Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Last night, in the midst of telling me that someday he was going to be the dad and Sydney was going to be the mom, and I was going to be the baby in Sydney's tummy, and Daddy was going to be the little boy, he suddenly switched gears to a new topic.
"Next time, we can go to Grandma Elouise's, and we can go to Chuck E. Cheese's. And I can see the REAL Chuck E. Cheese, and I'm going to give him a high five! And then I'll grow up. Would that be a good idea?"
During our trip to the Twin Cities last weekend, we had dinner at Chuck E. Cheese's. AJ saw someone in a mascot costume, but the person was posing for a photo with another child at the time, so I held AJ back. AJ quickly got distracted playing another game, and by the time we looked back, the giant mascot was gone. He had to settle instead for the pretend mouse.
Clearly, the missed opportunity is still weighing on his mind.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"All right, that's enough," I said.
"Play football with me, Mommy."
"I don't want to play football."
Thinking quickly, and obviously drawing a parallel between what he'd just done and his favorite Bible story, AJ next suggested, "Play Goliath with me."
Apparently Mommy isn't the only spin doctor in the family.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
It was an amusing process. AJ announced he'd drawn my picture, then said, "See, there's your eyes and your arms and your legs."
"Do I have ears?" I asked.
He proceeded to draw some for me.
"Do I have a chin?" I asked.
He paused for a moment, then said, "You don't need a chin."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm very happy to say that Fred the goldfish has now left us... via the front door, NOT the toilet drain. Our neighbor had joked when he dropped him off that it wouldn't be the end of the world if Fred hadn't survived his week with us. But I assured him that if something happened to Fred, then they would find a look-alike goldfish, who answers to Fred, swimming in the bowl upon their return.
AJ was quite enthusiastic about caring for Fred. The only time we ran into trouble was Friday morning. AJ convinced the babysitter that he needed to feed the fish. Let's just say the water was pretty murky later in the day. We cleaned it up, cut Fred's rations for the day and all ended well.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A child who can entertain himself is a good thing, right?
Then why are my ears ringing?
AJ's impromptu concert in the kitchen really wasn't so bad. His drumsticks of choice were a plastic spoon and fork, which aren't nearly as loud as their metal counterparts. I wish I could remember some of the lyrics he came up with. Mostly he just "sang" all of our names. At the end of his percussion solo, he held his plasticware high in the air and shouted, "Rock on!"
Monday, October 20, 2008
Her vocabulary has now grown to just shy of a dozen words:
- Maggie (her word for ALL dogs)
- all done
Meanwhile, our friend Jess has added pictures and stories about our adventures at Boo at the Zoo. Check out her blog at: http://poskozims.blogspot.com/2008/10/four-little-goblins.html
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
1) AJ has an eye doctor appointment this afternoon. It's a check up to see if his vision is continuing to improve and if one of his eyes still has a tendency to cross.
2) AJ's Spiderman mask has very tiny eye holes. We keep saying we're going to cut them bigger, but have yet to do it.
That said, this was the conversation at our house this morning:
AJ: Am I going to the doctor today?
Jeff: Yes, you're going to see the eye doctor.
AJ: Is he going to help me see better?
Me: He's going to look at your eyes and check how good you can see.
AJ: Is he going to fix my glasses?
Me: We'll stop and get your glasses straightened at the same time.
AJ: Will he fix my Spiderman mask so I can see better?
Now we know what really matters to him.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Our fairy friends, Addie and Lily, joined us, on what turned out to be a perfect day weather-wise. It was a treat for me to not have to squeeze coats under the costumes.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Such a simple sentence. Yet it's sure to strike fear in a parent's heart. I'm trying to decide if it'd be any scarier to hear it from a 17-year-old. Because coming from a three-and-a-half-year-old, you just know it can't be good.
Whatever marketing genius at Subway thought that a microphone-shaped marker would be a good idea for a happy meal toy... ought to have the word "IDIOT" written across his/her forehead with said toy.
And why did AJ decide to add a moustache to his appearance?
"So that I can look like a Daddy," he answered.
"Does your Daddy have a moustache?" I asked.
"No," AJ acknowledged.
"So," I pointed out, "you could be a Daddy without having a moustache."
