Thursday, January 31, 2013

Brachiosaurus Poop

At supper tonight Orion was making up songs.  It seems like a new favorite past time for him and I quite enjoy it.  The song tonight though was all about how brachiosaurus go poop...He got lots of entertained looks from the waiters. It didn't help that his nose is incredibly plugged up, so his little voice is even more squeaky than normal.  While I know I probably shouldn't, I couldn't help but laugh hysterically.  He is so cute sometimes that it almost hurts.  I love my son and his crazy little antics.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lazy days

So I missed a couple posts, but now we are back on schedule.  Orion was in a fantastic mood last night and it showed in every action.  We were sitting at supper and Seth started doing this "magic" trick where he made a crayon disappear into his hand and then would have Orion fake a sneeze and make it look like it came from O's mouth.  Orion thought it was awesome and made Seth do it over and over. Watching the two of them laugh and play brings so much joy to my heart.  It's the little moments that show me just how blessed my life truly is.  Even in the midst of chaos and challenges,  life is good.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Puzzles make for perfection

Some days just coming home from work is enough to make everything feel right with the world.  We had thrown a roast in to crock pot before work this morning so there was no worry about what to cook for supper.  Instead Orion and I sat on the floor in his bedroom and put together puzzles for quite a while.  I had bought new pillows today as well so after we ate supper Orion decided he wanted to test them out so we spent some quality time laying in bed reading stories and listening to music.  It wasn't the most "productive" day I suppose, but it was perfectly enjoyable.  Sometimes I'm incredibly grateful for my simple little life.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sometimes Quiet isn't a bad thing.

Today was a day where we really didn't do much of anything.  It's days like this one that I find it incredibly challenging to come up with something witty to say or a story to share.  Orion continues his obsessive spewing of dinosaur facts, which amazes me and entertains me on so many levels.  I'm a proud momma that he knows the word "velociraptor."  It's pretty incredible.   Now I'm laying in bed, listening to him talking in his sleep through the walls.  I often wonder what his little brain dreams of.  He is so ambitious and excitable during the day that I can't even imagine how incredibly vivid and enthusiastic his dreams must be.  I mean, they cause the boy to roll like a maniac and talk in his sleep....that says something right (and yes I realize this more means that he has inherited his terrible sleep issues from me, but a momma can try to be positive right??)?  It seems like it has been a very long week, so I think we are all ready for the weekend.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Serious Questions

Sometimes there are topics brought up that I don't feel fully prepared to try to explain to my son.  I know as an adult, and more so as a parent, it is necessary, but it still terrifies me that I am going to say something just wrong or scary or....I don't know.  Yesterday there was an incident at Orion's school where his teacher fell down and was hurt.  They ended up having to call an ambulance and take her to the hospital.  Somehow all the preschoolers determined that she was dead and ended up very upset.  She came back later in the afternoon and told the children that she was ok, but the Program Manager still wanted us to be aware of the issue just in case Orion came home and decided to tell us that "Miss Jill died today."  Now, Orion didn't bring it up, and he has talked about things dying or being dead before, but it really made me think about how to properly approach that subject.  In no way do I want to scare him or anything along those lines, and I know he isn't ready to have those kinds of serious talks yet, but I know that some day he will.  I have no idea how to answer those questions.  So far my policy with Orion has always been to be as open and honest as possible.  He is incredibly intelligent and often asks questions and I always try to give him an answer, even if that answer is "I don't know."  I'm sure I'll figure something out, and I'm lucky enough to have an incredibly intelligent parenting partner to help those answers along, but it still terrifies me to know that some day it will come up and I will have to give him an explanation.   He is a bright, happy, beautiful little boy and I never want that to change, but I also know that I can't shelter him from the harsh realities of the world no matter how desperately I want to.  I just hope that I can find the right words to say to give him comfort and knowledge in a way that gives him confidence and a positive explanation of life.   If only 42 really was the answer to life, the universe, and everything.


Ok, so I missed Silent Sunday, so here is the photo I was going to use.  A real blog will happen later today.  Have a great day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dinosaur love.

Orion's fascination with dinosaurs continues to grow and his knowledge keeps expanding.  Today during supper he kept sharing random dinosaur facts with me.  He told us that Triceratops is one of the biggest dinosaurs and eats lots of plants.   Of course these factoids were shared between the random episodes of fascination at the spork he was using to eat.  Either way, I was very impressed by him, which is really nothing new.  His obsession with Dinosaur Train has not yet subsided and he can now name a lot of the dinosaurs before the show tells him what they are.  He's incredibly intelligent and it just blows me away.  This is definitely one proud momma.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rockets, Robots, and R-electricity

Ok, so the title is lame...or sounds like Scooby-doo.  Don't judge!  Anyway, last weekend we had the opportunity to take Orion to the Air & Space Museum to see their temporary Robots exhibit.   I got there and while I was excited I really expected to see a few pieces from the "Robots" movie (since that was what was advertised) and maybe a few little gadgets and gizmos but I was incredibly impressed.  They did have life-sized replicas of the different characters

along with different concept art from the creation of the movie

They had areas for Orion to build his own robot and a few on display to show how they could work.  And if that wasn't enough....they also had an area that was showing off famous robots through history.

Including a fan favorite!!!

Orion thought it was pretty awesome...but I think that daddy was just as impressed! 

We also got to see a display of some awesome electrical tricks and learned quite a bit.

And of course we got to check out all the different airplanes, helicopters, and rockets that are always housed at the museum.....

After this trip we also took the time to go to the Comic Book store and spent the day hanging out together.  It was a pretty spectacular day full of all sorts of geekery.  Sometimes it's easy to see just how lucky we are. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dinosaur Train

Orion's newest obsession is with a show called "Dinosaur Train."  Honestly, kid shows tend to grind on my nerves pretty quickly, yet this one is one that I can't help but actually enjoy.  The stories are cute and short (each 20ish minute episode usually has 2 full stories in it) so it keeps his attention, and he is actually learning about different parts of science.  He is learning about the different kinds of dinosaurs and their features, the type of foods that dinosaurs ate, the different "ages" of dinosaurs (Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous), a one episode taught him about the steam engine of the train and how it worked.  He has started asking questions about what kinds of food we eat (do we eat fish mom?) and randomly tells me that he "has a hypothesis" when he is thinking about something.  That's a pretty stellar vocabulary boost for a 3-year-old I would say.  Of course there are little songs and dances, and I'm sure in a bad mood even Buddy could drive a person crazy....but I definitely give this show 2 thumbs up, and I know Orion would do the same.  On top of that, there are 40 episodes available on Netflix AND a mobile app available for pretty much everything.  If you have a kiddo that likes dinosaurs or trains, or you're just sick of listening to Barney for the 27th time this week, check it out!!  

Could he be any cuter??

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome to 2013

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone.  We celebrated yesterday by going to the zoo and seeing a ball drop at noon.  Orion thought it was pretty awesome.  Today has been incredibly uneventful and I think we are all Ok with that.  We have just hung out around the house,  relaxing,  playing,  and watching movies. Tomorrow we get back on schedule for a while.  It's been a nice little break.  I'm excited to see what the next year brings for Orion.  Before I know it he will be turning 4. I'm sure the next year will hold many adventures. I can't wait to see what they may be.