Monday, August 23, 2010


Micah was making bubble beards in the tub last night :-) I have the cutest video of him laughing but until I find a way to edit out certain "bits," I won't be putting it online! Instead, here are a few photos I took too. We had a great weekend doing our usual things--visiting the library, going to Wal-Mart (which was crazy because of all the students moving back into dorms this weekend) and hanging out in the pool on the porch. Our refrigerator is covered with colored pictures of jungle animals, last week's theme at daycare. He had finished a unit on bugs the week before and I'm glad to get those projects out of the kitchen! We did get word that some of our friends who have a son Micah's age are moving, so we're sad to say goodbye to them. But that's the life in academia--last minute moves and new places to live. I'm glad it's our turn to stay put for awhile.
SPOILER ALERT: All those who don't wish to be party to potty training talk can now exit this blog.
Micah is doing well with potty training and had many successes! I had put him in his room for naptime and a little while later we heard him saying "Daddy, I made pee pees!" We figured he was just trying to delay falling asleep as long as possible by faking that he had to go. But to our surprise he had stripped himself down and used the potty all by himself :-) We were so proud. Two mini M&Ms for you, little man!

Monday, August 16, 2010

This One's for Aunt Helen!

What do you do when it's 103 degrees outside and you have a energy-filled toddler? We found one solution to the problem this weekend! We brought out a video game toy that Aunt Helen got for Micah for Christmas. You hook up the game mat to the TV screen. The child stands on the mat and can play different games by running in place, pressing shapes and colors on the mat and lots more. The movement the child does on the mat correspond to a little snimal on the screen that moves around when the child does. When we first tried it out a few months ago, M didn't quite understand the connection between what was happening on the screen and what he was doing with his feet and hands. But this time around, he really enjoyed it. In fact, we had to bring it out on Saturday and Sunday! It was so cute to see him running in place while "racing" himself, or playing the shape and color games. (I am proud to say that he now knows all of his basic shapes and most of the colors, but he still gets red and brown confused :-)) We really enjoy our outside time on the weekends, but since we couldn't do that this weekend, this game was a real sanity saver!

In just 3 short months M will be 3! Just yesterday I was sitting on the couch wrapped in a bathrobe because I was cold (A/C was cranked up) and he came over and asked if I was ok. I told him I was fine, just cold. He said "Does your nose hurt?" And I said, "No, I don't have a cold, I am cold." Apparently there was some miscommunication anyway since he went into the kitchen, retrieved a cold pack from the frig, and then placed it gingerly on my nose saying "It's better, Mama?" I tell you, these "Terrible Twos" can be awfully sweet sometimes :-)

Thursday, August 5, 2010


We were finally able to cut Micah's hair without the clippers! Yes, it did require a bribe, we promised him a "sweet" if he didn't fuss and sat still. It was worth it. He did great right up until the end when the hair was falling in his face. And Dan was able to get around his ears and eyes, which was the point. Isn't he a cutie?

This video is of him this morning at breakfast. He had the hiccups and had been laughing about it and then got distracted by the camera :-)

Monday, August 2, 2010


"Bi-hic-cool" is how Micah says "bicycle". He got his first bike this weekend! Dan found this little gem at a thrift store in Corinth and brought it home. With the seat moved down all the way, he can reach the pedals just fine, but hasn't quite learned how they work yet ;-) It was just too hot to try for very long so we'll have to give it another go some other time. We spend the weekend at the lake, in the kiddie pool ont he proch and taking short trips outside. Since Micah was learning about bugs in school this week, we looked at grasshoppers, locust husks and all kinds of crawling things in the yard. There's a cute video on him on the bike and another one looking at a locust. Hope you all are staying cool!