20 June 2010

Choo Choo Dance

Happy Father's Day!!!

10 June 2010

Words, words, words. . . and a picture or two

The Professor -or the blog post also entitled, Mommy's chance to brag a little.

People keep asking me how many words Max has - and by has, we'll say that he says it clearly enough to indicate he knows the object/action to which the word belongs. So Paul and I have made a list. Here goes:

Mama Dada car bus airplane (airpain) trash tractor go peaches picture Princess (Papa Bob's dog) bird bye-bye clock cheese shirt shoes(it is my kid) pants toes high chair happy jayhawk pinwheel woof-woof on off up hi
no-no-no eye nose ear hair hat choo-choo (for train) ball tent wow
d-sish(for delicious) water pampa(for Grandpa Joe) pretty tickle toot corn hot that?(as a question for what things are)

... So 47 that he knows and regularly uses.

He has said words like book, fish, hippo (bipo), boy, baby, and so forth, but not really often enough to be considered part of the mix. Our little dude turned 16 months old yesterday, and I'm pretty sure at this point, we'd love the heck out of him even with no words.

We recently had professional pictures done (mostly so I could be in a few) by Shefali Shah (almost Lindsey), a local structural engineer turned photographer.

She did a great job - here's a sample:

And a few more:

And a funny one to me. I give you, presidential candidate Max Borchardt, with the right vision for the future:

May highlights continued - Memorial Day

Over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to go on our first long roadtrip of the season to visit my Grandfather and his wife Shirley in Paducah, KY. Max met them last October, but he's changed just a wee-bit since then.

On the trip, we ventured first to St Louis, visiting the zoo.
Little boy in hotel room:

The next day, we made it to Paducah for our visit. We spent lots of time just talking and enjoying each other's company. Max loved Shirley and Papa Bob, but he also took a liking to Princess - the dog.

While in Paducah, we also visited Metropolis, home of Supermax, I mean, Superman, as well as visiting the site of the Lincoln-Douglas debates and Giant City Park, Ill.

Mostly, Max enjoyed sitting back and visiting:

And trying lemons!
It really was a great visit, and as my grandfather said, 90 years may separate them in age, but they bonded just fine! Thanks Grandad and Shirley for such a great time!

After returning home, Paul, Max, and I enjoyed a low key Memorial Day with the sandbox, swimming, and some beers.

Now - on to June!

May highlights!

Wow - so much time has passed since last I wrote, but Max keeps plugging along. He's really grown into a little boy,25 pounds and over 31 inches now, and we're enjoying doing so much more stuff with him. I need to do several posts, so I'll start here...

Mother's Day
Once again, Max participated in our annual trip to Wichita to do the River Run, a two-miler that he's done two years in a row. Next year, he and his friend John (my friend Kerri's son of the same age) will do the Tot Trot. Cannot wait! This year's theme was River Me Timbers - thus the eye patches.
And he's spent:

We also visited Hutch to see Grandpa Fuzzy and GG. My dad had put up a swing for Max in the backyard, so we played and had some Mexican afterward.

We returned to Wichita that night for a barbeque with our extended family - lots of moms and future moms. The highlight was when, at bedtime, Max started dancing to the ring on Jamie's phone. He's really developing some moves:

On Mother's Day, Max celebrated by composing me a tune. I think it's funny how he's gone from pounding to this very gentle style. A real music lover.

What a little gift!