Friday, April 30, 2010

Girls weekend

Last weekend, Dad and Henry went down for a quick trip to Grandma and Grandpa's. I couldn't go because I had a birthday party to attend, and I was sad because I wanted to visit them too — but then I realized that Mom and I had the whole weekend to ourselves! We did so many fun things, like going for a pedicure (I got purple nail polish, with tiny flowers on top!), eating at Friendly's, going shopping for purple Crocs and visiting the zoo. Mom took a bunch of pictures of me at the zoo — riding on the train (my favorite thing to do there), riding a pony, splashing around in a fountain and going on the carousel.

I'm sure this weekend won't be nearly as fun, but I'll hope for the best.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Christmas in April

As Henry mentioned yesterday, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as far as I'm concerned. Because the next big holiday is months away, I've leapfrogged ahead to thinking about Christmas. Mom shot this video of me flipping through our Christmas DVDs while Henry crawls in the background.

Too bad she didn't get the footage of me singing "Jingle Bells"!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hurricane Henry

It's no secret that I've been leaving a path of destruction in my wake everywhere I go, so I thought it was time to share a video of Hurricane Henry in action. (And yes, Julia is indeed watching A Charlie Brown Christmas in April. She'll talk more about that tomorrow.)

Our house hasn't been declared a federal disaster area yet, but give me a little more time...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Shooting gallery

This post is about four months overdue. One of my Christmas presents was a kid-friendly digital camera, and every once in a while I get inspired to pull it out and taking a few shots.

So I figured it was high-time to start sharing my photos with you. It turns out that a lot of my photos look like this:

I guess that's what Dad means when he keeps telling me to look at the screen to make sure people's faces are in the shot before pressing the button. But every once in a while — whether it's through dumb luck or (more likely) I've gotten some assistance from Mom or Dad — I've managed to pull off a few semi-decent shots. Here are some of the best:

In that last one, you can see our new car. I have a lot to learn, but as is the case with everything else, I'm getting better all the time!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dan the man

I had a real treat last weekend, when Dad took me to my first-ever concert: a performance by Dan Zanes & Friends. I've been listening to Dan Zanes for a year now, and his songs are so much fun!

We saw him at the same theatre where Mom and Babcia took me to see The Nutcracker back in December. Our seats were great, in the third row.

You can see me holding the earmuffs that Mom and Dad got for me, to help protect my ears in case the music was too loud. Here's a video of how I reacted when Dad gave them to me at home the morning of the show.

The concert was great. He sang some of my favorite songs, including "Malti" and "All Around the Kitchen." (No "Bushel and a Peck," alas.) After the show, Dad took me to say hello to Dan.

Dad told me that I was very excited to see that he wore in a purple vest because I love purple so much. And Dad told me that his favorite colors are purple and orange! Then he signed my ticket.

That was very nice of him. I was thrilled to show off my special souvenir!

I had so much fun that I told Dad I want to see him again soon. And it just so happens that he's going to be appearing at Sesame Place in June. Can you imagine: my favorite singer at my favorite place? It's going to be the best day ever!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baby shower

I'm 11 months old today — hooray! — and plan to spend my birthday in one of my favorite places: the shower stall on the first floor. I don't think Mom and Dad have ever actually used it as a shower, but I love crawling around in there. Whenever I notice that the bathroom door is open, I always make a beeline for it. Between the shower curtain and Julia's portable potties (she prefers the big potty, so Mom and Dad store the portable ones in there), there's plenty for me to play with. I also like to go in there because Mom and Dad don't often let me, and it's fun to be somewhere I'm not supposed to be!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Empire state of mind

I visited New York City not once but twice over the past week. Last Friday Dad took me on the train and subway, and then I spent the morning at his work's daycare center. After Mom and Dad took me out to lunch, the real fun began! Mom took me for a carriage ride in Central Park. It was great, but I was so overwhelmed by the day that all the carriage rocking put me right to sleep!

