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November 30, 2003 on 8:14 pm | In Main | No Comments

After a long trip like we made yesterday, we pretty much took it easy today. It was a nice sunny day, so I took Sean and Ethan to the park. Ethan has found a new way to go down the slide. He holds on to the vertical bar at the top of the slide, lowering his body down the slide. Then he lets go, going down on his side, smoothly landing at the bottom. Sean had fun running around and following another boy. Speaking of Ethan, he made his first noticeable attempt at saying a word today. I was petting Zip, and Ethan walked over and said “caa, caa”. He clearly was trying to say “cat”.

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November 29, 2003 on 9:24 pm | In Main | No Comments

We drove to the Grand Canyon today. It really is spectacular. We also took a short walk along the rim trail, which is nice even without the Grand Canyon views. Of course, I took plenty of pictures, even to the point of annoying Cortney. Here are some examples (our friend Laura took the first one): (click on the pictures to see the full-sized image)

We survived the long trip with our new toy — a portable DVD player. We heard no complaints from Sean; he enjoyed watching the movies during the drive. Ethan did not care much for Sean’s movies, but he was well behaved anyway. It’s a shame the kids weren’t old enough to appreciate the Grand Canyon. Of course, there’s no reason why we can’t go back when they are older.

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November 28, 2003 on 11:01 pm | In Main | No Comments

To keep with our normal tradition, we went to Burger King tonight. For awhile, we had the place to ourselves. I figured most people were home eating leftovers. But, it wasn’t too much longer before some other families showed up, so Sean had someone to play with. Ethan had fun as well. He is getting quite good at climbing into the ball pit. I hoping both kids sleep well tonight; we plan on driving to the grand canyon tomorrow.

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November 28, 2003 on 10:35 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan did something interesting today. He climbed into the high chair! He made it all the way, and turned around, but he had both legs on one side of the chair. This happened around 11:00 am, a bit earlier than I had planned to eat lunch, but I figured Ethan did that because he was hungry. So, I went ahead and gave him lunch. I think Ethan will be a late talker, just like Sean. My reason for this is that Ethan is so effective with non-verbal communication. For example, if he wants you to read him a book, he picks it up and gives it to you. If you are sitting on the couch, he actually climbs up next to you first. I’m not worried about this, because Ethan clearly understands us when we talk to him.

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November 27, 2003 on 7:35 pm | In Main | No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving! We had our big feast in the middle of the afternoon. I made the turkey, the stuffing, the gravy, and the cranberry sauce. Cortney made the mashed potatoes, the green bean casserole, the sweet potato casserole, and the rolls. Everything came out ok. The only problem with the meal is that the turkey came out later than expected, and some of the other dishes were cold. But everything tasted great. Ethan enjoyed the turkey. He tried some green beans and potatoes, but did not enjoy those as much. Sean did not care for the thanksgiving fare, but he enjoyed the pumpkin pie.

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November 26, 2003 on 10:22 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean had his Thanksgiving celebration at school, and Cortney and Laura (and Ethan) attended. It sounds like Sean had fun. I had to go out to the store tonight to buy what we needed for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, so I didn’t spend much time with the kids. I plan on cooking the turkey myself, so the meal should be interesting.

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November 25, 2003 on 8:45 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan is starting to understand verbal communication. Laura has taught Ethan “no mouth”, to not put objects in his mouth. Tonight at the library, Ethan understood “no touch” to leave the library books alone. It was nice to be able to follow Ethan around the library and not have to grab him every time he came near the bookshelves. Ethan also responded to “turn around”, when he wandered off too far.

Speaking of the library, we made it to story time for the first time in a while. It’s a good thing too, as this is the last story night until early next year. Now that Ethan is able to get around on his own, he was less willing to sit through the stories. He still enjoys most of the finger plays. Sean had a good time at the older story time as well. I guess Cortney and I are now going to have to do more songs and stories at home for the next month and a half.

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November 24, 2003 on 8:03 pm | In Main | No Comments

Not much to talk about today. Ethan cried during a good part of the night last night, and so we didn’t get much sleep. Cortney called the doctor’s office, and they have prescribed a new anti-biotic for Ethan. I hope that works; we don’t want to go through another sleepless night.

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November 23, 2003 on 8:42 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had big plans for the day; a trip to the zoo, go on the train rides… But after yesterday’s big trip, I was too tired. I just spent the day relaxing. We woke up this morning to a cold house. The low was 40 degrees, and the house temperature dropped into the 50’s. I turned on the heat, and with the sun shining on the house, it did not take long to warm it back up. The cold front that came through last night brought winds that filled up the pool with leaves, so I had to clean the pool. Sean had fun today playing outside with Laura. Ethan was doing much better today, and he had fun playing inside the house. We’ll go to the zoo on some other day.

