Saturday, January 31, 2009
And another cute story...I was sitting on the couch in the morning, while Alex was chilling under my desk. I heard him start whispering something about "poo poo" so I went to investigate. Sure enough, he'd pooped under the desk! I got some paper towels and cleaner and started cleaning it up. I asked him where poo poo goes, and he raced back to the bedroom to grab a diaper out of the trash bag (it was the one he'd taken off earlier and thrown away!) He brought it back and handed it to me. Alas, poo poo goes in the potty, but at least he understood the general idea :)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The kids bouncing on the trampoline
And, I know it's blurry, but it shows the slide! Here's me taking Lindley and Alex down...Lindley got the hang of it real quick and took many trips down. Alex was a little chicken and only went twice.
Oh, and I learned that Alex and Lindley can't play together quietly...here's a video of them screaming at each other. One would be bouncing on the zebra...they'd both yell a bit, then the one not on the zebra would lay on the floor, hoping to entice the other one off to lay down with them. And of course, as soon as the second one was off the zebra, the first would zoom up and leap on the zebra. They're rather goofy little monkies!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I also learned that Alex listens really well! He and Anakin snuck into Toni's bedroom and were watching TV (Alex was teaching Anakin how to turn it on). I succeeded in getting Alex out of the room, but Anakin wanted to stay. So I sent Alex back to get him - he kept smacking Anakin's hand away from the TV and saying, "no TV! no TV!" He's such a good listener when he wants to be!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I also learned that boxes for stuff can provide more entertainment than what they contain(ed). The little goober was strutting around wearing his caterpillar box as a helmet! then he sat in it for a bit, then wore it some more. I wish I could find that much entertainment in every day things!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Superheroes also have to work with what they can find...Alex loves using the vertical blinds pull cord as a phone!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
And no, I did not take any pictures. You're welcome.
And in a completely unrelated story, I learned just how messy pizza can really be....
Oh, and here's Alex practicing AMAZING self control (and actually listening!) while Trent opened his presents at his birthday party this afternoon. Everything Trent did got a "woooooowww!" in that cute way Alex has :) He was more pleased with Trent's presents than he was with his own last weekend!
We also had ice cream sundaes. Blake kept putting more whipped cream and toppings on his, so Alex tried to as well. He just couldn't figure out how the darned container worked! But it wasn't for lack of trying...he shook that puppy until it wouldn't shake any more!
Another example was while I was cooking dinner. Alex really wanted to stir the chicken, so I finally took the spoon away. I came back into the kitchen to find the little monster had dug through a drawer and found a ladle and was stirring away! I took the ladle away too, and he tried going back to the drawer for more! This time, he grabbed a potato masher, but fortunately, I was able to intercept him before he got it into the food :)
Friday, January 23, 2009
When you are feeling sick, your child will go out of his or her way to make you feel even worse! For example, sitting on your chest and bouncing up and down. Or sticking fingers into ears, nose, mouth, etc.
Yep, it's pretty much awesome. But I am feeling better today, so maybe it did help!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today, I got another lesson in just how smart Alex is! He looked outside, saw the snow, and started shrieking, "no-wahn! no-wahn!" (That's snowman in Alexese) We put jackets on over our pajamas and went outside to play in the dusting we called snow. He had so much fun!
After the party, he was playing with some play doh, and took two balls, stacked them on top of each other, and exclaimed, "no-wahn!" He was so proud of himself :)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This year, we only had one of the three - the yucky weather :) We started the day by cleaning the house and getting ready. Eric was a big help with the cleaning and organizing, and we only had one minor tiff! Everyone showed up, we hung out, then did a little door hanger craft, had some cake, then hung out some more. It helped that only four children other than Alex were there, plus they're all a year older than they were last year...more independent, more mobile, and just more better in general!
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Alex, but he blew the candles out before we could even start! So we tried a second time...this time, Eric held him down until we were done singing :)
Oh, and I learned just how difficult it is to create a train cake....but it came out really nice!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I also learned that the main benefit to being the cook is that you get to taste what you're baking! Alex has figured this out from an early age....he "helped" me bake his cake today!
