Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Learning how to self feed was quite the process for Warner. He loves food but never really liked me feeding him. He is a self-started, an independent spirit and is always doggone hungry! Shane took a bunch of pictures of him eating a smoothie the other day and in each picture you can almost read his thoughts through the expression in his eyes. Get in my belly.
Finishing up drinking straight from the cup.
Hum maybe I'll try a spoon.
Gotta get this stuff.
Not sure if it will fit in my mouth, better open wider.
Yum so good.
Get that camera out of my face, I'm eating.
Warner also thinks he likes coffee. So much so that he want just a drink from my coffee all the time. He once came walking into the kitchen from the living room sipping my coffee. (fortunately it was lukewarm by this time) Not a drop on him, I was pretty impressed he got it off the window ledge behind the sofa, climbed down and walked into the kitchen. So impressed that I forgot all about it until I sat down again. Right into a massive puddle of coffee. Since I was already wet I just sat there for a few more moments, trying not to curse my curious toddler, soaking up what I could with my jeans. Oh the life of a child. So innocent, so much trouble.
Friday, February 7, 2014
My boys are rough. They fight and play fight and fight playingly. The are tough on everything. The are boys in every sense of the word. But get them out in the snow too long and oh baby they come crumbling down. Warner is probably the toughest so far. He loves to eat "snowballs" or any snow found anywhere, especially parking lots and the front driveway, where we spend the majority of our snow experience I guess. The boys love the idea of playing in the snow but oh my gosh when it takes 20 minutes to get them out there and I'm not sure if we even play that long it can be frustrating. I want them to stay warm so of course we put on gloves and hats and shirts and jackets and snowsuits and snow boots and warm socks etc. etc. etc. Yes it reminds me of that scene in A Christmas Story. I'm grumpy because I have to go out with them because who know when the last time the dog foo was cleaned out of the back yard and no one wants to accidentally step in something out there. But I put all of that aside and get my lazy behind up away from the coffee because something magical happens... Hopefully these pictures can show just an glimpse of how much the boys enjoyed themselves for those few minutes we were outside. Warner kept eating snow and stomping and falling and just having fun. Lincoln loved trying to walk on the snow covered rocks and brush it off of the cars and plow through it with his pusher car. Dylan was at school so I don't have him included in this magical moment but I'm sure he would have liked it.
Warner trying to get his snow legs. Those big boots had him falling all over the place but he didn't seem to mind.
We tried to spray the snow blue with a little food coloring in a spray bottle. If we do it again I would use a lot more coloring in the water so it doesn't take so much time to get anything to show. Since it wasn't as cool as I was hoping, we just wrote Seahawks with the water instead. Lincoln tried to mush it before I could get a good picture, but that's what kids are for.
Look at those baby blues.
So excited to brush snow off the van door handles.
Oh that dimple.
I believe this was after I was pulling the boys around on the sled at the end of our court. Fun mom here was trying to go fast and Warner flew off and got a face full of snow... luckily no other neighbors were outside to witness the incident.
The boys are always near each other but most of the time don't actually play together yet.
Lincoln checking out the tire tracks in the snow.
Warner with cool picture effects.
A boy and his sled.
He loves pulling or hanging things off his arms.
Too cute for words.
Yes, I learned to enjoy the things that seem like a crappy idea at first.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I know, crazy right? Hey it's not called Adventures of our perfect, well-behaved, by the book life. We still have been getting messy. We have been adventuring, creating, lounging, yelling, cooking, playing, kissing yowchies, and trying to get through a frigid, yet snowless winter.
Warner ate banana cream pie off the floor at Papa's. At least he used utensils, normally he will just get down on his stomach to slurp something up.
My dad and Shane went to the Seahawks playoff game against the Saints.
The boys have too many toys! Is it illegal to not buy them toys for their birthday? Maybe one big gift or an experience instead.
We got the cutest family picture in my sister's back yard on Thanksgiving.
Brother helped little brother with preschool over Christmas break.
Warner's selfie with Daddy and gunga (what he calls him pacifier)
Warner with Mommy and gunga - one day we'll get rid of that thing, right now is not then.
Totally blurry hotel fun at Great Wolf Lodge. iphone in dark hotel room doesn't give us the best quality photos.
Yes that is a faux log cabin in our hotel room! We love going to Great Wolf Lodge in Grandmound, WA but usually just get a room with two queen beds. This time we only had the boys with us and it was during their special winter program and final days of a promotion so it was pretty crowded and we ended up getting a fancier room. The Kids Cabin had a cool bunk bed and twin bed in that little room. plus an extra tv so it was almost like we had two rooms. It is such a fun place and we love having access to the attached water park, arcade, restaurants and some free events, but it can be exhausting too.
