Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Aidans growth

Aidan is at such a fun age right now! As an educator I watch him in delight and amazement. It's so fun to watch him in action and to see the little wheels turning in his brain. Yesterday we were sitting on the couch after lunch watching Yo Gabba Gabba and I whispered in his ear " Do you want to go to the park?" I did this because I didnt want Annabelle to know that we were going to the park because frankly I just wasnt in the mood to deal with her ( having both of them can be a hand full sometimes and I feel like poor Annabelle always gets the short end of the stick). His face immediately lit up and he said " Park, Bumba Park!" Bumba is what he calls Annabelle. He then went over and started tapping her and saying "Bumba Park!" "Bumba Park!" like come on Annabelle we're going to the park! Needless to say we all three ended up at the park. When we were there I was pushing Aidan on the swing. He started saying Shamu, Shamu! ( We went to Seaworld on Saturday). I said " Yes we saw Shamu at Seaworld". He then says "whale". I said "thats right Aidan Shamu is a whale". He then points to a springy riding toy there that is a Sperm Whale and says "whale". I said, "yes thats right that is a whale too". Smart boy!

Aidans vocabulary is really starting to take off. I know that developmentally this is the time when this should be occuring, however, it still amazes me! Aidans favorite book right now is a lift the flap book of Sesame Street that teaches tons of vocabulary, colors, shapes, and letters. When we got to the shapes page he started identifying and naming all the shapes. He even named rhombus! He is even starting to be able to identify letters. I dont think it is developmentally appropriate to teach kids letters at his age, but I don't oppose toys and books that he can play with that teaches them. It is surprising how fast he is picking it up. Letters are one of his favorite things right now. The other day he brought me a block with an "F" on it and a foam letter "F". He points at each one and says "F' "F". He also likes it when he has two or more of anything that are the same. Clinton and I took him on his first hike the other day. He kept throwing off his hat. I said, "Aidan you have to wear your hat. Look daddy is wearing his hat, mommy has on her hat, and you have to wear your hat" . That is all it took and for the rest of the hike he kept pointing to each hat saying, hat, hat, hat. He wore his hat for the rest of the hike.

Aidans favorite expression right now is "No Way". I asked him yesterday "Aidan, are you going to be my snugglebug today?" his reply "No Way". I asked him this morning " Aidan, can I have a kiss?" his response " No Way". Sigh- my baby is growing up.

Maybe I am so amazed by Aidans growth because as a Special Ed teacher I am used to teaching things 20 times or more before a child actually even begins to get the concept. But, I sure think our boy is a genius!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Laguna Beach

The day before Cara left to go back to WV we went to Laguna Beach and Newport. We had lunch at my fav restaurant The Cliffs. We then met Jacob and Suzanne at the park by the beach for a playdate. We ended the day at Sprinkles cupcakes. YUM! Have I told you that I REALLY miss Orange County? I have also really missed Cara since she left on Saturday! What a great visit we had!

Cara and I were cracking up when we were driving around and turned around to see this. Aidan reading a big ole book!
AHHH... Cara and her baby Annabelle at the Cliffs restaurant

All of us at the scenic overlook in Laguna

Jacob in the blue tube, happy to show me his car.

Aidan loooved this particular park for some reason. He was busy laughing and playing

This is what you get when you attempt to get a good pic of 2 toddlers who just want to get down and play!

There, at least that is a little better.

Annabelle waiting patiently at the park

YUMMO! Sprinkles is the BEST!

You can tell by his face that Aidan LOOVVES Sprinkles cupcakes and was even asking for them the next day!

Precious Annabelle sitting nicely at the Cliffs.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Last of the Maui Pictures

Here are the last of the Maui pictures. The last day was a full day for us. Our plane did not leave until 9 oclock at night. We checked out of our condo at 11:00. We then stopped by Barnes and Noble to stock up on some reading material, had lunch at the Hardrock Cafe, visited the Maui Ocean Center, and finally stopped alongside the road to do some whale watching. We then got to the airport really early. Clinton wore Aidan out chasing him around the airport. It did the trick because Aidan slept ALL the way home. NIICCEEE!

Here is Aidan last March in Maui..... March 2008

My sweet baby!

and...... this year in Maui...

March 2009...

My big boy toddler!

Fun at the Maui Ocean Center....

Outside the Hardrock Cafe...

This picture cracks me up! As I Mentioned earlier Aidan is copying EVERYTHING we do. Here he is copying his dad. To cute!

AHHHH...... Beautiful Sunset!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pictures from Maui

Here are some more pictures I took last week. This was the night of the Luau. Cara and I took Aidan into Lahaina before the Luau and took some pictures by the old Banyan tree. We then met up with Clinton and had a great time eating good food and watching the hula dancers and fire dancers. I got Clinton and Aidan matching shirts this year, but couldnt find a dress to match.
Dada and his boy

We had a hard time getting a good family photo this year.

We took this picture while we were in Lahaina. Aidan was fascinated by the birds and actually sat really still and did a great job holding it.( and yes mama I wiped his hands off as soon as we were done)

Dancing at the Luau

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

more maui fun!

It is our last night on Maui. We have had such a fun time! Cara, Aidan, and I have had an awesome time hanging out while Clinton was working. We spent most of our time at the pool hanging out on the beach, and of course shopping in Lahaina. Aidan is such a funny boy and he is at such a fun age right now! His favorite part of the trip was playing in the outside showers where you shower the sand off your body. Apparently it was the cool hang out for 2 year olds as he met a couple of buddies there.