Soon after came Dora. I love Dora. I wish she spoke french but I have overlooked this and have come to accept her Latina roots. Dora is a go-getter. Dora is a leader. Dora and Boots may be best friends but Dora is in charge. AND - she's a problem solver. Her teacher is late for school? No worries, Dora will get out Map (resist the urge to sing the ever so creative song - I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the MAP!), plot out three landmarks, and that teacher is in the classroom before the third bell. What a girl! Los hicimos! or something like that. I was a french major, not spanish.
Here's the problem with Dora - the girl yells when she talks. "BOOTS WE NEED TO GO THROUGH THE NUTTY FOREST!" "SWIPER NO SWIPING, SWIPER NO SWIPING, SWIPER NO SWIPING!!!" This has been a challenge that I am attempting to correct to this day: Lily yells when she talks. I am forever saying "Lily, try not to yell." "I'M NOT YELLING." "I know you don't think you are but strangers in Vermont just agreed to blow bubbles with you, so obviously that was a tad too loud."
There was also a minor incident in which Lily stopped pointing with her fingers. This was when she was about 2 1/2 and it reached a climax when my sister was visiting for Jamie's birth. Every time Lily talked (yelled) about something, she would motion with her whole hand. It was odd but I ignored it because I was 9 months pregnant and who cares if she stopped pointing? Then one day Kristen realized what Lily was doing. Dora does not use her fingers. Whenever she points to a path, Swiper, or a star, she motions with her entire hand (very similar to the models on the Price is Right, but not quiet so flamboyant). We couldn't believe it. Luckily, she overcame what could have been a very weird thing to do for her entire life.
And now to her current obsession. And I think "obsession" is an understatement since our world actually revolves around them now - the Disney Princesses.
Here she is in her princess nightgown that unfortunately also came with a matching headband. She will wear this periodically throughout the day. She knows it's for sleeping but it has the word "gown" in it. And if the word "gown" is in it then guess what it is? A gown. And the headband must always be worn at the same time. She has even woken up in the middle of the night crying because she can't find it amongst her pillows and 5 billion blankets. I have to strip the bed at 2:07am to find the thing and cram it back on her head.
My cousin Lynn has a daughter who has just outgrown these princess gowns so she gave them to Lily. We are grateful that we didn't have to pay for them since these babies are expensive!
We took these pictures one day during Jamison's nap. I had to think of an activity that wouldn't require her to talk (yell).
As you can see in the Belle picture below, she also is displaying her Belle sticker book. This was imperative for the photo shoot as she went scrambling to find it.
Cinderella was a huge favorite for a long time. This picture was before (my mother, again) the purchase of the Cinderella accessories: handbag, wand (even though Cinderella never had a wand), necklace, bracelet, and gloves. Here, Cinderella is sitting on her thrown.