Monday, February 8, 2010

Puzzles, Chocolate and Sitting

These are a few of their favorite things...

H loves puzzles and is frighteningly good at them. She can find the pattern in one piece and matches it to the neighboring pieces and will patiently turn it and reposition it until she makes it fit. She received this giant floor puzzle for her birthday and "playing puzzles" has become one of her new favorite pastimes. This puzzle is dual purpose and also serves as a good resting mat!

I think the saying that "Man cannot live on chocolate alone but woman sure can" is true indeed! While Miss H is not a very food-motivated kid and will often take a few bites of something tasty that the "average" toddler would eat such as pizza, ice cream or grilled cheese and then politely say "No thank you" and declare herself officially done, I am fairly certain that she would eat chocolate until she popped.
Last week we went on a tour of a local chocolate factory. While I was expecting something on the scale of Willy Wonka, it was actually much smaller and Oompa Loompas were nowhere to be found. However, there was a faucet that had warm chocolate flowing out of it and H pointed at it and yelled "A chocolate sink!" and we got to see a 36 inch tall chocolate Easter bunny that was being made. It was a fun field trip and we especially enjoyed the sampling that capped off the end of the tour.
In the photo above, H searched through my purse until she found this chocolate lollipop that I'd bought her for Valentine's Day. When my back was turned, she unwrapped it and began helping herself. She wasn't very pleased when I took it away and made her save the rest for later but, as we all must eventually learn, moderation is key, even if it's something that tastes so darn good.

Our little lad is five months old and he's getting a new perspective on life! While he's not 100% steady while sitting just yet, he does a good job for about 20 seconds before he topples over. Of course, the intrigue of his feet and surrounding objects often diverts his attention and makes it hard to focus on just sitting.

We have a busy, fun month ahead but we're also enjoying some simple, everyday pleasures- getting puzzled, sweet treats and sitting for some quiet reflection (okay, so maybe the reflection isn't so quiet with the household dogs, cat and a toddler...).

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