Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Big Day

Today felt like a breakthrough day for Nolan.  We had music class and he sang some songs, sang along with the teacher, followed her directions, danced and swayed to the beat and generally was a good student.  I'm so proud of this little bugger and while after 18 months of music class we've decided to discontinue attending, I'm so happy he was following her directions and singing along.  Generally he just stares at her or runs around like a maniac.  What a good boy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Game

I'm not sure if Nolan is really interested in golf because he has natural skill (I mean, c'mon, look at this form!) or that it's something new in the house but generally all moments that we were home today we were playing with the new golf set in one way or another.  This kid LOVES this set.
 What I think is really funny is how he holds the club (like a rifle?) when he's not swinging erratically.  The golf balls roll a lot better on the carpet than on the grass. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wow! The weekend is over?

Sorry for the repeat photos.  I need to take some more.  This weekend FLEW by.  Saturday I was busy all day and had a well deserved afternoon/night out.  I was gone for 11 hours and man it was lovely.  Then yesterday we celebrated Nolan's cousin's first birthday!
 Soon it will be Nolan's birthday and we've been talking it up. I'm so excited for the birthday, actually.  It feels like he's been 'almost two' for about a year now.  Somehow saying 23 months feels silly, when people ask his age.  It was also quite interesting to see Nolan interacting with other children, ages 3 - 6 and how he looks next to some of these kids.  He's a big kid.  
What a super weekend we have.  I look forward to this week of busy but hanging home activities in order to get ready for BeeBa to come visit next week!  Yippee!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vacation Planning

It seems crazy to think about the summer but Dave and I are planning out our summer vacation(s) and it is unreal to think about this.  This year Nolan will be really into a lot of stuff and I think he'll have a blast wherever we go.  We're planning a trip to an area we've never been before and also a trip to where we are very familiar.  Both are so exciting to me. 
 It's crazy to think about where we will be in 6 months.  Will Nolan be sleeping in a bed?  Will Nolan be potty trained?  One trip we are considering is to Sesame Place and I think he'll really love that.  We're also planning a trip to a circus, though we wonder if he'll sit in a chair and watch it or if we'll regret the decision to go.
One of the things about parenting that is hard to remember is that kids are always changing.  Nolan was a 'difficult' infant.  And truth be told he is an easy toddler but we forget that sometimes.  Because he didn't sit still or sleep well in non-crib places when he was a baby we break out into a cold sweat when we consider doing things out of his element.  But he's great.  He's a great sleeper, he's well behaved, he's curious but not brave.  We are so excited about this chapter in his life.  And we are excited about this new chapter in our lives where we test his limits, we do things even if we're scared of how it 'goes'.  He continues to amaze and surprise us.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Pretending

This pretending stuff is fun!  I am not sure why Nolan has taken a special liking to monkey, perhaps it's because he's a puppet.  Or that dave and I both had very special monkeys as stuffed friends when we were grown ups (what I will go and find if I'm having an especially hard time and need to lay in bed hugging something other than my husband.)  But Monkey is Nolan's little pal.  
 
 So here is Nolan reading Monkey a story.  What you can't see is that Monkey also has a diaper and pajamas on.  Yes, a puppet, something with no lower half, has a diaper wrapped around him and then footed pjs on.  Nolan insisted.  Of course he offered Monkey the outdated Halloween PJs that are snug and not fuzzy.  Not of his favorites but still.
 Yesterday we had to put on and take off the pjs, take the diaper off.  Nolan even wanted Monkey to sit on the potty we have out, we did not let that happen.  We put Monkey (in his diaper and pjs) in the guest bed under the blanekts, on the floor wrapped in a blanket and in the crib.  This last one is challenging because Nolan can't get Monkey out of the crib on his own.  Ah, what fun.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's THAT time again

It's funny but I didn't ever really love St Paddy's Day when I was little.  I didn't like wearing the color green and just didn't quite understand it.  When I was in college St Paddy's was fun for drinking a lot and having a reason to, sort of like New Years Eve.  As a grown up I began to really love St Patrick's Day and I'm not quite sure why.  Dave and I have had some super parties (which one resulted in us overbuying so much beer we decided to buy a beer fridge rather than try to find a place to put all the excess beer and another introducing Car Bombs to some dear friends who have funny stories about doing Car Bombs on a random night after work... but I digress.)  
 We have also had a LOT of fun at the St. Patrick's Day parade.  We went last year, though not as inebriated as we previously were and had a super time.  Perhaps it's because it marks the end of the dreaded Valentine's Day or perhaps because it symbolizes spring (sort of, you know with all that green) I LOVE February 15th and the St Patrick's Day season.  When Valentine's is over and make way for St. Patrick.
 This year we can't make the closest St. Paddy's Parade.  We'll be celebrating a small little leprechaun's second birthday that day, but we'll look for another parade to go to.  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Taking Care of Monkey

