Thursday, April 26, 2012

Natey Mullen, Jr.

Every month, Nate seems to have a new favorite U2 song. For awhile he was really into Even Better Than the Real Thing and Mysterious Ways. Then he was into all of The Joshua Tree. Then he got into Vertigo, Elevation and Magnificent. Now, he seems to be especially fond of a new random song he heard for the first time a couple of days ago. He can't hear it without moving his arms.

This video is pretty much for Nate's other hero, his Daddy. Anyone else who cares to watch it will have to excuse the various piles of mess (we should really fire our housekeeper) and Nate's itchy ear....oh and his yogurt covered shirt. You know, the typical hazards of living with a toddler.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Queen's County Farm Museum Children's Carnival

We had another great time at Queen's County Farm Museum. It was a gorgeous day and we got to hang out with great friends, loads of animals and watch farm equipment in action.

Too bad Nate and Jason don't really get along.

I like how my odd ball child went for a pickle on a stick ("pickle pop!") over ice cream or a sno cone. It looks like he's totally eye balling Jason's sno cone, but actually he was trying to entice him into pretending to sleep. Nate's doesn't care for real sleeping, of course. Only the pretend kind. 

Nate's no stranger to the carousel, but this was the first time he got to ride a real live fast ride all by himself.  We were scared that he's freak out when it whipped around the corners. Silly parents. He was a big fan.

And this was the first time he played a real life carnival game too. While the giant Rastafarian bananas were tempting prizes, he opted for a purple ball (like Jason's yellow one) and sketchy looking teddy bear. 
Carnivals rule.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Letter to my spider monkey

Dear Sweet Boy,

I feel like the past month has been filled with you singing into your microphone, or strumming your dog shaped guitar, for hours on end as you watch (or listen to) U2 or Black Eyed Peas perform in concert. I know that many kids your age watch the same thing over and over and over again. But I picture those kids watching a Disney movie or something. I remember your auntie's movie of choice around your age was The Wizard of Oz. She watched that every single day and I had all of the Munchkin's lines memorized (because we always had to fast forward through the boring black & white parts and start the movie in Munchkin Land. No, I don't think they had donut holes there, but I could be wrong.) Anyway, it just cracks me up that you want to watch Bono multiple times of day, EVERYDAY.  You are quite the performer. Daddy and I love it. I never tire of watching you.

Speaking of performing, your new thing is to make faces in order to make me laugh. You have a ton and are so expressive. You are usually rewarded with my trademark cackle, because as I say every month, I find you hilarious.

You've gotten a lot more self sufficient over the past few months. You open the fridge and cupboards, get out your new addiction ("pouchies"), put your own coat on, open the screen door, turn on the computer and manipulate the mouse from game to game. It's pretty cool.  If we could just get you interested in getting the rest of your clothes on yourself, I would be a very happy camper. The only reason you put your coat (and back pack) on yourself is because I showed you the "trick" where you flip it over your head. I guess I'll have to come up with some fancy "tricks" for socks and pants to get you interested.

I feel like you hardly play with toys at home anymore. All you want to do is to listen to music, watch television (ugh), play hide-and-seek, sneak up on people in your adorable creeper way, have Daddy chase you in pursuit of eating your brains and draw with markers.  You're also very interested in stories that Daddy or I make up. Storytelling is not my calling, and I tend to tell the same boring stories about Diego looking for his lost dog in the jungle. But Daddy created quite the hit with "Elmo looks for his dirty flowers." You want it before bed every night now. Oh and you also enjoy dress up. Or as we call it, "hats," since our dress up collection is primarily two big bags of hats. Yes, only hats, a fireman costume and of course, your spider monkey costume. You came up with that yourself. And of course, I cackled. 

I love you, my little spider monkey. I love you more than tongue can tell. You make me happier than you could ever know.  I feel thankful everyday that you are my son.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter 2012

We visited my parents this Easter. I LOVE Easter. And this one had it all, including...

Egg dyeing. Very male dominated sport this year. We used the Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit. It doesn't get great reviews online, but I thought the kit did a terrific job. It's completely overpriced, but I liked using natural dyes rather than the crappy artificial food dyes that have been linked to Coprophobia and ADHD, among other things. 

A visit from the Easter Bunny, who apparently has no qualms about giving small children tons of candy and introducing peeps to babies, judging from the baskets he filled. I bet his teeth are rotten.

An egg hunt. This required a lot of hints and some help from taller people along the way.  The boys made a good team.

Lots and lots of hide and seek. Apparently lack of hiding space is no deterrent for a 2 and 5 year old determined to play. Small buckets, uncles and dirty outdoor rugs are considered fair game.

And lots of time with cousins. Cousins are the best. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Baby sign of the week: I LOVE YOU

There aren't many things sweeter than hearing Nate say, "I love you." He's been saying it and signing it a lot recently and I just love it. When we were actively using baby sign language, he never mastered the sign. Probably because I wasn't particularly consistent with the sign. But I think it can be difficult for a baby too - getting some fingers to stay up, while others stay down. Nate randomly decided he was finally going to tackle the sign the other day. He stared at his fingers for awhile before willing them to cooperate. He was quite proud:

Now he wants to tackle the alphabet in sign language. He can do A-I so far, with a bit of prompting along the way. His fine motor skills have really seemed to turn a corner recently. Out of no where, he can suddenly manipulate the computer mouse and actually use it to play games on It blows my mind every time I see him move the mouse and click the cursor on the right answer. Kids these days!

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