I know the Halloween picture is now totally outdated, but I love how dazed they both look. Trick-or-treating is a lot of work. Between Halloween and Grandma and Gramps visiting we’ve sort of had non-stop treats around here. Not that I’m complaining, I love treats. We even had an extra bonus treat because we baked cupcakes for Auntie Leigh’s birthday so we could sing and eat cake while having a computer chat with her. Unfortunately Sam didn’t want to perform on cue, which was sad because he’d done several performances of his version of a birthday song, “Happy day day to you”.
In this picture they’re watching Monster Truck Mater, and the hypnotized look on Nathan’s face is not entirely due to the Halloween sugar rush. Amazon finally delivered our Mater’s Tall Tales DVD today, and we watched all of them before dinner today. Nathan was completely delighted. We also watched the little preview of new Cars land in Disneyland. He definitely did not fully understand what parts were real and what parts were the show, but his reaction makes me understand why people get so excited about the Disney vacation.
Nathan and Sam had a really good day with Grandma and Gramps today. This week the boys are still going to school/daycare in the mornings and Grandma and Gramps are picking them up after lunch. Yesterday Sam was fast asleep in his high chair when Mom got there, and he somehow managed to stay asleep through the car ride home and the transfer to the crib. Today he was awake and cheerful, and spent a while pointing out the rabbit and the other kids (who he now calls “friends”) and even demonstrating some words in Spanish for her. Nathan also showed them around his school. He is predictably delighted that he gets to skip the hated rest time for the week.
Nathan and Gramps spent over an hour this afternoon playing with the science kit they brought for him. I feel like Sam has hit a huge verbal leap, and Nathan has hit a huge emotional leap. Actually I’m not sure emotional is quite the right word, he just has suddenly developed a focus he never had before. Wait, actually that’s not true. It’s just that I’ve only seen him that focused on his ongoing scooping-loading-dumping project he’s been working on for the past three years. But this is a kid who never once sat still for an art project at Westside, and now he’s constantly asking me for more paper and writing his name all over the place. I can’t believe he stayed focused on that science project for that long. And he’s moved on from drawing only bucket trucks to drawing pumpkins and painting a reasonable looking face that he declared was a picture of me. I could do without the butt jokes that came along with this particular developmental leap, though.
Last night he was being difficult about bedtime, I got annoyed, and he got upset. For some reason he went from being upset to crying over losing my Clementine, which was really out of left field, I don’t think we’ve listed to that song for at least a month or two. But he just kept getting more and more worked up, and frankly I see his point, that song is really kind of awful once you really listen to the words. So I had to invent a new ending to the story with the father found her in the forest, gave her a scolding for running off and scaring him, and then they both went home and had pancakes for breakfast. I improvised a new verse which went something like this.
She went home and had some breakfast
Berry pancakes, sweet and fine
Now we’ll stay right here together
Oh my darlin’ Clementine
Oh my darlin’, Oh my darlin’, Oh my darlin’ Clementine
…Now we’ll stay right here forever
Oh my darlin’ Clementine