Clarissa 2.75


I meant to write about Clarissa’s favorite things at two and a half but never got around to it.  She has changed so much since February that I didn’t want to wait until she turns three in August to write about her favorite things. 

This week Clarissa turned two years and nine months old. She is still not potty trained.  She loves her princess panties and can go an entire day (minus nap and bedtime)  without an accident.  But she will rarely stop what she is doing to go potty. She will often tell me, “I went yest day (yesterday).” The only time she tells me she needs to go is during naptime or bedtime.  I know it is a stalling tactic,  but she does generally pee during this time.

Clarissa has really become more girly since we returned from Japan at Christmas.  Ponytails and hair clips are still rare.  But she definitely requested that I buy her a new hair bow at the px on Friday.

Clarissa is not as interested in cars,  busses,  and trains anymore.  The only time she plays with her cars and ramp is when little boys come over to play.  Yet when we went to the folk village,  the souvioneer she chose was a huge Lani bus.


Her favorite thing to do is play with Legos.  We spend hours building things.  She will come up to me and say,  “Mommy build.” We mostly build animals from her favorite TV shows and movies.


We sometimes paint.  She gets excited about painting her hands and feet to make crafts for the grandparents. She isn’t really interested in playing with play doh these days.

Clarissa still plays with Haven but has several other friends.  She has library friends,  neighbor friends,  church friends,  and park friends.  Her favorite friend is probably Mittens,  our kitten.


Clarissa still likes to read.  Her favorite TV show right now is My Little Pony.  Her favorite movie last week was Toy Story.  But the week before was Frozen and the whole month before was Good Dinosaur.

We ordered a big girl bed for her this weekend at Osan so she should get to sleep on it in the next couple of weeks.  Of course Clarissa picked out some My Little Pony bedding.

I have pretty much given up on naptime. Though I still think she would benefit from sleeping, she refuses and often says, “No thanks. Maybe morrow (tomorrow).” So we have transitioned to a rest time in the afternoon and an earlier bedtime.

Food is still complicated. She will eat most fruits and vegetables in a pouch but rarely in their raw form. She will eat pepperoni,  peanuts,  and string cheese for protein.  Breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs,  apples,  and banana are hit or miss.  She loves gluten-free pretzels,  popcorn,  pasta,  and pizza.  Clarissa also drinks soy milk everyday. 

Celebrating Clarissa


The day before Clarissa turned two, we Skyped my parents. They were able to watch her open and play with the presents they sent her.

Clarissa turned two on a Thursday. It was pretty much a normal Thursday for us. She wanted to wear a fancy skirt and shoes. But I wasn’t allowed to touch her hair. I asked her to smile for the picture and she said no.

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We went to story time at the library to see her friends. Then she requested pizza. So we went to the PX and met Tim for lunch. We did Skype Tim’s parents and they were able to watch her open a few gifts.

Tim took Friday off so we could have a family day. We skyped my sister and brother-in-law in the morning and then headed to Duryu Swimming Pool. When we arrived, the baby pool was closed for the rest of the morning and would reopen during naptime. So we decided to give Clarissa one of her favorite foods for lunch. We bought her french fries from Lotteria and Tim and I ate at Han Sot. The food was cheap and really good. After naptime, we watched one of her birthday gifts, My Neighbor Totoro. She loves that movie. We ended up at Pizza Hut for dinner since pizza is probably her favorite food.

We spent a lot of time deciding what we wanted to do for Clarissa’s birthday celebration. At first, I wasn’t planning to have a party. We were thinking maybe a trip to Haeundae Beach. Then we thought maybe a day at E-World, since it’s actually in Daegu. But as we got closer to Clarissa’s birthday, she had a few little friends so we thought maybe a party would work.

As hot as Daegu is, it needed to be inside. So we scoped out Children’s Hall. But it was a little too advanced for two year olds, and half of the exhibits were broken. Then we thought about a pool party. But the pool on post has been out of commission for most of the summer. And we thought it would be too complicated to meet friends at a city pool and then have them come to our house. The two year olds would probably be done after the pool anyway.

So we settled on a simple birthday party at our house. There is a nice breeze on the third floor playground in the morning, so we invited Clarissa’s two best friends over for a Saturday morning playdate and cupcakes. I thought about inviting two of her other little friends from the building, but we hadn’t seen them since they started preschool in June. The week of the party, new neighbors moved in next door. They have two small boys, so we invited them too. But they ended up being sick the morning of the party so they couldn’t make it.

Our friends arrived and we headed to the playground. As it turns out, Clarissa’s two friends were at the playground too. So we invited them to join us. The kids had a blast playing with bubbles and balloons. I actually was having so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures! Thankfully the other moms took several.



Then we headed inside for cupcakes. Most of the kids were too interested in all of the cars and Tayo’s playground to eat their cupcakes. But Clarissa thoroughly enjoyed hers and wiped all of the frosting from her hands on to my leg! She also took the plane candle off of her cupcake so we just sang without lighting a candle.




I think our girl felt really special on her birthday. She loves opening presents. The fun part is that she kept receiving gifts in the mail on different days instead of all at once. I actually prefered it that way because it meant she opened one gift and really got a chance to play with it before she opened another one.

We decided to go back to the pool to try swimming again this Saturday. We got all the way there and then found out that they were having a swim meet that day and so we couldn’t swim yet again. But we learned that the pool is open Saturdays and not Sundays in the fall. So at least that was helpful information. Since the pool was a wash, I wanted to do something fun. They have bikes for rent at the old tennis courts in front of the pool. So for 3,000 won (less than $3) we rented Clarissa a tricycle. She loved it!

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She loved that it was pink. And that it was a dragon. And that when you touched the dragon’s hat, it made music. When we were finished, she decided to try a different bike. This time she wanted a Pororro two wheeled bike with training wheels. I think Clarissa and I will definitely take the bus to Duryu Park a few times this fall so that we can ride bikes again!