Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Chinese New Years!

This year, Natalie wore a very pretty pink cheung-sam as her new year's outfit and she was quite the little lady, collecting red pockets left and right. See her below getting ready for school wearing her outfit.

We wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year of the Tiger!

Natalie patiently getting her hair done by Suparti. She calls putting her hair up "putting on her long hair".

She looks so lady-like with her hands on her lap and her ankles crossed.

Here she is making her favourite funny face.

I tried to pose her by asking her to look a little off camera. The best I could do was have her stare at my wiggling toes. She was so patient, taking time to pose for me as I adjusted the camera and put her into poses.

Natalie checks out her own dress. She really loves wearing it.

More posing. This is me trying to get her to look "deh", but she doesn't bring her hands up.

A back shot. She really has become quite the little lady!

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Natalie-isms

Natalie is picking her nose.
Natalie: Hey, I'm picking my nose! Look, I got a big booger!

Me: Wow, Natalie, your face is still really round! Do you have a round head?

Natalie looks a bit hurt.
Me (trying to make it up to her): Does Mommy have a round head, too?
Natalie: No, you have a square head!

Sometimes, when Clark is lying down on the bed or sofa, Natalie likes to climb up and pounce on him. She calls it "booming" Ba-ba.
Clark: Natalie, can you boom Mommy? (I'm lying next to them.)
Natalie: No!
Clark: How come?
Natalie: Because Mommy is small!
Clark: But how come you can boom on Ba-ba?
Natalie: Because Ba-ba is big and strong!

Me: I'm going to call Por-por on the telephone now. Do you want to talk to Por-por?
Natalie: How come?
Me: Because it'll be nice to talk to her.
Natalie: How come?
Me: Because she likes to hear you talking.
Natalie: How come?
Me: Because she misses you.
Natalie: How come?
Me: Because she hasn't seen you in a while.
Natalie: How come?
Me: Because!
Natalie: How come?
Me: No more how comes!

Natalie's favourite sleep murmurs (she talks in her sleep):
Natalie: "Hey, whachoo doing?"
Natalie: "I don't want! I don't want!"

Natalie is eating mangoes for dessert. They look yummy.
Me: Natalie, can I have a mango, please?
Natalie: Sure!
She picks up one of the bigger pieces with her fork and gives it to me.
Me: Yummy, thank you, Natalie!
Natalie (explaining and nodding her head): I give you a big piece because you are a big girl.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter school uniform

Natalie is quite the little cute student in her little winter school uniform. Here is the complete set as modelled for us by Natalie herself in the morning.

The uniform is a white turtleneck, a plaid dress, and a red boxy jacket with grey stockings and black shoes.

As per her normal morning routine, Natalie gets dressed after breakfast and sits on her sofa to put on her shoes.

She can almost do it herself (although she still gets her feet mixed up).

I asked her to "smile!" for the camera and she did.

"I'm putting on my shoes!" She says.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reading mandarin

Since starting school in September, Natalie has slowly but surely been picking up more and more Mandarin. Watch Video 269 of Natalie "reading" from her school workbook with her daddy Clark.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Swimming School

On Sunday, Natalie attended her very first swimming class! Last week, we brought her to the swim school so she could watch her cousin Vanessa attend and she was very excited to go, too. At first, things went very well and she was happy and excited to listen to the "swim school teacher". However, she cried for most of the second half of the class when the teacher started asking them to put their ears and noses in the water. Bravely, she has agreed to go again next week :)

Natalie excited and almost ready to head to swim school... by herself with no mommy and no ba-ba!

The swim outfit is complete with neoprene swim suit, swim cap and swim goggles! Later, when Natalie was crying, her little goggles filled with her tears.

Natalie has gone into the pool area by herself, lining up between her cousin Vanessa and her friend Ethan.

Ethan was a great little swimmer and very brave. He put his ears and nose and whole head in the water!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Reading her own bedtime story

Natalie has really grasped the concept of "reading" a book and "storyline". Watch Video 268 of Natalie reading her own bedtime story about a bee who's lost her stripes and needs to find them again.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Christmas outfit

Natalie's grandparents have really spoiled her with lots of beautiful new clothes. Here are some more christmas photos that I'm posting 1 month after the fact, but thought she looked too cute to resist :)

Here is Natalie posing next to a Christmas tree that matches her dress and headband.

Natalie is really festive compared to her parents who are dressed all in black!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Camera smiles

Like all young kids, Natalie is constantly amazed by herself, her own reflection and her own abilities. She enjoys looking in the mirror and, whenever we go out for dinner and a mirror happens to be nearby, she is sometimes too distracted to eat because she is busy making funny faces at herself. She also likes the camera and has become better and better at smiling into the camera. Here we did a few practice shots at home:

Natalie says, "What's that, mommy? Is it a cam-rah?"

I tell her I'm going to take a few pictures of her and she sticks her tongue out like this.

I tell her to smile to look nice and she obliges.

I say "BIG smile!" and she gives a big smile, too.