It's been cold here but there has only been like 3 days of snow this whole winter. Some days we have enjoyed the sunshine so much that it almost feels warm enough to play in the sandbox with only long-sleeved shirt (or Iron Man costumes) in the back yard.
Our Christmas lights are still up, but since we had a Seahawks theme going and they kept winning, we kept them up. Luckily this was the year they WON THE SUPERBOWL! Yay team. People in Seattle are pretty crazy about it. We are pretty crazy about it.
The boys had a movie two watch since football isn't their favorite ... yet. Nani and Grandpa Larry even got them Super Bowl shirts since the youngest two didn't get an awesome jersey like Dylan did for Christmas.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Reading a library book together at bedtime.|
It is the most wonderful feeling to know that my boys will grow up with their brothers. To have siblings to be picked on by and to be loved by unconditionally.
Dylan is a great big bro. He will play with the littles, read to them, encourage them, and dote over them. Don't get me wrong, he is still a pain and tries to get them in trouble or avoid playing with them when he friends are over, but he is extremely protective. They are instant friends. When I'm having a tough night or Dylan hasn't done his reading homework I will have him read to his brother (s) and all is right in the world.
Lincoln loves his big bro.
|Camping this summer.|
He absolutely idolizes him. If "Bowbie" has his hood on, Lincoln will wear his. His outfits, his mood, his snacks, all reflect whatever his older brother is doing. It is a great opportunity to remind Dylan that whatever his choices are will impact his little brothers but it also gets a little old after a while when he feels like he never gets any alone time (I know the feeling!).
|IHOP! Trying to keep the boys entertained while waiting for the food.|
|Eating a snack while checking out the pet frogs.|
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
We read a fun book called Tops and Bottoms about a lazy bear and a poor rabbit. The rabbit tricked the bear by telling him he would plant and take care of the garden but he will give the bear the bottoms of the plants and he will get the tops. So the first round of planting he grows things like lettuce, and corn, broccoli. So basically he gets the good stuff and the bear gets nothing. Then he tricks the bear again and says the bear can get the tops and the rabbit will get the bottoms, so he plants things like carrots, beets, radishes and potatoes, all things that you eat out of the ground and discard the tops. In the end the bear learns not to be lazy and the rabbit family doesn't starve so everyone is happy. The boys got a kick out of the mischief in the book and we talked about how we eat different parts of different plants.
We planted several different types of vegetables including beets in our little landscape garden and watched them grow up, up, up. After we had zucchini coming out of our ears, and salad for days it was time to pull up the beets. The purplish reddish bulbs looked dingy and not too exciting. But, my favorite part, when you slice them open you see these beautifully awesome rings of ruby and white. Kids will be astonished by the pattern inside and won't be able to wait to see what this cool veggie might taste like. Dylan said they kind of tasted like sweet potatoes. I like to roast them in the oven in slices so they turn out kind of like chips. I've also roasted them whole in tin foil and then cut into wedges then thrown them in a spinach salad with feta and balsamic vinaigrette. You don't get a lot of beets when you plant, unless you have a lot of space, but they are a fun thing to have around. Another trick I used is to serve them with sweet potato fries so there is more to go around and the kids can choose how much of each they want to eat.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Here's the article I wrote for my monthly MOPS newsletter. If you are interested in reading the whole newsletter it and many other things can be found at the Ellensburg MOPS website.
"I have three boys. Three chances for perfect little carbon copies I can shape and mold any way I like. Except each child is unique and there is nothing I can do about it!
I have one child who saw all of his school pictures lines up from the last few years and said, “Oh it’s so cute, I almost want to cry!” I have one child that can sit and stare at a tv screen for hours (if I were to actually allow that sort of thing, right?) with his tongue hanging out but can’t stop running around long enough to color in a picture. I also have another child who loves carrying around different tools of sorts, a wooden spoon, a Swiffer or this week, screwdrivers, wherever he goes.
Each of my boys live in the same house, they even sleep in the same room, they eat the same food, they all share the same toys, but they are so different from each other. God has called each of our children to be uniquely themselves and we as mothers have to do our best to meet the needs of each individual child. What works with one kid won’t work with another so as a mom we have to keep evolving and trying to nurture our kids in whatever way is best for them. And sometimes we have to just let them take a nap with a screwdriver."