Thursday, January 27, 2011
Here is a scanned copy of the article - I managed to crop off the horrible photo the newspaper photographer took, Sakura had NO nap that day, and wanted NO part of having pictures taken, which is her normal reaction to photos - but the whole spread in the paper took about 1/2 of the front of the Desert Life section - it was pretty impressive! There were SO many things that were misquoted I won't even go into that.
It was quite funny - the newspaper article was on Thursday, on Friday my Mom came down for the day to visit, we went to lunch at The Garden (our favorite) and there were no less than 5 people who came up to us asking if she was THE baby in the newspaper, later that night Dean got to experience the same thing when we went to Kneaders for dessert, where the cashier asked the same thing - only in a small town - but that's what I love about living in a small town! They were all calling my little Sakura a celebrity - to us she's "just" our daughter and we couldn't be any prouder of her! We feel that Sakura's Grand Prize win goes to lots of different things, first of all our family and friends who voted, Maranda's amazing photo, and of course a bit of credit has to go to Sakura too.
The day we had these photos taken for our Christmas card, Sakura called all of the shots, that's how Maranda works - she says that children at this age aren't negotiable so we went with Sakura, Sakura stood on the railing at this location, she smiled for some photos, she was serious for some, she "yelled" for Yancha at one point, calling him like she does outside, etc...so the pose is all her. She is the "new face of Tiny Prints" and our cutest baby :)
Friday, January 14, 2011
Check it out - it's only 40 seconds long.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wrigley biting the water makes Sakura laugh hard!
The other night we had the last of our Christmas. We went to dinner with Johnny and celebrated with him. Sakura was all ready to go to dinner (which happened to be on the night we found out Sakura was the Tiny Prints Grand Prize winner - so we were celebrating as well!), and decided maybe her bumble bee could get her there....J/K - she wanted to ride Bobee - which she calls it for bumble bee.
While we were eating dinner the Geico commercial came on with the little pig saying "wee wee wee" - and it caught Sakura's attention - she turned to watch it. When it was over I said to her "That little piggy said Wee Wee Wee all the way home" - I was QUITE surprised when she repeated that back to me, and she kept saying it - probably because her Dad and I kept laughing. Sakura is a toddler of few words (she says MANY things, but not in sentences) - not that she can't say them, but because she has been a baby that basically masters things before you even figure out that she has been paying attention, this is no different. Soon after she was repeating the Wee Wee Wee .... the way home, she was pointing at her cup which had elephants. She asked me what it was by pointing and saying 'that' - I said elephant...she'd point to the next and repeat 'that' and I would repeat elephant...then I said "one" and she said "two".....
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So today went a little worse than I had hoped. I really thought I would be okay --- and I was, just up until the time we walked out of the classroom and Sakura saw us leave through the door and cried "M-O-M-M-Y", then I lost it. We were putting her extra clothes in her cubby and had said our goodbye's, she saw us leave then that's when she cried...and cried...and cried, and I cried, and cried, and cried - almost the whole way to physical therapy.
Sakura is doing a 'transition' week this week, then will go full-time starting next Monday when I go back to work (post-surgery). I had everything ready, my dark sunglasses (thanks Auntie Candi for suggesting that!), Kleenex, everything - and walked out the door without them this morning! Geez! I was crying and crying and the agency director walked out and introduced herself telling me that Sakura would be okay and to call as many times as I wanted. I did call when I got to physical therapy and got the report that Sakura was doing fine, she was happy and talking to Miss Myra and painting! That was great to hear, I was SO happy! I called later (around 1:00 or so) to check on how she had done, and got a full report from Miss Myra - Sakura did great, she ate well, she is now SLEEPING! I was shocked, Sakura took a nap on the cot - they have these little cots that they put out for the kids - and you can bring a special blanket, or whatever - I also forgot a blanket - even though I intended to take one with us and even started using one special blanket here at home knowing it would go with her and she would recognize that blanket as being from home and be okay....well luckily Sakura did well and napped. Her Daddy picked her up at 2:15 and she was just waking up - still on her cot but her eyes were open. He said that when she saw him, she started crying - Miss Myra said that she hadn't cried all day (until she saw Daddy!).
So Day 1 is done, and hopefully the rest is easier ? LOL ! I'm sure it will be tough for a few days/weeks, then Sakura will love going and having kiddos to play with - which is another reason I wanted her at a facility instead of another friend's house - which was my second option. I think Sakura needs socialization and she will get it here. The nice part is the classroom is small - right now there are only 6 in Sakura's class. Today there were 3 total (including Sakura).
Many thanks to all of our family and friends for their well wishes today! It means a lot to have such a great support group of Auntie's that love Sakura!
Here are a few pictures I took with my phone this morning.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Inai Inai Baa....with wrapping paper