Thursday, May 31, 2007

Louisiana Summer Night

During my time here in the south, I have learned about a favorite summer pastime...snowballs. Those of us from other places may know them as snow cones or shaved ice with flavored syrup. Around here, you don't have to drive far to see a snowball stand: a small, shed-like building, with a few windows, and generally painted in rainbow stripes. They sell about a hundred different flavors, and I learned last night that you can pay a little extra for toppings such as evaporated milk or a scoop of ice cream. I haven't tried that yet.

We went out after dinner last night for a treat. Laurel talked about her "snowman ball" the whole way there and back, and even when I tucked her into bed! I think we'll have to do this again. Brant wasn't quite as thrilled until he learned he could just drink the syrup and melted ice through a straw. Until then, he just wanted to roam.

I am very impressed that they sell a few flavors in clear. I wonder if a mom invented that?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Playtime at the Park

I took the new camera to the park today and had some fun. Unfortunately, the camera has a lot of different settings and I intended to keep it on automatic for now. Oops, it was not! The pictures will get better as I learn to work our new toy! We also took some shots at G.G. and Papa K's house last night, but alas, they were accidentally erased. We really aren't technologically challenged! You'll see!Laurel can do almost everything at the park by herself now. Brant is not far behind. I had someone in the grocery store today ask me if they were twins :) They were shocked when I said they are 20 months apart. I guess Brant is really growing up. He has more personality now, a toddler laugh, and his vocabulary is rapidly expanding. It's fun to watch the changes, but every now and then I wish I could hit the slo-mo button.

Monday, May 28, 2007

The Gentle Giant

Brant had his 15 month check up last week. Technically he's 15 1/2 months, so consider that when you see the following stats. Brant's weight is 31 lbs., 1 oz., and his height is 32 3/4 inches. His weight is off the curve, but I prefer to think that he's in the 99th percentile. There have to be a few babies out there that are heavier, right? His height is at the 91st percentile. I plugged his information into a website to get this information, because the pediatrician just says, he's "at the top of the curve." Of course, I want to know the specifics! Dr. Melton also said Brant would "grow into his body" once he starts running around more. I guess it's time to head to the baby gym! Just joking...I have to say that because some of you will think I'm serious about the gym thing.

By the way, we got a new camera this weekend, so new pictures are coming soon!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Laurel's New Do




You may not be able to tell, but Laurel DID get her hair cut today. We don't have a lot to work with for two reasons. 1. Laurel's hair is super fine and thin. 2. Laurel's last hair cut had lots of layers and was boy-short. Growing this out has been difficult on a little girl who's hair seems to grow slower than anyone else's. Laurel was very well-behaved and grown-up. Daddy was getting his hair cut in the chair right behind her, so I think she loved the experience. She told me later in the car. "That fun haircut, Mommy."

On our way home, the horses that live right across the street from our neighborhood were standing right up by the fence. Since Laurel was such a good girl, she had a special treat and was allowed to get out of the car and pet a horse! Usually we just drive by them and wave.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Can You Guess What This Is?

Well, it's been all over our house today. I keep finding it in odd spots. I was on the phone discussing speech therapy with a friend and a few minutes later, I hear, "Mommy, look!" I couldn't help but laugh. Of course, my first reaction was, "Stand still so I can get the camera. Don't touch anything!" For the record, we did discuss that playing in the peanut butter is a no-no. She was trying to dip pretzels in the jar and I guess it got a little out of hand. So, even tonight, I am finding spots of peanut butter in odd places. Could be worse, I suppose.

Dancin' Shoes

Laurel has her first pair of ballet shoes! She wants to wear them all the time. She especially HAS to wear them when we're watching Dancing with the Stars, so she can dance with her daddy. I have been teaching her point and flex (which she picked up in a snap) and first position (a more difficult task for a 2 1/2 year old.) She will start her first dance class this summer. I can't wait to see if she loves it. I really want her to have fun. They do a little tap and a little ballet, so our next task is shopping for toddler tap shoes, and of course, the leotard and tights.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Speech Evaluation

Laurel had her first speech evaluation today by a professional speech language pathologist. Well, she didn't finish the evaluation today, so we won't get the report just yet. The SLP did determine that Laurel is a little behind in intelligibility. Thanks to our fantastic new insurance, we get at least 20 therapy sessions a year. I am so thankful that Laurel and I can go to these sessions together and learn where she needs help. Laurel likes the therapist so far, and I like her because she explains things to me in detail. Next visit I will bring a notebook to keep track of all her instructions and comments.

Fortunately, it seems like Laurel is not as behind as I was anticipating, and I think most of her problem areas can be coached. So far, Laurel has been highly cooperative. Thank goodness!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Sprinkler Park Observation

We've had a blast the last few weeks going to a spray ground with our little group of play friends. Laurel especially loves it. She looks forward to it the moment I tell her we're going. She especially loves knowing that her friends will be there. This leads me to my most recent observation. Brant, as jolly and good natured as he is, just may have an introverted nature. He prefers to wander around the park and climb into the shrubbery, while Laurel has no hesitation going straight for the kids and the social life. Brant doesn't really like getting wet, either. He does love his bath, but not the spray ground. After about an hour of "warming up" to the surroundings, he'll get pretty close to the water, but never shows the delight that Laurel does. Maybe this is just related to his age? We'll see.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

On the Bandwagon

Well, everyone else is doing it. So I finally decided to join the crowd. I hope I can keep this up to date. With friends and family across the country, maybe this will be a good way to keep everyone posted (or those who care.)

Currently, we are a family of 4. Laurel is almost 3 and Brant is soon to be 15 months. Laurel loves to wear her dresses with her black shoes. They are a little slippery on the bottom and allow her to dance to whatever music happens to be playing. Brant seems to love to dance now too. Today he sports a black eye from falling on a toy; he also surprised me by pointing to his nose and mouth and eyes on command. Yay!

Laurel loves to swim in her little plastic pool, play with her friends, and ride her new tricycle! She also loves to play catch. I will try to post some pics of the kids doing their favorite things.