Nolan is reading a night-night story to Monkey before Monkey takes a nap.  In full disclosure, we encouraged this by adding the blanket and suggesting monkey had to take a nap.  Nolan got the story.  Very cute.  He has learned how to be a great daddy by watching his own.  We are all very lucky, Monkey included.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

All Tucked In

Nolan has been tucking himself under his sheets.  I showed you a few weeks ago him tucking his leg under the sheet but here he is with his FULL body under the sheet.
Perhaps he needs a blanket?  Oh yeah, we give him a blanket too, he just wraps it around his head. 
 I guess we'll just expect to find him under the covers when we get him.  And then we just shake our head and laugh.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Faces

Nolan, make a happy face...
 
 Nolan, make a funny face...
 Nolan, make a silly face...
The best part of these is the time it took for him to decide what his funny and silly face would be.  He says 'um' a lot when he's thinking which seems so grown up and hysterical.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Not. Even. Close.

Nolan saw some of his friends being encouraged to use the potty so he desperately wanted to try too.
 Then he wanted a book.  I mean, seriously, this is hilarious.  And just for fun.  We are- in no way- close to attempting to potty train, but it's available for him to sit on and play with (and put on his head).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monkey Jumping on the Bed

Nolan loves to jump in his bed. But when I take the mattress out to change it he LOVES jumping on his bed.  First I lean it up against the crib and remove the sheets.  Then he hides behind it waiting for me to 'boo' him.
 Then he pushes it so it's flat and jumps on it.  Jumps like a monkey.
 Jumps like a frog.  Jumps up in the air and lands on his knees.  At any rate, he loves jumping on his bed.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GQ

Now that Nolan 'gets' that he should pause and smile at the camera (even say cheese) he has been so much better at taking pictures.  He also can nearly say 'look' which means he'd like to look at the photo after we take it.  
 Except for his overly dramatic smile...

 I'm not sure how to 'fix' that.  But it's awfully cute.  He's been folding his hands up like this a lot lately too which is hysterical.  
what a ham!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Visit with a friend

Last week Nolan and I popped down to visit a good friend of mine.  She and I did Americorps in Sacramento together and we have kept in touch for over 10 years.  She has a son who is a tad younger than Nolan and an older daughter.  Here the boys are enjoying some real New York bagels.
 Don't mind the fairy wings Nolan is sporting.  It was one of the first toys he wanted to play with, second to the pink horsie.  Interestingly Owen and Nolan fought over these two items the whole time we were there.
 But Nolan got first pick of the toys so he got first turn with the wings.  Nice balancing out with the football sweater.  
It was a really nice visit, great catching up with good friends and the boys played rather well together, except for the pink horsie and fairy wings sharing.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day Off

 I was going to take today off from blogging but then realized I didn't update this weekend.  Sorry.  Nolan discovered that Mr. Potato Head glasses 'fit' his head.  So now we need to convince him that he shouldn't wear the glasses.  They stay on Nolan's head better than on Mr. Potato Heads- which makes it hard for us to convince him to not wear them.  He looks so proud of himself, like the first day of school or something.  What a joker. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Morning with a Friend

This morning I babysat for a friend.  Nolan really enjoys spending time with Molly.  She is so calm and peaceful, even her movements are gentle.  It has a really lovely effect on Nolan.  So this morning they had breakfast together, notice the coffee pot.
 They were two little peas in a pod today.  They decided together that they wanted to play down stairs.  How could you resist toddlers holding hands?
 And in support of her friend, Molly joined Nolan whenever he was sentenced to a time out.
 I think my favorite time was when they spent 30-45 minutes playing together with this card board box.  They pushed it around the room, climbed in and out of it, they pulled the tape off of the edges and then Molly found Nolan's ticklish spot- under his chin.  That was hysterical to watch while I was peering around the corner hoping to not disturb them.
 Suddenly they realized they were EXHAUSTED and needed to take a break.
 At one point I was on the phone and when I got off I couldn't find the two of them.  I found them in bed together!  Seriously, how cute is this?  
It is always such a pleasure spending time with Molly.  Nolan had a super time with his pal.  They played well, did a decent job sharing and really had a super visit together.  What a really wonderful morning.