Peas, Please!

Posted February 24, 2013
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Judah is getting really good at feeding himself bits of food.  As I mentioned a few days ago, I am more than keen to move on from the spoon feeding stage.  I'm not sure if he's technically old enough yet, but this evening I decided to give Judah cold canned peas.  To my surprise he gobbled them up!  I don't remember Luke really liking peas all that much the first time.  But then again, I fed Luke carefully selected organic unsugared and unsalted peas, where as Judah received whatever I have in the cupboard that might occupy you while I make dinner peas.  

They must have been good, because Luke asked for some, too, and subsequently polished off half the can.  So yeah, my boys had cold canned peas for dinner tonight.  

Eight Months of Judah

Posted February 23, 2013
Posted by Michele

Saturday, February 16, 2013

We had a little photo shoot today in honor of Judah's 8 month birthday. Here are some things he is up to these days:
- crawling on hands and knees
- saying, "da da da da da da", constantly
- picking up and eating bits of crackers, shredded cheese, and fruit
- pulling himself up to knees and (occasionally) to standing
- stealing his big brother's toys
- grabbing at and sucking on everything
- sleeping through the night (7:30pm-6:00am - hurray!)
- smiling at everyone

Eight months of Judah!

Judah's Little Valentine

Posted February 17, 2013
Posted by Michele

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tonight we had fun babysitting little Hailey Michele while her parents went out for their first baby-free date night! We had our own little Valentine's Day date going on here between these two.  Gotta keep my eye on that young man...

Luke's Third Birthday

Posted February 15, 2013
Posted by Michele

Monday, February 11, 2013

Today is Luke's third birthday. We have all been looking forward to today, including Luke, of course.  Unfortunately the only thing he really understands about birthdays is that we eat cake.  "What are you going to do on your birthday?" people ask him. He replies with, "Eat cake!"

With that in mind, I figured I had better make a pretty awesome birthday cake for Luke's birthday.  Cake decorating is not really my forte, but luckily for me I found out last week that a former student of mine, Cahara, is starting a baking career.  So I commissioned her with her first assignment - a car-themed little boy's birthday cake.  I was totally thrilled with what she came up with!  Didn't it turn out adorable?

When Luke came into the kitchen this morning and saw his cake, he jumped up and down, shouting, "My cake has cars and a road! My cake has cars and a road!!!"  So I guess it was a success.

Next it was off to the pool for a swimming party with Luke's two best buds.  The boys had a great time, and the moms enjoyed having someone to talk to at the pool for a change.

Then everyone headed over to our house to eat lunch, and, of course, cake!

Yes, even the little tykes (like adorable Grayson) got to join in the festivities.

Okay, its cake time!

Here is Luke attempting to hold up only three fingers (to show that he is three years old).  Apparently we should have practiced this ahead of time.

There we go.

In the evening, we finished off the day with dinner, a few presents, and of course, more cake.  Happy birthday, little man. I'm so thankful for you!

Youngest. Skier. Ever.

Posted February 13, 2013
Posted by Michele

February 10, 2013

We have discovered a small misfortune that comes with having babies. As wonderful as they are, when they enter the scene, certain things suddenly become distant memories.  Such as sleep.  Eating out (and enjoying it).  And hobbies.  Oh hobbies... I know I used to have them. What were they again?

Take skiing, for example.  Sam used to be an avid skier, but in the last couple of years it has been difficult for us to find any time to ski.  Well, I am happy to inform you that we just returned home from a lovely weekend at Boyne Highlands with Sam's parents. It was our first time skiing in 2 years! Sad, but true.  Boy, did we had a great time.  Beautiful snow, no lines, and available babysitters... what more could you ask for?  And to top it all off, we had the very exciting experience of introducing Luke to skiing!

At 1-day-shy-of-3-years-old, I'll admit, he was a bit young to ski.  The ski rental shop did not even carry boots in his size.  But we found something that worked, and had an absolute blast putting Luke on the slopes.  He loved his skis so much that he insisted on leaving them on, even indoors.  He begged and begged us to take him back outside again and again.  

Skiing, there may be hope for you yet!  Perhaps next winter we can reintroduce you into our lives as a FAMILY activity!

And here are boys enjoying a lazy Sunday morning with Grandma :)

David and Goliath

Posted February 09, 2013
Posted by Michele

February 5, 2013

Tonight Luke asked to play David and Goliath. Originally he wanted to be Goliath, but quickly changed his mind when we reminded him who wins.

Apple and Tree

Posted February 08, 2013
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tonight I was reminded of what my coworkers and I used to say after every parent-teacher conference. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

This is how I occupy my children before dinner

Posted February 07, 2013
Posted by Michele

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sam often makes dinner at our house, which is great, because it means that I don't have to prepare a nice meal and watch the kids at the same time.  However, while Sam was working in the basement this evening, I found myself faced with that impossible task of navigating a hot oven and stove with two little boys clinging on my heels.  I don't know how you other moms do it.  I had to improvise.

 Luke, here are some Cheerios. Go cook something.

Judah, try some of this shredded chicken. 

(I know you've never had meat before, but I don't care right now.) 

(Please don't choke.)

Flannel Fans

Posted February 06, 2013
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some people are Flannel Fans.  No, no, not me.  My dear husband can wear whatever he likes, of course.  But he knows his life will be a happy one if he stays away from the flannel.  He has wisely decided to save his one flannel shirt for only the most manly of occasions, such as working on the basement and brewing beer.

Judah and Luke have several flannel shirts.  Don't look at me, most of their clothes are hand-me-downs.  I decided to keep two flannel shirts for each of them just to make Sam happy.

Just look at those grins.

Apparently its a guy thing.