Sunday, February 24, 2008

Signing Time

Bryan and I have been wanting to teach Evan sign language and we've made a few half-hearted attempts, but now we're finally ready to get serious. My friend Melissa told me about the Signing Time DVDs that her daughters love, so today Evan and I went to the library and came home armed with two DVDs. I don't usually let Evan watch much t.v. but these are educational, right? They really are cute DVDs with kids making the signs for each word they're trying to teach. Evan was loving it. He was watching very intently and each time one of the kids on the DVD would make a sign, he would pause as though he were thinking and then pat his head. It is like they were having a conversation, but I'm not quite sure what Evan thought he was talking about! Then, tonight at dinner, I made the sign for water when I gave Evan a drink. He reached for the cup with one hand and pat his head with the other. I think it is a universal symbol. In case you haven't seen the live version of Evan patting his head, you can watch it here. I've noticed that all of the home videos I've taken in our living room are a little dark. I think we need to start turning the lights on at our house.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Never Lick a Shopping Cart

Evan has come down with his first cold and, in the process, we've all learned a valuable life lesson--never lick the shopping cart. I know Evan could have picked up the cold virus absolutely anywhere, but I'm putting my money on Saturday afternoon at the grocery store. I took Evan with me for our weekly shopping trip. As soon as I got him out of the car I realized I had forgotten my handy dandy shopping cart cover that shields Evan's delicate skin from the germs of the unwashed masses that I am certain cover the cart. Loading and unloading Evan in the car always zaps my energy, so going home to retreive the cover was out of the question. I decided we'd risk it. Evan grabbed onto the handle as soon as I put him in the cart and I made a mental note to wipe down his hands as soon as I put him back in the car. We flew through our list and all was going fine. Then we got to the produce section. I turned my back for a split second to pick out some bananas and when I looked at Evan again he had his mouth wrapped around the handle and was sucking on the shopping cart. In hindsight, I should have at least used a baby wipe to clean the cart before putting Evan in it. It was a rookie mistake. Evan woke up several times during the night and I had to clean his nose out with the bulb syringe. Needless to say, he was not happy with the entire situation. Poor little guy. I think I'm going to rank this life lesson right up there with the one Evan learned about gravity.

Monday, February 11, 2008

They All Fall Down

Five years ago when Bryan and I finally scraped up enough money to buy the Pottery Barn coffee tables we'd been lusting after, I never would have guessed I wouldn't even care when they got scratched up from the corners of wooden blocks. I don't know if Evan laughs more at the blocks crashing down or at Ashley, who fakes a sneeze each time the blocks fall. Either way, it cracks me up.

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