Alex loves my radio and is convinced the antenna is a microphone (which he uses by putting it in his mouth).
Month: January 2011
Alex had a surprise playdate today. Amber was working in Janesville and Nick was sick so we picked Abram up at his school and he played with us till bedtime. (When we walked in to pick him up the teacher was expecting us. She did ask Abram, “Do you know these people?” Abram promptly replied, “They are my best friends.”) I have watched both boys together by myself before and they have required only minimal supervision. Tonight they were great together. Wade read his magazine, the boys played, and I got dinner cooked.
Alex loves eggs. He especially loves boiled eggs. At one point he was eating at least two every morning. Now he eats one in the morning and most days has another one sometime for a snack. When I saw an ad for hard boiled egg molds in a magazine, I decided to give it a try. I didn’t expect them to work, but they do – easily. The problem came when I served Alex the egg-shaped car and he didn’t want to eat it. In fact when I sliced it we had a full-blown melt down. He thought it was a toy and I destroyed it. Oops. We’ll try again tomorrow.
I can’t believe he’ll be two in a few weeks!
Alex had a rough awakening from his nap today. After we got that out of his system, he was full of smiles and giggles. He also learned how to share a pillow on the couch with Mom:
For several reasons cooking dinner wasn’t an option tonight. Instead we got Chinese – a favorite for everyone!
I love that Alex has two little boys always up for playing. It doesn’t hurt that Nicki and Amber and I enjoy visiting too. The best part is that we all live within walking distance and can usually play on pretty short notice. Everyone ended up at our house and the boys had no trouble finding toys.
I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but it turns out white isn’t always white. Alex got a step stool for Christmas and it just arrived in the mail today. I was so excited to put it in our upstairs bathroom until I realized their white is not the same white as our cabinets and floor. I took a picture but I’m not sure it shows the issue very well. The stool actually looks green (very light, but green) in our bathroom.
Thank goodness for a husband who can fix anything. It is being painted tonight.
Hello? Gram? Granny?
Alex had his first adventure at a water park today. Amber and Abram invited us to Country Springs Water Park. Alex immediately got in the water and was pretty much up for anything. His favorite feature was the huge bucket on top of the playground that would dump water. Sadly I couldn’t make it “dump” at his request.
Abram loved the big water slide. Alex was fascinated with the mechanism for taking the boats up and down. Alex eventually rode this once but didn’t want to do it again. (I think the biggest issue was he couldn’t sit in my lap and had to sit in his own “seat” in front.)
The rest of the time was spent on the playground in the water and on the lazy river. The boys had a great time splashing and running. (Too bad I no longer have my waterproof camera!)
Water parks are fun!
A perfect match – crayons and a Thomas coloring book.
Springy Snowman has been with us since the first Christmas we got married. I don’t remember all of the particulars, but Grant (a good friend from college) bought him for Wade. They both felt that Springy Snowman should stay in the living room year round. The first year he did. Every year since Wade and I have had an on-going discussion. Most of the time now I just quietly take him to the basement and hope Wade doesn’t notice. He noticed yesterday and has since made it very plain that he doesn’t agree. I’ve tried a compromise, such as having him live in the shop or Wade’s office. I am told by Wade that that is unacceptable. Wade has now recruited Alex to the debate. When we go in the basement Alex immediately goes to Springy Snowman and talks to him. I’m winning this one for now, but I’m not sure how long (meaning years) it will continue….
Alex loves to line up his cars and trucks on the windowsill, preferably behind the couch.
There’s football today? I’m ready!
I love to listen to Wade and Alex in the shop. I can hear the murmur of voices through the floor and words clearly when they are excited. I heard enough that I snuck downstairs with my camera to see Alex wanting an apron just like Daddy had. Then he wanted glasses too.
Chick-fil-A has balloons too. Definitely the best place to eat!
It was extremely cold today (high of 6 degrees) so I wasn’t excited about driving anywhere (like the gym). Abram invited Alex to play and walking across the street seemed like a great idea. The boys had a lot of fun playing “construction”
The boys love to play on Abram’s firetruck bed and even more fun is his “hose” (the blue noodle):
Then the party moved downstairs and we played Elefun before trying out Abram’s music station.
Entertaining himself while I cook dinner.
Alex loves to help Daddy build a fire.
(Ignore the fact that we are burning scrap wood in order to clean the basement.)
Last week Alex learned that bread goes into a toaster and then goes pop. Now he asks for toast all day long by saying “bread” “toaster” “pop”. He’s averaging five pieces (give or take a couple) throughout the day.
Guess who got a new cup today (and then promptly destroyed it)?
Instead of our traditional birthday muffins, we started the day with birthday donuts. This was Alex’s first trip to a Krispy Kreme and he was fascinated by the donut process.
The last time Alex had an option of a donut with sprinkles (see here), he chose a hard-boiled egg. This time he gobbled up the donut:
After birthday dinner we had birthday trifle. (I got lazy with the candles. Wade is celebrating his 32nd.) I knew Wade would love it, but I was shocked to see Alex gobble it up and ask for seconds.
Working on the farm, watching it snow.
One of my favorite days was when Alex learned to give hugs. His current favorite way to give Madison a hug is to head-butt her.
We haven’t gotten any “big snows” this year, but the few inches here and there have started to add up. Last night we got a couple of fresh inches and decided to play today. Alex was not very excited – even with his shovel:
Alex loves his new Valentine’s Day decorations.
(Thanks for the idea Amber!)
I can now say I’ve put Alex in a bubble….
We’ve had a rough week at our house. Wade was sick all last week and on Sunday diagnosed with pneumonia (he’s better now). Alex (at 23 months) has had his first real bug. He got sick Monday morning (and we both changed clothes six times during the day) and has been out of sorts all week. He seemed fine yesterday and had a normal energy level. I was so excited for Mother’s Day Out today and a return to our normal routine. Alex had other ideas and was sick again this morning. Poor guy. He spent a lot of time on the couch sleeping and watching “monsters” (Sesame Street). I have high hopes for tomorrow.
I was cleaning small handprints off the TV. When Alex saw the paper towels he immediately wanted to “wash”.
Alex was sick yesterday and spent most of today recovering. I knew he wasn’t 100 percent when he didn’t immediately jump at the chance to shovel. He did eventually get excited and I quickly turned him into a marshmallow.
Then we practiced our shoveling
Alex eventually got bored of shoveling and wanted his car. He thought it was great fun for me to push him on the part of the sidewalk that was cleared before he ran into the snow banks. Then he wanted to do a little pushing himself
Wade has pneumonia and Alex has a bug. We’re no fun today.
Now we have a few people to drive all the trucks.
Checking out the frogs at Museum.
The Milwaukee Public Museum has an exhibit on frogs that I have been wanting to see. Wade (who has been sick all week) was excited about an outing so we headed downtown. Although the exhibit was okay, I didn’t think it was spectacular.
Playing telephone with Daddy.
Riley invited Abram and Alex to Monkey Joe’s to celebrate his birthday. I was excited to return and watch Alex enjoy all the fun (last time he was grumpy). This time started out pretty much like last time. He wanted nothing to do with the bouncing but loved the arcade area:
Monkey Joe’s has all types of bouncy things, but mostly slides. Abram is big enough to go down by himself, but Riley and Alex need a little help. Alex was content to do this once or twice and then wouldn’t go near it. Back to the arcades he went.