Toddler Talent

I know I talk a ton about my one-year-old, Dax, but lately he’s been expeditiously expanding his talents.  For instance:

He’s added to his climbing repertoire.  Dax has been trying his hand at drawer sitting.

 And drawer emptying while sitting.

I mentioned in my last post that my toddler is NOT fond of shirts,
but we reached a compromise.  Dax created this trendy new look
all by himself and started squawking at me when I tried to fix it. 

Dax has also learned a new sport.
He is now the muscle behind my daughter’s gymnastic mat sliding.

My busy guy has always been a stellar undecorator;
though, this year, he’s taking his skills to new heights. 


And another exciting progression.  Dax has cut back on his fake fruit intake.
Instead, he’s moved on to real fruit.  Lots of it. 

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal:  Stop leaving fruit on the counter. 



  1. Smile. Hé s lovely but I think you ‘re a very busy mother with this toddler.

  2. The gymnastic mat sliding looks like a blast! I would have done that for hours if I had a mat like that. And those apples look exactly like our fruit when Elliot was Dax’s age. Luckily that fruit wasn’t a box of chocolate!

  3. We have those same twig cabinet handles in our bathroom 🙂
    I can’t for the life of me keep any ornaments on the tree this year… and I’m so over ornament roundup.

  4. Oh my goodness you have your hands full with that one. Some day his perserverance and lack of fear will be used for great things, I just know it.

  5. Oh my, I thought my little guy is a climber! He has yet to try the Christmas tree acrobatics though!

  6. He reminds me of my little guy a few years ago!!! LOVE his smile.

  7. Lol you have your hands full with Dax. I know when we put our tree up my boys will be grabbing ornaments off of it. No looking forward to that.

  8. ok….and I thought monkey was busy!

  9. I know I’ve said this before, but your Dax and my Tripper must be in cahoots somehow! The only one of those that Tripper doesn’t do is the mat sliding, but I’m pretty sure it’s only because we don’t have one. (Although I am sure they are making great memories because we used to do that at my Grandma’s house on a mattress and I will NEVER forget!)

    The tree problem has gotten so bad that a couple days ago I removed all but a small triangle of ornaments from our tree and will be removing more because he miraculously has found a way to reach (I made sure he couldn’t before I put the ornament bin away, oh well). He has almost pulled the tree over onto himself multiple times with me barely catching it (if I wasn’t afraid of what it would break I might let it fall on him to teach him a lesson! 😉

  10. seriously, your boy impresses me! and exhausts me!

  11. This just takes me back to the good old days! Yep, my kids used to do such amazing things, too lol! I have to admit, though, I really don’t miss those days. Perhaps I need a little more time, but right now I really enjoy not having toddler talent around =)

    Dax is awful cute – I bet it’s really hard to stay mad at him!

  12. Has he been building any “bungalows”(bumps on the head)? Mine used to be quite a bungalows builder

  13. ROFL…….seriously, Zoo Zoo and Dax must NEVER meet! Although, we would both have enough blog fodder for several months I am sure! I too have a fruit bowl with 1-2 bites taken from every single piece of fruit! even right through the banana peels. she tried to jump from about 6 stairs up down to a big bean bag pillow at the bottom: monkey see, monkey do! And yesterday she decided to “help” me with the dishes —- by very neatly pulling them all out of the sink and lining them up on the counter to dry. the towel placed ever so carefully: on top of them. And one covering the water spilled all over the floor – cause she’s all safety like that! LOL

  14. Oh my heck! Dax and Linc would be THE BEST of Friends!! Linc does ALL of those things too! I have almost the exact same pictures lol! That is too funny!! Whoa! I am cracking up!

  15. someday you will look back on this and laugh, until then have another sip of coffee and take a deep breath (o:

  16. You could also look at it like this: All those bites of apples put together almost make up one apple.

  17. All I can do is cHuckel, he a cUtie!!! Question is tho…..does he eat the core of the apple like my one year old? 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh he is adorable!! I love your posts about your adventurous kids, they are too funny!!! The things they get up to bring the biggest smile to my face 🙂

  19. Oh but when he is that cute doing it all it is just okay right? And put all those apples together and I bet he ate an entire apple

  20. Oh my!! You’ve got your hands full! Thankfully he’s cute, I’m sure that helps him while he’s getting into trouble!! 😉

  21. This kid keeps you on your toes! What a little adventurer!

  22. What a cute climber!

  23. I hate it when my kids take a bite or two of an apple and then leave it somewhere! Last might my Baby Doll had two of them and was alternately biting them and then ultimately left both with a half dozen 1-year-old teeth marks each.

  24. Aw! All the apple bites equal one small apple!

  25. He is so cute!!! 🙂 Wow… you must surely have your hands full! I love the pictures. WOW… that is a lot of apples to eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, eh? 😉 So precious.

    Sorry about the picture on my blog… the last one is The Nativity Story. 🙂 Good movie. Thanks for the comments! 😉

    In Christ,

  26. what a cutie!! I imagine my son like this too!

  27. You must be wiped out by the days end.

  28. Oh, he looks like a fun one! With that smile, you can’t possibly get mad at him! 😉

  29. What a smart and clever little boy. Dare I say genius? Why, yes. I think I will! 🙂

  30. Wow…… hands, full!! I forget how a little one is into everything! I say all the time to my 5 year old….” good thing you are cute…..” 🙂

  31. WOW! My 2 year old totally loves the “off the shoulder” look as well.! In fact this is normally how i find him when I get him up in the mornings or after a nap. I think they need a playdate!

