Tuesday, October 23, 2012
DC life is expensive. Sometimes I find myself surfing Zillow and realizing how much lower my mortgage would be in, say, Tulsa, Oklahoma. But then fall comes, and I feel like I can never leave. Let me tell you, the east coast knows how to do fall. The trees are gorgeous and the fun is plentiful.
I'm going to break our fall activities over a few posts so I don't bore you too badly in one shot.
The season kicked off with my favorite DC event, the National Book Festival. This year, I saw John Green, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, Tayari Jones, Geraldine Brooks, and Sandra Cisneros. I always leave the festival with dozens of ideas floating around my head, and feeling reaffirmed of the power of reading. And maybe a little bit depressed that there are so many wonderful books in the world that I will never have time to read (why yes, I am aware I'm weird). This time around, I'm thinking about the author/reader relationship, and the role of parenthood in writing. I can pretend that someday my thoughts will become a fully formed blog post.
And, of course, raking leaves is always fun.
Posted by Erin at 1:18 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Elliot's most notable accomplishment is his talking. Holy cow, he is a good talker. He's doing most of the 3 year old milestones, and he isn't even two yet. Emily hit all her verbal milestones late, so it is a big difference, and I'm loving it. I know so much more about what is going on in his head than I did last go around, and it helps me know him and his needs better. I love when he just walks up to me and spontaneously declares, "mean spiderman take pizza away!" or that he can tell me why he's crying. He can play imaginative games, and it is fun to see what he comes up with.
Elliot loves all things domestic. He loves to help me cook, unload the dishwasher, change the laundry, and especially wipe things down. I can entertain him for a long time at the doctor's office by handing him a kleenex and telling him to wipe down the chairs. But he gets his manly side in, too. He adores spiderman and dinosaurs, and he seems to prefer playing with little boys.
As always, he loves being included. When it's my week for teaching or co-teaching preschool, he is in paradise getting to do what the big kids do. When Emily or other big kids come up with quirky games, he's very serious about trying to do what they are doing. He does love to color on his own, but I think any other crafty thing he does is just so he can do what the big kids are doing.
Posted by Erin at 12:14 PM