Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
He chuckles. "I knew that. Because Luke is a boy. I'm a boy and I have a penis and Grady has a penis." (Keep in mind, my mom is in the car)
He pauses for a few seconds. "And my daddy has a BIG penis"
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here's a random picture of Calvin, enjoying one of the first cool days we had down here. We're so excited to get to wear pants and long sleeves.
As soon as Thanksgiving dinner was over we put up the tree and started decorating. Five days later I was about done. And now that I've had a few weeks to enjoy the decorations I can say that it is very nice to be in my own house at Christmas. It's hard to belive, but this is actually the first time in the last three years that we will be home for the holidays. We have a beautiful, 9 foot tree (Dave's choice, not mine). I made the mistake of wrapping presents and actually putting them under the tree ahead of time, not realizing that this would be pure torture to a 3 year old who just LOVES presents. Now I hear daily, "Mom, I want to open a present. I can't wait until Christmas, it's too far away." (imagine a very whiny voice) Which then turns into a threat, "Mom, I'm just going to open all of these presents." (demanding voice) Which then leads to my own threat of "If you open a present, I am giving all of them away..." Day, after day, after day - the exact same thing. I'll try to remember that next year. But hey, a closet can only hold so much.
Since we have no fireplace, we made our own. We took one of the (many) boards Dave had lying around the garage, painted it red, added some blocks for bricks and voila, a fireplace to hang our stockings on. Okay, so Dave did most of the work, but I came up with the idea, and painted it (well, the red part). I thought it turned out great.
Here's Calvin by the tree. His pajamas say "I've been good all year". Ha!
I got him doing the whole "I can't wait" thing.
The first weekend in December, Dave's squadron had a children's Christmas Party. They had a bounce house, a T-34 to sit in, face painting, cookie decorating, and of course, Santa. The boys had a great time. Here they are, waiting for Santa to come.
Santa rides in style, taxiing in on a T-34. By the way, is this not the skinniest Santa you've ever seen? Get that man some cookies...
Calvin and I made a gingerbread house one day (totally from a kit). He was so excited to do it so we waited until Luke was napping, got everything out and sat down to work. As it turns out, I was the only one working. Calvin was really just excited about the candy. So I squeezed icing on and carefully placed little candies around while Calvin said "Mom, can I eat this? Mom, I'm going to have some of that..." Here is the finished product.
Sweet little Luke. It is fascinating to watch his personality emerge more and more every day. As much as Calvin is crazy, Luke is a little sweetheart. He loves to give kisses (and will turn your head to make sure he gets you right on the mouth) and has started walking up to you and giving hugs as well. He can repeat just about anything we say. For some reason he says "Claus" instead of Santa and will point out every single Santa he sees when we are out. He has also started saying "Luke" when I ask him what his name is (although it comes out more like "Wook"). And apparently, he is starting to develop his own fashion sense as well. One day I got out his blue shoes to put on him. He said "No" and pushed the shoes away, then went to the basket, picked out his brown shoes and brought them back, took the blue shoes back to the basket, then came back and sat down. I'm pretty sure he's too young to have an opinion about shoes.
Here's Cal in another of his outfits. I actually picked this one, but I intended the t-shirt to be an undershirt. He decided that he would much rather put the sweater on first, and the t-shirt on top. After much resistance, I finally gave in. He's very particular about his shirts and lately has been insisting on tucking in his sweaters. Yes, I have the kid with pants pulled up to his armpits, sweater tucked in. And we go out like that. All the time.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The other day while painting he informed me that "I need a fresh piece of paper." As if paper could go stale or something.
Last week in the car we were driving and Calvin commented that there was one girl and three boys in the car. This, for some reason, led Dave to ask Calvin if he would like to have a little sister (don't read too deeply into this - no plans for another baby right now). To which he replied "sister Calvin?". And Dave said "No, her name would be Christy or Carly or Angie or something." Calvin looked at us and said "No, I don't like any of those girls. I just love you mommy." Awww!!!!
Here's Calvin rolling out the dough.
Luke stirring the dough. I left his binky in to keep him from eating the dough. It didn't work.
Here's what happened when Calvin was left alone with the markers. He colored his hand orange "like Ironman!". His entire hand. And then proceded to color the other one as well.
Caught red, I mean orange, handed!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Every time Luke sees a camera he says cheese. I guess I don't think much about it but last night I was looking through some videos I had taken on my camera and I started to notice the pattern. There were quite a few, but I just wanted to share these.
On another note, I got to see Lynn, Jack, and Bradley!!! It was very exciting for me and so nice to have an old friend back. When Lynn first pulled up and opened the door, Jack said "Hi! My name is Jack." It was so cute but I guess he didn't remember us at all. I'll have to get some pictures of the boys together and post them on here.
