Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Little Entertainer

I don't know what to say, other than we put up our tree tonight and Ian was a hoot. It started with the tree box. It evolved from being a horse, to a motorcycle, and a boat. He "rode" it all over the living room, thanks to help from Daddy.

As we were putting ornaments on the tree, he claimed some for himself and refused to let them be placed on the tree. The bear and penguin were in the "snow" on the carpet, and the ice cream truck delivered ice cream to Mommy and Daddy.

As we pulled out the stockings, he said, "It's Santa's boots!" and then tried to put them on. He tried to do it standing, but eventually figured out sitting worked better. After he got them on, he put our angel tree topper on his hand to use as a puppet. I tried to get him to wear the tree skirt as a cape, but he didn't go for that.

But the best part was Ian telling the tree lights to be on/off. We have the lights hooked up to a remote so that we don't have to climb behind the tree to plug it in. Ian would go up and say, "On. Off." and we would make the tree 'listen'. His reactions were hilarious. Unfortunately I was laughing so loudly while I was attempting to tape it that you can't hear him, so we had to edit the tape a bit, and missed some of his hilarious reactions. Check it out here:

We also got a video of him singing his version of his favorite song, "On Top of Spaghetti." I'm actually surprised he got as many words as he did, seeing as how he was distracted by his ornament toys.

Tonight definitely put me in the holiday spirit.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Great Weekend

It's been a great weekend. Saturday I spent 12 hours at Archiver's with Marlena scrapbooking. I churned out some of the coolest pages yet (I know, I say that every time I make new ones). I started with some more recent events, though I did do Halloween from last year. Most of the layouts aren't two pages, I just photographed them together to save pictures. Ian loves his Farmer Ian one. He keeps looking at it.
I also have given some thought to scrapbooking when the new one arrives- do I continue keeping separate scrapbooks for each-churning out two layouts for every Christmas (we have 7 Christmases each year...), Halloween, Easter, etc, or figure out a different approach. And then I thought about how many pictures I have that don't get scrapbooked, so Darrin thought to combine the two. The baby will have a first year book, but I'm going to start keeping a 'family' scrapbook instead of one for each kiddo. My goal is to combine that with my take on a 365 scrapbook (where you take a picture and journal a little for each day of the year). It's my early New Year's goal, so hopefully after the first week of the new year, I'll have a layout to show (and all that babble above will make sense).

I also took Ian's hint and have the top pieced for his tractor quilt, but no picture- and I'm not pulling it out to get one. I'm afraid I'd be tempted to work on it, and when I look at the list of gifts I need to make in the next month, I don't have time to work on it if I want to accomplish what's on the list. I'd share the list, but many of the people they're for read this blog, just trust me, it's a lot.

Today we took advantage of the warm weather and put up our lights. I also did a bit more shopping for Ian, so if anyone's bought him the Imaginext Firestation, let me know so I can take it back.

Time to churn out lesson plans. It's a short week, so perhaps I can actually get ahead for once and get two weeks done...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Is this a hint?

I haven't worked on his quilt in awhile... think he wants me to finish it? I think the fact that he's covering up with the blocks and leftover fabric is a sign. I better get to work!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Chef Collins

For Halloween last weekend, Ian got more than just candy. He got a Packers outfit from my parents and an apron and baking supplies from Darrin's parents. We finally got around to packing away Halloween stuff last night, and Ian made the actual putting away of things difficult, because he wanted to play right away. He turned his Play-Doh table into a pizza parlor.

First you have to roll the crust out. He hasn't quite mastered tossing it into the air like the pros do.
After you've added the toppings, you have to add the spices.
And finally, you serve your pizza to Daddy on a Cars serving platter.
He was back at the baking this morning, making chocolate chip cookies. Now if I could only get him to make these for real, I would have to worry about what to make for lunch...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Weekend

So much has happened since Friday- it's hard to believe it was just a few days ago. Friday at school we had our Halloween celebrations. The staff chose to dress as Disney characters. I went as a chef from Ratatouille, as did another teacher. My line was the I was a baker of buns.
Others on staff dressed up as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the cast of Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations, and Winnie the Pooh. It was quite fun to see what everyone came up with.

Halloween day was a jam-packed day back home in Iowa. Ian got to experience real-life farming in the morning, and then go trick-or-treating as a farmer that night. He spent part of Saturday morning with my parents' best friends riding in a combine. He loves to tell how the arm would come out and fill up the wagon with corn. He rode along in the tractor to the grain bins as well. I didn't ride along, but Darrin did. He said he was speechless the whole time- which is something Ian isn't very often.
That night Ian got to do more farming in his Halloween costume. He started off the night on his tractor, but he can't quite reach the pedals yet, so we only made it around the block before we dropped it off at Grandma and Grandpa's and continued off on foot. He knew he was supposed to say Trick-or-Treat, but he didn't until Aunt Cara's house- our 2nd to last stop of the night. At many of the first houses, he thought he was there to visit and would walk right in, not saying anything to the people in the door.

On Saturday, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law Stephanie. She's due at the end of December- 10 weeks before me. Since it was Halloween, it was a costume party. Stephanie was the pregnant nun. Her friend just to her left went as a deviled-egg, which I thought was the cutest costume ever. Darrin's grandma dressed up as an "old grandma." It was her first time ever dressing up for Halloween. I had a lot of fun hosting, and I think everyone had lots of fun playing games and enjoying the food.

Before we headed back to Omaha on Sunday, we went to tag Mom and Dad's Christmas tree. Picking out the Christmas tree is one of my favorite memories from childhood, and I wanted to share that experience with Ian (we use an artificial tree here at home). To get to the tree farm, we just have to walk through my parents' back yard to their neighbor's. Every year growing up, Cara and I would compete to see who could find the best tree for the year. We'd tag it with our names, then go back after Thanksgiving to cut it down. Ian didn't get quite as exuberant as Cara and I did. He didn't really care about the perfect tree. Instead, he had fun pretending that the trees were his house or his garage. He'd hide in them, sit under them, or play hide-and-seek with us.