Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Then we walked over to Crown Center and let the boys run off some steam. As a rotating exhibit, Crown Center usually has a room set up for kids with different themes. It's been a forest, "What do you want to be when you grow up" dress up, and this time it was a Crayola obstacle course. The boys were almost to old for it, but they went through it about 20 times and seemed to enjoy themselves.
After that, it was off to the much-anticipated Fritz's restaurant, where a train brings your food to you.
For the grand finale, Adam, Zach, Scott and Grandpa rode the glass elevator to the very top floor and back down again!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
After all the gifts were opened (6:45 am), the boys headed downstairs to put their new Lego's together. I made some much-needed coffee and jumped in the shower, and Scott may have gone back to bed for a few minutes. We didn't hear a peep out of Adam and Zach until it was time to open stockings (3 hours later). Mom, Dad and Grandma Agnes came over for brunch of sausage and egg casserole, fruit, and pancakes. Then we loaded up the van and headed to KC.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We put Adam to work shoveling the snow (his idea). After he cleared the porch, he informed me that he should get paid $10 for doing this kind of work.
Here is Zach with his face in the snow (his idea). Then he got upset because he got snow on his face and it was making his face wet. Well, if you put your face in snow, you're going to get wet!
Friday, December 12, 2008
They sang 12 songs including Jingle Bells (Zach’s favorite), Special Star, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
After the program we had apple juice and apple cider and Christmas cookies...that was the most exciting part of the whole day, as you can imagine.
Here he is singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Friday, December 5, 2008
6:00 am: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.
6:15 am: Alarm goes off. Turn alarm to OFF.
7:00 am: Finally get out of bed
7:10 am: Fix Adam and Zach breakfast.
7:20 am: Inform Adam he needs to wear a red shirt for school spirit day. Mention that he has no clean long-sleeved red shirts, so he’ll have to wear a long-sleeved white shirt underneath his short sleeved red shirt.
7:21 am: Lay out Zach’s clothes.
7:22 am: Argue with Adam about wearing the long-sleeved white shirt under the short-sleeved red shirt. Decide to let it go.
7:23 am: Adam comes out wearing a dirty red long-sleeved shirt he wore to school on Wednesday.
7:25 am: Zach says he can’t move his arms with these “rings” on his sleeves. Inform him that the designs on sleeves usually do not hinder movement in limbs, and besides, he has no other clean shirts.
7:27 am: Zach comes out wearing a different shirt that I think came out of his dirty clothes basket.
7:29 am: Break up an argument because “Zach is acting like a robot and keeps twirling my hair.”
7:30 am: Eat breakfast in peace.
8:10 am: Start the roundup for school – socks, shoes, coats, hats, gloves, backpacks, show-and-tell…does everyone have everything they need?
8:25 am: Off to school.
8:35 am: Drop off Adam.
8:45 am: Starbucks drive-through.
9:00 am: Drop off Zach.
9:10 am: Hobby Lobby.
9:45 am: Library to return 2 books…one that was under my stove that I already paid for, another that I was done reading. Also needed to pick up a book on hold that I talked the nice librarian into holding for me ONE more day, since I couldn’t get there yesterday to pick it up.
9:47 am: Librarian informs me that the library book that I found under the stove I had paid for three years ago and I could keep it. She indicated that maybe she should check under her stove for lost items.
10:05 am: Dillon's to pick up eight items on my list (please note, this is my first trip to Dillon's today).
10:45 am: Check out and end up spending $168.
11:15 am: Drop off Scott at the doctor.
11:30 am: Pick up Zach from pre-school.
11:40 am: Zach comes out of his room wearing sweats because his other pants were “too pinchy.”
12:00 pm: Start getting lunch ready.
12:20 pm: Adam gets off the bus and we start eating lunch.
12:30 pm: Scott calls for me to come pick him up.
12:45 pm: Pick up Scott and drop prescription off at Dillon’s pharmacy (2nd time).
1:00 pm: Finish lunch and boys go to their rooms to rest.
1:05 pm: Clean up kitchen and start dishwasher.
1:10 pm: Back to Dillon’s to pick up filled prescription (3rd time).
1:30 pm: Dad informs me that my van is done and is ready to be picked up.
2:15 pm: Dad picks me up to go get my van. Put carseats in Dad’s car.
