I’m MOVING!!!

To a new and improved, centralized Hickman Family Blog: http://thehickmanhome.wordpress.com/

Going forward, all of my posts will be at the new family blog 🙂

Busy Busy Me…

I’ve got a lot going on!

  1. Big Brother Duties – I adore my big brother now that I’ve figured out that he is here to stay.  Every morning I race into Mummy and Daddy’s room to “see Baby Callister!”  I bring him toys, pacifiers and lots of kisses.  I am very helpful to Mummy and Daddy and bring diapers, wipes, burp clothes, bottles or whatever else I am asked.  I am very gentle with my brother, though I can’t wait until he is big enough to play with!
  2. Getting Ready for my New School – I had my last day at my old school on Friday and am very excited to start my new school on June 1.  I get to go tomorrow to begin my transition.  I got a new backpack and lunch box and can’t wait!  I was actually very disappointed to get dropped off at my old school on Friday and kept insisting “new school! new school!” all day!  My new school is another Montessori school near home.
  3. Going to Lowe’s – We all went to Lowe’s before the playdate so Daddy could get mulch for the dog potty area and sand for my sandbox.  I got to ride in a big race car buggy with Mummy and Callister…we took up the whole thing!
  4. Hosting a Playdate – Miss Shelby (and Baby Natasha), Miss Addy (and Baby Harper) and Miss Alexa all came over to play!  We had fun playing in the yard and playing with the cloud dough and oobleck Mummy made.  It was messy but fun!  I kept eating it and Addy and Shelby kept telling me “no, don’t eat it!”
  5. Playing on Pearl Street – We went to Pearl Street and I got to play i the playgrounds and see a magician juggle fire!  When asked if I wanted ice cream, I said no (weird, huh?!).  I had a blast people watching and getting to walk without always holding hands.
  6. Going out to Dinner –  We went to Mexican and Pizza on two different nights.  Both times, I did great, but insisted on “have root beer!”  My table manners are still great 🙂
  7. Potty Training!!  This one is a BIG DEAL!  I am on Day 3 of potty training and despite a little setback yesterday (it was too much to focus on using the potty during a playdate) I am doing great!  I love all of my big boy underpants (I have them that are: Cars, Toy Story, Sesame Street, Thomas the Train, and Paul Frank Monkeys) and that I get a goodies for going in the potty.  I need to be reminded to go, but I always go when reminded.  I haven’t said I needed to go then gone yet, but we’re getting there.  I have also only done pee pee in the potty, buy I’m getting close to doing poo poo in there too.  Pretty soon there will be no more diapers (which I only use for naps and nighttime)!

Here are some photos:

I’m a Big Brother!!

I’m a Big Brother!!  My baby brother Callister finally came out of Mummy’s tummy on May 1st.  I love him, but am still a little unsure what his existence means for me.  Mummy and Daddy are more busy than usual and I think Callister might even be living here now…full time!  I’m not sure.  Sometimes I just ignore him entirely, other times I will give him sweet kisses and hugs and offer him my toys or ya-ya.  I am learning to be gentle but it’s had because I was to PLAY!

My brother has a blog too and you can read about his birth here: http://sweetbabyhickman.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/callister-evan-hickmans-birth-story/

Here are just a few photos:

Parent Teacher Conference Day

2nd Breakfast...

2nd Breakfast...

For lunch and dinner, I ate in front of the TV, while sitting in the laundry basket.  The basket was all my idea!  At least I ate in style sporting my super cool  seersucker pants and new belt 🙂  Mummy says that as my Mother’s Day gift to her, for life, she wants to see me in seersucker pants on that day…she really loves them!

Lunch in the basket...

Lunch in the basket...

Today, I just played and read books, no TV!!  I also ate at the table and used my best manners.  I now say Thank You about 95% of the without being asked and say Please about 80% of the time unprompted.

After breakfast and playtime and story time it was time to go to school for the parent teacher conference.  Daddy kept telling me that is there was anything Mummy and Daddy needed to know, now was the time to tell them.  I didn’t get it.  It was a little weird to have Mummy and Daddy in my classroom and not have any of my friends there.  I played in the room while my teachers Miss Jenni and Miss Ashley talked to Mummy and Daddy about me.

I am an amazing kiddo and my teachers and Mummy and Daddy could not be more proud!!  I am a leader in the class and very advanced across the board.  Here is my great progress report:

 After our parent teacher conference we went into Boulder to celebrate with lunch at Big Daddy’s Bagels and made a quick stop to get Mummy more tea from Rebecca’s to help my little brother finally come out to meet us!  Since I snacked in the car I wasn’t too hungry for lunch, but did have fun reading some of the books that were there and interacting with an older boy next to us.  By the time we got home, I was pooped and couldn’t even lift my head off Daddy’s shoulder from the car to my bed.  After my nap, Daddy is going to take me to the sporting goods store to get a new soccer ball!  Nicholas popped my old one with his teeth…he apparently doesn’t know that you’re supposed to KICK the soccer ball, not bite it.  Silly dog!