Apparently, kitchens aren't just for cooking anymore. They now qualify as climbing structures as well.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is actually after trick-or-treating. Notice Luke is already checking out the loot.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here they are, putting the tent up.
Snuggling in their tent bed.
I wasn't sure if Calvin would make it through the whole night, but apparently he slept through and didn't wake up until 6:30. At which point, Dave decided to send him into the house all by himself to pee. Calvin decided he had to go upstairs to use the bathroom, but found the gate closed at the top of the stairs. Needless to say, Luke and I were both up by 6:35...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
That was Calvin in the bath earlier tonight.
"But I thought you said you wanted to take a bubble bath."
"I do want a bubble bath, but I don't want the bubbles to touch me! Wahhhhh!!!"
Huh??? Well, if I figure out how to accomplish that one, I'll let you know.
It was just one of those afternoons/evenings when he's tired and nothing can please him.
"Fine" I said, "Just get out of the bath then." To which he replied, "I don't want to get out of the bath." while Luke stood up and said "Out, out..."
"No, you sit down and stay in the bath. Calvin, you get out." Which left them both in tears. So I turned on the shower to clean them off. Apparently, this was what Calvin wanted all along and he happily played in the shower for 15 minutes while Luke happily got out. Things just never go the way you think they will.
Friday, October 3, 2008
"Luke, are you all done?" 'No!' then hands me his plate, cup, and spoon and tries to take the tray off of his highchair.
"Luke, do you want a cookie?" Shakes his head no, then stands there and waits, expectantly, for the cookie that's been offered.
"Luke, do you want to go to take a bath?" 'Nooo', then runs to the stairs saying 'Bath, bath,". "Luke, can you help put these blocks away?" 'No', then puts every single block in the basket. It's quite confusing. I've tried explaining to him that if he does want something he has to say "Yes", but he just doesn't seem to be getting it. Oh well, maybe when he's two...
(I remember how Calvin never said 'Yes' either - he always said "Okay!". At least he was on the affirmative side...)
Calvin wanted chocolate milk and against my better judgement, I gave it to him. Wrong move. That came up 10 minutes later. We moved downstairs to the couch. Calvin had to throw up again and as he was standing at the toilet, suddenly another puddle appeared down on the floor. Nope not pee, the other one... So now I am using my foot to keep Luke out of the bathroom while cleaning up a puddle of poop off the floor (the words puddle and poop really should not have to be used together), trying to get Calvin's dirty clothes off of him without making an even bigger mess, and get him clean enough to go upstairs to the shower. I finally get him up there and cleaned up, into his jammies and back on the couch. Now I have an even bigger pile of laundry to clean, as well as several things to take to the trash...
I think Calvin ended up throwing up about 8 times in a span of four hours, before passing out on the couch. Then he was done - he woke up about 2:30 that night, drank 2 whole bottles of water, and was fine. Dave and I, on the other hand, both came down with the same thing and were up sick all night. I think I slept about 3 hours the whole night. Luckily, Luke didn't catch it and my mom was kind enough to come take him and watch him the next day (thanks mom!) so Cal and I could just chill on the couch, watch t.v. and rest. We're all better now (except for a lingering cough here) but I do not want to go through that again anytime soon!
It takes two strong guys to lift the bed. (can we say, like father, like son???)
A boy can't have just one John Deere... The second is a souped-up hand me down from Nana and Papa. It actually wasn't working, but Dave "fixed" that. It no longer goes in reverse or first gear, but hey, what kid doesn't need a hot-rod John Deere????
They had alot of fun, and we've actually enjoyed some yummy fruit from the Satsuma. A branch broke off in transit and although the skin was still green, the orange was good. On a side note, I have to attribute all this lovely tree planting opportunity to the 90 degree weather we are still having down here. Isn't it October already?
Monday, September 29, 2008
On Saturday we took the boys to Sea World (which offers military and their dependents one free visit a year). We had such a great time - saw some neat shows, rode rides, and fed some animals. Here are some pictures I got.
Dave and Luke, waiting for the "VIVE" show. This has beluga whales, dolphins, synchronized swimmers, and divers putting on a very neat show. Both boys loved it. Luke kept pointing to the whales and dolphins when they jumped, and then he was saying "more, more". It was cute.
After the dolphin show, Calvin wanted to ride a roller coaster. Luckily, they had a great kids area. He got to go on a Shamu coaster, which was just a small ride for little kids, but he loved it. While he and Dave rode, Luke and I walked around and took some pictures. There were Halloween decorations all around. Here's Luke posing with some:
There was a huge sand pit for the kids to play in, as well as all these tunnels and ropes to climb through. Here's Luke's first carnival ride. Waiting for the Shamu show to start. We were in the splash zone, which Calvin did not like one bit. In fact, he insisted on sitting elsewhere and he and I had to move.
