Thursday, April 24, 2014

Second Egg Hunt

You can see the Easter eggs scattered about the grass.
The Bear has now had 3 total egg hunts and he's not even two years old! HA! The first one was the Community Egg Hunt that I posted about here. That one was exciting because I didn't know what to expect...would he have fun? Would he know what was going on? He only collected two eggs, but he seemed to have fun.
Here is Roxanne with Tav, Stanley and Zak - his birthing class pals.
This Egg Hunt was organized by my friend Lauren from my birthing class. There were 6 toddlers total. We all met on the Saturday before Easter at the local park in Carrboro. It was 9 am and rainy and cold. We all brought eggs to scatter.
More eggs!
I still didn't quite know what to expect but Stanley knew what was happening this time (more so than the first time). He filled his basked to the tip-top! He even started opening the eggs and stopped mid-hunt when he found one with chocolate and took his time nibbling on it in the rain (more like sprinkles).
You can kind of see his overflowing basket in the picture above. He had fun. Most of the eggs were filled with non-candy items.
Stan and Tav
It was fun to watch the boys (especially Stan, Tavner and Zak!) run around collecting eggs.
Wearing bunny ears and eating cake.
I will post video of his 3rd Egg Hunt (eventually) that Auntie Sue and the cousins put on. That one was more challenging but a complete joy to watch him look for the eggs. ADORABLE.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Birthplace, No. 3

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 the first two here and here

Number three:

Here he is sitting in our neighbor Kevin's planters. He started walking up onto people's stoops so instead of chasing him up there and yelling at him to come down I say, "If you're going to go up there you better knock on their door and say hello." I was sort of kidding, saying it loud enough for the neighbors to possibly hear...but he knocks. Now he goes up the stoops and knocks on doors. No one has answered yet. I'll let you know when someone does. (I should teach him how to say "Trick or Treat?!")
Here he is in our neighbors Nina and Andy's driveway. He loves their yard. For some reason, on this day, he got down into child's pose and put his face to the rocks. I have no idea why. Below he is crossing the same neighbor's bridge at the back of their property. He loves this bridge.
We love our neighbors and our neighborhood. LOVE. We love the creek at the end of the road. We love that our street has a grassy median down the center which makes playing in the street feel safer. We love that the neighbors beside us and across from us know us and we have a good relationship with each of them. We borrow and lend butter, we play with their kids or dogs, we go over and visit and watch or play. We will really miss it. We love that we know neighbors further down the street or on a different street entirely; it is a great walking neighborhood so we meet a lot of people and dogs walking by. 

Remember this video that I posted over a year ago? It's one of my favorites:

around the block from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


(I published yesterday's post kinda late...if you missed it go back and check it out!)

One day Mike was walking with his hands behind his back while the Bear was playing out front. Then Mike noticed that the Bear started meandering in the yard and looking up at Mike with his hands behind his back...just like his Pa. I haven't gotten it on video but there he is mimicking his Papa. So cute. I think this is about the age when we have to start watching what flies out of our mouths...

Monday, April 21, 2014


I bought this bucket for him because he likes to tote stuff around and sit in it. Lately he has been putting it on his head and walking around and jumping. Jumping is also a new thing that he has been practicing. He doesn't get a lot of air but he sure does try on a daily basis.

jumping buckethead from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Roll It Up

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

roll it up from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

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:

auntie c from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

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: