Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Trains

The day after Thanksgiving, we took the boys to see the trains at the Duke Energy building in downtown Cincinnati.  Adam was in heaven!  Duke puts up the display every Christmas season, and it's a great family trip to share with the boys.  This year, Sue Sue and Pawpaw were also able to join us for lunch and trains.  We all had a great time!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tyler's Viral Rash

Tyler had his first cold of the season this month, and the poor guy is such a trooper.  Since all doctors now seem to agree not to give cold medicine to children under 2, we didn't give Tyler anything but ibuprofen for a mild fever.  And he did remarkably well, especially with the humidifier in his room during sleep time (and that's another story trying to clean those things out this year!).  

But, with Tyler's cold, he developed a rash each night.  It was the strangest thing I'd ever seen, and at first I was worried he had scarlet fever.  I had a piano student with strep and scarlet fever, so I was worried Tyler may have caught them both.  When I couldn't get a hold of my dad one night (a family doctor), I called Tyler's pediatrician after hours.  She confirmed that rashes can develop from any viral infection, and that's what it sounded like to her.  The next night, my dad told me the same thing, so I felt much more comfortable then.  

I had to take a picture to document the occasion, and this one was only one of the areas he would get a rash.  He also had them on his thigh, his upper arm, and his eyebrow - all at different times and days.

Halloween was last month...

Oh yes, yet another holiday that I never got around to posting about. So here are a couple of photos of the boys this year all dressed up!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday, Tyler!!!

And Tyler's birthday was also back in October, but alas, where does the time go?  I can't believe our baby is ONE!!!  That's just crazy!

Tyler is certainly turning into a precious little boy.  He has such a personality and is so similar, yet so different, than his big brother.  

1.  Tyler scoots.  Yes, he scoots on his little bottom and basically refuses to crawl.  I promise to get some video of it because it's just adorable!  He gets around where he wants to go just fine - who needs crawling?  We are going to have to nickname him "Scooter."  He's pulling up to his knees, so I don't think he's ready to walk any time soon.  He's just taking after Uncle Chris who never crawled and went straight to walking.

2.  Tyler's a great eater!  Particularly loving goldfish, canned fruit, green beans, and BANANAS!  Oh goodness, I didn't know a child would love bananas more than Adam did at this age.  He loves them so much that he calls ALL food "nana."  When he's hungry, you'll hear him calling for "nana."  (Sorry, Nana, we'll have to work on what that name really means!)

3.  Tyler laughs all the time.  Especially when he knows he's being adorable.  And when big brother is entertaining him!

4.  Tyler's arms are twice as long as you think they are!  He can grab something that I would think is too far away, and he's always reaching for everything.  Especially things he shouldn't be getting into.  We have to be really quick and constantly keep an eye on him.  Magnetic child locks in the kitchen are working quite well!

5.  Tyler is F-E-A-R-L-E-S-S!!!  He's not afraid of anything, unlike his cautious big brother.  I found Tyler sitting on the second step from the top of our basement stairs reaching for the next lower step!  Not sure how he did that without tumbling down the entire flight of stairs.  Looks like we'll be installing some safety gates which we never had to do with Adam!

6.  Tyler LOVES to dance!  I've definitely got to get video of this.  He dances every time he hears music.  I believe he's going to be our little musician when the time comes!  Adam does not dance very much now, and he never did as a baby.

7.  Tyler favors his left hand, so we'll see if he turns out to be a lefty like his Daddy.  

Tyler's birthday party was so much fun - cupcakes!!  We had some great visitors in town, as well.  The kids were certainly spoiled!

Uncle Dan and Aunt Torrie

Nana and Granddaddy

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Adam!!

OK, so Adam's real birthday was way back in October, but I am just now getting the opportunity to upload some pictures and post about his fantastic 3rd birthday! How sad is that?

Here are a few tidbits of information about Adam these days.........he's really turning into such a wonderful big boy!

