Thursday, March 31, 2011

What is he trying to tell us?

a.) Mom get in here and cook me some supper!
b.) I don't like what you cooked dad, make me something else.
c.) Don't worry Mom and Dad, I am going to cook for you tonight.
d.) He is bored and wants to tear everything out of my cabinets.

Unfortunately, I do not have the correct answer.

All I know is he can now get into my lazy-susan cabinet, and drags out all the pots, pans, and lids. He then likes to stand in them. Don't worry if you come and eat with us, I wash them if I see him stand or spit in them.

He already had a delicious meal at Mema's and did not eat the yummy stir-fry that dad had cooked.

We heard a commotion in the kitchen as Tony and I ate our supper. He fussed and came around the corner. I wished I had the camera when he walked in struggling to drag that big pan.

It was heavy, and he could not manage to get it back into the cabinet.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On His Scooter

I think I have mentioned before that he is growing way too fast. Also I have mentioned that  he learns new things daily. Well he now knows how to get on and off of his scooter.

This was taken in September when he was about 9 months old. He has the balance to sit on it but he cannot get on and off. He could not even walk at this point.

Now look at him. Such a big boy sitting on his scooter.

He can get on and off and he needs no help from mom or dad.

He still drools constantly. I really hope he outgrows that soon. I'm sure he goes through 30 or more bibs a week.

Now when it comes to getting on to the scooter he really only uses the right leg. It cracks me up because he gets on backwards.

Kinda makes it hard.

He realizes that something is wrong or he just wants to turn around. I'm sure he likes this way too because he can play with the other parts of the scooter on the back.

He tried getting back on a few times on this side but he could not figure out why it was wrong each time. So he studied for a few more seconds and realized he needed to go to the other side.

His dominate leg was used and he got on the proper side. He showing his right side is more dominate but he is still throwing with his left arm some. We are trying to encourage him to throw with both. Maybe we can train him to be ambidextrous.

It will not be too long and he will be propelling himself forward instead of backwards.

Such a little show off.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eating Corn on the Cob

I was picking Tyler up from Mema and Papa's house and he was eating supper. Spaghetti and corn on the cob. Mema helped him eat part of this one but he ate the majority of it. He was really digging in.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Please Go To SLEEP!

I had tried all day to get my little booger to sleep. Sleep just would not come. He was tired. He was fussy. He just did not want to lay down. I then decided to run him around outside, let him play, and ride him around in the wagon. I turned around and noticed that he was starting to nod off while riding, so I layed him down in the wagon and rode him around in circles in the basement.

He finally fell asleep.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Little Boy is Now a Man

Tyler now pokes at his ears,
spits in the floor,
picks his nose,
plays with his wee wee,
and thinks it is funny when he farts.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Working and Playing in the Mud: Part 2

Tyler took a nap and I reorganized some of the cleaning supplies, paint, and other hazardous materials in a cabinet that we can lock. Once he was awake he was wide open again. He watched dad use gloves to move the wood for our raised bed garden.

Of course he had to put it on and squint just like his daddy. The first time he put the glove on it was on the correct hand. By the time I fetched my camera it had fell off and he put it on the wrong hand. 

He was everywhere. We finished half of what we set out to accomplish that day, but I will say we laughed and played plenty to make up for it.

We about had the garden built when he found the cup of ice water. He guzzled it down to nothing but ice.

Let me tell you what he is doing in each picture because we laughed at him the whole time.

Above: He is swinging the cup back and forth singing arow, arow, arow (translation: arow means around)

I think he is asking me if I want some. I'm guessing.

Then he proceeds to drink more.

Here he is dribbling the water out of his mouth and down his belly.
  
Tractor noises.

More tractor noises.

He is telling me the water is really cold and he likes it a lot.

Let me tell you what happens right after this picture.

I snap the picture and turn around to put the camera down so we can finish building the garden frame. As I do so he trips coming into the basement and ice flies everywhere. I step over to pick him up and get him some fresh water out of the spigot to tide him over while we finish. I kick the ice out into the drive, and turn back to helping Tony.

As I turn back to watch Tyler, I see him set his cup down and go to pick up the ice. I tell him not too, that it is dirty, but he is determined to do what ever he wants. He walks over and starts putting the ice and the dirt that covers it into his cup. I tell him no but that only speeds him up when he sees me walking toward him.

I dump the water out thinking that will keep him from drinking mud while we carry the planting bed out to the backyard. When we walk back around the corner and start talking about supper we turn around to see our son scavaging what little ice cubes he can find and putting them into his empty cup and turning it up trying to drink them. I am horrified but I laugh.

Really? What's a little more dirt?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Working and Playing in the Mud: Part I

We prepared for a long weekend of work. I was cooking supper and Tyler would run back and forth into the house and back out to watch Tony move fallen trees and limbs. He loves his dad so much and he was not happy to leave the tractor parked in our drive.

He watched and happily ran around on the porch.

On Saturday, the weather was beautiful and we broke out the shorts and sunscreen. Tony started burning the brush that we had collected and we tore into cleaning the basement. It had been a disaster for far too long and we were in need of a little bit of organization.
Tyler enjoyed dragging out the brooms and the water hose.

Then he found where the water hoses were attached. What fun.