My Great Weekend!

I sure had an action-packed and fun-filled weekend!

On Saturday I started the morning with my usual gymnastics class.  Fun!  Though I did drink a bunch of water in the middle of class then do a ton of jumping which made me throw up.  Not a lot and I am not sick…I just jiggled the water right out of my tummy.  I took a great nap when I got home.  When I woke up, we had some lunch then got to go to The Little Gym AGAIN!!  This time it was for my friend, Austin’s, 2nd birthday party!!  It was a different gym and had cool toys in the waiting area and a bigger gym area.  I had so much fun!!  It was kind of like a gymnastics class with some structured activities and some free play time.  They had an awesome ‘rock wall’ that I have not seen at my gym and I loved it!  I was great at climbing all the way to the top too.  Mummy forgot to take any photos, but luckily Miss Shelby’s Mommy did…here is her post about it, with photos.

I was so sleepy when the party was over.  I had some granola bar and a banana in the car and called it dinner.  I went straight to sleep as soon as we got home!  The next morning, I must have still been tired because by the time 10 am rolled around (about 1 hours before my usual nap) when Daddy took my upstairs to change my diaper I asked for “night night?”  I slept for 2 solid hours.

When we got up we had some lunch, leftover pizza, but I wasn’t too hungry yet.  I picked over all of my black olives first, then had some of Mummy and Daddy’s olives (saying “Thank you Mummy, Thank you, Dada” after every ‘gift’) before picking off and eating my mushrooms too.  I ended up having a few actual bites of pizza but was really just not hungry yet.  We loaded up in the car and headed out to spend the afternoon in Estes Park in the mountains.  We stopped to get gas and Daddy bought a snack mix.  On the way up, I watched Toy Story 3 (again!) on the iPad and ate a solid portion of the snack mix…picking out my favorites and offering Mummy and Daddy my least favorite pieces (pretzels) periodically.

As soon as we got past Lyons (where we stopped for Mummy to pee) and really started going up, I was all done with my movie and wanted to look out the window at the mountains, trees and creek.  I especially loved seeing the flowing creek!  It was gorgeous!  Mummy taught me to open and close my mouth to pop my ears…I did really well!  As soon as we came into Estes we saw a big herd of elk right near a fun looking playground so we stopped (Mummy had to pee again too and they had bathrooms).  There were two parts to the playground, one for littler kids, like me, and one for bigger kids.  We played for a while then headed over to see the big elk.

There were a few groups of elk just past a split rail fence near the walkway around the playground.  One set was really, really close to the path and fence…about 20 feet?  I though the “big animals” were super cool!  I wanted to get closer but Mummy and Daddy told me we had to respect the animals and not get too close.  I decided to run back to the playground then.

After more playing we got back in the car and went a little further into Estes to get some ice cream.  It was a gorgeous day and ice cream seemed like a great idea – it was!.  I got a cake cone with cookies n’ cream ice cream and I did a GREAT job eating it.  I didn’t spill a single drop onto my clothes!!!  Mummy was amazed…and a little embarrassed that she spilled some of hers all over her shirt.  That big belly sure does get in the way!  When I was almost done with my cone I decided I wanted Mummy’s butter pecan in the cake cone.  Yum!!

After we finished ice cream we stopped in one more little store so Mummy could pee again (boy, she sure pees a lot these days!) then we got back in the car.  On the way down we stopped in a little shop that sells cherry and peach cider and homemade jams and goodies.  I picked out a honey stick for the car too.  I was a fun little store with some toys I loved playing with.  I was getting tired so fussed a little when it was time to go…good thing Mummy reminded me that I could have my honey stick when we got back in the car!  Yummy!

I was exhausted by the time we got back in the car and feel right to sleep when we got home.  What a fun weekend!

Here are some photos from yesterday’s trip to Estes Park (plus one of me eating a bagel in the morning):

The Greatest Restaurant (for kids) of All Time!!

After a fun day at school Mummy and Daddy took me out to dinner.  They had heard about this place from Mummy’s trainer and have been wanting to try it ever since she looked at their website and saw that they had a playroom!  It is in downtown Lafayette and is called Tutti.  Here is their website: http://www.tutti103.com/

They have an eating area upstairs, a patio outside and the playroom is downstairs.  We got there a tad before 4 and were the first ones downstairs.  There was a big open area with all of the tables for eating and on one end of the room is a fantastic playroom with plexiglass walls to keep the noise down a bit (with two large openings to go in and out).  On the opposite side of the playroom is a bar (or playroom for parents!).  Parents can see the playroom, and their kids, from every table.  It’s brilliant!!!

