On Saturday I took out the library a number of books on science type activities for toddlers.  I have been wanting to expand on the activities we do with Alex with some educational type projects.  While browsing Sandbox Scientist by Michael E. Ross, I found a cool project that we had done before, although I didn’t realize its official name of oobleck.  If you haven’t made oobleck before, I’ll warn you – it’s messy – but it is fun and well worth the mess! 

The science part of this project is that it encourages kids to explore the differences between liquids and solids.

To make oobleck, simply get a large bowl or a tray, and mix a cup of water to a cup of cornstarch. You can add food colouring if you like – but to me that makes it much messier.  You mix them so that you get a mixture that is both dry and liquid all at once.  Stick your hands in, grab a handful, which will feel solid, and then watch it drip from your hands – such a cool feeling! 

I highly recommend doing this outside if possible, or on a vinyl tablecloth like we did.  I wish I had pics… but I was having too much fun getting messy as well! Here is a flashback picture of Alex with his first oobleck experience.

Note: while it was messy, it wasn't nearly as messy this time around.

It’s Gone…

I love Alex’s crib. Or should I say… loved Alex’s crib.  It was such a classic look, a beautiful colour, and I must have great taste, because a couple other of my friends bought the exact same crib for their boys!

Alex also loved his crib. For his first year with us, Alex slept like a dream. Hardly any wakeups through the night, and slept in until after 7 most days. Like a dream I tell you!!  I think the pictures speak for themselves:

March 2009 - he's soooo small!

September 2009

 It’s hard to believe – but the crib is gone. 

Let’s flip back a year.  Last March we moved. The night before we moved, Alex leaned how to climb out of his crib. Lucky for us, that was a short-lived habit. It lasted maybe a week, and over the course of the past year, he has climbed out less than a handful of times…. until the last couple of weeks.

A couple of weeks ago, Alex rediscovered his lost love of climbing and became a pro at it again. Twice in the middle of the night, we heard a whimpering outside our bedroom door – yep, it was Alex. He had climbed out and due to the darkness, wasn’t sure what to do.

That leads us to this past Wednesday. On Wednesday the mattress and box spring we ordered came in.  So after dinner, the three of us went and picked it up, came home and took apart the crib. It was pretty sad for me. To me it was a real mark that my boy isn’t a baby any more, and the reality of a one child family is setting in even more. Believe me, I’m very happy with having Alex as an only child, but there is still a lingering want and desire in my mind that we might be to provide Alex with a sibling.

Anyhoo, we took down the crib and set up the new bed in record time – just under an hour. And considering, Alex ahs done pretty well adjusting.  I’ve sat in his room twice until he has fallen asleep, and Matt fell asleep with him one night. He is still waking up in the night, but instead of him coming into our room, we can now go to him and get him back to sleep… and if we fall asleep in there, it isn’t the end of the world in our minds.  We have to go out to work in the morning, so our priority is getting the most sleep possible. Like a friend of mine told me, your child will not be sleeping with you when he is 7, and if he is, you have whole other set of problems.

So I’ve created a quick little slide show showing Alex’s skills.  You will notice a wardrobe change half way through – turns out climbing out of a crib in just your diaper is a little rough on the ribs, and a  striped tee and Christmas pj bottoms are much more versatile.  I also obviously did not have the right settings going for the camera… I will figure that thing out yet!

As for the new bed – pictures to come.  I am not happy with it’s current location and we need to get a bedspread. Alex doesn’t like covers, so the bed currently just has a set of sheets on it – and if I’m going to share, I’m going to do it right.

The Week That Was

I’m so far far far behind in my blogging.  I’m hoping a weekly recap will help me share (and remember) all the good stuff going on when I don’t have time to properly blog.

Monday was Valentines Day! I sent Alex to the sitters with some yummy cherry chip cupcakes and a homemade valentine for Megan his sitter. Matt said he was so proud to give it to her.  When I got home from work, I was surprised with a lovely bouquet of flowers, a glass of wine, and a sweet card from my boys. Love them so much!

On Tuesday the love continued! It was the 8th anniversary of marrying my sweetie and he made the day so very special. I came home from work again to a wonderful surprise – a cheese and meat tray, champagne, and jewels! A beautiful diamond pendant – again – love my boys! My mom then watched Alex and put him to bed so we could go out for dinner – thanks Mom!

On Wednesday, Alex and I had a relaxing morning since I was working late. We took our time getting ready, got some grocery shopping done and visited the pet shop. Love our solo time.

On Thursday Matt and I had our Thursday Date Night. He bbq’d some marinated salmon and steak… yum!

Friday was my day off! Matt was also off since neither of us got much sleep thanks to our stuffed up little boy. I kept busy playing around with Etsy (I know I know, I said I was giving up on Etsy… but I can’t resist. I added a bunch of destash items to my original shop.)   It was gorgeous out – the sky was a brilliant blue, and it was… get this – warm! I can see grass!  Really should have taken some pictures, oh well.  But that means we can also see all the “mess” in the back yard from Mason over the winter. Matt was the lucky one to go out and clean up as much as he could.  

Saturday we did something we have been meaning to do for quite a while… we bought Alex a mattress and box spring for his “big boy bed”.  Recently he has remembered how to climb out of his crib again (he started almost a year ago, but then lost interest).  The order comes in on Wednesday, so the transformation from crib to bed will be happening this coming week… wish us luck. I am not looking forward to this…

I’ve also been doing the Joy of Love daily photo challenge.  I must admit – I haven’t been good at taking the pictures daily. But I’m trying. If you want to see what I’ve taken so far, you can see the pics on Fickr.

More snow fun!

Yesterday morning, we finally were able to venture outside to have a bit of a play in the snow.  It has been BITTER cold and windy around here so a temperature of 0 degrees was actually pretty nice yesterday.  We did a little shoveling, playing in a fort and then of course … a game of hockey. 

If you look closely you can see how high the snow bank is – and this is with the snow settling because of the temperature.  The weather is supposed to get quite warm this week – 10 degrees. Can’t wait for the snow to be washed away and to finally see some green! Even if it is short lived… gives me hope that winter is almost gone.

2 years (and 2 days) ago

I cannot believe it has been 2 years since we flew home for Korea with our son.  Time sure flies when you are having fun! And when you are super sleep deprived… But the lack of sleep is so worth it when I get to wake up to Alex’s smiling face.  Literally since he is in our bed most nights…  but that’s a different story.

Thursday the 3rd of February was our Forever Family Day, and coincidently it was also a Then and Now day in the Joy of Love –  photo lesson series that I’m participating in. So this is what I came up with – amazing the differences – and the similarities!

On Saturday, Lunar New Year, and our home to Canada anniversary, we traveled to Toronto to an event put on by the Korean Canadian Children’s Association.  What a fun day! Lots of amazing food, traditional Korean drumming and dancing, and games for the kids. We got to see Belinda, Steve, Adam & Ben from Belle & Her Boys – which was so nice.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of Adam and Alex together which was too bad since they were adorable in their hanboks!

I did however get a picture of this…

Alex enjoying some fish… head and all. That’s our boy!

Happy Lunar New Year!