I'm back from Myrtle Beach! Wrote up a summary here, if you'd like to read it. Tonight I'd rather write about funny kid stuff. This post will ramble a little, but come back around full circle in a hopefully-funny way, like a Seinfeld episode.
Jack-Jack has now learned how to tell jokes, at the tender age of 22 months. Well, he only knows one joke, and it's not really funny, but we count it. Here it is:
Us: Who's there?
Jack: (Looks around and finds something; different every time)... Cracker!
Us: Cracker who?
Jack: Cracker ON YOUR HEAD!!
He's told this joke dozens of times, with many different objects, and the punch line is always on our head. Samantha even plays along and laughs when he tells it. He's starting to push the envelope and change it to "on your finger", but it's still a work in progress.
The day after his stomach-and-fever episode finally ended, I went to the office as usual. Less than two hours later, Jamie called me to say that Jack fell off our bed while jumping on it, and was gushing blood out of a very open wound on his forehead. He had smacked it on the corner of my nightstand, probably in an attempt to do a Triple Lindy or something.
He didnt' end up needing stitches -- instead, they used Dermabond to seal it. Pretty cool stuff, and he could even take a bath with it.
To help deal with the stress in a healthy way, I did some photo editing and made this picture:
Samantha's Super Senses
Lately I've been introducing the kids to my special soundtrack compilation CD, which includes a lot of John Williams. Mostly the essentials -- Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Willow, etc...
One of them is of course the Superman theme. Samantha calls it the "trumpet song". But she also has an incredible ear for all the other instruments, and names them as they are introduced into the music. I assume she learned this from the Baby Einstein DVDs.
Remember, though, she has no context for this song. While we hear it and imagine Christopher Reeve flying before the sunrise, she only knows it as the trumpet song.
Anyway, I'm taking Samantha to school and have the trumpet song playing in the van. She looks out the window and exclaims, "Look, Daddy! Up in the sky! It's a plane!".
I'm not kidding.
Thomas' New Tunnel
Like most American kids these days, ours have a Thomas the Train set. Two of the trains (Lady and James, I believe) are battery-operated and can move pretty well. Samantha was playing trains with Jack, and thought it would be funny for Lady to go right over the top of her head. Oops. The wheels got caught up in her hair, and wound up tight. She ran to me, having a huge freak out, just saying, "Oh, no! Oh, no! Ohhhhh!".
We got her upstairs (after I turned off the train) and took a closer look to see if we could untangle the mess, or if it was time to get out the scissors. In the end it took some of both to free Lady from the auburn curls.
Mostly Samantha cried during the ordeal, but I was able to crack a joke or two to calm her down. Evidence:
Of course, Jack told her a joke too, just trying to help. I'm sure you can guess:
Sam: (Sniff) Who's there? (Sniff)
Sam: Train who?
Jack: Train ON YOUR HEAD!!