My Pop is in charge of the boy's music education. He plays guitar or ukulele and sings with them and brings over his cd's to play. M.'s current favourite is Louis Prima.
We must listen to the entire cd at least once a day. It's great music and the boys like to sing along. "Boz-eee-bop!" they go. The back up singers went "Shoobee-doobee" and I asked E. what that meant. He replied confidently;
"Mommy, that's Italian."
And later I asked them who "Angelina" was?
"Mommy, it's Italian." E. patiently explained to me.
I guess their music and Italian language education via Grandpa is getting a little cross-over.
Other current favourite activities include playing hide and seek.
Playing hide and seek with two boys who are two years and ten months is hilarious.
"Mommy, you count and me and M. will hide." E. tells me.
"We're going to hide in the bathroom Mommy. Don't count yet!" M. instructs.
"OK. three, four,....ready or not here I come!"
Very loud squeals and shrieks from the bathroom before I even uncover my eyes.
"Mommy, you couldn't find me!" E. screams when I open the door.
If they seek they can never wait until the count of ten, but usually last until about six. And then they will instruct me to hide in the same place every time.
It's hilarious. Though not strictly by the traditional hide and seek rules.
And filed under new special skills: T. has trained the boys to help unload the dishwasher. They have always liked taking out the clean dishes and passing them to me to put up in the cupboard. Which is not really very helpful and means things take twice as long but I figure it's good training for when they're taller than me and can actually contribute. Now T. will pull out the step ladder and give M. or E. the basket from the dishwasher with all the clean utensils (minus the sharp knives) and they will put everything away in the correct location in the drawer.
They actually fight over who gets to help. I know this cooperative phase isn't going to last but it's really sweet right now.