1. Adam still loves his thumb and blanket. Not sure which one he'll give up first, and right now, they both make life easier for him these days. If he's upset, his blanket makes it all better, after Mommy does, of course. He loves to "make a hole" with his blanket by wrapping it around his left first finger and holding it under his nose while he sucks his left thumb. Sniffing his blanket is like a 3 year old's drug of choice. One sniff......just one more!

2. Every word Adam says is completely legible. He's so precise that about 95% of people can completely understand him. He's so thorough in his talking and always has been. He's really getting into cause and effect lately. Although, not to the effect that discipline is easy with him. Oh, boy, that's another story!

3. Potty-training - where did it go?? It's pretty non-existent now. I'm just waiting for Adam to decide that he's done with diapers and pull-ups. One day, he's just going to decide on the spot and will want to wear real underwear........please just let it be soon! Apparently, that's how his mommy switched from diapers to underwear - on the day SHE was ready. :)

4. Adam loves "Baby Tire!" He's really good when he plays with him and entertains him. Of course, not when Mommy actually asks him to or when she needs him to. But, we're working on that. For the most part, Adam loves playing with Tyler, and REALLY loves to make him laugh. They are just adorable together! I am envisioning a strong brotherly bond growing through the years......

5. We may have finally found something that works for disciplining Adam - taking away toys one by one. Timeouts are not working, spanking doesn't really phase him, discipline has been really frustrating!! But as soon as we tell him that we're about to take toys away when he doesn't listen to us, or if we take one of his favorites away, he calms down pretty quickly. And then he earns his toys back when he's good. Let's hope it keeps working!!

6. Adam LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins. He's even getting into singing along which he's never done! Adam has never been a big singer or dancer, so it's always funny to see him interact with the shows now. We are going to see his sing with his class next week at school - can't wait to share pics and stories from that adventure!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Daddy finished a Triathlon!

Daddy completed his first triathlon last Sunday!  He kayaked 6 miles, ran 5.5 miles, and biked 18 miles.  Whew!  He finished in 4 1/2 hours, which was great for his first time considering how difficult the course was, too.  We're so proud of him and were there to cheer him across the finish line.  Everyone is looking forward to his next triathlon!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

(A day late, but none the less...)

Happy anniversary to my best friend and wonderful husband!  It's been 7 years since we said "I do," and I love you even more today.  There's NO way there's a better husband out there, because you are the best!  We have two beautiful boys, and I pray every day that they will turn out just like their daddy.  I love you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We no like Ike

Who knew a hurricane could come barging through Cincinnati!  Not so much rain, actually none at all, but high winds with gusts up to 75 mph.  And who knew that the biggest tree in our backyard would fall into our house.  By the grace of God, our house has no significant damage.  The gutters will probably need to be replaced, and maybe the deck is scratched up.  We don't know because we haven't had the tree removed yet.  But we are so thankful to God that nothing happened to any of us or the house!  God was really looking out for us because the umbrella in our patio table is still standing straight up, surrounded by tree branches, and Adam's climbing toy was not hit at all by the trunk of the tree.  It's amazing!  

The tree was so large that we probably won't have a lot of shade in the backyard now.  The big tree took out at least one more smaller tree in front of it.  The large tree actually looks like two different trees now on the ground.  One half is laying on our deck and the other half is laying on top of our neighbor's fence, which isn't damaged either.

Ben and I were sitting in the family room when the tree hit, and I've never seen Ben jump so high and so fast in my life!  We quickly ran upstairs to get both boys (they were napping), and we ran across the street to our neighbors just in case more trees were going to fall.

Of course, pictures really don't do justice to the size of this thing, but here's a slideshow with some shots we took.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Trash to Recycling

From Recycle Bins
Trash day for us is Wednesday each week. This week, all of our trash actually fit into the 2 trash cans we own because we finally got around to recycling. Unfortunately, our trash company does not provide curbside pickup of recyclables, so it was up to us to get started. Thanks to my trip to IKEA, we are actually excited about it! Our lovely system pictured here is brought to you by IKEA, the store with a solution for everything. And thanks to IKEA, our children will live in a healthier world because we are helping every little bit we can by recycling.

