Sunday, October 24, 2010

Decline in Book Sales?


I realize that the "family" blog is fast becoming a place for me to view opinions on things. So while I apologize in advance, I must say I do try to keep them relevant to my family. Today in the Times Union, Albany, NY, I read an interesting article in the "Perspective" section by Diane Cameron. Ms. Cameron tells us that sales are down in picture books. Why, you might ask? Well, never fear, she fills in the blanks, though I am still searching for some substantiation to her claims.

For starters, she says that parents are reading "chapter books" to their children. I find this a little difficult to believe since true picture books are geared to the preschooler. I read a few longer books to Kyle, but they have to really be in his interest areas to hold his attention. Ms. Cameron goes on to add that we are choosing chapter books because of standardized testing. Hmmm... again, just doesn't make that much sense to me. Last I checked, no one is testing Kyle(or any preschooler) to move onto the next grade or age or milestone.

Don't stop reading just yet, this is about to get more interesting. The "anti-picture book demographic" apparently includes me and every other mom/dad I know between their 30s and 40s. (I swear this was in print!) We "see more movies than any other group and are the primary market for graphic novels". My fellow 30-40 year old parents, how many movies have you seen in the last year? I would bet that most of us can count it on one hand. Why? Because it costs an arm and a leg to go, not to mention the sitter you have to hire to have a night out. And graphic novels? What?! I barely have time to read the paper. Most of my reading involves picture books with less than 1000 words, and those aren't even for my enjoyment, but my child's!

Ms. Cameron goes on to say that we are "unsettled by imagination, and maybe art" and our kids "no longer play - they take classes". As a co-organizer of the mommies group, Toga Tots, I know that we strive to plan events that involve LOTS of play. We spend days at the playgrounds in the summers, playdates at friends, crafting activities, music groups, etc. We even have a preschool book club where we cover some classic books like "Cordouroy" and "The Little Engine that Could". Funny, that all of that vaguely sounds like play using imaginations and gasp, art. Oh, and Ms. Cameron, you are right on one thing here - my son goes to 1 class. It is at the local library reading story books, singing, dancing and playing. The horrors!

Here is where Ms. Cameron has obviously lost her mind because she is linking the decline in picture books to "our failure to embrace other kinds of imaginative play - like sexual fantasy." Seriously! We 30-40 year olds apparently are jumping from Playboy to internet porn, so that must be why I didn't record a sale for "Goodnight Moon" at Barnes and Noble before my son was 2 3/4. OH... wait! Or is it because the 30-40 year old parents have better grasped the concept of Reuse and Renew? Just throwing it out there. I actually own "Goodnight Moon", or rather Kyle does. I admit though, I did not buy it somewhere that could record the barcode sale, but rather I bought it used. Why should I spend $8.99 for this when I find a perfectly good used copy somewhere else for half the cost or less? It isn't because I am not buying books. I buy plenty new. The truth is that they are for a preschooler, who may or may not be the gentlest person on a book. Why do I care if it has minor creases? If he loves it, it will be way worse than that in the long run. Oh, and we also frequent the library so that I can discover books that my son will genuinely like instead of having a shelf full of possibilities.

Perhaps I take Ms. Cameron's article too personally, but I do so on behalf of many others I know. We are the parents striving to keep the electronic toys to a minimum, dechemicalize the house from convenience foods and cleaners, and recycle so that our children will have something left. Now that my rant is done, please enjoy some photos of a boy playing and using his imagination.

Painting

Apple picking

Peek a Boo with a friend

Playing Air Guitar

Meeting a butterfly up close and personal

Friday, September 24, 2010

Balloon Festival Bust

I just experienced my first Halley's Comet Incident (no offense, Mom :oP). For those of you not privvy to the HCI, here's the story. My mom had a cool idea that we would all head to Oglebay observatory in the dead of winter, late at night to experience the comet. Unfortunately it was too overcast and the whole event went awry. That was our balloon fest experience tonight.

