My sister-in-law gave my son his first "Llama Llama" books by Anna Dewdny and the whole family was hooked. These rhyming books describe the very typically preschool-age adventures of Llama Llama and his Mama, such as temper tantrums, not wanting to go to bed, over-stimulation, and separation anxiety.
My daughter reads Llama Llama to our giggly baby:
My toddler "reads" Llama Llama. (He has it memorized.)
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Apparently, humans aren't the only parents who have problems with babies and open doors.
This afternoon, in spite of the morning confrontation, my children went out to play and left the door open behind them. This time, my baby did not escape. Instead, three duck babies escaped the wild and came in to my house.
I found my children and the ducklings in a panic. My cat, pleased with the situation, was looking on.
My first step was to lock the cat in a bedroom. Then I grabbed two mismatched gloves (no time for fashion) and went on a duckling chase. After I caught each of the first two, I took them outside and deposited them in the yard next door, where mother duck was frantically pacing around. The third was trickier. It went down the stairs and took refuge in, of all places, the cat's litter box closet, then stopped chirping and hid silently. It wasn't until I gave up looking and went upstairs that it finally started chirping again and I was able to find it. (Were ducklings the inspiration for the Find My iPhone app?)
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
My 6-year-old skips when he is happy. He often skips his way to class when I drop him off at school. I love to watch him skip across the soccer field.
My kids did not inherit my complete lack of athleticism. (Phew.)
|This is his "favorite sport"|
|I think gymnastics is her favorite, but she also rocks at softball. I am excited for softball to start up again in a couple weeks.|
Monday, March 3, 2014
Mama and Dada and Nana--especially Mama.
The Parts of TV Programs that No One Else Likes: He drops everything and watches commercials and credits. (He likes jingles and theme music.)
Pinching the Cat or sitting on her. The poor thing doesn't fight back or run away. She just suffers.
Balls, especially tennis balls. They're bouncy and fuzzy!
Throwing Food on the Floor: Most toddlers I've known start throwing food when they aren't hungry any more. Mine does it the through the whole meal.
Anything with Buttons that light up and turn things off and on or otherwise cause chaos, like computers, TVs, phones and the dryer. (My friends who have received emoticon instant messages from him can attest to this.)
Hugs and Kisses: He is a master hugger, who cuddles in with his whole body. He also likes to offer open-mouth kisses. Often, when he releases from the hug, he goes back in for seconds.
Singing: He has excellent pitch! But a limited vocabulary, so he sings nonsense words to familiar tunes. His first song was "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Or "The ABC Song." It was hard to tell, because the tune is is the same.
Banging His Head Against Walls: No comment.
Friday, February 14, 2014
This is how I discovered that my kindergartener had discovered written word:
|"I like you"|
|"I love you"|
It might have made me mad, if the messages weren't so sweet.
The cuteness stopped in December, when I bought several cans of hot chocolate to give away as gifts. My son was not pleased with the plan to give the hot chocolate away.
|"NO Mom and Dad do not giv this or ol kll you"|
I told him that we don't tell people we will kill them because that is really mean, and he amended his threat as follows:
"or ol mak you do chors"