**Update: I typed this post several weeks ago but was unable to insert my picture of our bins, so it's been sitting in my *edit* list for a while. Today, I took our trash out to the curb in ONE trash can! Be proud!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Adam's First Day of School

Last Tuesday was Adam's first day of preschool. He's attending the same school he went to last year, but this year, he's going two days a week! Wow, what to do with my time! Well, it's been interesting considering Tyler usually takes a good morning nap. But, since we're on the go when it's time for him to nap, he's cat napping in the morning. I think he's going to adjust well simply because he really won't have a choice.  

Below is Adam's picture from his first day of school, and I've also included his picture from last year.  I can't believe how much he's changed!!!



Our schedule is crazy-busy these days!  I hope we can find some time to breathe!

Monday - MOPS/MOPS playdates
Tuesday - School for Adam and YMCA for Tyler and me
Wednesday - Actually nothing, so I guess we should head to the Y
Thursday - School for Adam and Bible Study for me at church
Friday - Playgroup with MOMS club

I've taken on leadership roles in MOPS and our bible study, so that'll keep me even more busy.  Man, what was I thinking!  But, I know it's going to be FUN!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Sunday was Ben's birthday, and we had a great family celebration. Going out to dinner with our great friends on Saturday and just taking it easy on Sunday was pretty much the weekend for us. Adam is really starting to understand what birthdays are, so it will be so much fun when his third birthday comes next month! Oh, and try not to be too jealous of the beautiful "cake" I made.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Karen's Appearance in JibJab

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Can he get any cuter?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

As the summer comes to an end...

We took some pics of the boys outside today because they looked so cute dressed up for church.  I couldn't help it!  Of course, it's very hard to get both boys to do exactly what you want them to do, so some pics aren't so great.  But they are still the most adorable boys in the world!!

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August 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Don't be proud, Mommy"

Adam has had a VERY productive week potty-training!  It's almost like this was definitely the week he wanted to start because I can't believe how well he's doing.  He was just ready!  We literally ran out of his diapers on Monday, so I told him he didn't have a choice about wearing underwear.  He immediately put it on, and about 5 minutes after I asked him to tee-tee in the potty, he peed in his pants.  I thought, "oh, brother" but I stuck with it.  I decided to whip out the pull-ups, in case of accidents.  This way, I wouldn't be doing laundry twice a day.  And not to mention, Adam only has 3 pairs of underwear right now.

Almost every pull-up he has worn this week has stayed DRY!  They have little characters on the front that disappear if he pees in it, so we make a big deal out of making sure he still has his "frogs" on the Diego pants and his "trophies" on the Cars pants.  He's so proud of them.

Of course, all week, I've been cheering him on and giving him 5's after he's used the potty.  I guess I've been over-doing it, because he said yesterday, "don't be proud of me, Mommy."  Ok, I won't be proud anymore (except in my heart).  :)

Now, we haven't had a poop in the potty yet, but he's trying.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Like Father, Like Son........again

I think I've used this title before, maybe long ago, but there are definitely several instances in Adam's day, week, month, life that prove he is Ben's son.  Today is no exception.  And being that it's political season, we're probably going to see more of these stories.

Today, I had the TV on the news this morning, catching up on the latest Olympics news.  The commercials came on, as usual, and a political ad came on for John McCain.  At that time, Adam informed me, "That's the new John McCain, Mommy!"  I wasn't paying any attention to the TV as I was trying not to burn Adam's waffles in the toaster oven, so my initial response was, "What did you say?"  I had NO idea that Adam even knew who John McCain was!

This afternoon during snack time, another McCain commercial came on (yes, I'm guilty, the TV was on a lot today), and Adam informed me again that it was the "new" John McCain.

I'm really not sure who the "old" John McCain is to Adam, but he's all about the "new" one!  I'll let you know if he picks up on Obama's commercials, too.  Shouldn't 2 year olds be unbiased in the world of politics at this age?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hand, foot, mouth, what???

