Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Backyard Pool : Live Action

 We bought this pool because it was a so hot and dry here this summer! I posted about it before here.
It's a great little backyard pool even if the water is cold and it's not as fun or deep as the aquatic center.
Honestly, he would have fun with just a bucket of water, see above picture for proof. Here is some backyard pool video action:

wee pool from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


My parents got Stan B some swimming accessories a while back which included goggles. Since we've gone to the pool a lot this summer I broke them out to see if he would use them in the water. (He puts them on but hasn't dunked his head with them on yet.) Anyhow, here he is wearing and talking about goggles. This simply cracks me up:

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Comprehension and Spelling

I'm talking about his comprehension and our (Mike and my) spelling. He understands practically everything we say. Even if he doesn't understand what he say he repeats most of what we say if he is in the right mood. Here is a conversation we may have:
Me: Hey, do you know if we have any beans?
Stan B: Beans.
Mike: I think we do.
Stan B: Do.
Me: Stanley, what would you like for dinner tonight?
Stan B: Dinner tonight.
Me: Yeah, dinner. What would you like?
Stan B: Like.
Me: Do you want something with beans in it?
Stan B: Pizza!

He usually repeats the last word we say. We can play the "Can you say..." game and he can say most any word. He has trouble with Fs and Ss now...He says his name, "Shanny" or "Shanley". He says spicy, "shicy"; cereal is "sheer-eal". I can't think of an F word right now that he has trouble saying. My mind has gone blank! But he has issues with the pronunciation of eff.

Here's a recent interaction/conversation we had with the cat, Dickie the Cat:
We were going for a walk around the block after dinner and Dickie has been joining us on occasion (!) This night she had followed us all the way down the alley but then started sniffing around someone's backyard and I wasn't sure if she was too far to find her way home so I called to her,
Stan B: "Dixsh!" and smiles at me.
Me: Dickie, come!
Stan B: Dickie. Come! smiles at me.
Me: Dickles!
Stan B: "Dickulsh!" smiles at me.
Me: "Kitty!"
Stan B: "Kitty!" and smiles at me.

He repeated every name I called her. It was so funny.

We have also been spelling A LOT of words lately. I think the first word that Stan B will learn how to spell is "popsicle". Because we will say stuff like, "Did we make p-o-p-s-i-c-l-e-s for tonight?" If we said the word popsicle and we didn't have any Stan B would be saying, "Copapul? I want copapul. Copapul? Copapul?" and we would never hear the end of popsicles until he got one.
We don't spell swear words as often as you'd think. We did the other day in regards to a playground situation that perhaps I'll write about soon but other than that we simply try not to cuss (Looking back on that conversation - it was pretty hilarious with all the spelling.) We mostly spell words like b-i-c-y-c-l-e and p-a-r-k and p-o-o-l  and d-u-m-b.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Family Book

I posted about this book I had made back in December 2013. Now that he really knows many of the people in our family he really likes looking at the book. Here he is going through it after our lake trip:

family book from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Road Home

Our road trip home from the lake in a brief 27 seconds...I used the app Road Movies, which I love!

Headed Home from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bye Bye, Lake!

We had a lovely time at Camp Sandpoint with the family. I requested a picture with Grandma and Grandpa before we left. I love this series of pictures, Stan B was so excited:

Here is the Bear saying bye to the Lake:

Bye Bye Lake! from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Monday, September 22, 2014


While at the lake we got to ride on lots of boats. The kayak, the row boat, the motor boat and we even got tugged along behind the motor boat.
On the row boat with Pa

On the kayak with Pa

Being tugged behind the motor boat

Pretending to drive the big boat