Notice the purple flower on the carriage? That's why I picked that horse in the first place. After I woke up, Mom took me to the Plaza, where they have a whole area devoted to the main character in one of my favorite kids books, Eloise.

Eloise was there waiting to have tea with me.

I love having tea at the Plaza!

And toasting with Mom!

Back on the street, I took a picture with the Statue of Liberty. She's nowhere near as tall as I thought she was!

Finally, our New York adventure ended with a taxi ride back to the train station. By this time I was getting very tired again!

I have the week off from school, so on Tuesday, I came back in with Dad and stayed at the children's center all day long. (No Eloise or carriage rides this time, but I still had a blast.) I sure do love New York!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Big bang theory

Let's start off the new week with a bang! Several "bang"s, in fact. I love going in the kitchen and causing as big of a mess as I can. And when I discovered that one pot made an exceptionally loud noises when I hit it and threw it, you can imagine how happy that made me!

But you have to hear it for yourself to really experience it (I do some other kitchen renovations too)....

(Julia is feeding me waffle bits, by the way. I want to eat them, but I still haven't quite figured out how to do so yet.)

So, do you need Tylenol yet? Because I can (and will!) go at this all day long!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Roll with it

When Dido announced last week that I was able to ride the backyard roller coaster all by myself, Dad thought he was joking. After all, I'm only 10 months old, how could I possibly hold on during those ups and downs? Well, guess what Dad...

Wheeeeeee! That's right, I'm once again proving just what a daredevil I am. I love the roller coaster just as much as Julia does! And my sister was having a ball as she gave me a push to start me on my way:

Here's a video of my roller coaster fun (notice how I clap excitedly after each ride):

I guess that means I'm ready to go on the real thing now...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Agent orange

My big sister was younger than me when she started feeding herself; but so far I've been content to let others do the heavy lifting. But Mom decided it was time for me to try using a spoon. And the result was, well, exactly what you'd expect:

Then I decided to play a game and kept throwing the spoon on the the floor.

Here's a video of the aftermath:

I probably could have had Dad fetch my spoon all day!

Not to worry; I'm sure I'll get the hang of feeding myself one day...right?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Keep on truckin'

These days, it's hard to keep me focused on anything for more than a few seconds before I'm off looking for something else to destroy/eat/climb on. But there's one surefire way to hold my attention: put me in front of a window so I can look at the street traffic. Especially when big trucks pass by. Take a look:

I'm like a cat with a ball of yarn: I'm completely transfixed!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I look fetch-ing

While I'm grateful to Julia for taking over Easter blogging duties while I recuperated, I'm feeling great now and will be handling this week's blogging duties all by myself. I have a lot to catch you up on!

First, let's talk about one of my favorite pastimes nowadays: going through the container with my diapers and wipes (the unused ones, thankfully!) and then crawling around with the butt paste tube in my mouth. Don't I look like a dog playing fetch?

There really isn't anything I don't try to put in my mouth. Mom and Dad should just be happy that I haven't figured out how to take the cap off yet!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter joy

For our big Easter finale, I wanted to share the various family photos that we took during that day. It's been a long time since I posed for pictures with everyone — and while Henry wasn't feeling well enough to be in a lot of them, we did get a couple shots together with Mom and Dad. So here we go. First up, here's the first photo of Mom, Dad, Henry and me in months!

Then we kicked Dad out so Mom could have us all to herself.

This was the point where Henry was getting cranky, so he's not in the rest of the photos. Which was fine by me, because that left just me and Mom!

Then I posed with Babcia and Dido...

And Grandma and Grandpa too!

And last but not least, Aunt Jess!

Phew, we made it! Now that we're all done with Easter, next week we'll resume our regularly scheduled blogging. And now that Henry is all better — in fact, he's slept through the night for most of the week! — look for plenty of stuff from him as well. Have a great weekend!