Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
And it's just so funny hearing him talk about how he needs to "suck it" then wash his hands after he goes potty so he can get his M&M's.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Use the words, "Book Report: Twilight". They're like magic traffic words.
You would not believe the hits I've gotten since reading those books and commenting on them. I'm am sure I am disappointing visitors when they merely reach this little ol' site dedicate to our little ol' family.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
But he pulled his little self together and come dinnertime, we had our family, the boys I watch and their mom, and the Sischo's over for homemade pizza, cake & gifts. (that was a busy day for me... watching 4 boys including 1 crabby paci-free boy, making 4 pizzas & a cake, and keeping the house in decent shape).
AJ received some cool gifts including a tackle box and a Lightning McQueen fishing pole from his father, of course. I mean, it's never too young to get 'em started, right?
As soon as gifts were opened we packed up quick and headed out to Chuck E Cheese for about an hour. We had lots of tokens that were gifted to us, so everyone was able to play for free. We didn't take into account that it would be spring break, so it was much more busy than we expected. But I think everyone had fun and Daddy earned the boys enough tickets with ski-ball so they each could pick out a junkie car to bring home. They were thrilled!
The night when better than naptime. He at least fell asleep pretty quickly (he should, he didn't nap and played hard all day.) He woke up several times, but it wasn't terrible or nearly as bad as it could have been.
Monday, April 13, 2009
- AJ has had a drippy nose the last couple days. One of those days, he brought me a tissue and asked me to wipe his "Booger Water". (blech)
- The other day, to celebrate a good paci-free night, AJ got to pick out a toy to buy with his birthday money. We were in Target looking at all the toys. He kept saying, "Let's go down this Iowa. No, let's go down this Iowa." (Iowa - Aisle)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We had a nice Easter. We attended out Easter Service last night, so today we were able to relax and have a nice day at home. My parents came up this weekend with Easter baskets, so I'm pretty sure the day-long sugar buzz started sometime around 7am.
We colored eggs today, cleaned up spilled egg dye off the walls, table, & floor, had an egg hunt, ate ham dinner, took Sunday afternoon naps, celebrated AJ's birthday again, and even squeezed in an evening boat ride.
It was a very nice Easter Day.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The drive down went SO smooth. I am so thankful. The boys did amazing. And while they didn't nap nearly as long as I hoped, they didn't whine or complain and no one got sick. They even played nicely with their cereal box racetracks and homemade sock puppets when I couldn't get the movie player working. Praise God, though, it did finally work the last couple hours of the trip.
Grandma and Grandpa were so pleased to see us and the boys were thrilled to see them. Saturday was a busy day. We got up and went the the Art Museum to see the original "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. It was interesting to see and the boys did alright considering the line and the fact that we were in an art museum and not a playground. We eventually found a few blocks & books for them to play with along with a few painting with trains in them. That helped.
After a lunch at a McDonald's playland, they were taken to the store so each boy could pick out a birthday toy. Andrew chose a plastic bow & suction cup arrow set and AJ a tractor-trailer toy. Once home, it was time for quick naps before G&G took us to their gym. There was a whole section for kids including kid-size workout machines, ping pong tables, video games hooked to stationary bikes, dance-dance-revolution, etc... We played for quite a while before we went swimming. We ended the evening roasting marshmallows in the fireplace and reading stories.
Monday, both G&G had to work, so we took our time in the morning. We played outside and even hit a playground before heading to visit Grandma at work to eat lunch with her. On the way home, I took to boy to the Des Moines Botanical Center. We were able to get in free with our Garden's Reciprocal Membership. It was small, but a nice place to visit and walk around.
Again it was quick naps and then we were taken to Spaghetti works for dinner (where I left my coat.) Grandpa had Tom & Jerry DVD's, so the boys got to laugh at those before storytime when we got home.
Wednesday morning, we finished packing up and hit the road. We had to swing by downtown to pick up my cell phone from the Science Center and then stop at WalMart to replace broken headphones for the DVD player, but we finally hit the road to come home.
The drive home wasn't quite as smooth as we had minor hiccups in Davenport and heavier traffic in Chicago. But truly, I can not complain. We were safe and the boys did a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Seriously, I am so proud of their behavior during the drive.
I know the kids were up late and then up again early with little naps (and it showed on occasion), but they loved being there (and often snuck in G&G's bed at night). It was a really nice visit and great to see them and great Grandma & Grandpa. Thanks for the great time!!
Monday, April 6, 2009
You are getting so big, and yet, maybe as a gift to me, you are very happy in the role of 'baby of the family'. You are all about snuggling and rocking still and I love that. Yet, at the same time, you are a very busy active boy who does everything in his power to keep up with his five-year-old brother.
- You could live on peanut butter & apples... not necessarily together. Peanut butter sandwiches are your mainstay. I seriously think you could eat them every meal without tiring off them. And you love almost any fruit, but apples are your favorite. Just recently, at Grandma's, you were given a whole apple and sat there pretty much eating the entire thing. (by that, I mean, there were really not too many seeds left even.)