I asked him what he was doing and he just grunted and went back to playing with the water.

He tried moving the hose but it was just too much to handle.

So he dug into the mud and rocks.

This was a first for him. Kid's love dirt regardless, I can't wait to sit down in the mud and play with him soon. I never grew up, I still love mud.

He even sampled a little bit. Mud pies are more fun to make than eat.

He wiped it off his lips.

"Mom, why did you let me eat that?"

Work is fun when you get to do it right beside your baby playing in the mud.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tyler's Rocking Horse

I had posted about Tyler's rocking horse last year. He liked it but he just could not stay on it for long.

Take a look at him!
That little belly and those sweet little legs. He is just too cute. He can barely stay on.

Now look at him. I can't believe how much he has grown. He can even rock himself. As he does he says, "raa, raa, raa." Meaning rock, rock, rock.

He would get tickled and pull his legs up. This would scare me that he would fall but he was holding on really well and continued to play.

Then he was ready to get off and started to pull his legs up to get off.

Look he could not do this before! He is getting off the horse without help. I am amazed.

Later we let all the stuffed animals take a ride too. He thought it was funny to let them ride and play with his toys. Everyone got a turn except for mom.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend with Family

We had a very busy weekend. It was very enjoyable. We visited grandparents and great grandparents and had the best time with Tyler.

Sometimes you let life get a little too busy and it just gets out of hand. We recognized this and decided to take much needed time and visit with my grandparents and Tyler's great-grandparents.

This is Tyler's Great-Grandmother Jolene, or Mamaw as we call her. She has a beauty shop, Jolene's Beauty Shop, and was working when we visited. I grew up in this shop playing and fixing all her wigs, she let me chop all the hair off of them. She just knew that I would be a hair dresser one day.

Her shop has not changed much since I was little. I am very glad it hasn't because now Tyler gets to experience it the way I did. We used to love to get off of the bus at her house and eat her Oreo cookies and get a Coke out of her Coke Machine.

This is Papaw Brigmon. He is Tyler's Great-Grandfather. When he saw us pull into the drive and go into the shop he came right over to visit with all of us. What is so wonderful about Mamaw's shop is it is right next to her house. 

After we posed for plenty of pictures Tyler was ready to go outside and play. Which I don't blame him one bit. It was gorgeous outside. It was too bad that Mamaw had to work.

Tyler hugged everyone and gave plenty of kisses and we went over to see what was going on at my Mom and Dad's place.

Of course when we got over the house it looked like no one was home, but after looking around on the hill and then down in the barn we found Papa. After a little small talk, Papa took Tyler for a ride on the tractor. Then Mema pulled in.

It looked like we were having a parade. It was such a gorgeous day to be outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Tyler had his tractor going too. Papa thought he was too cute as usual.

As you can see Tyler had found a stick before he went for a ride and he kept a death grip on it.

Once again he started up his tractor and Papa just had to take him on another round. Once they got him back up to the house, Papa showed him how the wood splitter worked.

By the time we got home the little booger was worn out. He went to sleep pretty quick and his hair was a mess when he woke up. He had quiet the appetite too. He crammed animal cracker after animal cracker in his mouth. It was a long day full of so much fun.

Yes this is still the same day can you believe it? We went for a wagon ride and then pulled out his push car.

We pushed this car back and forth in the driveway. He did about 10 laps while dad went to the grocery store for us.

When Sunday rolled around we were off on the road again. This time to see Tyler's Great-Grandmother Betty, or as we call her Nanny. She is in a rehab/nursing facility because she has a fractured hip.

We went with Uncle Jay to visit her. Uncle Jay had made a nice photo album with pictures of Nanny's new puppy Farley. She had him for only a few weeks when she fell and had to go to the hospital. She misses him so much.

She looked at the pictures over and over again, showing Tyler and telling him all about Farley.

Tyler thought it was so funny and made funny faces and laughed. He loves puppy dogs too.

Nanny is such a sweet and tough lady. In the past 3 years she has been through a lot. She had to have all her teeth removed to have surgery and radiation for cancer. Then she had to go to Winston-Salem to have another operation. Just 2 months ago she was in the hospital again for stomach ulcers. She fell 2 weeks ago and now she is having to have therapy to heal and get home. I hope one day I am just a pinch as tough as she is. She is determined and set in her ways and we love her so much for being just that.

She misses Papaw Banks, Farley, and her piano. She told us that the therapist let her play the piano. She thought he liked rock-n-roll so she played him Elvis's Heart Break Hotel. Such a show off.

The therapist was doing a lot of exercises with her like a bike machine, walking, washing the dishes, and folding clothes. I asked her if he paid her for doing so much work for them and she laughed and said, "No, he probably should have though."

Tyler wanted to show off too, so he grabbed the walker and demonstrated for Nanny how to walk around the room.

We could have stayed all day, but we needed to go home so Tyler could get a nap. We kissed Nanny good-bye and waved bye to Uncle Jay.

Such a full weekend, but somehow we got it all in. We even had time to play with Tucker and walk around outside and enjoy the afternoon.

We are blessed with such a wonderful family. We love you each and everyone

*I am not a super hero, this was a week ago. I have more updates on our recent weekend coming. Just wanted to clarify.