Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bathtime fun

Decided it might be a fun activity to let the boys take a bath and steam
them out a bit.  Worked like a charm and now they are both crashed out.  Check out the shark hair on those boys :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Video from the Transalaska Pipeline

yet another video experiment. My old iphone doesn't have video, but I have this .99 cent app that will shoot something like 9 frames a second. Uploaded to the blog direct from the trail. Not bad for the middle of nowhere. You can't tell, but Keet's knocked out asleep in the chariot...he's the little white band in the middle there.

This trail runs on top of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. It's wide, and clear, and the snowmachiners pack the trail so it works great for the Chariot stroller.

It was goregous today. I needed to get outside. 20 above or some craziness. The light is back, and I think the hardest part of the winter is now behind us.

Keet's Snowy Walk

We went on a sled ride to Grumpa's, then Keet tried walking in the snow for the first time.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fwd: Fw: Pictures of Gym INC


From: Nicole Worrall
Subject: Pictures of Gym INC
Date: Friday, January 22, 2010, 1:59 PM


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bollywood Bash

Friends had an Indian party. We dressed both East and West.
Keet was non-traditional, as always!

Classes start tomorrow, and the whir of the academic machine churns on. Keet was in full time care with Nicole last week for the first time. He did just fine, but it will always be hard on me.

I just found out that I'm retained for yet another year as a Term Faculty member for film. I thought term was, you know, terminal. But I am NOT complaining! Glad to know I have a job. Yet, Nicole sees more of Keet these days than I do. What kind of life is that for a family?

Our routine is to drop-off around 9AM, and pickup at 4:30PM. He wakes at 7:30 only with prodding, and is back in bed no later than 8PM. That's only 4 hours of waking time (not traveling to or from town) that we actually get to be together. I feel like most of that 4 hours is spent getting ready to go, making dinner, and then bath and bed. Maybe an hour of playtime a day with my son? Fortunately, Keet gets to play all day, so that makes me happy and he seems happy too.

It's especially hard after a nice long stretch of time together as a family. We had time just to be, with no agenda over the holidays.

Here is Keet in love with his dolphin. It was love at first sight. Solstice present from Mommy.

Reloaded video. Hopefully it works now!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fwd: You will never believe what your baby did......

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nicole W.
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM
Subject: You will never believe what your baby did......
To: Maya Salganek

Keet was acting like he needed to poo so I talked to him about where poo
goes and we went into the bathroom and I sat him on the potty and we read a
book and in about 2 minutes he had went pee and poo. I took so pictures but
they aren't great. We sang bye bye to the poo and he got to flush it down.
He's still walking over to the bathroom door and clapping his hands. I'm
sure it was a total fluke but in all my years as a nanny I've NEVER had a 14
month old use the potty!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Avid Reader

Keet is Fourteen Months today. I can hardly believe it.

In the past few weeks, Keet has become an avid reader. It's his first sign in the morning, and last in the evening. We often sit and read 5 or more books in a row. He signs along too.

The sign language seems to really be working well for him. It's great as his 1st/3rd language besides English and Spanish. We know that he's comprehending, as he'll sign for "cow" weather we say "cow" or "vaca." Same is true for anything else. His signs include:
"k" (for Keet)
the number "1"
red (which he recognizes)
berry (his favorite food)
and he does "downward facing dog" on command! Son of a yogina for sure.

Vocally he says

He's really into identifying nose, eyes, ears, stomach, feet, head, hands, and all kinds of animals.
This past week he started to play keep-away for the first time, by keeping away his food/cup/book as a joke. His first joke!

This next week he starts full time with Miss Nicole. She's so wonderful with him, but I still hate to let go of my time with him so young.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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