Judah's latest skill

Posted May 18, 2013
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Judah LOVES stairs.  I figured I had better teach him how to approach them (without toppling head first, if possible).  I've only shown him twice, and this morning he seemed to get the hang of it!  Kids at this age amaze me!

Watch and Luke and I cheer on Judah to "stick out his body", as Luke calls it.

Can he fix it? Yes he can!

Posted May 18, 2013
Posted by Michele

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Luke is convinced that he is excellent at fixing things.  I think it must be all that Bob the Builder he's been watching.  When Sam announced this afternoon that he had to fix the car, Luke exclaimed, "I will help you! I am a good fixer! I will go get my tools!!"

And so, armed with plastic (and actual) tools, they worked on the car together. 

Thank goodness that saw is plastic.

"My friends and their brothers"

Posted May 04, 2013
Posted by Michele

Monday, April 22, 2013

 Luke is at a stage where he loves to tell stories. His latest stories all go like this: 

"Once upon a time, me, and Judah, and my friends, and my friends' brothers, went to [someplace cool] and we [did something awesome]. Then we went home and took a nap. The end! Now you tell a story to me!"

Today, Luke's dreams came true because we went to Frederik Meijer Gardens with his three best friends and their brothers.  We toured the butterflies and spent a glorious morning outside.

The sand box was a huge hit. They spent close to an hour playing together there!  Although he had to watch from the sidelines, Judah had a good time too :)

Gotta love FRIENDS...


Baby Godzilla

Posted April 30, 2013
Posted by Michele

Thursday, April 18, 2013

10 months old and already so violent.

Not Sam's Birthday

Posted April 29, 2013
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Today is technically Sam's 29th birthday.  I planned a fabulous birthday surprise lunch with his favorite two boys and his sister Rebekah (and me, of course).  Unfortunately the man had to get sick on his birthday.  He is in bed with the stomach flu, poor guy. So... scratch that idea.  It is no longer his birthday today.  I've decided that it will just have to be his birthday some other day this week.  Because honestly, being sick on your birthday s.u.c.k.s!

Having said that, I didn't see why Sam's ailments should keep the rest of us from having some fun today, so... off to see the butterflies we went!

What's that, you say?  Why that's a caterpillar forming his chrysalis! (Do NOT let a volunteer at Frederik Meijer Gardens hear you calling it a cocoon unless you want a five minute lecture. I got mine this morning.)  It took only 3 minutes for the caterpillar to weave up his chrysalis around his body, and we just happened to be there to watch it.  Then, when he was finished, the caterpillar's head suddenly popped off and fell to the ground.  I'm serious.  It was disgusting.  

Okay, I THOUGHT it was his head.  Apparently it was his behind.  I know this because I was quickly corrected by another volunteer, who informed me of this fact right after reprimanding me for exclaiming "gross!" when the head/butt/thingy fell off.  You'd have thought I said a cuss word, because he turned his solemn face toward me and scolded, "It is not gross. It is nature and it is beautiful."  Yikes, I offended a butterfly. Oh no wait, he was still a caterpillar.  Or was he something in between?  Well I offended a caterpillar/butterfly, if he could even hear me from inside of his cocoon...dang it, I mean, his chrysalis..........

It was finally warm enough today to spend some time in the Children's Garden, which we have anxiously been waiting to get back to all winter!

Thanks for coming with us Bekah! And happy (not) birthday to you, Sam!

Judah's Mullet Cut

Posted April 10, 2013
Posted by Michele

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I recently discovered via my sisters’ blogs that all of their children had their hair cut this week as well.  Maybe it’s the spring weather that makes us moms start running for the scissors.  For me, it was when Judah wore a collared shirt on Easter. Then the hard fact that I had been denying for weeks became too obvious to ignore. Sad but true. My baby had grown a mullet.

Judah was in a rather cranky mood this afternoon, but the weather was nice and I was on a mission so I decided to give it a go.  He did not enjoy it, but did give me a few minutes without squirming and wailing.

I learned the hard way on my guinea pig first child that, in these situations, too little is far preferred to too much.  With this in mind, I was very tentative and only snipped what was absolutely necessary.  I didn't want to mess with his style. (That and once he started screaming I had to give up and call it good).

Before. Adorable yet impractical surfer dude style. 

After. Nothing I can do about the fluffy fro, but at least his neck, eyes and ears are free!

Playing together

Posted April 04, 2013
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It's only been in the last couple of weeks that Luke and Judah have started playing together.  There are not many activities that they can do together successfully, as Luke is rather protective of his toys, and Judah views every object in sight as a potential snack.

But now that we have put together this great little wagon that Judah received for Christmas, they have discovered all sorts of fun brotherly activities that they can share.  This morning Luke was pushing Judah around the house while they both giggled with delight. Ah, brotherly affection.  Let the fun (and fighting!) begin!

Easter Sunday

Posted April 04, 2013
Posted by Michele

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Someone woke up ready for some egg hunting this morning...

Judah was happy to play with the leftover eggs.

We had a lovely time with Sam's grandmother, who joined us for the festivities.

Happy Resurrection Day to you!


Posted April 03, 2013
Posted by Michele

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sam spent this evening with our dishwasher, which had previously been grinding loudly and leaking gunk before he performed his handyman magic to it.  Now it runs as good as new.  Sam informs me that this leaves the fridge as the only major appliance in our house that he hasn't had to fix.  That's probably because we bought a new fridge when we bought the house! Everything else is old, old old... and running on Prowess of Sam.  I'm so thankful for my handyman (and his handy-helper) !

Empty Tomb Rolls

Posted April 02, 2013
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter is my favorite holiday, for spiritual reasons!  As far as Easter holiday traditions, however, I have very few.  I would like to make it an important holiday for my kids in the future, but dyed eggs and clay tomb projects seemed too advanced for Luke this year, so I decided to wait.   Instead we've been reading him the resurrection story over and over again out of his children's Bible. This afternoon when his friends were here I decided to try a new and very yummy sensory lesson - empty tomb rolls.

Following this recipe, the boys rolled a marshmallow "Jesus" in butter and spices and wrapped him in "cloth" crescent rolls.  Then we baked him in the "tomb" oven.  We had to wait a LONG TIME for the rolls to bake!  As we waited we talked about how sad Jesus' friends were when he went into the tomb.

Finally the rolls were ready.  We opened them up and what did we find??  No Jesus!

I brought out a fresh marshmallow out of the bag and explained how Jesus had come back to life! The boys loved it and the rolls were totally delicious!

As Luke says in this video, "Where is Jesus? He's not there - he got alive again!" 

He is risen!