This blog is brought to you by my office closet. Yep, I've set up my desktop and ginormous monitor on a makeshift desk in the closet.....the base is the G5 box (very sturdy) and the top is one of Denny's hard guitar cases. I am flanked by the monitor box as a table for holding paperwork, and a printer box to hold my mouse.
And yes, this means we still don't have any household goods (our "deliver no later than" date was two days ago and they don't have any information for us!). We've been in our new place for about two weeks, camping out with our air mattresses and folding chairs. We finally broke down and bought counter height chairs that came in yesterday. Oh how nice to eat at the counter and not feel like I'm at the kids table! And yesterday, I made my makeshift desk so that I could work on a book project on my lovely 30" monitor instead of my tiny laptop monitor. Oh huge monitor...how I have missed thee.
I still have lots of photos to upload...I will hopefully get that done soon so that I can share the joys of our new place. Right now, we basically live in the kitchen and the dining room AKA Dylan's playroom. And we sleep upstairs. I love our kitchen! It's huge! Especially compared to the TINY kitchen we almost had in the new construction (we're in privatized housing...which is kind of like living on base except we aren't on base..yay!). After seeing that one, we asked if there was anything with a bigger kitchen and they said yes, in the old construction. And it was love at first glance. There is a lot of counter space, a gas range, windows and it is open to what is now Dylan's play room. So, he can play away and I can cook or clean (or check my email on my laptop). And his little clamp on chair fits perfectly on the hangover of the counter.
He's such a cute little guy. Just this week he's started saying "please" (which sounds a like like cheese and sometimes like juice) and doing the sign for cheese (which is rubbing your chest). It's way cute when we are in the car and he can't quite reach his chest comfortably because of the jacket and the carseat he rubs his leg instead. We've been trying to teach him to say "help, please" when he needs help with something instead of screaming in frustration. And it is working now! It started when he dropped something behind his LeapFrog piano thingie. He said please a couple of times and it took me a minute or two to figure out that "please" was indeed what he was saying. And now he uses it all the time when he need our help. Like today, when he dropped lots of blocks into his ball popper thing (see photo below). Or when he dropped a little elmo figure into another ball thing with a hole. He very sweetly rubbed his chest and said "peassth". He's even using it during food times combined with more.
We are also into learning lots of animal signs. Cats are his favorite and his sign for cat is way cute. Instead of doing the whiskers on his face, he sort of puts his hands together in front of him and then pulls them way apart...with his arms ending up behind him. And he gets so excited about cats...he very emphatically says "ta ta ta" and throws his arms back. He's doing bear, giraffe, mouse, and bunny in his own unique way. And whenever he hears a dog barking he says "uf uf".
I made up a song for Dylan all about hats and shoes. And now, we can leave blanks where we would say hat and Dylan says "haaaaaaat" to sing with us. We have this one on video, so if I ever get the video page updated, you can hear his cute little voice. Now, he does that long drawn out hat and says shoes to request that we sing (he'd been requesting it before we realized he could sing parts of it with us). He also sings the Elmo song by sticking his tongue as far out of the side of his mouth as possible and going "la la la".
While we were in Idaho, we set up a new Mac computer for Grandma and Grandpa. So now, we can video chat! Dylan gets so excited to see them on the computer screen. They do the monkey at each other and he talks about Grandpa's hat. He likes to get in close to the camera and back away. Too cute! I do love how technology brings us closer.
I will have some photos of our new place uploaded soon. In the meantime, here are some photos that should have gone with my last post:
Dylan was playing with his hat and actually left it on long enough for me to get a picture! I could hardly believe it. I think he's warming up to the idea of wearing a hat. We were out shopping today and I was baby wrangling while Denny looked around a little bit. We had found the hat section and Dylan was carrying around a hat. He handed it to me, so I put it on him and he went toddling off...and kept going even when the hat covered his eyes. This was a fun game for a while.
Denny's Uncle Gene and Aunt Charlene brought this ball popper machine for Dylan. It uses air to pop the balls out of the top...and they do go everywhere! This is the one he was putting blocks and play food in yesterday.