Monday, March 30, 2009

On the Move

Even though they're not creeping or crawling yet, the boys are beginning to be on the move. We put them next to each other on the blanket, and before we know it, they are off it in opposite directions. Today, Garrett rolled about 6 feet, and ending up near the bottom of the stairs.

This is the face of a boy examining the flight of stairs. I see baby gates in our future.

Swimming Lessons

Ian took swimming lessons over the last two weeks at "Daddy's school" (our local high school). He went Monday-Thursday, and really seemed to make a lot of progress. The classes were taught by members of the swim team, and Ian's class had 5 kids, ages 3-5. The first two days were fairly traumatic. On the first day, the teachers dunked the kids completely under the water 3 times. Ian is not a huge fan of getting his face wet, so being forced under the water (and injesting some of it) did not go over well. At home, we talked about how brave he was, bought him a pair of goggles, and by day four, he was a pro! If you ask him what his favorite part of swimming lessons was, he would say enthusiastically "Bombs!" (We eventually stopped trying to correct this... he actually means "bobs," but we think it's pretty cute.) He's officially ready for summer; now all we need is warm weather!

Ian's on the left

Coming up for air after a "bomb"


New Neighbors!

Grandpa and Grandma are our new neighbors! They moved here from Chicago last weekend, and we are excited to have them so close! Their neighborhood is next to our's, and they have a POOL! Also, Aunt Helen and Uncle David will be about 40 minutes from us as of next weekend! All this on top of Nana and Papa living 35 minutes away! It's so wonderful to have all of this family so close by! Lots of fun times ahead...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Family Walks

We have been absolutely LOVING this nice weather! Sunshine, daffodils poking their heads up, warm air, and open windows sure lift my spirits! We have been enjoying taking walks after dinner for the last few nights. Ian busies himself by collecting pieces of nature for his "treasure chest" (the basket underneath the stroller), and races ahead to the next mailbox where he waits for us. Anything to burn off the energy! Last night as we were rounding the corner approaching our house, he said to Daddy, "Last one home is a broken egg!" The babies can now stay awake through a walk, and seem to like breathing the fresh air. Unfortunately, the forecast is calling for cooler temperatures, but I can see the spring light at the end of the end of this winter tunnel!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Ian made this festive hat at school today.

Stephanie came over today to help us out. What a beautiful day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rock Star!

Ian said, "Mommy, Garrett's hair is sticking up like a rock star!"

Tooth #2

Brennan's second tooth (bottom left) poked through yesterday!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Wheels on the Bus

Last week, Ian got to go on his FIRST bus ride for his FIRST field trip! They went to a local pizza place, got a tour of the kitchen, and practiced dough techniques. The morning ended with a pop, a slice of pizza, and a cookie... all before 11 a.m.! Papa went as a chaperone, and humored Mommy by taking some pictures. They had a great time, and the report was that the bus ride was the main attraction!

They Might Be Giants

On our way to visit Nana and Papa today, we were having a conversation about trains, which led to talking about Kiddieland, which led to talking about the zoo, which led to talking about giants, which led to talking about God and Jesus. I'm sure it seems very logical in the mind of a 4-year-old.

Mommy: "I've never actually seen a giant before. Have you?"
Ian: "There are only two giants in this world. Do you know who they are?"
Mommy: "No. Who?"
Ian: "God and Jesus. But, they are friendly giants who love us very much. They would never hit us in the face or anything."
Mommy: "You're right. They do love us very much."

Ian went on to explain to Garrett and Brennan about God and Jesus. "They are giants, but they don't live on Earth. They live up in the sky and can see everything... even Chicago and Florida! We can't see them, but they're there, and they love us."