Mommy and Daddy were experiencing flashbacks last night. We were at class making flowers with tissue paper. They called it "pomping".
We're not really sure what it is, but they said all our friends who went to Mizzou would know what it is.
You basically wrap tissue paper around your finger, dip it in glue, and stick it to paper. Pretty easy really, but they were saying they used to do it for hours to make floats. The big homecoming kind, not the root beer kind.
We went to Grandma and Grandpa's house over the weekend to celebrate. We're not really sure why it's so important, but we're not complaining. After all, we received gifts!
We got this really cool water drawing thing. You draw on the special paper with the special pen and after awhile, it all disappears! You can draw again and again and again.
We also got a top that you push on and it spins. It's a little more difficult to work, but still pretty cool nonetheless.
It was a pretty good night. Daddy chased us around the kitchen, we chased Daddy around the kitchen.
OK fine, Mommy and Daddy, if our thumbs are going to turn green when we touch these things then we'll TRY to stop.
WAIT A MINUTE . . .
Our Grandma's are green thumbs and we're pretty sure none of them actually have green thumbs. What are you trying to pull here?
We decided it was time to start helping out around the house a little. We sometimes pick up our toys, we love to put our shoes in the closet, and sometimes we help get our meals ready.
Is it still considered "help" if we steal a strawberry when Mommy isn't looking?
Look at the sun on our faces and the lack of snow on the ground. It reached 60 degrees today. We had to go outside and enjoy it.
As luck would have it, our neighbors' grandkids were over, and they came out to play with us. Nolan and Nick taught us how to ride the tricycle.
But really, who needs a tricycle when you have dirt and rocks. We'll have dirt under our fingernails for the next eight months.
With all this great hospitality, we decided to whip up a little snack in the backyard kitchen they have. Trevor hung around to help out.
It was great to just get out and run and run and run.
After it was all over, and time for a real snack, Trevor and Nolan helped us walk back to our house. Today was the first day we met Nolan, Nick and Trevor. They were a lot of fun. Needless to say, we'll probably be back.
Talk, talk, talk. That's all we do these days. Many words are easy to make out, others... well, it's anybody's guess. Charley's favorite word is "no," with a head shake. It's his answer to everything. Thankfully, Mom and Dad still think it's funny. (It's not an adamant no, more like a "nuh.") Jax picks up every new word possible. His latest include "comfortable" and "underwear" (though not in the same sentence).
We learn lots of words from our favorite songs on the CDs we got from our friend Nathaniel. It's really a shame "Name that Tune" is no longer on TV because Jax could win in a heartbeat. He can tell you what the song is within a few seconds. ("Nonono" for Tantrum, "Eieieiei" for Broccoli, "Nap!" for I Need a Nap, and the list goes on. It's kind of scary.)
We're very excited that spring will be here soon. We've already explored the outdoors a little, and we can't wait until it's dry and warm enough to check out the parks! We turn 18 months on the 26th. Mommy's planning a special half-birthday treat for us, you'll have to stay tuned.
To set the stage--
When we eat Goldfish Crackers we sing a little song, "Swimming, swimming in the sea... swimming swimming just for me... (insert into mouth and with gusto say) YUM!"
So, we went to the aquarium Saturday with our old neighbors from Iowa who came to visit... as we're looking at the "fishies" Jax is continuously making the motions for our Goldfish song and saying "YUM!"
Then again today, as we were either reading a book or watching Sesame Street (we'll say reading a book, that makes us sound smarter since we're not supposed to watch TV)... he saw a fish and immediately starts with the motions and the "yum!"
We can't wait until we eat real fish. It probably tastes even better than those crackers. Not to mention the satisfaction that will come after sticking our hands in a fish tank and actually catching a real one!
April 1, 2008