Posts Tagged ‘Spencer’

I don’t think there will be a California road trip with Anderson this year. However, I am taking both of the boys on an over night trip tomorrow. I don’t think I am game enough to try taking Spencer any place for any longer than that without another adult. So tomorrow we will drive south three hours. If we get there in time, we will stop at a fishery where they have a “window” that lets viewers see beneath the surface of the water to watch fish as they swim by. I think they will like that. Then we’ll go on another 5 miles to a motel where we’ll spend the night then go to the Wildlife Safari in Winston on Thursday then come home. If Thursday proves to be too long of a day, we might stay some place a second night.

I think they’ll have a good time. Today will be spent on getting them some snacks for the trip and a few little surprises to distract them should it become necessary. Legos for Anderson and cars for Spencer.

I’m looking forward to it. I think. Wildlife Safari is one of those places where you drive your car through the place and see the wildlife. We’ve gone numerous times. We’ll see lots of zebra, giraffes, elephants, lions and tigers and bears (they are kept in a guarded area behind a fence). There will be different types of goats and rams and elk. We’ll see bison. There are so many species that I can’t remember them all but there’s a lot to see. There is also a “village” where the kids can run around (think zoo) and see more animals. The only thing that worries me is that I will need to figure out the kid lock for Spencer’s door so he doesn’t open the door when we are on the drive-through portion. And I need to remember to figure out the window locks, too. We can have windows down but some animals come really close to the car and I don’t want them sticking their head in the car with Spencer because he’ll try to touch them!

Then there is the motel room. He’s tall (Spencer) for a 3 year old and he’s smart. Bad combination. He knows how to unlock doors and will just walk out of the motel room. It happened in Seaside, during the night when everyone was asleep. He woke up and let himself out of the room! If it hadn’t been for the door being noisy when it shut behind him, we would not have known! So that’s the other worry. If the door has a chain lock that is high enough that he doesn’t reach it, it will be okay. However, I’m thinking of taking a sleeping bag in case I have to sleep in front of the door!

So that’s this week’s adventure. I’m sure we’ll have fun. Of course, I might need a getaway all to myself when we’re done!

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Life goes on.

Busy not being busy. Does that make sense? Well, that seems to be the theme here. I get so busy (time consumption) doing little things that I get lost in it all. Little things meaning helping Tina with the boys as they are sometimes just too much for her to handle; going with her on errands so I can help with the boys or stay in the car with them; taking the boys to the park to play; taking them to eat; keeping them at my house to play.

Well, a lot of those little things are actually huge. Spending time with the grandsons is a “huge little thing.” It’s an important thing. Other things can wait. And because I see them every day, when a time comes when I don’t see them for a day or two, I miss them terribly…and they miss me.

On my last trip to Seattle, I was gone from Tuesday morning to Sunday late afternoon. As I got off of the freeway and was waiting for the light to turn green at the end of the off ramp, I got a text message from my daughter saying Spencer wanted to see me so I texted back that I would stop by. When I got there less than ten minutes later, Spencer was so happy to see me. He hugged me and kept saying “Nana. Nana.” He wouldn’t take his eyes off of me. Then Tina told me that the reason she texted was because Spencer had asked to have his shoes put on and when they were on, he walked out the door and said “go walk Nana” meaning he was going to go walk to my house. She caught up to him as he got to the street and explained that I wasn’t home but would be there soon. So yup, he missed me.

Then, then next day, I was trying to nap and I heard a noise at my door and thought someone was trying to break in. I slowly walked toward the front door and then I heard Spencer and Anderson. I opened the door quickly to find Tina running up the stairs to catch up with them. Spencer had taken off running to my house (he’s three) and Anderson alerted Tina who took off running after him and send Anderson up ahead because he can run faster. So Spencer got to my house first with Anderson arriving about a minute later and Tina another forty-five seconds later…and quite out of breath. We scolded him and told him he can’t come by himself. He has to ask. It is dangerous for little boys to run down the street by himself. He kept nodding that he understood but the next day he did it again!  And two days later he took off but Anderson ran after him (Anderson is 6) and caught him before he got too far. He did fall and he has a lump on his head from Anderson nearly tackling him to stop, but at least they were both safe. And even though they have child proof door knobs and windows, Spencer is smart and can open them. Fence? He climbs over or under. Tina is now thinking of installing security cameras so she can see when he escapes!

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I carry candy in my purse. That’s because I’m a nana that uses it to treat her boys. They know there is always candy in there. The little one, Spencer, just goes straight into my purse to get it out himself. Sometimes he brings the whole purse to me so I can find him some candy (messy purse) but sometimes he just spots it and grabs it.

