Friday, February 15, 2008

Abe Lincoln Logs and Racing Presidents

I know I should stop telling stories from our recent vacation, but I just can't...

The first few days in Colorado were spent at the home of my older brother and his family. Z kept busy playing with his cousin's toys (see O.P.T. post), which included a set of Lincoln Logs.

To be honest (ha ha), I didn't quite catch all of what he what he said, but as he was playing with the Lincoln Logs, Zander mumbled something about "making a house for Abe Lincoln."

How does a three-year-old know anything about dead presidents? Well, we make a point of testing him with flashcards on all the presidents, as well as the 50 states and their capitols, every night.

I'm kidding, of course. He knows all about Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson because each participates in the famous President's Race during Washington Nationals Baseball games.

The first time Zander saw the President's Race (complete with giant caricature heads), he was so scared that he jumped right onto Brad's lap. Unfortunately for both Brad and Zander, there was also a pizza there at the time.

A game or two later though, the Presidents Race became Z's favorite part of the game. At one game, they handed out free promotional postcards and Z would plead for us to ask him questions about each until he guessed which card we were holding. (Sidenote: This was interesting at the time, but has become a wee bit annoying now since he wants us to do the same kind of 'testing' with the little cards that come with each Thomas the train engine. And as I have mentioned, he has a lot of those.)

Regardless, here are the presidents racing on YouTube. (This was the clearest video I could find.)

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