These are a few of my favourite things!

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 16, 2008 @ 2:32 am

Sid-a-Nonie Ridgway Stern – 2 1/2 years old.

Nonie’s favourite things:

Tapping my forehead like Pooh and saying, “fink, fink!” Oh, and speaking of Pooh, I love Lumpy (the baby Heffalump – which is kind of like an Elephant – in the new movies).

Telling stories (I always begin with, “One little time” and end with “the end”.)

Halloween (dressing up, trick or treating, going to parties).

I ride so well I can do it in a tutu now.

I ride so well I can do it in a tutu now.

Obama (yah! and it makes Daddy smile, a lot.)

Yay, we won, we won, we won.

Yay, we won, we won, we won.

Singing (especially Old Mac Donald, Frosty the Snowman and Rock-a-bye Baby).

Puppets (sock, finger, and my “just pretend” hand puppet, “Bobbie”).

Bathing (“I big, I swim”).

Making houses and having tea parties.

My house, come in, please.

My house, come in, please.

Friends (at Lifeways — my creche — and Isaac — who I spent Thanksgiving with. We also had a make-Christmas-cookies playdate. We like “hanging out” and “chillin” — Daddy is teaching me a lot of American slang).

Hide and seek (most especially when we run into the closet, taking “tiny, little tiger” to hide from “big bad tiger, he huge”).

Snow (we’ve had five snows so far and although it can be “so cold” and I wish it was “too warmer,” I like it a lot and cope better than Daddy and Mummy.)

Dancing (to everything, with everyone, but especially to “They Might be Giants” … see video post below).

Food (broccoli and olives, and Parmesan and Asagio, and chickpeas and cumin, and marshmallows. Did I mention marshmallows? More, please).

Having my ow-ies (real and imagined) kissed a lot (and bandaids, I like them a lot).

Saying, “I don’t like it.”

Holding up a finger in a rather schoolmarmish way and saying, “I’ll be right back”, “Just a minute”, “Not do it that way”.

Going to parades.

Christmas Parade, Downtown Milwuakee

Christmas Parade, Downtown Milwaukee

Putting up our Christmakkah Tree and opening my chocolate advent calendar.

Having my haircut in a salon!

I love this look!

I love this look!

Running, jumping, laughing, teasing, tickling and being tickled. Reading, and playing with my toys, and talking (a lot) and helping with the dishes and vacuuming.

Oh, and of course, cards and presents.

Happy holidays one and all. Love and Hugs!

More pics here or as a slideshow here.


  1. what wonderful pics, and a grrreat job on the presentation (phone video, etc.).love my harley davidson tutu riding, dancing and singing beautiful grand daughter. 11 days until disney, but who is counting. love you all sooooooo much

    Comment by jeanette, u.s. grandma — December 17, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  2. I had some time to catch up on Syd’s life, and am amazed at how she has grown. Looks like she is enjoying the milwaukie! Hope you and Nicole are surviving the snow, what a change that must be from the climate you had in SA and Dublin! Thanks for giving a glimpse into your daughters life, as a 2 year old!

    Comment by Jen — December 30, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

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image: 'sidonie' by nathaniel stern