Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Soren has a new word that is totally cracking me up. "Actually." Here are two conversations with it from last night:

Soren (as he stacks his dump truck full of cars): The dump truck carries cars. Oh, actually, it carries dirt.
Me: What did you just say?
Soren: Huh?
Me: Did you just say "actually"?
Soren: Yes, actually my dump truck carries dirt.

I don't know if I was more suprised at how he used that word or how he was able to talk about talking!

Then, as I was putting him to bed:
Me: So, shall we read Green Eggs and Ham?
Soren: Ok. (pause) Actually, let's read the Piglet book.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Day on the Oregon Coast

I took the day off on Friday and we went out to enjoy the Oregon Coast. We went to Newport to see the Sea Lions basking (and barking!) in the sun.


We went out to Yaquina Head lighthouse and saw the young seals playing in the water.


We also went out for a nice seafood lunch. Soren's came with a shark, into which he spent the whole lunch stuffing shrimp from our shrimp salad. (Oh, wait, did I ever take that smelly thing out of my purse?)


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Born to be a farmer

Since tractors are one of Soren's very favorite things, it isn't too surprising how much fun he had on Grandpa's tractor. Take a look at this video - doesn't he look like he's really driving with intention, like he really understands how to steer?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Soren sayings

I swear this kid cracks me up more and more every day. Some funny Soren sayings lately:

*** Yesterday he didn't want to take a nap. He was in his crib calling me. "Hey mama. Mama, come back here. Mama, I want up. Mama, where are you?"
That wasn't working so then he started "Happy Mother's Day, Mama. Happy Mother's Day, Mama!" I have to admit, that one worked and I picked him up.

*** Lately we've been emphasizing safety. He needs to hold my hand when we are in a parking lot. We look for cars before we cross the street. When we walk down the street we stay on the gravel, not on the road, etc. Peter even taught him another rote response. "Soren, what is job #1?", he'll answer "Safety is job number one!" Hilarious.

*** So, in his concern for safety he saw some cats sitting on the road. He started shouting at them. "Hey cats! Get off the road! Cats! Get off the road! It's not safety!"

*** Last night we went for a walk. We saw some Robins out looking for worms in the grass. I said "See, those birds have red tummies, that means that they are Robins." He grew quiet, and then said "Those birds have owies? Their tummies are red! They need medicine? I have an owie, medicine makes it all better." Poor guy thinks all Robins have injured bellies.

*** Since he spends so much time outside, we've also been teaching him about bees. He's completely intrigued by them and our fear was that he'd try to pick one up. So we've told him that bees are our friend and we like them, but we can only look at them, not touch them.

*** So, Soren loves to play pretend. Mostly he pretends that he is Eduard (7-month old baby of a friend) and says "I can't talk! I'm Eduard!"
But yesterday he looked at me and said "You can't touch me, mama." When I asked why not, he said "Because I'm a bee!"

*** Then, final story, Soren recently seems to have found his voice. He's always been quite quiet. Very verbal, just not very loud. I've still never heard him scream or shriek, but lately he's started shouting. We were in a restaurant on Saturday morning and he yelled "RAAAAHHHHHHH", so I told him that he needed to be a little more quiet in the restaurant. He paused and then said "raaaaahhhhh" in a quiet voice.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Loving Little Max

Grandpa and Grandma P are the ultimate grandparents. They bought a pony for their grandkids and discovered that even a pony can be intimidating to a toddler. So, rather than just wait for the little ones to get bigger, they went out and bought one that was just the right size.

Sir Maximillian Highlands, aka Max, is a miniature horse with a name bigger than he is. Soren enjoyed meeting him on our recent visit.

(I have a new video camera, and while it is fun to use I haven't yet figured out how to combine several videos into you get four different clips.)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Soren loves tractors

One of the very best things about visiting Grandpa and Grandma in Michigan (and, again, there are so many great things to choose from!) is that Soren gets to ride Grandpa's tractor. He loves it. He has toy tractors to play with at home (Actually, my ignorance is showing, I call all heavy equipment vehicles "tractors". Soren plays along with my ignorance most of the time but does correct me occasionally - "Mama, this is a front end loader!")

Peter and Soren moved some trees around Grandpa's property.


Soren getting right in on the action:


Amazingly, Soren seemed to understand the whole concept of driving. I have a great video of that that I'll post in the next few days. For now, here's a photo of him getting (or giving?) a driving lesson from Grandpa.