Our friends asked us to join them for the Adirondack Balloon Festival. We were to meet at a pizza shop just up the street and leave roughly 5pm. For starters, we didn't make it out of the house until 9 minutes after 5pm because Jeff had a conference call that he couldn't escape from. We should have just taken that as a sign. :) From there things got progressively more strange.

We arrive in Queensbury around 6pm to find that where we think we should be able to enter the airfield... police are directing both lines OUT. (Imagine a dog doing the crooked head thing here). We drive a little further down the road. Our friend calls another friend who is inside. She says that is indeed the entrance, it isn't very busy and to come in. So, we turn around (3 cars, mind you)and head back to the "entrance". The police officer informs us that the event is over. What?

I use Jeff's cell phone to check the internet for information. Sure enough, the launch was at 5pm, but still... this wasn't late at this point, just a little after 6pm. There is however a street fair, as part of the whole thing in downtown Glens Falls. Since the cars are packed with pizza, drinks and snacks, why not? Right? (Anyone else seeing the warning signs flashing?) I set the GPS to navigate us all to the street festival.

We find it easily, but we are starved and literally cop a squat on the lawn outside our cars at a local church. We have some dinner. Barb entertains the children with glow sticks and we finally make the short trek to Glen Street. It was like any small town street fair, I suppose. Antique cars, live band, a few booths along the way. Kyle thought the cars were pretty cool until he learned that they weren't interested in him actually touching the cars. Luckily Relay for Life was selling the ginormous lollipops, and that tided the kids over while we wandered aimlessly through the crowds.

Jeff and I decided to make it fun and have a friendly competition. Who could spot the most wifebeaters and the most mullets? Surprisingly, there were few mullets to be found. But never fear, the hot night brought out the best in wifebeater attire. And here I am at home now typing about our adventure. We had a good laugh about it though. While the moms and dads had the best of intentions of this cool family night at the Balloon Festival, the kids will only remember a night of glow sticks and giant lollipops. Sweet dreams.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Baby Event

Ha! No, I am not having number 2. But I did spend the morning at a Baby Event. My friends were vendors and I was there for moral support. If you haven't checked out Stroller Strides or Busy Bee Basics, now is the time.

Anyway, I am not solely here to plug my friends. I am here because of some interesting observations about baby events. They prey on the new mom. There are honest to goodness people there - the hospitals, pediatricians, work-at-home-moms (WAHMs) that have learned what we have a need for and design it, and of course, exercise programs that are designed just for us ladies with kiddos in strollers.

But there are also a zillion photographers that charge ridiculous amounts because you would only want the "best" for your little one. Trust me, a chain location can and will do a great job. You just have to find one with a seasoned photographer. For those of you in the Ohio Valley, go to Walmart in Steubenville, OH. YES, I said Walmart! She is awesome, and been taking children's pictures for over 20 years.

There are a million WAHM "programs" that swear you will make money in only a few short hours a week. Don't get me wrong, they have great products. I used to sell Mary Kay. I just can't buy from every one of you out there! I have a budget.

And who can forget the insurance companies that are going to talk to you about life insurance. FYI for the first timers, do not buy this while you are pregnant. They will charge you more. Wait until you have the baby and get to a healthy weight so you can qualify for something reasonable from someone like Zander Insurance. They are highly recommended by Dave Ramsey (and me if you care ;oP).

Then there is the Super Gym Guy, who is going to tell me how to drop those pounds after baby. Can someone explain how he knows? At what stage did he have to lose 20 lbs of fluid that was pumped into his body during labor? Just asking...

Now for the one that got me a bit... a diaper service. For those of you that know me, cloth diapering was an obsession for the first year of Kyle's life. In many ways, I wish I never stopped, but things are what they are. I, at minimum, saved over 1000 diapers from going to the landfill in just that year alone. Anyway, I digress. The service piqued my interest because there seems to be very little cloth diapering resources in the area. I was so excited to see them. However as they stood there making their pitch to the new moms/moms-to-be, I found myself wanting to butt in and yell... "But wait! There are other options!!"

