Monday, January 25, 2010

Attitude, Art and Accident

The Girl is eating and growing at an alarming rate. Today she kindly finished off a 4 oz peice of NY strip steak, four strawberries and then a nice chunk of pear. I think she is really trying to catch up to her brother in height as she seems to just be getting taller and taller. She is learning more words and she is getting very good at letting you know when she is not happy about something you are doing, giving her or making her do. All in all she seems ready for the terrible twos.

The Boy is developing quite the personality as well. Some of the comments he makes crack us up and we often wonder where he learns this stuff (I realize it is probably school). We recently got him an easel with a chalk board on one side and a dry erase board on the other. In addition you can buy rolls of paper for the middle to pull over either side to draw on. The best part for the chalk, roll of paper and easel it was about $23 at Ikea. We bought him some dry erase markers at Michaels and he has crayons coming out the wazoo. He loves it and he will suddenly disappear to go draw. He has draw our house, hockey rinks, race tracks, etc. Plus we don't have a thousand sheets of his drawings laying around. One interesting thing of note, I was talking to his preschool teacher and he has yet to decide if he wants to be right or left handed and it seems she is starting to think he may be truly ambidextrous. There are very few things if any he does completely on one side unless necessary.

I have decided that I am ready to return to a nice beach somewhere (the Bahamas, Riviera Maya, etc.) permanently as this morning I fell down the stairs. I am sore but OK, just figure I need to get done with January and start a new in February.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Back from Vacation

This about the parents, a much needed vacation to relax and reset. The wife and I went to Riviera Maya for a long weekend recently. We had a great time and enjoyed the time to not worry about anything for a few days. Nothing like warm sunny weather, a beach waiter and a fire dancing show to help one feel at ease. The Boy and the Girl enjoyed their time with their grandparents which we are grateful to for taking care of them while we were gone. Here are a few pictures of how we spent our vacation:

What We did in the morning:
Where we ate lunch:

What we did in the afternoon, Thankfully there was a beach waiter so we didn't have to get up:
What we did later in the afternoon, is that swim-up bar over there?
Even a little play gambling for prizes and yes I won the Texas Hold'em portion:
Out on the beach bed for sunrise:

Where we ate breakfast:

Did I mention this is what we did in the morning?
Part of the fire show:
One more for the ride home:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Back to school

What a glorious day Monday was, back to school fro the Boy. I think we were both equally as happy. The girl can't wait until next year when he is in school all day 5 days a week, she has big plans. I hope she likes school as much as he does.

Just the other day the Boy asked when is summer going to start because he wants to wear shorts, I had to inform him that Winter just started and he wasn't really happy about it. On the other hand when it is summer he asks when it is going to snow so he can go sledding, so either way you can't win.

The Girl is really starting to learn words, only issue is she understands them and tries to say them but sometimes they don't come out as what she is trying to say. So on top of her Chinese from Ni-Hao Kai-Lan, I must learn another whole new language. I guess I really am multi-lingual, at least a 20 month, a 5 yr. old and maybe the cat can understand me. Her favorite activity sometimes seems to be hearing her brother burp or joining him in the fake burping that sounds more like growling. As for her eating she has been helping us with the lasagna as she eats about a whole piece herself, meanwhile getting the Boy to eat is like trying to sell a time share.