Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Fun Times

We went to visit Yaya on Monday so she could meet Cory. We had a very nice time! Iain calls her "La."

Iain is learning to identify letters and point them out, saying their names. So far, he knows A, B, C, D, E, F, G, P, O, and W. It's so fun to see him learning! He'll be looking at a book or a paper bag, or something at the store and start saying the name of a letter he sees - and he's almost always right! He does call 4's A's, and 8's are B's, but you know they do look alike. :) The other day at lunch, he's be sitting quietly and then suddenly look at one of us and yell "C!" or "B!" or another one he's working on. You have to wonder what he's thinking about that reminds him. Anyway, in this picture, he's showing Yaya his letters as Jeremy writes them.

Yesterday was turning into a long day. Still an hour from dinnertime, Iain was antsy, Cory had been fussing and trying to get to sleep for about an hour with no success, and I was out of ideas. We had been listening to the thunder for a while (Iain tried to teach Cory to say "thunder" by getting up close to his face and saying very slowly and clearly "s-s-s-thun."). When it started to rain, I opened the front door so we could sit and watch it, which we usually do. But this time, Iain, in his socks, wandered out onto the front porch. He looked at me for permission and when I told him it was okay, he made his way to the edge to touch, play, and watch the rain. He's my son after all! We came back inside to remove socks, put Cory in the baby pack, and headed out. It was drippy by this time, but the heavy rain had stopped. Iain let the water from the roof pour over his head. He splashed in shallow driveway puddles. He got an ant bite and hardly noticed. He ran around in the wet grass. He went down the wet slide. He talked about the rain, the thunder, and the lemons and grapefruit on the trees next door. What fun! And as a wonderful bonus, once he was snuggled down in the baby carrier, Cory went right to sleep!

Then we wandered down the road to the better puddles in my mom's and Nan's driveways. My mom took these last three pictures. The rain saved the day - we all felt so much better and we even pushed dinner back half an hour to prolong the fun!

Is it just me, or do all the colors in the world look brighter and prettier after a good rain?

And this morning, when I asked Iain what he would like to do today, he said "rain!" Over and over he has asked me if he can go play in the rain today. The only trouble is... it's not raining.


Phyllis said...

I love it! Did he dip his head in any of those puddles?

About colors and rain. . . . Read it when your boys are asleep and you have a little time to think. Then go on to Part 2. They're worth reading.

Allie said...

Nope, no puddle-head-dipping. I did wonder about it though. :) Can't wait to read that link. Maybe during naptime....

Lauren said...

WOW!!! So much good stuff in one blog post! The pictures of your boys (look at that Cory smiling!), the news of IAIN learning his LETTERS (ok, that is just amazing), and the rainy day fun. What a cool mom that lets her son get soggy and dirty right before dinnertime. I am taking lessons from you.

Got your comment this morning (I miss you too!!)---Noah is just about over his cold but now I've got a touch of it (sore throat and cough). Lord willing, we'll both be back to normal soon! (Whatever "normal" is--HA!) I am going to forego the NyQuil tonight... I just could NOT get going this morning! I think Noah watched two hours of PBS Kids!!!