Monday, November 29, 2010

The Adventures of Parker's Turkey

Parker made a potato turkey at school for Thanksgiving and when we went to visit Nana and Papa he took it to them as a present! After we went back home, Parker's potato turkey had all kinds of fun adventures on his own. Here are some samples.
Potato turkey, guarding the door.
 Resting in the tree.  Potato turkey's natural habitat?
Wishing there were more peanuts in this feeder.
 Om nom nom nom....

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Conversation While Driving In The Car

Parker: Hey Daddy... (he starts most sentences with, "Hey Daddy...")
Me: Yeah?
P: I think there's construction up ahead!
M: I think so, too!
P: Maybe there's a man with a slow sign? That means sloooow down.
M: I don't think there's a man with a sign right now. It's pretty late!
P: Do you think he has the day out?
M: [chuckling] Yeah, I think he probably has the day out.
[long pause]
P: Day out isn't right, Daddy.
M: No, day out isn't right. Did you mean day off?
P: Yes! I think he probably has the day off.
M: Or he's at home eating dinner already!
P: Oooooor that.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

21 Questions To Ask Your Child

This was posted on a message board a while back but Parker was too young to actually answer the questions.  You're supposed to go back every now and then and ask the questions again to compare answers.  So here's Parker's first round of 21 questions at 3.5 years old.

21 Questions to ask your child: 

1. What is something mommy always says to you?  "No no no!"

2. What makes you happy?  "Water."

3. What makes you sad?  "This makes me sad [clapping his hands]"

4. What makes you laugh?  "Ha ha ha ha!  [fake laughter]"

5. How old are you? "3."

6. How old is Mommy?  "3!"

7. How old is Daddy?  "3!"

8. What is your favorite thing to do?  "I love to play!"

9. Who is your best friend?  "Baby."

10. What do you want to be when you grow up?  "I want to be a grown up."

11. What are you really good at?  "I'm really good at eating chocolates!"

12. What are you not very good at?  "I'm not very good at drinking juice."

13. What did you do today?  "I went to school today."

14. What is your favorite food?  "Noodles."

15. What is your favorite song?  "If You're Happy And You Know It."

16. What do you want for (holiday or birthday) this year?  "An orange and Rolos for Christmas!"

17. What is your favorite animal?  "My favourite animal is Parker.  I'm Parker."

18. What is love?  "Looooove!  [gives himself a big hug]"

19. What does mommy/daddy do for work?  "Daddy takes pictures and Mommy works at school."

20. Where do you live?  "I live at [says our address]."

21. Where is your favorite place to go?  "I love to go to the park!"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reading Machine

Here are two videos of Parker reading a bunch of random words April typed into note pad!  I think he knows about 10 million billion words now!  Hooray!

His New Favourite Thing

Also, I should probably mention that Parker's new favourite thing is to play school (hi Miss Janet and Miss Caroline!).  He goes through all the actions and sequences that he does at school and always makes sure that we participate.  Especially when he does his little pre-meal prayer.  He says, "Put your fingers by your eyes, everyone!  Everyone ready?" and then he does his thing.  It goes like this:

(pointing to eyes) I have two eyes to see my food
(pointing to nose) I have one nose to smell my food
(pointing to mouth) I have one mouth to eat my food
(folding hands) Thank you, God, for the food

Sometimes he'll randomly say, "Remember my calendar?" and he'll pull out his number chart and start counting to 30.  Or he'll break into a rousing rendition of the cleanup song (which is never a bad thing) and tidy up.  Then he likes everyone to sit in a circle while he sings ABCs and If You're Happy And You Know It, and then he says, "Okay everybody, I'm just going to check if the moms and dads are here!" and he goes to the door.  I think he likes school!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Being Goofy

The other day when I came home from a photo shoot, April and Parker were waiting on the front step to greet me!  Parker was being goofy, and since I had my camera anyways I took a few photos.  Here he is, happy to see me.
 And here he is, in the middle of doing a weird dance that involved a lot of spinning in circles.

 Ever since I started working out, April has been telling Parker that I go exercising.  And when he asked what that was, she said that I do some running, some jumping, and some lifting heavy things.  So now Parker has a whole "exercising" sequence that he goes through and acts out.  Here he is doing the running....
 And the jumping....
 And the lifting heavy things....
And he likes to follow up his exercising with a delicious drink of "red juice", also known as Powerade.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The other day at school they were working on patterns. Here's a video of Parker sorting his cookies into "cookies" and "sprinkles" and making a repeating pattern.

And the other night while we were reading some books before bed, Parker broke out some spontaneous math!  He was staring at his fingers, and he said, "2 + 3 = 5...  1 + 1 = 2...  4 + 1 = 5...."  I think he's already better at math than I am.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Here's Parker ribbiting and hopping like a frog around the basement floor for some reason.

Edited to add:  I guess this wasn't working properly earlier, but I think I fixed it so it's viewable now!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pre-Hallowe'en Photos I Forgot About

Here are some pre-Hallowe'en photos that I forgot to post last time!  Here's Parker in his Spider-Man costume that was really cool but he didn't like.  I probably wouldn't have liked wearing the mask either, but he could have gotten away with just the body suit.  Doesn't he look thrilled?

 And here he is, a little tiny bit happier to be wearing the Woody costume.
Wearing his hat sideways. 

 Eating Mini-Eggs and being happy.
 Trying to figure out this weird, floppy hat.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Second Visit To The Dentist!

Parker's first trip to the dentist was way back in April, 2009 so we figured it was time to go for another checkup.  Here he is looking tentative in the waiting room.
 Here he is looking tentative in the chair.

Despite his tentative looks, he did really well!  He thought the chair was cool because it went up and down, and he though the light they used to look in his mouth was cool because it was like a gigantic flash light.  And the first dentist showed him what she would be doing (counting his teeth) by touching his finger nails with the counter thing, and now he does that to me every now and then with eating utensils.  He did an awesome job keeping his mouth open, and they said his teeth looked great!  Nice and clean with good gaps in between them.  He has all 20 teeth, which he thought was pretty cool (although it wasn't 100 teeth, like he thought he had) and the dentist was pretty psyched to hear about his love of flossing.  He also got to pick out an orange tooth brush, which is his favourite colour.  All in all, it was a success!  I think he has to go back in May, and they'll actually attempt a cleaning.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Super Awesome Photo Frames (And Other Awesome Stuff)

This is cross-posted on Lauren's blog as well, but they do such good work I thought it should be posted twice.  :D

Looking for a super awesome personalized photo frame to show off your photos of your kids?  Check out Lulie Chic on Etsy!  She's from Ottawa, is super nice, and does fantastic work!  She also has hair clips, bows, wooden nursery letters, and other stuff.  Check it out -- you might find some awesome Christmas presents!  Here's a frame she made for Parker and Lauren!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!

Here are some Hallow'en photos from yesterday!
April and Lauren being cute in their costumes.
 Us at Gemma's toddler Hallowe'en party.  Important to note:  the awesome cheese spiders on the table next to me.  Mmmm.....  cheese spiders.....
 It snowed yesterday for the first time!  Crazy!
 Lauren being cute and warm in her pea pod costume.

 Ding dong!

 "I see Jenn!  Hi Jenn!"

 Two-fisting some chocolate.  Boo yah.

Overall it was a successful night!  Lauren liked her costume, Parker got some good candy, and we had a handful of kids come to the door!  I wish it would have been a bit warmer, but everyone survived.  Luckily I had my awesome Star Trek shirt, woven with fibres from the future, to keep me warm.