26 January 2009

mi niña

this kid i like.



many a child goes through that classic stage of cavorting about with imaginary friends, but elle takes this rite of passage to a new level. lately she talks incessantly of her "volleyball teacher," who unfortunately has a doubly difficult time existing in real life as elle neither plays volleyball nor attends school.

my daughter, however, is not one to be daunted by such technicalities.

she says: "my volleyball teacher teached me the brushing teeth song," which is followed by an animated and very made up song about shoes and toothpaste.

also, her volleyball teacher wants her to do this particular dance with flapping arms and a bum wiggle and a whole lot of spinning.

her volleyball teacher says that all the leaves fell off the trees on the day that was christmas, not in fall, mom. (clearly, an argument with an invisible sports guru is not one i'm likely to win.)


other reasons i like this kid:

1. she plays "doll camping camp" with me and every other day is my pretend birthday. (on your pretend birthday you get handmade ballpoint-and-colored-pencil cards, presents like plush dogs and barbie watches wrapped in boxes and blankets, and a birthday cake made of blocks. lots of fiber.)

2. she is little all over.

3. she has a dance for most routines of the day. my current favorite is the happy cake dance, which is a lot of hops punctuated by brief pauses where one sneaks a bit of frosting from the cake plate.

and just in case you wondered what her eating cake face looks like, here you go:




she is my favorite gal this side of mexico. (and also the other side of mexico. and in mexico itself. i'm suddenly craving a taco.)

adiós amigos. tener un buen día.

14 comments:

hotflashmamaknowsbest said...

I used to have an imaginary friend named Dennis ;-)

fleetfeet said...

So funny. I, too, had 9 imaginary friends, they lived under my bed. And one looked curiously similar to Mickey Mouse.

You'll have to excuse me now, I'm on my way to obtain a burrito as big as my head. Oh yes, and then I plan to eat it. Asta luego!

Jenn said...

well I like that little girl too. love her moody faces that you capture so beautifully. love that she has a momma that falls all over herself loving her (more moms should do that!) love that she's a ball of fire wrapped up in a pint sized burrito body. wish that little girl lived a wee closer to my own crazy girls so they could shake their "thangs" together!

take a bow Jenn

stinkypeteandcompany said...

I lurrrveee this post most especially because it so reminds me of an earlier time when my own la' stink adventured about with Laura and Mary Ingalls.
I lurrrveee this also because I too have a happy cake dance ;)
It is, however these images that I lurrvvve the most because I can see your littlest miss through your eyes; eyes filtered by an unending devotion and insurmountable love.
Thanks for sharing.
sarah

Swede at Heart said...

oh, she is just a sweetie pie! she and katie would get along so well together. :) do you know it's my birthday every day too? I get loads of fuzzy and sparkly prezzies. can't we keep them tiny?

Brandie said...

What a sweet post! My older 2 never had imaginary friends but were pretty close to thinking that their favorite stuffed animals were alive. Who knows who my little girly will befriend when she gets older. Lovely photos too:)

gina said...

She is adorable - the photographs capture her eyes and face so well. I love how you write about the funny things - it is sometimes hard to write those things about my kids-to find the right way to describe things they do that don't always make sense! I love your blog and your photography.

britt said...

tu niña es muy bonita, especialmente sus ojos.

Leah said...

Thanks for the giggle, I too would like a Taco, want to wiggle your way to KC and we'll have a feast? ;) What an amazing little person you have...just like her mama, she is so lucky to have! I love reading your take on things! You have such a neat way of expressing the most important kind of details little people bring to our lives that pass oh so quickly in an ordinary day! What a wonderful soul you are!

Amelia said...

OMG, I love that whole post! Vollyball teacher eh? Too cute!

Amazing pictures of your little beauty as well, they are so real and so sharp!!!

Leah said...

Thanks for the giggle, I too would like a Taco, want to wiggle your way to KC and we'll have a feast? ;) What an amazing little person you have...just like her mama, she is so lucky to have! I love reading your take on things! You have such a neat way of expressing the most important kind of details little people bring to our lives that pass oh so quickly in an ordinary day! What a wonderful soul you are!

britt said...

tu niña es muy bonita, especialmente sus ojos.

Jenn said...

well I like that little girl too. love her moody faces that you capture so beautifully. love that she has a momma that falls all over herself loving her (more moms should do that!) love that she's a ball of fire wrapped up in a pint sized burrito body. wish that little girl lived a wee closer to my own crazy girls so they could shake their "thangs" together!

take a bow Jenn

fleetfeet said...

So funny. I, too, had 9 imaginary friends, they lived under my bed. And one looked curiously similar to Mickey Mouse.

You'll have to excuse me now, I'm on my way to obtain a burrito as big as my head. Oh yes, and then I plan to eat it. Asta luego!