Monday, June 28, 2010

Joy is...

...a wagon full of melting ice, of course.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pirate Feet...Aargh!

Zander actually said, "Look dad...I have pirate feet," and made a pirate face to go with the dirty feet. This photo was taken after about five days without a bath. KIDDING! It was taken during a night of camping. Brad and Zander camping, that is. Here's a close-up in case you couldn't see the dirt:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Getting Dressed

Never have I seen a child who wants to put her own clothes on more than this little girl. Oh, how she tries and tries. She has actually mastered getting her crocs on and off, but she'll still working on the rest of it.

It's just about the cutest thing.

Taking things literally

I have always been fascinated by -- and had fun with -- language development and children. And now Cassandra is at that age where every day she learns a new word (clock! moon! broken!) and funny misunderstandings regularly occur. Here's one from the other day...

When Zander asks for more of something before finishing what he already has, for years I have said, "Sure! Fill your tummy with what's on your plate and you can have more of [insert food item here]." So, when Cassandra was indicating that she wanted more water, I told her the same thing -- to fill her tummy with what was in her cup and I'd give her more. She looked at me oddly and then took her sippy cup and tipped it toward her belly button.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kindergarten Extravaganza!

Zander's school had their big song and dance "Kindergarten Extravaganza" last week. There was a lot of hype leadinp up to it, both from the school and from the Z man. Thanks to some babysitting by Grandma Paula, Brad and I were able to go sans Cassandra so we could actually pay attention to the show.

Zander did just fine as you will in first few clips below, although he was tired and coming down with a cold.

This song is called "The Alphabet Boogie." It's hard to tell but the children had some fancy footwork going on:

video

Zander refers to this next number as Rockamotion. What I like about the clip is that, if you look carefully, you can see Zander winking at me. See, his teacher told him that actors and actresses don't wave in the middle of their perfomance. So when he noticed me, he winked instead. He had done this earlier in the performance too, in response to me waving at him. (Look, who knew? It was almost instict.) Anyway...

video

And finally, here a few outtakes where we caught him yawning and/or feeling out his pockets or playing with his "junk" as Brad called it. He did this throughout much of the performance. I was trying to guess all the thing he might have had in that pocket (Star Wars lego people? rocks?), but Brad says that little boys just like to play with their penises and that is what he was doing. At one point when I saw the thumb go in the mouth (Zander still sucks his thumb), I gasped and said something to Brad along the lines of, "Aaaaaaand there's the thumb!" Brad asked me which I would prefer him doing -- sucking his thumb or playing with his "junk." I had no answer.

video

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Where's Cassandra?

The game is a lot like "Where's Waldo," only much easier. Also, the 'hidee' in this case never gets tired of the game.

Here's another version. Just put a pillow covering your face. Doesn't matter if the rest of you can be seen as long as you can't see the person saying in a high pitched voice, "Where's Cassandra? Has anyone seen Cassandra?"

It pretty darn adorable.