You love animals, especially dogs. When we go to the dog park you love petting all the big dogs and giving them hugs. You're not such a fan of the small dogs though. We always look for chomp chomps, turtles, and birds when we drive through our neighborhood and you get so excited when we see one. I hear "I found it!" or "I see it!" coming from the back seat.
Your favorite things to play with are your dolls and stuffed animals. You love to push them in the stroller, cover them with a blanket (including their face), give them bottles, rock them (you say "rock minute" which is what you say to us when you want to be rocked before bed time), and carry them all over the house. You also enjoy moving things between containers or putting things in boxes. One of your favorite games (that I do not really enjoy) is to dump out the box of crayons all over the floor, declare it a mess, then put them all back in. You'll do it a few times in a row, but always seem to get tired of the game while half the crayons are still on the floor. Another favorite game is chase. You absolutely love it when Daddy or Matthew chase you around the house. It's hilarious to watch you run with your right arm pumping and looking over your shoulder to see how close your pursuer is getting. I'm amazed you don't run into more walls!
You are definitely a talker. I am impressed by how many words you know, and how you already talk in pretty complete sentences. Some of your favorite phrases are:
What's that sound?
Look at me!
Awww, so cute. Cute (fill in animal name here.)
Rock a minute
You also like to repeat the last few words on each page of books, and you repeat a lot of what we say too! I definitely have to watch what I say :o)
You have been so much fun this year, and I can't wait to see what the next year holds! You are my cuddly, tough, independent, hilarious, talkative, compassionate, smart, joyful 2-year-old!