March 6, 2008

Lawrence of Olivier

More tidbits:

Oliver had his second week in nursery (his first week in our new ward's nursery). When I went to pick him up, I watched him for a few minutes through the looking glass, doing his thing. My favorite thing in the world is to clandestinely watch him in an foreign environment with foreign people, especially kids. The scene I observed was him and a few other 1.5 yr olds sitting around a round table with little cups of water, napkins, and crackers set neatly out before them. All the other tots' areas looked orderly enough, while Oliver's was a sopping mess. When I went in and remarked on this, the nursery folks informed me that upon receiving his cup of water, he dumped it out on the table, then, unsatisfied, commandeered those of his neighbors to make the pool bigger. Ratface.

I've already related Oliver's love for outside. Now that we're in a house, we let him have pretty free access to the fenced-in backyard. The few days it's been cold, we still let him out, but put his coat on. So now, like a dog with its leash, when he gets the outdoor itch, he'll find his coat, hunt us down, and thrust it in our faces. Then, when through darkness or some other reason, we bring him in for the rest of the day, he won't let us remove his coat because that would be an act of total surrender. So he kicks it the rest of the night inside with his winter coat on. As long as he's got the coat on, there's hope. Very remote hope, but hope nonetheless.

And no matter how long we let him play outside, he loses it when we bring him in. He loses it a lot lately in general, come to think of it. Kind of a big whiney pants about always wanting to be held, or up high on whatever object lends him a foot or two.

He's said his first non mom/dad name. He calls Jacob, Day-da.

Great guy.

11 comments:

Ryan said...

I love these stories, Kook. Sounds like such a great guy. You need to include photos of him chilling on the couch in his winter coat. I love that. And I LOVE his love for the outdoors.

Andrea W. said...

LOL, on the leaving the coat on and ratface antics in nursery. So cute! It's great that there's another outdoorsman in the family. You and he will have many adventures I'm sure. This is the cutest age, but they do get a little demanding don't they? We're humble servants of our tyrant king Benjamin around here.

Eliza said...

LOL, oh I just can't get enough of ratface oliver, it makes me laugh so hard to picture him doing that b/c a) he was such a sweet mellow baby and I thought he was the perfect kid and b) b/c he is so much like abe, sweet, funny but full of opinions about what needs to happen to make them happy. wow can you imagine benny, abe and ollie all together, it sends shivers down my spine.

Logan said...

when'ja move? DisHonor window washing must be doing well. Good for you guys.

Christian said...

Not really, Skew. We're just renting.
Regardless, now we have more room for you to come stay with us.

Lindsey said...

Sounds like that little kid has a TON of personality and a little mommy in him, too! :)

Jo said...

Chris, I loved reading all those cute things about little Olliver! What a smart boy to associate keeping his coat on w/his chances of getting outside again soon. How fun to have a little outdoor enthusiast companion already. What a chip off the old block!

Jo said...

Chris, I loved reading all those cute things about little Olliver! What a smart boy to associate keeping his coat on w/his chances of getting outside again soon. How fun to have a little outdoor enthusiast companion already. What a chip off the old block!

Rachel said...

So fun to read this- you guys really do need to get some pictures of little Ollie up there. I want to see him walking around!!!

Aubrey, Josh, and Caden said...

Christian, I just have to tell you that since reading you guys blog, I have had the "inexplicable" urge to call rebecca "reba"...I guess I have you to thank for that! (c: Oliver is hilarious! Come to think of it, we have a kid in nursery that insists on heisting everyone's cups too...hmmmm...

Greg said...

Great stories and pictures, Chris and Rebecca. We live for them. Thanks for doing this. You both write so well.