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S: The Second Book of JAMES

BC: We're gonna have a race today. | I need a spunnel.

FC: The Second Book of JAMES BY: Doug and Natalie Allen

1: The Second Book of James is a collection of stories and pictures, picking up where the First Book of James left off and continuing to the present (January 2012). All the stories have been taken from "journals" so they are original and give an accurate picture of James during this period of his life. Names and dates have not been changed to protect the innocent. | All About James: ~Loves baking cupcakes and making frosting, school, playing bowling and marbles ~Likes to tell everybody what to say, "Say...." ~His best friend is Mikey, and he loves to help with Billy. ~He loves to re-create things that he has seen and often amazes his parents with the things he comes up with.

2: When James doesn't want Doug or I around, like when we are trying to change his diaper or take him somewhere in the car, he can be pretty diplomatic. Instead of saying "no" or "go away" like I would expect from an almost two-year-old, he says "Bye, see ya soon!" February 6, 2009 | May 9, 2008 | May 28, 2008

3: James got to meet his little brother today. I was positive he would be indifferent to the whole thing, but he was so excited to see him. When Doug held him up he smiled at Michael and said "Hey, what you doing there?" It was so cute. Then he got to hold him. He loved it! May 18, 2009

4: I put James down for his nap and did the routine pick everything off the floor that could be used as a toy, then shut and locked him in. An hour later he was still playing so I went back in, put him back in bed. I think around 2 or 2:30 he | started crying a little, which is usually a good sign because it means he is going to go to sleep, so I didn't worry about it. He finally did fall asleep, but at 3:00 he was awake and crying again. Crying when he wakes up is unusual, so I went in to check on him and was a little shocked by what I found. James was on the floor under the window, but only from the waist up. At first I was confused, but soon I realized that the rest of him was down the vent. June 20, 2009 | September 21, 2008

5: Every morning and every afternoon when I go and unlock James' door and let him out he does the same thing. He grabs his two blankets, runs out of the room, down the hall, and says..."Oh...Cool!". July 8, 2009" | October 11, 2008 | November 5, 2008

6: James found this trail by our campsite. He loved to walk down it and stop at the "chicken log" then walk back. It is called the chicken log because he wouldn't step over it so Doug called him a chicken. So then whenever we got to the log James said "chicken" then turned around and walked back. July 13, 2009 | January 4, 2009

7: We took the boat to Cherry Creek. I wasn't sure how James would handle the boat, but he loved it. He kept pointing at the "water beautiful" and wanting to touch it. He was a little nervous when Doug jumped out of the boat, but once he saw him water skiing it was OK. July 25, 2009 | December 23, 2008

8: On the way to Salt Lake on Friday morning we stopped at Sonic for breakfast. James was excited for "chicken nuggets". Doug: "Wow, that's a lot." James: "Why?" Doug: "Because $10 for breakfast is a lot of money. James: "That's right!" September 17,2009 | January 16, 2009 | March 30, 2009

9: Fall brings stray cats to our door, wanting to get in from the cold. James was really excited about this cat because it looks just like Mittens from Bolt. The first thing he said when he saw it was, "You kidding me!". October 8, 2009 | James usually lets us know he's hungry by yelling one of the following: "Breakfast Time", "Waffle Time", "Lunch Time", "Chicken Nuggets", "Dinner Time" This morning it was, "Cookie Time!" Nice try James. October 23, 2009 | April 3, 2009 | Cookie Time!

