Toddler Tuesday: Imitation is the highest form of flattery . . . right?

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Vegan Goodness:
Today we ate . . .

  • Breakfast: Green smoothies for Dad and LP followed by tofu scramble for everyone
  • Lunch: Leftover leek and white bean cassoulette
  • Mom snacked on chocolate chips and peanuts during LP’s nap.  Dad had some chips and hummus
  • Dinner: Red flannel hash, roasted butternut squash and biscuits.

Money Matters:

Today we spent the following:

  • $9.38 on Whole Foods groceries
  • $59.30 for a race fee.  Mom signed-up for her first 1/2 marathon, The Run to Remember in May.

Tuesday Toddler Update:

LP has been into copying grown-up actions for quite a while.  Just see my post about making smoothies and going to the store!  However, lately, he has really ramped up his imitation of Mom and Dad.  Here are just a few things that showed us how closely he watching his Mom and Dad:

Tool time with LP: LP has some kid tools, but his favorite is the screwdriver.  He is constantly using it to “replace batteries” the way his dad does.  When the G-man uses a screwdriver to do something you can bet LP isn’t too far behind ready to “help” with his own.

Baby-helper: When IP was a couple months old she was really gassy and fussy.  We had to walk her around the house, up and down the stairs, patting her back and trying to burp her all the way.  LP started doing the same thing with his stuffed animals.  First he would swaddle them, then walk around the house burping them.  Well, IP has moved past this fussy phase, and so, apparently, have LP’s stuffed animals.  Now he likes to take our peanut shell baby carrier, loop it around his shoulders, and carry around his stuffed dog . . . I’m sorry, his “baby.”  It’s super cute!

Checkin’ the E-mail: Talk about a wake-up call.  A couple weeks ago LP wanted his own computer like Mom and Dad’s.  We gave him an empty binder.  Now it uses it to check e-mail.  Sometimes he even tells us to “leave him alone” while he checks his e-mail.  I think we might have to start taking a family break from electronics (including empty binders) for everyone’s sake.  Checking e-mail also involves cookies sometimes, as described in the “Vegan Goodness” section of this post.

Work: Today LP told me he had to go to “work.”  In fact, he was going to go to a “coffee shop” and get “coffee” and work.  When we asked him what kind of work he was going to do he said he was going to “see people,” which, coincidentally, is how Mom described going to work last week.  He also stuffed play-doh biscuits into his pockets to bring to work with him.  I’m not sure what that means (or maybe I don’t want to know). 

Squirrel Defender: The G-man does not like squirrels.  When he sees them in our garden from the back room he bolts outside yelling and clapping to get them to go away.  Now, whenever LP sees a squirrel, he runs at it, clapping his hands yell “Go ‘WAY!”  He then beams up at his dad who is usually quite proud. 

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