Sam’s walking skills have really improved this week! We don’t normally give Sam vegetables as toys, but today is Wednesday, our produce delivery day. I’ve taken to opening the box and letting Sam check out the vegetables before I put them away. After he’s taken everything out of the box, we usually sit down to share some mango or strawberries. It’s one of the highlights of our week!
One of the most clear memories I have of my formative years was going to the library and checking out VHS tapes of nature documentaries. I particularly loved the series of videos narrated by David Attenborough. I can easily credit him with my early desire to become a wildlife conservationalist (until exposed to the tedium of being a true scientist in college!). Last week I downloaded the Planet Earth series on our XBox – I thought it might be fun to watch while Emily taught in the evening. I also hoped that Sam would enjoy it, but in the same way that I hoped that Sam would enjoy the big kid’s book with the crazy involved plot that he has ignored from the moment that we showed it to him. Well, from the moment that he noticed the animals, he has been captivated. It has now become an afternoon routine that we’ll sit down and watch 15-20 minutes of an episode together. Sam particularly likes dogs/wolves/foxes, any kind of cat, and elephants. He is particularly unimpresed with bears and anything underwater. I know it’s silly to expect that it’ll turn into a lifetime passion, but a father can hope, can’t he?
Today was sunny and the temperature got up to 70 degrees. To celebrate, we took Sam to Alki Beach to play in the sand and to get a yummy beach dinner. Well, much sand playing occurred, but the dinner ended up becoming McDonalds drive through. I blame all of the unwashed masses who had the same idea of flocking to the beach – there was barely room to breathe at times!
Sam figured out how to play with cars today! He started by pushing his dump truck around the sandbox at the park, and then had a really good time with a toy car at home.
It may still be hovering around 50 degrees, but the allure of the sun cannot be resisted!
What do you do when you realize that your 11 month old is already cooler than you are?
This weekend, Sam explored the uncharted heights of the children’s play area in Bellevue Square. How a starfish got all of the way up there, I have no idea!
I’ve been a poor blogger recently! We have all been keeping busy. Sam took his first steps last week! The first steos occured during a meltdown over me leaving the room, so I didnt get to see them. He took another couple of steps the next day during his music class (which we all loved, by the way). He has been practicing all week.
Sam is also working on his words. So far, we have heard mama, dada, hot, kitty cat, book, and Tigger.
Here are some pictures from the children’s museum. The kids were playing with plastic dinosaurs in a tub of soapy, warm water.