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November 22, 2003 on 7:49 pm | In Main | No Comments

We took a day trip today. We left in the morning for Flagstaff, where we had lunch. After that we drove up to Snowbowl, the ski area at a nearby mountain, and saw some actual snow! We then drove to Sedona, via Oak Creek Canyon. At Sedona, we stopped at the tourist shops for some shoping, then stopped at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which had some spectacular views. We stopped for dinner on the way home, ending a long day. Everyone had a good time except Ethan, who was cranky most of the day. We think the anti-biotic that he is on is bothering him. We took some pictures on our trip, and if any of them turned out to be good, I’ll post them here tomorrow.

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November 21, 2003 on 8:53 pm | In Main | No Comments

Cortney took Sean to the doctor today. The doctor thinks Sean has a sinus infection, and some type of bacterial infection on his face. We thought the spots on his face were just caused by Sean picking at a scrape. He will be on anti-biotics for a while. Sean joins Ethan, who started anti-biotics yesterday. Ethan is not as sick, but the doctor wants to make sure he gets better.

This evening, I took Sean and Ethan for a marathon session at Burger King. Cortney and Laura dropped us off, then went out to dinner and then some shopping. Ethan is now able to climb into and out of the ball pit. Both kids had loads of fun. Neither Sean nor Ethan seemed like they were sick at all.

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November 20, 2003 on 7:29 pm | In Main | No Comments

I was going to take the kids to the park tonight, but Sean and Ethan were too tired and fussy to go. Ethan cried from the time I came home until he was fed dinner. Sean had a time-out during dinner when he kept putting his food on Ethan’s tray, even though he was told not to. Even though we didn’t go out, we still had fun after dinner. I tried using phonics cards that I had ordered from Amazon for the first time tonight. Sean went through most of the single letter sounds on his own. I was really impressed. His biggest problem was that he did not know what some of the pictures represented. For example, he recognized the j in jeans, and said the juh sound correctly, but then he said “pants”. I had to explain that this type of pants were jeans. Sean enjoyed our little training session, and he even asked to go through the cards again. Ethan had fun just walking around the family room. I also read Ethan some stories as well.

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November 19, 2003 on 8:26 pm | In Main | No Comments

It was a nice day today, so I took Sean and Ethan to the park. Since we had been going to soccer practice on Wednesday nights, I took the soccer ball with us, but Sean decided he would rather spend time on the playground than kick the ball around. Sean learned how to get on the monkey bars by himself. On this playground, he can’t reach the first bar with his feet on the platform, so he has to make a small jump to reach the bar. The first few times, I guided Sean, then I followed up by promising to catch Sean if he missed, and then ultimately, Sean was doing it on his own. Ethan had fun as well. He has learned to walk on the sand. He still sits down when his foot steps in a hole, but otherwise he does okay. Sean was on good behavior, and he willingly walked home, which is nice. I hope to go again tomorrow.

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November 18, 2003 on 7:51 pm | In Main | No Comments

Our friend Laura flew into town today to visit us. We went out to dinner as soon as I arrived home from works. Both kids behaved badly. Ethan was screaming because he wanted out of the high chair. Sean did not want to sit still in his chair. Cortney and I ended up taking turns taking the kids to the waiting area, so that we could finish the meal. Both kids were obviously tired, so I cancelled my plans to take them to the library.

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November 17, 2003 on 8:46 pm | In Main | No Comments

Cortney had Bunco night here again. To get out of Cortney’s way, I took Sean and Ethan out to dinner at McDonald’s, so they could use the play area. I brought food for both Sean and Ethan, but I ended up giving some of Sean’s food to Ethan. Ethan is frequently eating more food than Sean now. Sean had fun playing, but none of the other kids were using the play equipment, so Sean had no one to play with. After eating, I let Ethan walk around. I wanted him to stay in the play area, but he kept walking out of the play area. Sean thought it was real funny when I had to keep walking over to pick Ethan up and bring him back into the play area. Eventually, Sean became bored.

When he was willing to put his shoes on, I knew it was time to leave. I wanted to stay out a little longer, until it was bedtime for the kids, so I stopped by the park for a while. I noticed Ethan is now hesitant to go down the slide on his own. The good news is that he now has enough muscle control to go down the slide sitting up, so it won’t be long before he feels comfortable going down on his own again. Sean and Ethan both had fun on the swing before we left the park to go home. After a meal and some exercise, I had no problem putting the kids to sleep.

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