A picture of shamu jumping out of the water.
Here's Calvin feeding the seals and sea lions. You could buy a little basket of fish to drop down to them. Calvin was all for this until he saw the little fish. Then he had to be coaxed into picking them up. But he did it. You can see the fish falling, just below the railing.
The dolphin interaction area. You can stick your hands in the water and you can feed them too, but we weren't there at the right time.
The dolphins are so close to you.
Calvin didn't make it to see the dolphins. I let him ride in the stroller for a bit and by the time we got to the dolphin area he had passed out. Well, who could blame him after that exciting day.
That night we went back to the riverwalk and ate at the Rainforest Cafe. The boys weren't too sure about all the animals and noises at first, but ended up having a great time. All in all, it was a great weekend and I'm glad we got the chance to have a little family getaway.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
"Mom, how does the baby get out of the mommy?"
What? Where the heck did this thought come from? Panic setting in. What do I tell him? What do I tell him?
"What did you ask honey? (stalling for more time)
"How does the baby get out of the mommy?"
Think, think.... Luckily, I've had this conversation with my sister. What did she tell her kids? Ah-ha!!
"Well, from the baby hole." Please work, please work.
"What's a baby hole?"
Hmm, haven't thought this through too clearly.
"Mommy's have a baby hole."
Calvin contemplates this for a moment.
"Oh. Where is the baby hole at?"
Okay, I'm so not going there.
"It's hidden, honey. But when the baby is ready to come out, he comes out of the baby hole."
Calvin pauses and thinks about this a bit more. "Oh," he says, nods his head as if this makes perfect sense, and goes back to eating his cereal.
Crisis averted, remember to blog and laugh about this later.
Calvin worked very hard on his painting. Luke worked very hard to make the biggest mess that could be made. Calvin's masterpiece:
Luke's masterpiece (you have to click on this one and make it bigger to truly appreciate):
I think he did two brush strokes on the paper and the rest was on him and the driveway. Oh well, that's what the garden hose is for, right?
Friday, September 19, 2008
I have an asparagus-lover. Luke will not touch ANY type of fruit except for frozen berries, yet he can't get enough asparagus. I made some last night and he kept asking for "more, more, more". I just don't get it.
This morning Calvin asked me "Mommy, can I get dressed and go for a run?" Then he said "Mommy, I just need to go for a run. I need to get some exercise because I haven't exercised in a long time." (This is almost exactly what I say to him when I want to go for a run and he's refusing to cooperate). It's so nice to know that they're just sitting there, soaking up everything you say, and waiting for the right time to spit it back out at you. Except, of course, for the things you want them to remember, like, say, letters or numbers...
Has anyone read the Trucktown Books by John Sciezska?? He's really into promoting boys reading, and he created a line of books just for boys. Calvin loves them.
Dave is flying tonight, it's 9:45, and Calvin is still awake. He's been playing in his bed for the last hour and just walked in and told me I was supposed to be going to bed and the computer was for daytime, not night time. Too much cake and ice cream I guess.
That's it. Just some random thoughts. And one random, somewhat blurry picture of my little sockman (I walked out of the closet to find him putting Dave's socks on both his legs and arms...).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Some pictures from our trip. Here are the kiddos, watching a movie.
Luke showing off those pearly whites...
Playing red light, green light (pretty hilarious with two little kids who totally don't get the start/stop thing). Notice Calvin's baseball uniform. That was actually Grady's, but Calvin had to try it on and then decided he needed to wear it the entire day - socks, cleats, and all.
The "babies" playing on the table. Don't they look so innocent? hah
Story time with four of the five kids. Just a little crazy.
Monday, September 8, 2008
My sister has three kids - 7, 4, and 20 months. A perfect fit for my two - 3 and 15 months - or so it would seem. But something about that combo just doesn't work out. A lack of sleep coupled with too much together time led to some major squabbles. My sister even made the point that it was strange that she's fine at home with her kids and I'm just fine with mine, but put them all together and we're both crying "MOM!!!!". No, really, we had lots of fun and its so awesome for the kids to get to spend time together. I wish she lived closer!!! Some pics from our trip:
Cady and Calvin hanging out
A rare picture of all five kids. Of course, it was the oldest who refused to cooperate.
Well, they were supposed to be going to sleep, but that didn't happen. Listening to "Frosty the Snowman" on Cady's MP3 player. Hey, at least they were sharing.
Batgirl and Batman, saving the day (Calvin's new favorite superhero - he's moved on from spiderman).
We love Aunt Jenny's cause she has tons of cool dress up. Notice Luke in the background cheesing for the camera.