2:30 pm: Move carseats from Dad’s car to van.
2:34 pm: Start driving to Adam’s doctor's appointment.
2:35 pm: Realize the radio in the van does not work.
2:45 pm: Adam’s appointment with a nurse practitioner who seemed to be talking really loud. Adam has a sinus infection, so she calls in a prescription.
3:15 pm: Back home.
3:30 pm: Start making pasta for baked spaghetti tonight.
3:35 pm: Call auto repair shop to inform them that I just picked up my van, and now the radio does not work.
3:37 pm: Pasta is overflowing on the stove.
4:00 pm: Back to the repair shop.
4:20 pm: Repair guy does not know what is wrong with the radio. Informs me that it will probably have to go to the dealer to get it fixed.
4:30 pm: Back home and put baked spaghetti in oven. Had to use a smaller dish, because the one I usually use is dirty.
4:50 pm: Hear something sizzling and realize my baked spaghetti is overflowing in the oven. Put a cookie sheet underneath it to catch the drips. Decide to clean it up later.
5:00 pm: Eat dinner.
5:15 pm: Tell the boys they have to put on turtlenecks underneath their shirts because we are going to be outside looking at lights at the gardens. Have to listen to Zach complain because turtlenecks “squeeze my neck.” Load up boys to go see lights at the gardens - socks, shoes, coats, hats, gloves.
5:25 pm: Stop by Dillon’s to pick up Adam’s prescription (4th time).
5:40 pm: Pick up Oma & Papa.
6:00-6:45 pm: Repeatedly say “please walk,” and “don’t stand so close to the fire.”
7:00 pm: Let the boys pick out a “treat” after seeing the lights. Explain to Zach that “Frito pie” is not like a dessert pie.
7:05 pm: Am mortified when Zach says “Did you see that little lady?” in a loud voice, when referring to a little person.
7:10 pm: Inform Adam that if he asks me one more time about his candy cane, I won’t let him eat it at all. Ever.
7:40 pm: Back home. Tell boys to get their pj’s on. They do, and then run downstairs to watch part of a roller coaster show with Scott.
8:00 pm: Realize the pharmacy gave me the wrong prescription. It was a prescription for Adam that was placed two weeks ago, that I had forgotten about.
8:01 pm: Call Dillon’s to see if they have another prescription for Adam. They do.
8:05 pm: Go downstairs to tell Scott that I’m going back to Dillon’s to get Adam’s prescription. Adam is already asleep. Zach is wide awake.
8:10 pm: Off to Dillon’s (5th time).
8:12 pm: Gas light comes on.
8:25 pm: Get prescription at Dillon’s.
8:30 pm: Almost home and then realize I still need to get gas. Head to QT to fill up.
8:51 pm: Zach still awake watching roller coaster show with Scott. Adam still asleep on the couch.
8:52 pm: Help Zach get ready for bed.
8:55 pm: Carry Adam upstairs to his bed.
8:57 pm: Zach asks for a drink of water.
9:07 pm: Finally get around to clearing dirty dishes from dinner. Stacked them in sink to deal with later (like tomorrow).
9:34 pm: Zach finally asleep.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
3 books: Peter Rabbit (the long lost library book); 123's and a little book about clothes.
1 matchbox car
1 plastic container lid
1 plastic letter "I"
1 top of a helicopter
Not pictured is a dirty spoon and mounds of dust. Yeah, it was pretty gross.
Now if we could just the golf ball out from in-between the counters, and the golf ball that somehow got thrown down the vent.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- My family
- Wood-smoked memories and family (this refers to Thanksgiving Day in years past at Uncle David's farmhouse, which was heated by a wood stove)
- Flies, Cockroaches, and Worms
- Quacky ducks that kiss me
- Minivans with automatic doors, brothers who play so well together, 3 boys who make me laugh
- Snarf and glarf
- The internet, coffee, and my family
- Mario Kart (a game played on the Wii)
- Having the privilege of loving my spouse!
- Family, food, housing, friends, a job, and love to all
- Dazzling sunshine
- Family being together and indoor plumbing (again referring to Uncle David's farm with the "two-holer" privy)
- Family and V-8 (engines, not juice!)
