Why the bathtub?

Last month I posted a rhetorical question to my mom’s group. Matthew had dumped the contents of my bathroom cabinet into the bathtub, and then proudly displayed his work. I was not happy. He was shocked. “But mommy, I thought you would like it.”

Why would he think I wanted him to do that? I asked. And my very wise friend Kelly, who has a son a few months older than Matthew, came up with some pretty good reasons. Well, pretty good if you are a three-and-a-half year old boy.

Reason #1 Matthew thought Mommy would like the contents of the bathroom cabinet in the bathtub: “Why does Mommy store her bath toys in this cabinet?  That’s no fun.  I’ll get them out so she can play with them!”

Reason #2 Matthew thought Mommy would like the contents of the bathroom cabinet in the bathtub:  “She might like having a better place to store David when he’s fussy.  This cabinet should work after I clear out a few things.”

Reason #3 Matthew thought Mommy would like the contents of the bathroom cabinet in the bathtub: “Mommy wouldn’t like me putting these things in the potty.  I’ll use the tub instead.”

At least I got a good laugh while I was putting it all back.

February 28, 2009. Matthew, Mommy. Leave a comment.

Yummy!

David recently discovered a universal truth.

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Milk tastes better in your brother’s sippy cup.

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Hee hee hee! He’ll never know!

February 27, 2009. David. 1 comment.

Prodigies

Look what they did at play group yesterday.

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Don’t they look like serious music students?

Here’s the really funny part. They had turned on the keyboard to play a drum beat, which we turned off a few minutes later. When Luke asked for it again, none of the moms could figure out how to turn it on. We had to ask Christina. Who is three.

February 26, 2009. the boys. 1 comment.

Another Day, Another Museum

We seem to be visiting a lot of museums these days. Yesterday, we headed off to the American History Museum. I have not been since the big overhaul was completed. It’s weird to walk into a building I have been going to since I was three and not recognize it even a tiny little bit.

The boys had a great time. We mostly stayed in the areas designed for kids 5 and under. We started off in an exhibit on toys.

There was a canoe (I don’t know why….)

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and some Tonka trucks that were glued into the bookcase (frustrating!)

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The Sparks Lab science exhibit had more hands-on things, including toys.

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Matthew and Caroline found some art supplies to play with.

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Liz helped the kids do a science experiment on germs.

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David enjoyed stacking cups with Andrew and Wesley,

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but mostly he liked sitting on the kid’s sized bench and reading a book.

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One thing I did NOT photograph was Matthew figuring out how to turn the “eye wash” on, while I yelled “Don’t touch that!” It was a little more “hands-on” that we were supposed to get.

After lunch I took the boys to the transportation exhibit. The other moms had to go home, but we stayed another half hour to see the trains, cars, buses, and trucks on display. It was Matthew’s favorite part. I know because he said so as we boarded the metro train to come home.

February 25, 2009. the boys, trips. 1 comment.

David’s First Ice Cream Cone

I scream,

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You scream,

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We all scream,

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For ice cream!

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Hooray!

February 24, 2009. the boys. Leave a comment.

Mardi Gras

Our neighbors hosted their annual Mardi Gras party yesterday afternoon. It was good to see everyone. The food was yummy, authentic, N’awlins cuisine.

Steven was in heaven with the spicy gumbo. I ate mine with lots of rice.

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Grandma and Yeye were in town and came along for the fun.

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The boys had their usual good time. They chased around, played with the Mardi Gras beads, and discovered the many ways that Mike and Jean’s house is not child-proofed.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

February 23, 2009. family, holidays. Leave a comment.

Silliness

We have a lot of fun at home. The boys are very silly and Steven and I are happy to join in.

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Giggles with Mommy.

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A little tickling before putting on pajamas.

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I went chasing after Matthew and David flopped down and followed after me.

What can be better than an evening full of laughing, giggling, shrieking boys?

February 22, 2009. family. Leave a comment.

A Plethora of Pacis

David likes his paci.

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Sometimes one is not enough.

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Matthew thought it was a riot.

Secretly, Matthew wished he had two pacis, too.

February 21, 2009. the boys. Leave a comment.

Car Seat Comfort

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Do I have to wake them?

February 20, 2009. the boys. 1 comment.

Heritage Farm Museum

Our old Wednesday play group got together for a group outing at the Heritage Farm Museum. It was such fun! There were enough of us to get coffee, tea, and a story time. There was only one other mother there, so the kids got a chance to run and play while we sipped and chatted.

1 tractor / 15 kids = lots of waiting

1 tractor / 15 kids = lots of waiting

Matthew practices field cultivation.

Matthew practices field cultivation.

"I'm winning!" cheered Christina

"I'm winning!" cheered Christina

Beth and baby Lauren watch the action.

Beth and baby Lauren watch the action.

Matthew and James are a little leary of the large "cow."

Matthew and James are a little leary of the large "cow."

Nate and Max discuss plans for a play date when they get a little older.

Nate and Max discuss plans for a play date when they get a little older.

The twins take a brief break from crawling all over the place.

The twins take a brief break from crawling all over the place.

In my defense, he can't read yet.

In my defense, he can't read yet.

Matthew made me some coffee. He knows my weakness!

Matthew made me some coffee. He knows my weakness!

February 19, 2009. the boys, trips. Leave a comment.

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