Monday, September 17, 2012

Hercules! Hercules!

E has a new obsession with the Disney movie, "Hercules." We have yet to figure out what it is about a movie that makes it a favorite or a fail. He used to love "Monsters Inc." and so we thought that maybe he liked the monsters. We tried to find another movie with more "monster-y" characters and we came up with "Lilo & Stitch." Nope. He wasn't a fan. Unlike almost every other little boy out there, he doesn't care much for "Cars." When "Hercules" was on TV the other day, my husband noticed that E was riveted. We immediately went and purchases the DVD. That thing might as well be on repeat in our house. E requests to watch it at least three times a day. He strikes a muscle man pose, hands me the DVD remote and says/signs "Want 'Eese please."

We cannot figure out the key element that attracts him to certain movies. He loves "Hercules," "The Princess and the Frog," and "Monsters Inc." He takes a passing interest in "Dumbo" and "Finding Nemo." He cares nothing about "Cars" or "Lady and the Tramp." All others are hit or miss. He also likes "Cinderella" because he thinks it is funny when Lucifer the cat gets his nose caught in the door or gets outsmarted by the mice. He really loves the music portions and insists that everyone in the room get up for a dance break when they play. He has to cheer for the hero when they defeat the foe and wants everyone to join in by raising their arms in the air and yelling, "YAY!" Lately, he has been copying the expressions and movements of the characters as he watches. It is hilarious to see him act out a scene as he is watching the movie! He is so observant and picks up on the smallest nuances. It is time for his Dad and me to really watch what we say and do around our little sponge :-)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Beach Baby

We took E to the beach for a long weekend last week. This is the first time he has been to the beach since he was three months old, so it is basically his first real beach experience. This child may possible love the ocean even more than his dad and me! He woke up every morning around 6:45am signing and saying, "Ocean, ready go." We took a cabana, a quilt, chairs, etc. and we NEVER USED THEM because E stayed in the waves from the moment we hit the beach until time to go inside.

 First Stop: Ripley's Aquarium

Shark and Ray tunnel

First Look at the Ocean

First Wave

Family Time

 Happiness is Sand Between Your Toes

Jumping Waves

Running From the Sea Foam

Sandcastle Time

Pool Time

 Ready for My Closeup

Family Pic