Friday, December 19, 2014

Drum Dancing

Stan B loves to dance as you've witnessed in previous posts. This one is a little different because he is dancing to the beat of my (horrible) drumming. He's totally into it. He's holding his hockey stick because he was using it as a guitar before he started dancing.

drum dancing from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Indoor Water Play

With the weather being cold I've had to rack my brain for indoor activities. It's easy to pop in a DVD but a) I'm trying to limit screen time and b) After 30 minutes or so, he'll be done.  He's very clear about it too, "ALL DONE!" he'll say.

Anyways, I thought I'd bring out some bowls of water. Keeping it all on a rimmed cookie sheet was a good idea even though some water still ended up on the table and floor but I think it would have been worse without the tray.

He had loads of fun and it kept him entertained for at least 30 minutes - perhaps even longer!
The baster was a hit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


When Stan B was a wee baby he liked the swing and then when he was in the teen and early twenty months he started to get a little weary about them. He didn't last long...It was as if he would get nauseous or something.

Now he LOVES them. He swings on the big kid swings. I tell him, "Hold on tight!" and he always says, "Faster! Faster!" I'm trying to teach him to say, "Higher!" which he says sometimes now. When we go to the park in this cold weather I make sure I have his gloves on because he will last longer on the swings if he has his gloves. I also showed him how to pump but he hasn't quite gotten that down. He will even say, "Forward, backward." (While his legs are going backwards then forwards! Ha!)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cookie Monster is Terrible

When Stan B first saw a Cookie Monster bit it was like love at first sight. It was adorable at first. He does a great impersonation. His most common treat these days is a honey graham cracker and so one night I let him pretend he was Cookie Monster while eating it(I like Dickie the Cat in the background at the beginning. She's like, "Oh gawwwwd. I'm gonna get outta here.":

cookie monster from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Ever since then we have had to reign him in and explain to him that we don't eat like Cookie Monster. He doesn't do it with actual food much anymore (the last time he did it is with a blueberry muffin on Sunday). It's quite messy. I think he finally gets it because after that muffin I knelt down and explained to him that we don't do Cookie Monster with actual food, only with pretend food. Ever since then he has just done pretend food. We'll see. haha. No matter what, it's funny. I wonder if parents wrote in to Sesame Street saying, "Please take Cookie Monster off of the air! It's ruining my clean floors!!!"

Monday, December 15, 2014

Boys and Balls

Trucks and balls. I swear. I have never pushed these things on him but he just LOVES them both...and from the earliest of ages. Those two things and pancakes.

A cool thing about kids (boys and girls) is that they can make anything a toy. If I had all the money in the world I would get him a play kitchen...but then I realize he doesn't really need one because he turns his shelves into an oven and books become trays and trucks become burgers. It's so cool.

Anyhoo. Grandma and Grandpa lent us their car while they went to paradise and in it was their cooler. Stan B quickly turned it into a ball display. Kids really like to organize stuff.

It kept him entertained for quite awhile. I also got this big red bucket to keep all of his millions of balls corralled in the backyard. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Toddler Yoga

I totally forgot to post something for today so I am just going to share you some of Stan B's graceful yoga poses that I have on my phone. Here he is doing cobra and then down dog with one leg up:

We got this children's yoga DVD at the library - the Bear actually picked it out himself! It's really fun and he likes following along. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review : One Green Frog

Mike found this great, old (1978), counting book at the thrift store:
It's by Yvonne Hooker and illustrated by Carlo A. Michelini. It is quite charming. The illustrations are really sweet and the words are great too. The number 8 text says:

Eight quick, brown mice look for things to eat, scuttling through the house on soft and dainty feet.
Sorry for the blurry pic.
I also like number 2:

Two brightly colored toucans. What very peculiar birds! They can see as well as you can but their beaks are quite absurd.
Uncle Sean sent Stan B a recordable book (a book where you can record your (or anyone's) voice reading the book.) Stan B loves it! Here he is at the very end. He loves hearing Uncle Sean's voice:

uncle sean reads a book from erin kawamata on Vimeo.