Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Being an only child is tough

Sometimes being an only child is tough and you have to improvise.  This is a video of Chase playing with his "computer" while simultaneously making a new friend on the iPad.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pizza night

I planned tonight's quick homemade pizza dinner to be another opportunity to get Chase back in the kitchen. He wasn't as interested as I had hoped. Where is my sous chef?

Ah, here he is. Digging into a bowl of mozzarella that's supposed to go on the pizza. Cute anyway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dinosaur Land

Last weekend we went back in time to walk among the dinosaurs at a 1960s-era roadside stop near the Shenandoah Valley -- Dinosaur Land. It is a park filled with 30+ lifesize steel/fiberglass dinos, and Chase was thrilled.

"Nice to meet you, dinosaur." Chase introduced himself to each one.

The exhibits included a few lifelike gory fighting scenes.

What's a dino park without King Kong?

And a shark? Maybe this is Jaws.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's 6am on a Wednesday and you're cranky. What do you do?

Take off your pants and stand in front of the freezer, of course.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On a growth spurt?

Last night for dinner Chase ate:

- two tangerines
- macaroni and cheese
- green beans
- turkey
- graham crackers for snack

and this morning when he woke up he asked for an apple and another tangerine.

The Lone Dinosaur

Chase's new favorite song. We get many requests to sing this one. It's catchy.

Friday, August 12, 2011

C is for cookie and D is for dinosaur

In another cookie adventure, we attempted sugar cookies in the shape of dinosaurs and farm animals. Going easy on the baking effort with premade dough for an impatient chef Chase, we focused on the cutting out and decorating. The first batch went super well -- which is why I have no pictures. I rolled out the dough, Chase cut out the animals, then we decorated with food coloring and sprinkles. Fun. Easy peasy. All neatness and no craziness. Mom is feeling confident about this venture, then ...

The second batch changed course. Here are the cute little cookie cutters, and notice to the side, a green dinosaur sneaking his way into the scene.

You can guess where the rest of his dinosaur buddies went ... climbing cookie dough mountain.

Chris follows a general rule to not eat or drink anything prepared by a child. Chase is demonstrating why that's probably a good idea.

Then the cookie dough became like play dough -- shoved into the dinosaur's little case, enthusiastically shaken on the floor, and smeared all over.

Lilly gobbled up the floor remnants of dough. Here she is saying, "I want more." I was hoping she would not throw up.

But in the end we have some good results. Can you spot a sheep and a T-rex, or is it a turtle and a rabbit? Now, who wants one?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mr. Potato Head

Playing with Mr. Potato Head ...

Chase said, "He looks like Daddy."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Toddler life

"The Toddler's Creed"
Author unknown

If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, wall, or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be dug into.
If it is stroller, it must not be ridden without protest.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried.
If Daddy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn't stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it is food, it must not be tasted.
If it is a carseat, it must be protested with an arched back.
If it is Mommy or Daddy, it must be hugged (or maybe ignored).
I am toddler!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Spelunking with sharks and divers

Chase's imagination is taking off. A recent favorite game is to hide in the blue blanket "cave" with a flashlight and his shark and scuba diver figurines. Some of the scuba divers carry flashlights, so Chase got the idea to use his own flashlight to help them look for sharks. That, everyone, is how you play sharks and divers.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Chase ends up ink-covered, but the entertainment provided by these stamps from the $1 bin at Target is worth it!

Thanks for the table cover, Maga! Perfect for projects like this.