Sunday, February 21, 2010

Losing Teeth

Dinoguy lost his second tooth tonight, with a little help from Fixitman, who flicked it on the side with his finger. It popped out! You can see the tooth coming in behind it - it was quite ready to come out. I failed to blog about his first lost tooth on December 10 last year, we'll chalk it up to all the craziness of December. But it's kind of a funny story now to tell.

I took him into the dentist because we were quite concerned about the tooth growing in behind his baby tooth. Being novice parents, I was sure it meant his teeth were going to be all messed up, since it was coming in BEHIND and not right where the baby tooth was. Should have called grandparents perhaps, but in the panic of thinking how our son was doomed to have his father's teeth, I called the dentist and got an appointment as quick as we could. (Have you seen the bottom teeth in Fixitman's mouth? What happens when you don't get braces and you need them... scary stuff.)

The dentist was very patient and nice and explained that this was COMPLETELY NORMAL. That his teeth looked great, it would fall out any time and the tongue pushed the new tooth into place naturally. She said she would pull it if we liked but it didn't need anything. Dinoguy was already prepped for getting a tooth pulled, and that's what he wanted, so she pulled it out and put it in a giant tooth necklace for him to take home. The tooth fairy was a bit forgetful and took a few days to come collect the tooth.

So this tooth has been loose for a while and the new tooth was coming in behind and Dinoguy wanted to go have the dentist pull out the old one again. But I steeled my nerves (blood? ick!) and said no, she said it was normal and it'll come out naturally, just wiggle it. Well today, Fixitman was helping him wiggle it and then flicked it and out it came. Fixitman was quite excited about the whole thing, while Dinoguy was stuffing his mouth full of tissue paper for blood.

By the way, Do you like Fixitman's version of a bib for our daughter? We have a whole stack of them on the shelf right there, but he prefers the T-shirt & clothespin approach.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


 Munchkin can say ma & da & dou (dog). Today she started saying duc (duck) in earnest. It started in the morning with her bath duck, she would say duc and throw it at me. Then we went to the park and she pointed to the ducks and said duc! She was very excited to see the ducks. Her ck sound is hard to hear, but it is there and occasionally comes thru clearer. It is clearly different from dou (dog) when she points to Sarge.

I've been signing words to her pretty reguarly for months now and she hasn't felt the need to sign back at me. She finds yelling and pointing to be fairly effective overall. I thought she signed nurse one day but she hasn't repeated it. We'll keep at it and maybe she'll become a signer. But she sure is trying to communicate!

Here is a video of us at the park and her saying "duc" as she walks towards the ducks and the pond. 

Peanut butter spoon

You know you want one.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ice cream!

Munchkin discovered ice cream when Grandpa was visiting. She got a small cone at the BBQ restaurant. It was devoured. She is a big fan, can you tell?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Munchkin's pigtails

Munchkin happily lets me put things in her hair right now. I thought maybe there was enough for pigtails and spent some time trying. They fell out after a couple of hours, but it was fun trying! Her hair is exactly like mine in texture and curl right now.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow Day Again!

Friday we woke up to MORE snow. A lot more snow. It had snowed all day and all night. The trees were almost touching the ground. There was a lot of snow. So we went out and played in it of course!

Eating snow, building snow forts, snowmen, snow angels, shaking snow out of trees, throwing snowballs for Sarge to eat... the list of fun things to do was long!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow day!

Feb 11 was a snow day. I woke up hearing the boys talking about all the snow. We ate breakfast and put their snow gear on to play in it before it melted. Trainboy in Dinoguy's old snowgear, Dinoguy in my snowgear, Munchkin in her cute teddybear coat and Trainboys' old gear.

It kept snowing all day though. I think the high for the day was 36, making it a great snow play day. Big fluffy snow that is the perfect kind for snowmen and snowball fights. Sarge loves to catch snowballs in his mouth. Munchkin loved the snow, she walked, crawled and tasted it. The boys played in it for hours. Tuna can eyes for our snowman. Trainboy discovered he could pick up an imprint of his shoe. A snow "fossil"!

We tried building a snowman on the trampoline, but every time you move, it falls over pretty much. Then we decided it would probably stretch the trampoline out too much and had to break it up and throw it over. It was all from the snow on the trampoline. I thnk we got 4-6 inches, though we didn't measure. Lovely day of play.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Violin songs

Dinoguy playing Song of the Wind. Trainboy playing Twinkle Variation A. They are preparing these for a Suzuki Trophy Festival and really trying to get them perfected.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Grandpa visits!

Grandpa Actuary had a business trip in our city and stayed for a short visit afterwards! The kids were thrilled to play with their Grandpa. It was lots of fun to watch him play (and teach some more about strategy and rules) backgammon, checkers, chess, mastermind, and blockus with them. The boys asked him to read to them and cuddled up to him as he read chapters from "The Wizard of Oz" that we are currently reading together. He also took us bowling, to the golf driving range (despite the cold), and out to dinner (BBQ!) andalso went to Home Depot craft day with us. Here are a few photos I snapped at the bowling alley.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Three kids

A moment where they were all playing happily by themselves, while near each other on the couch. What a lovely moment to try and capture!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Grandma's Afghan

Over a year ago I started a CAL (Crochet-a-long) on Ravelry, making 6" granny squares to make an afghan for my mom. I finished the squares in late December and thought I was basically done. Then I started trying different joining methods and 3 hours later finally chose to use the flat braid method. It took me an entire month to join the squares. But it turned out great and is my first really big crocheting project to finish. Happy Birthday Mom!


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