Friday, May 29, 2009

Picture day

I finally got the kids to the portrait studio to get pictures on Tuesday evening. It was long long overdue, as their last photo was the previous Easter. It's not that it is too expensive or we don't have time to get them there more often - it is just a lot of work and very stressful. Alex is still easy - he will sit and let us get his photo. But the twins are a different story. Last year was horrible, which is probably the main reason I have waited so long. Drew would not get his photo taken, by himself or with Faye. He pouted almost the whole time. I think we were there over an hour trying to get the two of them to sit together or by themselves.

It is amazing what a year will do. I bribed the kids with a chocolate covered pretzel and playing Wii games if they listened to the photographer. They stepped right up, did everything she asked, and we were done in less than 20 minutes!! They aren't the greatest pictures, but I think they are cute. Faye did some weird eye squinting, and when I asked her why, it was simply, "because." Drew still does not smile and he tells me he doesn't know how. I think he is being serious too.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Interesting baby...

Alex fell asleep this morning on the dog's bed, tired from playing. I've never seen him do this before, but he had a busy day yesterday. We started scraping another side of our garage, and he was outside playing. Of course he had to be doing what we were doing, so he grabbed a scraper and started working. I've never seen a baby pick up things as quickly as he does. He really watches everything we do (Drew and Faye too). Andy gave him a quick lesson and he was ready!

We went out for dinner last night at Dos Reales, me and Andy's favorite mexican restaurant. They give you a bowl of salsa and chips, and of course we started dipping and eating. I gave Alex a chip, mostly just to play with and he kept reaching forward with it, so Andy put the bowl of salsa near him and he dipped his chip too. He couldn't eat it without salsa - what was I thinking?! What a baby!!

A Busy Week!

We had a busy week here! Tuesday the kids had a park party at Eisner park with their preschool class. They had a great time and it was really cute to see all the kids talking to each other and playing together. They had their last day of school on Thursday. I told the kids a few times it would be their last day until next year, but I don't think they got it until we were home Thursday afternoon. The teachers sent home their name tags that were on their cubbies at school, and the kids couldn't figure out why they were at home now. Once I explained again that school was out until the fall, and then they would have a new teacher, they both looked and me and said, "oh!" I think they got it finally!!

We went to touch a truck on Wednesday after gym time at the YMCA. Drew spent most of the time with his hands over his ears. It was loud - the police car and fire truck sirens were going, and the semi's were honking their horns, but Alex managed to sleep through all the noise. Drew loved the monster truck. He has been playing Exite Truck and Exite Bots on our Wii, so the monster truck was a big hit! I played Exite Bots with him the other night, and he is really really good. He beat me 2 out of 3 times we played. It is the one thing we've found that he truly loves - video games. He will sit and play as long as we'll let him, and he is not one for sitting down long! It is really all he thinks about I think, and he tells me all day long about which buttons to push to do this or that in all the games he plays. It is really amazing to watch him play these games. He concentrates so hard. I've never seen him do that with anything else, so maybe it is a good thing. Do they have video game competitions for 4 year olds?

We went to the park on Friday. Alex had his 1st official wagon ride, and he loved it. Even more though he loves Faye and Drew's Sigg water bottles. I was going to get one for his birthday, but he may get an early present. Drew and Faye took turns riding with Alex, and Drew even pulled the wagon for quite awhile.

The kids played in the tree most of the morning. Drew came away with one thumb injury - scraped it on the tree, and Faye got stuck in the tree 3 times and came home with a ripped skirt. I hadn't realized she was stuck at all. I told her it was time to leave and I put Alex in the wagon, and Drew jumped in, and she was still messing around in the tree, so I finally realized she was stuck. She didn't seem to mind at all, but her skirt did.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fun Weekend

We had a fun, but much too short weekend! My mom drove here from Omaha, Nebraska on Friday and we spent the day Saturday in Flanagan at my Oma's annual Fish Fry. We didn't actually eat any fish however. It was great to see everybody there! Mom played Wii for the first time this weekend, and did quite well at the bowling. The kids, especially Drew, were quite excited to show her all the games they play. They also love playing the board game Sorry, so we played that more times than I care to think about. Neither one of them are very gracious losers, but we're working on that. The weekend went by much too fast, but we enjoyed it!

It was really sunny on Sunday when mom was getting ready to leave. Faye couldn't even look at the camera! Finally some sun though! Our street was completely flooded twice this past week, on Wednesday morning and then again Friday night. It was crazy! This was what it looked like on Wednesday morning. I couldn't get a picture of it Friday night because it was dark , but it was much worse than this!

