Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chia-Pet, Take Two

Ok, I really don't know what happened. We followed the directions and everything but somehow Alex's chia pet didn't grow. There were a few sparse sprouts on the sides and legs but that's about it (it definitely did not look like the ones on tv and I'll spare you a picture of our sad looking chia). Fortunately the kit comes with extra seeds so I washed off all the old ones and we spread the new ones on. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will grow this time around. However, I think this has been a good lesson for Alex, like the old adage says, if at first you don't succeed...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Knock, knock

For a while now, Alex has really been into knock, knock jokes. Unfortunately, I only know about 3 of them. Anyway, Ava soon got into it as well but after telling us who was there, she would just smile and laugh. Now we just do the knock, knock jokes without the punchline, which I guess means that they're not really jokes anymore but the kids like thinking up who is there (it's usually a family member or cartoon character).
Anyway, for the past couple of days, we have been talking to Alex about how we are getting a new president. He already knew that Barack Obama was elected but he will still ask about John McCain and we have to remind him that he lost the election and that Obama won. Then he'll ask about George Bush and we told him that Bush is done being president and that it's Obama's turn. Well, I was watching the inauguration today with the kids when Ava says, "Knock, knock" and I reply, "Who's there?" and she says, "Barack Obama." I had to laugh. I guess she's interested in politics, too.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chia-Pet Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that Alex wanted a chia-pet for Christmas. Well, my mom read my post and decided that she would get him one. I'm glad that she did not decide to get me aquaglobes as well. She and my step-dad came down for New Year's and as promised, my mom got Alex a chia-pet. Alex was so excited that we had to do it right away. It has been almost a week since we put the seeds on the chia-pet and everyday Alex (and Ava) check to see if anything has started to grow. Hopefully soon we will have a plant in the shape of a dog. I shall keep you all posted.


We had a quiet Christmas this year (well, as quiet as it can be with 2 kids and new toys). We usually spend the day at Shane's parents (Mom-Mom and Granddaddy) house but his mother was taken to the hospital on Christmas Eve with a blood infection. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in September and while the chemo has been successful in significantly reducing the size of her tumor, she has been beset by a number of infections. We were able to get together with them after the new year so the kids could open their presents. As you can see, Santa was extra generous this year as this may be mom-mom's last Christmas with us. We hope not. We love her and hope that we have many more holidays with her.
The kids got a bunch of great gifts. Ava got her very first American Girl doll and a play kitchen that looks a lot better than my real one. Alex got his first Nintendo (I think Santa forgot about my ban on video games), which of course he loves. (Sigh) It starts already...