Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Break Adventures, Part 2

This week has been so beautiful.  It reminds me of the first week we had when we moved here, except it was warmer.  Mike and I had a beautiful, sunny, warm week to play and explore Juneau.  This week is just as beautiful and sunny, but probably about half the temperature (30s maybe hitting 40 all week).  Today was one of the days that actually hit 40 or 41.

Todays adventures included playing with Playdoh, which is a fairly new experience.  Tait had fun molding, cutting and pushing around the 'doh.'  I showed him how to roll a ball between his hands and he picked that right up.  I showed him how to roll a snake and he had fun copying me.  His dexterity seems amazing to me, I love to watch him.  I made him a cute puppy out of the 'doh' and he immediately took after it with the knife; future surgeon maybe?  We practiced with the rolling pin and said "roll, roll, roll" or "oh, oh, oh."

Our afternoon adventures involved a walk on the airport trail with my friend Andrea and her two kids.  Tait wasn't thrilled a first with the wind, but once we turned the corner it wasn't so bad.  We let him out of the stroller to walk the trail.  This was a first for him since he learned to walk over the winter.  This was our first opportunity out on a 'trail.'  He thought the pine cones along the way were pretty awesome. He even traded for a 'better' one a couple of times.  Luckily we didn't have to bring any home.  It was such a blessing just to be outside today enjoying the sunshine.  I can't wait for summer when the snow is gone and we can start hiking trails and checking out new geocaches!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Break Adventures

I am SO happy for spring break!  I am loving every minute with my little man.  He is super snuggly (and super clingy).  After nap today he sat in my lap with his head on my shoulder for like 20 minutes.  He's also a lot of trouble getting into everything he shouldn't.  We've really enjoyed watching his vocabulary blossoming lately.  His favorite words are "yay," "wee," "i-e" (translation: slide), "ah" (translation: cat) and "arf, arf."  He has recently learned to sign HOME (and say "ohm") and learned that cows say "moo" or if you ask him "mmm."  So excited to see what he learns this week as we play together.
Yesterday's adventures included playing at Garrett and Rainah's house while Mommy had an appointment.  Tait thought it was great to pray together at lunch and couldn't wait until the end of the pray to say "amen" and clap, hehe.  He also loved Rainah's kitty piano.
Today's adventure was a drive out to Auke Rec.  Tait wanted so badly to run up and down the stairs with the big kids.  Instead he played with another friend's toy caterpillar excavator and a toy shovel.  Note to self: we need to buy outside beach/playground toys.  The best part though was going to the water's edge and throwing rocks in with his little friend Nathan.
We are all SO happy to see some sunshine and be outside.  Too bad the temperature is still in the 30s.  I was really hoping the snow would be gone by spring break.  More adventures to come...tomorrow is more fireweed honey, which I haven't actually blogged about...
Tait and his friend throwing rocks into the water.

Good job Tait says Nathan.

Yay, clap, clap says Tait.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Waffle Adventures

"Stirring" the flour mix
 Tait is learning to help cook lately.  He helped us make waffles on Saturday morning.  Each time I turned to get a new ingredient he would 'stir' the flour.  As you can see he thoroughly dusted himself.  He felt like such a big boy helping mix the waffles.  I think his favorite part was wielding the whisk and pouring in the sugar.  It took us all four tablespoons to get a good picture of it pouring out of the spoon :).  Actually, maybe his favorite part was eating them slathered with peanut butter, hehe.  That's gotta be one of his top favorite foods.
He felt like such a BIG boy
 Earlier in the week Tait helped make stuffed peppers.  He helped me brown the chorizo on the stove and make the yellow rice.  He didn't get to help with the jalapenos of course. That was really his first time to help mommy and daddy cook.

Pouring in the sugar

On Sunday Tait helped me make hummus in the food processor.  He LOVES to push buttons, so this was even more of a blast than the waffles.  He got to help pour in/put in all the ingredients and push the button to start and stop it. 
I think maybe we're raising a future chef/foodie.  He is certainly not afraid to try new foods and has liked helping cook.