We made the quick seven-plus hour drive down to Orlando to visit the Magic Kingdom—the first time for both Leo and myself. It was cold and rainy but that meant shorter lines and more rides for us! Leo did everything from riding Dumbo (sorry, no good pictures of that) to flying in a rocket ship. We even met up with our friends, the Claytons, so Leo had the opportunity to hang out with two older women, Avery and Gracie. We’ll never forget this trip because it’s where Leo came up with the name for his new sibling. Later when we say “We proudly announce the birth of Donald Duck Simcik” you’ll understand.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I don’t know where he got this or what the first one was that he said, but Leo likes to say, “You say ‘Donald’ I say ‘Duck.’” or “You say ‘Dinosaur’ I say ‘Train.’” And when we do it, it goes on forever! Mickey-Mouse, Mashed-Potatoes, Basket-Ball…whatever it is!
He also has this cute game he learned at creative play which he explained to me. We all dance around until he says “FREEZE!” and then we stop until he says go. I think they must dance like animals because he keeps saying we need some animal music. For now, he has to deal with me singing Jingle Bells. And sometimes he will freeze us for a long time. I’m pretty sure I stood without moving for about two minutes yesterday while he got distracted with something else.
And here are just a few cute pics from December so far:
At Bianca’s birthday party, playing piano with Reagan:
Group shot at Bianca’s party:
Checking out Baby Ryan
High Fiving John
Thursday, December 2, 2010
We just returned from a fun-filled week in Houston where Leo was on-the-go, trying new things and correctly using the word “actually.” Uncle David commented that Leo really seemed to enjoy sitting in the diaper box. Leo said, “Actually, it’s a choo choo train.” Another time Granny Jo called him Leo and he said, “Actually, I’m Ernie.”
Here are some pics from the week, including some big firsts:
First in-person basketball game
First time not crying when he met Santa (in the picture where he’s wearing the crown hat)
First time riding a dinosaur with cousin Ellie
First time eating a donut (well, without spitting it out)
First time feeding ducks
First time playing golf on a actual putt-putt-style course
First time on a real-live caboose (Actually, it’s just a replica)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Here are just a few of the things that have been heard around our house lately:
A few months ago we were celebrating a promotion Frank got at work. We told Leo about it and ever since he’s been asking Frank, “Daddy, do you HAVE the promotion?” (Like it’s something physical he could see!)
I told Leo, “If you need anything I’ll be in the next room.” He immediately said, “I need anything!”
Leo’s skin was looking dry so I decided he probably didn’t need a bath every night. We moved to an every-other-night schedule. On the nights we don’t take a bath I say, “We’re going to skip bath!” So after we brush his teeth he runs over to the bath tub and says, “Let’s skip bath!” I think he thinks he’s going to get to skip around in the bath tub.
I have been drilling into his head that he can’t get anything (his song choice, a food he wants, help with getting a toy out from under the couch) unless he asks nicely. Somehow he’s mixed up all his nice words and come up with this phrase, “Please may you…” so whenever he’s asked to ask nicely he says things like:
“Please may you play the choo choo train song.”
“Please may you give me nok.” (milk)
I don’t correct him because it’s so much better than screaming, “I WANT NOK!”
With all the Christmas stuff already out at stores he’s been asking, “Can we GO to Christmas?”
And by the way, the emphasis IS on the word GO. That’s how he asks questions (just like Do you HAVE the promotion?)
I heard this mom use a great line: “I don’t respond to fussing” so I’ve been using that. The other day he was fussing as he was asking for something and I said it a little wrong: “I don’t listen to fussing.”
Leo immediately stopped fussing and asked, “Do you listen to stories?”
Friday, November 12, 2010
And that new level is a much lower one. If Leo is at home, you can find him on the floor with one of his trains, usually the “big train,” pictured here.
It is amazing how much time he can spend lying, crawling or scooting on the floor, doing this whole pretend thing with his train. I’m not always sure what he’s talking about but I hear things like:
“Here come the passengers.”
“Ding Ding Ding”
“Dinosaur Train, Dinosaur Train, Dinosaur Train” (singing the theme song to his favorite show).
I think sometimes he’s doing a whole episode of Dinosaur Train but I can’t be sure. He often talks quietly and mustn’t be disturbed. Just try telling him it’s time for lunch and you’ll be met with a, “NO!! I’M PLAYING WITH MY TRAIN!!” In fact, you don’t even have to say what it’s time for. I just get out, “It’s time for—” and he argues.
But I’m not complaining. I LOVE that he can entertain himself so well. I just have to remember to keep the floors clean.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The recession has hit everyone; even the train industry isn’t immune to economic woes. Instead of hiring engineers and conductors, they just hire one guy (or girl; it’s an EOE) to do both jobs. Leo paid tribute to that this Halloween when he dressed like an engineer but behaved like a conductor by taking tickets and shouting, “All Aboard!”
Two nights before Halloween Leo debuted his costume at a festival. We went with Leo RR that night but for Halloween changed it to Leo Express. On Halloween night he partied with his buddies, went trick-or-treating and then swam in his candy.