This morning was lousy cold, so we stayed in and melted crayons. It was fun and the kids had a good time. We had tons of broken little crayon pieces, and I saved them, not really knowing why at the time. One of their friends from preschool gave them each a star shaped crayon at Valentine's Day made from melted crayon pieces, so I figured we could do that too! The kids loved breaking the pieces even smaller. We used an old muffin pan and arranged the pieces, then popped it in the oven for a bit till they melted, then in the freezer, and viola! They look really cool.

Faye and Drew had their swim lessons again today. They have a new teacher, Abbie for the remainder of their classes. They were a little leary of switching teachers so soon, but I mentioned how their new teacher looked a little like my brother's girlfriend Hallie, and their faces lit up with excitement at that. The kids LOVE Hallie. So their lesson went great today. They had to swim across the pool with their faces in the water the whole time, blowing bubbles. I noticed it looked like Drew was drinking the water, not blowing out, so I asked him later about it and he said he was thirsty. Ugh!! Anyways, this is the way the kids look before classes, running around the YMCA with towels on their heads. Can they get any stranger?

Alex has been showing an interest in cleaning lately. He found the dishcloth and was wiping off the table last week. My mom said she saw him washing the bathroom floor with a washcloth. Tonight I was sweeping and swiffering (is that a word?) the floor and noticed him watching, so I handed it off and he pushed it around for at least 30 minutes. I may just leave one out for him, and hopefully we'll have clean floors!! Faye and Drew loved doing this too, and still do actually.

Monday, May 11, 2009

He's getting much faster!!

He is getting much faster and better at walking! I couldn't really back up fast enough to get him on the video! He will be running in a few weeks I'm sure...

Notice Drew sliding under Alex's crib. He loves to hide under there. It is the first place I look for him now if I can't find him.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Are they real people Mommy?

Are they real people Mommy? Faye asked me this question at least 5 times last night. Billie Jo came over and we took Faye and her step-daughter Brittney to the Cinderella Ballet at the Virginia Theatre. It was a great night! We ate out at my favorite restaurant, Minneci's, before heading over to the Theater. We had great seats in the balcony, figuring the girls would be able to see much better up there. We thought we might be arriving late, but we arrived just as the lights were dimmed and the music started. Minneci's is an Italian restaurant, and while it is not particularly fancy, you can easily spend 3 hours eating dinner there. Andy and I always order their Tostini and Olive appetizer, in which you receive at least a loaf of Italian bread toasted, and a large bowl of olives dripping in olive oil and garlic, and a large bowl of diced tomatoes, also dripping in garlic and olive oil. Dieters beware!! This would not be the place to eat if you are watching calories! But it is delicious! We did order this appetizer and even the girls enjoyed this, Brittney the tomatoes and olive oil sauce, and Faye the olives. We then had salads, then our food with more garlic bread. Yum!

Faye sat on the edge of her seat almost the whole one hour and forty-five minutes of the ballet. Her first question was, "Why aren't they talking?" Then she started asking me if they were real people. I couldn't help but laugh. She watched intently the whole show, clapping ridiculously loud at the end of each scene. It was so amazing to watch her enjoy this! Her other comment, which made me laugh, was "Mommy, that boy isn't wearing pants!" She was amazed by the whole show, telling me over and over, "I love the ballet," and also again, "are they real people?" I guess she just could not believe that they were in fact real dancers. She has now decided that she is going to be a ballet dancer.

Monday, May 4, 2009

First Tantrum

I couldn't believe my eyes the first time Drew through a tantrum when he was a baby. I believe he was around 11 - 12 months old. I was shocked really. I thought that was what kids did in their terrible twos! Nope, not mine anyways. Faye was not far behind him. Wow, did I have a lot to learn. While their tantrums have mostly stopped, Alex is just beginning his.

I took all the kids to the library on Friday morning. We had a good time, looking at books, reading some, playing with the toys and puppets, etc. Then it was time to leave. Alex has just learned to walk and wanted to walk out pushing the stroller. He is just the right size to hold on to the basket under the stroller and push it. We got to the checkout and he did not want to stop. I put the brakes on the stroller and he was not happy. He pushed and pushed as hard as he could, and realizing it was going nowhere, started screaming and threw himself on the floor. He continued to do this until we were checked out. It of course happened to be the day I did not have my library card with me (Andy had borrowed it and still had it), and the kids had picked out a lot of books. The librarian was very kind and quickly looked up my name and checked the books out for me.

One tantrum down, 500 more to go!