Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Life Lesson 21 - all children should be bathed at the same time. Or at the very least if they aren't they should not be stripped down to nothing but their diaper more than 30 seconds before it's their turn.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Not that this surprises me in any way, but like lots of things in life the boys just couldn't be more different in the pool. Ryan reaches, kicks, pulls up, pushes off and just basically tries to swim and do all the activities at swim lessons. Connor on the other hand is content to just let you shuttle him around the pool where ever you think he needs to go with the exception of on his back. They really do seem to be enjoying lessons and are much more comfortable in the pool than when we first started.
Speaking of differences, I think we are going to have a Mutt and Jeff. Hopefully some day Ryan will grow into the boats for feet he has. He has really LONG feet. When we went shoe shopping on Saturday I had them measure his feet. He is currently measuring a size 5. Connor's feet are thicker, but shorter. Despite Connor's recent foot growth spurt even stretching he barely makes it to a size 4. I did find some cool new shoes for Ryan that should have enough room to grow for at least a few days at the rate he is going.
The mall play area was an interesting place to visit. There were lots and lots of kids there, and despite it being for the 42" and under crowd there were sure a lot of tall looking 42 inchers in the play area. The boys didn't seem to mind though. They watched the big kids and tried to do some of the suicidal things they were doing like climbing on top of the equipment. Ryan was in hog heaven - he flitted from one near death experience to the next surprisingly escaping more or less unscathed. Connor's feet remained a bit more firmly planted to the ground for the most part which helped to keep him from getting run over. Though we didn't stay terribly long the boys seemed to have a good time and were really thrilled when I pointed out a butterfly hanging over head.
Speaking of playing the boys really tuckered themselves out at one of the parks in Kingwood after dinner. It was clearly their favorite play ground yet by far. They both picked out a slide and kept going up the stairs and down the slide, then off to do it all over again. Ryan's slide was hugely tall and spiraled down. He did amazingly well. Other than one minor incident where he tried to walk down the slide instead of sitting down to slide he did really well. Connor picked a somewhat smaller, straight slide that a little on the slick and fast side. They must have gone up and down the slides at least 2 dozen times before we took a water break and ended up heading off to the swings.
Afterwards the boys got to play with a few new toys at Kevin's parent's house and we enjoyed a little cake and ice cream.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
They are growing up far too fast. They amaze me everyday with the things they have learned. They know lots of critters now - cow, horse, pig, frog, cat, dog, duck, lion, tiger, bear, bird, fish, butterfly, bee, grasshopper, snake, caterpillar, dinosaur, rabbits, etc. They can point them out in books. They know the sounds they make. They know most of their body parts, too. They can point out their head, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, shoulders, tummy, belly button, knees, feet, and toes. Their vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. Ryan is doing especially well picking up new words - he can say mama, dadda, banana, more, duck, ball, off, out, go, shoe, no, please, milk, water, car, hi, bye bye, and I am sure there are others I am forgetting. He is also doing a great job trying to repeat the things you say. They are also both signing. They can sign eat, more, milk, water, please, banana, all done, bird, butterfly, dog, and diaper.
They seem to understand most of what we tell them and are really becoming great little helpers. They put their shoes and clothes up every day. They help pick up their toys for the most part, too. At school they help clean up the tables and put things in the trash. They love carrying their school bags, too. They hold my hands and walk into and out of school. They give hugs, they blow kisses. They share when they want to, and often bring each other toys and try to offer comfort if the other one is upset.
We seem to have reached a lull in the teething department. Ryan is holding steady with 12 teeth. I think the next to come for him will be his "eye teeth" the pointy fangs. Connor finally had his outside bottom teeth break through the gums about a week ago, bringing him up to 12 as well.
They are both getting quite proficient at opening doors, and things that were once safely out of reach are unexpectedly within their grasp. And what they can't accomplish alone they are learning to do together. We are in so much trouble... :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The food was much better than I remembered, and the boys loved watching the train. Ryan pointed to it and waved every time it came around. But the best thing ever? Whole corn on the cob. I actually tasted my food. I had a few minutes to sit around leisurely sipping my water. They loved it. Ryan actually did a great job eating his corn. He gnawed the cob practically clean. Connor wasn't quite as aggressive, and he kept trying to stuff the whole end in his mouth. Unfortunately we didn't think to bring our cameras so we didn't get a single picture of their first corn on the cob. :) I know you are truly heartbroken, but take my word for it it was actually very cool to see them try something new, learn how to hold it, and learn how to eat it. They did such a good job I was so proud of them.
