"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Catching Up

I'm way behind on my posting, so I'm going to try to get up to date here.  This post is of events from last week.  See the little imp in the picture above?  He was bringing me flowers from the yard :)

Isn't he sweet?  I get some every day, but that particular day we grabbed a baby food jar, added a little water, and placed the two flowers he had brought me into the jar.  He was so excited that he kept bringing more and more.  Pretty soon, I had about a dozen yellow dandelions, three in the puffball stage (which unfortunately decided to shed all their seeds inside the house!) and one rock for good measure ;)

My daughter has been working on sorting and packing up her things for storage.  She heads to college this fall (goodness - in about two months now! and I haven't started her quilt yet - yikes!!)  Anyway, she was packing up some things in boxes and labeling them for storage.  Her brother decided he could help her with the labeling.  What's in this box?  Squiggles, apparently.

On one busy night, my daughter was going to start unloading the dishwasher, but got sidetracked, and left the door of the dishwasher open.  I heard something in the kitchen, and walked in to find this - the three year old "helping" with the silverware.

See?  He put it all in the drawer. :)  (Unfortunately he sometimes does this with every piece of silverware he finds - dirty or clean).

He had other plans for the silverware rack from the dishwasher.  Can you say car wash?

The eight year old worked all day on making a sign for Grandpa's arrival.

Each letter is an animal.  When his aunt and uncle and cousin arrived, there was an addition to the sign for them too.
When he started the sign, I told him his "J" (the first letter of the second line) was backwards.  He didn't want to start over, even though he only had "Ja" done, and said, "It's okay, J--- will understand."

Grandpa got here a few days before everyone else.  He made quick friends with everyone again.

The three year old suckered him into reading several books, including his current favorite - The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

We've also been playing a lot of dominoes.  Normally pinochle is our game, but my daughter has had to work most of the evenings and the eight year old hadn't learned to play yet, so we're a person short.

It has been fun though just to gather everyone around the table - even if they are too little to play :)

(Don't tell him he's too little to play).


 The three year old got into the action trying to clean up before my sister and her family arrived.  You'll notice the cord to the vacuum is not plugged in.  I told him we had to plug it in to turn it on.  He ran and jumped on the couch.  When I told him it was okay, I wouldn't plug it in, then he got down and pushed it all over the room.

 We had a great visit.  Their little girl is adorable!!  The little cousins had a good time getting to know each other.  We don't see them very often, but we get a treat this time around - I will be down there in about 3 weeks for a visit :)

 We spent a lot of time just sitting around visiting.  We played some games - cards and dominoes too.

 Aren't they just the sweetest things?
 My sister was playing with our baby, when her daughter noticed and thought she needed in on the action :)  It kind of looks like she's strangling him here, but she was actually pretty nice about it.  I think she was more curious than jealous.

 The older boys took full advantage of their uncle's energy and willingness to play on the floor with them.

 We found this Incredible Hulk sleeper at a yard sale and were trying to get him to do the muscle pose, but he was more into being silly.

 Sunday evening we took the kids to the pool at the hotel everyone was staying at.  The babies are natural little swimmers.  They loved it.  And after we had them bathed and dressed, we went back to the pool area to round up everyone else, and both of the babies were squirming around trying to get down and back to the water.

 When I put my hands under the baby's arms, he just straightened out and started to kick.  Natural swimmer :)
 He loved the water.  I was a little worried that the chlorine would mess up his skin, but we used vasoline right afterward and he was fine.

 How cute is that?

 The three year old was a little more reluctant.  He had to be eased into it.

 His very patient uncle had him blowing bubbles, laying on his belly, splashing and sitting on the step up to his neck deep :)

 He also played with the eight year old - jumping in together, swimming around, splashing and chasing each other.  Tons of fun!

Such a great visit!  I can't wait to see them again in a few weeks.  We get to swim there too.  The place my Mom lives has an outdoor pool, so I imagine we'll all come back nicely tanned  =)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mother/Daughter, Father/Son Night

 Can you see the new teeth?  You might have to click on the picture to make it bigger.  The first one is still only about half out when the second one came through.  He's drooling a lot but not bothered by it at all.

 I love the expression in this one...

 Look at his new trick! - Up on his hands and knees.  He bobs back and forth like this, then goes back to the floor.  He'll be crawling before we know it :)

 All that exercise made him tired :)

 The brothers all get along really well and enjoy playing together.  Yesterday the eight year old came an laid down in the baby's lap, which the baby thought was hysterical.

 Aww... Brotherly love :)

 Don't you just love how flexible babies are?  I mean really.  Can you put your toes in your armpits?

 I'm having to be careful about which jewelry I wear now.  The baby thinks it is a toy put there just for him.  So I have to wear just the sturdy ones.  We were having a great little visit :)

 And then the three year old came in from playing in the yard.  Talk about no need for sunscreen - he was covered in dirt! 

See those hands?  He must have grabbed dirt and rubbed it on his face.  What a mess!
 Last evening my daughter and I had a girls night - watching the second half of Pride and Prejudice, which is a very good movie, if you have about 5 hours to spare :)

 In the mean time, my husband took the boys fishing ... and came home with these three monsters.  Okay, two monsters and their little friend.

 Not a bad catch, eh?  And he was "lazy fishing" as he put it - just using worms.  He wanted to do some reading, and had the boys to keep up with too.  He caught all three of these within 30 minutes.

 The three year old wasn't sure what to think of them.

But it didn't take long for him to decide they were pretty cool.
 These were bigger than the others we've caught so far this year.

 The three year old thought he had to hold one of the fish too. 

 We were trying to get him to stand by Dad to show all the fish together, so someone (his sister, I think) told him to have his fish kiss the other fish.  Something was lost in translation though, and he kissed the fish - both his and the big one Dad was holding.  :)

 I just love this expression.

 The eight year old has been wanting to learn to filet fish, and he got his first lesson last night.  Of course much more practice will be required.  There was a lot of meat left behind, but he was listening and trying his best.  Dad was showing him how to feel where the bones were with the blade of the knife.

We ended up with a lot of fish.  This is a gallon sized bag.  Not bad for one relaxing evening.  I think we'll save this for when our company gets here.  My dad should arrive here tomorrow, and then my sister and her family are hoping to come over the weekend.  My husband's side of the family is having a big family reunion this weekend too, so we'll have plenty of visiting to do.  I'm working on a big family tree display for that, which I'll have to show you later.  Right now I better get back to work on that and on a little more housework.