- *Family getting together and staying in touch
Each year our family writes down what they are thankful for. The notes are read aloud and we try and guess who wrote them.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
After calling the boys to dinner, Zach pipes up from his room: “Mom, I just can’t come right now. I’m in the middle of something very important. When I’m done, I’ll come eat.” He was building something with Legos.
Adam on the way to school:
“Why is my school so far away?
Me: “Well, I guess that’s just where they built it.”
Adam: “Did you live far away from your school?”Me: “No. In fact, I walked to school.”
Adam: “Because they didn’t have cars back then, right?”
We had to run errands to Target, and Adam and Zach asked if they could take their wallets and buy something. I agreed, giving them a $10 limit. No surprise, they headed straight for the Lego aisle. Adam showed Zach where to find the price and how to read it. Adam quickly discovered that $10 would not buy much. Zach picked out his box, which was $4.79. I told Zach he could pick another box the same size and still be within the $10 limit. So he picked his two little boxes and was happy with his selection.
Adam spent about 20 minutes looking at all the Legos. Adam figured out that if he could talk Zach into getting certain boxes of Legos, he might be able to get two boxes that he liked. He started negotiating with Zach, “Zach, look, if you buy this box and I buy this box we can have TWO ships (or a good guy and a bad guy).” Zach stuck his ground and didn’t give in to any of Adam’s suggestions. I finally suggested to Adam that Zach was not going to change his mind, so we should go on with our shopping.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We had another interesting political conversation. Adam informed me that George Washington, President Bush and John McCain were all running for president. When I questioned him he said “oh yeah, I forgot that girl.” So I had to explain that George Washington was the FIRST president a long time ago (to which he said…”like in the olden days when they didn’t have color”) and President Bush is the CURRENT president. Then he remembered the “other guy” who was running too…Barak Obama.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We’ve had several soccer games…one game we got creamed by a team whose coach liked to yell “Shazam it!” when her team was near the goal. Rumor has it she has practice three times a week. Both Zach and Adam scored goals this week. Scott is out of town at his own “old man” soccer tournament.
Yesterday we went to the pumpkin patch at Prairie Pines. The boys enjoyed riding the little train, going through a kids haunted house (the boys told me there were funny green space men in there), and playing on the playground, which also had a little wooden playhouse.
We rode a hayrack ride out to a corn maze. Then we picked our pumpkins. We had already picked some pumpkins for carving about two weeks ago, but someone stole them off our front porch. So, I let the boys pick whatever pumpkin they wanted to carve (within reason). I didn’t realize how heavy they were going to be. As we were walking back to the main entrance, I dropped one and it split in half! Luckily, there were no tears, and we all laughed about it.
Adam asked me “how come everyone is so excited about this presidential election?” I asked him if he knew the names of the candidates running for office. He did, and pronounced them perfectly. I asked who told him about the election, and he answered “I just know.” Either he picks it from the news, or they are teaching politics in Kindergarten.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
We had our soccer team pictures this morning, and then a game, our second game of the season. The Wacky Wildcats held their own this time...it was a close game and action packed. Zach came “this close” to making three goals today…he would miss the goal by just inches. Adam scored two goals.
After the game and lunch, we opened presents and ate ice cream and cake. Tonight we’re grilling out…Scott’s specialty…steaks!
For his birthday, Zach got two cars – an ambulance and school bus - a rocket balloon kit and, of course, more legos. He got a lego kit to make a fire engine, which he promptly turned over to Adam so Adam could read the instructions and make the truck for him. He also got a big box of just “bricks,” square and rectangle legos in all sizes, with no instructions. THAT was the one Zach dove into.
We always let the boys pick out gifts for Scott and I…things they think we would like. They can choose anything they want. And somehow, it always turns out to be something THEY would like too. What a coincidence. Watch below to see what I got for my birthday today.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Here's Zach, taking control of the ball. He is not the one kicking the ball in...he's standing by Scott at first. Before you watch these videos you might want to turn your volume down a bit...I'm kinda loud.