10: James just had a lesson in Nursery about saying prayers. So for the past week he has been saying prayers a lot. (Never mind that we have been teaching him about praying for two years with little success.) Yesterday he wanted to play Dodge Ball on the Wii. He brought me the game, and we sat down on the couch to play. I looked over at him and he had his arms folded. "Heavenly Father, Thank you..(for) Dodge Ball." October 29, 2009 | April 15, 2009

11: James saw a girl from nursery walking down the isle before church. He said, "Hey, where you going princess?" November 1, 2009 | James was in the bath the other day and started filling up a little bottle with water, then drinking out of it. Then he would say, "Mmm, that's good water." November 15, 2009

12: James loves to have the Sacrament at church. Today after the bread came he immediately started asking for the water. When the water came James carefully took his, and held it waiting for Mom to get hers. Then he turned to me and says, "Cheers!" | On Friday we went to the grocery store. James always likes to push his own little cart, but only gets to do it when Dad comes. So James and Dad took his little cart to get waffles while Mom and Michael were doing the rest of the shopping. James saw Mom and came running, with Dad chasing from behind. James suddenly blurts out, "I am not with him!" January 17, 2010 | April 23, 2009

13: James loves playing with my wallet. He likes to take the cards out, which he calls dollars, and run them through the keyboard on the computer. Just like Mom does at the store! This particular day he got my debt card out and handed it to me "Want thirteen dollars?" January 12, 2010 | June 24, 2009 | April 23, 2009

14: James' new favorite breakfast is "yucky charms" February 12, 2010 | July 23, 2009

15: We were in Salt Lake for Doug's eye surgery staying in a hotel. I decided to share the bed with James instead of Doug so that Doug could get some good sleep. At about 3 in the morning James woke up and started acting out "Up". He was yelling "Cross your heart, Cross it! Good you promised, no backing out!" He also got a story book to be his Adventure Book and turned on the light so he could see better. Needless to say he woke up Michael and Doug and probably the people in the room next to us. February 12, 2010 | August 4, 2009 | October 31, 2009

16: I was feeding Michael and James was playing in the kitchen sink. I heard James say "Where's your phone?" and I thought "Where is my phone?" So I went to investigate and found my phone in the sink in a bowl of water. February 25, 2010 | Doug went to pick James up from Nursery and couldn't see him. He asked one of the leaders who said he was with the other leader. He wasn't. They looked everywhere and could not find James. Doug finally heard him and found him in the podium (in the Nursery room) with the doors shut. I am sure he was acting out some part of "UP". February 28, 2010 | November 11, 2009 | December 115 2009 | December 18, 2009

17: James' favorite things to say are "Hey" and "That's mine" often we hear them together, "Hey, that's mine!" So James decided to play a game with me. | He would bring me something, shove it in my hands, and the second I took it he would said, "Hey, that's mine!" and take it away. March 3, 2010 | March 3, 2010

18: Again I was in the other room feeding Michael while James was in the Kitchen. When I was done I walked in the kitchen to find James making "soup". There was flour, sugar, and water EVERYWHERE! March 4, 2010 | March 4, 2010

19: We were walking over to the neighbors to get some eggs. It was a really warm day so they had their chickens out. James saw a black one with bright red on it, pointed and said, "I found a snipe! March 7, 2010 | March 25, 2010 | April 6, 2010

20: April 23, 2010

21: Today James' teacher gave me a sheet of pictures of all the kids in his class and all the teachers that work with him. When James got home from school I saw him studying it and asked him who those people were. He responded "It's my people." February 14, 2011 | April 24, 2010 | James is learning letter sounds. "A is for Strawberry" February 24, 2011

22: Tonight James begged us to let Mikey sleep in his room. It is the first time James has gone to sleep in his own room in about a month! April 17, 2011 | I think James is pretending to be the chameleon from Tangled. He just stuck his tongue in my ear. April 13, 2011 | July 17, 2010 | July 31, 2010

23: I think James decided the baby's name today. Out of the blue he announced "It's William" and since we don't know anyone named William he must have been talking about his brother-to-be. April 12, 2011 | August 2, 2010

24: James insists that I am not allowed to help him play Mario Kart, even though it has taken him 15 minutes to finish one lap! June 1, 2011 | August 28, 2010 | August 13, 2010

