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I Know What I am Having for Dinner

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 9, 2009 by ltycks
Ten Little Piggies

Ten Little Piggies

SpongeBob @ $1.07

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 4, 2009 by ltycks

Oh oh, beware here is a link to the new BK Kids Meal Toy, http://www.clubbk.com/Toys/Default.aspx.

Tonight, after a long day I looked at Hubs and said, “Let’s go out to eat.”  I was still recovering from Dubs’ spaghetti catastrophe dinner last night.    Our choice was Burger King for no other reason other than it’s close. And cheap.  And easy enough for small kids.  Not my idea of an epic family night out, but I’ll take it.  I made the mistake of pointing out the Baba (aka SpongeBob) toys to Dubs.  All we heard then was “I want Baba, I want Baba…”  Admittedly, he was not loud.

Fast forward to our “order” arriving (they actually brought it to our table), Hubs and I hide the toy so Dubs can focus on his chicken nuggets (that appearantly come in the form of crowns).  We did manage to catch a glimpse of the toy.  Turns out he got…

PATRICK!!!

Needless to say Dubs, still fussing over the Baba display was not happy when he saw the pink side kick of SpongeBob.  And honestly, as much SpongeBob as we watch, I was kind of rooting for any one other than Patrick.  Dinner continues and Dubs oscillates between loving and hating Patrick.  Feeling quite the peace keeper I decided to buy him a Spongebob figure.  Hey, it turns out they are $1.07 – not bad, much cheaper than anything at Toys R Us.

It was then that I found out the sad news…they did not have any SpongeBobs.  Only Patricks and Squidwards.  Seriously?  No Sandy, no Gary, no jellyfish catching Spongebob.

Dubs happily played with Patrick AND Squidward all night.

 

Could this kid like cars any more?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 1, 2009 by ltycks

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Halloween 2009

A kid in a playground…and by kid I mean a grown up kid, and by playground…I mean (accessible!) playground (!!!)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 30, 2009 by ltycks

*Woot* *Woot* there is this one public park that has THE  greatest playground I have ever laid eyes, and motorized wheelchair, on.  The sand box is elevatod so kids I mean moms and dads who are disabled can be seated whilst engaging in sand castle building and overall digging merriment.  The slides are all on ramps rather than steps so that those of all physical abilities can cruise around.  Even the bridge is wheelchair friendly.  No people I am not dreaming this up.  It is here in Midwesternville.  I have been there. Twice with Dubs.  On a rare, warm day off I may just go frolicking by myself.

I.never.had.this.growing.up.

I’m just glad HE does.

Engines Churning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 24, 2009 by ltycks

It is a beautiful fall morning here in the Midwest (can’t you tell I grew up here?).  It’s a Saturday.  The trees are sprouting gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, red, and pink foliage.  A little over a year ago when Hubs and I were house hunting, the fact that our (now) neighborhood has an abundance of trees was definately a winning point.

Weekends are energizing.  There are two days of no-work-do-want-we-want-and-can-afford ahead of us.  Another work week is past us.  I like to focus my weekends on providing learning experiences and family bonding time for Dubs.  He loves going out as a family, even if it is to the grocery store – which can still be a learning experience.  I also try to make my parents a part of his weekend: hubs and I never had grandparents that lived in town, or that lived close enough to us that we could easily visit them, for that matter.  And I consider it a blessing (and much needed respite!) that Dubs can have this.

On another note, I am very interested in learning the weekday and weekend rituals of other families.  As working parents, Hubs and I usually meet up after work at Dubs “school” (aka daycare) to pick him up. Together. As a family.  I like to think that it is nice for our child that his full parental unit picks him up everyday.  It’s not a necessity.  Nor is it somehow “wrong” if other parents are unable to do this, or choose not to do this.  It’s just somethig that we are able to do -it’s one of our rituals.  It enables us to all come home from our respective “schools” together.  And we may not always be able to do so.

On weekends our biggest ritual revolves around Playhouse Disney – which is probably the biggest reason we have cable.  Dubs loves him some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (and can be seen almost anywhere calling out “Oh Toodles” with his hands on his cheeks.  Bless his Heart) along with My Friends Tigger and Pooh, and Special Agent Oso.  And as a parent, I appreciate the interactiveness and educational content of these shows.

Another ritual that we seemed to have adopted consists of watching hockey.  My brother an advent Blues fan and multi-year season ticket holder had taken Dubs and I to his first hockey game last year.  And Dubs (who was 20 months old at the time) loved it.  Neither the intensity nor the loudness seemed to bother him.  So we took him to two more games last year, and have been to one this year so far.

We have also started to watch the games at home with him.  I love that he enjoys watching the Blues and I think it is very important for kids to believe in heroes – whether they are soldiers, police officers, firefighters, sports figures, or mommy and daddy – I think that hereos give kids the opportunity to have hope, to witness courage, and it provides a healthy belief system for kids.  To me it also promotes their innocence, which in toddlerhood and childhood, can be paramount.