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Sunday, May 30, 2010


I don't have any pictures that match the theme of the post, so I'll just put in random pictures from the past few days.

So first: I think I've figured out "Swiffer and the Broom."

(Adam likes green beans and running his fingers through his hair during meals.
Especially messy ones).

For those of you who've never seen this game, it's where he grabs the broom and the swiffer, hands them to you, and then insists that you run around behind him with them. You could call it a chasing game, except he won't always run. Sometimes he strolls, sometimes he turns around and runs at you, sometimes you play hide and seek around the kitchen island. So: what does he think is going on? If it's not chase, what is it?

The answer I've come up with is that he's a general, and they're his troops. He's leading them into battle. So sometimes he charges ahead of them, making it look like chasing. But sometimes he turns around and herds them back in retreat, which looks like reverse chasing. And sometimes he just wanders around and they have to follow him.

So, mystery (sort of) solved.

(Adam also likes playing with straps, which he'll talk about quite clearly.
He can snap them shut, but (thank goodness) he can't unsnap them.
So every time he successfully closes them, he immediately asks for "help" to undo them.)

In other news, Adam's been making a lot of two word combinations lately. When he sits, I swear he's saying, "I sit." And he said what sounded like "red ball" just this morning. He definitely asked about Daddy this morning before Daddy got up; I'm not sure what it was, but it was something Dada. And just now, he was standing next to Mike, who was on the couch, and said, "Dada up!"

So there you have it. He also knows some letters: A, B, M, N, O, X, Y. He's almost ready for algebra!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It has been pointed out to me that information might be nice, even if I don't have any adorable photos. So, to be brief:

Monday was Adam's best day care day so far. He only cried for a few minutes at drop off, played and hung around with the other kids, ate and napped well, and was happy instead of frantic to see me at the end of the day. He rocks.

Tuesday was Adam's 18 month doctor's appointment, where we learned that the mozzarella snacks that we give him cover his calcium needs for a lot of the milk he won't drink, and that he's UNGODLY tall. He's 35 inches tall, which is about the 98th percentile. It's hard to tell because the graph only goes to 95. He's off the chart. He's the size of your average kid 9 months older than he is. Which sounds even better if you say that he's the size of your average kid 50% older than he is. His weight is actually right on average, which sounds weird compared to his height, but is apparently just fine to the doctors.

The doctor asked a bunch of developmental questions: does he know any body parts? Does he say at least 8 words? Mike pointed out that he says more than 8 body parts! He knows foot, hand, belly button, penis, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, head, hair, pointing and saying them. I think he knows toes and knees, too, though he doesn't say those.

And then today, he finally climbed into his wading pool and splashed around. He also went through the sprinkler, but that didn't go over well at all. But the pool--well, thank heaven for it in this weather. Also today, I asked him (rhetorically, I thought), "Adam, where's my purse?" And he stood up and walked over to the baby gate and pointed to where my purse was in the kitchen. So I opened the gate and said, "Can you get me my purse?" And he trotted over and, after flirting with being distracted by the Swiffer, brought me my purse. I knew there was a reason I had a kid!

So, that's our update. Photos when I have them, though probably not till Friday at least. Stay cool!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Derivation of the Fork

In math class, sometimes they'll teach you a theorem, and then go back and derive that theorem, so you see where it comes from. You don't need to be able to do that derivation, but it helps to see why the math works.

Adam feels like that's a pedagogically sound way to approach forks. So yesterday at Colleen's restaurant, he used some toothpicks to invent a fork.

He ate the whole meal with toothpicks. By the end, he was using two in tandem, forklike. This is probably how the ancient Romans did it, little frill-topped toothpicks and all.

The photos above were kindly taken by Auntie Steph, looking very much like a celebrity sneaking out to hang out with her nephew away from the paparazzi.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Up In the Air

We flew the kite! It was great. It took a while for Adam to figure out what's happening, but it was a lot of fun. And it's a lightweight kite, so we can get it to fly very low.

Then Liala and Adam played the hat-and-glasses exchange game. Sadly, I missed the part where she was wearing all his gear.

Gorgeous, gorgeous day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mediterranean Genes

The kid can't resist a flag. We'll show him an Italian one sometime soon, but for now--kiss him, he's Greek!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Curiouser and Curiouser

On Friday, Marsha, Adam, and I went to the Children's Museum. They have a Curious George exhibit, and since Adam's a big fan, I thought we'd check it out. Admission only $2 each with a pass from the library!

I'm not sure what he expected to find in George's ear.

There were all kinds of cool activities--windmills and fans you could point at them, an elevator door that you could open to reveal firemen, cranks and pulleys and puppets and things.

And Curious George wasn't the only fun part. The whole museum was very Adam-friendly.

Then we ate lunch from Au Bon Pain outside on the terrace. We really had a blast.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


It was a perfect storm of grandparents when the Tomasulos came to Smith Farm for Mother's Day.

Adam enjoyed a pear with Grandma and Grampa.

And I only just realized that Nana isn't actually in this particular picture, but she helped him take an imaginary lawnmower ride in the yard.

Earlier, at home, Gramps and Adam engaged in a shrugging contest.

And Grandma and Adam were both all tuckered out by a long day at the farm.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day Care

I can count for you the number of minutes I've been alone in the house since Adam was born. It's three digits, but low three, and almost half of it was spent asleep that one time I was sick. So right now, this is weird.

Adam started day care on Monday. He did okay for his first day--shy but game when we went in, somewhat bewildered when I left. He cried when I got back, but the teacher said that he had been okay for the first 45 minutes, only getting upset for the last hour or so.

Here's Adam getting ready to go to school--sorry, Marsha, day care--on Monday. He has no idea what's in store.

Adam playing in the kitchen area at day care.

Today, he was okay going in and playing with me, but he melted DOWN when I left. I heard him crying to the end of the block. I'm dealing, but I can't wait to go back and get him. I hope he's okay.

We've been reading a lot of Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney, which is about missing your mom on the first day of school. Adam likes it, but I don't know if it's sunk in.

So for the rest of the morning, I'm just going to sit here and look at this picture of him, so proud of sitting on the curb the other day outside the library. So proud. I'm just going to sit here and look for the next hour or so.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Not Five Minutes Ago

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Barefoot in the yard.

Playing peekaboo with Brenda.

And blowing dandelions.

Brenda is determined to ruin my lawn.

Monday, May 3, 2010


This weekend, we went to the beach to say our goodbyes to Adam's great-aunt, Sue Vassilakos Abbott.

Susan Vassilakos Abbott

Sue passed away in September; on her birthday, we scattered her ashes in the ocean. I feel so grateful that, in spite of the huge distances between us, she was able to see Adam, watch him eat and play, over the computer. They got to meet that way, and I'm really glad.

It was a lovely day at the beach, though the water was cold. It's one big ocean, though, at Hampton and North Carolina and Florida.

Adam wore his hat for the occasion.

Afterward we had seafood nearby. Everyone spent a lot of time in this area as kids, so there was a lot of good remembering. It was nice to be able to see Dawn and Jesse.

Also--and this is very important--Adam likes scallops.

We miss you, Sue. We love you.

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