And Adam...he does have the ball first...then loses it and then gets it back. Again, the volume. Also, I'm trying to watch the game AND tape it at the same time...so sometimes the camera is not aimed exactly where it should be.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
After that we went into “town” and played at the city park. They have a life-sized red caboose that you can climb on. The caboose was on a section of a railroad track and Zach kept finding “families of bugs” on the tracks. Then it was off to the jungle gym, swings, teeter totter, and merry-go-round. The merry-go-round seemed to be the favorite…jumping off while it was going around. This resulted in both of them getting very muddy and we made the boys strip down so they wouldn’t track mud all over the van.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The Legos come with instructions on how to build whatever is pictured on the box. In our case, it’s the “city” series with the police station and police vehicles. Adam carefully decides which thing he is going to build and finds the instructions and correctly marked package (there were four things you could build in this one box). He starts building…Zach is flopping, flitting, bouncing, singing, stomping, kicking, twirling, jumping, banging, etc. Zach picks up some pieces puts them together, takes them apart, finds others and puts them together (“Look mom, an “L”…”I made a box”…”this can be a turbo jet.”) Adam routinely tells Zach to “stop messing around.” Finally, after about an hour, Adam burst into tears and says “Zach! I can’t think with all this noise! Stop messing around! I just can’t think right! You’re losing all my pieces! It’s going to take me longer now!”
So I suggest that Zach can use some OTHER lego pieces to make something and Adam says, “but you have to follow the directions! You have to make what’s on the box!” I tried to explain that you can make whatever you want, but Adam did not like that idea.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
And Adam getting off the bus...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Once Adam was in the classroom, the teacher showed him where to hang his backpack and they found his name on his cubby. She also asked him if he wanted chocolate milk or white milk for a snack. He looked at me and Scott and said “white.” I’m sure that will change once he figures out he can make his own decisions when we are not there!
He said he had a good day at school. He said they didn’t do much coloring or painting, “We just, like, learned stuff.” He said recess was the best part of the day, and that the tricycles were ok, but the playground was “a baby playground.” They have music on Mon & Wed, PE on Tues and Thurs and go to the library on Wednesdays. He sat next to a girl named Addison on the bus ride home.
Zach was unusually quiet this morning. We went on a bike ride to the neighborhood playground, played “Guess Who,” and colored with markers. He does not start preschool until Sept. 3.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
They said they really like Wichita (despite the two 105 degree days we had). They made it to the Sedgwick County Zoo, Towne West (probably not the best shopping option in Wichita) and our neighborhood pool. Scott took them to lunch one day, and they passed an IHOP (International House of Pancakes), and said they had always heard about them, but had never eaten there. So that’s where they ate lunch. Adam asked Lindsay if she had any kids. Lindsay is only 19, so she said she was a little young for that. Later Adam said to me “Mom, Lindsay is WAY younger than you.”
Scott grilled steaks one night, which they seemed to enjoy. New foods they tried at our house were scrambled eggs, cinnamon toast, burritos and peanut butter. We had a conversation about the word “chips” and what it means in each country. Chips in America are called “crisps” in England. A “chip” in England are steak fries in America. We found out that iPod’s cost about $200 less in the US than Great Britain. The only word I had a hard time understanding was “garage.” Lindsay pronounced it “gare-age.” And I think they called the soccer field, the “pitch.” They were great with the kids at the camp and on the last day they had a huge water fight…campers against coaches. Adam and Zach had a blast running around squirting them with their water guns.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Zach has a ceiling fan and light in his room that is controlled by a remote control (for when he was younger, and couldn't reach the light switch, he could still turn his light on and off). Today while they were "resting," Adam secretly sneaked into Zach's room and took the remote control. He went back to his room and was turning Zach's light on and off and the fan on high, and then low, and then off, etc.
It too a while for Zach to figure why his light and fan were acting so crazy. Next thing I know, Zach is screaming Adam's name over and over and yelling, "Stop doing that!", and is all up in arms because his light "is going on and off and the fan is on high!"
I look over at Adam's room and he's at the door, which is open just a crack, and he's trying so hard not to laugh (I, too, am trying to control myself). So I tell Adam that it is not a nice thing to do and that he needed to give back Zach's remote control.
Just another way to torment your little brother, I guess.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We discussed "allowances" with the boys today. Adam was all about it, asking questions and counting money. Zach was more interested in "typing letters" on my laptop (a favorite activity of both boys) and reading library books. I asked Scott where his graphs and powerpoint presentation were…he just gave me a dirty look.
This week I also tried to explain why we had to pay for electricity and water. That was a tough one. The conversation started with Adam asking me "Mom, are we in debt?" Wow. That’s a loaded question.
