Archive for July, 2008

Learning to Write

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Allison is learning to write letters at Gymboree.  She can definitely recognize her own name and can pretty much write her own name.  Below is a sample of the letter practice that she did at Gymboree yesterday. 

It is so much fun, as a parent, to watch the development of her little mind.  From scribbling her first picture, to her first painting with watercolors, to drawing “people” with extremely long arms, to watching her learning to write her name.  It’s amazing.  And I am privileged to be a witness.

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Allison Says

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Here’s what my three-and-a-half year old had to say on Saturday after a trip to the post office with Daddy:

 ALLISON:  Nobody likes the post office.

DADDY:  Why don’t people like the post office?

ALLISON: Because it’s boring.  It’s just boring.  I don’t like it.

“Caterpillar” by Allison

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

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Gymboree Today – My “Problem Solver”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

At Gymboree  every Wednesday, Allison goes to a class for 3-5 year olds and Carter and I do a Level 4 class for 16-22 month olds.  Gymboree says that kids Carter’s age are “problem solvers”.  They are into figuring things out for themselves… climbing, putting bean bags through a hole, etc.  So, let me tell you about my little problem solver…

Carter loves the basketball hoop at Gymboree that is just a little bit taller than he is.  – He can get a ball in the basket most of the time and misses only occasionally.  Next to the basketball hoop are two large bins full of balls.  Carter takes a ball from one bin and puts it through the basketball hoop and goes back to the same bin to repeat the process.  Meanwhile, Mommy retrieves all the balls and puts them into the other bin.  This goes on until only 2 or 3 balls are left in the bin and Carter cannot reach them on his own.  Then I direct him to the second bin (now full of balls I have retrieved) and he starts all over. 

Well, today, Carter turned the almost empty bin upside down to get the final 2 or 3 balls out.  He exclaimed, “Dump!  Dump!” as he did it.  He has finally solved a problem of how to get those last 2 or 3 balls out of the bin!  How smart!  And terribly cute, too.

Allison Says

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

After bumping into Carter and knocking him down (accidentally), Allison squats down to his level and gently explains, “It’s hard for little babies to stand up.  You’re a little wobbly.”

Carter and Spiderman

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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Helmets

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“Helmet!” Allison says, as she and Carter pound their “helmets” with a track from their Thomas the Train set. 

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The Arizona DRY Pool

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Monday Afternoon…  Shortly after I took this picture, Carter stepped on Allison’s hand.  Allison cried and said she needed ice.  I brought the kids three ice cubes each. Then I enjoyed a good 20 minutes of peace and quiet.  Who would have thought three ice cubes and an empty swimming pool could be such fun?

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Carter’s Pants

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Daddy has been letting Carter take his own pants off when it’s time to change into PJs at bedtime…  No, that’s not quite right.  Daddy has been ENCOURAGING Carter to take his own pants off at bedtime.  Of course, Allison gets undressed and dressed into PJs by herself at bedtime.  I’m usually picking up toys or putting things away or reminding Allison that’s it’s getting-ready-for-bed time, not wild-and-crazy time.  So, I think I can claim innocence for the the problem that has been occurring with Carter’s pants.

 That is… Last night when I went in to check on the kids before I went to bed, both little angels are sound asleep – and Carter’s PJ pants were on the headboard of Allison’s bed.  How did they get there?  I’ll bet my young son took them off by himself and flung them out of his crib.  See, not only can he take his pants off by himself, but he’s also working on his pitching arm.  And if the bulls eye is the window blinds, I’d say he’s got a shot at the major leagues!  But that’s another story…

 For today’s nap-time adventure, Carter took his pants and diaper off.  This was not the first time he has accomplished this amazing feat.  Oh no.  It’s been about a week now since I have required that a onesie be used as part of his nighttime sleeping attire.  In this house we consider a onesie to be “the thing that holds the diaper on”.  It seems to be working at night…so far.  But I imagine it’s only a matter of time before our bright little guy figures out how to get that off too!

It’s a Gymboree Day!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Today was “Mom’s Monday” at our Gymboree.  We joined our STA Moms group for some fun Gymboree style!  Today’s theme was “Making Pizza” – we put red, yellow, and orange balls into the big cylinder and then put the kids in to “mash” them with their feet.  Blue hoops were pepperoni’s that the kids could lift up and walk through.   They made themselves into sausage and rolled down a wedge hill – Carter loved that!  And then came the Gymboree “air log”  it was first a rolling pin that rolled over all the kids to flatten the “dough”.  This was a big hit with Allison!  Carter even participated since he’ll do almost anything Allison does!  Next the air log was a cheese slicer…  We lifted it high in the air and the kids had to run under it before it came down to “slice the cheese” – both kids took turns being “sliced”!  Thank goodness the Gymboree “cheese” was milk free today!

Of course the session wrapped up with the Gymboree staples… Freeze on the air log, bubbles, parachute time, and a dance with Gymbo.  Oh yes, and Gymbo stamps for everyone…  Carter got his stamps on the backs of both hands, on both feet and on his tummy.  Allison got similar stamps – including on her tummy!

 We all had a really good time… I think Carter, especially, like having Allison there today.  He watches everything she does and tries to copy her!