Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pics from home

We stopped at a rest stop on the way down from the Bay. We walked a couple loops and D was in love with the ad dispensers.
Taking a walk in the park with Grandpa 
Daddy made a box house
So many choices?
All dressed up for a party, calling his friends
Playing with big boy toys
Yes, that's a rotary dial toy phone. D loves it more than anything 
Giving mama a heart attack
Picking flowers
I made a gingerbread house 
Playing with my early 80s Tupperware kitchen set (yes my mom saved it for all these years!)
A rocking chair that belonged to my mom & her brother. Refinished by my Grandpa and used by me. Now D is loving sitting in it.
Christmas in Southern California- 80 degrees at the pirate park in Ventura - right on the beach. For the record, D loved the slide. Up and down, up and down.
D discovered a TMNT bow staff
Alex with Christa booty-toothy. She loved him!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Random Schnippets

  • It's rained at least 5 inches here today
  • D is really into mimicry. When I decorated the Christmas tree, he took an ornament out of the box and put in on the tree. Now, when he sees the ornaments, he gets really, really excited and like to take them off and put them back on the tree. 
  • D is getting better at "putting things back". 
  • We took him to his new class (he will transition to the "Toddlers" classroom after the first of the year. He looked so little compared to the other kids! In his new class, he will be expected to do more on his own, like drink out of a cup (a real cup, not a sippy cup), help with washing his own hands, and eat snacks with bigger pieces of food in them (and start using utensils to eat). It will be such a change.
  • Just recently, D has taken an interest in the dolls at daycare. He will hold them and hug them and cover them with a blanket. Then he throws them. Haha. 
  • He's also taken an interest in doing "cooking" things. He will take things that look like spoons and pots and stir the spoon in the pot. He also (just today) grabbed nothing from the floor and offered it to me to eat. I pretended to eat what he gave me. I think there is an imagination emerging! How exciting.
  • My son picked his nose and ate it for the first time on Tuesday. I'm sure not for the last!
  • All the kids in D's class are getting ready to transition to the next classroom. Luckily, most of his friends are going to the same classroom he will be in, so that will be really nice. The kids are starting to kiss and hug each other. D had a little girl, E kissing him. The teachers took some pics and it was so adorable. He also was hugging his boy friend J. This physicality is so adorable (and such a cool thing to watch develop). 
  • Of course, with physicality, comes hurtful touching as well. It's hard to convey "Ouch" and "Stop", etc to kids, but I think the teachers do a good job of it. D still laughs when I tell him "Ouch" when he pulls my hair, but I know it's only a phase. At least, I hope it is :) Another little girl in the classroom is a biter. She's lightning fast, too. Luckily, D hasn't been bitten yet. Crazy, dangerous kids.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Growing up

It's funny to watch your kid grow up. This past weekend reminded me that D knows more than I think he knows....
I threw something in the trash can in the laundry closet. Of course, D got it out and held it up to me. I told him, "That's trash, it goes in the trash can". He promptly took it to the kitchen, where he threw it in the trash can!!! My kid is brilliant.
For the first time, D let me cut his fingernails and toenails. He watched me do it and I didn't have to sneak in when he was sleeping in order to do so. He's much more interested in grooming tasks and tries to comb his hair when I comb it after his bath at night. He also likes to try to comb my hair or Daddy's hair.
D is getting at least 8 teeth right now. He has three molars coming in, and those two bottom teeth next to the two middle ones are finally coming in now. Poor kid was teething over Thanksgiving, but you wouldn't really know it. He slept poorly, but Advil helped. During the day he was his happy jolly self.
He's learned the sign for rain. It's been raining lately, so I taught him (one handed, not two handed, but that's OK). He's picking up signs faster than I can learn them. It's great fun!
He waves at airplanes when they fly overhead. He can also wave good bye and blow kisses (with the back of his hand). He makes a "mwah" sound too. It's pretty darn cute!

Long wknd pics

Everyone is asleep 
D loves Grandma 
Checking out Grandpa's iPad 
My little climber
Very tiny reindeer 
Hiking in the redwood forest with Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa 
With Grandma and Grandpa 
Climbing steps over and over again 
Doggie beds are fun!
Asleep on Daddy
Beach ball!
Cleaning out the pantry?
Crooked Christmas tree
Doggie bed!
Bye bye Grandma and Grandpa!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birthday wknd pics

You guys! I'm 37 now! How crazy is that? I don't know where the time has gone!
My breakfast date
Dressed for the rain!
Foggy drive
Helping Mama with the laundry
Birthday breakfast!
A walk in the redwoods
Tall tall trees
Fall leaves
Jean jacket

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Toddlers at the mall are the best

Last night, we want to the Stanford mall for dinner. After, we let D wander all over, in what I can only describe as "the best time ever!!!!" It was so cool to watch him walk all around and check out all the stuff at the mall. It was also hysterical to watch him blow raspberries on several shop windows. He loved everything, and only a face-plant in front of Louis Vuitton could stop his fun.
Looking in the Swatch store
Part of the Santa display
Pretty shop windows
Pure joy

Walking with Daddy