Three's (no, Six's) Company

Posted February 05, 2013
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Everyone looks forward to Wednesdays at our house, because Wednesday is kid swap day!  Every Wednesday, Luke hangs out all day with his best buds.  Their three little brothers tag along, too.  Meanwhile two lucky mommies enjoy a few hours away from their little guys while the third mommy learns valuable lessons in chaos management.

Today was our day to host kid swap.  I was really missing the nice weather when I could send the big boys outside to entertain themselves for a few hours.  So I asked the other moms to bring snow suits so we could try to pass some time outdoors. Unfortunately it took longer to take everything on and off than they actually spent playing outside. But don't they make a cute trio?

The Jesus Book

Posted February 04, 2013
Posted by Michele

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What do you get when you combine a computer programmer and a math teacher?  A family of serious math geeks, or so my students warned me.  But much to my surprise, Luke is not very into numbers right now.  All he wants to do is read, read, read. Where did this kid come from? Babysitters always comment on how Luke asks to be read to the whole time he's with them.  And he's at me all day long to read to him, too. 

Well, you won't hear me complaining.  Luke's favorite book right now, according to him, is "the Jesus book".  That's right everyone, my son loves THE BIBLE.  

This morning when he saw Sam reading his Bible in the family room, Luke decided to join him with his own Bible. "We are reading our Jesus books," he proudly informed me.  

Do you hear my heart singing??

Legoland, sort of

Posted February 03, 2013
Posted by Michele

January 10, 2013

Joanna has been a close and faithful friend for a long time.  When Luke was first born, she spent her spring break at my house cleaning up spit-up and changing his diapers.  She visits often and plays with Luke for hours and hours. You would think that this sort of devotion would create a strong affection for her in Luke's heart.  It did for a long time... until now.

I decided to be a bit adventurous and travel by myself with the two boys to visit Joanna and her husband Kyle in the city of Chicago. Two days before our trip, I explained to Luke that we would soon be visiting "Aunt Joanna and Uncle Kyle." Luke instantly got a big grin on his face. "Kyle has Legos!" he said. "I want to visit Uncle Kyle and play with the Legos!"  And every 5 minutes after that for the rest of the day, "Mommy, is it time to go to Uncle Kyle's house and play with Legos? Why not??"

You see, Kyle has a lot of Legos. A LOT.  I think that it's one of those, I can pretend this is an adult hobby if I'm really good at it things. And he is really good at it.  Last time we visited them, Kyle had several Lego cars, trucks and airplanes that Luke played with nonstop. So I'm really sorry for Joanna, but she seems to have been replaced by her husband in Luke's mind.  Poor thing. Who can compete with Legos for the affection of a little boy? 

Well we did go to Uncle Kyle's house and we did play with Legos. But I did not take any pictures of that (c'mon, they're just Legos). What I did take pictures of were the fabulous outings we took with Joanna around the city. The first was to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Judah had fun, too.

Our second trip was to the Nature Museum.  They had an awesome water exhibit that allowed kids to make lakes, change the course of rivers, and steer boats through locks.  Luke could have spent all day there!

We had a great trip.  I have to admit that Luke seemed to enjoy our outings even more than he enjoyed the Legos.  So there you go, Jo. You may still be able to win your place back in his heart!

Slowly but surely...

Posted January 25, 2013
Posted by Michele

January 8, 2013

Slowly but surely, Judah is making his move. And his jealous big brother is not happy about it.

Get in line, ladies!

Posted January 24, 2013
Posted by Michele

Hope you're not sick of Judah videos yet, because I've got lots more. I can't get enough of 'em.  Here's one from January 5.

Get in line, ladies!  Spiky hair, flowing spit... what's not to love? 

Another Judah Feeding Failure

Posted January 24, 2013
Posted by Michele

'January 7, 2013

Here's a second video for today of a failed attempt to get Judah to eat chunky food. The enemy in question was banana pieces.

Sort of reminds me of Luke's refusal to eat carrots in this post.

Judah attempts "real" food

Posted January 24, 2013
Posted by Michele

December 30, 2012

I know that I just started Judah on solids less than a month ago, but come on little guy.  I'm not choking you!

Christmas 2012

Posted January 23, 2013
Posted by Michele

Christmas 2012

First I must apologize to my avid readers for the delay in blog posts. I know both of you are very disappointed in me. Although some of the wait can be attributed to my general laziness/busyness, I have also experienced a few technical difficulties here at williamsonfamily.com.  A big thank you to my very talented and incredibly attractive webmaster for getting this blog up and running again.

We have so many great pictures from Christmas this year, its hard to choose which ones to share.  We spent over a week in Ann Arbor with not much to do - which was totally fabulous!  Here are a few shots to show you what each of us was up to.

Judah had a rough start to our week in Ann Arbor with the arrival of his very first tooth.  This made for some difficult nights for all of us.  During the day, however, he was still the happy little guy we're used to.  His gum pain was countered by his bliss at slowly mastering forward motion.  He enjoyed this new-found freedom tremendously by stealing as many toys as possible from his cousin.  Thankfully Christmas day brought plenty of presents for all, and Judah was able to scoot, steal, and chew to his heart's content.

Luke was of course in heaven all week.  Every day I watched him run around the house with one grown-up or another.  All of us would claim that Luke was "helping us" do what we wanted to do.  But let's be honest, Luke calls all the shots at Grandma and Grandpa's house. With so many grown-ups just lying around, that lucky child is guaranteed to always find someone to do his bidding.  This Christmas he enjoyed decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies, setting up Grandpa's train set, being read to, having a snowball fight, and of course, opening (lots) of presents.

Sam enjoyed taking pictures all week, especially after he received a new lens and camera backpack for Christmas.  I didn't realize it at the time, but looking through my folders, I can only find these two pictures of him. That little stinker.  He did relax and enjoy himself, and spent countless hours setting up trains and playing with his new spouse new toy, his Nexus tablet.

I (Michele) spent most of the week coercing people into playing board or card games with me, and I was not disappointed with the results.  I love all of the Christmas traditions we do every year with Sam's family, but vacation will never be vacation for me without the games!

A very belated Christmas to you from the Williamsons!

Ann Arbor Children's Museum

Posted January 04, 2013
Posted by Michele

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ever since Luke was born, Sam has been looking forward to one day taking our children to the Ann Arbor Children's Museum. Today was the day of their first long-anticipated visit, and the museum did not disappoint!

Experiments are fun, but more for the older kids. Luke was the most happy just running around the toddler play section.  Of course his favorite activity was the fire truck. :)

We are looking forward to more visits in the years to come!

Luke's very own wooden tracks

Posted January 03, 2013
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We leave tomorrow to spend a week in Ann Arbor at Sam's parents' house, a location also known as Luke Paradise.  Between a train table full of wooden trains and a grandma to play with at all hours of the day, Grandma and Grandpa's house is his heaven on earth.  Last time Luke was there, he actually admitted, "Grandma, I want to live with you forever."

In an attempt to replicate the joy of his favorite second home, we decided to purchase a wooden train set for our house.  We let Luke open this one Christmas present tonight, since there's no point in us bringing it with us.  I'd say he was pleased with it.

Now all we need is for Grandma to come live with us, and we'll be all set!