Because they provide the service of clean diapers each week, they don't know or weren't willing to share that doing them yourself is one of the simplest things in the world! They also basically focused on prefolds which were by all means my favorite, but there are so many other kinds - all-in-ones, fitted, pockets, etc, etc. Everyone has their favorite. I thought it would be in bad form to snag the women after they left that table and say... "Psst, go online to these sites. They have everything you need to know." Because really, if they are interested, they should have both sides of the story. They need to know how easy it is for them to do it themselves, but weigh that against the cost of a service. Not every mom gets to stay home, like me, and wash diapers every 2-3 days. Ok, that wasn't really why I stayed home, but you know what I mean.

If you are considering CDing, check out some of these sites: Pinstripes and Polka Dots was one of the first ones I ever encountered and provides awesome insight on every aspect of cloth diapering. I used them as my bible. They review every detergent, tell you how to wash, and sooo much more. And my other addiction was Diaper Swappers, where you can buy, sell and trade your diapers.

Bottom line: New mommies... don't fall for the hype. Your baby will be happy and healthy with whatever choices you make. Your best resources are the moms who have been there. OK, off my soapbox.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Long time, busy as heck!

I just realized that I haven't written anything since before we closed on the house. Hmmm... wonder if there is a correlation? :oP Of course, there is, but we have also just been keeping ourselves busy. Just 3 weeks after closing, we made a trek to Duck, NC in the Outer Banks. We were joined by good friends and family. Fun times had by all. Then Jeff and I decided, Why not continue the fun and skip off Kyle-less to Jamaica - 2 weeks after vacation number 1. In between the travel, I am an organizer for a local mommies' group, Toga Tots, and forever have events and fun things for mom and Kyle to do.

I think that Kyle, at 2, has quite possibly seen just about everything that an upstate Ny summer has to offer. We have been to the state parks for their pools and lakes, farms for strawberry picking, apple picking, and pumpkins soon to come in the fall, science museums, childrens' museums, state museums, the Saratoga Race track for horse racing and Halloween in the Summer, zoos, and probably a dozen other places that I would have to scroll through pictures to remember. That isn't including the exciting time of helping Daddy build 2 bedrooms in the basement! The rooms are complete now with beds. (Reservations are to be made at a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Please call Chateau Bergman to confirm availability.)

Kyle and I also started a great new adventure with Stroller Strides. SS is an exercise program that is done while the kids are in the stroller. I really enjoy it, and so does Kyle. We go 3 days a week, and he looks forward to knowing that he will see his friends those days. Just don't tell him that Sibby (his little friend) won't be there on Fridays while she goes to preschool and it will be fine :). We also signed up for another round of classes at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library, so 4 out of 5 days are locked up weekly... We somehow still manage to be busy that 5th day as well! I will post some pictures of the summer's adventures soon.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Building A House

A friend of mine recommended a book for Kyle about building a house. We got a copy from the library, and now have to read it every night. I asked Daddy to video it for me because Kyle has a lot of it memorized. Of course, he couldn't help making it a tickle session as well :)
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Our Rock Star!

Kyle is all about the guitar that Ray and Vi bought Jeff as a gag gift years ago. He brings me a baseball bat or the golf club to sing into the end of while he dances around playing the guitar. I am to make up songs based on whatever his favorite topic is. Today, the hot ones were excavators and skid steers (yes, you read that right), but there happened to be motorcycles on during this take.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Lamenting the Loss of a REAL Shoe Store

In the age of self-service and buying online, I can say that I truly miss some things from when I was young. Bah, you are thinking or at least being nice to say, "but you are young." OK, I am not old, but I am closer to 40 than 30. There, I said it :op. Anyway, what I am missing the most today is a REAL shoe store. Surely I can't be the only person that remembers the days of shopping for the 1 or 2 pairs you were going to wear for at least that first 6 months of school.

The family packed into the wood grain paneled station wagon and headed to the local shoe store named after the owner. Ours was called "Michael's". He didn't just carry one brand or only sneakers or only shoes for women or men. Nope! He had it all. You want Buster Browns, Thom McCann, Nike... they were there. Today, you can still find this, but good luck finding it with service. Measure your foot... HAH! A thing of the past. Measure it yourself or better yet, put it on and see if it squeezes your toes. That is all well and good for me because I can not only tell the fit but also verbalize what it is doing to my foot. My 2 year old... not so much. In Atlanta, I had come across a fabulous childrens' shoe store, Coggins Shoes for Kids, that really was very much like this, but to my dismay, I have yet to locate it here in NY.