We almost had another "vent" incident today. During rest time, Adam starts crying about Zach with monopoly dice and the floor vent. For those of you who don't know the story...a few weeks ago, Zach took his vent off and dropped a golf ball down it. Both boys got so upset (even though it was just Zach's ball that got lost) and we discussed that we NEVER drop ANYTHING down the vent. (On a side note: Adam lost a golf ball underneath the kitchen cabinet and we have a contract that when he turns 21, we'll take the cabinets off and get the ball - it's officially signed by Adam and Scott.) Since I didn't know where the ball ended up, Adam wanted me to call Uncle Steve and ask him. I told him that Uncle Steve was at work and this was not an urgent situation to interrupt him at work. So we called Aunt Sherry instead. Sometimes she knows things from being married to Steve. She told us the vents go under floor but there are so many turns and things that it would be very difficult to know where the ball was. So, today, Adam found Zach putting the dice ON TOP of the vent. He had not taken it off, but that was close enough for Adam. Zach gave me the dice and I put them in safe place. Whew! Sometimes I think (know) Zach does things like that because he knows it will get to Adam. I know I never did anything like that to my older sister.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Once Scott had his bike at home, Adam wanted to go on a bike ride (a long one, not just up and down the street). Zach said he wanted to go to! So we strapped on the helmet and off they went.
THEN he wanted to take his bike to Scott's parents house over the 4th of July (they had one bike without training wheels that Adam could ride). Not wanting to diminish the excitement, we hauled bike up to Bates City, MO. I think they went on two, maybe three rides over the weekend.
Once we got home Sunday night, he wanted to go again. We went Monday night, and also this morning! He even falls off sometimes and doesn't get upset. If you remember back in April, he took a spill and said he didn't want to ride his bike "ever again"!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We made “breakfast muffins” for a snack.
We went to a neighbor’s birthday party and played on the slip-n-slide and swing set and ate ice cream cake.
We watched nascar racing on TV (but everyone fell asleep).
We ate dinner at Jason’s Deli.
Friday, June 13, 2008
It’s our first week back to the real world after a trip to the beach. The boys had a hard time figuring out what to do, and seemed to be fighting with each other a lot. It’s rained about every night, and today was the first day we were able to try out our new sprinkler. The neighbor boys came out this afternoon and they all switched between our sprinkler and their blow-up little pool, so that kept them busy for a while.
We ran errands to the post office and Target, to buy some baseball pants for our first T-ball game tonight. We also picked out new backpacks, because the boys' Nemo backpacks are too small now. I was unsuccessful in trying to pick out a generic backpack. They both insisted on getting a Transformers backpack. I gave in only because I was tired of arguing, and it only had the word “Transformers” on it and not some mean picture of Megatron, Optimus Prime, Bonecrusher or Frenzy or any of the other Transformers.
The game went well. We had a practice on Wednesday, and Zach said he didn’t want to play T-ball because it was boring. So he didn’t participate in the practice. We had to bribe him with a snack to get him to play in the game tonight, but once he got there he was a willing participant. They both hit good balls, and even were able to stop some in the outfield. Zach is the one at the tee, and Adam is running into home base! It was 85 degrees during the game…and it was hot! I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in July.
Two funny things Zach said today:
He fell going up the deck stairs and scraped his shin. So he told me that he never wanted to go up these stairs again because they were too “pinchy.”
Then, he told me I smelled good. I said “Like what? A flower?” thinking he smelled my lotion or something. “No…like a chicken salad sandwich,” he said.
Zach also wore BLACK underwear under his WHITE baseball pants to the game.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
All the kids were awake by about 7am this morning. Zach woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and nothing was right for him until we went out to the beach. Adam and Zach were clinging onto Scott and having a ball as the waves broke around them. After a while Zach got cold so he came and sat on my lap and warmed up in a blanket. Then he did his usually digging and playing the sand. Steve brought a shovel, which is the hit of the beach. Adam likes to use it to make a big long line in the sand. We built another sandcastle with a tunnel, but it didn’t last long once Matthew came over to see what we were doing. Katie found a little tiny frog and Matthew had fun “jumping” along side of it. The surf was pretty choppy again today, but the boys didn’t seem to mind.
