Friday, August 29, 2008
And the toy thing, Brennan is not pleased. He's not used to having joint-ownership with his things. When he was very young I tried to teach a non-ownership lifestyle, but by 3 years old he'd long figured out that the world doesn't operate that way. This has created some strife lately. What I'm now trying to do is make the rule that if Asher finds it on the floor, he gets to play with it for 2 minutes and then Brennan can exchange it for some other toy. This also means that every minute I have to remind Brennan that if it's on the floor Asher can play with it. My couch is getting pretty full because that's where Brennan now puts his things after each reminder. (And here I was hoping that it would cause Brennan to start putting his toys away during the day... no such luck!)
I have a fear though: I'm starting to think I've got a major climber on the way. As Asher learned to crawl he picked up another new trick - he uses something/one to get onto his knees and then onto his feet, almost to standing position. He doesn't get past a 45 degree angle without some help because his standing balance is just not that good, but he sure tries. If you help him to standing position, he'll continue trying to climb you like a tree. Oh no! He's g0ing to be the kid that starts climbing out of his crib at 9 months or that we'll discover sitting on top of the fridge when he's 18 months. (I have a friend who found her 18 month old there.) I think he's gonna keep us busy.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I love watching Brennan's growth too. His responses get cuter and more clever all the time. I can't think of all the examples, but, for example, I laughed today when, after I told him that he's an awesome kid (he put his breakfast dishes on the counter before I asked him to), he agreed, "Yeah, I-yam a awesome kid!"
I should get a picture of Brennan with his friend Wyatt who lives across the street - it's a relatively narrow street in our complex and they live literally right across. If Wyatt's sitting in his window upstairs at his house and Brennan goes outside, Wyatt calls "Hi Brennan! Wanna come play at my house?" or "Come play in my bedroom with me!" or whatever. Brennan, likewise, will call similar invitations from our house when Wyatt's outside. Because Wyatt is almost always outside, when we get home from an outing Brennan runs over and they meet each other in a 'best-0f-friends' embrace. It may be a long time before I get a house with a garage or fenced yard, but in the mean time at least Brennan has his kindred spirit.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The car trips were... long, but we all did o.k. On the way home Brennan almost constantly screamed. Not because he was was sad or crying, he was making silly sounds to get Asher to laugh. (Which he did) On the one hand, Brennan's antics kept Asher from crying at many times, but on the other hand Brian and I were going crazy with the loud and extremely high-pitched screams. So, we spent a good portion of the 15 hour car trip home telling Brennan to stop screaming while he protested that he wanted to make Asher laugh. I've got to appreciate that he has any interest at all in his brother, let alone that his great desire is to make Asher happy.
We had a really great time while in Idaho Falls. We always enjoy seeing the family. Brian brought his telescope out there and it was a pretty big hit. On our final night there, 7 extended family members showed up for a star party, which surprised Judi (Brian's mother) who had not been warned that a group of people would be showing up at 9:30 pm. She's a good sport! The only thing Brian likes more than viewing the stars through his telescope is helping other people to view the stars through it.
I was able to get together with two roommates from freshman year - Janna and Moon (Now Ashton) and that was fun. The kids played on the playground while we had a picnic and found out more about the twins Michelle is expecting.
Yep, we had a good time. We always hate to leave. Brennan especially didn't want to. Many times on the way home he asked to go back to Granna's house and I told him that we will at Christmas time. When we pulled into our neighborhood, Brennan started crying. All that time he'd thought we were on our way back to Granna's and he was VERY disappointed to find himself back at his own house.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
now! I leave for a second and come back to find him wedged under furniture or clear across the room. It's crazy awesome! Gosh I love this phase.
Of course, on the down side is that he had been really grouchy during a lot of this. Perhaps from wanting so badly to be mobile, perhaps from the tooth. Either way, these last few days he's been back to his cheery self, and enjoying himself as a "big boy." I really think he likes being more accomplished.
This video is about 2 1/2 minutes, but I hate editing out portions of video of my own kids. Afterall, I could watch it all day!