Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This holiday recap has taken me FOREVER to do because I keep forgetting to upload a video from Christmas morning that I have on the computer in Em's room. I'm just going to do the post and add the video tomorrow, hopefully.

Anyhow, we had a nice, mellow holiday. We spent Christmas Eve at my in-laws' for a yummy homemade dinner. My brother-in-law is in town, so he had fun watching all of Em's new toddler tricks.

I really wanted to wake up in our place Christmas morning as it was Em's first somewhat lucid Christmas, even if she won't remember it.

Em's grandparents offered to buy Em's big gifts.

My mom bought Em this Fisher-Price Dollhouse. I ordered the Caucasian version 'cuz for some reason they don't offer a "quapa" option. "Quapa" is what we loving refer to Em as since I'm hapa, and as a result, she's a quarter Filipina. Get it? :::taps mic::: Is this thing on?
I had originally scored a FABULOUS deal on a different dollhouse, but between when I ordered it and its arrival, I decided it'd be too large for our tiny condo. I ended up selling it via a local parenting message board to a nearby mom, whose name is also "Nanette." I kid you not! We both thought there was something wrong with our email systems when we sent our first correspondence to each other. While I've met a few other Nanettes in my life, I was the first she'd met in her 38 years.

The largeness of the original dollhouse probably wouldn't have been as big a deal if Em's other grandma had generously offered to buy Em this awesome play kitchen.
It says it's for 2 years and up, but there are no small parts we think she needs to worry about, and we've kept the play knife away from her since she likes to put it in her mouth.

When you put the skillet on the burner, it lights up and sizzles. When you put the pot on it, it lights up and bubbles. Tons of fun, although Brent screams, "That's the ONLY time hot pots and pans are considered fun, Em! Stay away from OUR stove!"

Em's just starting to get into pretend play. She has this adorable habit of pretending to snack on air. She pinches non-existent food out of my hand and puts it in her cute little toddler mouth and chews. She loves to take the phone that came with the play kitchen and walk around our condo with it to her ear, babbling "hi's" and other conversation. (She's also started taking "calls" with her hand... the remote controls...the pretend burrito that came with the kitchen...)

I researched and chose this particular kitchen above. Ya gotta see some of the other available options:

That's at least double the size of the one we got Em. That little Top Chef-wannabe cracks me up.

My jaw hit the floor when I saw this one. Massive!
This play kitchen is supposed to be a "modern" kitchen, but it reminds me more of the dated "modernness" that was imagined in the Jetsons.

With that, I'll conclude the randomness of this post. Hope Santa brought you everything you wanted!

"Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy. Second, there are, like, 30 Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says 'Peep Show,' that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas." - Santa, Elf


  1. We have the very same kitchen as Em. LG got it for Christmas when she was about 18 months old. If I'd known how early the twins would start using it, we would have gotten LG one at a younger age. They have been playing with it since they could pull up. We also have a doll house that they all love. We have the Loving Family house, which is similar to that one but maybe more for bigger kids. I got it at a yard sale for $5.00, so I couldn't be too picky :). If Em has any gift cards or Christmas cash left, you should get her a magnadoodle...the twins LOVE that thing!

  2. Happy belated holidays, my dear! So funny you found a name twin to buy the dollhouse!

  3. Too cute! I LOVED my Fisher Price play kitchen. In fact, my parents still have my frying pan (it still sizzles!) and random fake food, circa '86. Glad you guys had a nice Christmas :)

  4. yay for name twins, especially when your name is on the rare side ha!

    quapa! ha!

    dude, i think that play kitchen is nicer than my real kitchen.

  5. I can't wait to see pics of Em using her little kitchen! I'm so curious to hear how you organize all of Em's stuff in your condo...seems like we'll have the same challenge. We're hoping to keep our little condo tidy looking without Itsy's junk that a pipe dream?

  6. the play kitchens are the best, we got raffy one from jcpenny for $20, the stove clicks and then lights up too, but it was a pain for steve to put together so many little parts, and then he had to sand the sharp pieces, we can see why is was only that much, his time was worth more lol, but then i saw one on oh dee oh that someone made for under $50 from stuff at ikea and i was in love, a project for twenty ten maybe.

    happy new year!

  7. When can I come over and play with your child's toys? :) Kidding. That big kids' kitchen looks nicer than my kitchen.

  8. I always wanted a play kitchen growing up, though I guess since I finally got a real kitchen I shouldn't complain- Em's a lucky little girl! :)

  9. ditto winnie - that kitchen dwarfs the thimble-sized one i cook in.

    i can't wait to move into a house so we can get one for the bean!