Seven Quick Takes — Idaho and the End Of Summer

Hi, friends.  It’s been awhile.  Things have been crazy here lately.  Mark and I spent a few days at my parents’ house, and since then I’ve been throwing myself into getting things ready for the new school year.  Some of the prep work is done now, so here’s your Quick Takes:

1) Ducks!

Mark is completely in love with ducks and loves pointing them out and saying their name over and over and over again.  My parents live in a subdivision that has a creek running through it.  There are LOTS of ducks around and they were eager to come see us when we went out on our morning walks.


2) Pool!

This was a new word for Mark on this trip.  I blew up the pool for him (mostly on my own — it’s like a rite of passage for all parents, right?) and he loved splashing around and throwing balls and cups in and out of the pool.



3) Bounce!

My parents have a trampoline and we let Mark bounce up and down and try walking around on it.  He thought it was pretty much the greatest thing ever.  I wish there was a way for me to post his laughs for you, because I’ve never heard him laugh so much for so long.


I’m really beginning to think that Mark’s going to think that his grandparents’ house is more fun than our house.  Oh well.  🙂

4) Plop!

Another new word!  In the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (who is just so, so great), there’s a page where some snow lands on the head of the little boy and goes “Plop!”.  Whenever we read this book, I make my hands go “Plop!” on top of Mark’s head when I read that word.  Now, when he sees that book out, he points to it and does the “Plop!” thing on his own head.  Adorable.

5) The plaaaaaaane!

Not a new word, but definitely worth mentioning.  Mark loved the plane on the way TO our destination, but was not so much a fan on the way BACK.



Back (pre-meltdown):

Also, yes, my child has a giant head.  90th percentile.  Takes after his mom.  

On the way there, he gladly played with the tray for about half and hour and was mystified by some of the new toys that I packed for him.

On the way back, he sat still for a few minutes, ate a little, cried for about twenty straight minutes, and then passed out.

As Ryan pointed out, I batted .500 for the trip, which is pretty much a Hall of Fame score.

6) Hike!

No, this isn’t a new word, either.  Ryan went on a team-bonding hike with his soccer team and his assistant coach.  I opted not to go; hiking with 18 or so high school girls sounds like… work?  So, Mark and I went on our own hike instead.

You and I both know what he’s saying…”What’s that?”

7) Work, work, work.  

Alright, it’s not a post about Mark, but I’ll tell you that I’ve been working super hard this last week or so on stuff for school.  There’s a lot of prep work, especially since this is my first time at a new school and teaching online (a new mode for me).  I’m excited about starting a new job, but very nervous about starting the new year.


Okay, that’s All The Things from over here.  If you want some more, go check out Jen’s.

Children’s Museum

One of the things Ryan and I wanted to be sure we did with Mark this summer was to take him to the Children’s Museum here in town.  We weren’t entirely sure how much he would be able to do, but we were pleasantly surprised.

We saw this look A LOT while we were there: “Wait… what’s going on over there?!”

There was lots for Mark to do!  He loved the water room.


There was even a room just for kids from 1-3 years of age.  I think he thought it was great that everything was on his level.

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Clearly, he’s my child if he’s surrounded by super awesome stuff and then says to himself, “Hey… those books aren’t in order by the author’s last name!”
Actual, photographic evidence that he does build sometimes instead of destroy.  

He also really liked building things with his da-da.


And there were dogs.  So, of course those were a BIG hit.

Ryan had just told him to use the bowl to feed the dog.  What a good listener!

And the grocery store part was great!  Really, could you find a better activity for a kid his age than putting things in a container and taking them out again?


There’s also a really cool toddler area outside where the kids can play with water and fountains, sand, and climb some small hills.  We spent A LOT of time out there!

Yeah, he wasn’t expecting the fountain to turn on.  🙂

“Guys!  Are you seeing this?!”


“What will happen if I put the stick on top of the fountain?”  You could see the gears turning.
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We weren’t really there for too long, only a couple of hours.  But, it was all he really needed.

Mama!  There’s something going on!  Over there!”

We will definitely be back!  I’m excited to see how he grows in the museum and what he’s interested in the next time we go.

New favorite game

This is Mark’s new favorite game.


Literally.  This is it.


We lie down.


He puts the blankets on us and arranges them.


The end.


You can easily, EASILY, spend twenty minutes doing this with him.

It’s glorious how easily entertained he is.

It’s not all puppy dogs and rainbows

FYI: There are no ruff-ruffs in this post.  Because if you just SAY the word “dog” near Mark, he’s looking for one.  Everywhere.  🙂

Yesterday, mark didn’t want to take his morning nap.  Like, actually standing up in his crib as close to the door to his room as he can get and calling for us.

He wasn’t yawning; he wasn’t doing any of the things that he usually does when he’s tired.  He’d slept in a little bit (7:30am, bless him), so okay.  Maybe we’re trying to move to one nap.  It happens, right?  There’s always some sort of transition going on.  Maybe this is what’s happening today.

So, we went on a walk, we ate lunch, and did all kinds of things.  At about 12:30 or so, Mark was making “the tired face”, so I put him to bed.

And he slept.  For about two hours.

Which doesn’t seem that bad, right?  I mean, it’s only an hour less than the combined three hours between two naps that he’s used to.

And he was perky.  And charming when we went to Costco.

And then it was dinner time.

Oh.  Lord.  He wanted out of the chair.  He wanted in the chair.  He wanted to eat.  He did NOT want to eat.  He would take one sip of milk (or water, we tried that too) and then throw the cup, leaving him in tears.

I don’t know why you’re watching me.  But, I’m highly suspicious.

Eventually, it took me sitting on the floor of the kitchen and feeding him bites with my fingers to get him to eat anything.  I’m not one to bend to the will of a baby, most days.  He’s not getting goldfish for dinner, let’s say, just because he wants them.  But, the kid needed to eat.

Mouth open and at the ready.  All the time.  

And it’s not like it was weird stuff.  Chicken.  Beans.  Roll.  Milk.  All things he likes and devours regularly.

Obviously, we’re punishing him by making him eat completely outlandish things.

So, picnic dinner on the floor it was.  And an earlier bedtime.


And today?  So far so good (she said knocking on all kinds of wood everywhere).  Moral of the story?  Two naps.  Please.