Oh yes, like I said in the previous post, August has been nothing like a relaxing time at home. Not even a week after I got home from Montana, Tyler started running a fever. The next day, he was so out of sorts that I took him to the doctor. Turns out, he had hand, foot, and mouth disease. (No, Daddy, it's not hoof and mouth disease, silly). It's nothing serious, but Tyler was just not himself. He had really bad blisters on the back of his throat which made it very hard to eat and swallow. Blisters slowly showed up on his hands, as well, which looked painful. He is now getting better, 7 days after the first symptoms. Kids are contagious for 7-10 days, though, so we have not gotten out of the house much. But we're very thankful he's feeling better now!

Then, on Thursday, Adam began running a fever. The doctor had told me not to worry about Adam catching HFM, because he had probably already been exposed to it, and you only react to it once. Well, I now believe he does have the virus. He's complained about a sore throat a little bit, and he continues to run a fever off and on. Today, I was looking at the thumb that he sucks, and sure enough, there are blisters on it. I do believe, however, that Adam is fighting the virus better since he's older. He's definitely not as miserable as Tyler was. So, looks like we'll be spending a lot of this week inside going nowhere, too! ugh!

It's August......whew!

Where has this summer gone? We have travelled so much that we're very excited it's now August. That means we will be home ALL month! Don't get my wrong, we've loved all of the trips and the time spent with family on each one. And don't get me wrong that this month has been wonderful.......I'll get to that later.

I had the wonderful opportunity to take a 10 day vacation to Seattle, WA and Bozeman, MT with my mother-in-law the end of July. We had an awesome time visiting with Ben's sister and her husband, as well as their 20 month old. It was so great to see all three of them and not to mention the beautiful area where they live in Washington. Sue, Stacy, and I took an overnight trip to Victoria, Canada, as well, for some girl time with no kids. Sue and I then left for Montana for a family wedding that was gorgeous! What another beautiful area of our country......awesome! It was so much fun to attend the wedding, too.

While in Montana, Sue and I decided to take a quick day-trip to drive through Yellowstone. See, we were only 1 1/2 hours from the north entrance, so we planned to get up early, borrow a car from family, and drive through Yellowstone, stopping to see Old Faithful and other various peaks of interest in the park. Then, we would leave Yellowstone through the West entrance and drive back to Bozeman. Well, we got to the small town of Gardiner, MT, where the north entrance to the park is located. As we were driving through town, the car started acting like it wasn't getting enough gas to the engine. After spending an hour or two at the service station, it was determined that the car would have to be towed back to Bozeman! Sue and I had about 30 minutes while the technician loaded the car on the tow truck, so we walked over to the park entrance to take a few pictures so I could say I had been to Yellowstone. :) We got back to the Toyota dealership in Bozeman, and they determined that diesel gas was the culprit!! (Sue, I won't tell anyone that you filled up the tank in Livingston.........oops!!).

I sure missed my boys like CRAZY while I was away, but they had an awesome time with Nana and then Daddy. I would call them everyday to talk, and Adam was just too busy to talk to Mommy. Several days went by when he was would say, "No, I don't want to talk to Mommy!" It broke my heart to hear that, but I'm so thankful that he wasn't actually missing me too much. And while Tyler was with Nana in the mountains for a week, she taught him to say "Nana." He says it all the time now, along with da-da and ma-ma every once in a while.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

RazzMaTazz Tyler

Tyler learned a new trick while we were in the mountains last month. He's still practicing it everyday.

Fourth of July in Chicago

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Chicago July 4th 2008

At the breakfast table...

Tyler: "ssbbppttssbppt" (blowing raspberries with his tongue and spit)

Adam: "Mommy, he's 'pitting on my bread!"

Mommy: "No, he's not, Adam.  He's too far away."

Adam: "I know, I was just teasin' you!"  *smirk*

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Our vacation in the mountains of NC

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Pics from the Wedding

Dan - Be proud!  I used Picasa to upload my photos.  :)

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Dan and Torrie's Wedding

Where are the pictures, you ask?

