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Bad blogger! No biscuit!

Monday, September 24th, 2007

I know, things have been slow around here.

Really slow. As in … “No updates since the end of August” slow.

Here’s why:

[Cate with tupperware lid]

Look, Daddy! I just unloaded the Tupperware again!

Yes, she’s walking. And boy is she a handful!

Surprise inside!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Got one of these?

[Suprise inside Diego egg]

It’s called a “Surprise Inside Diego Egg”, and it’s made by Fisher Price. (Or rather, it’s made by some cheap company in China for Fisher Price) .

So what’s the surprise? The surprise is … it’s painted with poisonous lead paint! So if any of y’all have young ones, and you’ve recently bought some Fisher-Price Sesame Street, Dora, or Diego themed toys – make sure that they’re not on the recall list (linked above).  Thankfully, none of Cate’s toys were on the list.

Just to be safe, check the list even if you have recently bought any Fisher Price toy for your young child. (There are a few “generic” ones on the list.)

This is just one more reason why outsourcing American manufacturing jobs to China is a bad idea.

Vice, Vice, Baby?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

A little while ago, I pointed out that

[O]ne of [Cate’s] favorite games so far is Frogger – though her usual strategy is to jump the frogs directly into cars. Given her love of running stuff into and underneath cars, maybe Grand Theft Auto 3 will be her next favorite?

Well, I was almost right.


Start ’em early!

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6

[Cate playing Castlevania]

Cate enjoys a quick game of Castlevania

So we’re training!

Cate is fascinated by the buttons on this machine and the colorful graphics of the older games it plays. In particular, one of her favorite games so far is Frogger – though her usual strategy is to jump the frogs directly into cars. Given her love of running stuff into and underneath cars, maybe Grand Theft Auto 3 will be her next favorite?

Friday Cate: Stand in the place where you live

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Cate hasn’t yet mastered the fine art of getting to a sitting position from lying on her back. But that’s not really what she’s interested in. She is interested in only one thing. She wants to … stand. Stand! Stand! Stand! If she’s sitting, she will attempt to pull herself up to a standing position using nearly any object – some of which won’t support her weight.

But Cate’s toy basket is heavy enough!

[Cate standing with the help of her toy basket]

Cate can’t decide whether to hold on for support or grab a toy!

Soon, we’ll have to move anything that we have on coffee tables and low shelves. I’ll also have to put up a lot of my electronic stuff, since Cate seems to have inherited my fascination with anything that runs by electricity. She already “cruises” down the edge of the couch to find my laptop computer.

But I look forward to the time we have to toddler-proof the house. I enjoy seeing Cate gain more control of herself and her world.

Friday Cate: When you drink milk, don’t drive

Friday, May 11th, 2007

It’s the end of the semester, and I haven’t been properly updating the blog. But here, without further delay, is this week’s Friday Cate:

]Cate in walker]
Honest, officer! I only had one bottle!

Cate’s recently learned that she can rotate her walker around and move in different directions. She seems happy about it, too!

Friday Cate: Rare, black-footed Cate

Friday, April 27th, 2007

You know those cute little baby footprints you often see in a frame along with baby pictures? When you see those print-making kits in the store, they seem like an awfully easy thing to use. Just put your baby’s hand or foot on the stamp pad, then press the inked body part onto the paper.

Simple, right?

Cate thinks otherwise!

Friday Cate: Beach baby!

Friday, April 20th, 2007

What’s this?

Cate’s first “steps” on the beach (450px)

This is a picture of Cate’s first “steps” onto the sand at Myrtle Beach!

Cate rolling on the beack (450px)

Cate’s not quite ready to crawl around in the sand. But she does want to roll in it!

Friday Cate: The future’s so bright

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Part of Cate’s first trip to Myrtle Beach involves shopping at the outlet stores. Before she can go shopping, though, she needs to be properly prepared.

Cate in shades (450px)

Now Cate’s ready for a shopping day in the sun!

Cat Cate

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

There won’t be very many posts this week, since I currently have very limited internet access. But here’s something I thought I would share with y’all.

Cate has noticed the cats. She has seen the cats for a while now. Up until recently, though, she’s seen the cats as similar to things you’d see on a television screen. The cats were things to watch, but not things to touch and interact with.

Not any more!

Cate and Tom

Cate now reaches for and touches the cats. They are lucky that she hasn’t yet discovered that cats have tails!