Friday, June 26, 2009

Graduation Day

Ami: Mommy finally caught me army-crawling across the room yesterday. Daddy says I've been doing it for at least a week but when Mommy puts me down I just stay in one place. Maybe it's to feed her desire to keep me from growing up too quickly. Daddy also says I sign "eat" (or at least point to my mouth when I'm hungry), but Mommy's never seen that. I know she would be happy if I signed.

Eliana: Today was my preschool graduation. First there was a processional of all four classes out to the chairs set up on the playground. (I stopped and had to be brought to the "stage" personally by one of the teachers.)

Then all the classes sang songs together and then each class got up and sang one special song. Ours was "Wheels on the Bus." I love that song. I didn't actually sing in front of the crowd, though. I know the words to all the songs; I don't feel the need to prove anything to anyone. When it was time for my class to stand up, I was shy and stayed in my seat. Mommy got up and helped me.

I had my hand in my mouth most of the time, which is what I do when I'm shy or nervous. I even sucked my thumb for part of the time, something I learned from my classmate Ezzy. I didn't want to wear my bus crown either. Eventually I put it on top of my hat.

When I got home and the pressure was off, I sang all the songs. Here I am singing some of them with Mommy at bed time:

Maybe when I'm older I'll like to stand up in front of an audience like Daddy. Or maybe I'll be shy in front of a crowd like Mommy. The important thing is that they let me be myself.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Water Baby, the Sequel

Ami: Today was my first swimming lesson. People asked whether I liked it. Daddy said "he didn't hate it." Mommy said that means I liked it.

Getting my feet wet:

Meeting the class:

Trying to eat a pool noodle:

My first "dive":


If You're Happy and You Know It

Ami: I can't stop clapping my hands. Everything makes me want to clap. Even when Mommy changes my diaper in the middle of the night and I'm half asleep.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fishie in Training

Ami: Here are my underwater pictures. Grandma says than most of them I look like I'm asking "why are they doing this to me?"

Ami: Here are my underwater pictures. Grandma says that in most of them I look like I'm asking "why are they doing this to me?"

The bubbles are impressive. My teacher is trying to teach everyone in my class to blow bubbles underwater and I just seem to do it naturally.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hostess with the Mostest

Eliana: Mommy was making dinner tonight and I cleared a spot at the table for Rebecca (my babysitter). I gathered up all of Mommy's papers that were on the table and tried to throw them in the trash but Mommy insisted on saving them. Rebecca was busy washing dishes and I kept telling her to sit down and eat with us.

Mommy was pouring the last of the salsa onto her rice and I shouted "No!! Save some for Rebecca!" Mommy assured me that there was another jar of salsa in the fridge. So I opened the fridge, got out the salsa, and put it on the counter.