Your vocabulary continues to grow in leaps and bounds, some of your new words are idea, good, nice, and arabesque (your auntie Anne taught you that one). You've started to use thank you (or 'tee-too') with regularity, so combined with 'pees', you've got a lovely politeness going on. You've also started to combine words, so it's 'petzels pees' or 'papa nice' or 'nanee night-night.' We're just waiting for you to wake up one morning speaking in paragraphs.
This past weekend we traveled to PA/NJ for your great-grandpa's 90th birthday. It was so wonderful to see how much joy you brought to their faces as they watched you dance and flirt and play and sing and eat. Somehow the fates aligned so that uncle Bruce made spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner and I forgot to pack a bib. Therefore we just stripped you down and there is no dinner entertainment better than a naked toddler eating spaghetti. You also got to meet my brother for the first time ever. He's been a bit of a jerk the past year and a half or so, ever since he told mom and dad to stop being a part of his life. But he's coming around and was welcomed home for the first time in almost 2 years with open arms. You had him wrapped around your little finger in seconds. He was your companion for the weekend, reading you stories and doing puzzles with you for longer than I ever thought he was capable of. I hope from now on he's more a part of your life than he has been, because you are so special and a little girl that is so worth knowing.