Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Dog Friend

There aren't as many dog walkers that stroll past our house but we see plenty at the park. Our neighbors have a pair too, named Abby and Niko. Whenever the Bear hears a bark he says, "Abby!" or "Niko!"

We had brunch at the home of one of Mike's new colleagues (she and her husband have been extremely warm and welcoming.) They have a shih tzu named Emma. The Bear took to her toys and beds immediately. Here's how it went:

"Look, I can stand in your bed!"

"I can even lie in it! See, I fit!"

"Or better yet, I can wear it as a hat!"

When she finally claimed her bed the Bear returned all of her toys to her:
The entire time she was thinking something like, "Who is this strange creature?"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Park

Hiding at the park
We live three houses down from the park. We go at least once a day....sometimes twice! It has two playgrounds, a volleyball court, restrooms, picnic areas, a stage and a basketball court. Lately we've been bringing our sand toys and digging in the sand at the volleyball courts. It's also a great place for me to meet other parents. I've met three mom's who I really enjoyed speaking with. One is also a new hire at U of I! Anyhoo, we feel lucky about our neighborhood and the proximity to the park. It's wonderful.
Jumping toward the volleyball net
 He also just loves to watch the Parks and Rec crews maintain the park!
Watching a lawnmower

Watching a man dig a ditch with the Ditch Witch!

Monday, August 18, 2014


One of Stan B's favorite activities is being traced. It started in California and Auntie Alison "Ali" and I traced his hands and feet with colored pencils on paper:
He's as happy as a clam.
I mean, just look at the pure joy on his face while Alison traces his feet:

Soon we moved the activity outside with some chalk:

Then they philosophized about chalk and what makes chalk chalk...

We even traced the next day:

When we got home from our California trip we traced some more:

You can see in the picture below that he would get up, look at the tracing and lie back down on top of the previous tracing but slightly askew. I think I traced him up to 5 times in the same spot.

Here he is so excited to see the results:

And then I remembered that one of MY favorite activities as a child was painting the brick outside of our house with water. Yes it would evaporate but I loved seeing how the water created this more saturated color compared to the dry brick. So I thought let's do water tracings!
We started with feet because we knew that the water would evaporate quickly.
Then we got bold and moved on to entire body tracings. I was the fasted painter I could be:
Slowly evaporating tracing

I wonder if the cat would stay still long enough to be traced?

Friday, August 15, 2014

More Drumming

I was going through some video and came upon a bunch more drumming footage. This stuff shows a lot of his dancing/drumming combinations...very very Taiko like.

drumming 2 from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Missing People You Love

A couple of days after we returned home from our trip to California we were sitting in the carport watching Papa build a fence (to keep people from falling down our crazy outside basement steps) and Stan B started saying, "Tuuuka. Tuuuuka. Tuuuka." Ever so softly. It was really sweet. Tuka spent over a month with us helping us with Bear care, packing, moving, and unpacking so the Bear really got to know him. I think the Bear really misses Tuka's presence! I got part of it on video!

tuuuuka from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

California Dreaming, Part IV

At the beach putting on Uncle Sean's socks
One of my best friends on this dear Earth, Shawnee, and I got pregnant (unplanned!) right around the same time (she was a month and a half ahead of me.) Here are some pics from my first trip out to CA after both kiddos were born. I think Stan B was around 9 months old (maybe 10???)
Me, Shawnee, Stelina and Stanley at the beach.

There first beach experience and they are studying that sand very closely.

When they were wee munchkins!
They played next to eachother but not necessarily with eachother that first visit. This recent visit there was definitely more interaction...It was so fun to see them together and to hang out with Shawnee! We miss you! Here are some more pics of the two cherubs plus a video at the end!
Parallel play to get reacquainted.

Both loving Uncle.
The love became obvious in the bath tub.

Talking about rocks and things.

Showing off their balancing act.

Giving Stelina a pedicure.

Throwing hay.

Stelina and her awesome curls.

Getting their toes wet.

stelina and stanley from erin kawamata on Vimeo.