Friday, November 21, 2014

Watching a Lumberjack

Stan B and I saw this big pine tree come down a course of about 3 days. It was AMAZING. It is located right across the street from our park and we could see the bottom third of the tree from the sandbox/volleyball court. In the picture above the lumberjack (I don't know if that is the proper term but I'm going to go with it.) is in the top 1/4 of the's hard to see him but he is there. You can see him much better in this pic:
From the conversation that the crew leader and the lumberjack were having I think this was the first big tree that the lumberjack had ever taken down. So, it was not only exciting for us but I'm sure it was thrilling for him.
A cut branch dropping to the ground.
 Here's a closer shot of the top of the tree:

Watch this amazing video below. Once the final big top is lopped up you can see the lumberjack being tossed around like a rag doll holding onto a chainsaw. It's amazing. 

tree from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

That evening we went to the site of the chopped down tree and Stan B walked around on the stumps. He had fun doing that:

We counted the rings on one of the stumps and there were approximately 68 rings! So that tree was living in Moscow when you were there, Grandpa!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shaving Cream Painting

When I was a preschooler I remember fondly fingerpainting on a tabletop with shaving cream. So I decided to test it out with the Bear.

He wasn't sure at first...

 But then I think he got lost in it.

Close up.
Everytime I'd add some more he would slowly touch it...starting with his fingertips:

 Then we pushed the table right side up and added color. We just used regular ol' food coloring which stained his hands green. Maybe we'll try tempera paint next time.

He started directing me by telling me which color he wanted next and where to put it. He would also ask for more shaving cream.

He made  a complete mess but it was so easy to clean up. I just hosed the entire thing down which he enjoyed helping me with.

Of course, at one point, he said, "Swim?" No, you cannot swim in it but he attempted it anyway:

Here he is in action:

shaving cream 1 from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rough Housing

Stan B likes to rough house. Usually I get flopped upon.

In that above picture he was sitting on my head saying, "Hat!" over and over again.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review : Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla is a huge hit with the Bear. It's about a gorilla in a zoo. During the zookeeper's night rounds the gorilla slips the zookeeper's keys from his belt loop. As the zookeeper says good night to each animal the gorilla opens the animal's cages and the animals follow the zookeeper back to his house, unbeknownst to him. Stan B has three favorite pages. With each turn of these three pages you can just read that anticipation on his face. He even turns the pages super slowly and looks at me with excitement. Here is one of his favorite pages:

We mimic both the zookeeper's wife's face and the gorilla's face and he gets the biggest kick out of it. Here he is mimicking the gorilla's smile and then giggling profusely. (It starts out with him saying, "Come, Mama!" which I thought was too adorable not to share. Plus it's an improvement; he used to say, "Move! Move, Mama!" Ha.)

good night gorilla from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Einstein Babysitter

Here he is watching Baby Einstein on the computer
When we moved to our new state we didn't hook the T.V. up for almost 4 months. It was really nice. We read a lot, we played outside a lot...but there were moments when I needed a break. So some afternoons while cooking dinner I would find a Baby Einstein video on youtube and let him watch it. He really likes them...and it is such a great way for me to get something done without a constant distraction (a cute distraction but a distraction nonetheless).

P.S. I posted really late on friday. You can check that post out here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Fair

Whoops, meant to schedule this to post this morn but didn't change the time! So here it is, better late than never!

We went to the County Fair twice while it was in town because it's free!!! Woohoo! When I would ask Stan B to tell people about the fair the first thing he would always say was, "Poop! Cows! Sheep! Poop!" The animal poop really stuck with him. But he liked other things too. Like the model trains:

The sheep:

I think these are the goats:

The piggies:

He really loved the chickens:

This cow had great poops and great eyelashes:

He liked the bunnies too. This one was striking:

On the second day we went to the fair, we rode rides:

I was afraid he wouldn't like them and cry to get off but he loved them all!

Here is a little video:

at the fair from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

and here is another video!

2014 county fair from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Umm, excuse me, monkey boy.
Stan B loves food (he often calls it foodie) and loves to eat (most of the time). He still has his days where he won't eat anything or will be EXTREMELY picky, i.e. he won't eat something if it's not in a little bowl; he wants a particular fork; if you put it in a big bowl and he wants a little bowl so you transfer it to a little bowl he will often be stubborn and still not eat because the big bowl must have had cooties or something. We have finally gotten tough and told him that he can eat it with the fork that he has or the bowl that he has, it won't make much difference in the flavor of the may change the experience, but not the flavor. I don't often get perturbed anymore if he doesn't eat. Remember this story? Yeah, that hasn't happened since then. I now will say, "O.K. you don't have to eat." If he asks for something like a treat I tell him that he can't have a treat until he eats his dinner. One night I let him have a pb & j instead of what we ate - I was weak. :) Most of the time he has fun with food...and not just by eating it.

One of his favorites is quesadillas. For a while he would grab the tortillas and cheese from the fridge and bring it to me and say, "Deela!"
He loves to help make food. Here we are rolling out some home made pie crust for a quiche we were going to make the next day:

I let him play with the extra bits because it feels so good to mould in your hands.
He loves yogurt. He'll eat it plain or with fruit. Sometimes I will drizzle some honey on it. I think I should do a yogurt face compilation video:

yogurt face
 He loves loves loves pancakes and waffles. He'll often wake up in the morning and say, "PANCAKES!" One night he ate 2 pancakes for dinner, plus an apple, plus what we were having for dinner. Growth spurt? Yes, I think so.

Here he and Papa are making pancakes.
Here he is snacking on a cold pancake midday.
We started a garden in August and he loved helping me sow seeds. He also enjoys helping me pick lettuce and he helped cut these green onions that we regrew from the roots from a bunch we got from the store:

Green onions from the garden.
Our garden. I think I will need to plant them a bit earlier next year as the snow peas just started to flower before the frost.
Luckily we were able to harvest our lettuce.
Garden lettuce.
He won't always eat a salad (sometimes he will, but it's not his favorite). In the summer we ate a lot of cobb salads and I noticed that he would have a hard time with the lettuce so I made him a special salad minus the lettuce, plus some raspberries and hummus:

On Saturdays when the farmer's market was still going on he would say, "Downtown! Peaches!" And if it was Saturday we'd head down and get a peach. If it wasn't Saturday I would explain to him that he'd have to wait and show him the calendar to count the days. Here he is devouring a peach:

Ice Cream. We don't give this to him very often because he turns into this crazed person that we don't recognize. Here he is licking the ice cream bowl clean:

Look at that bottom lip!
 Some salads he really likes. Here he is eating right out of the bowl while I'm still making it:

There are so many fruit trees with fallen fruits. If we see any good looking dropped fruits we will grab them. 

Just like when I was a kid he loves nori which is dried and salted seaweed. I swear, this is a magic food. He will eat it plain:

If he isn't eating dinner I can wrap almost anything in it and he will eat it. The strangest thing I've wrapped was pasta...and he ate it. This day, for snack he wrapped crackers, raspberries and grapes in nori. I think it's because it's a fun food to eat with your fingers...He loves eating burritos which are also wrapped and you eat them with your hands.

grapes with nori...
Here the boys are making me my birthday dinner. Stan B knows that onions can make people cry and everytime I pull an onion out he does his fake cry.

This day he got into the sour cream (to fisted) thinking it was yogurt...but he still ate it like a crazed yogurt eater that he is:

Here we are making cookies:

I let him lick the mixers:

This is his excited pose and face:

Yay for food!