Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oh, no!

Fascinated with the olympics, Munchkin has decided he likes ski jumping, snowboard cross, nordic skiing, hockey and short track speed skating. He has no use for my favorite figure skating.

I decided to take him to an ice rink the other day and let him try out skating for the first time. Munchkin had delusions of grandeur which involved he and his buddies short track speed racing, which naturally Munchkin would win. I tried to prepare him for the fact that it takes a little time to learn how to skate fast.

We spent about half our time off the ice just learning how to walk while wearing ice skates. By the end, he could climb stairs without holding my hand. On the ice, he skated 5-year-old style -- holding the wall with one hand and my hand with the other. He started out slow and tentative, but by the second time around the rink he was running. I could barely keep up. He wants to know when we can go back.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Do you think they need them?

Munchkin gave his imaginary friends witness protection names. He won't tell me what they are because it's a secret.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Who really won this battle?

Lego fireman got confiscated this evening. That's what happens when Munchkin throws a toy across the room instead of doing as he's told. Scott put the fireman on top of the refrigerator and Munchkin ran wailing from the room.

The problem turned out not to be the confiscation, but rather that the fireman would have to stay on top of the refrigerator all alone! He would get scared! He would get lonely! Munchkin was unconsolable until we added two more Legomen to be friends for the original fireman.

Right before bedtime, Munchkin asked me what it was he did to get the fireman taken away.

Friday, February 19, 2010

And the whinner is...

Last Sunday was a really whiny day. I don't know why, it just was. Tired of hearing Munchkin whine, whine, whine from the back seat of the car, Scott mimicked him. Munchkin was not impressed, so Scott tried out different wails and pitches. He knew he finally got it right when Munchkin said, "There you go, Daddy!"

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It figures

Last weekend, Munchkin got to watch a little of his first winter olympics. Later, I asked him what his favorite event was. Did he like the skiing? The speed skating? No, he liked the "slide." He meant the luge. Great. Oh well, next weekend he's sure to see some of the snowboarding...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Coming soon to a blogosphere near you...

Munchkin, age 5, announced tonight at dinner that he was planning his construction blog for when he gets big. He's going to have pictures of his building projects as they grow. The first picture will be of the excavator, the next of the workmen laying the foundation, etc. I can't remember it all, but he had the steps in approximately the right order. I suggested a web-cam, but he wants to do it with pictures. My best guess is that you should look for his blog sooner rather than later. He's probably launch it now, but he just learned how to write his name and he hasn't learned all the rest of his letters, yet.

Monday, February 1, 2010

And the search goes on...

Yesterday we visited house #... what, 358? I should have started counting from the beginning, but now that I've made up a number I think I'll just keep adding to it. Anyway, the biggest problem wasn't that the house was too small, as I expected. It was small, but it had wonderful gardens and the roof was equipped with solar panels. No, the problem was that there are chemicals leaching into the ground water from an old dry cleaners in the area. They've tested the house and it is not OK. Cross that one off the list.

I didn't think I was so picky, but it's amazing how many weird deal-breaking problems we've encountered. Guess we just keep on looking.