Monday, January 16, 2012

Little Song Bird ...

Like I mentioned in my last post, Beatrice Kate loves, loves LOVES to sing. She's quite a singin' little fool, in fact. Thankfully, I remembered to grab my camera and get a few of her favorite songs on video.

Make sure your speakers are on and turned up and enjoy!

First, Bea's singing a Toddler Classic, "Tractor, Tractor":

Next, a little mash-up of Rain Rain Go Away/BINGO/Rockabye Baby. Yes, Rain, Rain morphs into "Reindeer" and BINGO turns into "Mango"; and so what if she's picking her nose during the first twenty second? It's cute regardless:

This next video makes this Mama's heart smile. This girl LOVES Jesus and she loves to sing about him. I just wish she knew how much Jesus loves Beatrice Kate:

And finally, what would singing be without a little dancing too?:

Can you see why we love this girl so much?!? She's kind of amazing, huh?


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Slices of Life: Where did my baby go?!?

It's well-past time for a Slice of Life post about our every changing baby Beatrice Kate. It seems like overnight she morphed from a smushy, little baby into an independent, tall and confident little girl. Somebody hold me...

Here's some of the things she does these days that I never want to forget:
  • When she wants to be picked up or held, she'll come up to you with her little arms outstretched and say, "I got you (insert name)" or "I need you". Example: I got you, Mama.
  • Each Wednesday, when we head out for playgroup, she tells me that we're "go to see friends, mama!?"
  • Each night, we sing a special Good Night song, where we say goodnight to all our friends. Recently, she's been asking to include her little friends at the end and says, "Night Night Abby? Night Night Simon?" It's so sweet.
  • Speaking of singing, girlfriend loves to belt out a tune! Often throughout the day, I'll catch her singing a mash-up medley of her favorite songs. They usually go something like, "Row, Row Boat, Jesus Bible tells me, rock the baby". 
  • When she sees that someone has noticed her, she'll stop immediately and smile; like she's embarrassed!
  • For the most part, Beatrice Kate knows her colors and can identify them on the first guess. But almost always, if she's stumped or not quite sure of the correct answer, she'll say something is, "Yellowpink"
  • She's very into helping with chores around the house (which we're all about!). She likes to say, "I helping!"
  • Her favorite chore is helping to scoop the dog's food. The other day, after the dogs had eaten, we caught her opening the food bin to hand (piece by piece) food to Cooper. When we asked her what she was doing she said, "Cooper snacks!".
  • When she does something that she thinks should merit your approval, she'll say, "Good Girl. Good Girl!"
  • Bea has become a Little Mommy recently and has really taken an interest in her dolls. And by dolls, I mean "anything she can lay on the floor/bed/couch/pillow" and say "Night Night" to them. Everything in our house goes "Night Night"... including dog toys.
  • Speaking of being a Lil' Mama, Bea also likes to feed everything with a mouth (pretend or not) whatever she's eating and says, "Mm, mm, good. Yum. Mmm" when it's eating.
  • My 21 month old knows how to use an iPhone. She successfully unlocks it and can make a call if allowed. That's just not right.
  • Whenever she eats something new for the first time and she enjoys it, she'll say, "Mmm. I like it"
  • After our Nightly songs, she'll say "I Luf You, Mommy". It. Melts. My. Heart.
  • Her walking and running are improving daily and she's doing it more and more. When she gets on a roll, she'll say, "Go Bea. Go Bea. Go Bea!" It's hilarious.
  • Whenever NC State (or any team with white and red colors) is on TV, Bea will stop in her tracks and shout, "GOOOOOO STATE! PACK! The WOLFPACK! AAHHH-OOOOOO" Her father's heart beams with pride.
  • Somehow she learned the term, "Oh Goodness" and uses it in the correct context. It's so silly.
  • Whenever she asks for something, she'll use "Peas" and "Tank you" correctly. Though, she she says, "Peas", she bows her head like a little Japanese man.
  • Bea knows when she's being silly and trying to make us laugh. We know this because she'll say, "I'm funny!". Yes, sweet girl. You are.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stop me if you've heard this one before ...

Sooooo... our computer? It died. Not in the "oh, I had to restart it five times because it froze up" kind of way, but in the "The guy at the computer shop basically told us to start computer shopping" kind of way... and right now, we're not in any position to computer shop.

Thankfully, my amazing SEAL-team brother-in-law offered to rebuild our computer (for free). At least, I think it's for free... I should have probably checked that before blogging about it, huh? Anyway, until he's able to get around to doing that kind service for us, blogging will be sort of sparingly; but what else is new, right?

And pictures? They're locked on my camera until we get our external hard drive up and running on Casey's work computer. So please, bear with us. I swear, Life with Busy Bea isn't at our greatest; but it will return soon!

It's a tough life, living in the technological age.

Basically though, the Collins family had a great Christmas. No really, it was one of the most amazing holidays we've had in a long, long time. We got to rest and relax. Travel was at a minimal, as we only had 2 stops this year, and our baby pulled out all the stops to put on her best "I'm cute" show!

We have pictures to prove this of course, but... well you know how that goes.

I'll be back later this week with a "Slices of Life" Post because sometime between December and January, our baby turned into a little girl. While I go weep into a corner somewhere... I'll be thinking of all the things to tell you that she can do now (like, uh.... pee in a toilet!)