Africa. Evan is saving his money for a trip to Africa. When he was a baby, like 6 months old, oh wait. I have to back up. The nursery is decorated in a Noah's Ark theme and there is a giraffe on the wall, along with a hippo and a toy that has a bee hanging off it.
When Evan was a baby, Joe taught him giraffe, hippo, and bee. One evening I walked in and Joe told me to watch. He said 'giraffe' and Evan turned his little head towards the giraffe. I have it on video and need to watch it again, but I am sure he was only around 6 months. I was amazed. Evan went on to learn hippo and bee. When Evan was a year we would ask him "how old?" and he'd hold up his little finger and we'd shout "one!". Evan is bright. Needy and bright! Evan is a talker and loves giraffes and all things animals, zoo's, and Africa. He watches documentaries about Africa! That's his dad coming out.
Well, Evan's Aunt Doopie (Danielle, see, we have all sorts of nicknames floating around) went to Africa for 6 weeks (I think) in the summer of 2005. She wants to take Evan back and Evan is saving his money and planning to go for 2 weeks when he's 11! We'll see, but I think if he goes I will, too (even though I do not like the idea of the plane ride).
We usually have an African scene up in the house and also got some cheap animals for the outdoors. Evan and Nolan set up an African scene in the sandbox today, including the Nile River:
*warning, boy parts are somewhat visible, but nothing too blunt
I think this is good practice for the trip, don't you?
Some of you may be wondering how in the world I would allow this to happen. I watched it unfold as I sat in the living-room nursing Calvin. I was sitting on the couch armrest at the picture window so I could see them. When I have to nurse a lot of leniency is practiced. Plus, I remember adding water to the sand-pile and I thought is was awesome. It is fun to see them enjoy themselves.