because we've had so much snow and cold weather, sam and i have been spending a LOT of time playing in the basement. he's got lots of new toys that we've been enjoying, but we've also been playing a lot of games. among his favorites are chase and piggyback rides. he's also doing a few new tricks, including clapping and this really cute thing he does where he just tilts his head to the side and gives a big grin. it's like he's turned all his cuteness on full-blast. he thinks it's funny when i fall over and say "you GOT ME with your CUTENESS."