Life has once again taken over, and I haven't had time to update the blog.  Right now, as I type, the boys are watching Madagascar (thank you Kate and Ryan for letting us borrow it!), and it's a great movie!  I highly recommend you see it, especially if you have little ones.  I know, I know, we're a little behind watching it considering it came out so long ago, but I hear the second movie is coming out soon.  It'll be a must-see in our house as soon as we can rent.  Although, both boys have seen TWO full-length movies in the theater this summer, so who knows, maybe we'll venture out to see Madagascar 2.

We've had so much going on this summer, and I'm working on getting some pictures posted of all our fun.  I still need to post pics of the wedding, as well as our trip to Chicago for the 4th of July.  We really enjoyed seeing the Souther family up there, and the new house is gorgeous!!  Adam and Tyler had so much fun with their cousins.  Unfortunately for Kate, the boys all ganged up on her, so she'll certainly be a tough one as she grows up!  She's currently the only granddaughter on the Souther side of the family.

On a sad note, my wonderful and beautiful grandmother, Grandmother Herrin, passed away on July 6th.  She was 85 years old.  She had Alzheimer's disease and passed away very peacefully.  God knew it was time for her to reunite with my Granddaddy in heaven!  Thank you to my mother-in-law, Sue, for keeping the boys so I could drive down to GA for her funeral.  It was such a short trip, but I'm very glad I was able to make it.

This week, we are getting ready for travels yet again.  I think August will be much quieter around here!  I am packing up for a week long trip with Sue to Seattle, WA and Bozeman, MT.  We're heading out to visit with Ben's sister's family and then to a family wedding in Montana.  I'm looking forward to heading out west to see the sights SANS kids!  Yep, that's right, the kids are not going (neither is Ben, so that's too bad).  The boys are going to my parents' NC mountain home for the week!  They are going to be spoiled rotten when we return!!

Tyler is approaching 9 months old next week - where has the time gone!!  He has 8 teeth and is enjoying some table food.  I haven't ventured into meats yet, but he's doing good chewing cereal and some fruit.  I think we'll try spaghetti soon!  Tyler is my little musician, he loves to dance and clap his hands when I sing to him or when he hears music.  He sits and bounces to the music - it's so precious!  He jabbers a lot, and sounds like he's trying to say Da-da.  He absolutely hates tummy time, so he's no where near crawling.  He doesn't roll much either - he's just happy and content playing in one spot.

Adam is doing great, as well!  He's still using the potty a few times a day, but we haven't completely started potty-training until after all our vacations.  I put underwear on him yesterday because his buddy across the street is wearing underwear now, and Adam enjoyed it until he peed in his pants.  Poor thing, he didn't know what was going on, and he hates being dirty!  So, as soon as we have the time, we'll be full-force potty-training!!  

Monday, June 30, 2008

Pee-pee in the potty!

We haven't officially started any kind of potty training, but our little man WANTS to use the potty on his own!  I've always read not to push potty training, especially on boys, so I haven't.  I had decided we'd hit the library after our traveling this month to get a DVD on using the potty, but we haven't made it to the library yet.  But, in the meantime, Adam has been using the potty after every bath when he doesn't have a diaper on!!  He sits directly on the big potty and has actually peed every time!  So, it's definitely a start for getting rid of diapers, size 6.  :)  But, he's also a little obsessed with doing it over and over and over, even when he doesn't need to pee, because he gets an M&M or a Skittle each time he pees in the potty.  I can deal with that, though, since we're taking steps in the right direction.

Wish us luck!  :)

June 2008

So, it's been forever again since I've blogged, and I just hate that! I am always having thoughts in my head about what to blog about and what pictures to share, but I never get around to actually getting on the computer to do so! It's starting to drive me crazy, so I've got to get better at sharing when I think about it. But seriously, these precious boys just keep me busy, and I love it!!

Here are a few quick updates and then I'll share some pictures and stories.

**Dan and Torrie's wedding was awesome!  I can't wait to post some cute pictures.  We also had a blast hanging out with my extended family in the mountains for the week following the wedding.  It got us out of the house doing activities that we wouldn't normally have done!  The kids all had a blast hanging out together, as well.

