Category Archives: Alexander

The Dig Site

Our property has a hill rising up behind the house. The backside of the hill is probably the warmest spot here as the sun hits it at a nice angle. This is where Xander has made his dig site.

Xander digging.

This spoon ain't cutting it, I want a trowel!

Worf helping to dig.

At first he was just excavating rocks but now he likes to bring his cars and a bucket of water up to play with in the dirt. It gets pretty dirty but he sure has fun.

Washing the cars.

Putting more dirt on the cars.

Mud on his face.

We had several wonderfully sunny days last week and we spent the mornings up there. Xander digging and playing with his cars while our dogs, Poppy Seed, McCoy, and new pup Worf raced around him.

I want to build a comfy storage bench up there. A nice under the seat cubby to keep some digging toys, balls for the dogs, and a comfy cushion. That way I’d only have to make one trip carrying our snacks and his bucket of water versus the multiple trips with toys, camp chairs, etc…

Snack time!

Tired doggies.

Have I mentioned that Worf is a chewer?

Do you have any special places in your yard?

Happy Easter!

We dyed our eggs last night. Well, not OUR eggs. Our chickens only lay shades of brown and I wanted some white eggs so that the dye would show up more so we bought some eggs. They had seriously wimpy shells, 4 cracked during the boiling process. I actually only got to dye a couple eggs since whenever I put an egg in a cup Xander would reach in and claim the egg for his own. Next year separate dye cups (I love dyeing eggs)!

No spoons for Xander! Even after a bath his hands are still dyed.
Xander loves dyeing eggs too!

This morning Xander woke to find that the Easter Bunny had been here and had hidden eggs and baskets. The Bunny had left some foam alphabet puzzles on the table and then the individual letters were hidden all over in plastic eggs. Xander was a little confused by the big letters and little letters (new concept– all his other letter toys are all capitals) but he had fun finding them and trying to put them in the puzzle.

Now where does this letter go?

We had a great morning and Xander had fun finding all the eggs and playing with his new toys and books (thank you to both sets of Grandparents!).

Going for a Walk

We had a beautiful sunny day today so we took a walk around the property.

Carrying his pail for rock collecting.

Saying "hi!" to the frog that lives in the planter's watering tube.

Tromping through the tall grass.

Posing for Mommy (who should have wiped the chocolate cake off of his face first!).

Conquering the log obstacle course.

"I did it!"

Just follow McCoy.

Big mossy tree.

Happy dogs.

The kids go marching one by one, hurrah hurrah!

"You keeping up Mommy?"

Heading for home (with a much heavier pail).

It was a wonderful walk!

Painter at Work

Xander is really in to painting right now, asks to do it every day. Unfortunately the finger paints have all been used up so we’ve been going through my stash of acrylics— acrylics stain clothing. Oops! But he’s having fun.

Painting egg cartons to make daffodils.

Here they are still distinct colors, eventually he mixed them all together until they were a lovely shade of gray.

So I decided to just give him one color at a time. Red was a poor choice, there was a certain "redrum" imagery going on. Notice the handprints.

Painting some nesting boxes. Yellow and


Put Me in the Zoo

Xander and Ryan reading.

Xander loves to be read to and the other night he brought this book over to Ryan. Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire is the first book I was able to read all by myself when I was little!



It’s about a leopard who wants to live in the zoo but the zookeepers don’t want him. He tries to convince some children that the zoo is the place he belongs by showing them the wonderful tricks he can do with his spots. I still love the story and am so happy that Xander loves it too!