Zach's newest, most favorite word (aside from "buh" in all of it's incarnations) is: UH OH. He says it many, many times each day, for any number of events. It's cute as heck, but I always feel like I have to respond, in case it's a real UH OH.
Also, we are heavy into communication frustration in our house. Zachary has big ideas and no way to adequately share them with us, which leads to big frustration on both sides of the equation. I know this stage will pass, and he will begin communicating with us in a language we can understand, but it almost can't happen soon enough. For all of our sakes.
May 2006 Pringles and Slush Puppies: the ideal way to kick off your family's first camping trip (I think we're nominated for Parents of the Year in the nutrition category...) The fearless sledders Good thing we took Zach's sled with us--we forgot to take it to the dune, but Adrian and Z had fun with it anyway. The good dogs! Our camp, such as it was. Not an ideal spot, but I still had a wonderful time In the city or in the desert, this boy LOVES to play with water ("wah") There were treasures to be found in Auntie K and Uncle A's tent... And then there were adventures to go on With some supervision, of course He looked so darn cute, dragging that lantern around. We still don't know what his ultimate goal was... maybe just some good photo ops for mommy. Searching for bugs Such a camper Sleeping in the next morning Hanging out with Uncle A We forgot coffee cups, so Chris had to resort to drinking his coffee from a Rubbermaid dish Cookies for breakfast--this solidified our award for Parents of the Year in the nutrition category. (but in our defense, he had eaten hardly a thing for the whole trip...well, aside from the Slush Puppy and Pringles.)
See the next post for the following day's adventures on the dunes.
May 2006 We are blessed to have some of the tallest dunes in North America just a short drive away, and as part of our camping trip, we decided to tackle one of the smaller dunes in our own assorted ways. Kristen and Adrian opted for "sleds" made out of cardboard, complete with FLAMES, handles, and titles: UNIBOMBER and UNIBOMBER II (the sequel). I told her later they should have been called Sandbiscuit and DUNE-A-BOMBER... At any rate, the "sleds" were pathetic. The fears of death and dismemberment from flying down the dune at mind-boggling speeds were mere figments of our overactive imaginations. Adrian finally managed to slide a LITTLE with some help from Chris, but it was quite anti-climactic. Zachary, however, had a marvelous time on the dune Just chillin' Sliding down on his belly Whee! It was like the biggest sandbox ever, and Zach loved every minute of our adventure.
So far, these are the words of Zach's that I can somewhat make out, and sometimes know the meanings of. Note that there are VERY SUBTLE pronounciation differences that I am not able to adequately convey via text, so just use your imagination.
Buh - blanket Buh - bug Buh - bath Buh - balloon Buh - bubble Buh - ??? Fwa - fly (as in airplane) Fwa - fly (as in pest) Fwa - fries (as in French) Fwa - flower Bah - Grandpa Franklin Titty - kitty (this seems to be his ONLY p0lysyllabic word as of yet) Wa - water Wa - rock Wa - ??? Da - Daddy Nah - banana Puh - pocket Haa - hat Hah - hot Haa - ??? Cah - car (is he from Boston?) Cah - bird Coo - cookie Key - key Shew - shoe (which he seems to think means outside....)
The rest is Greek (or Korean, I'm not sure) to me. And still no Mama in reference to me...he makes the sound, just not very meaningfully.
*As I think of new words he's using, I'll add them in color...
May 2006 A new word of Zachary's is "puh" which I eventually figured out means POCKET--as he kept putting food inside his shirt. When he got down from dinner, he was a walking snack machine for the dogs...chicken and noodles dropping in a trail to lead him back home.
Yesterday, Zachary found a small beetle on the kitchen floor (our house REALLY isn't that dirty, I swear) and he spent the next hour or so studying it, carrying it around, putting it down, picking it up...basically manhandling the poor thing. When daddy got home from work, he created a small habitat for the beetle and Zach then put it in the habitat, and took it out, and put it in, and took it out. Finally, the beetle got lost somewhere, and Zach's interest switched to something else, and that was the end of the pet.
I wasn't able to get any pictures because the camera is at Chris' office, but I did get some video. Just put your imagination to work.
May 2006 Over the weekend, we took a day trip to Shoshone Falls and everyone had a great time. The falls were spectacular (taller than Niagara by 212 feet), Zach hiked like a trooper, we took a million pictures (surprise), and then we drove home.
To give you some perspective on the falls, there is an observatory deck with people on it, near the upper right hand corner of the picture.