I LOVED playing with all of the new toys (new to me).  There was a train table, play kitchen, dress up clothes and mirrors, a TV (which was not on yet) with chairs that apparently plays Toy Story (my favorite!!!), and loads of toys and stuffed animals.  Mummy and Daddy got to relax and eat and drink while they watched me play to my little heart’s desire.  I would pop back over whenever I wanted some food.  Normally I have to sit nicely in my chair through the whole meal so this was definitely a special treat for me!  I did end up eating quite a big of food while I played.  Everything was delicious!

The food was really, really good.  Mummy especially loves that it is all organic, mostly local and is all prepared from scratch.  The prepared from scratch part means that it can take a little longer for food to arrive a the table, but with a playroom for me it was alllll good!  Everything comes in three sizes: saucer (small), plate (medium), and platter (large…a.k.a. family style) so even though I didn’t eat off the nice kids menu (a build your own concept) the saucer size was just right.  While Mummy and Daddy didn’t do it this time, during happy hour (4-7 I think?) you can order a saucer size of a whole big list of things for only $2 each!  2-3 saucers would definitely make a satisfying meal!

The only thing that would have made Tutti’s more fun would have been to come with friends.  I was the only one in there for a long time.  Finally two little girls came in too, but they were a bunch older and mostly played with each other.  I did have fun watching one of the little girls on the hippity hop and had fun trying to use it when she was finished.  I mostly thought rolling over it was more fun than bouncing on it.

Here is a fun tidbit from the ride home from dinner:  We passed a big school bus parking area on the way home.  I LOVE seeing a bus, especially a school bus.  After Mummy excitedly pointed it out to me, I lit up, pointed and said “how ’bout that!”  (note from Mummy: we have NO idea where he came up with that, but it was hilarious!)

Here are 2 videos of me playing at Tutti:

Here are a few photos (not very good ones, but you get the idea:

Tidbits…

Today I…

  • Had a pretty low-key Sunday.  We let Mummy sleep in (she was up by 4 am and needed a little more sleep) and Daddy let me stay in my Buzz Lightyear jammies (all day!) and eat breakfast (an english muffin with butter and jam!) in the living room (in ‘my’ recliner) while watching Toy Story for the bazillionth time.  Mummy does not let me eat in the living room!!!
  • I always ask for a Barbie when I see her in Toy Story 3.  Why?  I think she’s pretty…and I tell Mummy and Daddy this.
  • Started calling Mumma, Mummy! Consistently!  Mummy loves this…except when I whine it over and over.   Mummy hopes it takes a very long time for Mummy to turn into Mommy or Mom.
  • Was playing with toys and got frustrated by not being able to get something to work properly and stood over it with a furrowed brow saying “Oh shoot! Oh shoot!” while stamping my foot.  (note from Mummy: that’s better than what he once (and only once!) parroted after me…the other “s” word.  Ooops!  This time there was no parroting, it was used in correct context and all on his own.  We’re not sure where he got the foot stomp from but it was hilarious)
  • Was watching Toy Story 3 (again!) while sitting next to Daddy.  Daddy was very tired and fell asleep and started snoring very loudly.  I looked over at him, scrunched up my scraped and scabbed nose and said, while swatting his nose, “No Dada! No!”  Mummy thought that was hilarious (and would love to do/say the same thing at night when he snores)!
  • Said, after dinner, in response to “what would you like for desert,” “medicine!”  Apparently, I really love the antibiotics for my ear infection.
  • I was very helpful and can, and do, both get and put things back in the fridge or freezer for Mummy and Daddy.  I also feed my leftovers to Nicholas and load my own dishes and silverware into the dishwasher.  I do need help opening the dishwasher though.  It’s heavier than you’d think!  The other thing I love to help out with are spills…I will always get a tissue, paper towel or rag to clean up spills.  I do a pretty good job!  Granted, sometimes I make the spills, but I always help clean them up!  I am getting to be so grown up and I love to be helpful.  Mummy is savoring this!
  • Learned that I do not care for banana pudding, much to Mummy and Daddy’s surprise!  I did, however, love dipping crusty bread into olive oil and balsamic vinegar and eating noodles with sauce and vegetarian meatballs…mostly I loved the bread dipping.
  • Am still working on staying seated (on my knees or bum) all the way through dinner, even when I am not super hungry.  I like to turn around and see how close to the ground I can get before Mummy and Daddy tell me no.  It’s all fun and games until I get put back in my high chair (Trip Trapp chair) and strapped in because I didn’t listen.  I do NOT want to be strapped in anymore.
  • Love doing backfloats (all on my own!) and blowing bubbles in the tub when Mummy lets the water get deep enough.  I just love the water and would probably sleep in there if Mummy and Daddy let me!  If I’m not doing a backfloat I like to lay on my tummy and float as well as lay my head sideways in the water (covering my ear).  Mummy and Daddy wonder if maybe that is how I got my latest ear infection.
  • Continue to kiss all of the characters in my bedtime story goodnight.  It is very sweet 🙂