There has been a shift in the colorverse at our home. emily, imitating her brother, has decided she always wants a “gweeen” bowl and cup, and spoon, and fork, etc. Of course this means they fight over who gets each every time. Meanwhile noah sometimes tells us red is his new favorite color (perhaps, because it is also mine?), but this doesn’t affect his eating utensil choice/fight with emily. Speaking of eating, emily is still the world’s worst sitter, that is, she refuses to stay seated at the dinner table for longer than, mmm, 30 seconds. She is the definition of a grazer. She will take a bite play with her spoon, wiggle out of her seat, run a lap, find a toy to play with, then run back and repeat. No matter what we say, demand, threaten, she refuses to keep her bum glued to her seat. She also often demands every other kind of food she can think of (her favorite though being “PAS-TAH!”, not including mac & cheese), and will be unhappy with it once she gets anything she actually asked for. I’d think she wasn’t getting enough food except for the fact that she is an avid snacker (which probably exacerbates to the grazing problem), she pretty much eats her weight in goldfish. noah, meanwhile, has become a much better eater, even eating the “grown-up” food, so long as nothing green is on it. He’s back to eating “frozen” pancakes in the morning, as in still frozen, not cooked pancakes from the freezer. Both kids have this thing where they say they are going to “throw” each other places as a joke, like, “emily I throw you in the tub!” “noah, I throw you on the couch!” I don’t get it, but they think it is hilarious!
The morning routine changed about a month ago, now I do my T25 work-out before the kids wake up. Or at least that was the plan, noah disrupted that when he discovered he could sit and watch my work-out video with me (apparently our depriving him of TV means he takes anything projected on the screen as entertainment). There are some funny moments when he tries to imitate the moves, tries to crawl or run around me while I do a balance move, when he repeats something Shaun T (the instructor) says (i.e. “Daddy, he said not to touch the ground, and you are touching it!”), or complements and encourages me, it’s like I have my very own mini personal trainer.
The other part of the morning that has changed is that I now drive the kids to school in the morning. So after I shower Lauren heads out and I get the kids ready and out the door. This usually involves a lot of juggling as I also try to get myself ready, but there’s a 50/50 chance they play nicely together while I brush my teeth/put my bag together/etc. Regardless of that, there is a 0% chance that emily will wear a jacket and/or sweatshirt/anything to keep her warm. Gonna get interesting when the weather gets super cold! The big change in my car is that I started playing a CD of the (University of) Michigan marching band which the kids LOVE! It’s kind of awesome because they actually don’t fight over which CD to play and I don’t get children’s songs stuck in my head for the rest of the day, although sometimes I miss Caspar Babypants and their silly wittiness!
Besides being really into outer space now (clearly fostered by us and the Halloween festivities), noah is also into dinosaurs, because dinosaurs. We’ve got a bunch of books we read together, and he’s full of questions like is this dinosaur bigger than this one and which dinosaurs were strongest or fastest or tallest (many of which I wish I could answer, but cannot!). noah’s starting to do a little finger math these days. He often asks how much more something is than another thing or how many more he needs and so on (a favorite is “how old will emily be when I am…”), he’s pretty good at solving it when we put up our fingers for him to count, sometimes he doesn’t even need a hand (get it?). :) emily, meanwhile, is a super counter and can count to 10 in french thanks to nonna!
So the month of September was a good one. It included a Sox game for noah and me, a trip to the beach on the last hot day with the Deans, and Halloween costumes arrived! We celebrated Julian’s birthday, got to see one of noah’s oldest friends, Cora, hit up the always classic Renaissance Faire with the Boros family who make us look lame with their period costumes. noah and I also hit up the mini-Legoland with friend Micah, had cousin Matthew over for dinner, and had a playdate with the other noah (one of noah’s good friends from pre-school who went on to kindergarten this year). Most important of all, there was a trip to Ann Arbor to see our good friends Jon, Josh and Valerie and their daughter Mira! We got to stroll the campus with the kiddos, play a little football, watch a little football (let’s not talk about that, I had planned to put noah to bed after Michigan scored, thanks for not scoring in the first half Michigan). There was some sprinkler fun, a short hike and playground fun, Washentenaw Dairy ice cream goodness, and of course, ZINGERMANS!!! The best.
Here’s the pics:
red sox game with noah!
noah’s red sox drawing
em’s new “rainbow” shoes!
beach with nonna
all about noah
astronaut with his new poster!
hugs from cora
in the plane!
in the plane!
catch with uncle lutz
Go Blue! (sort of, wasn’t a great game) :(
me and em, super cool for our trip to michigan
Legoland! (in Boston)