25: Today at the park I yelled at James to come eat his sandwich. Then I overheard this conversation between two little girls about his age: Girl #1 "He goes to school with me. He never eats." Girl #2 "He is not going to be very healthy!" I had to laugh. It is true, he never eats! July 6, 2011 | My favorite parts of the day: At dinner Mikey was crying and James finally yelled, "Mikey stop whining!" Later James was playing with William and said, "Baby, you are so cute!" July 17, 2011 | September 14, 2010

26: October 4, 2010 | James asked for soup for lunch and now wants hot chocolate for snack. I guess it is only 96 degrees today.... August 25, 2011 | James just came out of his room from nap time wearing 8 pairs of underwear. I love that kid. September 23, 2011 | October 1, 2010

27: I thought a week to finish a homework assignment would be plenty of time. I was wrong. That kid fights me all week long until Thursday morning when it is due then something changes and he finishes in 5 minutes. Nothing like the power of procrastination I guess. September 29, 2011 | October 31, 2010

28: Tomorrow is moving day. I was trying to prepare James a little for it and said, "James should we move to a new house?" His reply: "Again!" My thoughts exactly. September 30, 2011 | December 25, 2010 | November 25, 2010

29: Today I realized that we have a lot of games that contain cards and a lot of little pieces. I left a box of unpacked games accessible to James during his nap and he decided to play, Candy Land, Memory, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Domaine, Boggle, Pictionary, Mind Trap, 4 decks of regular playing cards and Jenga. At the same time. October 5, 2011 | December 25, 2010

30: Today I learned that James has a girlfriend at school. She is a cute little blond girl and he likes to hold her hand. October 11, 2011 | I love Backyardigans. Currently James is a super villain, climbing the "Tower of Power" to take over the world, wearing a mask and a cape. October 6, 2011 | January 21, 2011 | January 23, 2011

31: We were leaving a house and he noticed the pattern their sidewalk; "It's a rhombus!" October 31, 2011 | James just told me: "Mom, come get my pumpkin and fill it with candy." I think he understands Halloween. October 19, 2011 | March 3, 2011 | February 15, 2011 | April 21, 2011

32: April 24, 2011

33: Making cookies with James and he says, "Now let's get the cream of Tasha." November 2, 2011 | April 30, 2011 | August 29, 2011

34: James keeps walking in our room and seeing us getting ready in our church clothes screaming, "No, try again!" November 13, 2011 | Mikey had a Warhead that he was just slowly licking. James came and took it and shoved it in his mouth quickly. I have to say he got what he deserved. His reaction was priceless! November 3, 2011 | July 24, 2011 | August 10, 2011

35: James is making me search through the house for the "green dog". I can't find it but I know he knows exactly where he had it last. If only he would tell me. Last night my clue to where he "lost" it was "whoops!" I ended up finding it in the box with the "marbles". Today however I don't get a clue, so I am on my own to find it. | Mikey: "I want to go shopping." James: "You're a girl." November 16, 2011 | October 6, 2011 | October 6, 2011

36: James: "Mom, come on let's have breakfast!" Me: "OK, what do you want for breakfast?" James: "Brownies!" December 3, 2011 | October 31, 2011 | December 14, 2011

37: Doug got invited to "snuggle" tonight. Well, not so much invited as commanded. As in "Dad you're snuggling." I don't feel a bit jealous that I never get invited to stay and snuggle. I actually get told to leave. | James wouldn't come out of the bathroom stall at church yesterday. Doug: "James come out!" James: "There's no James." December 12, 2011 | December 15, 2011

38: James has a one track mind. Mikey was watching Tangled and it said "If I have time to spare." James: "It's time to spare! Mom can we spare?" Translation: Bowling. January 3, 2012 | James: "Mom can we make cupcakes?" Me: "OK. What color do you want to make?" James: "Black Skin cupcakes." Me: "Most people just call that chocolate." | December 20, 2011 | December 22, 2011

39: December 27, 2011

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