For children in particular, you basically have 1 option and that is Stride Rite. Of course, if you want to search the specialty boutiques, you can find other lines, but they are few and far between. They are also not typically trained in measuring and selling shoes because they sell everything - clothes, toys, etc. I want someone to measure my little monster's foot. I don't mean monster as in tear the place up, but in the sense that he is over 3 foot tall and has big feet and is only 2! I want to be sure I am getting something that will fit him longer than 1 month, not flopping off or squeezing him etc.

Yes, yes, I could simply go to Stride Rite. And believe me, I have tried, but to no avail. Our first attempt was in GA, which led to the seeking out of Coggins. The worker was a college student very disinterested in fitting my then new walker in a proper shoe. The one size and one style he brought out was about 3 sizes too big and he didn't really care to show me anything else. This leads into our last attempt here in NY. I went believing the place to be an all around childrens' shoe store only to arrive at the address with a giant Stride Rite sign. Uh oh. The girl was very nice, and they did indeed have other options - 2 others in sandals, other than Stride Rite. She measured his foot as an 8. I saw the scale myself... odd that he is already wearing a 9 in one pair and a 9.5 in another very comfortably, but ok. Apparently the kids' shoe market can't standardize any better than womens' denim. We tried the other brand first, which was a slim cut. She immediately deems him a wide (never bought wide before, again ok). So we try a wide in SR. The fit of the shoe is difficult to explain. Basically, I could have placed another foot on TOP of his and still had room. She goes down a size not in wide. That one fits, but just. She looks at me, says he is between sizes and moves on to another customer that just entered the store.

2 Strikes for Stride Rite and I am still at square 1. UGH! I am just about to resort to ordering several pair from an online vendor like Zappos that has free shipping and free returns. I would love to buy local though. I want a place that I will take him to for that Back to School pair of shoes each year (not Marshalls!). There have to be more people out there that want to buy local like me. Bring back the customer service and you will have us!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Try a little harder?


Maybe I just need to try harder to tire him out! This morning, we went on a Mommies' Outing to Build A Bear then to Hoffman's Playland. Add to that 85 degree weather and we have one sleepy boy by the time you get home. Build A Bear had its highlights, but sadly the part that is supposed to be so cool for him, scared the bejesus out of him. For those new to the BAB concept, you are supposed to pick an "unstuffed" animal, then they stuff him for you including a heart. He chose the Portugese Water Dog, like President Obama's family has. Kyle particularly liked its tongue and nose. We also added the bark for the full effect. Unfortunately for Kyle, the stuffing machine sounded more like a giant vacuum. Did I mention that he hates vacuums? He screamed and cried during the whole "stuffing" experience. Then she hands him his puppy to check the stuff level (with me saying in the background - "don't do that or he won't give him back), but did she listen - NO. The problem with this is that they still need to finish sewing Puppy and now Kyle is again screaming to have his puppy back. UGH! After traumatizing him with the sounds and stealing of toys, he happily walked around the store to try out the puppy houses, which to his dismay I did not buy. Don't feel too bad for him because Mommy knew that his puppy would come with a cool box which could double as a doghouse once we got him home.

