Tuesday Toddler Update: Of running, artwork and choo choo trains

Vegan Goodness:
Today we ate . . .

  • Breakfast: Smoothies and cheerios for Dad and LP and oatmeal for mom who got a few extra hours of sleep this morning.
  • LP snacked on almonds on our way to Costco this morning.  They gave him lots of energy for racing up and down the aisles!
  • Lunch: A splurge of Chipotle burritos
  • Dinner: Garlic and greens pasta with italian baked tofu. 
  • Mom and Dad had some more apple crisp after the kids were in bed

Money Matters:
Today we spent the following:

  • $122.22 at Costco (this was mostly groceries, but we also got a package of stamps for $44.  this is the third time we have bought stamps in 6 years!)
  • $26.19 for a case of beer (gotta be stocked up for visitors and a Labor Day neighborhood get together!)
  • $13.80 for a Chipotle Burrito splurge on the way home from shopping

Tuesday Toddler Update:

Every day it seems like LP has more and more energy.  Yesterday he and his dad went to our local pond for the morning and had a fantastic time swimming and playing in the sand.  Today, at Costco, he raced up and down aisles playing “stop, go” (where he runs, yells “STOP.” stops for a second, yells “GO” and then starts all over again).  All of these activities are done at full tilt.  It is like he only has two speeds: off and full throttle.

One of the activities we have been doing in the afternoons (in order to use some of this energy) is taking walks to see the “choo choo trains.”  We have a commuter rail track a 5 minute walk from our house, and if you are by the track at 4:45 in the afternoon you will see two trains, one after the other.  LP loves these trips, especially when he gets to see two trains!  Yesterday I took him and IP out to see the trains.  When the second one came by I had LP on my shoulders, and the train blew it’s whistle.  I still don’t know if it is because the conductor saw us on the bridge.  No matter – as the train drove by LP shouted “Bye bye choo choo train!  Thank you blow horn!”  It was seriously the cutest thing ever!

LP has been working on his artwork as well in between the time he spends running around like a crazy person.  He has an awesome little drawing table from one set of grandparents, and his other grandma gave him a whiteboard and some crayon/markers that work on whiteboards.  His dad set up a special desk lamp for him too.  He spends quite a bit of time sitting and drawing.  So far he likes to draw train tracks, “Ls” (since it’s his first initial) and Os (because they are fun).  We have had to add several more of his masterpieces to our fridge since his little drawing area was set up.

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