Monday, January 19, 2009

Gamelan

So, Mommy has been spending a lot of time learning about Javanese gamelan. She's played a lot of different instruments, but likes the bonang the best. I got to go to rehearsal last Saturday. It was two hours, but I didn't get bored. I tried to use the potty twice and at the *very* end of rehearsal, my new friend Jackie let me play her katook part. It was soooo much fun! I smiled and smiled and smiled. Maybe someday I can play the drum part!


new skills!

Now that I know all of my capital letters, I'm starting to learn a new skill! I do this over and over and over and over and over again. Thank goodness Granny A gave us reams of scrap paper!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Toys

Toys are a wonderful thing. They allow me to pass my time without Mommy and Daddy having to be right next to me. They're educational, teaching me my letters and numbers. They're just plain fun.

The problem is that sometimes you know what a toy is called but you don't know what it does. The Amazing Chug-and-Go Choo-Choo? A fun train, but it doesn't really chug-and-go. Who came up with the name "frisbee" or "Lego"?

The sit-and-spin, on the other hand, is awesome. You know exactly what it is for: you sit and you spin. How simple is that?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas 2008 - The Present

I've heard about special gifts that kids remember for a long, long time. Sure, Mommy and Daddy and all of my grandparents have done a great deal to spoil me with lots of neat things. But this year I was fortunate enough to get not one but two kitchens. If you remember, there is video of me cooking on Daddy's stovetop. Now I've got my own.

The kitchen on the left lives in Denver. It took Grandpa Joe, Uncle Kevin, and Cousin Christina WAY too long to put it together. The one on the right was put together by Daddy--it took him 40 minutes.



Pictures are great, but video is better. I'm on YouTube now--here's a video of me playing with the kitchen set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E1vZaOF6ds

Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas in Denver - Familiy

After 4 days in Dallas, it was off to Denver for a week. I've been to Denver lots of times--I think that the number is 8 to be perfectly honest. Mommy, Daddy, and I always have a great time when we're there, whether it's for a wedding or a summer visit or Christmas.

Here are some pictures of me playing with family on this trip.


This is great-grandma Marge. For a long time I wasn't too sure about her. Now she and I are good friends, especially when there's Play Doh involved.


Grandma Gail loves to play with me. It doesn't matter if there's Play Doh involved or not.


Grandpa Joe is a blast and his moustache tickles my face.

Here I am with my cousins Deanna, Christi, and Abby.

Uncle Mike makes a great pillow.


Aunt Dana (she's married to Uncle Mike) is new to me. It took a little while until I warmed up to her but now she and I are best friends.


Here I am with Auntie Diann (Mommy's sister). The kitchen behind me was one of the highlights of the trip.


This is Christina, Auntie Diann's daughter. She's loads of fun to play with. I wish she'd come to visit me in Ohio.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas in Dallas

Christmas 2008 was the first holiday season that I really remember. I know that there were presents last year (video and pictures are evidence of that) but I wasn't really into it. I didn't know what was happening. I didn't know what to do with the wrapping paper and boxes. I didn't see what the big deal was.

Now I know differently. Here are some highlights of our 4 days in Dallas.