New word

Tessa just said “bowl”! She’s been trying out a lot of new words lately (well, sounds that we identify as words…), but for some reason “bowl” was highly entertaining and exciting for both of us :). She had been playing with a pink plastic bowl and plate from a play tea set and got a kick out of repeating me when I named what she was holding.

Artwork at Dinnertime

Once Mara finished eating tonight she wandered off to do some artwork. She then presented me with this drawing:

A mommy with messy hair!

Snow Princess

Here’s Mara, just before heading out trick-or-treating…

Snow Princess?!? Not duck? Not butterfly?

So her costume wasn’t exactly what we had anticipated, but she loved it and people seemed to get a kick out of it. We visited a lot of Mara’s friends on and around our street, and she managed to say trick or treat a few times (as well as ‘Thank you’ and ‘Happy Halloween’ every time!).  What topped it all off was that we also had more kids come by our place than usual, so the fun continued once we got back home 🙂

Duck and Bus!

Guest post by James

Mara was the very lucky recipient of two original paintings recently, and she helped us hang them in her room. The first picture is a wider shot to show what her room looks like now (with the new wall and door!).

In the second picture, Mara gives her version of an excited reaction…

(We actually asked her to say thank you, which she does know how to say in two languages – but of course not on command!)

There’s a bit of a story behind these two paintings, both of which are by Mara’s Auntie Kim. Kim’s new site is at and in exchange for my work in setting it up and hosting it, Kim offered to do some artwork for Mara.

Kim keeps a daily painting blog as well, and the story of the bus painting is told in three posts:

Kim’s blog is definitely worth following. And make sure you check out her site!

Halloween #2

Mara enjoyed her second Halloween! It was our first time trick-or-treating with her.

We also went into James’ work this morning, to show off Mara’s costume and to catch a glimpse of the kids from the daycare doing their tour of the building (they all have parents that work in that office). Mara was so excited when we ran into the crowd of kids! They were a bit older than she is, but she would have happily gone off with them for the rest of the tour.

I carved our pumpkin this time — Mara helped, mostly by napping long enough for me to get the bulk of the work done!