One of the ways Grandma keeps me quiet

I’m 3 years old so I’m not always the quietest child in the restaurant, in the back seat of the car, at the dinner table, or at bed time.  I sometimes tend to get just a little bit wild and maybe even a little out of control.

But don’t worry because Grandma has found a way to always make me quiet as a mouse.   She’s just gives me my iPad.   Of course, Grandpa thought it was his iPad but we all know better.  Someday, we’ll have to tell him.

Getting back to my original story…  Grandma just has to turn it on and hand it to me and instant silence.

The iPad is extremely cool.  It has games, puzzles, books, TV shows, movies, videos and photos of me and my family, and much much more.  What’s there not to like.  You would be amazed at how long it can keep me busy.

If we are at a restaurant for example, and I start to get just a little antsy, out comes the iPad and suddenly I’m calm and quiet.

What really fascinates Papa is how well I use it.  I can turn it on, adjust the volume, pick the app or video I want to watch..  I can even size things… flick my fingers out and it gets bigger, flick my fingers in and it gets smaller.  And turning pages is a breeze; you just swipe the page in the direction you want to go.

The only problem I have is I can get Grandpa’s computer screen to change pages when I swipe it, no matter how hard I pound on the monitor.

And remember when I said Papa still thinks the iPad is his?   Last time I check I had a couple of seasons of  “Dinosaur Train“, “Little Einsteins“, “Jacks’s Big Music Show“, “Wonder Pets“, “Rugrats”, and tons of “Phineas and Ferb” (Papa likes them also), and a couple of seasons of “Scooby Doo“.  Scooby Doo is my favorite.  I could watch him all day.

I also have the three Toy Story movies (“Toy Story“, Toy Story 2“, and “Toy Story 3“) loaded on the iPad..  and don’t even get me going about all of the books, games and puzzles I have.

If Papa ever decided he wanted to use it, I don’t think there’s room for any of his stuff… (smile)..

Catch you in a few days.

Thank you for stopping by and please stop by again.

And don’t forget to tell your friends

Anthony

I get to see my very first snow

Did I mention that they let me out in the snow while in Niagara Falls.   They wouldn’t let me touch the ground, but they dragged me outside long enough to snap a bunch of pictures.   You would think if they were going to freeze, they would at least let me play in the snow.   I did hear them say there was an issue with me not having boots that were waterproof.

Hey, Im tough.  I don’t no boots to play in the snow…

BTW, what are boots?

Here’s a phot Grandpa took of me, Mom, and Grandma behind my Great Grandparents house in Niagara Falls, NY last week.

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Enjoy… I certainly did.

Bye for now

Anthony

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Well, I’m in Niagara Falls with my Great Grandparents.   My first night went pretty well I think.   I wasn’t scared of any of the new faces ( or faces I hadn’t seen in 5 months) so that was good.   I let everyone hug me with minimal fuse.  I also go to sleep in a real bed last night  and not a crib.  Papa’s parents couldn’t borrow a crib for this visit so I slept in a big bed with my Mom.   I was pretty tired after the plane ride so everything sleep wise went pretty well.

I did develop a cough that is getting really bad now.   I can tell Papa is concerned when I start to cough.

Big news today was lunch.   Papa went to a place called the Como Restaurant and bought us all lots of Italian food.   I had my very first meatball and managed to finish the whole thing.  I even ate a Gnocchi, what ever that is.   I can’t say it, don’t know what it was, but it certainly tasted good.

The rest of the day was for play, naps, and visiting the Great Grandparents.   We aren’t supposed to get the real company until tomorrow.  Everyone will want to come see me I’m sure.

I did discover live green plants today.  My Great Grandma has them everywhere.   I think they’re fun to touch because they fell like nothing I have ever touched before.  However, every time I start to play with one, everyone gets all upset.   I just don’t understand adults sometime.

BTW, did I tell you it’s 18 degrees here and snowing.  I didn’t seem that cold to me.  Of course, Mom dressed my a ton of clothing; a huge heavy coat and big furry hat.   I could bearly move it all that stuff.

Well, that’s it for tonight.   The day went fast and I need to get to bed

Goodnight all

Anthony

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What a day.  I took my third plane ride today.   We (Mom, Grandma, and Papa) flew to Niagara Falls, NY to see my Great Grandparents.  It sounded like a great idea the days prior to our departure.  However, when the actual day arrived, wow…

First off, I started to come down with a cold on Tuesday.   They couldn’t get me into to see a doctor.  However, they did talk to one on the phone.   The doctor felt it would be OK for me to fly because I had a cough and I was not congested.   The doctor gave my Mom some suggestions on how to handle my cough.

Next,they woke me up at 4:15 AM so we could make it to the airport for a 6:30 AM flight.  This is the first time I’ve ever been awakened from a sound sleep.  I’m the one that usually wakes everyone else up.  Plus, I’m not feeling all that well.   Are they ever going to be in for a good time flying today… (smile)

We arrived at the airport, check our luggage and headed for security.   Now, remember, I’m 14 months old.    The security people made my Mom take my shoes off to go through security.  Ever see the size of a shoe on a 14 month old?   Everything else went OK.   They (TSA) had no problems with my medicines and special foods for me for the flight.   Once the four of us cleared the security checkpoint, we headed straight to our departure gate.

We did make one quick stop on the way to the gate to pick up a large bottle of water.  Mom brings my formula in powder form and we mixed it once we get on plane.  This saves us having to bring any liquids through security.

So we get ont the plane and find out seats.  Guess what?  I don’t have one.   For this flight they decided I could fly on Mom’s lap.  Well, I’m a lot bigger (and older) now than I was on my first flight.   Sitting on any one’s lap is not high on my list  of things I like to do.   For the next four hours on our Newark bound flight I would spend most of my time trying to get off of Mom’s lab and talking to all of the other passengers.   I wanted everyone to know I was there.  I just kept moving from Mom’s lab to Grandma’s lap and even on to Papa’s lab.   I nodded off for a few minutes,  but not long enough to qualify as a real nap.