Ryan on the other hand might not live long enough to be incarcerated. Between his daring climb higher into the play structure than we thought it would possible for him to climb and a nasty spill on the tile while running from Connor after absconding with his toy it will be a miracle if he survives toddlerhood.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I am not sure what this says about Connor, but clearly they have Ryan pegged.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We had a swim date with our friends John, Sharon and Caden today at our neighborhood pool. It was Caden's first time in the pool. Unfortunately the pumps to the water play area were down today so he didn't get to see the pool in full action. That didn't slow the boys down much though. They ran around as usual and even decided to try out a few new things today. Connor investigated some little spouts around the edge of the pool. And both boys decided to give the crawl through tunnel a try, too. Ryan and I played peek-a-boo and chase in the tunnel. Ryan would come looking for me, and when I popped out he would laugh and do the crawfish (backing up) so he was just out of reach as I jumped in and chased after him.
Ryan loves the slide. He slides down and then runs around to do it again about as fast as his little legs will propel him in the water, and back up the tower. Connor slid a few times, too, though he hasn't figured out how to come down so that he doesn't get drowned by the water at the bottom.
Thanks to John and Sharon the boys also tried out a water float. Technically it was meant for one baby, but since Kevin put Ryan in backwards the area for the baby to splash in wasn't needed so we dropped Connor in there as a stowaway and surprisingly the boat didn't sink. :)
Connor did eventually try out a crab like Cadens, but I was too busy chasing him around I didn't get single picture. :) The boys really had a good time in the floats, and it was really nice of John, Sharon, and Caden to think of them. We will definitely be using them again. Thanks guys!
And of course I couldn't do one for Connor without doing one for Ryan, too. Here's Ryan's layout:
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
What happened? Where did my baby go?
Connor's hair has been in a funk lately. He has really course hair, and a lot of it. Unfortunately it just couldn't seem to decide what it wanted to do. Some parts were straight, some parts were wavy, some parts were curly. And it was getting a little long. Not to mention that no matter how often it was brushed there was always some part sticking up. So, after dinner I decided to take him to get his hair cut.
It was just the two of us. Since I had decided to get it cut about 5 minutes before we walked out the door needless to say we didn't have an appointment. Luckily there weren't too terribly many people in front of us and Connor was in a super good mood. We played in the little waiting area at the front, and flipped through a hairstyle book. I picked out a great gelled mohawk look, but Connor didn't seem too impressed.
After we finished the book one of the stylists mentioned that there was a play area in the back so we went to check it out. There were two other kids playing with trains on a big train table. Connor joined them with some legos he found along the way. I was really impressed how long he stood there and just watched them move their trains right in front of him without reaching out to snag one. There is no way Ryan would have shown that much restraint. :)
Before long it was our turn to get a haircut. Connor took his legos with him and sat in the little race car. He did amazingly well. He played with the legos and watched Elmo while holding really still. The trimmer didn't even phase him. He just kept playing and watching the show. The stylist had a neat trick to get him to look down so she could trim the back. She attached one of the magnetic train cars to the bottom of the car's steering wheel. It took him a minute or two before he figured out how to reach it and get if off.
When it was all done the top was a little shorter than I expected. I walked in with a baby and left with a toddler. He just looked so different! I missed his little curls already. Kevin was pretty stunned when we made it home, too.
As for Ryan, he still has his long curly locks. At least for now. :) Unlike Connor, Ryan's hair is pretty fine. It has a way of looking cute wet or dry, brushed or not. He's got streaks on the top that are sun bleached and oodles of little curls in the back. I have always thought that the boys looked night and day different and it just amazes me how we ended up with such different children. With the new haircut I don't think anyone is going to have trouble telling them apart, even from behind and at a distance. :)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The proof's in the pictures:
Just getting started on the first serving...
Definitely a keeper!
But we did get the boys an inflatable pool. We got it all blown up and setup in the backyard this afternoon. The boys dove right in.
Tested the water.