Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July

The 4th of July is my favorite holiday in Michigan.  The weather was amazing this year - highs in the 70's and plenty of sun.  Plymouth Twp. does an amazing fireworks display on the 3rd, then the next morning a parade goes down Main St. just steps from our house.  We've gone to the parade each of the nine years we've lived here, with the except of 2009 when we watched it from Conor's nursery window (he was 8 days old.)

We got to Township Park early to have a picnic before the fireworks.  Conor made it thru about half of the show before he fell asleep.

Conor was so excited to see the Plymouth Whalers mascot, Shooter (or he sometimes calls him "Sprayer") but of course once he was in sight, he made sure to keep his distance.  Earlier in the parade, Paws came by and I think that may have reinforced his fear of people in costumes.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Conor turns 5!

Conor celebrated his birthday last week!  At 5, Conor ...

is funny and silly, and loves to tell knock-knock jokes
is loud and rambunctious at home but shy and reserved around new people and situations
loves dinosaurs, animals, pretending, telling stories, Legos, drawing, and playing games
is learning to read, can recognize dozens of sight words and is sounding out new words
draws all day long, usually with markers
loves to act out scenes from his favorite movies
can count to 50, with a little help
is excited about Kindergarten
is growing like a weed - unofficially 49 lbs and 45 inches, size 5 clothes (in big kids), size 1 shoes

Conor had his birthday this weekend at Goldfish!  His cousins from Texas traveled here for his birthday, and he enjoyed partying with them and his friends.

Happy birthday Conorman!  We love you!!!

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:

Weight - 42lbs (90th %ile)
Height - 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.