Here is our first real Nativity scene. I bought a cheap one so that Noe could play with it and get to know the people involved. He loves playing with baby Jesus and the animals, especially. I was sitting with him and telling him the story of Jesus' birth and why he came. He was asking me who each person was and what each of the animals was. He would set each thing up so that it was looking at baby Jesus. After telling him what each thing was this is what he remembered...... After all of this I found him with his finger in the hole on the back of baby Jesus. He was flying the baby around saying "it's okay, I've got you baby." My child is sooooo darling. I know you all agree. And I hope you enjoy this window into our day.
Noe is laying next to "Baby Joe" while he is putting his baby to sleep. My son has love his little friend's baby dolls. He wants to hold them and feed them. He doesn't have any babies around so we thought it would be fun to get him a baby and teach him how to handle and take care of it. We didn't have to do too much, he just naturally was gentle and kind and loving to his baby. He told us he named the baby "Joe". It was the cutest thing to see him rock baby Joe and sing him to sleep. I know Noe is a boy and boys don't have dolls but since we haven't been able to have a baby yet, this is the best way for us to get Noe used to handling babies. and as with all our videos they end with "I look, please?" as Noe is coming toward the camera to see what I just videoed. So for now..."I look".
Noak is in a very impressionable stage right now. Everything he sees or hears is quickly repeated. His vocabulary is growing everyday and the things he knows and understands also is growing. I came out this afternoon to find both my son and my dog with their noses in to the ground, in a hole. That's where our video picks up... Both were digging holes with their noses. What joy we find in the dirt in our backyard!
Here's a little shout out to Gramma L while she is on the road to Oklahoma and Mississippi. Though we could not be with you on your birthday we were thinking of you non the less. Here are a few humorous videos for your enjoyment.
Gramma L and Papa Ernie- we miss you and love you lots! This last one was the "short-n-sweet" version. Noe knows when he has it in one take.
I asked Noe what letter this was and I was very surprised when he got it right. I helped him with the upper case A but with the lower case one I just told him to draw a circle and then a line on the side. Isn't it AMAZING!!! My son is a genius. =) This is his first attempts, he is so brilliant! Okay am I a proud Mama or what!?!?! Well, this was the "work" and the video is the "fun". Sorry I have no idea how to flip the video. I hope you can enjoy it anyhow.
Noe came to me after his nap today and asked me to sing the birthday song. So after I sang it a couple times it was Noe's turn. So Happy birthday Aunty Dawn. Dawn we love you and we pray that this year is full of blessings and joy. Happy Birthday! Love, Us
This was Noak's attempt to put his own bib on. We only use them for sticky or wet food when he has nice clothes on. (His jammies are pulled down to his waist). He is learning something new everyday. It always surprises me. He just recently began to use adjectives and other words to fill in his sentences. So he will tell us about Papa Ernie's orange tractor (the Kubota that Dad gave Gabe). He will also point out the blue light and the red chair, his green shoes or the "daddy" bite he just took. Yesterday we were grocery shopping and he had the shopping cart buckle in his hand. He stretched it as high as it would go and he proclaimed "talk buckle". We don't linger on the heighths of objects very often and I was once again astounded that he used the correct word in referrence to where his buckle was. It was very cute. I am constantly finding myself telling Noe how smart he is and I'm usually saying it from a place of sheer surprise at how actually smart he is. (Occasionally I say it just as encouragement for something that he tells me over and over again).
This is Noe's new bed. We had our first experience with night time scaredness. We have been praying over Noe's room and teaching him to ask Jesus to come when he is scared. We spent a few nights having to hold his hand while he fell asleep and waking up to a little boy in our bed by morning. So we took Sunday afternoon to put together his new bed. We have been planning to put up bunk beds in his room because of all the visitors we seem to have. We also felt the fun change may make it easier for him to fall back into the routine of him going to sleep in his bed (and staying there). This is Noe laying down for a nap in his new bed. We strung special lights up on the inside to light up the space and we put a canopy over the top too. The one weirdly lit picture is just the presence of God and His angels filling Noe's room (or possibly just a weird flash =) ). Last night though, Noe was waking up because he has the beginnings of a cold, so after 4 times of getting up with him, I just decided to sleep there with him for a while. After a couple hours I decided to go to my own bed and actually sleep, when I rose quickly i forgot that we had bunk beds and I slammed the bridge of my nose on the top rail. While seeing stars I climbed into bed while Gabe consoled me. I must say, despite that and as Noe is taking a Nap with no help, I do love the bunkbeds.
We are the proud owners of an old Kubota tractor. It is a wonderful gift that my dad gave to us and we have been anxiously awaiting it's delivery to our home in Redding. It runs great when the tires are not falling off (which only happened once and was promptly fixed). We have already begun to clear our back yard. We even have people lining up to borrow it. Gabe sings special bedtime songs with Noe each night. He sings a different one for each grandparent. Till now Papa Ernie's song has been "Papa Ernie drives a tractor, Papa Ernie drives a truck, Vroom vroom vroom goes the tractor, vroom vroom vroom goes the truck. But since my parents came up and brought our new Kubota the song has been asked to be changed...Now when Gabe sings the song Noe interjects with (and makes Gabe correct the song with) Papa Ernie drives an ORANGE tractor. I know that Papa Ernie has been trying to encourage John Deer Green but I think that it will now be Kubota Orange. Noe is very firm about that.
What a difference a year makes. Last year our little guy mostly sat and played in the sand, this year anticipating long bouts of sitting, we bought sand castle buckets, shovels, rakes, boats and more only to find that things had changed. So we abandoned our royal castle and we chased our little prince instead. We jumped, we ran, we fell in the sand, we drew circles and letters and pictures. We were all covered in sand by the time we left, a little wet and a bit chilly. But I love that the day at the beach was unexpectedly so much better than I had hoped or imagined.
I love to play with Noe and sing. One of my favorites is "Shake your booootie " and I put my hands on his hips and shake his little bootie....as well as the rest of him, it is quite funny. We always sing and dance around our house. One day Noe comes into the kitchen while I am cooking and I feel these two little hands one either side of my bootie and i hear "shake bootie, shake bootie" as he is trying to make me shake. When I finally figured out what he was saying I almost fell down laughing. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.