Monday, January 30, 2012

Tyler's Inflatable Fort

Tyler now has an inflatable fort.

Tyler has made it like a little nest and takes his snacks here as well.
 
The size is perfect for him. Not so much for me and him.

He does not like for me to enter and tells me to get out.

"Hehe, boys only mom!"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tyler In Church

Last Sunday, Tyler was so excited to be going to Sunday School. We go to the early service so the classes meets after our morning service. It never fails though as we walk in the door he is upset that we pass by the doors to his class room. Every morning we explain to him that he gets to go to class after the service.

As we assembled, there was an alter prayer for a member of the church and we all gathered at the front of the church to pray. Tyler was happy that we were away from our regular pew and sat very sweetly between Tony and me. When Pastor Keith said, "Amen," Tyler's head jerked up and he said, "skool!" We had to tell him no the service had not really begun and that we had to sit for a while.

He was not happy about this at all.

A lady in the church testified and a few other objects of prayer were mentioned. As Pastor Keith adjusted his microphone on his tie he asked if anyone else had any objects or praise before he started his sermon. Tyler whirled around quickly and yelled over the bench, "No!" Everyone laughed and turned to look at us.

I was so shocked and mortified. I could not look up at anyone or the preacher. The heat from my face was so intense that tears formed in my eyes and it was all I could do not to cry, but I was on verge of laughing out loud too.

The next time that I think my toddler, as he is playing with a matchbox car or doodling on a piece of paper, is not listening to a word that the preacher is saying, I will remember he is more than capable of answering the preachers question. Whether those questions are rhetorical or not.

He also understands that when the preacher is finished speaking, he prays, and finishes with Amen. This means that he gets to go to Sunday School and color, eat a snack, sing, and play with friends. That is why, at the completion of Pastor Keith's prayer, my child will yell, "Yeah!!!"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Elk!"

If it has antlers then Tyler thinks it's an elk. It is really hard to describe to him the difference between elk, moose, mule deer, or even caribou. I can't even tell the difference between elk and caribou?

He insists that everything is an elk. Tony pulled out the laptop and found a video with one and Tyler loved it.

He knew what it was pointed and told us over and over, "Elk."

And then he would demonstrate a shooting technique or something like that. He makes his dad proud.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beans & Rice Sensory Play

I love to let Tyler make a mess. Does it make me go a little crazy in my head? Yes, but the truth is he is learning so many fine motor skills and absolutely loves getting to do something out of the ordinary.

Tony and I cleaned out the pantry and found a bag of opened pinto beans. Then I remembered stashing away a large bag of rice a year ago. No way were we going to eat this, but I had the perfect use. A sensory table! I have been getting ideas from this blog called Play At Home Mom. She has so many great ideas and proves that you don't have to spend a lot to entertain and inspire creativity and curiosity in your child.

Tyler had no idea what to do at first. So I drove his trucks around, and told him to find the beans, and then I gave him an ice tray to separate out what he found.

Yes there was a few spoonfuls of rice that were accidentally and purposefully dumped in the floor. No worries I told myself, I need to sweep anyways.

It did not take long at all for Tyler to get his own ideas and start to play without any help from me. I just sat back and watched as he dove into having fun.

He tried out digging, driving the trucks, hauling rice, filling the bowl and stirring, pushing the rice with the dozer, and digging and finding the beans. I even found chop sticks and showed him how to use them to pick up the beans. I think next time I may inspire him with hidden treasure.

I would play with him but he preferred for me to just sit and watch. It was a small box and I can see how too many hands hindered his fun.

After I sat there for a minute I remembered my camera. I tried to coax a smile out of him but I failed to achieve eye contact.

He was intensely focused on his box of rice and beans and what he wanted to do next. This was fine with me. I think the next time I am cooking I may dig this out again for him to play with. He likes to pretend he is cooking me a nice meal, and I pretend to sample his work.

He tried a bean and some of the rice and this was the perfect time, as he spit it back out, to explain that it tastes much better once it has been cooked.

Sensory Table Resources

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dog + Green Crayon = Gross

"Tucker ate part of the green crayon." I  told Tony after he got out of the shower. He asked how much?

"Not very much at all," I said " I caught him smacking on it, and it looks like he only nibbled on the tip."

After that we all went about our business that day and forgot about the crayon. It didn't seem like much to worry about. How many times have I caught Tyler nibbling on one. Never seemed to hurt him.

Later that night we stayed up and watched a movie, it was late and I was so tired. As we walked into the bed room Tucker, who was curled up on my side of the comforter, let out a huge burp. We laughed and that's when he stood up and gave a few dry heaves and then puked yellow and blue vomit on my freshly laundered comforter.

For those of you that don't know, green is a combination of blue and yellow. The crayon managed to remain in his stomach all day and separate out perfectly into its original primary colors, only to be puked onto my bed and carpet at 11:30 pm.

The smell was beyond vile. I can only describe it to be something more expected from the rear end of my dog.

I was beyond upset. I just had the comforter freshly laundered at the dry cleaners only 2 months ago! The ladies at the dry cleaners thought it was hilarious though. They loved the bedding when I first brought it in, so of course they recognized me. We all laughed, but I was still a little bitter about the whole thing and they were getting paid for my misfortune.

