Saturday, January 25, 2014


Conor has been reading up a storm lately. He hadn't really been too interested in trying to sound out words up to this point, but just in the past few weeks has been much more excited about practicing. Tim bought him a few sets of Bob books for Christmas and he really likes those.  They spend 10-15 minutes every evening practicing reading them together.  He can read all the first set of books from the beginner series by himself.  Sometimes I know he is just memorizing or looking at the pictures ("Dot sat on the mat" he will read as "Dot sat on the carpet") but he has looked at books he's never seen and sounded out brand new words, too.  He definitely has learned lots of "sight words" that he can recognize independent of the books, and is trying to sound out new words as well. He's made so much progress in just a few weeks!

Here he is reading - he was not interested in a "Take 2" without the Michigan game blaring from the radio.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Conor is Four!!!

Conor turned four today! He went to school this morning (had to make his imagination birthday cake with his friends!) and then we went to lunch and tried to go to see Monster's University.  He didn't like that idea at all and declared that he was afraid of "Monster's Incs." So we left.  His party is Saturday, which he is really excited about.

At four, Conor is rambunctious, energetic, curious, sensitive, silly, funny, and loving. He loves swimming lessons, playing outside, collecting things (bugs, dinosaurs, rocks...) and drawing pictures. His favorite books are Thomas early readers and any book about animals.  He has an awesome imagination and amazes me with the things he thinks up.

Four Year Stats:

Height - 42lbs (90th %ile)
Weight - 42.5in (90th %ile)

Instead of writing everything out for his questionnaire, I'll just let Conor tell you his favorite things:

Happy Birthday Conor!!!  We love you :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Recent Funnies

The other night at bed time, Conor told me there was an "oprah-oprah" (I imagine that's how it would be spelled) hiding in the corner under the "thinking chair" (his glider.)  He said it was small and purple and spiky, and "a little bit scared".  I helped him pick it up but it kept trying to run away.  We decided that if we laid down quietly it might come sleep in the bed.  He named it "Boopah". The next morning he told me that Boopah the oprah-oprah had in fact spent the night in the bed.


Conor put Norman the t-rex on a stool and made me open his mouth so he could check his teeth with his flashlight.  He said "Oh, okay, yeah, that's great! ... That'll be $24."


If you tell Conor he can't have something, he'll reply "well, I didn't see any hands on it."


He has been practicing asking politely for something and will say "Please pass the [whatever is its], after [whomever has it]."  He saw his balloon floating in the kitchen and said "Please pass the balloon, after the air."


Talking about our vacation cottage he said, "This house doesn't have any toys.  Only decorations."

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Toledo Zoo Trip

We drove down to Toledo this morning to check out the Toledo Zoo and see some animals that the Detroit Zoo doesn't have - elephants and hippos.

The hippos were a bust - they were sleeping in their "garage" - big grey blobs, Conor said "They look like Gloria!" so I guess he was happy with that.

He got tired of riding in the wagon and pulled it for a while.  Plymouth represent!

Dada's fresh popped "nummy hot corn" is a favorite zoo snack.

Gender stereotypes on the restroom signs.

We did see the elephants in the indoor viewing area. The little guy is "Lucas" and I think the bigger one is "Renee", his mama.

The reptile house...

Orangutan hiding under a Spiderman blanket:

Conor checking out the silverback:

Polar bear viewing is much better in Toledo than Detroit.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fall Recap


With Tim back in school, it was just Conor and I again for Monday Funday.  We try to go somewhere different every week, like Bennett Arboretum in Hines Park...


or Domino's Farms...



or the Hands On Museum.




Fall color this year was really amazing so we went to Tollgate Farm to check it out.


The Plymouth Fire Dept. had an open house and we sat in all the fire trucks.


Conor and I took a trip to Texas to visit Mimi and Grampy, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Jason, and cousins Madeline and Clara.  We went to the Dallas Arboretum...


and the Dallas World Aquarium...


and the Ft. Worth Zoo.


Back in Michigan, Conor cheered on runners at the Detroit Marathon.  We tried to see dada run but the timing was bad.


For Halloween, Conor was a greaser.


He was a little nervous about proper ToTing procedure at the first couple of houses, but by the third he was warmed up and ready to go.  "Trick or Treat!  Thank you!  Happy Halloween!!  Okay, let's go!!  I see another light on!"



We hosted our playgroup this month at Gretchen's House.  They're all so much more rambunctious this year!


We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home.


The day after Tgives, we went to the Detroit Zoo...


and decorated for Christmas.


In general, this is what the first half of three is like for us-

He loves dinosaurs, animals, emergency vehicles and Thomas the Train.


He is learning to read and write his alphabet and just learned how to spell "C-o-n-o-r."

He likes to lip sync in the car and his favorite pop song is FloRida's "Cry".

He loves to act out scenes from movies and books.

Swimming lessons are going well and he is working on Superman glides and keeping his face in the water.

He likes baking and being a helper.

He is very curious and asks lots of questions.

As of early September, he is completely potty trained.

He is moving into 4T clothes and size 11W shoes.

He still takes a nap in the afternoon and sleeps 9 hours at night.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Convo with a 3 year old

I asked Conor to pick up his cup.  

Conor "No mama!  DON'T. say that to me."

Me "That's not a nice way to talk.  Please pick up the cup now."


I walk away and ignore, thinking I'll deal with it when he's not irrationally annoyed with my simple requests.  I realize I may be waiting a long time.

Conor "Don't say that to me mama."

Silence from me, still ignoring from the kitchen.

Conor "Stop talking to me.....Stop it.....No you CAN'T say that to me."

More silence.

Conor "Mama?  ... Mama?  ..... Mama??? ... MAMA!!??  ARE YOU THERE MAMA?"

Me "Yes Conor?"

Conor "STOP talking to ME!"