Thanksgiving Weekend

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Aiden loves drawing.

Aiden loves drawing.

His scribbling has “improved.”

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By that I mean he doesn’t just grab the pen and move it around.

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There are different strokes and marks.

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Sometimes it even seems he puts a little thought in it.

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I have a new “drawing game” with Aiden.

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He will draw part of the drawing.

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And I will finish it for him.

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Of course he doesn’t know I have such a game in place, but he will catch on.

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This is what he does when you say “smile.”

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We’ve also spent this Thanksgiving working on the “ABC” wooden puzzle.

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He wasn’t able to do it at all before.  But he has greatly improved. He especially loves the “H” which underneath it is a house.

He will repeatedly move the H and say “House.” –  He will point to him and me – my interpretation he means our house.

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But he has greatly improved.

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This long weekend Daddie woke up earlier half the time to tend to Aiden.

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So thankful for that little extra resting time!

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When Mommie is busy, Daddie always finds fun activities for Daddie and Aiden bonding time.

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Irvine Regional Park.

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A little time at the Playground….because everything was still closed.

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Gotta keep Aiden busy for 4 full hours.

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That wasn’t hard to do at all.

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In fact, Daddie had to cut it short because there was only 4 hours.

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Otherwise Daddie would have taken him on a Kid Trail.

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We’ll have to save that for a family event, let Aiden see the healthy aspects of life!

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They did make it to Target later though.

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Aiden can go on half of the activity center without an adult right there with him.

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Especially when it’s just Daddie and Aiden.

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Mommie tends to be just a little bit too cautious.

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Like Mommie would have been right with him on these stairs.

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Good growth for Aiden while Mommie is away.

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He gets to experiment way more.

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Whoa! Look at him go!

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I’m glad to see his increased confidence.

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So proud of Aiden!

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It’s his own way of “climbing up the ladder.”

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Almost got to the last one!

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Galen said he enjoyed running by the trees as well.

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Daddie had a little scare at the park.

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He misplaced the camera.

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Someone did drop it off at the lost and found!

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Time for a little running exercise.

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And he fell again.

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I wondered why the scabs on his knees seem to never fall off.

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That’s just part of growing up…

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Learn to fall and get back up!

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Aiden’s very lucky to have a Daddie that challenges him so he can grow!

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I’m so thankful Aiden has such a wonderful Daddie.

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I’m thankful that Aiden is healthy and that we have that opportunity to teach him healthy habits and lifestyle.

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I appreciate the different teaching styles that Aiden is subject to, if everyone’s style was like me Aiden would probably be a huge scaredy cat – like myself.

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I love his inquisitive mind.

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We went to eat with Uncle Toorima and then Mitsuwa on Saturday.  He is scared of Benny, but really likes him too.

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On the way and at Mitsuwa, Aiden kept saying “叔叔” and constantly looking for him.

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At home when Daddie mentioned “Benny” Aiden even know we were talking about 叔叔.

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When he saw the train he kept saying “Choo Choo” non-stop for 15 minutes.

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Later when Galen was talking to me about his”火車”experience, he knew exactly what we were talking about.

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He has never called it 火車 so we didn’t know he knew what it was.

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Although he seemed excited, he didn’t really smile on the ride.

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When Aiden saw the train conductor he said “hi” to the train conductor.

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When the train conductor took their tickets, Aiden said “Thank you,” after Daddie’s prompting.

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And the conductor said that Aiden was very polite.

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I can’t wait until Aiden says it on his own.

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He does say “Thank you” to some things randomly, but it is very random and inconsistent.

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Daddie pushed Aiden into the pile of leaves.

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He had so much fun!

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To think, just the other day Mommie wouldn’t let him lie in the sand.

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Daddie brought his cow harness but they didn’t use it.

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So he got to be very free, no wonder at Costco he didn’t want to hold hands at all!

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Off to the zoo.

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He was scared but he still ran towards the animals to look.

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He was most interested in the mountain lion feeding session.

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He even copied the instructor when the instructor was showing the other kids how to feed a mountain lion.

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He will need more outings to be more at ease, he didn’t even want to pet the rabbits.

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What an eventful long weekend, even with the rain on Friday.

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Thanks for giving us so much to be thankful for Aiden.



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