I also learned that even little boys like to look pretty...Alex found a hair band in my drawer in the bathroom and slid it on! Every time it slipped a little, he adjusted it and smiled :) He also spent quite some time staring into the mirror and flirting with himself!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I also learned that there IS a sadder face than Alex's when he doesn't get something he wants....I'm really amazed, this face was not accompanied by whining, crying, and screaming...it was just plain old boring cute pouting!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Here he is in the gorilla house at the zoo :)
Monday, January 12, 2009
Ales was in bed and I heard him fussing. Rather than fetching him, we let him fuss hoping he'd go back to sleep. Sure enough, he did! I went to check on him when I went to bed, and found him asleep on top of his blanket...on the floor next to his bed! So it looks like he got up with the intention of going to the door and fussing, but fell asleep before he could get that far. It was too cute.
I did, however, learn that hand soap makes baby hair stiff and sticky. It does smell good though! Alex was doing something with the soap, but wasn't smearing it on the counters today...maybe he was washing his hands? They were awful sticky! He just didn't get so far as to actually get water involved....
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Oh, and for the first time, his food came before ours. Yeah, not a good idea. As predicted, he was done and ready to go before we even got our food. I appreciate the thoughtfulness our waitress put into it, but it was still annoying!
I also learned just how much he adores calamari. The kid couldn't get enough of it! The little baby squidlets had to be dunked in the sauce, but the rings were fine on their own. As soon as he chowed one down, he started squeaking for the next one. I didn't get a picture, since I was trying to eat as much as I could before he ate them all!
Anyway...here's the cute picture of Alex enjoying his booster seat! This was before the mayhem started.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
After that, he grabbed a fork and knife to help eat his quesadilla. He had one in each hand and was sawing away, trying to cut his food up. Too bad he was holding the wrong side of the knife...but before anyone says anything, it was a dull dull butter knife...we verified before letting him play with it :)
Oh, and this morning, he spilled a bunch of water. Eric grabbed him a little towel so he could mop up the mess. He swiped the floor a few times, then started swabbing the side of the couch (there was water splashed up there as well). Once he decided that the towel was too wet, he ran to the hallway and grabbed a couple more towels...they were the Christmas towels set aside to go back up into the attic! But he had the right idea :)
Friday, January 9, 2009
He also was "helping" me cook dinner...he'd grab the wooden spoon when I set it down and would stir the food. He'd even tap it on the side of the pan to get all the excess food off. He really does pay attention!
Oh, and just a little brag...he threw a fit when I tried to put a diaper on him, so I took him out for errands in underwear (under pants, of course). He didn't pee in his pants the whole time we were out! He even stayed dry during his nap (he fell asleep in the car on the way home and I didn't want to wake him to put a diaper on...I figured worst case, we'd have to wash his sheets). When he woke up, he wanted to take a bath, and sure enough, peed it all out then :) He's growing up so fast!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I also learned that if Alex and Lindley disappear and are quiet for any amount of time, they're probably up to no good. We had our playdate at Jeanette's today, and she has a small play room with a futon and mattress. Alex and Lindley had wandered up the stairs and were jumping on the bed, leaping onto the futon, then back onto the bed. They were being so silly!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
On a happier note...I also learned that if there is something rather gross and nasty, a toddler will put his mouth on it. After each bath, Alex lifts the bath mat and hands it to me or Eric. Today, he lifted it, stuck it on his face, and started yelling and licking on it. Nice, Alex, real nice.
And a couple of pictures of Alex's first tattoos :)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
We also took down our Christmas decorations today, with Alex's help, of course, and we bought the decorations and party favors for Alex's birthday party!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Ever and Amanda came over, and Alex and Ever were going to town alternately playing nicely and irritating each other. At one point, Alex fell off the couch. Ever may or may not have contributed to that event, but it really doesn't matter! Of course, Alex started crying. Ever helped him up, then wrapped his little arms around him and gave him a sweet kiss on top of his head. Amanda and I both just melted, it was such a sweet moment!
So today's lesson is that kids are much more caring and nurturing than you may give them credit for! In between their little fits of ugly, they just want to make everything better for those around them...even if they're the cause of the upset in the first place!
Yesterday's lesson was that even though a sweet little boy may behave during a haircut, that doesn't mean he's enjoying it! Yvonne came over to cut Eric and Alex's hair, and he did so good! He had a cookie, but just held on to it for a while. I'm sure it was the combination of being at home with minimal distractions and it being someone he knows doing the cutting that made this the easiest and best cut yet!
and after! I only took one picture, and it's not very good, lol, but it shows how lovely his hair looks! It always amazes me how much older he looks after a hair cut!