Friday, May 29, 2009
Even though the enunciation is lacking, the tone and volume are unmistakable. He's obviously heard it many times from Sir-Poops-a-Lot himself, Big Brother Micah -- who has made up a song (sung very loudly) to let us know that he is in need of some hiney-wiping assistance.
It's just hilarious to hear Joey singing, from his carseat, from his bed, in the middle of the living room, "I'm finished! I'm fi-i-i-i-nished!" :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
That's right. I've added to my growing list of "jobs" haircutting. I finally got tired of paying for little boys haircuts, and with the encouragement of a friend (thanks, Becca!), decided to give it a try. I've gotta say, I'm pretty proud of myself. I don't think they look too bad! Admittedly, the boys start looking shaggy a little quicker than with a "real" haircut, but I think we can handle that. I just pull out the clippers, scissors, squirt bottle, and popsicles and have at it again!
If only I were brave enough to cut my own...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I've done some research on Pokemon. I thought it would be good if I had some kind of idea what it is that my kids is so fascinated with. Here's what Wikipedia had to say:
"The name Pokémon is the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand, "Pocket Monsters" as such contractions are very common in Japan. The term "Pokémon", in addition to referring to the Pokémon franchise itself, also collectively refers to the 493 fictional species that have made appearances in Pokémon media." I also learned that the company is fourteen years old, and is the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's own Mario series.
The thing about Pokemon battles is sometimes there is a type of Pokemon battles that there just has to be just rock types, sometimes just electric, sometimes just normal, and sometimes just ghost.
I like Pokemon movies because there are more than one Pokemon in it.
But he didn't say the other reason that I think he loves them. I think he loves them because they are a collection. And each little Pokemon comes with a lot of little random facts and trivia. Next to each one's picture in the book, you are told which type of Pokemon it is (ie - grass, poison, electric, etc...), you are told which region it is from (I think there are three), what it evolved from or can evolve into (most of them have three stages), what "moves" it can make (in battle), it's height, it's weight, and a couple of other random things. Conner has a lot of these things memorized. He really just eats up that kind of stuff.
He also likes to draw Pokemon. The other day, he decided that he was going to draw them all, so that we could play some kind of game with them. On that day, we drew 53 Pokemon, and the next day we drew 30-something. He picked out four of the favorite ones that we drew that day. I've also included the page out of the book so that you can see what they really look like. Conner does a pretty good job, if you ask me! (And yes, our deal is often that I draw the black lines, and he colors them in...)
And, of course, if Conner is drawing Pokemon...Micah has to draw them too. Only Micah doesn't look at the book. He just makes his up. This is Wony Bony.When we play Pokemon battles, Conner gets out his book. Then he chooses a Pokemon that he would like to be, and you are left with only the ones on the same page to choose from. Each Pokemon has certain "moves" they can use during battle. They are listed in his book, and when we play, you can of course, only use the moves listed for your Pokemon -- but Conner is the one who always holds the book. I can't hold the book so that I can see the list. But I can only use the moves listed for my Pokemon. I get in "trouble" if I use the wrong move. And I get in "trouble" if I do the right move, but act it out wrong. So I guess. Luckily, there are a few moves that are pretty common, and I've picked up on those!
Why don't I like them? 1) Pokemon battles are so exhausting for me mentally. I have a really hard time not getting frustrated and losing my patience. And Conner often gets pretty rough when we play. But I do it, because Conner loves to. 2) They're anime. 3) Conner just gets so obsessed with these little guys sometimes, where it seems that Pokemon is all he can think about, all he can talk about, all he wants to play. 4) As I said before, Pokemon exhaust me. There are so many facts and trivia to keep up with, and we (Bret and I) often get in "trouble" if we don't know the stuff that Conner thinks we should. The guessing games that he likes to play ("What region is each Pokemon from?" or "We don't have to really battle. You can just say Pikachu's moves and I'll tell you if you win or not.") are really just mentally exhausting, because they are often played at times that I've said "no" to "real" battles because I'm really trying to get something else done, and he's just kept on and on and on asking me to do some kind of Pokemon with him so that I've agreed to whatever game this is, Micah is whining and Joey is throwing a fit, Conner doesn't seem to understand that he might should pause for a minutes if I'm talking to someone else or have to go into another room or have a baby screaming in my ear, and my puny little brain ends up not doing any of the things I'm working on well.
So there you have it. A documentary on Pokemon at the Wells household. I guess I'm glad that there's something out there for Conner to like so much...but if you have a little boy who is starting to get into super heroes and action figures and stuff like that...be warned. And Conner doesn't even know that the show comes on everday or that there are Pokemon trading cards... Your life might never be the same! :)
Monday, May 25, 2009
We had water gun fights.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This trip has been planned for awhile, and Conner has been so excited about it. He got to go with Bret to get a few camping supplies, he got to be in on the choice of destinations, he got to pick out some of his special food to take along, and he "helped" Bret pack his backpack (And by "helped," I mean that Bret packed and Conner sat next to him coloring in a coloring book, pretending to be interested.)
We also got on the DVSP website to check it out. They actually had a little booklet that you could download called "The Birds of Dinosaur Valley." Conner is kind of into birds. He has a "Bird Bible" (National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Birds) that he actually spends a lot of time looking at and reading sometimes. So we downloaded and printed the Bird Guide, and he went through and highlighted all of the birds that he was most likely to see -- the ones that are abundant or common in the spring or summer. (There was a little table telling you how likely you are to see each species during each season.) Then he went through his Bird Bible, learned how to use the index, and bookmarked each one of those birds. He was pretty excited.
So after they had backpacked to their campsite and gotten the tent set up, Conner pulled out his binoculars and started looking....and after all of that, he didn't see any birds. :( It was pretty cloudy, and a litte rainy...and honestly, I think he was having so much fun doing other stuff that he kind of forgot to look a lot of the time!
They got to go on several mini-hiking trips, where they just explored some of the trails and scenery. The Paluxy River runs through DVSP, and it's really kind of pretty.We were a little worried that one of the dinosaurs might find their tent while they were asleep -- but apparently "Off" sprayed on the tent works wonders!
There was a lot of just running around, playing, and just plain ol' having fun, too. (Maybe another reason that there were not many birds to be seen!)On one of the little hiking trips, they came upon a place that the river kind of made a little pool. And what else do a bunch of boys in the woods do when they come upon a still body of water, but skip rocks?!They did also go down to the track site and see the dinosaur tracks, but they didn't get any pictures of that this time.
...and then before they knew it, it was time to pack up and head home. I think that by the time it was all said and done, they had hiked for over five miles between 5pm Friday night and noon today. And Bret only carried Conner's backpack for the last few minutes. Conner was a real trooper. I just don't know when he got that big!
I really think that a good time was had by all. It sounds like it was one of those special things that you do with you kids that actually works like you want it to. I think they both really feel a little closer, like there may have been some real bonding going on. That's so good, because lots of times it seems like you go out of your way to do something fun with your kids, and instead the fun is sucked out by whining or fighting or bad attitudes. I know Bret had fun with just Conner...but I also know he is just itching inside for the day when he can take all three of the Wells brothers camping. (And so am I -- "me time" for Mommy!)