Friday, April 18, 2014

Roll It Up

Eating dinner and helping spoon rice and gyoza onto sheets of nori:

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Have a nice weekend! We are doing an egg hunt on Saturday morning with some of the birthing class boys plus more! Should be fun/funny. I will definitely post pictures and maybe a video! Me and the boy are heading to MD for a long weekend to kiss those loveable Wilsons! Can't wait!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Last Sunday the Bear did not take a nap, unless you count the three minutes that he slept in the car on the way to the grocery store. I didn't even realize that he fell asleep until I opened the back door to get him out of the car. He was zonked out. I backed into the parking space, so he was able to see the road from where he sat. When his eyes slowly opened he said in a half-slumber, "Truh!!!" It was very funny.

Stan B really loves trucks. We never purposefully introduced him to trucks or cars. I've even been reminded that I said, while pregnant, "I don't want my kid to wear a flippin' truck shirt." I think he still doesn't have a truck shirt but he might have pajamas with trucks on them. He was drawn to them from the get go. I read one article about it here, which is interesting. He will sit on anything (his little picnic table, my leg) and say, "Beep, beep!" We can be in the front yard and hear a siren or a big truck and he will stop in his tracks and say, "Truh!" The kid likes trucks and there's nothing we can do about it.

Here he is driving a truck on Auntie C:

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Birthplace, No. 2

I thought I would, for our Bear cub, write a post a week documenting something that I associate with his birthplace, Chapel Hill. You can see No. 1 here.

Number two:

More specifically we will miss sitting on the porch, eating ice cream at Maple View Ice Cream:
Here we are with Grandpa and Grandma sitting on the porch at the Maple View Ice Cream Shop.
And here he is eating ice cream this Spring:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hall Ball!

In the last several weeks of what seemed like neverending winter Mike and the Bear came up with a new game...or indoor activity. HALL BALL! The Bear is on one end and Mike or I are on the other end and we toss or kick the ball back and forth and watch it knock into all the obstacles (!!!) in the hallway. That's all. No rules or regulations - it's just a good way to get out some Bear energy while not freezing our tootsies off in the freezing rain.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Why We Don't Cut It

Just look at those curls! Those curls! Yes that's a really silly reason not to cut his hair. We are attached to it more than he is, I'm sure. We hear that once you cut his curls they won't ever come back (unless they have really naturally curly hair, which he doesn't, I'm sure.) Maybe when we cut his hair we can encase his ringlets in resin (I'm afraid that just keeping them as is that they will eventually go straight, but who knows.) At least I have these pictures.
If we cut it we will probably do it around his second birthday which is coming up in July. Yesterday I felt like it was bothersome to him more than ever; he kept pushing it out of his face. I'm tempted to cut it sooner than July. We'll see. It's also harder to take care of. He gets knots in the back which he doesn't enjoy having brushed out. He also doesn't really dig getting his hair washed.

He often gets mistaken for a girl because of his long hair. I usually don't correct people unless they also ask what her name is. I will definitely document and write about the big cut if/when we do it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dump Truck Love

I bought this little dump truck at the Kid's Exchange in Raleigh for a couple of bucks. Best 2 dollars I've ever spent:

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

At Marbles Museum

In Raleigh there is a children's museum called is F-U-N! There is this area with all these green balls and buckets to collect them in. You can take your bucket up a set of stairs dump them in a container which then vaccuums the balls out and up and then down this wire track that hangs from the ceiling. The balls wind up inside a giant pink pig hanging from the ceiling and when a certain amount of balls get in the pig then it's belly door swings open and dumps all the balls on the floor (in the pic above). It's rad.
They have a water play section where there are these two huge bowls of water with water toys. My favorite part was the big waterproof apron that the kids wear to protect themselves from getting wet.
There is also an automobile section: fire engine, ambulance, bus, boat, sportscar.

There are so many other parts of the museum that I'm failing to mention (SO MANY). Here he is playing "ice" hockey in the sports section of the museum:

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