AJ's reply to that? "But I need a moustache to look like a Daddy."
Never bother using logic with a preschooler.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Now, to my confession...
While shopping at Target today, I had to go to the bathroom. Thankfully, the handicap stall was open, so I was able to drag both kids in with me. I went to the bathroom, and then discovered... no toilet paper. And no one in the stall next to me to help.
So what did I do? I asked AJ to crawl under the divider into the adjoining stall. He was more than happy to help. He scampered into the next stall and grabbed a long piece. And that was the last part of the process that went smoothly.
It didn't occur to him to simply hand the toilet paper under the divider to me, despite my repeated requests for him to do that. No, he instead managed to wrap the toilet paper around his legs. By the time he'd climbed out of this mini mummy wrap, most of it had touched the floor, and some of it had even been stepped on. His next trick was to walk out of the stall. Apparently he figured he could just walk in the door of my stall. But of course the door was locked, and since this was the large handicap stall, there was no way I could reach the door handle while sitting on the toilet.
He finally started listening to me as I directed him back into the adjoining stall, where he at last handed the toilet paper under the divider. And then he grabbed another piece for me. Except he couldn't tear it off. So I next got a strip of toilet paper that was approximately 10 feet long. Worked for me!
I told AJ to just wait for me as I finished my "business" and opened the door. Sydney merely followed, giving both of us a look as if we were nuts. Perhaps she is right.
And yes, Lisa, I did make AJ wash his hands.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well, not quite. The blue pedal keeps sliding off the big wheel (it's missing some sort of a fancy washer) and AJ refuses to believe that he can pedal without it. Sydney, meanwhile, can't reach the pedals, which means she's stuck until her source of horsepower puts down the camera and returns to give her a push.
We spent as much time as possible outside tonight. (No, we didn't really stay out after dark. The flash just makes it look like we did.) It was such a treat to have relatively warm temperatures after two straight days of heavy rain.
Lucky for us, AJ has decided that his big wheel is a more appropriate vehicle for a preschooler. That frees up his trike for Sydney. Wannabe big girl that she is, she hates going for walks in a stroller. Put her on the big kid tricycle instead, and she lets us push her all around the neighborhood.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
That meant Mommy got to train in a new junior helper. Sydney wasn't too interested in helping stir, but she sure enjoyed sitting by Mommy and "helping" hold the bowl.
Of course the best part came at the end. The innocent little rookie baker didn't realize that she'd get a spoon to lick off once we were done. Bonus! She also didn't realize there'd be brownies to eat a little bit later. Double bonus!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We had just gotten them adjusted Saturday afternoon and then SNAP! Sydney got a hold of them.
So here's the quick tally: Pair #1 lasted seven weeks until Daddy broke the frames while trying to straighten them. Pair #2 made it eleven weeks until Sydney tried yanking them off of AJ. In other words, our rough and tumble preschooler may plaster the lenses with gooey fingerprints, but he has yet to break them. He leaves that part of the destruction process to his family members.
I can't wait to see how much it will cost to replace them. Our original package called for one free replacement of the frames and one free replacement of the lenses. Maybe we can trade the lens replacement for another set of frames?
Saturday, October 4, 2008
AJ asked for "banana pancakes" for breakfast. That sounded good to me, but Sydney, I soon learned, wanted something else. While I was busy grabbing Bisquick and eggs, she got busy picking out her own breakfast.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Buckled into his car seat, AJ's balancing a portable DVD player on his lap, while sipping Mommy's leftover drink from Arby's. Now, I can't really compare apples to apples, because I can't really remember anything from when I was three-and-a-half. But I do recall plenty of long, cross-country road trips as a child with my family when I was just a few years older. No car seats. No electronic toys. No air conditioning (or maybe it just felt like that riding in the back seat of a suburban).
I'm not complaining though. I consider those family trips to be priceless - just as I've come to value the quiet that comes with an occupied preschooler in the back seat.
Meanwhile, what was Sydney doing during this trip? She'll never remember.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Except when ice cream is involved. Then it's a different story – she can't wait to dig in! At Dairy Queen last week for Grandpa Bill's birthday, Sydney demonstrated just how skilled she's become at feeding herself with a spoon.