Monday, May 18, 2009

Things that end with "s"

Gus has been experimenting with the plural the last week or so. Here's sampling of what we've been hearing:

Cawses (carses)
Maws (mores)
Maw jinks (more drinks)
Stratateez (strawberries)
Wagas (waters)
Cucks (trucks)
Yawn mekins (lawn mowers)
Gas cuttas (grass cutters)
Two mans (two men)
Owsides (outsides)

He has also been working on his pronouns.

Hez one (here's one)
Thez one (there's one)
Thah it is (there it is)
I fell down
I got it

Gus definitely isn't reading yet, but he knows all the letters of the alphabet (albeit, not in order!) thanks to this toy. He loves switching out the letters and hearing what they are and how they sound. Scroll down to the post below for a picture. I was nervous when we first got it; thinking that the sounds and music would be annoying after a while. We're all huge fans now. Thanks Oma!

His newest interest has been counting. He can count two things, but any more than two and it turns into, "1, 2, 3, 7,8." It's so funny to watch and hear. Maybe we'll post a video.

I don't know if it's just his age, but Gus has been whining a lot the last few months. It's worse, understandably, when he's feeling under the weather. Last week was rough b/c he was sick. His fever was up to 104 at one point. We never really figured out what was wrong with him until he gave his cold to Amy (who kindly shared it with Scott!). We've both had sore throats and some stuffiness so now we know what he was feeling. Not fun. Now that he has recovered, he is getting much better about asking for help and saying, "pies" (please) rather than just complaining.

Gus definitely isn't a baby anymore. We can't believe all that he can do, say and understand these days. He's also getting so big. He's half as tall as Scott now! (No short jokes, please!)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Normal Day

I decided it might be fun, for future reference, to document a typical day with only ONE child. So, here we go:

6:30 am Wake up.

Listen to music (specifically, the Wheels on the Bus song-on constant repeat) and play for a bit.


Then, 7:30 Breakfast.
9:15 Go for a walk.

10:00 Go to the community garden to pick something for later. (Check out those strawberries!)

Scott comes home for lunch-play time & bubble blowing...

12:00 Lunch

1:30-4 Nap

5:00 Scott comes home. More play time.

6:00 Dinner
7:00 Bath time

7:30 Bed!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oma & Opa

My (Amy's) parents came down for a visit close to a month ago. How time flies!! We had a wonderful (too short!) visit. Mom and Dad are always easy guests to have, but this time they really pitched in and helped around the house, as it turned out to be a very busy week. They watched Gus all day one day, so I could go on a field trip. And then they helped me make a full meal for my students. Each year at school I do a "normal" vs. "organic" meal, where they taste- test some dishes and try to guess which is organic and which isn't. This year we had lasagna, salad, garlic bread & ice cream. It all took much longer to make than I was expecting, so the extra hands were VERY appreciated. Despite the craziness, we made sure to fit in our traditional stop at Steak & Shake, as well as plenty of time to just hang out and talk. Thanks so much for coming, Oma & Opa!!

Gus definitely enjoyed having two more people around to play with!