In the afternoon we headed out to the Galveston Port and took the Bolivar Ferry. We saw that the beach flag was red, which means that adult swimmers should only go waist deep, and children and non swimmers should stay at the shore. We watched all the people drive their cars onto the ferry, which can hold 75-80 cars (Mom asked the deckhand). The ferry blew the whistle, which made everyone jump. The sea gulls and pelicans flew along side of us, so close we could almost touch them. We saw a few dolphins jumping in the water too. Afterwards, Scott grilled steaks and chicken and we had s'mores and ice cream for dessert. This picture is taken on our deck with cousin Jake, Adam and Zach enjoying thier s'mores'
The kids went to bed, but apparently were not quiet because Uncle Steve had to lay down the law and told them that the next person who talked was going to be removed from the room. He said he didn’t hear a peep after that. The adults stayed up and watched CNN's coverage of the historical presidential race.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We woke to sunny skies but blustery winds. The tide had come up so far that two of our beach chairs, our fox hole shovel and some toys were buried in the sand. We dug out the beach chairs and shovel, but couldn’t find the toys. The surf was even more choppy than yesterday, and Steve lost his sun glasses in the water. We came in and had sandwiches and colored pictures and played legos. Matthew and Steve laid down for their naps; Adam and Zach are playing upstairs; Oma, Papa, Katie and Jake went into town to see the Hurricane of 1900 historical movie; Scott went for a drive and Sherry is ordering a new swimsuit online.
Tonight, Scott and Steve are taking the older kids to play miniature golf in town.
Monday, June 2, 2008
We ate lunch at Steve’s parents house and then everyone did a switcheroo with the traveling arrangements…I rode with Sherry, Katie and Matthew and Scott rode with Jake, Steve, Adam and Zach. It we pretty uneventful until Zach threw up in the car about 2 hours outside of Dallas. Then we hit rush hour in Dallas and that added about 30 minutes onto our already long trip. We made it to the hotel in Dallas where Zach stayed in the room with me, and everyone else went downstairs to eat. It was lucky that our room was right by the guest laundry because I had to wash Zach’s clothes and car seat cover. Yuck!
Friday,we headed out for Galveston. We stopped at a really cool rest stop that had lots of trees, and indoor eating area, playground, lake and nature trail. After we ate, the kids went over to the play ground to burn off some energy. I took Zach to the bathroom, and as we were walking back he stopped in and said “there’s something that hurts in my bottom” and dropped his drawers in the parking lot.
We arrived in Galveston around 4 pm and headed straight out to the water. The boys loved it…it was their first trip to the ocean. Dad went and scrounged up some food (pizza, salad and pasta) and we ate out on the deck overlooking the ocean. All the older kids (minus Matthew) slept in the same room which had bunk beds and two twin beds.
On Saturday, we headed out to the beach again both in the morning, and after rest time in the afternoon (we had to watch the space shuttle launch via internet first). We built a sandcastle and body surfed in the water. We had grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner, with s'mores made from the fire of the grill. Then we went out crab hunting. The boys all donned their “headlamps” (lights on a stretchy cord that goes around your head) and we found some pretty big ones. They scurried about and tried to get away from us, while we all “eeked” and screeched as they hurried across our feet. A couple of the big ones made themselves look real big by standing up real tall and raising their pinchers.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The boys have been enjoying the water gun fights that have become the game of choice in the neighborhood. There is usually at least four boys playing, and sometimes as many as six or seven. Zach seems to have an issue with the water guns…he wants to play, but then gets upset when he gets wet. I’ve tried to explain that getting wet is the whole point of the game. He usually goes into the house crying and changes shirts, then comes back out and everything is fine.
We had our first T-ball practice this weekend. Adam and Zach said they enjoyed it, although Zach made the comment that it was too hot. I’m hoping he’ll get used to it, since our practices are at 11am and go through July. Kansas in the middle of the day is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are 11 boys on the team.
Adam wanted to know how old he had to be to take "soldier lessons." Then he said when he grows up and is a soldier, he’ll take one day off a month to play golf. Scott told him that he can do that if he’s in the Air Force (speaking from experience, I guess!)
