. . .but fresh from a bath, she already wants her shoes on. What a girl!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Community Helper's Week: Police Officers
Also, I was wrong when I previously said it would take Carter a few weeks to figure out how to get started on his bike by himself. We took his training wheels off a week ago yesterday and he definitely has it figured out. He loves his new freedom so much that he only rides his wood bike when his legs are tired from pedaling his big boy bike.
Monday, September 24, 2007
In August we took her to a new pediatrician who ran some blood tests and weighed her again. He said she is as healthy as can be- just small! So at 15 months and 17.6 pounds we are just going to keep on loving her and not stress about her weight. As Dr. B says, "sometimes small people are born to the earth!" (I personally love the fact that he is only 5'2'' and about 125 pounds, married to a small lady and has 2 small kids).
Tay is just a blond little doll. Oh how I love her!
After returning from Boise at the end of July, Carter began telling us (very regularly) that he wanted to take his training wheels off. I was imagining skinned elbows and knees galor so I began a search for a "walking bike" like Carter and I had seen on Sesame Street last spring. I was very bummed when I realized that to order one of these great little european inventions online would be way too expensive.
About 8 weeks ago however, I randomly jumped on northern Virginia's craiglist and in the baby section someone had listed a brand new walking bike- only 10 minutes away from us and a great price. We quickly emailed them and picked it up a couple hours later. Drew put it together (it was still in the box) and immediately put Carter on it. He looked like a drunk person trying to push with his feet. It was hilarious! He couldn't balance at all! But after about a week of practicing his balance improved, and soon he was a crazy boy- zipping up and down the street and off the curb.
He loves riding his "wood bike" (yes, it actually is made of wood) with the big boys down the street because he can totally keep up with them- just by pushing with his feet. (If you are totally confused- a walking bike is a bike with no pedals, just two wheels). His favorite trick is going to the top of hills and coasting down with his feet in the air!
Drew has been telling me for a few weeks that he thought Carter was ready to take the training wheels off his regular bike. No way! Not my little Carter. . .
Drew came in the house on Saturday and told me to put my shoes on. I followed him out to the middle school track, around the corner from our house. There was Carter standing on the side of the track with his rocket ship helmet on and his big boy bike. . .no training wheels. Drew held the the handle bar for him, gave hime a push, and off he went. No wobbling or anything! He can even stop by himself without crashing. So after a few rounds on the track we went back to our house and video taped him. So cute! I think it will be a few weeks until he figures out how to start by himself, sp until then Drew or I will have to help him. Can you tell we are sooo proud?! I just about cried my eyes out as I watched him pedal around the track.
We figured out that our video camera has issues so we can't download videos yet. At first we thought it was just a matter of getting a new cord but there is actually something wrong with the camcorder. Once we figure it out, we'll post a video of our crazy Carter riding his "wood bike" and his "big boy bike".
Here is an example of what a "walking bike" looks like. We highly recommend them!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I'm all Mac now, baby. This Mack is aaaaaall Mac! No turning back.
You can't see me, but I'm doing a little dance.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
We busted out our preschool chef clothes the other day. Carter loves to be my little helper in the kitchen- even if it is just a frozen veggie lasagna! His favorite job in the kitchen is actually mixing up lemonde. I think he requests a pitcher every day!
The second picture just cracks me up...I kept turning the camera to get a vertical picture but Carter thought that if he was going to be in it right side up, that he had to turn his face as well. I kept telling him to, "STAND UP Carter" and finally he said matter of factly, "Mom, I am going to be crooked in the picture." He cracks me up!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Twenty minutes after class ended I got a call from the local high school preschool (it's a Virginia thing). We have been on a waiting list for almost a year for Carter....he got in! Hearing that actually made me really emotional...after so many months of waiting and checking in with the teacher...I finally decided to create a preschool experience for Carter in our home. I have put close to 40 hours of preparation (and all of our extra cash) into our class. It was really frustrating to find out that I didn't have to go through all of that work and stress after all. I guess that's how life works some times! Oh well- we will have an adventurous year after all. To fund the class at our house, I am actually teaching a "stepping into preschool" class for 2 year olds on Thursday mornings. I have five kids but two of them are speech delayed so I am crossing my fingers that everything goes smoothly. I will be teaching preschool 3 mornings a week. It will be a busy year! I"ll keep you posted!
Here is a picture of Carter with the chalk board behind him. He and his class mates were very cute! Check out our class blog at http://www.stoneridgepreschool.blogspot.com/.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
I had one of those moments today. Last week I was asked to play the organ for our stake priesthood meeting tonight at 7:30. "No problem," I said, "you can count on me!" Ya, you know whenever a guy uses the phrase, "you can count on me," you can pretty much count on him NOT doing whatever it was he agreed to do.
So I went online this morning to double check that the meeting was at 7:30 tonight and not 7:00, but I couldn't find it on our stake calendar. "That's odd," I thought. "Doesn't the stake think it's an important enough meeting to put on the stake calendar?" And then, in a moment of brilliance like none other, I scrolled down a few spaces where I read, "Stake Priesthood Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 30." Nice.