Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tot School Post #8

Tot School
(Xander is 13 months)

We had a fun and exciting week. Sunday we had beautiful weather, sunny and warm. We all went out and worked in the garden. This is our first year here (we bought our first home last August) so there is a lot of work to do to get our garden ready. Ryan dug a bed for our garlic in the fall and now we are working on turning the area where the previous owners had a pool into a garden bed. We set up a blanket for Xander to sit on while we worked. Of course he didn't stay on it but crawled around exploring the grass, eating leaves and finding rocks. 


Eventually he couldn't resist the lure of dirt anymore and had to crawl over to help Daddy.

He had fun playing in the dirt, finding rocks (and licking them!). Here he is ring of dirt around his mouth waving (!!!!) for the camera, too cute.


On Monday we went to story time at the library. It was Xander's 2nd time going. There were about 7 babies there, Xander was the oldest but not the biggest! He still looked rather nonplussed during the directed part of the program but really enjoyed the free play time. Yet again he was greedy taking a toy away from another but he wasn't pushy and seemed to enjoy being around the other babies.

After story time we went to Lattin's Country Cider Mill and Farm. We bought some bags of grain and walked around feeding the animals. Or rather, Ryan carried Xander around pointing out the animals to him, while I fed them. It was fun and I can't wait to go back.

On Wednesday I got the crayons out again and while I decorated the cardboard box Xander has been playing with he played with the crayons. He still mainly banged them on the box but he did actually make a few scribble marks. 


What he really enjoyed was trying to put them back into their box. 

Then he discovered that a crayon fits inside the hole on the wooden ball that goes on top of his stacking ring toy.



And I guess that made the crayons look tasty because then he wanted to eat them which led to me saying, "not for eating" and him dissolving into tears.

After some comforting with his Soggy Guy (also known as gross disgusting little doll he likes to suck on)

he was happy once more. Did you know it is really hard to hold the camera and take a photo of yourself?

On Friday we had a wonderful visit with my sister-in-law, her husband, and their daughter. They are going to be moving west in the next year or so and were looking around Washington and Oregon. We sure hope they settle around here! This was Xander's 2nd time being around his cousin Sophie. She is 1 year and 2 months older than him. Last time they saw each other he wasn't even crawling, just scooting on his back. He just loved following her around our place. Here they are playing with Xander's mixing bowls and wooden spoons.

We really had a wonderful visit and Sophie completely wore Xander out, he slept in until 8 the next morning!

Yesterday my Mom came over to visit. While she and I played Scrabble, Xander played with Play-Doh. And this time he really did play with it. He mushed it, and tore it into pieces. He really had fun with it and took it pretty well when I told him it "was not for eating".

All in all we had a fun week. Looking forward to next week and hopefully some more sunshine. Thanks for stopping by, see what other families are doing by checking out Tot School.

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