Saturday, April 28, 2012

Driveway, Meet Face

Just now, Joshua and I were hanging out in the front yard at Dave's parents' house and they have little plastic yard chairs for kids. Joshua and his cousin, Nathaneal, were having fun carrying and pushing them around.
Joshua decided to set his down on the driveway facing up the driveway and try to climb up it to sit in it. You see where this is going. I saw where this was going. Unfortunately I can't travel the speed of light, so he tipped over as I was headed toward him.
I scooped him up as he let out the longest scream I have ever heard. I kept saying, "breathe, breathe, breathe." He screamed so long (and I was holding him so tightly) that he passed out. I was so scared. It looked like he just went to sleep. It was the longest __ seconds of my life. My mother-in-law said, "blow in his face!" And that woke him right up.
Poor little guy cried and cried and cried. I checked his eye dilation and he seems to be fine (keeping him up a few hours past his bedtime to be sure). But it was quite an eventful evening.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

St. Patrick's Day/Rex Lee Run 5K

On St. Patrick's Day this year, I signed up to do the Rex Lee run around campus. I had been debating whether to sign up or not because I wasn't really ready, and it cost money, and I didn't know anyone else doing it, and I wanted to be lazy, and other reasons. Then my brother, Alex, said that he had signed up, so the day before, I finally decided and signed up.
It was a lot of fun, and it turns out it has been about 5 years since the last time I did it. My time was turtle-slow compared to 9 years ago in high school, especially near the end of the XC season, but that's to be expected. I ran it in 30:46, which is about a 9:55 mile, and placed 19th in my age division. It's nice to be in an older division than last time. Actually, last time I registered wrong (Male instead of Female...whoops!) so I didn't even place in the double digits for my division. Awkward...
Anyway, Dave took Joshua in the stroller and cheered me on and took pictures. He was right after a water station, where Alex decided to play a nice little prank:
Don't worry, I wiped the water and all my nasty sweat off my head and wiped it on his face to get him back. You're right, we could have been pushing ourselves a bit harder if we had energy to do that, but oh well, it was fun.
Then Dave got a picture as I waved to Joshua in the stroller (who was not happy that it was so cold outside):
The following week our stake had a "Spring Extravaganza" with a 5K and an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddos. I ran that one in 28-something with Dave (he got to push Joshua in the stroller so he was slow enough for me to keep up).
Since then I have been running off and on with my friends Ilene and Alexis, who are training for a half-marathon on May 5th, and I signed up for the accompanying 5K, which should be really fun. I don't go with them on their "long runs" because I'm just not ready to go more than 7 miles or so. I've been pushing myself faster on the days I run on my own, so hopefully I'll at least be closer to 25 minutes this next time. The course is all practically downhill. :) Come cheer me on!

Monday, April 2, 2012


Joshua and I have been having great conversations lately. Here are the things we talk about all day:

(first things said in the morning:)
J: woof woof?
S: good morning!
J: woof woof?
S: the dogs are outside (opening north blinds)
J: cars?
S: yep, there are the cars
J: woof woof?
S: do you want to see the dogs? (opening east blinds)
J: dgas? [dogs]
S: yep, there are the dogs!
J: woof woof! dgas? woof woof! dgas? woof woof! dgas?

S: Where are your ears?
J: (covers eyes with hands)
S: Oh, where is Joshua?
J: (uncovers eyes) bap! [boo]

S: Where are your ears?
J: (either folds over own ears or reaches for my ears) rrs? [ears]
S: good job! where are your eyes?
J: (folds over ears or reaches for my ears) rrs?
S: those are your ears. where are your eyes?
J: (sticks finger up nose)
S: no, that's your nose.
J: (reaches out for my nose and pinches it)
S: honk honk
repeat honk honk game for a while alternating between his nose and mine
S: ok, where are your eyes?
J: (puts finger over closed eye) sss? [eyes]
S: good job!

S: can you scratch your head?
J: (scratches his or my head)

Other things he says:
mum mum! [yum yum!]
vroom vroom
this (pointing to things)
uh huh! (when he's hungry)
hello!? (sometimes sounds more like RO!?)

Other things he does on command:
go get your truck
go get a book
go get it (whatever he just threw or we're pointing at)
say bye! (waves)
waves at all cars driving by
knock on the door
kicks his feet

And for good measure, here's a video of his progress in walking. He isn't quite doing it on his own yet, but we practice all the time. The Pediatrician on Wednesday asked if he was running yet. Haha, no, he's not even walking yet. He wasn't too worried about it though.

ps: he's 33 inches tall (95%), weighs 22 lbs 14 oz (25%), and his head is in the 95%. he still only has 8 teeth...sorta. his two left molars are half up each.