Friday, August 15, 2008

Toddler Olympics

I am an assistant organizer for a moms group here in Tucson, and we have all kinds of fun! We have over 150 members, so the big events are pretty crazy. Last week, in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympic games, we put on our own Toddler Olympics!

I was in charge of the obstacle course. It was staged on a splash pad, and the kids hurdled pool noodles, dashed through tunnels of spraying water, and weaved around buckets. (The younger tots opted to wave the pool noodles around instead of jumping over them. That just meant the kids behind them had a different obstacle: getting through without being smacked with a pool noodle!) Above is a picture of Naomi and I leading off the obstacle course event.

Other events included races (airplane, backwards, hopping, etc.) and a ball toss. When the kids needed some down time, they painted hats (see Naomi below). And once they were all done with the events, they received a medal and an Otter Pop (see Taylor below).

The cunning of a 2.5 year old

Yesterday Naomi trotted into our bedroom and said "Daddy wants to put on a movie for me!". Thinking Matt had a specific reason for wanting to do that, I said, "Okay!" Then Matt came into the room laughing and told me the whole story.

Earlier in the living room, Naomi had said, "Daddy, can I watch a movie?"

Matt said, "Let's go ask Mommy."

Apparently my 2.5 year old already knows how to manipulate language well enough to get the answers she wants. I knew I should have taken that debate course in college...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Naomi's bench

Grandpa Jones made this bench for Naomi, and she hauls it all over the house. She also uses it to reach things which are best not reached!

Winnie the Pooh

We attended storytime with Winnie the Pooh at the University of Arizona bookstore early in August. Naomi colored pictures of Pooh & Friends characters, and she held hands and danced with Pooh Bear; unfortunately I didn't get pictures of the dancing!

Sibling love

Impromptu hand-holding is always fun to witness!

Naomi's artwork

We haven't posted in awhile. What to tell about Naomi's latest art projects?

Crayon on fabric (cleanup pictured)...and crayon on whatever material is used for oven doors (not pictured). As she would say, "Naughty naughty!".