Zach is still into tying, hanging and balancing toys, household objects and clothing around the house. I find bottles of lotion hanging by a hairband from the lamps in our room, toys hanging from string that is wrapped around the spindles near our stairs, rubber bands hooking two cabinets together and a stopwatch hanging from the screen door. He also likes to pile up his dirty clothes in a little corner in his room, instead of putting them in his dirty clothes. "Because I might wear them again," he says.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Earlier this month, Scott’s parent’s came down for the weekend. Adam had just lost his first tooth, so that was the excitement of the day. He had mentioned to me a few days earlier that his tooth was loose, but I didn’t really think anything of it. Then, I noticed that he had a tooth missing! He doesn’t know what happened to it, so he thought he should write a note to the tooth fairy that said "I lost my tooth. I can't find it." He wanted to make sure he still got a surprise, even thought there was no tooth to show for it. Then Zach decided he wanted to write a note to the tooth fairy too (even though he had not lost any teeth). His note said, "I still have all my teeth in my mouth." He put the note under his pillow and the tooth fairy wrote him back "I’ll keep looking!" Adam got $1 and put it in his piggy bank right away.
Last weekend Mick and Jackie came to visit. The boys were so excited to play with cousins Maggie and Max. We went to the zoo on Saturday morning, then celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday. The boys picked out a "Superheroes" DVD for me…28 episodes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Wonder Twins. I also got two other movies that are more my style.
The weather has warmed up so we’ve been playing outside more and more. We’ve had a few very windy days and lots of storms. We only have a few more weeks left at preschool, and then the boys start their mom’s day out programs at their preschool and at the Y.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Zach was so anxious to start riding his bike (his has training wheels)…so he pedaled out on the driveway and started to turn, and fell flat on his back. He got really upset and said he didn’t want to go outside “ever again!” and refused to get back on his bike and start riding again.
Adam was a little better, although his new bike is bigger than his old one, so his feet are not flat on the ground when he’s not riding. He crashed a few times too, but in the end, decided that his new bike was “way cooler” than his old one. It even has a HAND BRAKE!
By the early evening, Zach decided he wanted to try again. So this time we went across the street to the sidewalk, so he could get used to riding in a straight line, without having to navigate the turns. He crashed a few more times (one time he said he hit his eye, one time he got his hands wet in the grass, and one time his shoe fell off) and there were plenty of tears, but each time he did get back on and continue riding. By the time we went inside, he said he was riding his bike so fast that FIRE was coming out the back!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We've had a few nice days of 60-70 degree weather. This weekend Adam and Zach had lots of time to play with their friends outside. They climbed trees (our neighbor's tree who then told them they had to get down), rode bikes, played tag and hide and seek and played in the sand. We even grilled out on Sunday night. Tonight after dinner we went to Sedgwick County Park to play until the sun went down.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Zach says he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up, and Adam switches between soldier, scientist and artist, depending on what we've been doing or talking about that day. When we talk about space, planets, fish in the ocean, etc, he wants to be a scientist so he will know all the answers to his questions. When we've had a day of coloring, he wants to be an artist. And when they've been playing with their transformers or wearing camouflage, it's the solder he's more interested in!
We’ve been pretty busy since my last post. Our Christmas lasted through Jan. 6 this year as we made a trip up to KC to see Scott’s sister and her fiancé and Scott’s parents. January was a blur as I’ve been pretty busy at work, and the boys started their winter sports. Zach is taking his 2nd tumbling class, an activity that is right up his alley. He gets to climb, hang, and jump! There is even a foam pit that they let the kids run and jump into...I think that is the highlight. Adam is playing basketball and like it a lot. Watching four and five year olds play basketball is pretty amusing. Luckily the ref’s do not call them on a lot of things…it helps keep the game moving.
We made a little overnight trip to Hutchinson and stayed at the Grand Prairie hotel, which has an indoor space-themed waterpark. The boys had a blast...they thought it was so cool, not only the water park, but the fact that we got to spend the night in a hotel! The pool had slides you could go down on inner tubes, fountains, a lazy river and a pool with basketball goals so you could play basketball in the water! The slides were the highlight, but the boys were not tall enough to go by themselves, so Scott and I had to make trip up the stairs with them. I can't tell you how many times we went down, but we finally had to tell them that we had to "rest."
Right now Adam and Zach are playing Hullabaloo, a gift from Grammy and Grandpa at Christmas. I told them I was Hullabalooed-out, because we play it almost everyday. It changes between Uno (a gift from Aunt Lisa and Jason) and Hullabaloo, so if you come to our house, you'll be asked to play one of those games.