**We went camping this weekend for the first time ever for me (and, obviously, Adam too)!  Tyler missed out because we just weren't ready to take a baby this time (who knew how he would sleep in a tent!), so many, many thanks to Sue Sue and Pawpaw for keeping him!!  Adam was such a boy, hanging out with his friends and running around the campground like crazy.  He fished with Daddy, we made s'mores at night, and we all slept in a tent (sleep might not be the correct term to use).  Our air mattress that we borrowed ran out of air by morning!  It was still fun, though!

**Tyler is still such a sweet baby, growing like a weed!  He's been sitting up on his own for a while now, and he's enjoying more and more table food (he has 7 teeth now, so let's use them!).  Unfortunately, he's been congested since about April, and we just can't seem to help him with that.  But he's totally not affected by it!  He had an ear infection before we left for the wedding, but we would not have known except he was running a fever of 103.  He's not really crawling or trying to go anywhere, and he freaks out when he falls forward while sitting.  He's just not a fan of being on his tummy, and that's my fault for not really doing much tummy time with him.  

**Adam is doing great, as well!  Although, he's also had some congestion for a while now that just won't go away.  I'm kind of getting tired of wiping running noses all day!  Adam is such a smart little boy, and says some of the funniest things!  Just this weekend, he's really into asking WHY.  Oh boy, is that annoying!  But we patiently answer all of his questions, and eventually, he becomes satisfied with our answer and he stops.  We've taught him that he can't come out of his room in the morning until there's a 7 on his clock.  We taped over the minutes, and he watches the hour for a 7.  When he comes out, he is so excited and tells us "there's a 7 on me clock, Mommy!"  He is now pointing out 7's everywhere.  And it's not like he just learned this number - he's been counting to 10 for months now, but before the clock, he would always skip 7 when counting!

OK, time to close this blog, put Tyler down for a nap, and come back to post pictures!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Some cute videos.......second try

So, my first attempt to post some videos didn't work, and I've since figured out that I need to edit the videos in iMovie, and then will recognize my format. Guess it's a crazy Mac thing!

Anyway, the boys are doing great, despite Tyler's sickness this weekend. He has now been diagnosed with an ear infection, so we started his 10 days of meds last night. Great! Just in time to hit the road for Dan and Torrie's wedding. But our doctor did say yesterday that Tyler is the happiest sick baby he has ever seen! Seriously, you wouldn't know he was sick by the way he's still acting, bless his heart!

Hope you enjoy the video below!

Lots going on...

It's been a busy few weeks since I last posted, but we are all doing well now! Both boys have been a little sick with colds that we can't seem to shake. So I finally cleaned their humidifiers with bleach, and they are doing better now.

We traveled to Lexington a couple of times last month for various activities. The first was a birthday party for our friend James. Adam had a great time playing with the other kids, and both grandmothers kept Tyler while we were at the party. It was a fun day!

Over Memorial Day weekend, we had a great barbecue with our neighbors. Adam absolutely adores his friend Charlie, so we got some great pics of the two of them.

On Memorial Day, we walked as a family in the local parade. We walked for Senator Mitch McConnell who was in town for the parade. It was awesome walking for the Republican Leader of the US Senate! But Adam did not enjoy the people dressed up as characters, such a McGruff the Crime Dog. We have realized there is NO reason to take our boys to Disney World ANY time soon!

After the parade, we drove to Lexington to meet Ben's cousin's new fiance, Ian. It was great to have the chance to see Ben's aunt, uncle, cousin, and Ian considering they live in Montana. Our visits are few and far between, so it was great to see them all as they drove through town.  We also took a trip with them to see some horses who breed race horses on a local horse farm.  We were so close to the mares and their babies, and Adam was not impressed.  He's not much of an animal lover right now, unless it's his cat, Macey.  :)

Ben also had the chance to play Valhalla in Louisville last week.  He made comments to me that he wasn't very impressed with the golf course, considering it's a back-up course for some professional tourneys.  He had a great time and beautiful weather!

