Friday, May 22, 2015


Here he is playing with his trainset with a bit of a garbage truck interruption - it's cute. Plus he says the word dangerous which is really cute.

choochoo from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Here he is saying the word dangerous some more:

dangerous from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


This little guy LOVES scissors. Over the winter we had to get creative and figure out some new indoor activities to do. We did a lot of collaging. He loves to cut paper. In the pic above he is cutting and gluing pieces to make a collage. 

Above he is just cutting yellow paper, just to cut it...cuz it's fun. (and messy.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two Regular Ol' Unexciting Interactions

I think this video was taken sometime in December or January (because of his snow boots and antlers and playing hockey indoors). It's not very exciting but it shows a regular ol' conversation - so you can be a fly on the wall, kinda.

interaction from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Here is another video of us talking about when we should change his diaper:

a conversation from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

His Best Toys

Mike and I were talking the other day about some of the Bear's best toys. Best toys meaning long lasting - toys that he has come back to over and over again. Also best toys meaning cheap and unexpected or already on hand, like Mike's red exercise ball. The cheap/on-hand toys besides the ball are boxes and bubble wrap.

The long lasting toys that he goes back to again and again are his yellow dumptruck that I got for $2.99, and his little push truck that was handed down to him from one of my former co-workers; he loves that thing. And any toys that he uses to dig in the sand or mud = cups, shovels, spoons, sticks. That is all we will ever need.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Our Weekend Date

Almost every Saturday this past winter and spring, the Bear and I would walk downtown to the Co-op and get a hot chocolate and a cookie. (We didn't go this past weekend because the weather was soooo beautiful!)

He mostly got molasses cookies which he calls "glasses" cookies. The last several times we went he picked out the Troll House cookie which is some sort of fancy chocolate chip cookie. 

Sometimes he would get whipped cream on top. Sometimes whipped cream with sprinkles or a chocolate sauce drizzle. Sometimes just froth and cinnamon or cocoa powder in pretty designs on top:

Somedays he finished without a trace on his face. Somedays a complete and utter mess:

 But it's always (almost) a pleasure sitting across from this face and people watching.

I have a feeling these dates will be more rare now that the farmer's market is back on and the weather is so lovely! One reason to look forward to wintertime!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bike Skills

Stan B has improved alot on his Strider bike skills. He got the bike for Christmas. Although winter isn't the ideal time practice riding bikes, mainly because it is so cold outside, I tried to get him on it as often as possible. When I would go pick him up at daycare I would walk and carry his bike and he would ride it home. When it got really wet on a daily basis outside I brought his bike inside and he would ride it back and forth in the house. Sometimes we would bring it outside when there was still snow on the ground and he loved riding it over the small snow piles.

Here is a video with him riding his bike from day one up until most recently. I think (I hope) you can see the improvements he has made in riding his bike, from mainly walking to now being brave enough to lift his feet up and glide. He really likes it.
bike skills from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Car Cart

The Bear loves these car carts at the grocery story. Sometimes we'll be in the store and he'll be "driving" and saying, "Beep beep! Watch out! Stanley's coming through!" Here he is in the cart in the parking lot, steering like a mad man:

grocery car cart from erin kawamata on Vimeo.