Dishwasher

Some kind of help is the kind of help,
that helping’s all about.
And some kind of help is the kind of help,
we all can do without
— Shel Silverstein (from Free to be you and me)

Spencer helps unload the dishwasher
Spencer helps unload the dishwasher
One of Spencer’s favorite toys is the dishwasher. It has become nearly impossible to load or unload the dishwasher while he is awake, as he wants to crawl inside and check it out. We have to give him credit for having good taste, since the dishwasher is a very cool machine. Usually I keep him away from it, but occasionally I let him play with it. I have found that he is less likely to climb in if I situate him on the side of the door, instead of the top. In this little video, Spencer seems to want to help unload the dishwasher. Unfortunately, it is not clean.
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Blackberries!

Spencer likes blackberries, but we don't like the mess
Spencer likes blackberries, but we don't like the mess
Keeping with the messy eating theme, here is another shot of Spencer making a gigantic mess eating blackberries. We might hold off on these for awhile.

New Sweater

Spencer ready for  a walk in his new sweater
Spencer ready for a walk in his new sweater
Several days ago we received a wonderful forest green sweater hand-knit by Kathleen Harriman for Spencer. It fits really well, with a little room to go. What great timing too, since it has been pretty chilly lately.

Climbing down

Spencer climbing down the stairs
Spencer climbing down the stairs
LIka helps Spencer climb down the stairs
LIka helps Spencer climb down the stairs
We have been working for several months with Spencer to get him to climb down things safely. That is, not head first. This includes beds, couches, and stairs. He is finally starting to get the idea. Every once in awhile he still tries head first, but after a little reminding, he goes back to feet first. Here is a little video of him climbing down the stairs by himself.
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Chil(ly|i)

Spencer finds a  good christmas ornament
Spencer finds a good christmas ornament
The last week or so has been quite cold. Yesterday the high was 11°F, and it was -10°F when I woke up this morning. Since it has been chilly, it has been good weather for chili. On Sunday we went over to Aunt Betty and Uncle Phil’s for chili and Christmas tree decorating. Melissa and the Link family also came. Spencer had a great time playing with the Link children.

Shoveling

Spencer all bundled up
Spencer all bundled up
Excited about going outside
Excited about going outside
Ready to go shoveling
Ready to go shoveling
The last several days have been quite cold here. The highs have been in the 20’s since Wednesday (except for yesterday, when it got up to 35°F). Because of the cold, we haven’t been taking Spencer outside much. This is very unfortunate, since Spencer really loves going outside. I have bundled him up a couple times to go shovel, which he seems to enjoy. This morning he actually feel asleep in the backpack while shoveling. So I guess he must not be too cold. We have to thank Dave and Ellen for both the backpack and the snowsuit. Both are indispensable.

Cousins

Spencer and Sadie playing together
Spencer and Sadie playing together
We went to Michigan for Thanksgiving to visit the Felty’s. Spencer had a pretty good time playing with his cousin Sadie. Here is some video evidence of that.
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