When we arrived a Newark, Papa bought me some scrambled eggs and hash browns for breakfast.  I love scrambled eggs.  Mom bought a bowl of ice cream (something I can’t have because I’m lactose intolerant).  After we finished breakfast, we moved from Terminal C (were we landed) to Terminal A (where we were departing from).  We got to ride a bus between terminals.   The bus people were pretty nice.  One gentleman even helped Papa lift the stroller off of the bus.

We did have one small mishap on our Houston to Newark flight.  We left my blanket on the plane.   We realised what we had done within about 20 minutes of landing.   However, by the time we made it back to the plane, it had already departed for it’s next destination and the gate people said no blanket was found.   They told us to check lost in found in Houston when we get home.  You know we never find it though.  Kind of a shame someone would take a baby’s blanket.

Our next flight from Newark to Buffalo was on an ERJ.  I don’t remember much about this flight.   I fell asleep within minutes of taking off and I didn’t wake back up until the flight attendant announced that we were landing.   I do know that on the smaller planes they had to make sure Mom and I sat in a certain row.   It seems because I was traveling on Mom’s lap, we had to sit in a row with an extra oxygen mask for my use.

In Buffalo, we had to pickup our rental.   Papa got us an SUV with four-wheel drive and a car seat for a toddler.   Once me and the luggage were loaded, it was off to see my Great Grandparents in Niagara Falls.  The ride wasn’t too long even though it was very cold and icing.  These are the coldest temperatures I have ever experienced.  Grandma did have Papa make one stop on our way to pick up some turkey, cheese, and eggs.

When we finally arrived at my Great Grandparent’s house, my cough started getting really bad.  But that didn’t stop me from running around their house non stop until I had to go to bed.  There were lots of new things for me to get into.  It was a ball.   However, I did find one very creep fish that I spent most of the rest of the day staying away from.

Mom finally put me to bed.   I guess I had entertained everyone enough form my first day.    Once in bed, I was up most of the night coughing and I kept Mom up too.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel a little better.

That’s it for now

Anthony

Sunday, Dec 7, 2008

What a day Saturday was… I played the entire day.  I even got away without having to take my 3:00 PM nap… of course, not everything was perfect.  I did figure out how to climb up onto a child’s chair and then stand up.  Unfortunately for me, it was a rocking chair.  How was I supposed to know it would move.  After all, it was my first time standing on a chair.  Needless to say, I crashed and cut my lip.  But being a “big kid”, I only cried for a few minutes and then I was off trying to climb on something else.  I also discovered how easily I can push the kitchen chairs around the room.   I pushed one chair all the way to the dinning room, past the dog bowls.  That’s the entire length of the kitchen.   I also hung out in Papa’s office.  We played a few music videos (KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree is one of my favorites; great thumping guitar in the beginning), I played his guitars and bass (actually, some might call it banging on them, but I think it was pure music), and I found a couple of Beanie Babies to carry around.

I also discovered a new game to play with the dog.  The dog likes to lay against the baby gate so if I stretch real high, I can drop my toys over the gate onto the dog.  It’s so much fun watching him jump up every time I do it.  He must like it too because he keeps coming back and laying back down in the same place.   Boy, life is great when you’re one.

Saturday night we all went out to dinner with our car friends.  Not sure what that means because they all drive trucks…  but we have fun so it’s OK with me.   We went to a Chinese buffet.  I talked to the little girl at the table next to ours (made noises at her).  Grandma kept saying I was flirting.  Not sure what that means either, but she accuses me of that every time I’m near a girl.   Dinner was great.  I had two hard boiled eggs (one of my favorites), some kind of fried roll dipped in sugar (that was GREAT but Papa wouldn’t give me a lot of that), fried noodles (I thought they were just little crackers; didn’t know they had their own name), won-tons (I didn’t like them, kind of slimy), some chicken that was way too chewy, and lots of water.  It really made me full and sleepy (remember, I missed my nap on Saturday).

After dinner, the entire group went over to Starbucks.  Very cool place; I got to push more chairs around.  I may have had a little too much fun at Starbucks though.   I kept running into the edge of the tables with my head.   I’m positive that the last time we were there, I fit under those table just fine.   Someone must have shortened all of the tables on me.

Then we were off to home.   It was a noisy ride home.  Although I really like riding in the truck, I had to make lots of noise to keep myself awake.  You know that if you fall asleep you miss all of the good stuff.   We arrived home, with me still barely awake, Mom made me a bottle, and within 10 minutes I was sound asleep.

This morning I was up bright and early.  I had breakfast and Then I got to take Papa to the airport.   He left on Sunday this week so I won’t get to help him in his office today.    But he did talk to me the entire ride over to the airport.  I told him lots of good stuff but I’m never really sure he understands.  He always ask the me the same questions no matter how many times I explain the answer to him.

I did manage to do something that did seem to really get Grandma’s and Papa’s attention.   The other day, I walked backwards.  Of course, I don’t turn my head to see where I’m going, I just walk backwards.  The Grandparents made a big deal out of me doing that.. they didn’t think someone at my age could figure that out and they are sure I’m going to trip and break my neck.  For me though, it’s just fun.  Someone always comes and catches me.

I also learned to “talk” on the phone.   I have a really cool purple phone on my game table that I use.   I learned from Faith (my cousin).   I also get to talk to Mom’s friends on her phone.

Well, that’s it for today.   With Grandpa  (Papa) out of tonw, I’m not sure when I’ll get to post again.  Soon I hope.

Bye for now

Anthony