Songs and Prayers

We have been renovating our kitchen and Ryder seems to think it's the coolest "game" he's ever played.  He's right behind John Michael every step of the way.   

Therefore, he is very into his own tools right now. He has been playing with his tool shed extra lately.  And he knows all his tools:  his screwdriver, hammer, wrench and he calls the pliers his scissors. 

He'll say "Ryder fix it" then he'll say "Mama turn".  Everything he does, everybody else in the room has to have a turn too.

Lindsey and Levi came by for a visit last week.  Ryder loved reading to him and teaching him all the shapes and animals on his puzzles!

I let Ryder hold the banana by himself for the first time.  He took this job very seriously and gobbled the thing down before I could even stop him.  

When I noticed his cheeks looking full it worried me and I told him to open his mouth.  He can mind when he wants to.

My cousin Micki took a road trip and on the way stopped by the Jersey Shore.  And brought this back for Ryder.  Hilarious!

Ryder is back on the shoe fetish.  Any and every shoe he sees he has to try it on.

He found these all by himself and put them on.  They were even up in a little shoe holder in my closet.  He was quite determind to try on the perfect pair!

I heard some clonking around.

Ryder's bite mark.  When I picked him up from school he had an accident report that he got bit but they can't tell you who did it.  Well since Ryder doesn't forget a thing, as soon as I picked him up he was saying "child's name bite my back!" over and over.  Ha ha!  Sure enough he had a big mark on his back.

We were getting ready to go to the MSU Summer Extravaganza and I wanted to take Ryder's picture in his get up.  After nearly 20 tries, this is all he would give me.  He basically looked everywhere BUT at the camera.  He does this on purpose, he hates the camera with a passion.

Still won't look at me.

It was a pretty bad experience.  They had a jumpy there and he was going bisserk when we took him out of it because it was time to go.  He screamed the whole way out all through the crowd, everyone was staring at us.  Since we were already downtown we wanted Keifer's and hoped he would calm down.  He did ok but still wouldn't sit in his chair.  At one point he fell out crying on that nasty floor.  He cried himself to exaustion and here we are as soon as we walked in the door to the house.

Don't you worry.  He wasn't about to go to bed without a bath after rolling around on the Keifer's floor.  All clean and comfy.  This towel is HUGE and I love it.  It's actually from the resort we stayed at in Jamaica.  Oops, I really didn't bring it home on purpose.  I saw it when I was unpacking my bags.
Maybe I'll return it when we go back in January.  That's right!  I (think) we are going to be able to go for Mandy's wedding in January.  I'm crossing my fingers...

Ryder was seriously enjoying his Mexican "See-Food"

And don't try to take Ryder's drink from him.  Even when he's asleep.  He was out like a light and when I tried to pry this cup from his fingers he held on for dear life, never opening an eye.

Sunday after church we ate at Mazzio's.  Ryder enjoyed mostly the fruit from the salad bar.  Watermelon to be exact.  He was pretty bummed about messing up his shirt.
I soaked it in dawn and oxiclean and washed it in bleach 3 times before it all came out.  But it's out.  Lesson learned too...  No child under the age of ten needs to wear a white shirt.

OMG Ryder has been sooooo extra sweet lately!  This morning he was laying on my bed and I was putting his shoes on.  I said "We've got to get your shoes on so you can go to school" and he sat up and put his arms around my neck and said "I stay here mama".  Broke my heart :(

But as long as he's got his animals things seem to be okay.  He has to see all of his "animal friends" before he goes to sleep and as soon as he wakes up.  He instantly asks for the following: Cow, giraffe, monkey, scout, moose and rabbit.  This particular morning he was a little upset so we carried rabbit and moose to the car and then into school.  I was able to take them back home because as soon as we got there he dropped them and picked up something more interesting in the classroom.

It was so cute, when he walked in the door at school all his human friends were going "Hi Ryder, Hey Ryder!"  And then after he told them hey back, he turned around to me and waved real big and said "Byeee mama!"  It was just sweet :)

More sweets:  At bedtime he requests songs.  His favorites are Deep and Wide, Itsy Bitsy Spider and Joy Joy Joy Down in my Heart (Nanni taught him these).  He also likes to sing Jesus Loves Me, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands and the ABC's.  Melts my heart!  And even better, when he wakes up in the mornings, instead of screaming the moment he opens his eyes like he did when he was a baby, he wakes up and starts singing and talking to his animals.

John Michael usually puts him down and they have started the routine of praying for family members and Ryder has gotten to where JM will ask him who he wants to pray for and he starts listing all his grandparents and aunts names, and even friends in his class.  But he always starts it off saying "I pray for Ryder, and baby Ryder" every.single.time.  So funny.

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