Saturday, October 31, 2009
Quick post to wish everyone a happy Halloween!! We had a great day--D took a nice long afternoon nap, then we went over to the great-grandparents' house so everyone could see Dashiell's lumberjack costume! Afterwards we came home and Dash and Rick went trick-or-treating while I handed out candy, then we watched It's the Great Pumpkin again and sent the little guy to bed. Now Rick and I are about to eat a late dinner and watch "Pyscho". Fun day for everyone!
I'll post better pictures soon, I promise. Happy Halloween!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
For many months now, Dashiell and I have had to skip story time at the library. First their was a scheduling problem due to D's nap times, then our yoga class interfered with it. Now, finally, we've returned to the library for story time! Yay! However, we've had to switch to the toddler hour instead of the baby hour, and I have to say the first week was a tough transition! Baby story time was calm and organized. Our first week back (2 weeks ago), it was anything but calm and organized. It was total chaos! There were at least 30 kids, plus just as many parents, and the woman running the story time was a sub and was not used to this size of crowd. Plus she felt the need to speak in that high-pitched-phony-kids voice the whole time, and didn't follow the format any of the kids were used to. So, yeah, kids were running amok, parents were chatting with each other instead of participating, and mayhem ensued. So last week, we skipped it. Found something else to do that Weds. morning instead. This week we decided to brave it again, and I'm so glad we did! The regular story time librarian was there (Trish, who Dashiell still remembered from his days at baby story time, at least 6 months ago), the format was the same as for the baby story time, and Trish calmly explained the "rules" prior to beginning--the kids will run around, don't worry if they don't want to sit still, but the parents should pay attention and participate. It was just so much better! Yes, Dashiell ran right up front and gazed lovingly at Trish for the first few rhymes, and he visited with other kids and parents, but he knew where I was and would come back to me often. Since the parents were paying attention, occasionally the kids would pay attention too! Amazing concept.
So yes, we will be back to story time as often as we can go. Thank heavens we found it again!
On a side note, I had planned on posting many more pictures than just this one of Dashiell playing with the globe at the library, but alas the pictures in my camera are stuck there until we find the computer cord for it or buy a card reader. I think someone just learned the fun of hiding things.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I first noticed his new found climbing bravado about a week ago when we were playing in the yard. He has a small slide/fort that's been in the yard all summer long. Up until last week if he wanted to go down the slide he'd ask us for assistance to get up the ladder (in that urgently-pointing toddler way). On Wednesday we were in the back yard and he went right up to the slide, pulled himself up the ladder, and slid down all by himself! Of course I whipped out my handy cell phone video camera and was able to get him to do this over and over again so I could share it with everyone. There are 2 separate videos since the maximum recording time on my crummy cell phone is only 15 seconds--the first is climbing up, the second is sliding down. Enjoy!
Oh, and my friend Elana had asked me yesterday what Dashiell's latest new word was, which I just could not think of for the life of me! But of course as soon as we got off the phone I remembered. So just for you, Elana, Dashiell's newest word is "salsa"! Which he had for lunch yesterday and loved, loved, loved!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I tried to get a video of Dash doing some poses before class, with mixed results. The first pose is "toes to nose" (not sure what the real pose is called, but toes to nose is very descriptive). Then we have star pose, which in "real" yoga is a non-moving pose but for itsy-bitsy yoga we rock back and forth. Then the video gets shaky (sorry) while I try to get him to do downward dog--he does it for about a second, mostly off-camera, then runs around a while, then does a really good squat!
Later that day he did a great downward dog for me at home!
On Sunday we went apple picking with our friends Shawn, Michele and Sophie. Dashiell has a strange relationship with apples. He loves the word, and points out every apple he sees with glee. If you give him an apple to eat he gets ecstatic. He loves holding the apple, he loves that he gets to eat it, and he'll run around the house happily carrying it with him, saying "apple! apple! apple!". But he will spit out ever bite he takes! And by spit out I mean he'll take a little bite, move it around on his tongue, take it out of his mouth, and hand it to me. Then repeat the process about 10 times before getting bored.