Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Great Idea!

Holding on to the fringes of our last summer days, we have been trying to make the most of each and every second of fading daylight. Last Sunday we ate an early dinner, and while I was cleaning up, Devi went into her drawer and pulled out her "princess cup". This cup was given to her by our friends Roly and Chris and therefore only ever holds special substances. Devi announced, "Milk Shake?" My goodness, that was the best suggestion I had heard in a long time. Great Idea!

We live in a small city, population 752 (Devi being one of the last few residents to take up residence here) and we are proud to have one stop light, one bridge, one tunnel and we still have one old fashioned malt shop just a couple blocks away. So off we went on a mission to get dessert...a root beer milk shake split three ways, our family favorite. This calorie laden tradition begins every year with the coming of the first warm days, and this year sadly ended last Sunday, slurping our last shake of the season, Devi's served in her special princess cup.

With the leaves on the trees graduating toward harvest colors, this past week has officially brought with it the chill of fall. With this change has come some new Devi accomplishments. She has decided she likes to sing and nows all the words to Happy Birthday, Rock a Bye Baby, Twinkle twinkle, the ABC song and the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Knowing the words is how we identify the song as melody is another matter.

She can count to 13. I'm not sure why she chose 13 as her resting place, but we are thrilled to listen to her count. A fork and spoon have become more than just drum sticks and actually do get food from the plate to her mouth which she is extremely proud of. Devi has also taken a sudden interest in helping me cook and in caring and feeding for her dolls which, up to this point really didn't hold her interest. Devi has become quite the conversationalist. I love that when asked who her best friend is she will tell you, "Cayenne is Devi's best friend!" Sadly, I think the dog bases this friendship heavily on the food that is shared between them but does enjoy the gentle pets that she gets from Devi too.

The biggest news is she has gained a pound! We are so thrilled about this but it seems that pound went straight into her feet, as we have had to buy new shoes again too. This time a size 6, thus rounding out our summer days.

Discovering her shadow

Bucket head bathtime

Helping mom make waffles for breakfast

First skinned knee, complete with bandaid

Buddies!

Out for Indian food

I love my Aunt Joan

I got my US Passport

Tasting a sour lime with grandpa

Little mommy feeding her baby

My best friend

7 comments:

Kristi said...

So sad that summer is gone...glad you enjoyed that last milkshake. :) I love the pic of Devi smooching Cayenne, her best friend. Too sweet!

Amy said...

I am glad you all got to enjoy that last summer shake - yumm-o! I love hearing about Devi - she sounds so precious! All of the pictures are beautiful!

Shane,Gidget,and boys said...

Summer and milkshakes such a treat.What a way to top of the end of the hot season!!! The pictures are just 2 cute!!! I like the picture of her feeding her baby.Such motherly instincts!! Gidget

Cindy said...

You have a gorgeous daughter!! Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing. . .

The Pfeiffer Family said...

We love milkshakes too! Sad to see the rain coming..it will be rain for quite some time now. Your daughter is beautiful!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following your journey of bringing Devi home. She is precious.

April #10 non-NRI

The Labontes said...

She looks like such a grown up now, and what great motherly instinct :)

Happy Fall!
Kristy

Peter and Nancy said...

I love the sweet photo with Aunt Joan -- and the bath pic! She just has such a sweet face . . . to match her personality. :o) We have seen the same dolly play in the last two weeks -- it's fascinating to watch them change before your eyes.
Hugs from Anya Rashi and Nancy