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Lost in the Woods

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Just before he turned two (Omigod, Evan’s two and we haven’t blogged about that!) (Or anything!) (Well, what’s this blog’s tagline anyway?) we started letting Evan watch what Anna’s watching on the TV (movies on DVD only—we still aren’t plugged in). And that’s a little different from when Anna started watching movies. He’s seeing Elmo, and Bob the Builder, and My Little Pony, and other stuff that Anna’s gotten into.

But we also kept showing him one of the first things we let Anna watch, and now he’s starting to love it just as much as she did—Lost in the Woods. It incorporates live footage of animals with photos from the book of the same name, with voiceovers creating a story. Actually, none of us call it “Lost in the Woods,” we call it “Spring is Here,” which is the first song. Evan’s been playing the first part of the DVD again and again, and just recently he’s started to let it play past the first song.

It’s in my head this morning, and I’ve realized how much Erika and I love this as well. There are catchy songs, dorky asides, and it all smacks of an independent effort to put something together innocent and charming. We love the story of making the movie as well. It shows how goofy the people are who put this together.

If you’re looking for the first thing to show a child on TV, we’d highly recommend this.

The Inky Spider

Monday, April 6th, 2009

There was an inky spider. And he spread ink all over himself. All over his body. All over his hands, all over his legs, all over his face, all over his mustache. And that is why he was called the inky spider.

This was what Anna mumbled to herself as she went to sleep. She is so adorable, when she’s not driving me crazy…

You get what you need

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Sometimes your kids know exactly what you need, even more than you do. One day, a couple months ago, Anna and I were having one of the regular disputes over naps (I think she should take one, she doesn’t) and I was getting really frustrated and tired. I was about 8 months pregnant at the time. I finally said, OK, I’m going to take a bath. She said, good. And proceeded to sit with me while I bathed, pouring water over my belly and generally being as sweet as can be.

A few weeks later, I was feeling grumpy, but had gotten over it and we were playing. I told her that Daddy would be coming in soon to eat quiche with us, a late lunch/early dinner at 3PM. She said “Mommy take walk.” I told her that I would indeed be going out, but not until after eating. She said, “No, mommy walk first.” She knew that I’d be happier after a walk!

Colors

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

She’s on to us.

We think we’re doing some sort of game, but she knows it’s a didactic exercise, and she’s not going to play by the boring rules.

I’m pointing at something which has a series of colors—you know, red, orange, yellow, green, etc.—and I ask her what colors there are. She points at the red and says, “yellow!” Then she points at the orange and says, “green!” And then she points at the yellow, then the green, saying in turn, “six, seven!”

Then she gives me a big smile.

Counting

Monday, August 20th, 2007

1!

2!

3!

4!

5!

8!

9!

10!

14!

5!

Are you sure that’s right, Anna? ;)