We are looking forward to our trip next week to Linville, NC for Dan and Torrie's wedding!!!  We can't believe it's time for the big day, and we're so excited!  We're probably heading to the zoo this weekend, so I hope to post some pictures from that trip soon.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Miss you, Daddy!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Down in the Deep South

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Where have we been?

Oh my goodness, has it really been over a month since I've last posted??  Well, I guess a few things have been going on...

1.  Spring is finally here!  It took forever, but we are now getting some warmer weather to play outside.  We've been working on the yard, particularly the back yard.  We have a hammock in the woods and have planted some hostas along the grassline in the back.  (Maybe pictures will come soon).

2.  Ben was sick for a few days this month.  It was the second stomach virus he's gotten this year!  He took a few days to recoup, but he's doing much better now.  

3.  I had an awesome time in Nashville at Torrie's bachelorette weekend!  My little brother is getting married to Torrie in June, so we spent the weekend in Nashville.  What a cool city!  And I had a great time hanging out with Torrie!  No stories will be shared.  :)  Ben will be heading down to Mississippi for Dan's bachelor weekend in about a week.  I'm sure they will have a great time!

4.  Adam still loves school!  We've signed him up to go two days a week next year.  I hate that he won't have Ms. Jeanie, though.  She's the precious 1 year old class teacher.  Adam has been sick this week with an ear infection, sore throat, and high fever.  He's starting to feel better today, though, so he's on the mend!

5.  Tyler is now SIX months old!  Seriously, where does the time go?  He had his well-child checkup this week (which I believe is where Adam picked up his sickness), and Tyler is doing great!  He's almost 18 lbs (50%ile), just over 27 in long (80%ile), and has a huge head (90%ile)!  But what else is new when it comes to these boys heads.  He's starting to sit really well, not quite on his own, but very close.  He's quite the flirt and is such a happy baby, everyone tells me so!  But he has a really bad reflex of scratching his left temple, so his skin looks awful there, very dry and patchy.  I've tried taping a sock on his hand at night, and he still got it off!

6.  Ben spent his first night alone with the two boys while I was away last Friday for a women's church retreat.  Let me tell you what an awesome father he is!  He jumped right into the role of "stay-at-home dad."  He took the boys to get his haircut, hit golf balls at the range, Lowes to buy some plants, cut the grass, and did yardwork - all while I was away for no more than 24 hours!  Impressive!  I should go away more often.

7.  The boys and I took our cat, Macey, to the vet for a checkup, and she's doing great!  Ever since we "got rid of" Walker (he has a new home), Macey has been so sweet and happy.  We're even letting her enjoy the outside, too.  But, on an even BETTER note, she has lost weight.  :)  The vet was SO impressed.  Last year, on April 19th, 2007, Macey weighed in at 17 lbs 10 oz.  Today, at the vet, she weighed 13 lbs 11 oz.  Wow!  I seriously had the tech weigh her again because I thought it was wrong!  So, for all those family members out there (particularly, Dan!) who think we own a fat cat, we don't anymore!  

Enjoy the pictures below - I couldn't help posting these.  Adam is enjoying the Sunday comics each week, and Adam LOVES to get in Tyler's crib when he wakes up in the morning.  They are SO sweet to each other.  They will laugh at each other all day long - it's precious!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bath Time is so much fun!

Tyler is now old enough that we let the boys take a bath together for the first time this week. Adam was very good in being patient while I bathed Tyler. I didn't let Adam have any toys in the bath while Tyler was in it, and Adam would say, "Toys when Tyler gets bigger." So smart! They were too cute, even though Tyler didn't stay in too long.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy Easter!!

Happy belated Easter to everyone! The Lord is risen indeed! We had such a great Easter this year (don't be fooled by the sun in the picture - it was still 45 degrees outside), and it was so much fun at Adam's age. He was really into the egg hunts, and he had plenty of them! But first, we dyed some real eggs at home. That was fun! Only 2 egg casualties out of 18!

