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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scott's First Dance Classes

The boys both love music, but while Jonah constantly dances, Scott just sits and listens. He's actually very reserved while he's being watched. So when I saw a groupon for a month of dance classes I jumped on it.
 It was all 2-3 year-olds and they were all adorable. I'd prepped him the few days before as best as I could so he'd know what to expect. I was hoping he'd actually join in.
He just stood and observed at first. It was a great set-up where I could see him through the window, but he wasn't constantly aware of being watched.
 Eventually, he started making small movements to copy the teachers--like a heel touch here or there.
 He liked the songs where they did coordinating actions, probably because he does them at home, the library and nursery, so they're familiar. Jonah wanted to watch it all.
 I had to put him down after a while because he's so heavy. He found a basket to hang out in.
I wasn't sure how Scott would like the class, but he LOVED it. Talked about it non-stop and told me every morning that it was time to get his tap shoes on for dance class.
The second week he was an old pro.
 He started doing things along with the class without having to see them all try it first.
 New things were still slower going, though. I caught him occasionally focusing at home saw that he was trying heel-toe walking.
 The teacher was great. She and the helper kept the kids engaged and were fun and kind, but strict with listening to rules. It was perfect for Scott.
 They did various fun activities at the end of each class--balancing while walking, scarf flying to Let's Go Fly a Kite, dress-ups, etc.
 The girls had tutus and he had a pirate hat.
 He's been walking around with his hands behind his back all month.
It was a great experience for Scott and I loved seeing him learn and grow in just a few weeks. He's much braver dancing at home now, which is fun for all of us. One day I'd like to get him back into classes full-time.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

October I

I'm not sure whose idea this one was, but Jonah earned another tubby.
He wanted his hood up--he cried and came to me to fix it when it fell down.
I tried a new recipe for my General Conference cinnamon rolls and they were amazing. We didn't get an invite to watch at Brian and Annie's this time, so we had a LOT leftover. Ah shucks.
My cousin sent a surprise package full of fun things her boys had outgrown. Scott went right to work on the train puzzles.
Jonah helped.
After mastering smaller puzzles on his own, I bought Scott this 46-piece one for a little challenge. It's even a funkier shape, but he still figured it out. Then he clapped for himself.
He still has a lot to learn, though. Like no socks with flip flops.
Sadie and Scott holding hands in the back seat of the car. She kept them happy during the drive.
Crossing the foggy Golden Gate.
Jonah had a particularly fussy morning and came to me in the bathroom holding his pouch. He whined and screamed until I put him in it.
At Costco, Scott wanted to put something in the cart whenever I did, but he stayed by me and was so well behaved. We go when it first opens so it's not busy and there are usually older shoppers out then. They almost all commented on the boys' cuteness and Scott's helpfulness. Jonah also went a whole shopping trip in a cart without screaming.
I don't know why it's such a big deal, but I dread unloading the car. Scott brought in all the little things this time and ran back and forth until we finished. He even dragged the tp in by himself. It made a big difference mentally to not have to do it alone. Plus I didn't have to try to keep them both distracted and safe while I did it. One day we're going to have a garage, but in the meantime I'm grateful for my little helper.
My aunt also sent the boys a package. Scott wanted to keep his "so hungwy caderpilyar" jams on all day. He doesn't fight the bib for breakfast anymore because I told him he has to take them off if he doesn't wear it so they don't get stained.
Scott also loved the matching shirts because he usually wants Jonah to wear what he's wearing. They both like the extra train pieces my cousin sent. One piece makes pig oinks and they both think it's hilarious.
We met my mom for dinner and Scott needed to wear his glasses. He kept them on the whole meal.
Another mom outing to ice cream. I shared with Scott, who understands taking turns. Jonah not so much.
We went Christmas shopping one Saturday and I went to get the boys outfits at Janie and Jack while my mom watched Scott in the play area. I came out and found them sharing a little snack. He gets spoiled rotten.
We went up to visit Katie one day and I snuggled this little angel. If I could guarantee a baby like him I'd be on board for more, but every time I think about having another screamer like Jonah or sleeper like Scott it sets me back another 6 months.
Jonah found Paige's bumbo and made himself right at home.
Daddy leaving for work is still a big trigger for Jonah. We've started waving goodbye through the window,watching him drive away and then I let him play on the bed with me for a little while to help ease the transition. Otherwise it's a daily screamfest.
Jonah is taking over the emptying the dryer chore. He doesn't separate the clothes like Scott can, but it keeps him distracted for a few minutes.
Jonah is really into being wrapped in blankets. He wants it when he wakes up and sometimes randomly throughout the day he'll bring us a blanket to snuggle.
I bought tickets for Disney on Ice and showed Scott some youtube clips of the movies that would be in the show so they'd be familiar to him. They both loved every single one from Toy Story.
Jonah wanted his shoes on so he could leave with John.
He ended up with one Jonah shoe and one Daddy shoe. Then John left without him and he had one of his best meltdowns yet. All that false hope.
We got out of the house asap. The Barnes & Noble by our house lends out trains for the Thomas table and the boys will play nicely together as long as they're there.
After talking about all of Jonah's screaming, I should mention all 4 of his molars broke through. He's always a little whiny, but even with painkillers these couple of weeks were rough!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wilder Ranch & the Beach Boardwalk

We met at Karen & Alan's to go to the beach, but not everyone was ready yet, so we took the kids who were ready to go and headed out. Since we were ahead of the group, we took a quick detour to Wilder Ranch because none of the kids had been there before.
They quickly looked at all the animals.
Then found the bush mazes. I was impressed Sadie could fit through them.
Jonah was not interested in getting down whatsoever.
Madoc played keep away from Scott
who chased him in circles over and over.
Eventually they were all chasing each other.
Then we climbed the big tree.
Sadie was super helpful with the little kids all day. I want one of her full-time.
Jonah just wanted to be held.
The only picture with the three of them looking at me. We'll work on smiling next.
Alan, Neil & Ashley and the rest of the kids came and looked around while we played with the big bubbles.
Jonah finally got down and walked around a little.
Scott tried to make big bubbles like John.
When they started just splashing in the bubbles we headed out and went to the beach.
Sweet Sadie watching Jonah.
Since the kids were hungry we went to the pier first and bought lunch. I convinced John to try the crab sandwich at Stagnaro Bros (it's a little pricey and we like their clam chowder, so we'd never had it).
It was amazing and while we were eating, a couple whales came and started jumping right by the wharf! The rest of the family arrived right in time to see it all.
I didn't take great shots because I was watching it myself, but you can see part of one here.
The rest of the Crapos went to go on rides at the boardwalk and we went to the beach.
I took too many pictures of Scott playing:






I went in the waves with him and one splashed the hem of his shorts, so of course he needed them off immediately.
He was afraid of the water after that, so John helped reintroduce him.
I sat on the beach with a sleeping Jonah.
John was supposed to work that Saturday and ended up not needing to at the last minute and I'm really glad he was able to join us. It was a fun family day.