I was transferring pictures (all 115) over from our camera SD card to my computer, and realized I hadn't shared lots of cute pictures.
Ian has really developed some obsessions over break so far, or at least I'm noticing them more because I'm spending all day, as opposed to 4-5 awake hours with him.
He is obsessed with the TV show "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" on Disney. Our couch alternates between being the Jolly Roger and Ian being Captain Hook, or the couch is Bucky (Jake's ship) and Ian is Jake.
He has spent a lot of time over break coloring and drawing. This was something he was not interested in at all last summer, so I think the preschool experience is coming through.
He is a boy who HATED getting dirty, but this summer has spent a lot of time digging in my flower bed (seeing as how it doesn't have lots of blooming flowers in it, at least it's getting some use this summer).
Some interests have definitely carried over from last year:
He's too scared to ride his big boy bike, but loves riding around on his trike. He FINALLY braved leaving our driving to ride down the hill to the neighbor's driveway. It's just hard work biking back up the hill.
He's helping me bake (here we're making homemade goldfish, though we called them starfish). Ian didn't like them much, but Annaliese LOVES them.
He still loves playing frisbee, and has gotten much better at catching it.
He still loves Toy Story and Cars, though you can add super heroes like Spiderman, Batman, and Iron Man in to the mix as well. He was thrilled to get this in the mail, though, from his great aunt and uncle. It was quickly taken up to his room so Annaliese couldn't get it.
Annaliese's vocabulary has developed so much already, and even though she can only say less than 20 words (that Darrin and I can identify, probably not a stranger, though), she understands so much. Some of her new words include up and fish.
Her favorites to say, though, are shoes, followed directly by buh-bye. She loves being outside riding her bike (backwards) but to her nothing beats a wagon ride. Even when we take it to the park, she does not want to get out and play.
She's learned so much more than just words this summer. She's learned how to go down the stairs. Not the traditional way of going backwards, but on our steps with the spindles she holds on and essentially walks down. On the other stairs, she walks to the edge of the stair, plops down which puts her feet on the next stair, and starts the process all over again.
And she's just a cutie. Ian tells me at least once a day, "Mom, Annaliese is so cute, isn't she." She's especially cute when she's dressed up as Wonder Woman.