I try and make up at least one story for her during the day, and have her help me come up with the details. Sometimes we use Mickey and his pals as characters, sometimes we use Riley and Jack, just depends. I'll ask her questions to prompt her to help me create the story, and it's amazing the things she comes up with! Then when Mark gets home I have her tell him about the story I told her and see how much she remembers, and she does very well retelling the main points.
This was actually quite a while ago, and it's near impossible to get her to read the whole story while also
getting it on video, so it's pretty choppy and way less clear than normal, but you get the idea.
Favorite activities: Jumping. The girl loves to jump. Mostly on the bed, but she LOVES trampolines as well. She also loves running and "crashing." She'll run up and down the hallway and fall down and yell either "crash!" or "kaboom!" She loves painting and coloring and playing with stickers. She loves going to the playground and LOVES going to feed the ducks "a sandwich" (or old stale bread). She got really excited when Mark pointed out a pukeko to her, and spent the rest of the day saying "feed the pukeko a sandwich!!" She also loves riding the firetruck outside the supermarket, and going to the local coffee shop to get a fluffy (frothed milk). She LOVES playing with Harvey (Nana and Grandad's beagle) and thinks he's just the best thing ever.
Her hair is wild and fluffy and getting long, but she rarely lets me pull it back. She no longer hates having her teeth brushed (thank you electric spiderman toothbrush) but she doesn't love it either. She loves taking a bath with me, and wants me to read her stories before bed and naps, but is happy for daddy to do it if I'm busy getting Jackson to sleep. She normally wakes up super happy and comes running down he hallway, BUT she needs a solid 20 minutes to wake up fully from her nap, we call it her "fragile time" and we try not to set too high of expectations or demand too much of her during that period She still hates the sun in her eyes while we're driving, and doesn't like us to close her bedroom door at night before she falls asleep.
I think that pretty much covers it! Happy second birthday to my little buggy!