Wednesday, December 29, 2010

the good tube



i am not sure who these experts are who say TV is bad for children but i firmly disagree. you know what i learned from TV? my ABCs. yup - as a result of watching very education programs such as Super Why and Word World, i know all my letters and my numbers better than a kindergartner. i can even sing my ABCs! now i can't read, yet. so i am behind those babies i see on commercials. you know, the ones that can barely walk but are able to read words from flash cards. oh well. not everyone can be as brilliant i guess. i am proud of my own achievement though. no one even taught me my ABCs really. just the TV. mommy was really surprised when we were in the elevator a few weeks back and i started pointing to the letters on the posted warrantee and naming them out loud. good surprise right. better than the one i left in the corner a while back! haha!

i hope my brief tale will convince you (and mommy) that TV isn't bad as many try to argue. TV is great! it quiets down cranky children when all else seems to fail. it is a watchful babysitter that doesn't demand a paycheck at the end of the day. and most importantly it's an engaging teacher with vast amount of information to absorb. did you hear that mommy? surely you want me to be smart? right mommy? so let me watch TV! as much TV as my little heart desires!!!

3 wonderful things






Tuesday, December 28, 2010

the goose that stole christmas



i am sure you are all wondering how my Christmas went so here it goes. Santa came back, i think, because in the morning, millions of presents magically appeared under the tree. the weather couldn't of been more perfect. a magical white Christmas! we even listened to some Christmas music and watched a Christmas movie too. at first i was excited to open my presents but the excitement wore off quickly. at least for me. i managed to open two presents. but after a few long, tedious minutes of trying to untie the bows and uncover the boxes underneath all the wrapping paper, i was done. i did get just what i wanted. well some of the the things on my list. a couple of BlaBla dolls and a brand new dress to wear for new years eve. all my other presents Nini opened for me. he was more excited about them than i was i think. i glanced at them for a sec while watching Dora. they all looked nice enough. everyone was a little disappointed by my lack of enthusiasm. but how many presents can a little girl open. i already got the best present from Santa a couple of days ago. my nuki back! and what i really really wanted - my own room and a fantasy carriage bed - Santa obviously forgot to bring. oh and since he also disregarded my request for my own iphone, i had to resort to playing with mommy's. again! that is until Nini opened one of his presents and discovered a brand new DSi inside. so i ditched the phone and played the DSi instead. i haven't seen Mario in such a long time but i still remembered his name.

all went well i guess until it was dinnertime and the Christmas goose was on the table. it looked good enough but sometimes looks can be deceiving. grandpa proudly carved it and served it as well. even i got a piece. i usually love chicken and was excited to bite into this oversized bird.

before i go on with my tale, i would like to assure you that i have all my teeth. they are intact and are very good at breaking down any food i put inside my mouth. even non-food i tell you. one time i decided to chew on a pencil and guess what? i chewed it all the way through to the center. anyway back to my story.

my teeth were no match for the goose. even cut up into small pieces, it was impossible to break down. i am sure the pencil was much more tender than this rubber goose. everyone else had similar trouble. i could tell from all the ridiculous chewing faces around the table. mommy even choked a little. she was really disappointed. apparently she had asked grandma to get two ducks for dinner from the store. grandma must of gotten her bird species mixed up because she returned home with one big goose instead. no ducks! and that rubber goose ended up ruining our perfectly white Christmas!

in my dream closet: little paul & joe




today i am featuring Little Paul & Joe in my dream closet. i love the the pieces in this dark yet magical collection. the red cape and the squirrel sweater are just a few of my favorites. the boys line is just as dramatic as the girls with warm cozy knits and classic accessories.




images © paulandjoe.com

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry christmas




Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

i am shopping here - warm sugar dolls



i absolutely love these handmade angelic dolls from Warm Sugar! i want the entire collection!


images © warm sugar

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

oh my cookie!



i have been so busy the last couple of days helping my mommy make cookies. i absolutely love it. i get to climb up on my chair and play with all the kitchen utensils and ingredients that are usually off limits. i even got to sift the flour. it did spill a little. well maybe a lot. shaking that sifter thing was so much fun. and i didn't even get in trouble. and you know what else? mommy let me push a few buttons on the mixer! yup you heard right. and i got to watch the dough swoosh around and form in the bowl. awesome!!!!! i wish i had some pics to share with you. we didn't get a chance to take any with all those dirty hands and all. i am sure the pics would have looked something like these little treasures from months back.

i think the best part about this whole Christmas cookie tradition is eating the freshly baked goods. yummy! specially the chocolate snowcap cookies. those are my favorite. i am sure you understand why. CHOCOLATE! yummy gooey sweet chocolate!


Ingredients

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons instant espresso
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup packed light -brown sugar
1 large egg
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, for coating


Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined; mix in cooled chocolate. With mixer on low speed, gradually add dry ingredients; beat in milk just until combined. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl; working in batches, roll balls in sugar twice.

3. Place balls on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, 12 to 14 minutes; cookies will still be soft to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield 18

recipe © marthastewart.com


what's your favorite christmas cookie?