Lately, we’ve been having a lot of “no” moments when his mom and I both say no to candy because the boys are about to eat or already had too much sugar or something like that. That’s not what they expect to hear from me but they are getting it more often.

The other day, my daughter had to run an errand so I stayed with the boys. She was in the driveway for a bit, putting things into her trunk. Spencer asked for Mom and I told him she was gone. He looked through the window and pointed out there and showed me that Mom was still there. He kept running back and forth to the window and saying “Mom.” I thought he was asking for her so I just kept repeating that Mom was gone and would be back in a while. Then, I heard her car leave the driveway and he ran to the window. He saw her leave and, with a huge smile, ran straight for my purse and brought it to me saying “pop pop” (lollipop). I had to smile. He knew I was more likely to let him have it when his mom was gone so he waited for her to leave then scored his pop pop!

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I’ve mentioned a few times before about Spencer’s speech delay. It’s funny because he has only worked with the therapist once but it seems to have sparked something in him. All of the sudden, he is talking more…not that we understand him but he is trying to communicate with us and with others more now. And he’s trying to use more than one word at a time, instead of the one word attempts from before.

We still aren’t understanding most of what he says but we are understanding more of what he is attempting. He’s trying more, harder. That’s the big difference! It is almost as if he “got permission” to speak when he saw that we were putting an emphasis on it. Now if we can get his therapy visits going more regularly, that will be good!

He has also gotten very attached to me. On last week’s trip, whenever there was a problem or when he got in trouble (his dad gets grumpy when they travel), he would come to me, not his mom. In fact, when I was coming home in my car and they were staying for the rest of the day, it was pretty obvious that Spencer had had enough so I asked him if he wanted to come home with me in my car and he said yes. He grabbed his pillow and his blankie and walked to the door. So I brought him home and we played and played until the rest of them got home about ten hours later!

Those were my smiles this week. How about yours? Check out Trent’s Weekly Smile and share some of yours.

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Wordless Wednesday


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Yesterday we went to see the Minion Movie.  It’s usually just me and Anderson. Tina went with us once before.  Yesterday we took Spencer because he loves the minions in the Despicable Me movie.  He is captivated by them so we figured he would like the movie.  It was the first time he went to a theater to see a movie. He’s two.  We weren’t sure how he would handle it.  I was prepared for him to be afraid of the dark (I took a small glow stick he could put around his neck to give him a little light).  We were prepared for him wanting something to eat (I baked minion cookies and we had minion fruit snacks). The boys had minion t shirts and all four of us (Anderson, Spencer, Tina, and I) had minion temporary tattoos. We were ready!

Minion cookies!

Minion cookies!

Well, when the lights went out and the previews began, Spencer was not scared.  He was fine.  He was sitting in his mommy’s lap. For about five minutes.  Then he got off her lap and stood behind the seat in front of him (we were in the last row and had no one in the three rows in front of us) and just watched.  When the movie started, he watched intently. For about 20 minutes. Then he walked to the aisle and stood there.  For about 2 minutes. Then off he went, down the aisle, slowly, watching the screen and then back up the aisle to our row.  Very quietly he stood there, at the end of the row.  He did that several times. Didn’t bother anyone; just walked up and down the aisle.

Then it happened.  Someone came into the theater and Spencer realized there was a door there.  So off he went, pushing the door and going out into the lobby, his mommy in hot pursuit. They came back a few minutes later and he sat on her lap and watched for awhile.  Then he repeated the whole thing: stood to watch; walked to the end of the row; walked up and down the aisle; back to the end of our row; then out the door to the lobby again.  And off went his mommy to get him.  The third time, I went out to get him.  We walked around the lobby for a bit.  He seemed to want to explore so I let him see what was around, but stopped him short of walking into one of the other theaters (there are 8 screens at that theater) then we went back to our movie.

The next time he walked out of the theater, Tina went after him. They were gone about ten minutes when the door opened and Spencer came back in with a big smile on his face and sat on my lap.  No Tina.  I waited for her to come back in.  She finally came back in about three or four minutes later.  Boy was she relieved to find Spencer!  Apparently, she was in the bathroom and Spencer crawled under the stall door and wandered off.  She looked for him as soon as she was able to but couldn’t find him. She went into the theater to get me so I could help her find him but then she saw him sitting on my lap.

He’s like that.  He has a very good sense of direction.  He knows exactly where he is going.  He wandered out of the bathroom and came straight back to me.  He didn’t end up in the men’s room, or in the wrong theater.  And thank goodness he didn’t turn right out of the bathroom instead of left because that would take him to the exit doors and he would be out in the parking lot!

So I’ve nicknamed him The Homing Pigeon.  He knows exactly where he’s been and where he’s going. One place he won’t be going back to for awhile is the theater!

Spencer and Nana

Spencer and Nana

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