  32. Dax cracks me up! He has such an innocent smile, too!

  33. His mischief is matched only by his cuteness! He knows how to have fun in life, that’s for sure!

  34. Oh my gosh all kids are just the same! Mischieveous, naughty and like to live on the edge. I for one totally love the off the shoulder look. Very original.

  35. The little guy is hilarious AND busy! He’s so talented too! 🙂

  36. My little guy likes to eat his apples like that too! It’s so annoying. We just have to make him finish them anyway. It’s hard though. He does finish them eventually.
    Sometimes we really wish our kids were just a little less talented, I think.
    I love how you document it. =)

  37. I got excited when I saw that this post was about Dax because he always cracks me up, but this one far exceeded my expectations!! I love you and your great family!!!

  38. HA HA HA at the one-shouldered shirt. Has Dax been watching Flashdance? At least the real fruit is probably easier on the digestive system than the fake stuff, no? 🙂

    You always make me laugh! Have I mentioned how much I love your blog?

  39. How precious is that smile in the third picture?!

  40. Haha! He’s like a little mouse with those apples! He’s one cute little adventurous explorer! 🙂

  41. I think I’d like to visit you someday, Janae! You can’t make this stuff up! I’m still laughing about all the bites out of the apples!!! 🙂

  42. He he, Ijust had to come and check out your bloggy! How funny is this post – sounds like our toddlers have a lot in common – so so cute though – love the draw fetish!!

  43. Stephanie says:

    bahaha my kiddo does the same thing! but not just apples- avocados, lemons, limes… whatever is there is fair game!

  44. He’s fearless, isn’t he?

  45. Your kids always crack me up!

  46. Priceless! How darling is that; I loved it!
    Blessings to you for having a awesome baby!

  47. Oh BOY! He sure is a handful. Reminds me of my Mini Rob. Let me just say this (although i may have told you before), my little Mini Rob knew how to use a vacuum at 18 months. He knew learned how to use a rag to clean up spills about then too. My older kids STILL can’t do those things properly, but now Mini Rob is 4 and he’s a PRO.

    Dax will just be one good cleaner-upper. Use the good to diminish the evil. 🙂 Just kidding.

    He is just so darn cute!

  48. I know his crazy antics are crazy stressful during the moment but they really do crack me up! He is so darn cute too!! I would let him get away with anything! (note – do not let me babysit!!)

  49. bwahaha! Oh my my kids would love some stair sliding!

  50. Real fruit is better than fake fruit. At least he’s getting some vitamins:)

  51. Liking the one shoulder look;) Can he come clean out my drawers!?

  52. This is hysterical! Especially the fruit! He just wanted to make sure nobody ate his. ;o) My little sister used to lick everything that she wanted as hers. Unfortunately it’s a lot more difficult to tell when someone has licked a piece of fruit rather than taken a bite out of it….

  53. That kid has some good balance! My little guy is 2, and is still like this. I tell myself everyday that if I don’t laugh at him I may kill him, so keep laughing!

  54. Mine is in drawers all the time now too. Too cute.

  55. Omigoodness. Here I thought that my kids were being crazy for trying to climb on the counters which I think you may recall my last comments about leaving Ryan up on the counter for a second and he fell off….. you have some dare devils! WOW!!
    I had my first moment of chaos the other day and thought of you… My son came down the stairs with one sock covered in red.. I said, WHAT happened? He said Reese threw up on my sock. I said WHAT!? I walked up stairs.. she had a dry erase marker in her hands pounding it on the ground so that the color stick was going inside the marker…. later I find where she colored on the chalk board with it…. other toys, on pictures and picture frames and finally all over our mini trampoline. Nice.

  56. I seriously think our youngest kids are related.

  57. Dax is simply adorable! The stories you write about him are the ones that make me *sigh* and wish to step back a few years in time and really appreciate those cute things toddlers do.

  58. You must have to sleep with one eye open over there!

  59. Ahhh! What fabulous apple art he has created!! Your posts brighten my day!!
    That first pic of him smirking in the drawer put a 🙂 on my face!!
    And I loved the photo of him decorating (or undecorating) your pretty tree!
    I love the adventures you share!

    Thank you for all your sweet words!
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  60. I love this post. While I was reading it I kept thinking of my son Jon, he is a lot like Dax. Jon is a grown man now and I must add a very good person. I am sure that will be the same case for Dax. Then you will look back and wish that you could revisit those days just like do with Jon.

  61. he just looks so proud of himself and his accomplishments! Way to go, Dax!

  62. Ha ha! Cute little Dax! What would you do without him?

  63. This post had me smiling from beginning to end. The apples are my favorite of course! They remind me of the time that I opened a box of See’s candy to discover my sister had bitten each piece to see what was inside!

  64. My son does this all the time with the apples too! LOL I hate it, but I can not be mad at him on the other hand…he is too cute. Your Dax is adorable, it looks like you are one busy mom! 🙂

  65. Dax is sooo cute! I want a baby again :). Drawer sitting looks extremely precarious, though. But cute, nonetheless. Can;t argue with that 🙂

  66. Utterly adorable pics! My mom proudly still has the shots of me ‘re-organizing’ the cupboards too.
    Glad I swung by!

  67. That is toooo stinking cute! Priceless. What an adventurer you have on your hands! I absolutely love the Christmas tree stance and that he ate little bits from lots of apples….teeheheeee. That’s awesome!

  68. I love the drawer sitting, he is too cute. I felt like I was looking into my future when I saw the Christmas tree picture, that will most likely be my life next year. Thanks for the warning!

  69. He’s an energetic one. Toddlers could be hyper at times. They’re on the stage wherein they wanted to try a lot of stuffs. Dax definitely is fascinated by his climbing skills. Haha

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