looking at it together she turned the page to the baby in the bath. I pointed to the bath and said, "Bath." Then, she looked at me and pointed at the bath and repeated, "bath?" "Yeah--that's right," I said.

She also continues to get more and more confident in walking around furniture, pulling herself up, and even venturing towards the stairs to make her way up them. Since Veronica has never used the traditional method of crawling, it has made it harder to push herself up into a sitting position. Although I know she has been capable of doing it for a long time now (b/c I've seen her do it), it wasn't until yesterday that she realized this for herself.

I have been putting my finger under her armpits to make it seem like I'm helping her (even though clearly she's doing all the work and I'm only there for moral support). Well, yesterday I told her she could do and told her, "lift yourself up." She whined a bit, but then she did it. I showered her with praise, which perked her right up. Then, a bit later she lifted up again and I exclaimed, "YEAA--you did it! (as I clapped my hands)" She lifted her hands in the air to state that indeed she had done it all by herself and then started clapping as well.

Now when she lifts up by herself she'll start clapping for herself. Sorry I don't have pictures for you, but maybe I can get a video of it and post it later.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Time with Aunt Debbie

While we were in San Diego we stayed with my Aunt Debbie. Last time I stayed there was before Veronica was born and while I was there I had the privilege to see one of the goats give birth. You see, my aunt has tons of animals (over 20 goats, 3 horses, 1 llama, 1 lamb, 6 dogs, 6 cats, and a couple pigeons). This time another goat gave birth. Veronica was completely inidated with animals on this vacation. She totally loved every minute of it.

I wish I had taken a video of her with her cousin Bikriy (my brother & sister-in-law's kitty), b/c she would chase after Bikriy to pet him--except he wasn't too fond of Veronica. Veronica would say, "WHOOA or OOOO," when an animal came close. It was as if she was reassuring herself of the animal being safe, yet also saying she was excited that she got to pet them.

More pictures from the beach

Veronica with her Tia Veronica

Pacific Ocean with little steps

While we were in San Diego we went to Mission Beach, where Veronica had her first experience with walking on a sandy beach & the cold Pacific ocean rolling over her little feetsies. She loved every moment of it. She was a bit surprised by the coldness of the water, but quickly adjusted to it and even wanted to walk further into the waves. When the water would roll in and be a bit too high, I would pick her up and let her feet dangle in the water, where she would constantly splash with her feet.

Grand Canyon

Here are some good family photos of us at the Grand Canyon while we were in Arizona (just in case you didn't know where the Grand Canyon was located). It wasn't of much interest to Veronica, due to her age and she had a fever at the time--poor girl.

Daddy, Little, & Grandpa
Uncle Willy, Little & Daddy
Uncle Andrew, Aunt Adrienne, Uncle Willy, daddy, little & me

Park near the beach

This was Veronica's first time going in a swing. I think she enjoyed herself for the most part, but near the end she was definitely a little unsure of this whole device that had her swinging in mid-air without holding onto mommy or daddy.
She also enjoyed picking the flowers (and sometimes trying to taste them.)

Growing up in Yuma

This place is part of my first memories, which is where my parents owned a mattress & bedding store called Dreamland Bedding. I took Ben on a tour around Yuma of some of my highlights as a kid. What was once a place where I spent most of my childhood has definitely become a hole in the wall. It was here that I learned how to ride a bike, do flips on a bed, and other nonsensical childlike enjoyments.

This was Dreamland Bedding, home of the Willy & Kamille commercials.

This is where I learned how to ride a bike for the first time.

This was all new when I saw it (along with the picture below). It used to be a large vacant dirt lot, where Willy would go dumpster diving and I would play with the children who were cooped up inside a fenced playground with the nearby daycare.

Grandpa & Veronica

Veronica had a hard time on vacation, due to a mixture of elements (getting a fever, never getting a solid nights sleep or a good nap, and being outside of her typical environment), which led to a cranky little girl. I realize how vital sleep is for me and how much more so it is to a 15 month old. Here are some precious moments I caught on my phone camera with her Grandpa Soto. He still has the sleep charm with her.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Swim in the Pool

Veronica absolutely loved being in the pool. It was a bit chilly when we first got in, so she would go, "Whoa!" She especially pointing at the ball to get daddy to bring it to her so she could hit it. I think if it were up to her she would have stayed in there for the whole afternoon. Maybe I should have stayed out the whole afternoon, in order to turn from ghost white to human white.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Part 1 at the Grand Canyon

We arrived in Arizona on Thursday with Veronica in tow. We'll have more pictures to post when we get back home and upload them. Veronica had her first trip to the Grand Canyon, but it didn't seem to phase her much with her cold and fever she was getting over (she always gets a fever when we travel).

Her is one of my brother Willy (uncle), Veronica, and me at the Grand Canyon.

My brothers Andrew & Willy began getting bored quickly and started taking random pictures with complete strangers. The thing about it is the strangers had no clue Willy & Andrew were in the picture with them--this is a product of that.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Summer of 2004...I went to the Pickford Cinema to watch a film my friend Alicia said, "I had to see." As I saw the poster of the man playing the main role I said to Alicia, "my younger brother could have played this part." Then, as I watched the movie my hypothesis continued to prove itself correct. What do you think?

If you don't know what movie I'm referring to--then I'm sorry for you.