Sunday, March 28, 2010

Firsts

Sunday, March 28, 2010
Since I haven't been as blog-happy as of late, I'm going to lump a bunch of things together. Hooray for long, rambly posts!

Luke's first gymnastics class:

One morning we had to drop something off to my mom at work (Trick's Gymnastics) and ended up staying for her toddler class as a trial. Well, Luke loved it so much that we signed up. I'm not sure if I can say enough about how much he loves it. As soon as we're there he's signing "play" and even wants to stay after the class is over trying to get back in the gym area and playing in the playroom listening and dancing to the music. I'm going to try to remember to get photos and videos.

Oh, one morning we stopped by Nana's before class and Luke got "second breakfast". Why is it that everything is better at Nana's?


The only picture I have so far of gymnastics is a big biff on the camera phone. Way to go, Diana.


Luke also had his first all-dry-day (insert picture of him on the potty). He first started having 1-miss days when he was about 9-10 months old and I would get all excited like a pitcher pitching a no-hitter. He hit a big "potty pause" (a.k.a. not wanting to go on the potty) when he started walking. Then he was back on at about 13 months and we started having 1-miss days again. Well, on Friday we finally did it! At this point it's about 75% me and 25% Luke, but he's getting better at telling me. If he's sitting down (car seat, shopping cart, reading books) he can tell me 100% of the time. But if he's playing, all bets are off, and I have to remind.

Saturday was my first 10-mile run. I've been thinking about a half-marathon for a while, and there's one in April I want to do. I decided a couple weeks ago to see if I could do a 6-mile run. I figured if I could do that, I could work up to a half-marathon. So far, so good. I'm super slow, but I have no shame being passed by people twice my age. My knees are killing me, so I'm going to give them a rest after the half-marathon is over and bike or speed-walk instead.

Saturday I also won my first door prize at Babies and Bumps:

It's by Bloom Baby and called the Alma Crib. I'm really excited to use this for our next, yet-to-be-conceived baby (or sell it on ebay and use the cash for other things). It has a couple settings, so it can be a bassinet, too. It is really small and folds really really small, so it will be easy to store. Oh, plus it can be used till age 2, so the next bed we buy will probably be a twin-sized one.

Saturday afternoon was the first time Luke sat through an entire play. We went to see Emily in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. She was Violet, and did a good job. Luke really liked the music and was dancing around in his seat. Emily also got cast in her first professional play at Music Circus this summer as one of the chorus in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Long rambly post over! Now, go enjoy your Sunday!

Visits

In the past month we got visits from 2 Uncles and 1 Aunt:

Bryan (who doesn't read this blog so I can post embarassing pictures):

Kevin (the shirtless one):


and Cami:

Obviously, that's not Cami. Apparently I didn't take any pictures of her, but this is from when we went to the mall and she accessorized Luke. He had a ball with her and loves the "zap" game she taught him. In fact, he's put it in his bedtime routine between counting toes and reading.

We were lucky to have everyone for Spring Break, I just wish it were longer. It seems just as Luke warms to the new person, they have to go away.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Can you guess?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Can you guess what Luke is saying? It's one of his favorite words that he uses for any kind of dipping sauce or salad dressing. But he likes the real deal most of all and he wants to put in on a variety of things, including baked potatoes.

video

Just now he asked for a snack and I asked him what he wanted. Salsa was his reply. I guess he even likes it solo.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sushi Night!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I have always wanted to try to make sushi and tonight was the night I was brave enough. Luke was my big helper in the kitchen, playing in the junk drawer as I rolled them up. I gave him a bit of sea weed to try. He promptly went into the bathroom and threw it in the potty. For a man of so few words, he sure can be eloquent sometimes.

I love it when I take the picture at the wrong time and get "drunk face".


I only wish I'd had a rolling mat, because they weren't quite as tight as they should have been. They weren't exactly pretty, either, but they were yummy. Mac was a really good sport and ate a bunch. The last time he tried sushi he almost got sick, so he was very nice to let me try this out. I'm going to try to convert him to be a fan so we can do Mikuni and Mizu more often.


Luke went to town on them. I think he just liked how sweet the rice was- he seemed to get around the nori just fine.


You should have seen how fast he was devouring them. Towards the end I even got him to take a couple bites of nori. I will definitely be making more in the future. Yum!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Discovery Science Something.

Monday, March 15, 2010
I can't remember the name of this place, and I'm too lazy to google it. And that's pretty sad.

We (Mac, Luke and I) got to go with Kevin (in town on Spring Break), Peter, and Nathan Mills to the Discovery Science Something as a fundraiser for Emily's school. It was a pretty good time.

Luke liked the dinosaurs, rocks and magnets.


He got a real kick out of this display. We realized it wasn't the rocks he was interested in, but his reflection.


His favorite room was the animal room. There was a Giant Flemish Rabbit that was twice the size of a large cat. If you put together my parents three smallest animals (Lucy, Nimoe, and BpuBpu Nanny) you'd have this rabbit. You could also dress up in the butterfly wings and read books, which he loved.



They had a robot that would talk back to you, which gave me my most embarrassing moment of the month. I talked with it for a minute or two and made a complete idiot out of myself because I thought it was so cool. Then as I walked away I realized there was a museum employee directing the robot what to say just a few feet behind me. I like to think that my being so naive and gullible is charming and sweet. I have to think that or else I'd just feel like an idiot most of the time.

Luke has mastered...

Luke is figuring out lots of new things:

Playing video games. Dad was at work and Luke turned on the t.v., unpaused the video game, and ran the guy around a little. I'm not sure how he figured it out, because Mac doesn't play in front of Luke. Must be in the genes.



Multi-tasking. Notice the pancake?


Cheese!


Trading/Bartering. Somehow he convinced me to trade my water bottle for his cars. Not that good of a trade on my part, as I have little use for hot wheels.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Visits

Sunday, March 07, 2010
This is how Luke feels about visitors.

He makes the goofiest faces (gee, wonder where he got that from) and this one is my current favorite. He is starting to really have a great sense of humor and know how to make us laugh. He'll look away from us and then when he turns back to us has a funny face on, expecting laughs (which he gets). Oh, and the road rash on his face is from a running-on-concrete face plant incident.


On to the real post:

We had a visit last week (was it really just last week? it seems like so long ago) from Mac's parents. It didn't take Luke long to warm up to them, maybe because he remembers them from Christmas. We didn't get to see enough of either of them, but Grandma JoJo got to play with Luke and spoil him. It's always fun to have somebody around that adores your kid like you do and can laugh and smile at all the cute stuff they do.

Appreciating the cool lighting at the Disney store.


Luke had lots of fun on the carousel, too bad I couldn't get a decent picture.




We also had a visit this weekend from Aunt Bethanie, Uncle Paul and cousins Max and Lily. We got to have fun with the cousins while their parents went to the temple. I don't think Luke remembered them from Christmas, but it didn't take him long before he was having fun with both of them.

Making faces on the way to the park


Here Lily and Luke built a fort. I asked Luke, "where is your friend?". Lily sure liked Luke, too. During his nap she kept asking "Is he waking up soon?". She is going to be a pretty great little mom/babysitter/aunt someday.


Luke thought the video games were SO cool.