After BAB, we headed to Gymboree where I was desperate to buy him these way cute construction PJs. YEAH! They had them :o). I also picked up a pair of shorts and top, since the poor boy's stuff is in storage. How was I to know it would be this darn hot in April? We still had time before the Playland opened, so we had some lunch with Betty and Evan, then took off for our first amusement park adventure. Hoffman's is very much like a permanent carnival - Ferris Wheels, Carosuels, Tilt-a-Whirls, etc. Since we are thinking of going to Sesame Place this summer, this is a good training ground so to speak. Most of the rides are geared to the toddler, small child range. Some things Mom could ride along, but others not so much. We started easy with the stationary cars and motorcycles that go in a circle, but not up and down - sort of like a carosuel. He tried the bus, but desperately wanted to be on the motorcycle, which he wasn't quite big enough for... then settled finally in the T-bird for the ride. He also attempted a helicopter ride, which he was fine on until it started going up and down in the air. You could hear a tiny "help" each time it went around. I have to say, I was surprised that it did that much motion for a ride they had to do alone. His buddy Evan wasn't any more enamored with it than Kyle was, so apparently 2 year olds just shouldn't do it. Not that I am surprised, but his favorites were any form of transportation that didn't leave the ground - firetruck, 4x4 trucks, train, t-bird. My boy is definitely all boy. He begged to stay longer, but with the hot weather, which we weren't dressed for including lack of sunblock and the rapidly approaching naptime, I thought it best to head home. He was out in minutes. Sometimes, I am right.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Nap for Mom

If you call between 1 and 3pm, you will likely get a hushed voice because my child with any luck should be sleeping. The hushed voice has been mistaken for "resting" myself, but that is rarely if not never the case. You just can't imagine how much there is to take care of when you mover 18+ hours from a home you were in for more than 5 years. Doctors, dentists, insurance, oh my! Then let's add in the fact that we were crazy enough to be building our house in upstate NY in the dead of winter. There are decisions to be made - lighting, flooring, cabinetry, landscaping and even closet design - AAKCK! How does anyone design their closet when they don't actually live in the space, I would like to know? For that matter, it is like planning what will be placed into what kitchen cabinet before functioning in the room. I just don't see it, and I have a feeling we will have that darn single wire shelf until I can actually be in the house. I hate that single wire shelf. It is never enough, but then again, I don't want to pigeon hole myself into organizational structure that I won't like in the long run or won't use.

Anyway, these are the things that I take care of, ponder, stress over, whatever you want to call it, when my child sleeps. Naptime is my refuge to be an adult, and naps have always seemed to be reserved for children - brats, I mean, lucky ones :o). Kyle unfortunately doesn't always cooperate with naps now that he has turned 2. It isn't because I don't try and wear him out either. Since have moved just slightly over 6 weeks ago, the boy has been just about everywhere I could possibly take him. We have been to 4 different parks thank to unseasonably warm weather, at least 3 inside play gyms, the Childrens' Science Museum of Troy, the Childrens' Museum of Saratoga Springs, tubing, story hour, and playdates galore. And I have to tell you that my child has been an absolute angel despite the sometimes lack of nap and the general 2 year old stubborness, through the entire upheaval that he has experienced.

Today is a day that I have been blessed with a nap, but I did a few things before he went down - appointments all around. So I thought I would meditate. Yes, I said meditate. It is something new I am trying for simply 10 minutes a day. One hour later, I awoke to the phone. It was my sister who said, "he must still be sleeping." Yes, and after I looked at the clock, I said, "And apparently, so was I." I don't think I will make a practice out of it, but dang it felt good!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

OOPS! Blog Neglect...

Sorry all! We have been wicked busy here in Upstate NY. Kyle and I have joined a fabulous Mommies' Group and have no less than 2 outings a week, not to mention our own outings to the house or wherever else. This week, we visited the Childrens' Museum of Saratoga Springs. He had so much fun, that I literally was dragging him out after 2 hours of non-stop play. It is a really great museum, with tons of hands on fun for toddlers. We ended up getting a membership and already hosting our own Mommies' outing in a couple weeks for Wiggles & Giggles. Can't wait!

Today was an Egg Hunt again sponsored by Toga Tots. They really outdid themselves, treats, snacks, eggs to hunt for and all at a great park that again, Kyle had to be dragged away from. Unfortunately for me, he hadn't napped today, so our ride home was, shall we say, eventful. He very literally sobbed the entire way because he wanted to go "back and play". UGH... That was a LONG 16 miles. But he really did enjoy the day, so it wasn't a total loss. Next week is Build A Bear and Joyful Jumpers. Should be lots of fun!

