I picked Matteo up from school early so he, Kevin and I could walk in the neighborhood Halloween parade. After that we went trick or treating for about an hour and then finished off the night with spooky pizzas for dinner (I sliced fresh mozzarella to look like ghosts.) I hope you all had a happy Halloween as well!
Both Matt and I have brothers named Kevin, and I have always wondered how our kids will refer to them to tell them apart when talking about their uncles. (Big Kevin and Small Kevin? That doesn’t sound very nice. Wisconsin Kevin and Maryland Kevin? That’s a mouthful!) Matteo made it all easy for us when he started calling my brother his, “Duddy.”
Duddy is coming to visit for a couple of weeks and we sent him a little video to ask him which day he’ll be arriving. Matteo is usually a little more verbose than he is here, but he’s still awfully cute.
Oh, and about that Confederate flag on his shirt? It’s a vintage Dukes of Hazzard shirt Duddy sent him for his birthday. He loves it, but we’re aware it’s not something he should be showing up to school in so it’s his favorite pajama top.
What an amazing story! I was actually in tears watching the little train float away but don’t worry, it all ends well and the look on the little boy’s face at the end will just make you melt.
I know, I know…we have a lot of catching up to do.
Let’s start with this video that we made for our family for Christmas. It’s a short compilation of Matteo videos from 2011.
(Matteo’s teachers have been joking that he must have eaten a lot of turkey over Thanksgiving weekend because he came back to school with such a big belly.)
One of Matt’s favorite books as a kid was ‘Go Dog Go’. We have a copy of the original, but we also have a copy of the abridged board book for Matteo. Without any prompting from Matt, Matteo quickly claimed that book as one of his own favorites and wants us to read it to him all the time.
The last page is a picture of a big dog party in a tree, and whenever we get to that page, we always read that line in a really excited voice like, “A DOG PARTY!!!! YEAH!!!!”
The other night after his bath, Matteo grabbed ‘Go Dog Go’, sat down, and started reading it himself.
Matt and I are in opposite camps when it comes to how Matteo eats. Matt doles out his food one crumb at a time so he doesn’t get too dirty. While I, on the other hand, tend to let him eat with wild abandon. Kind of like this:
Kind of gross, but waaayyy more fun.