Saturday was our annual dumpling day! It has become a tradition for us to make homemade Korean dumplings (mandu) that we freeze and then serve at Poppy's birthday party. I can't imagine having to make them by myself, but it's so much fun when Poppy's aunts and grandma's come over to help...
Because this is our 2nd year making them, we all felt like seasoned pro's and we cranked out over a hundred dumplings in an hour or so. If you're interested in the recipe, you can find it here.
Poppy is getting so excited about her birthday. We're having her party at the zoo and so far she is requesting to have pizza (but she makes sure you know that she does not want pepperoni on her pizza), rice, tacos, pink strawberry cake and ice cream.
In other news, Poppy is going through a new phase where I think she is developing a sense of fear. All of a sudden she is scared of bugs (including ants and ladybugs) and reminds us all day long that she doesn't like them, she's suddenly petrified of the blender that I have always used to make her smoothies, and now she is also scared to go to bed. I can deal with the bugs and blenders, but this going to bed business is not cool. She asks about bedtime all day and then says "I don't want to go to bed anymore. I'll miss mommy and daddy so much. I'm scared to go to bed." Nothing has changed around here - we still do our same bedtime routine, at the same time every night, but all of a sudden it has turned into a battle. Last night involved about an hour of trying to put her to bed and then a bit of crying and screaming once we finally left her room. Today I pulled out the trusty Mickey Mouse pez dispenser for bribery. We of course have been re-assuring her that there is nothing to be scared of and that we sleep in the room right next to hers, etc. but I also added some Mickey pez to sweeten the deal for her if she goes to bed like a big girl and sleeps all night. She told me she would go for it, but we'll see. Wish us luck tonight!
**update** I just put her to bed after the Mickey pez dispenser had a lengthy talk with her about fears and being a big girl and reminding her where mommy and daddy sleep etc. We had a few wobbly chins once she was in bed, but after negotiating to get "a couple" pez from both the mickey and minnie pez dispenser, she went to sleep without a peep! Yay for bribery!