Friday, July 31, 2009

Language Development 2

Mommy: (Runs after giggling 16 month old boy) "Calvin, we need to change your diaper."

Calvin: (Still giggling) "Nnnnnooooooooo!

Mommy: (Against her better judgment...) "Do you want to hold the Butt Paste while I change your diaper?" (I usually call it diaper paste, but the name of this particular brand really is "Butt Paste".)

Calvin: (Happily holds tube of paste and submits to a diaper change.) "Butt Pace!"

Later that day:

"Butt Pace! Butt Pace!"

Before bed time:

"Butt Pace! Butt Pace! Butt Pace!"

Next Morning:

"Nurse... Butt Pace!"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Language Development

Here's a little exchange between Charlie and I the other day:

(Boy walks up with his helicopter in two pieces.)

Charlie: "Mama." (Smug smile on face.)

Me: "Hi Charlie."

Charlie: (Offers broken helicopter up.) "Pancake?"

Me: (???) "Hmm... Do you mean 'fix-it'?"

Charlie: (Big smile, nods head.) "Fis-it!"

Me: "Okay." (Snap) "Here you go, Bud."

Charlie: "Ank-ooo." (Twinkle in eye.)

Me: "Your welcome, Buddy."

(Happy boy walks away with a helicopter in one piece.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Goings On

The summer weeks keep going by, and our days are filled with that easy-going, spontaneous kind of adventure that only come in summer days. Few of our family exploits have made it to the pages of this blog (the screen of this blog?).

Oh Blog. Poor neglected blog.

Without any pictures to show you of our latest happenings, I will tell you in short form what they are.

Summer school is out for Charlie, and I realize just how much I miss him being home. Just three-and-a-half, and I wonder if all this hurried educating is really worth a mommy's empty arms. (Or a bit of family time!) Ah, life.

Have you ever tried to go on a gluten free/casein free diet cold turkey, all at once, with no plan to speak of. Ooo! Me, me! I'm trying a GF/CF diet to see if it will help me with my asthma, allergies, and ADD. So far I have had a huge headache for a week, and nauseousness, but on the positive side I am having improvement in my ability to focus.

There has been lots of time to exercise as I let the kids out to play in our yard-with-no-fence. I kind of feel like a mother Emu running after chicks in all directions. (Do Emu chicks have the propensity to run amuck?) Our boys are yet to learn the meaning of "stay on the grass."

We went "Speedering" again on Sunday. And we saw some huge "Choo Choo's" too. More on that later.

And finally, Ray and I celebrated out 6th anniversary on Sunday. Thank you to Grandma and Grandpa who babysat so we could go out for a lovely dinner and movie. We had a great time. We rarely go out on dates, and decided we should go at least once a season. Maybe we'll even work up to once a month. Provided we can find enough family and friends willing to watch our amazing, spirited, creative, and extremely energetic boys.

Happy Anniversary, Ray. I don't think we are doing all too bad (wink).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Many Hats of Calvin

So, did you ever have one of those days--make that weeks--where your 16 month old son felt that dinner might make a nice cap?

Come to think about it, just about any household item can make a unique and fashionable hat. Or so says our Calvin.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer Time, Summer Time

You know what? We are having a great summer. And we are so busy. But I want to update some of our fun. So to begin...

A couple weeks ago Nana and Papa (my folks) came up for a visit. The kids get so excited to have Nana and Papa around. "Papa Moose" (as Charlie refers to him) taught Calvin and Charlie all kinds of fun new words like "Bonsai!" and "Kowa-Bunga!" and "Dude." Don't ask. He's always been like that!

Here's Charlie loving him some Papa.

One of the days Nana and Papa were here we took the kids to the local zoo.

Their faces just say it all. They had so much fun!

Hi guys.

Looks like a pretty friendly spider to me!

Calvin and "Joy" the pig.

Well, that's all for now. We have so much more to share. We went on a trip to visit Great Grandma Chalmers, we've been gardening, potty training, "speeder-ing," and hanging out with friends. More of our summer time adventures to come! Happy July 4th!
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