Parna’s birthday

Parna celebrated her birthday more than one month after her actual birthday. No complains here: the weather is much nicer in May than in April and more appropriate for an outdoor party. Plus Parna’s father finished enclosing the yard with a fence, so it was safer for us (the kids) to play. We spent some time sticking stickers and gluing shapes on pieces of foam, then we played in the yard. Here are a few pictures of us.

The time came for my least favorite activity (eating). We ate kabob with rice and vegetables, then we had cake. Needless to say that my participation in these endeavors was (as usual) extremely limited.

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How to use a knife

Now that I know how to use the spoon and the fork, it is time to learn how to use a knife. I have a utensil set that – unlike many other sets for kids – came with a knife. This knife cannot cut anything no matter how hard you try, it is mostly a shame for all the utensils called knife. Mommy says that it doesn’t need to cut because it is a spreading knife. So here are some instructions on how to use a spreading knife:

Disclaimer: My mommy might have helped a little with spreading the cream cheese on the bread, but otherwise I did most of the work.

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Merry Christmas

This was my third Christmas and I spent it partying. I only had Parna to play with (poor Sara and Sina were sick), but the older kids also played with us. I ate a BIG apple (and that was all I had for dinner). Of course, we opened gifts, and I made sure one of them (a book) was put to good use (I asked daddy to read it). I ended up going to bed way later than usual.

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Feeding your grandparents

The vast experience gained while feeding your parents or your friends can come in handy. For example, when you have to feed your grandparents. In spite of radically different circumstances (like being separated by a whole ocean and two continents), Skype and a little bit of creative thinking make it all possible. The pictures below show how I offered buni and bunu some food I freshly prepared for them. They did like it a lot.

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My second birthday

It’s been one year since we partied on my first birthday and two years since I got into this world. This long journey had to be celebrated. I will start by thanking all my guests for coming and making me feel special on my birthday. And – of course – thank you for all the presents! Pictured below are most of the people who came to my birthday – those missing should blame daddy for not keeping up with his photography duties.

My parents decided to celebrate my birthday in Columbia Park in Kennewick. The first picture below shows the picnic tables with the Columbia river in the background. After you see this picture you most definitely realize that the theme of my birthday was the ladybug, which is my favorite bug of them all. There was a playground right next to us, where the kids spent most of their time while the adults had their boring conversations. The adults interrupted our fun to take some formal pictures (like the above ones). They made it up to us by ensuring a session of fun with soap bubbles. After we had cake and ice cream, we opened the presents, then we played some more.

Taking into account that the theme of my birthday was the ladybug, you may have figured out that my cake would also resemble a ladybug. I knew for several days that I would have a cake and I would blow the candle (mommy told me), so I was ready for the challenge. Everytime somebody asked me about my plans for my birthday, I would say something along the lines “… sing Happy Birthday, blow the candles…”

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One switchback after the bench

Today we made it to the bench in pretty much similar circumstances as I mentioned before. The second picture below shows me sitting on the bench and eating a banana (yes, I eat banana like a big baby now), while the third picture shows me drinking from my sippy cup. After this feast, I felt like walking on my own feet for a while. We hiked one switchback after the bench all the way to the point where you can see the Little Badger. Pretty much the same spot where we took some pictures during my first hike.

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Is this stick tasty?

It’s been a while since I wrote a tutorial on how to feed your parents. This time I will show you how to feed your friends and I will use my friend Sara as an example. We were playing on the lawn, when we suddenly came across a few sticks. Of course, the first thing you do when you find sticks on the lawn is to stick them into your mouth. Or whatever other mouth is available.

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I say “done”

Scooping the food was out of the scope of the first tutorial on how to use a spoon. Well, it’s time to fill in that gap and show you that scooping the food is not that difficult after all (see the first three pictures below). I’ve been practicing for quite a while now and I think I got it. Including the delivery of food (in this case egg with avocado) to the mouth, which also took an interesting turn of the spoon. I was literally turning the spoon upside down before putting it into my mouth and my bib used to collect a lot of the food that was not sticking to the spoon.

I also noticed that my parents fulfill my orders while I am eating. I can request cheese or – as shown in the fourth picture – something to drink. Needless to say that I got water within seconds. There is something else I learned in the last few days. When full after a good meal, I used to become a little impatient and refused to eat anymore. In these conditions my parents would ask me “Are you done?”, so I figured that I can tell them myself “Done” when I was done eating. While saying “Done” I also push the tray away from me to signal that I want out of the high-chair (see the fifth picture).

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I eat fish

Now that I am a big baby, I get to eat table food that was previously reserved for grown-ups only. I got a few bite-size pieces of fish before, but today I got my first full fish meal. I ate salmon with rice, raisins and tomatoes cooked based on buni’s recipe. I enjoyed all the ingredients, especially the raisins: at some point I was fishing for raisins at a faster rate than daddy was able to provide.

Picking a raisin Blowing a kiss Scooping rice and raisins Quality control A tomato slice can be so much fun!

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