Thursday, July 30, 2009
Being from Alabama, I have seen more than my share of these gross little creatures scurrying about at night. There was awhile in college when I worked on campus and most of my shifts ended at midnight. On these nights, it was almost always guaranteed that I would see at least one opossum on my walk back to the dorm. While I, like almost everyone else, got so used to the squirrels on campus that I hardly even noticed they were there even when they were running across my path, the opossums were something that I could never get used to.
Can I just stop here and say that every time that I write the word opossum I pronounce it in my head exactly as it is written instead of how it is supposed to be pronounced, and that is really throwing me the hell off.
Anyhow, the last time that we went back to Alabama, my mother-in-law told me she bought Jackson a present to remind him of home. She got him this:
Now, really y'all, I know her heart was in the right place and that she cannot HELP but buy Jackson anything he could possibly ever need, want, or think of, BUT I know that when she pulled this stuffed opossum out of the gift bag, my face held a look of pure disgust. I mumbled something about them freaking me out, and when we left town I accidentally left that toy behind.
Since there is literally nothing to do back home, one day she and I decided to take Jackson to the pet store to look at the animals. While we were there we looked at the birds, cats, and fish, and when we got around to the cages of hamsters, guinea pigs, and mice, I stopped. I couldn't even go in that section, and I point blank told her that if Jackson ever asked for any of those animals as a pet that she HAD to say no. And if she doesn't, she'll be keeping that pet at her house.
Strangely, I have no real aversion to reptiles, despite my grandmother's deep-seated fear of them. (Which is an anomaly in itself. She hides her face if she sees a snake on TV, but if one gets near the house she will bravely march up to it and cut its head off with the nearest sharp tool). Lizards have never really bothered me, and while I'm still not a big fan of snakes, if it came down to a snake or a hamster, I figure I'll probably let Jackson have the snake. But only if there is a kind that doesn't require having to buy cages full of mice to feed it with. All in all, I guess I'm just hoping this little argument never comes up at all.
So tell me, what are you scared of?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We are back from Disney! We had so much fun! Saturday we went to Magic Kingdom. We rode everything and stayed to watch the fireworks. Our favorite thing there was Disney's Philharmagic, a 3D musical show.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We have a hotel already, we are staying at the Disney Dolphin Resort. But I need some help! I haven't been to Disney World since I was like 8 and the only thing I remember about it is that my little sister got lost in the bathrooms and that we went on "It's a Small World." But I KNOW I've read tons of posts where you guys have gone to Disney recently, so help a girl out ok?
What are the best places to eat? What are the rides/sites/attractions that we MUST SEE while we're down there?
We already know we want to see Magic Kingdom at night, but other than that we have no clue. Leave me some suggestions....pretty please?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We were busy bees this week! Monday we went to see folk singer Kate Carpenter and it was a lot of fun! She had tons of different puppets, fun songs, and used different voices and instruments. Tuesday we had a play date and Thursday we went to story time at the library. Friday we were supposed to go to a pool party, but it got rained out!
Jackson loves to be read to. His favorite book is Toes, Ears & Nose . I swear it is his favorite toy. Even if it is at the bottom of his toy bin, he will find it before playing with the other toys. The only problem is that he keeps tearing the flaps out, (every flap has been taped back in at least 4 or 5 times) so we will definitely need to buy a new copy soon. Another book that he really loves is I Love You, Every Little Bit. I have to work really hard at not letting him tear the pop-up parts though!
He got a shape sorter for his birthday. As you can see, he doesn't really sort the shapes yet. But he plays with it a good bit, so I just sit with him and constantly repeat the shape and color of whichever block he picks up. I've also been using it to work on the concept of "in" and "out." I know he doesn't really get it yet but he likes playing with them.
I also bought him a farm animal puzzle. He doesn't really understand this yet either, but I show him a few times and then I just tell him the name of the animal he picks up and the sound it makes.
I ordered these farm animal puppets from Discount School Supply. I just love these! I've been singing him Old MacDonald pretty much since he was born, and I love having these puppets as visuals for it now.
Our new favorite song is one I got from the book Toddler Play by Gymboree (it is full of great ideas!). You sing it to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" and it goes like this...
Clap, Clap, Clap
Clap, Clap, Clap
Take your little hands and clap, clap, clap
(Then follow the same pattern for the next verses)
Take your little feet and tap, tap, tap
Take your little arms and hug, hug, hug (last line: hug your mom & dad)
Take your little mouth and kiss, kiss, kiss (last line: hug your mom & dad)
Take your little hands and wave good bye, wave good bye, wave good bye
Jackson LOVES the hug & kiss parts. And since he has started patting his head, I added a "Take your little hand and pat your head" part for him.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
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Friday, July 10, 2009
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Jason: "Just so you know, I want to be shot into space."
Me: "That sounds expensive. I mean, I'd have to be like, 'Sorry Jackson, I know you were supposed to inherit all of this life insurance money when your dad died, but his dying wish was to be shot into space so I guess we'll have to go into debt instead.' But hey, I guess I could just try to throw you as far as I can. That would be my attempt. But you know, I can't throw very far so I doubt you'd make it into space and the neighbors would probably wonder why there was so much ash in their yard, and if they figured out it was you, they'd probably be pretty angry."
Jason: "Oh, I don't want to be cremated."
This is where I imagined Jason's dead body floating around in space and we ended up having a conversation about whether or not a body would decay if it were in space instead of in the ground. And he told me that he would still be in a coffin, it wouldn't be like coming across his dead body in an alley or something, but I can only imagine that in 50 years when kids are on some sort of space bus headed to the moon for a field trip, they come across Jason's dead but still intact body floating around out there.
Monday, July 6, 2009
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring (red, blue, yellow)
airtight storage container (bowl or jar)
Directions: Mix the cornstarch, water, and food coloring in a saucepan and boil until the mixture thickens. Allow paint to cool before storing in airtight container.
Later in the week we decided to "paint" with yogurt.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Jason had something to say about the wedding too....
J: "So who else is going to be in the wedding party?"
Me: "I'm not sure yet."
J: "Well it doesn't matter. I already know I'm going to get to bang a bridesmaid."
Well at least we know he was talking about me!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I have had this book for about 6 weeks now, and I have been doing tons of new things with Jackson! First of all, the book is set up into 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, & 9-12 month sections. Each section has a developmental chart that says where your child "may be" for physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development. Then it gives plenty of games that will help your child develop even further in each stage. I am still doing different activities with Jackson from both the 6-9 & 9-12 month sections. We both love the activities that the book suggests, and they it gave me plenty of ideas for things to do all day long!
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