Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Vinny helped me roll out and cut fancy heart shaped sugar cookies after nap one day, and then he decorated them all by himself. He was an intensely serious baker, not stopping to pose even once. Although he did say "CHEE" through my snapping away.
Once he discovered that the little hearts were edible, well let's just say not too many more made it to the cookies.
I loved how each cookie was dimpled with his little fingerprints, although you can't see them well here...wish I had my camera on the right setting!

Waiting for the cookies to bake and cool was not an easy feat, so we had to pass the time with a snack-a-palooza of pretzels, raisins, and yogurt. But once they were ready, so was Vinny!

These were our special Valentine's Day cupcakes-Dark Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Filling and Buttercream Frosting. Who needs some fancy cupcake shoppe when you have this Mommy? Vinny tested, Vinny approved.

Adventures at the Park...and more!

After reflecting about how cold and grey it is back home, how fortunate we are to live in the land of sun and warmth...I'm sure I will be singing a different tune come later this spring when we are packing boxes in triple digit temperatures. So off to the park we go these days. Vinny is so much more, dare I say, athletic, traversing the playscape. He is swift and steady on his feet, and can climb up the steps, some quite steep, all by himself.

No more baby slides for Vinny! He bypasses those and runs straight for the tallest, bumpiest slides on the playscape...and does not hesitate to zoom all the way down! It's hard to catch a shot of him in action!
And what trip to the park would be complete without feeding the ducks and geese? While reading On the Night You Were Born, I pointed out the geese on a page and said honk honk, and it's since become one of Vinny's favorite animal sounds...although it sounds more like "hawn-hawn." So off to the pond we go to talk to the water fowl in their own language and toss some bits of bread their way. Vinny must think the ducks are pretty intense birds, because his quack is half roar, and altogether hilarious!

While I am thinking of it, I should probably document all of his animal sounds to date:
  • moo-moo (he loves to go for walks behind our neighborhood and visit the "moo-moos" through the fence)
  • naaaaay
  • rahr (lion/bear)
  • quah-quah (ducks)
  • hawn-hawn (geese)
  • baa, just baa
  • ruh-ruh, ruh-ruh (dog)
  • meew (cat)
  • ssssssssss (snake, duh)
  • swee swee (mouse)
  • twee-twee (bird)
  • he does a pretty adorable elephant that I couldn't even begin to reproduce in letters...but it involves a high pitched blowing squeal with his fist curled up to his nose.
Vinny is also starting to use more and more words.
  • He's known just about all his colors for a while now and loves to say their names as he colors at his easel. Our favorites are "lellow" and "bwoo." He is now starting to say "go" when we see green lights and "stah" when we get to red lights, all with hand motions!
  • He points and counts, and it would appear he is already working on his one to one correspondence. Although, when he began all numbers were "one" just with different inflections. Now, everything is "twooooo" with the same inflections that we would count normally. We're working on holding up two fingers for his birthday next month!
  • Recently I caught Vinny reading his Elmo bath book in the tub, turning each page one at a time and pointing to the baby saying "dady" and then on to Elmo saying "Melmo." If he skipped a page he'd say "nooo" and shake his head much like he does when he mismatches his sorting blocks.
I have been waiting for the talking stage to get here for a long time now, and you can imagine that it makes this mommy proud!

Snowed Under

Not us in Surprise, Arizona of course, but in Connecticut! My mom sent me a few pictures from home, and I couldn't help but include them here on the blog to forever document the amount of snow that has fallen this winter. We were fortunate enough to be back there for the first blizzard during the Christmas holiday, and fortunate enough to get to leave it all behind. My poor parents on the other hand became buried under an increasingly thicker blanket of snow.

Sure, a part time schedule is nice, but there is nothing like the anticipation of a snow day! Sometimes I think we teachers are worse than the kids!

He's Got the Cutest Little Baby Face: First 2 Months

Vincent's First Few Days at Home

Vincent Joseph is Born

Murphy and Lucy