Monday, July 31, 2017


Sherlock is on the case!
We've been lucky to see a lot more of Lex and Little Goober this week than usual, thanks to Lexi's hubby being in Vegas for the huge annual hackers convention, Def Con. Being alone with a rambunctious toddler 24/7 can be exhausting, and we were more than happy to give Lex a break now and then.

Gone are the days when he was content to just sit on the floor playing with a toy or snuggling with his puppy dog. Rather, he is now the famed "object in motion" who has discovered the joy of climbing...

which is why the sofa cushions have to stay down like this, relegating poor Izzy to the much less comfortable sofa arm. Poor Izzy.

One heart-melting development is that, as soon as he spots us at the door, he immediately reaches his arms for us to take from his mama, seeming very happy to see us. Squee!

Calvin and Izzy vie for attention. Poor Izzy.
Another big plus is that he will finally pick up a book and bring it to us, wanting to be read to. Yippy Skippy!

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit of a book fanatic, and usually have several going at once. When the kids were young, I never had any problem whatsoever saying "NO!" to the hot new toys, video games, or trendy clothes they asked for. However, I could never say no to books. They didn't even have to ask for that first Harry Potter book. I pretended to buy it for Austin, when really I just wanted an excuse to read it myself, and when each of the sequels came out, there were three of us fighting over who got to read it first! Needless to say, between his parents, grandparents and the book shower the Muses gave me, Calvin already has quite the collection.

Unfortunately, the book-reading sessions only last for a few seconds, then he's right back to being a whirling dervish. On top of his non-stop running from one room to the next, he has now learned to open drawers, cabinets, dishwasher, etc., and delights in pulling everything out of them. Which is why Papa John usually ends up like this, halfway through a visit.

Still, we love and appreciate every minute of being able to watch him explore his surroundings and try to figure it all out.  Izzy, on the other hand, is not so sure about this latest version of her baby Calvin. In fact, she's starting to resent being plopped on and tugged at by this much larger kid, and is feeling the need to reclaim some of her territory, so Lex and Nate are being careful never to leave them alone together.  We went through the same thing with our son and dog 30 years ago. Fortunately, our Munchkin was smart enough to get up and take off whenever she heard Austin coming. Hopefully, Izzy will soon learn to do the same -- at least until Calvin figures out what the word "SOFTLY!" means. Poor Izzy.


 In the meantime, good thing God mad babies so darn cute, huh?

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