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This little one is growing up way. too. fast.  I can't stop to think about it or I'll start crying. 

Her recent interests include...
* Singing the ABCs (constantly.  I mean, constantly.).  Watch video for proof.
* Pumpkins.  She talks about the "punkin" on our porch every morning.  "Itssa punkin!"
* Counting.  Sometimes to the number 10.  Mostly 1, 2, 3 over and over again.
* Repeating every single word we say.  
* Making people laugh and fake-laughing.
* Running.
* Dancing.  I tell you, this girl is a dancing fool.  Like, needs to dance every day.  And if I get tired and sit while we're dancing, she begins crying while pulling my shoulder and screams, "UP! UP!"
* Books.  Still.  She's obsessed.  If we're not dancing, we're most likely reading books.  Books about Elmo are a big favorite, but any of them will do.
* Climbing.  Climbing on chairs and couches and anything, really - on her own, mind you.  She sits on a booster seat to eat, no longer wanting to be secured in her high chair.  I mean, what do we think she is, a baby?
* Giving hugs.  She's still the best hugger on the planet.  I mean that.  I'm so her cuddliness hasn't gone away.
* At daycare, she loves to play and eat.  Apparently, she scavanges her classmates' plates after she is done.  Embarrassing.  I promise we feed her.  


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This. Girl. - I love her.
Two is hard sometimes, you know that?  So fun and so taxing - all at the same time.   This little person becoming their own human being, little by little.  Our girl, she is very much her own person.  Stubborn, strong-willed.  But sweet and cuddly.  And SO much fun.   Asking Jesus for help as we aim to shape this little being - allowing her to blossom, yet to obey. In my frustration sometimes I imagine this will of hers standing up to something more substantial in the years to come (not just potty training or foods she dislikes), which gives me some relief - She'll stand strong to her faith being rocked; She'll ward off that idiot of a boy (they'll all be idiots in my opinion, I assume) who thinks he is worthy of her attention.
He has created her this way - our feisty, silly, sweet little girl.  I am so thankful.

{Photos thanks to Elena Brown}