- On that same note – you are a sneaky snitch as well with that sweet tooth of yours. If there is anything sweet in sight, I must now monitor it closely, or you will find a way to get your little paws on it.
- Your favorite toys are still mostly cars & trucks. The current favorite is a toy “Mack” (from CARS the movie) that you recently got. Although, during our trip to Iowa, you spent a very large portion of your time putting a couple puzzles together over and over and over. Really, anything your brother is playing with is what you want to be playing with.
- Lately you have this obsession with vacation. I'm not sure where it's coming from since it's not been a topic of discussion among the rest of us at all. But somehow you are able to turn everything, from the food we are eating, to the clothes we are wearing, into a conversation about vacation. “Can we eat these cookies on vacation?”
- You are so very affectionate. You will rub our backs out of the blue, or come give kisses. You will tell us you love us and randomly ask for a hug. I love it!
- Your favorite movie is still CARS. (I can totally see myself writing these updates for the boys 5 years from now and still writing this same bullet point). You know the words and the songs and rather than really watch the movie at this point, it's like you narrate it to everyone else... just in case there is possibly someone new in the room who has never seen it before and might be having trouble following the storyline. You also love Word World, Little Einsteins, & Funniest Home Videos.
- You love tubs & showers. In fact, the current favorite is what you call a “ShowerTub”. You and your brother take a shower, but plug the drain during it. It's really the best of both world and you don't get in trouble for standing up in the tub.
- You love your paci and B's (tag blankets). You have been told for the last year that your third birthday is your last paci night. And while you know this and you tell us that your paci will be no more, I'm not sure you really get it. You are SO attached to that thing. In fact, when you are upset and stick it in... I can feel your whole body relax. I'm really not sure how it's going to go. At least you get to keep your B's. And the current count is 4 of them. Your original and back-up (that is no longer back-up, just another one you use) and Andrew's two B's. Andrew decided on his own that when he turned five he was too big for B's and gave them to you. It was very sweet of him, but now you feel like you need your little army of B's when you sleep.
- You are really not interested in potty training. This is a bummer for me as I always think the pack of diapers I am buying is my last. But you seem content in them... even the cloth ones. You do obey and sit on the potty when we make you, but you have no desire of your own. And while, I wish you did... I know that forcing you when you are not ready only causes frustration for the both of us. But I am hoping soon.
- You are also not too interested in riding in a stroller anymore. And I can't blame you. The hard part is that you want to just walk or run, which is fine, except that often your brother is way ahead of us riding his bike and if we want to keep up what-so-ever, I need you to ride. So we try to compromise... which means a lot of in and out of the stroller. I know it's short term. Once you learn to ride, you will be off chasing after him as fast as you can.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I'm not sure, though, that I would have liked it had I NOT read the series first. Even if I had just read the first book that the movie was based on, I'm not sure I would have really enjoyed it. But because I read the whole series and have all those experiences to place with the characters, I found myself very involved with the movie.
I'm sure I drove my friend (who had not read the book) crazy with my comparisons. Overall, I'm looking forward to the next movie.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Mom: AJ, how did you get that big scratch on your face? It wasn't there 5 minutes ago?
AJ: When I was on vacation... Gideon scratched me.
Seriously, this kid is going on week 3 or 4 of his "vacation with Gideon" obsession. It is ALL he talks about and no matter what the topic of conversation, that kid can bring it around to the "vacation with Gideon."
Sorry, Gideon.... most the time it's all good conversation, this is the only time he threw you under the bus. And I still have no idea how he scratched his face since he's sticking to his story.
Mom: Andrew, why are your basketball shorts and shirt laying out? (they were folded nicely at the top of the stairs)
Andrew: I want them out for when my basketball class starts.
We had just signed Andrew up for pee-wee basketball (same class as last year through our local parks & rec.) the day before. The classes don't actually start for another 6 weeks. I think he's excited about it.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We compiled this Puke Kit from too much experience (Andrew gets carsick). It's basically all kept tucked nicely in 1 Gallon zip bag filled with the following:
- T-shirt bib for each child: this is an old t-shirt with a slit cup up the back almost all the way, but not through the neck band. It then can go over their head, on thier arms and over their car seat buckles after they've been buckled in. Trust me... vomit in all the intricate car seat buckle grooves is the WORST and chances are, when the incident occurs, you won't be home and will have to continue to use the gross car seat to get where ever you need to go. Plus a t-shirt bib is also nice if you need to eat in the car.
- Little zip bag with 4 disposable gloves (is case there happens to be two 'cleaners' you can relieve each other from the smell.)
- Little zip bag with Febreeze covered cotton balls (nothing like trying to finish a trip with the entire car smelling like puke)
- Little zip bag with q-tips (necessary if puke gets in buckles)
- Little zip bag with stack of baby wipes
- Towel (we use one that we "acquired" from a hotel pool).
- Plastic grocery bags (a couple for throwaway things and a couple for messy clothes, towels, etc..)
- Extra clothes (these aren't usually packed in the Puke Kit, but we usually have them anyway when we travel.)