Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tiny Bubbles

Tonight we took a little video of Allen instructing me how to wash his tubby boat during bathtime. Though you cannot actually see the bubbles, let me assure you that there were two (yes two) instances in which Allen made bubbles in the water. Hopefully you can hear what Allen is saying (and doing) over Brian's (and my) laughter ...


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nighttime negotiations

Allen had been doing a great job sleeping in his own bed until a few nights ago. After we put him to bed, but before we retired, we heard this coming from the monitor ...

"Mommy, I'm OK I'm OK I'm OK ..."

This crescendoed to a frantic call for me. I went to his room, whisked him out of his crib and brought him into our bed. And, so we've heard the above calls each night since.

Monday we decided to put an end to the co-sleeping, and I rocked him to sleep. After two hours, I finally got him into his bed. Last night we got him back to his bed after only about a half-hour. And tonight, I didn't even get him out of his bed. Not that he didn't try. Here are the highlights of his "negotiations."

Allen: Mommy, Mommy. I need to ask you something about the animals on the green chair (the glider in his room).
Mommy: I'll sit in the green chair, and you ask me from your bed.
Allen: I'm thinking of an animal that is pink and has a yoooong neck.
Mommy: A giraffe?
Allen: Riiight! Mommy, I need to ask you something about the animals. I'm thinking of an animal that is blue and has a yooong eyephant.
Mommy: Hmm ... It has a long trunk? An elephant?
Allen: Yes!! Mommy, you do this (puts his hands on the edge of the crib, sticks his butt out, and twists his hips back and forth).
Mommy: You want me to shake my butt? (shakes butt a few times).
Allen: No no. Yike this (repeats the above).
Mommy: (twists hips a little more till he's happy). OK. It's time for you to lay down.
Allen: Well, now's not a good time because because (repeat intentional) I'm not syeepy now. I'm too big to syeep in my bed.
Mommy: Should we take some of the animals out? (starts taking the bigger animals out of the bed)
Allen: Hey hey! Syow down. Eyax (relax)! Mommy, I need to sit on your yap and tell you something like this (squeezes his cheeks together with his hands). And Daddy will get the camera and take a picture ...
Mommy: Well, we can do that tomorrow, but now it's time to go to sleep.
Allen: Well, now's a big time (gestures with hands) because the picture (points to the Goodnight Moon picture above his crib) is bwoken, and we need to fix it.

This went on for awhile (I can't remember all he said), but I'm happy to report that we did get him back to bed, and we haven't heard from him in over a half-hour!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Potty training help

We got word this morning that Allen got into E.C. Montessori, or as he calls it, "my special school." We're all very excited. He will be in the primary class (3-6 year-olds) starting this Fall.

Now we have to potty train ... please please please send me words of wisdom! I'm desperate!


Bang Bang

I got bangs! And some awesome new layers ... hope ya'll like :)


When would be a good time?

Tonight was family worship night. Allen didn't really feel like cooperating or answering the questions Daddy was asking. After several requests for him to listen, Allen replied,
Now's not a good time.

OK ... I wonder when would be a good time ....


P.S. other new words/phrases include, "I don't bewieve it;" "because," and "everyfing." The last two are usually used repeatedly in the stories he makes up, and the first phrase is usually after he makes us laugh about something ... he kind of laughs, then sighs, and says, "ahhh I don't beweive it!" Too much!

Monday, July 20, 2009

My son the future model

The wonderfully talented Betty Laurent Bellomy (one of my neighbors) offered me a deal recently: she would take photos of the peanut for free if I agreed to put them in the shop. There was no need to mull it over; I immediately said yes!

Another neighbor helped with ideas and wardrobe and props and stuff (she staged photo shoots in her former life) and she came up with some great ideas. I didn't want to spoil the photos, so I did not take any pictures of the pictures, but we did take some photos of Allen with the "props" tonight (he had the cowboy hat and boots, the horse is a gift from Miss Liz).

He preferred the horse upside down rather than right side up.
During the photo shoot, he was quite the little ham ... I'll save those stories for when I have the pictures to share, but let's just say that I may have a future model on my hands ... and my hands are going to be very full!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm still here ...

I apologize for being so remiss in my posting of late. Things have been very hectic, and my brain is kind of on overload. But, the kid is still doing tons of hilarious and bizarre and ridiculous things. So I figure I need to get back to posting so I can share them all with you.

As many of you may know, McDonald's recently had Ice Age 3 toys in their Happy Meals. Allen got the squirrel with the nut with me, and then he got it again with Nana a couple days later. As soon as Nana got the Happy Meal, Allen began demanding the toy. So she give him the squirrel. In reply, Allen began yelling, "Give me the nut! Give me the nut!" Poor Nana had no idea what he was talking about, since she's never seen the Ice Age movies and had no idea that he had the toy at home already ... in any case, it made for an amusing story.
He rediscovered the squirrel and his nut this evening, and kept shooting the nut across the house (and down the stairs). The first few times, he would launch the nut, and then say, "I'm sorry," to the squirrel (for losing his nut, I suppose).
Here's a cute picture of him and the squirrel ...

We had just gotten home from the meeting, where Allen was a pretty good boy until the very end. He started screaming, "DON'T CHANGE MY DIAPAH!" Unfortunately, it was so stinky that Mommy didn't have much choice ...
Daddy had a talk tonight. He did a wonderful job. Allen and I listened (and timed) him while he practiced before the meeting. Each time Daddy would introduce a scripture (by saying "turn with me," or let's look at") Allen would say, "OK, OK." Very cute.

Not at all related, but still quite adorable, are the following pictures I discovered when uploading the pictures of Allen that I took tonight. Aubrey took these while I was at Market last week.
Here's my precious nephew Elijah sleeping against his MomMom.
And here he is awake, wearing the hat that his Mommy got at the Beaufort Water Festival.
A close-up of the hat she bought. She got one for Owen too. This great vendor was at the Craft Show embroidering custom-making hats for kiddos. How cool!
Aubrey is a budding photographer. She has the eye for great photos. And the talent for taking self-portraits (I do not have this talent. I can never hold the camera just right). I love this picture of her and Allen goofing around at our house!
They're definitely related!
So much more to share with you ... but since it's after midnight, I think I'll take a break to sleep, and finish up this weekend.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Miss me?

I've been so busy lately. And unfortunately, I don't have too much to show for it ... except for these silly pictures Aubrey took of my new muscles (I've been working out with a trainer for a few weeks now).
You can't see them particularly well, but trust me, I'm much stronger than I used to be. I won't bore you with the details though.
Anyway, in addition to me getting all buff, we had a visit from the Craig/Moyer family (and Aubrey is still with us), we had our District Convention (more on that soon), and we've been getting ready for our summer Market trip to Atlanta (where I am now).

More on the Craig/Moyer visit and the DC to come ...