Monday, December 06, 2010
Meanwhile my young grandchild continues to provide me with more joy than I could have possibly imagined. He's talking so much now.
Apparently, the other night (he's a little over 2 and a half now) he told Kristin the other day "Mom, I need you to call Santa on the phone and tell him I NEED my new train tracks now."
He also loves to play with my N-Scale electric train -- not really made for that kind of playing and he actually may have broken the engine ... we'll see. But I figured out why he's suddenly so fascinated with it. He put it on a glass table and said it was "ice", and says "the train is sliding on the ice", and when he's playing with it he replays another scene from the movie by yelling "Stop the train! Stop the train!" The Bachmann 4-8-4 ATSF engine I have looks a lot like the Polar Express train to him.
"Don't worry, Pop. I will help you!", he replies.
He's actually gotten to the point where he's getting cars back on the track correctly by himself, though the engine is very difficult and often it's just most of the way back on (the front wheels are very floppy).
Now I'm thinking of going and getting a Brio wooden train and painting it, and maybe adding some pieces to it and making it look like the Polar Express Train. He loves that movie.
It all went way too fast, as they were in for less than 24 hours. We went to campus and wandered the Quad, and checked out Ellis Library a bit. Campus has changed a lot since Mark visited it last. Then we headed to Itchy's (mostly so the kids could look at Magic cards). But mostly we just hung at the house. Cards and guitars and yacking.
their house near Vegas (*sniff!*) and had to go move. I've been involved in a local Tea Party group here in Central Missouri, and of course whenever we get a chance to babysit we pretty much drop everything and happily do it.
I got a snazzy new phone. I call it a smart-"ish" phone.... because T-Mobile considers it a "Phone First" phone rather than an internet device you can also make calls on ... but it has a good web browser and does applications and all. I have to use reading glasses to read the screen, but I have to use those more and more anyway (even at work). It has a pretty crappy 2MP camera that takes OK snapshots in broad daylight (above photo of Vicki) and fuzzy blu-ish looking ones indoors. It takes pretty good video, though. So anyway, I get the advantages of a smart phone but only $10 a month for unlimited internet. That rocks.
Well I'll try to be better about posting and I do need to go back and fill in the rest of the vacation posts. I have a brief voice log on a portable voice recorder .... I made the recording as I drove home.
So hopefully, this means "I'm back".