After Sunday dinner, Great-Grandma Thompson gave Liliana and Emmett each a candy cane. Liliana asked if she could hold them in the car on the ride home and promised that she wouldn't open them. However, halfway home we heard the rustling of wrappers and discovered Liliana had broken one of the candy canes in half and had begun to suck on one end. I took the candy canes away from her and told her it was too bad that she had broken hers because now it wouldn't hang on the tree. She responded instantaneously with, "I broke Emmett's candy cane. The good one is mine's." (Yes, she adds a possessive 's' to the word mine) David and I both started to laugh out loud. We couldn't believe she was being such a sneaky little thing! Emmett's candy cane made it to the Christmas tree and we explained to Liliana that we don't give people items that we break. She eventually accepted that the broken candy cane was hers.
Emmett has two more teeth coming in on top now. Before he had the four teeth in the middle on both top and bottom, a gap on top and bottom, and then two molars on top and two more on the bottom. Now the gaps on top are beginning to fill in. He has such a mouth full of chompers now!
Emmett is continuing his climbing fetish. A couple of days ago I heard Liliana and Emmett laughing hysterically in her bedroom. Naturally, I hurried in to investigate, knowing that something naughty was likely in the works. Upon entering the room, I saw Emmett standing on top of Liliana's little red table, pulling on the cord of her ceiling lamp - shaking it back and forth - and cracking up. I pulled him off the table, which upset him terribly. He immediately started to climb back up on the kid chairs and then onto the table. I had to take the chairs out of Liliana's room. Even then, Emmett was standing with his hands on the table and was attempting to get his leg up as well.
Liliana's Grandpa Hernandez gave her a Tinker Bell ornament for the Christmas tree when we met up with them in Leavenworth last week. Liliana asked us to open it so she could hold it and check it out. She noticed that some of the glitter got on her fingers as we put the ornament back in its case for safe transport. She rubbed her fingers together, trying to remove the glitter, and said, "That's ok, it's just pixie dust." It was so sweet.
Emmett received a little wooden duck with a long handle to push it around. His Grandma Cindy and Auntie Renee made it for him for Christmas. He loves to hold it just off the ground and walk around in his wobbly way, carrying it wherever he goes - even dragging it up and down the stairs. It's a lot of fun to watch his penguin-like strut!
2010 has been a year of great joy. I cannot believe how quickly it has come and gone. It is bittersweet to watch my kids growing and changing so much. I know 2011 will be full of many more exciting and fun-filled days. What a blessing it is to be a mommy and to have two of the most precious babies in the world. I am grateful for David and his willingness to work hard for our family so I can be home to care for our sweet children. I thank Heavenly Father for the countless blessings and opportunities He has provided and continues to provide to our happy little family.