In the meantime, I have gotten the "OMG, my house is supposed to be done in 6 weeks" bug. As a result, my kitchen table and appliances have been ordered, colors have been picked out and I am heading to buy curtain fabric tomorrow. GO ME! Thanks to a gracious mom in my group, I have a sewing machine to actually do something with the fabric too! I hadn't thought about having the movers drop mine at the apartment - OOPS! But seriously, we really do think the house could be done in 6 weeks. The lower cabinets are in place, window trim and baseboard has been going in for the last 2 days, hardwoods are installed (not yet finished)... and the list goes on. It is really going to happen.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Funny Comments by Kyle

Kyle is very vocal these days about everything and anything.

While Daddy was at a business dinner the other night, we were preparing for bed. It must have hit him that Daddy wasn't home because he got this concerned, surprised look on his face and asked, "Where's Jeff?" He recently started referring to Daddy as Jeff in conversation. It isn't all the time, so we think just a novelty in knowing that means Daddy too.

Kyle has also gotten terribly independent. While it used to be "I do it", it became "Kyle do it" yesterday when I asked if he wanted me to go on the slide with him.

Explanation of the picture - I keep telling everyone about how Kyle plays football with me. We have to put ball caps on backward and look through the adjustable part. I assume this is our helmets... since that is sort of what they look to him on tv. Clever guy, huh?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Outside Fun

Just a few pictures from our latest outings. The sun has been shining, so we have puddles instead of snow. Kyle wanted to ride his bike, but the puddles were also calling him.
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Today, Jeff and I took him to the Adirondacks for snow tubing. He had to ride in his own tube up the tube lift, then the 3 of us rode tandem down the windy trail. Kyle laughed and smiled the whole way down, but then said "I'm done" as soon as we hit the bottom. He was way more interested in playing in the snow with Daddy than going back up the hill.



Friday, March 5, 2010

As many of you know, Kyle is obsessed with the Disney movie "Cars". For the first dozen (yes, dozen!) times he watched it, he would hide his eyes or leave the room during the infamous tractor tipping scene. He has obviously embraced that aspect of the movie now, as you will see him acting it out in the video below. Just goes to show you that kids will pick up on what they are watching. Good reason for him not to be watching shoot'em up movies, huh?
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Sunday, February 28, 2010

NYS Week 1

Well, we survived! Of course, we have endured every form of precipiation that is known to man, but we are here :o). The apartment is way more spacious than expected, especially after living in 2200 sq ft of a 1st floor. We had a gracious reception from my mommies' group, Toga Tots (Saratoga County - clever, huh?). There were hot meals every night of the week. At first, I didn't think it would be needed, but I have to tell you that it helped me get my feet under me. I could focus more on the necessities than "what's for dinner?"

Kyle was happy to be reunited with his "long, lost" toys. You know, the ones he had to live without for the 2 weeks in WV. He seems to have adapted well to apartment living as well. Though, I do think he is a bit put out when I say we are going home and stop here at our building. I am sure he will adjust though.

We had our electrical walk through at the house, which means it is moving right along! We have a roof WITH shingles, windows and even a little plumbing and HVAC. Pretty exciting! I have a few pictures to upload. I will try to get to them tomorrow.

We have another funfilled week ahead - playdates, 2 year appointments, and tubing. Look for pictures from week 2!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fun in the Snow




Kyle has been showing interest in the snow since we have been in WV. Thank goodness since there is nearly 2 feet in the backyard, not to mention the fact that we are moving to snow country! Finally today, I decided we should bundle up in snow gear and check it out. I am pleased to say that he LOVED it! As soon as I asked if he wanted to go out and play in the snow, he announced "I'm ready" though still in PJs. He walked funny when I first put on the snow pants and boots, but was undeterred and a little impatient while Mommy suited up.

We had big fun diving into the snow, throwing snowballs at cousin Liv and of course putting "balls" into Kelaen's basketball hoop.

