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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What color are you wearing?

We have been working on colors with Aidan. Here's a recap of this morning's lesson:

Aidan (as heard over the baby monitor): "Yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow..."

Christianne (as heard over the baby monitor): "Aidan, go show mommy and tell her what color you are wearing."

Little feet pitter-pattering down the hall.

Aidan enters wearing a yellow shirt and pants with lots of yellow in them.

Mommy: "Aidan, what color is your shirt?"

Aidan: "Green."

We've also been working on numbers. Aidan knows that after 1 comes 2, and after 2 comes 3. Now, we are working on 4. This morning, I said, "Aidan, what comes after 3?" Aidan replied very confidently, "Six."

I don't know where she got six from, but there we have it. :-)

Yesterday, Aidan got to meet the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. What a wonderful woman! I'll post pictures of the event later. I still can't believe she came to our little church on the corner of Inwood and Mockingbird. What a day it was for all of us!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fight Malaria!

Friday is World Malaria Day, designed to bring awareness to this preventable disease that kills so many children world-wide each year. "Bite Back" is a project by Compassion International that will provide a mosquito net for a child (or whole family, depending on where everyone sleeps) that can protect that child from being exposed to malaria. It requires a one-time donation of $10. The netting last about 3 years - what a lot of good less than a penny a day can do. Click below to help:


If you decide to donate, leave a comment (if you'd like) so we can see how many children have been helped.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pictures galore!

Aidan's been busy being cute. Here are some of the highlights.

First, there is pantry pea-pie (peek a boo in other households):


Taking an early interest in yoga and going to the gym:


Mommy has high expectations for Aidan's future:

(When I get older I'll save the universe!)

Her eating skills have greatly improved (except for soup):


Her new favorite coat:


Picture illustrating how fast she moves:


Posing for the paparazzi:


Telling the paparazzi to go away:


Backyard fun:


Indoor sillyness:


Working on a new skill:


Our new cat, Dusty:


Saturday, April 5, 2008

For Aidan's Fans

You asked for pictures, so here they are!

Dressing herself:


(Note the shoe choice)

Pointing out her favorite show:


General cuteness:


Latest fun activity (watch the progression):


Easter Day:


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Not clear on the concept

So, last night it was bath night. (I don't know how parents bathe their children every day. Aidan gets so wound up by bath time that I have to bathe her before dinner so she has time to wind down enough to go to sleep - not to mention that it makes dinner late and everything else late, but, I digress.) We were in the bathroom getting ready and Aidan wanted to sit on her potty. So, I get her undressed and put her on the potty. She sits a minute and then wants off. I pick her up and she pees on my shoe. It was just a little bit, so I put her back on the potty. Nothing. She wants off. Pick her up (no shoe peeing) and put her in the bathtub. She stands there and pees. I said, "You are supposed to do that in the potty, silly." Other bath time fun included putting her whole face in the water and blowing bubbles. Who needs swimming lessons? The child is a natural!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Oh, I forgot

I forgot the other big news. Aidan is practicing sitting on the potty. Nothing has happened yet, but she's practicing sitting there and flushing and saying bye-bye. She seems to like it. This morning she asked to sit there. Big girl times!

Musical Talents

As you have seen from previous pictures, Aidan likes to play the piano. Now, she is working on her singing and performance abilities. We really need to figure out how to post a video, because she is so darn cute right now. We have been singing songs with hand motions and Aidan is picking them up - and she's starting to sing parts of the song and repeat back verses. So, imagine, if you will, this cute little girl with still clumsy, but good for her age, motor control pantomiming and singing along with these greatest hits:
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • If You are Happy and You Know it
It is way too cute! And, of course, we still have E-I-E-I-Oooooooo!

In other cute/try not to laugh because what you did was wrong news.... The McKee family has this game called "Hoot." I had never heard of it before joining the family and having a child. The way the game is played is that you get nose-to-nose and eyes-to-eyes with another person, look deep into their eyes and say, "HOOT!" Don't ask me why. Then you laugh hysterically - because it is just funny. Aidan and Christianne play "Hoot" quite a bit. It works best if one takes off one's glasses so as to get right up close.

So, the other day, Aidan was tired and wound up and had spilled the contents of a juice box on her clothes at the Chick-fil-A (yes, horrible parenting practices). We here in the bathroom and I had her on the changing table changing her clothes. She gets silly and decides to grab my glasses off my face, something she knows is a "no-no." I am expressing my frustrating with her while trying to keep this half-clothed child who is standing up on the changing table and trying to run in place from falling off the table while also attempting to regain possession of my glasses. As I am managing all of this, Aidan grabs me by the cheeks, turns my head to her, gets nose-to-nose and says....."HOOT!" What could I do but say "Hoot" back, laugh, and give her a hug. It was really cute.

We have Easter pictures. I promise to post them sometime. That's all for now.