Monday, May 31, 2010


M has been fascinated by mustaches lately.  She points one out at every opportunity.  And if the culprit happens to be at our house during the identification (even strangers!), she insists on reading them Moostache too.   During Christmas time, we also bring out our copy of Moosletoe, which is totally awesome.


Monday, May 24, 2010

M-ism 2

"What did you do at work today, Daddy?"

"I was running some vents today."

"You ran at work today?!"



Mama: "I heard you took a good nap at daycare today"

M: "Did you hear me sleeping?"


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lawn Lunatics

Every time we are outside with C, he askes Daddy "mo-mo?" - aka. Lawnmower.

The answer is usually "not today," but this afternoon C was thrilled to help Daddy in the yard:

And for reference, here's M at age two:


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Touch A Truck

At daycare today, K took the kids to Touch A Truck day with the Champaign Park District.  I've always wanted to attend this event.  I was so thrilled she took C!

C conquers the motorcycle!

Makeshift "slide" on a tow-truck flatbed

They got to see a city bus, school bus, fire truck, backhoe, and more!

My favorite little guy


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Different Kind of Fashion

"Mommy, look at my toenails!"  M announced as she marched out of the play room.

She had piled about thirty sickers onto her little toes!  I had to run and get the camera.



M, explaining matter-of-factly to C:

"C, that is a CI-TY BUS.  It is what old people ride to get to town"



All About Uncle

The kids couldn't get enough of Uncle S tonight at our regular cookout:

Uncle S crammed in the playhouse.

Where's C?

There he is!!

Lovin' on Uncle S.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Now, That's Using your Noodle

C put his noodle to good use tonight at dinner!  How 'bout a noodle for that noodle?

M said when she saw this picture:

"It looks like there's a worm in his hair!"

And then it was bath time...


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Yesterday and today, C has shown me a new level of skill.  On his own, he decided to seek out only the square shaped foam buildings (amongst the rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, people, cars, and trees), and line them up along the tub!  I was so impressed that 1) he could recognize just the squares, and 2) that he could place them in a line!  Wowzer.  I told Daddy we have a baby-genius on our hands.


Melt My Heart

Sue us for bad parenting, but C still uses a bottle.  He never had pacifiers as a baby, in fact, he would gag on them if you tried to put one in his mouth.  But from three months on, he always had bottles of pumped breastmilk when I was at work.  He must have grown some attachment to the bottle, because this boy loves his "ba-bo" and uses it like a pacifier at night.

The way he puts his hand palm-down to hold the bottle up is the cutest habitual little move that melts my heart.  Makes me remember that "just right" feeling of sucking my thumb when I was a little kid - I can totally relate!  It's his self-soothing mechanism.


New Dance Moves

Here's M's newest dance moves.  She starts doing this when she gets really into her Aqua CD especially:

Maybe we need to sign up for some gymnastics?  Although she asked me yesterday to sign her up for baseball!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Peer Pressure

"BARCODE!" M yells, while pointing to the back of the book.

Apparently one of the other kids at school always points out the barcodes on the books, and M thinks its cool.  She has taken to the habit herself.  She points out barcodes anywhere she can find them.  She especially likes to find them on books - and she is always careful to check the inside back cover in addition to the back of the book, because sometimes they hide in there too.

Strange girl.


As Easy as One, Two, Three!

"What's your number of the week?"  Daddy asked in his usual Monday sequence.  At school they have an animal, color, letter, shape, line leader, and number that change from week to week.  Each Monday when M gets home, Daddy quizzes her on each category.


Later she corrected herself and said "Seventeen" quite clearly.  Last week was "a one and then a six," (aka sixteen) so she's really catching on.

Also, she is Line Leader again this week, for the second time this year.  And she couldn't be prouder!


Playing with Food

C has taken on a new level of messy.  At every chance he gets, he wears his food bowl as a hat.  In today's bowl was yogurt.  Nothing short of a bath would remedy the mess he made at dinner this evening.  He had yogurt dripping from his hair down his face.  And when he saw it on his pants, rather than saying "eh?" for a wipe, he rubbed it in!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mat Man

At M's school from day one they develop body awareness, as well as writing and drawing skills by using the Mat Man activity.

Its an interesting method, and really works!  They start with a basic body, and add details throughout the year.

Here is M's first attempt of Mat Man at school:

I think its the face, with arms and legs sticking out.

Here is the most recent Mat Man sent home last week:

Notice the details of the fingers, toes, hair, and facial features.  That is as good as I could ever draw a person!

She's learned so much this past year, I hope funding passes for next year's program...


M's Alphabet

M came home and told me that she "drew the whole alphabet today at school!"  Mostly P's, with a couple of M's, D's and a C and an O thrown in.  I love it!


New Level of Awesome

M created a great word today:


I think she was trying to say fantastic, but I like fun-tastic ten times better.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Guess Who

Who's Who?  Can you figure it out?

Couple Days Old, Chillin' in the Boppy:

One week old, bright eyed and alert:

One month old, sleepy babies:

Three months old, in the ring sling:

Four months old, exersaucer elephant:

Pretty much after that C turned blonde and it's easy to tell them apart. ;-)


Saturday, May 1, 2010

One Liners

Mary was full of hilarious lines today.  Perhaps these aren't as funny out of context, but we sure were laughing histerically at the time!

"It's gettin' gloomy out here!"

"All the screaming made me sneeze!"

Also, Daddy's been trying to teach M when it is appropriate to use the singular vs. plural of "goose", which has led to several interesting combinations:

"A geese!"  "Look, geeses!"  "Two gooses!!" and my favorite, "A whole bunch of geese!"