2 Years Old! Holy Smokes

Just a few pictures from Kyle's 2nd birthday party. He had brownie for his cake, since he is a true chocoholic. I cut out a train and track, which he proceeded to run his Brio trains on :)



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Time Tunnel

**Sorry, no pictures for the story because Jeff has the camera in NY.

Kyle has rediscovered his Brio train set, which was his daddy's. He liked it when he was smaller, but he was more destructive with it than anything. He would tear the track apart, etc. Now though, he knows how to do puzzles and the Brio tracks are essentially that - puzzles.

Everyday, we have to set up a track so that he can sit in the middle of it and run his cars around without moving much :o). My favorite part of watching/participating in the play is that he calls the tunnels, "time tunnel". He says it in a very specific way too - just like they do on Dinosaur Train, one of his favorite PBS shows. That PBS - so smart to combine dinosaurs and trains. What more could a little boy want?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Toot...

I went to check on Kyle last night around 11pm. I noticed that it was a little stinky in the room. Although I normally wouldn't change him in the middle of the night, I decided I didn't want him sleeping in a stinky diaper for 9 more hours. I got him out of the crib and laid him on the bed to change him. In a sleepy, not quite awake voice, he said "Toot". Toot is the word we use when he farts :). Apparently, he was letting me know he had, though he never did wake up.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

We Have an Upstairs!

Exciting changes at the house site. Jeff went out this morning to check the progress. Picture 1 - front of the house with courtyard entrance garage on the left.


Picture 2 and 3 are of the back of the house and the walkout basement.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm Fast!!

Kyle has taken to the movie Cars as if there is nothing else. As a result, every car, shopping cart, truck, plane etc must "Race". Oh, yes, and him too! He is forever trying to convince me to "race" him. Daddy taught him to say, "Mark, Set, Go!" Then we must take off. Kyle doesn't just run though. He pumps his arms and breathes as if he has been running a marathon. So of course, I follow suit :o). The latest edition to his repertoire is yelling "I'm Fast" as he runs into another room. I have tried to film it, but as soon as he sees the camera, he shakes his head and wags his finger at me. He does not like his antics recorded. It's almost like he has heard Daddy say we will show them at his wedding.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Big Changes in the Bergman House for 2010

I literally mean changes in the house, as well as everything else! We are moving to Halfmoon, NY in 4 weeks. Our house here sold in only 17 days on the market, and the new owners have been renting to us since. We couldn't quite locate a house we loved in NY, so we decided to work with Belmonte Builders to make the house exactly what we did want. We are very excited about all the selections we have made and are anxiously awaiting the closing in HOPEFULLY early May. Meanwhile, this does mean some temporary housing. But we can handle anything for 3 months!

Why, you might ask would we want to move from what is normally warm GA to ice and snow? Jeff was basically offered an opportunity he couldn't refuse. He is now a manager in Renewables Engineering over the Application and Requisition Engineers. Don't ask me what that all means just yet, I have all new acronyms to learn :o). I am sure to learn along with him, though. As for the cold and snow, we both have been there. We can do it, and hopefully share the fun things with Kyle like sledding and ice skating. He has a mean golf swing, so maybe hockey could be in his future as well. Lucky for us, someone decided to leave the freezer open in GA, so we have had lots of practice with bundling up.

As far as Kyle is concerned, he is growing and learning by leaps and bounds. I seriously think that just over the short WV visit at Christmas, he picked up 30 new words. Most importantly, he knows "chocolate". Now anytime he sees a metal tin or something wrapped in foil, he is certain it MIGHT be chocolate. Unfortunately for us, he is somewhat discerning in his chocolate preferences. He had chocolate cake at a friend's birthday party recently and wasn't impressed. We tried brownies last night to see if that might be an option for his birthday cake.

Kyle is certainly using words to his advantage. Now instead of crying at night, we hear "mama, dada, b, stuck" You name it and he is likely to try and use it if it will get our attention. I think my favorite thing that he says is "saw" for knife. Recently, I handed him a nectarine and asked if he wanted me to cut it. He took a bite first, then handed it back and said "Saw?" Of course, most of his vocabulary is tied up in tools - hammer, screwdriver, wrench, etc. Normal things for a not-quite-2-year-old to know, right?