christmas stockings

22 12 2008

dsc054871My oldest son amazed us 3 years ago (at the age of 22 months) by very quickly learning who each stocking belonged to in our extended family.  As far as we could tell, he went through them one time with my mom, and then he simply just knew them.  And he never missed one.  Different people would quiz him on who random ones belonged to and he got it every single time with no errors.  Somehow his mind is able to look at a these tangible objects and learn it’s assigned person and lock it in his brain.

Each year since, when we pull out the stockings out of storage, we ask him which stocking belongs to whom and he is able to recite them down the line with no assistance.  This year was no exception.  I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised anymore with the feat, but I can’t help but be shocked by it still.

I have a smart kid!

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I will make you eat those words.

16 12 2008

The boss and I played a fun game at dinner tonight picture-001while my wife was trying to keep Bubba awake on the potty.

(Bubba was showing the unmistakable signs of an impending bowel movement and he didn’t take his usual nap.  Doesn’t he look pleased? If you are wondering, my wife finally settled for a little grunting before letting bubba go to bed early).

Anyway, back to the point of this post – the game the boss and I played was to sound out and write down words in between bites of food.  I was actually pretty impressed with his ability to sound out words.

picture-005Don’t get me wrong; he needed lots of help – especially with the quirkiness of how some words in the English language are spelled.  (I don’t think there are any spelling rules that aren’t routinely broken.)  And, even I had to seek the council of my wise better half when attempting to help with the spelling of ‘broccoli’.

Anyway, here is a picture of his work.  We created quite a list (and actually, there are more on the back).  See if you can figure out what we were eating!

If you are having difficulty reading this masterpiece, let me give you some help.  The words are:

Column 1:

  • Foot (we were going for food, but I was willing to accept foot)picture-010
  • Food
  • Corn
  • Carrot
  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Fork
  • Bowl
  • Bite
  • Teeth

Column 2:

  • Taste
  • Lick
  • Lips
  • Scooby Doo (there was a dramatic shift in theme at this point)
  • Shaggy

Anyway, I was able to kill two birds with one stone.  I exercised his mind and (even more challenging) got him to finish an entire meal.  The whole thing took an hour and a half!  But, I didn’t have to stay on his case the whole time and there wasn’t a mess afterward.  So, it was worth investing the little extra time!

Best part of all…after our game, it was bath time.

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couple fun stories

16 12 2008

Here’s a couple of good stories from my wife’s blog:

First, the story of the ever inquisitive boss who became interested in the ‘bumps’ on our daughter’s chest.

Second, the story of bubba’s attempt to get my wife turned over to child protective services.

And, since I put very little effort into this post, here’s a great pic as an added bonus:

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shoe bridge

11 12 2008

The boss was not exactly napping during naptime.  This is what I found when I went in to wake up his younger brother:

He doesn’t lack for creativity!





couple of firsts

10 12 2008

Last night we had a couple of firsts at our house.

First fire of the winter.  The weather outside got rather frightful (or at least cold) so we decided to make a delightful fire.  We listened to some christmas music and read a book.

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First people food for sissy.  We planned to wait until her four month birthday on the 19th to start her on cereal.  But, lately, she has taken an interest in people food.  That combined with the fact that she still wakes up once a night made us decide to go ahead and get the ball rolling.

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