||My Little Helpers
4/18/2010 1:31:02 AM
By Danielle Gould
March was definitely our craziest month EVER! But, we did have some fun tooÖ
Nathaniel, my little chef, LOVES helping dump stuff into the crock-pot. Here we are making spaghetti sauce! Itís really a great incentive to make sauces and meals in the crock-pot, because itís something we get to do together, and then we reap the benefits in the eveningÖ only problem is, Nathaniel still wonít even TRY most foods. He LOVES making chili, for example, but Iím not sure heís ever braved a taste. Silly boy, maybe someday heíll wake up!
I decided Iíd let him help me start the garden this year, hoping that being involved in the growing process, he might eventually try some of the yummy foods weíll grow.
Watch my garden grow.
Unfortunately, while the story is not yet complete, most of the plants didnít make it because we got a little over-excited at all the nice weather we were having and we planted them too early. So, we may be repeating this process, or just buying starts depending on how it goesÖ will keep you posted!
My mom joined us for a Gould family gathering at a Chinese buffet in DuPont. We counted the number of people crammed into the room we were in, it was almost twice the posted capacity, which, I have to say, is a first for me!
Some random family shots, and the only one weíll get of Davidís sister holding her not-so-new-anymore-nephew.
Warren ďMischievousĒ Gould, longing to be outside!
Warren blowing kisses!
This little man, trying to be mobile, is now VERY mobile!
This picture will always be full of memories for me! Warren had the worst blow-out of his life at a restaurant, it was really miserable, but I will spare you the details. In any case, I didnít have an extra shirt in the diaper bag for Warren, only one for Nathaniel, so in this picture, Warrenís wearing a size 3T t-shirt, can you even tell? I was a bit shocked, myself!
And now, a bunch of random kid pictures:
NATHANIELíS 3!!!! This was his birthday:
It started with the opening of his new bicycle helmet.
Then, we unveiled the trike.
Followed PROMPLY by a trip to the bike shop to get him a new helmet when we discovered that the one labeled ď3+Ē was MUCH too small for Nathanielís big head!
He got to pick out one that did fit, and chose to wear it the whole way home. We stopped for some fast-food for lunch, definitely a special day!
Gotta love this sequence! Nathaniel using his new bike to chase down the poor catÖ and then ditching the bike to get the cat- good thing he canít ride the bike yet!
Daddy instructing Nathaniel on how-to-ride-a-bike.
And heís off, or so it seems.
Ah, yes, this is more like it. Even now, nearly a month later, Nathaniel canít figure out how to peddle!
And off to the Rainforest Cafe for a special birthday dinner.
Nathaniel watching the Elephants right next to our table, as they came to life.
Warren enjoying his meal.
Nathanielís birthday meal. Daddy trying to coax him into eating it! ďDinosaurs are extinct, so you might as well eat them,Ē he said. To which Nathaniel replied ďDinosaurs donít stink!ĒAnd only because it was his birthday, did we order dessert before heíd even touched his meal (cause he never touches his meal).
In case you didnít follow this sequence, Iíll narrate it for you: Nathaniel getís special treat because itís his birthday- the wait-staff sings to him- He ducks under the table because heís scared of the sparkler- and came back up when they replaced it with a candle.
After our meal, and dessert, we went out into the gift shop and let Nathaniel choose anything he wanted. I can definitely say heís my child because he chose a key chain and a notebook. Of all the stuffed animals, clothing items, books, and games, my kid chose a notebook! It makes Mommy proud!
Before we left, we took a trip over to the alligator pond and let Nathaniel make some wishes-
The face of a 3 year old!
For MY birthday, we made a St. Pattyís Day cake.
We dyed the cake and the frosting green.
Matching Jammie night!
Nathaniel and Maria painting Easter figures (and Nathaniel painting himself a little).
The first bath together- SO much fun!
The first potty-chart reward! We went down to Target and he picked a desk-calendar that was on clearance. He proclaimed with such excitement when he first saw it ďITíS A GARAGE DOORĒ that I couldnít deny his the greatest satisfaction of finally owning his own ďgarage doorĒÖ silly kid! So, in this sequence, heís playing ďgarage doors.Ē
Nathaniel and Maria goofing off.
And then dipping graham crackers in the leftover chocolate after Iíd covered some strawberriesÖ and before dinner, too :)
Nathaniel really loves baking and cooking with me, we do it quite often. I donít remember what we were making this particular day, but it was a team effort.
This was Nathanielís second egg-hunt ever! He did quite well! So well, in fact, we decided to hide eggs for him at home this year too.
Here he was at the neighborís house waiting for them to come out so they could watch.
It worked out great because we reused the candy heíd gotten at the first egg hunt in the eggs for our egg hunt, Iím sure next year, we wonít be so lucky!
Nathanielís Easter Basket 2010!
What better way to end a blog entry with some final, growing, learning-how-to-move-and-stand baby shots :)