This will be a great lesson for Tyler one day in learning his CMYK color model. It has been a disgusting and costly lesson for me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Complete Farm

The latest addition to his farm is a truck with a trailer. Memaw and Papaw got this for him for Christmas and he has enjoyed loading it up with hay and cows and taking care of his farm. 

He even has some toy men that fit perfectly in the seat to drive the truck. He is amazed at the possibilities with his new truck. I think that this is perfect practice for when he goes and helps Paw on the farm. He really does enjoy working while playing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tyler's 2nd Birthday Party

 Preparation for the party started weeks before. The balloons were ordered, supplies purchased, and cakes baked. Luckily I had help the night before with all the cakes and with the cake pops.

 After Tyler was in bed we went to work assembling the pops. His birthday theme was a farm birthday we were doing pops that look like pigs, cows, and chickens.

 Rachel was enjoying herself. Hannah was paying close attention to the chocolate dipping process.

 We dipped and decorated 46 cake pops.

 It took us 2 hours to complete the process.

 It was so much fun to see how we could make them unique and interesting.

 Not all of them were perfect, but they were all delicious.

 I could not help but laugh when I put them in the refrigerator. The light made them look almost real. 

 The next morning we were busy setting up lunch for everyone. Hannah frosted the cake for me. Tony picked up the pizzas. Everything looked perfect.

 At this point Tyler was so excited about everything, but I don't think he really understood.

 Then he started to beg for cake. He would climb into his high chair and say, "Ready!"

 I think he was starting to realize what was going on. His favorite thing is farming and animals then you add cake. He was thrilled.

 I had already sang Happy Birthday to him for 3 days and he was eating it up every time.

 He knew that all of this was for him. He was getting more and more excited.

 We tried to create a barn cake. It was really hard to do and maybe we should have done it on a smaller scale. It was yummy, who cares how it looked. Tyler's other cake was chocolate and it had our top choices of cake pops with a pretzel fence.

 Tyler loved the fence. He actually played with it before it went on the cake. It is so funny the things that he gravitates towards.

 Finally I was able to get pizza in front of him and told him that as long as he ate his pizza that cake would soon follow.

 He was pretty hungry and really did not want to even pose for a picture for me. 

 He was so happy to share a table with the big boys and eat pizza.

 We had a full house to celebrate our boy turning 2.

 The cake was sitting just out of reach and it was looking more and more delicious.

 Tyler kept pointing to the cake pops. I could not keep him from them any longer.

 So we grabbed candles and told him to smile with his cake.

 He was trying to blow out the candles before I even lit them. 

 I was so excited to see him have everyone sing to him. He would just light up to hear the song being sung to him by me. I could only imagine his reaction from a larger crowd.

 He smiled the whole time. His dad had to hold him to keep him out of the icing.

 His smile was so infectious and he was thrilled to have everyone there singing to him.

 I don't think there is a happier song. He loved every minute of it.

 Then it was time to blow out the candles.

 He did such a good job and didn't even spit on the cake.

He was so excited to get to eat that cake.

We let him pick out which of the animals he wanted to eat first. Of course it was the cow.

After he sampled part of it he was ready to return it back to the cake and try the pig.

Then he changed his mind.

I guess it was too good to put back.

He had cake, ice cream, and cake pops. My little boy was in birthday heaven.

I went to go check on the rest of the boys and they were having fun playing games and eating cake.

After Tyler ate until I am quiet certain he was about sick it was present time.

He received so many wonderful gifts, like this Thomas train. He can sit on it and it puffs little balls that are supposed to be smoke.

He also received a cute little crayon drawing set. It sings while he draws.

He received a jar of quarters from his Mamaw Brigmon. We were all surprised that he did not insist to go and deposit it into his piggy bank immediately.

He also got a Tennessee hat from Aunt Kim and Uncle Jim and a Smokey Pillow Pet from Mom and Dad.

Aunt Angie, Uncle Russ and the girls gave him books. He has me read these over and over.
He had everyone laughing because he insisted on bringing the presents right in front of me, unwrapping them, and then telling me to get what ever toy out of the box.

He received a Playmobil Noah's Arc from Mimi and Paw. He really tries to get all of his animals on it. 

It's just not big enough for all of his cows and horses. He can count to two now so I think I will need to tell him more in depth about Noah and the Arc.

He also got the cutest elephant hat from Uncle Ted, Aunt Kimmy, and the boys. 

He enjoyed trying it out. It even has its own built in mittens.

He received a table and two chairs from Memaw and Papaw Williams. This is perfect for his art and craft time with mom. He loves being able to sit and play on it.

When he opened Smokey from Mom and Dad he had to flip flop its ears for everyone.

One of his last gifts was a guitar from Mom and Dad. 

This was coming for some time. He always wants to play with dad's guitar so we knew he needed one for just him. He played, nodded his head, and swayed for everyone. I think we do have a little performer. Lessons are going to be in our future.

We want him to be well rounded so we got hockey sticks, Uncle Jay gave him a t-ball set, Aunt Joan gave him a tractor with a bucket, and more than I can think of at the present moment.

When I do think about all that he received and everyone that came to his 2nd Birthday Party it really brings me to tears. I try to make it special not only for my little boy but also for everyone that gives and shows so much love to him. Thank you everyone that came to his party and all the wishes by phone, Face Book, and email. It was a very special day for our boy and he had so much fun.