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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Visiting Family
It's good to see the little ones again. They're getting big so fast.... It's been too long. I've only made it here once since Christmas.

My nephew (3.5 years) was kinda grumpy and shy this evening, although we managed to have a decent time building robots from legos anyway. I think he's a bit confused and overwhelmed, not really remembering/understanding who we are. Hopefully he'll relax tomorrow. We're planning on going to the beach.

I gave him a present, a toddler baseball and glove. He wasn't very gracious about the fact that he didn't like it. "That's not a toy," he told me. I tried to explain its purpose, but he wasn't convinced. But when we went out walking, we saw a little boy playing catch with his dad, and I pointed it out. I expect he'll come around with time -- maybe when his daddy pulls out his baseball glove.

My niece, 7 months My niece, 7 months

My niece is a happy baby who will smile her toothless big grin at anyone who looks at her. We did some dancing and tickling. She is rocking and wanting to crawl, but hasn't quite figured out the forward motion yet.

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greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: July 29th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
The nice is cute! and if you ever need gift ideas for the nephew, let me know. I kick butt with nephew presents :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, thanks. Right now he's mostly only interested in toy cars/trucks/trains.... but we keep trying to expand his repitoire.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: July 31st, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah- sounds like my nephew. Easy to branch him out, with Mega Bloc buildable cars and trucks, or superhero cars. Though the brother-in-law complains about the Mega Blocs when he steps on them in bare feet :)
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: July 29th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I once brought BOOKS to my godchildren, and the then 4 year old made no bones about telling me "I like TOYS!"

He still sat and listened to me read the story... but yeah, not a toy!

And wow - she's 7 months old already?!!?!? How did that HAPPEN!? And boy is she a cutie!!!
shatteredglobe From: shatteredglobe Date: July 29th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Babies have some magic in 'em that makes 'em age faster than we do.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: July 29th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Especially on daytime soap operas.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Books... *horrors*! Yep, he's quite firm about his toy preference. At Christmas, when he'd open a clothing item, he'd just hand it straight to his mother and move on to the next gift.

Although I suppose that's slightly better than his previous approach, which was to let the thing drop straight to the floor unnoticed.

Yeah, 7 months!! Crazy, huh? Remember, that was Christmas when I was hovering in Chicago, waiting for her.... 12-27, she finally decided to show up.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 31st, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
there are some really cool board books out there that are both books AND toy trucks! they have wheels and everything! plus Will's getting old enough that he might not tear the pages from regular books, and there are TONS of stories about trucks and other machinery. some have pictures/photos of the real things, and some are stories with beautiful paintings or illustrations.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 1st, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I think he has a couple of those book-truck deals... they are pretty cool!

He doesn't enjoy receiving anything but toys, but actually he does like to be read books. When we offered to read to him, he fetched some for us:
Horton Hears a Who
The Giving tree
Where's Spot (a cute participation book)
and a Thomas the Tank Engine story.

I think he's got some nifty truck books, but (happily for us the readers) they don't seem to be his current favs.

I'll have to pick your brain next gift-buying time, and get him some cool truck picture books. (:
shatteredglobe From: shatteredglobe Date: July 29th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwww! Your niece is so cute!

My 6 1/2 month old daughter began crawling early, at about 5 1/2 months. She's now sitting up, and pulling herself up with the aid of her playpen, crib, wall, pillows... basically anything she can get to support her at all. :) If she pulls herself up, and ends up at an angle, she'll step towards the object supporting her weight so that she's not at that angle anymore.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Wow, that's pretty cool! My niece will sit up and roll around. She can grab at things that seem like they're WAY too far away for her to get at! It's really incredible how much trouble she can cause, for a child who cannot even crawl yet. I know we're all in trouble once she figures it out.
grrry From: grrry Date: July 30th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Aw, yer niece is so cute.... that I ....

Just had to put a picture of my great-nephew Calvin up in here for you to gawp at and all that. Sorry we missed you passing through Ohio, but since we were all way out in that other State... Minnesota, it would have been difficult to get back in time.

Annette says to pass along a 'dang' for having missed you passing through the area. We'da been delighted t' see ya. And alla dat stuff.

-g
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aw, yer niece is so cute.... that I ....

Alas, I cannot see the picture.... *sigh*

But sorry we missed you too! Maybe next time I'm nearby....
grrry From: grrry Date: July 31st, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aw, yer niece is so cute.... that I ....

well dang. it worked for me when I posted it but now it isn't there. Try this link then: Calvin Defoster

He's a cute lil' monster who Kira charmed so completely I understand he was extremely angry when we left. heh.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aw, yer niece is so cute.... that I ....

Oh wow, you're right -- he's adorable! He looks almost cartoon-cute, with those bit eyes and happy smile. How old?

Poor little guy. Everyone's sad when Kira leaves.
grrry From: grrry Date: July 31st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aw, yer niece is so cute.... that I ....

LOL.

Kira is a charmer, even more when she dresses up now for Ballet. Her 'mentor' for Ballet insists that Ballerinas should keep the illusion up for the attendees of performances by arriving and departing dressed to the nines. So she follows that for all performances, including the performance of Oklahoma she was in recently. She showed up in a red dress with some of her mother's garnet earings and necklace, on heels, and with her hair as glorious as you can imagine. Her dance partner (she was the Dream Laurie role) was so stunned he couldn't speak to her, which is saying something cause he's one of those always has a word sorts.

But back to the topic; Calvin is my niece's son. He was one year old the day we showed up in Minnesota. I've pictures of him with so many expressions that you'd think he was an actor.
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