Monday, December 30, 2013

Chicken Video

So, several things about this video.

1) As before, it may only be interesting if you think Simon is hilarious. In other words, it's not worth watching for the quality of the film-making.
2) That is his word for "chicken" that he says to me at the very beginning.
3) I was actively trying to get Simon to do his chicken noise for the camera, because we think it's awesome. I had no idea he would break for the door.
4) His actions, however, surprising as they may be to me at the moment, are entirely consistent with his worldview. Meaning, when he is thinking about chickens, if he goes to a window and looks out he is about 50% likely to see a chicken. Why wouldn't he go to the door when I ask him to make a chicken noise?
5) Listen for the "b-b-b" noise in the background. That is his version of the soft "buck" that comes before the loud "buck-aw!" in the traditional chicken noise.
6) Note that the video stops only because he makes for the dog food, possibly the only thing more interesting to Simon than the chickens. At least twice a week Millie fishes dog food out of that kid's mouth. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We've had a busy and wonderful Christmas season.  We've seen lots of loved ones, sung lots of song, eaten lots of sweets, and taken very few pictures.  Here is a random assortment from various activities.  Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

He's a Wamsted!

A lot of chatter goes around about how much Simon looks like Kira did as a baby. As an implicit consequence, it is assumed that this means he looks more like Millie than Jay. While all of this may be true, there is no debating the Jay-like characteristics manifested by the boy of late. To wit, a series of photos captured while the family was rocking out to Sarah McLachlan's "The First Noel." Please ignore the messy face & unkempt hair (although, to be fair, these are also Jay-like characteristics, so...).

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Break, Day 1

Well, it's been a rough couple of weeks here at the Homestead.  Everyone has been sick, from the oldest to the youngest among us.  John and Simon have had multiple illnesses  -- one of which has resulted in a scabby rash on the face... just in time for Christmas pictures!  Oh, and Kira fell hard on her cheek before bed tonight so she'll most likely be sporting a massive bruise on her face.  Get ready for some adorable Wamsteds, people.  But, seriously, they're still pretty cute and we're all SUPER excited about Christmas.  The Christmas decorations are up, and we're counting down the days.  Not to mention, Jay has 2 weeks off work so that's pretty amazing.
By the way, if you receive a broken present from us, it's Simon's fault.  I found him literally THROWING the most breakable present under the tree as far as he could.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Simon's 1st Birthday

Simon's first birthday was Friday, November 29th.  We had a little party for him on Saturday.
He had his first cupcake (albeit pretty healthy for a cupcake).
He liked it right away, but he wasn't sure how to consume it (as his food is always cut into bite-sized pieces).
After a little encouragement...
... he took matters into his own hands...
... and enjoyed himself very much!
Simon had his 12-month check-up yesterday.  He weighed in at a healthy 25 lbs, 1 oz and was 31.5 inches long (the 95th percentile or thereabouts for both).  He is far bigger than Kira or John was at this age.  He is also more daring and physical (perhaps a result of wanting to keep up with his siblings - it's hard to say).  We never had to worry about the other two climbing up anything.  This child, on the other hand, has been on top of something every time I've turned around lately!  He certainly keeps us busy!  He's also talking a TON!  He has more words than I can count... Mommy, Daddy, John, chicken, dog, wow, no, bottle... the list goes on!  So maybe there's something to be said for keeping up with the big kids...
Happy birthday, Simon!  We love you!