Bikes and problem solving

Spencer riding his strider bike
Spencer riding his strider bike
A couple days ago around 7:30 p.m. Spencer wanted to go to his friends Tao’s house. I figured they were getting ready for bed, so instead, I suggested that he ride his bike. After I suggested this, he started to get in the car. I figured he had decided that he wanted to pretend to drive the car, which is something he likes to do. All by himself, he was able to open the car door, get in, and close it. He then surprised me by opening the garage door with the remote, getting out of the car, closing the door, and going into the garage to get his bike. Quite the problem solver!

That same night, I decided that Spencer might like riding his bike a bit more if I rode my bike too, so I got my bike out from the corner where it had been collecting dust for 2 years. I wanted to use my air compressor to inflate the tires, but as soon as I got out the air compressor, Spencer got mad and told me it was “loud”. So I used the hand-pump instead to get the tires usable, and we rode up and down our street.

Yesterday afternoon Spencer wanted to go to Tao’s (after just having spent the morning with him at the railroad musem), so I suggested we ride our bikes. We rode around the block to Tao’s house, only to find out he was still napping. Spencer accepted this, and instead we rode to the park. Spencer rode around a bunch at the park. He was particularly enjoying riding around the grass. He is starting to get the hang of it pretty well. Here is a little video of Spencer riding around a big tree. The quality is quite poor, since it is from my phone, and it was extremely windy, but I wanted to share it anyways.
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Butterfly pavilion revisited

Rob holding Meg in the butterfly pavilion
Rob holding Meg in the butterfly pavilion
We went to the Butterfly pavilion with Rick, Alisa, and Tao about a month ago, and now I am finally posting some pictures. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good ones of Tao and his family. I did a couple good ones of the Fedibbletys though. I think Clare takes the prize for the picture of me and Meg though.

Tim and Phil visit plus other random pictures

Clare Meg and Spencer
Clare Meg and Spencer
If I haven’t mentioned this before, having two kids is more than twice as much work than just having one. On top of that I have been working a lot lately, so we have gotten pretty far behind on posting pictures. So here are some to catch up. Our friend Tim and Phil stopped by recently as they were on their road trip around the west. We snapped a few pictures of them too.

Meg in the bumbo

Meg in the bumbo chair
Meg in the bumbo chair
We started putting Meg in the bumbo chair a few weeks ago. She seems to be doing pretty well in it, and it is nice for dinner time. We can set her in the bumbo on the table, so that we can all eat dinner together.

Visit to the Comisars

Three boys in a tub - Spencer, Isaac, and Aaron
Three boys in a tub - Spencer, Isaac, and Aaron
After our visit to the Great Grandparents Dibble, we stopped in Philadelphia to visit the Comisars. Spencer had a great time playing with Isaac and Aaron, and every one enjoyed meeting Meg. On Saturday we went to an old mansion that was turned into a park. Other than that, we mostly just hung out and played around the yard.
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New York, New York

Clare, Dave, Spencer, and Great Grandma Dibble
Clare, Dave, Spencer, and Great Grandma Dibble
Dave, Spencer, and Great Grandpa Dibble
Dave, Spencer, and Great Grandpa Dibble
Last week we took a trip out to New York to go visit family and friends before Clare’s maternity leave is up. Dave, Clare, Spencer, and Meg left very early (6:25 a.m.) on Saturday, April 30th on a big jet plane for Albany, New York. Then they rented a car and drove a couple hours to Clinton. The kids were really good for such a long trip. Rob joined them on Wednesday, since he still doesn’t have that much vacation. As usual, Dave had a great time playing with Spencer, and showing him all sorts of neat things at the Dibbles.

Spencer learned a bunch of new words, including “Colorado”, and is starting to say some fairly complex sentences, and talk more about the past, instead of just the present. Currently he adds an extra syllable to a lot of words like [blankitit] for “blanket”, or [fikid it] for “fixed it”. It is really great to watch him learn. He can also count to three, and can count backwards some too. He likes to say “two, one, go”, and then start running. Unlike some of his friends, he never speaks in the third person. In fact, I have yet to hear him speak his own name.

The downside of the visit in New York was that great grandpa fell and broke his hip, but they were able to repair it surgically, and he is recovering well.

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