Thursday, February 21, 2008

Best Dining Accessory Ever

Tonight I took Lucas to visit his daddy. Ben's not in jail - just working a lot. The boys hadn't seen each other since Tuesday morning, and that was just for a few minutes. I thought it would be a good idea to take Lucas downtown so we could have dinner as a family once this week. It was also Ben's impromptu birthday dinner since he will have his real birthday dinner at the ADDYs.

We went to a little place called Zen on South Congress and had a lovely time getting reacquainted while dining on california rolls and teriyaki chicken. Lucas mostly ate applesauce baby food and raisins - he wasn't a fan of the Zen cuisine. BUT, we were all a fan of the best dining accessory ever!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How to speak Goat

This little video is for Lisa and the fam. For Christmas Lisa gave Lucas a Tom T. Hall CD. I listened to the record when I was a kid. It's been fun to learn all the songs again and watch Lucas enjoy the music, too. Ben, on the other hand, doesn't love the CD, but what does he know? I like it because it's different - not Barney, Disney, Kids Bop... it's not commercialized like everything else today.
Tom T. Hall was a farmer and sang songs about animals and being good to the world, etc.
There is a song about how to talk to a baby goat and Lucas now responds with a "baaaa" when the song comes on. It was really funny because I never knew if he was really listening to the music, but he is! I couldn't get a great video of him because he gets so distracted by the camera, but he's still cute.

(this video is pretty boring after 25 seconds...)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Silly Boy

Lucas was hungry when I brought him home from the B-day party tonight... at 8:45. oops. I fed him some snacks and he was being silly. This one is for the nana, grandma, grandpa, and grandpa.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Taking Tree

My Submission

Hey Everyone,

A few weeks ago Ben decided to make a Bucket List (the list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket). One of the items on this list is to sell a t-shirt on Threadless is a website where designers submit designs and people vote on them. If the shirt gets high enough votes, they will print and sell the shirt. It is called The Taking Tree, and is a take on the children's book, The Giving Tree. Please do us a BIG favor by registering and voting so Ben can mark one item off his Bucket List. If you like the shirt, give it a high score, and also hit the $ button.

It would mean a lot to Ben if this shirt sells. Oh... and it would also help us pay our bills!!! Thanks so much!

Words, words, words...

It's official. Aside from mama, dada, this and that, Lucas's first words are, "shoes" and "cheese." I thought it would be "ball" or "car", but he chose much better words. Shoes are great and so is cheese.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Baa, Baa

Well, you'll have to just deal with a boring post today. Since this blog kind of acts like a journal (and a grandparent notifier) I just wanted to update it with the latest happenings of all things Lucas.
Lucas is an awesome animal caller. I bet some day Uncle Rob will need to take him on a hunting trip to attract all the animals. He can bark like a dog, baa like a lamb, quack like a duck, and roar like a tiger. He also moos and mews, but they sound kind of the same. My favorite is the baa.
He still doesn't talk, but maybe he'll be a Dr. Doolittle or the Dog Whisperer or something. Actually, I think he might have said "shoes" last night, so that's good. We like shoes.
Lucas continues to get into things on a regular basis. He is getting into the drawers in the bookcase, where I keep some new baby things that could be used as gifts. Today he got out some of the new baby things and put them in the toilet. I guess they are his now.
Lucas is getting good at prayers before dinner. He folds his little arms before each meal, so I even say prayers with him at lunch and breakfast, too. He lasts for a few seconds.
Lucas still enjoys throwing his food on the floor when he gets bored. The best is a nice mix of vegetables because they offer more artistic freedom than just plain peas. Sometimes I think he throws his veggies so he can eat them off the floor.
I no longer oppose the 3 second rule. I now encourage Lucas to eat off the floor - MY floor. Today he ate about half of the veggies he threw on the floor after lunch. He just crouches down and puts them in his mouth like a little monkey, one after the other.
Lucas sleeps like a champ in general. He manages to sleep between 11 and 12 hours at night - 8:45-8:30ish. Except for this morning when he woke up congested at 6:45. It made for a trying afternoon since nap time was shifted up two hours.
Lucas still LOVES books. He will sit for a long time and go through book after book. The best is when he makes the animal noises while he reads his animal books.
Lucas is still the world champ of sorting and stacking. I just give him things that aren't even toys, like plastic cups, oatmeal containers, rolls of paper towels, and Gatorade bottles. He moves them around the kitchen in different formations. We clean up several times a day.
Lucas continues to be very physically active. This kid has always been fast - crawling, walking, and now he's running a bit. Sometimes he's not watching where he goes and he runs into a wall. Apparently his dad did the same thing while watching his own shadow... Wait, some of us witnessed a similar event last year at the park. It was a sad day when Ben ran into the fence trying to catch a frisbee.
I guess that's it for now. I can't believe how fast Lucas is growing. He is so smart and I'm always amazed at the things he understands and at his funny sense of humor. Oh, I love that kid.