|Welcome to May! As you can see, Iíve discovered the value of style. As I get closer and closer to 2, I am recognizing how important it is to impress the other toddlers on the playground.|
|Of course, it isnít just clothes that make the man. Itís important to have a good set of wheels and a celebrity hanging out with youÖand when it comes to celebrities, there arenít many that impress the toddler crowd more than Tigger.
Iíve also decided to take up guitar. Iím starting out with this Elmo rocker that Momís friend Jodie gave me, but as you can see on the íCrouchí page by clicking on the button below, Iím working up to the real thing.
|Actually, I really am fascinated with instruments these days. Uncle Mark gave me a book that introduces different instruments of the orchestra and Dad followed that up with a CD of Peter and the Wolf. Mom and Dad and I were walking on the Plaza one night and I lit up when I saw a street performer with a violin. As for the Crouches, thatís a reference to Dadís cousin Carolyn and her family. I met them for the first time this month when Mom and Dad and I went to the beach in North Carolina. Oh yeah, the beach! Perhaps I should explain.|
|For our family vacation, we spent a little more than a week with Momís family at a beach house in Topsail, North Carolina. Mom and her family used to take family vacations there when she was growing up. The whole crew was there, as you can see from this family photo. Also there, but not in the photo, were Momís friend Jodie and my cousin Nateís girlfriend Jackie. Click on the button below to go to the íbeachí page to see all my adventures, including playing in the sand, blowing bubbles in the ocean, and listening to sea shells!
|The vacation kicked off with my cousin Mikeís college graduation. At left is Mike with his dad (my uncle Chris). At right, my dad is prepping me for about twenty years down the line.|
|The trip to the beach was the big highlight in May, but I wasnít exactly bored the rest of the month. Grandma Whitaker celebrated her birthday at the end of the month. Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Mark all came over to our house and we made shish-kabobs and listened to Grandmaís kind of music (the cast album of Camelot, which Mark and Dad gave to Grandma). Grandma also tried out her new digital cameraís video component. If Dad can figure out how, we might have to add a video clip to the Website of me doing the Hokey Pokey.|
|At the beginning of the month, Mom and Dad and I went to Family Night Out, which is an activity sponsored by Parents as Teachers. Dad is on the Famiy Network Board which plans such events. Anyway, the Stone Canyon puppets appeared and here, the dog puppet is coming out into the crowd to say Ďhií to me.|
|Mom and I trekked out to the Deanna Rose Childrenís Farmstead at the end of the month with her friend Angela and Angelaís son Alexander. Iíve been out there at least a half dozen times, but I never tire of seeing the animals. I love seeing the goats; Mom was pretty fascinated with the prairie dogs theyíd added since the last time sheíd been out.|
|The final highlight of the month is the interest Iíve taken up in drawing, writing, and letters. I get upset if I see Mom or Dad writing something down and not giving me any paper and pen to do the same. I want to write letters, but havenít got this dexterity thing mastered yet. I can recognize the letters B, C, D, E, M, O, and R and am working on A, S, and T. Believe me, Mom and Dad arenít drilling me with flash cards or anything. Iíve just become very excited about picking out letters whenever they read me stories or I see something printed anywhere.|
|Mom even got me a computer keyboard that I could Ďpracticeí on. Look for my soon to be published Toddler Memoirs, coming soon to a bookstore near you.|