Saturday, August 30, 2014

Phone pictures and a trip in the Harvey

James has never really been interested in learning the alphabet, especially if it involves a structured activity. I finally found a game I can get him to play to help him learn his letters. We pull out the alphabet poster and I put a candy or a fruit snack on each one. If he knows the letter, he gets to eat the candy! He likes playing the game most of the time, but once he gets one or two treats he stops paying attention to the letters and will just say, "I don't know" without even looking at the one I am pointing to. This time we used individual nerds candies and he was able to eat them so fast, that I think it helped him focus and be ready for the next letter instead of getting distracted while eating.

 Mouth full of sweets:
 We spent last Sunday afternoon pretending to roast marshmallows in his pop-up tent. We found some skewers and I cut up apples in a marshmallow shape to put on them. James loved it!  Then we got to thinking and realized that James has never had a marshmallow before! I had a bag of mini marshmallows, so I gave him one to try. When he first touched it, he laughed and said, "Its soft, like a tiny pillow!". So he had to use it as a pillow first.

 Then he ate it :)
 Rett had a marshmallow too. He licked it and got it all sticky, then he spread it all over his fingers and his mouth. That kid has a special talent for being messy!
 Our little chunker reached the weight limit of his infant car seat and boy could we tell! Carrying him around in the car seat was getting to be waaaay too heavy, so now he has graduated to a big boy car seat! Since he is still rear facing, the only way his car seat fits in the back seat is if it is in the middle seat (otherwise the front seats have to be pushed all the way forward. Not good). James can reach him better in this car seat, so we have already had to break up some tiffs between the two of them. Brothers.
 On their way out of town, Anthony's parents made a special stop so that James and Rett could take a ride in their RV (which James named "the Harvey" because "RV" and "Harvey" sound exactly the same to him). James was so excited! We climbed in, got buckled up, and took a ride around the neighborhood.
Then we came back to our house and had cookies and juice in the Harvey. James absolutely loved the cookies. Can you tell?

 As if that wasn't enough, then Mimi and Papa had a surprise present for James! They gave him a child size camping chair with a shade for him to use at his soccer games. He loves it! Last night when we went to meet his soccer coach for the fall soccer season, he kept asking us if we were bringing his chair.

 I've started to find some interesting things in James' pockets when I do the laundry. He just loves to collect and carry things around with him wherever he goes. In the past I have found dead earthworms and lizards that he put in there alive (!), but luckily I haven't found one of those lately. I decided to take pictures of the things I find in there. (Each picture was a different week's find). Can you tell he loves those promotional keys that come in the mail from car dealerships? It's his favorite thing about the mail!

Rett has finally started walk around with this push car we have. He gets so excited!! He just laughs and giggles and goes so fast! This video is from one of the first times he did it. Such a cutie!

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