Monday, July 30, 2007


It looks like I took quite a vacation from updating. Here’s a quick summary of what’s been going on.

1. Renée turned one. We had a party.
2. Tam and Dan visited. Joseph made them ride “trains” a lot.
3. We went on a short vacation and spent a lot of time at the beach.
4. We tried potty training again. It went just about as well as last time.
5. Tony and I spent (and continue to spend) countless hours trying to
convince our children that they do not really want to play with the same toy. This is how it goes:

Child #1 is playing
Child #2 tries to play also
Child #1 does not want to share and starts screaming
Parent tries to find another activity for Child #2
Child #2 likes the new game
Child #1 also wants to play the new game
Go back to step one

We work on sharing, too. But the outcome is usually pretty much the same. I'll post some pictures next time.


Anonymous guh! said...

1. Renée’s party was fun. She was adorable, and Joseph was charming. The corn and potato salad were fantastic and the cupcakes were delicious. A good first birthday.

2. Nothing says ‘welcome’ like a good game of train.

3. A day at the beach is so wonderful that it has become a metaphor. Joseph’s “primitive” world view, filled with lake spirits and sand nourishment, won’t last forever, although maybe it will return when he is my age – I regularly look for personal gifts from the sea when I take my beach walks!

4. Oh that darn potty. It is hard to imagine that any of us learn. Joseph is at that unique baby/boy transition, when much is charming and some things not so. You are both so wonderful and patient about it all and, although you don’t say so here, you know that this, too, will fall into place as time goes on.

5. You and Tony make up such good games. Who wouldn’t want to play?! Poor Joseph, being firmly toppled from his position as king of the hill, and Renée with those gorgeously calculating eyes as she finnigles her way in . . .

9:08 AM  
Blogger TK said...

What fun we had on our visit, too, though "train" was more like "circus train" and we were the caged animals. At least we got to hear Joseph's rendition of Folsum Prison Blues. I love that he sings it in a deep voice. Thanks for having us.

10:42 AM  

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