Monday, December 20, 2010

early arrival



Santa is REAL! and sometimes he comes earlier than you expect. and you know how i know? Santa brought my NUKI back!!!!! he probably read my withdrawal post or heard my cries about my lost beloved nuki. the one with the pink kitty on it. i have been moping around for weeks asking everyone if they know where it is or where it went. well maybe it hadn't been that long since my nuki mysteriously disappeared but it sure felt like it. not one person in this family seemed to care. i was beginning to think that maybe Nini took it for himself. i've noticed him eyeing it on prior occasions. i pictured him laying in his bed sucking on my precious nuki while i lay nearby crying myself to sleep. and just as i was about to accept the fact that i would have to go through life without my nuki, i found it! Santa came and brought it back to me. he even hid it really really good in the crack of our living room couch. if Nini and i weren't making forts out of the couch cushions, we might not have ever discovered it.

i couldn't believe my eyes!!!!! there it was. i screamed with excitement, "sosa, sosa, my sosa, i see you sosa!" sosa means nuki in russian in case your wondering. i grabbed it in my hand and stuck it in my mouth. it tasted so good. even with all the fuzzy couch lint. and ever since then, my nuki hasn't left my side. i mean my mouth. when i am forced to take it out, like when i eat, i make sure to keep it within arm's reach. i am keeping a close eye on Nini too. i am still not entirely convinced that he didn't play a role in my nuki's disappearance after all. oh well. i guess i will never know for sure.

thanks Santa for the best Christmas present ever! oh and i hope this early visit doesn't mean you're not coming back on Christmas eve with the rest of my presents?

let it snow





Saturday, December 18, 2010

run grandma, run!



i think i might have forgotten to mention this, but my great grandma came all the way from Ukraine to visit. i have never seen her before and although she seems nice enough, i am really not that receptive. actually, she scares me a little. i don't know what it is? maybe the wrinkly skin or the funny slow walk she has. maybe both. but every time i see her, my reaction is to move a few steps back and say "bolyno, bolyno" which basically translates to "it hurts, it hurts." judging from her reaction, i think she understands what i am trying to say quite clearly. and yesterday, mommy decided to do something really spiteful and leave Nini and i alone with Baba Lida. alone!!! apparently mommy had to make an emergency run to the store. i was about to start crying but then there was a knock on the door. mommy opened the door and in the doorway stood Sammy. Sammy is Nini's best friend and mine too of course. Sammy said he can play so we all ran towards our room. i was so excited i forgot that mommy was leaving.

all went well for a couple of minutes or so until the boys decided to wage war. they took out Nini's nerf guns and started running around the house shooting at each other, and me, and Baba Lida too. although we were having fun, Baba Lida was not amused whatsoever. all she did was scream at us in Russian. no one really listened. then we ran to mommy's room and collectively jumped on the bed. Baba Lida lost it! she screamed at us to get off. she said that no child with half a brain, or something, would ever jump on a bed where people sleep in street clothes. i don't know. i am always jumping on mommy's bed. she creamed so loud and made such a mean scary face that poor Sammy ran out of the house crying. then Nini started to cry as well because Baba Lida scared off his best friend. and then i realized that mommy wasn't home. i was alone with Baba Lida. so i started to cry and scream as well. i think all of this may have been a little too much to handle for Baba Lida because the phone rang and the next thing i knew, my grandma was knocking on the door and Baba Lida was running out. she left so fast, she didn't even put on her scarf or her extra warm socks on. it's freezing outside! she hasn't been back ever since. i wonder if she will ever return?

the latest trend - holiday sparkle






Friday, December 17, 2010

winter paper doll - Joe



the new paper doll Joe is finally here! inspired by this season's hottest fashions! print her out and have fun dressing her in her stylish and eclectic winter wardrobe.







paper doll © diaper style memoirs

Monday, December 13, 2010

the magic tree



today i woke up and found a tree in my living room. it just magically appeared. maybe Santa brought it. right? i mean without the tree there wouldn't be a place for all our presents. i really want to touch all the pretty toys but every time i come near the tree and stretch my arm out, someone yells, "NOOOOO!!!" even Nini wont let me near it. i am trying to resist, but i know, that one day when no one is around for a minute or two, i will get my hands on those shinny toys!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

a portrait



this is my first portrait of Nini! i have been working so hard on getting his eyes inside of his head and finally i did it. i think it looks just like him. don't you? i am not sure why i gave him curly hair but i think it suits him perfectly.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

wonderfully handmade - holiday cards




Kidmade Holiday Greeting Cards

printed cards are nice and all but there is nothing more charming than a handmade Christmas card made by your child. all you need is a set of blank cards a box full of art supplies and the kid's imagination. here are some examples made by Nini a few years ago. write a personal message inside and print a small picture of your child on the back. with these cards you are not only sending a holiday greeting you are also sending a one of a kind work or art!




Wednesday, December 8, 2010

fashionable gifts


















withdrawal




i know it's the holiday season and i should be happy but i am not. not at all! the last couple of days have been really unbearable. i lost my nuki and i cannot find it anywhere. it's not under my bed. it's not in my toy box. it's not hiding in the bathroom or the kitchen pantry. it just disappeared into the thin air. i have looked for it everywhere. Nini helped look for it too. no luck! i am beginning to think that someone broke into my house and stole it. probably wrapped it up to give to some baby for Christmas. lucky baby!

i ask mommy where my nuki is all the time. all she does is throw her arms up in the air and says, "i don't know, it's lost." thanks a lot mom! i kinda figured. she doesn't really help me look for it either.

i even had to go to sleep without my nuki for two nights in a row. i cried and screamed for it. i stared at the closed door, wishing and hoping that it would swing wide open and mommy would come in with my nuki in hand. she didn't. i had to hug my teddy really tight and cry myself to sleep. i considered sucking on my finger there for a second but decided against it. it didn't look as appetizing as my beloved nuki. did you know - it had the cutest little pink kitty on it? i miss it so much. i am so depressed and cranky without it. i don't know if my life can go on. the lack of concern from mommy and daddy is puzzling. they are not usually like this. maybe Santa will be more compassionate. do you think he will put a brand new nuki under my tree? i hope it's not too late to revise that letter i wrote him a few days ago.