Our first egg hunt with our local MOMS club was rained out, so we held it at the library indoors. It was perfect for the toddlers because they didn't have to search hard to find the eggs.

Next, our church had an Easter Eggstravaganza celebration on Saturday before Easter. Not only was there an age-appropriate egg hunt, but they also had crafts and games to play. Adam had a blast playing the games, as you'll see in the pictures below.

We then headed down to Lexington to spend Easter with Sue Sue, Pawpaw, Mim and Da. The Easter Bunny was quite generous to both boys, and even hid eggs around Sue Sue's house for Adam to find! We finally took some family pictures, although Adam was not cooperating too much. He was crashing from all the candy he had been eating!

Every day this week, Adam has asked me for chocolate. Oh boy, will we all be happy when the candy is gone!

Experiences with new foods

Tyler has been a champ at eating! He drinks 8 oz bottles throughout the day, and we put cereal in his last bottle to make sure he sleeps all night. Whoever said that was an old wives' tale was wrong! It totally worked for us when Tyler was always waking up at 4am. As soon as we filled his tummy at night, he slept 12 hours.

Now we've introduced spoon-feeding, and he's having a blast! Actually does really well with the spoon when we can keep his fingers out of his mouth. I think he's expecting to slurp it down like a bottle and spoon feeding is just too slow for him. We started him with cereal and now have moved on to vegetables. He has finished every single container of 1st foods we've put in front of him!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More Great-Grandparents

Ben's paternal Grandmother, Laine, also lives near us, so we have the great opportunities to spend time with her. Laine celebrated her 82nd birthday a few weeks ago, and of course, the boys were there to help celebrate!

A special relationship with Da

Ben's grandparents, Mim and Da, now live close by in Lexington. We are excited because they will get to spend so much time with the boys now (they used to live in Florida). Adam has a blast with them, and they love seeing Tyler, too. One of Adam's favorite activities to do with Da is read books. Mim and Da are so impressed with how fast Adam can find Goldbug in his "truck book."

Tyler rolling...

Well, it's been a while since I've taken the time to actually write a few words about the kids! Hope you enjoyed Ben's video below......he sure had fun making it!

Tyler is now 5 months old, and getting bigger every day. I can't believe how adorable he is and how much his older brother loves him! I'm enjoying every minute with these two boys. Our daily routine is just that - finally a routine. Tyler wakes up in the morning, and he talks in his bed for about 30 minutes while Mommy and Adam wake up. I then get Adam up and out of his room (he can't get out on his own because of a doorknob cover), and he always wants to crawl into the crib with "Baby Tire." So, they enjoy playing for a few minutes until it's time to get diapers changed and dressed.

Then, all 3 of us hit the YMCA, Mommy to workout and the boys go to Child Watch. It's wonderful! They can stay in there up to 90 minutes, so it's fabulous to get some alone time, even if it is while working out!

We then go run errands, if necessary, then home for lunch. Both boys go down for naps about the same time every day, and little Tyler is sleeping good, sometimes over 3 hours! Now, after naptime, that's when the day is the hardest. Finding things to occupy the boys, teaching piano lessons, heading to the grocery store, etc. Then, time for dinner, and Tyler is now eating baby food! The child is eating the entire container of baby food every night! So far, he's had carrots, peas, and green beans, and has eaten them all with no problems! I'll post pictures.

Tyler is rolling over from back to tummy, but can't seem to find his way back over. One night, he woke us up crying (very unusual) because had flipped in his crib and it woke him up. So, I gently rolled him back over, and he went right back to sleep! Tyler has his first two bottom teeth, and I believe some more bottom teeth are making their appearance. He's constantly chewing his hands and drooling. He even plays with his tongue! He's not a thumb sucker, he's a finger sucker! He sucks the first two fingers on his right hand to soothe himself and go to sleep. It's precious!

At Tyler's 4 month check up on March 7th, he was 75%ile for weight and 90%ile for height! We'll see if that changes at his 6 month appt.

Enjoy the pics and the rest of my posts.......there are lots to come because I need to catch up!

I love my fingers!

Uh oh! I'm stuck!