I cut a bunch of holes in some boxes for a bean bag toss for part of our playgroup program at a nursing home (everyone had so much fun, and the residents were talking about it days later too...a fabulous thing for an Alzheimer's ward!). Afterwards, Alden and Rhianwen found a new use for the boxes. They've had a BLAST with them. So, any of you moms who want something fun and cheap for your kids on a rainy day, just draw some circles on a big box using large dinner plates, use a box cutter to cut it out, draw some pics with crayons if you wish, and let the fun begin.
These are the first pair of shoes he couldn't walk in. Very confusing, but he didn't get frustrated at all!
We were gone for a while to Nanny Kim's and Grandpa's while Daddy was away on business. I knew it would be a challenge with Alden the Ninja climber especially since Nanny Kim has SO much furniture and nooks and crannies to explore. It was unreal the number of things Alden could get into in a space of 10 minutes. Keeping him out of trouble exhausted Nanny Kim, Uncle Skipper, and me! Rhianwen was too far above us all to worry about such things. She quietly played with toys, read books, and colored.
Playing with Grandpa, one of the few times he stayed out of trouble (Alden, not Grandpa).
Among Alden's exploits: eating cat food, drinking algae-ridden water from a rain gauge, getting into the trash, attempting to discover the mechanism by which the child-safety lock would open on the sink cabinet, pushing Rhianwen around in the stroller at the nursing home, almost pulling the "call" string at Great Grandma's, getting his foot stuck under Great Grandpa's foot, pulling his foot out, and then stomping on Great Grandpa's foot to make sure he taught it a lesson.
Alden was Mr. Personality with Great Grandma. I LOVE it when we have a good visit! She had so much fun too!
Rhianwen also did a fabulous job interacting with Great Grandma and Grandpa. She sang some fall songs and showed them the sign-language she learned for fall from our playgroup nursing home visit. She even carried on a conversation with Great Grandpa with no prompting from me! (***Disclaimer: Rhianwen strapped herself into the stroller, it wasn't an evil plot by mommy to force her to be in one spot the whole time.***).
I got to see my 2 best pals from highschool, Ekta and Heather, and my kids got to play with Katelyn (Heather's daughter). We were so sad that we couldn't play with Ekta's 2 cuties, but they decided to come down with sickness for reasons only known to themselves...maybe they're like their mama and love to keep things interesting!
Upon Katelyn's arrival, we discovered that Rhianwen and she had many things in common, including matching sandals and swimmies. Heather and I commented on how they had begun anew that old tradition that we had started of being "twins".
2 peeps are better than one when it comes to getting a bouncy car moving.
Enjoying the beach. Rhianwen wanted to stay in the waves the entire time and Katelyn wanted to stay out! But they did get to enjoy the sand together. Alden spent nearly the entire time chasing sea-gulls.
During our stay at Nanny Kim's, Alden upped his conversationality (if that's a word). When Daddy got home, he was surprised to be hearing Alden saying "Ah-sahd" for outside (his favorite place), consistently saying "Ba" for bye, and even saying short sentences like "Get a bath", "Get down", very emphatic "Nuh"s (no's), and very clear "Yes"s (he's even got the s on the end of Yes down!) in context. In the following video he only would say "Sahd" for ouside (oh well).
Alden's little personality keeps shining through in so many ways (including what makes him throw tantrums). One really funny thing that he's started doing is if I'm not paying attention to him and he wants me to, he'll push his way between me and whatever I'm doing. If I'm standing he simply shimmies his way between me and what I'm working on. Even better, if I'm kneeling and looking down at something (like putting together a puzzle while cleaning up for the night), he quietly holds my head with his two little hands and pulls firmly up so that my eyes are looking at him. It's so endearing to me! I just have to hug him after that.
Sibling rampages have also begun in our house.