Month: February 2011
Alex loves to be read to. I wouldn’t mind at all if he ended up reading like I do.
Worn out from helping Daddy shovel snow.
Daddy and Alex.
How do you dress you child for a playdate? (The hat was Alex’s idea, but I thought it was adorable.)
Teague at five days old.
Alex still loves Moose best of all.
Alex loves to spend time with Wade in the woodshop. He would run around downstairs in his sock feet and then come back upstairs tracking sawdust (see a picture here). I got tired of cleaning up behind him and decided Alex needed “shop shoes”. They stay at the bottom of the stairs and Alex knows to put them on when he enters the basement and take them off when he leaves. In fact, his request is not to go downstairs but for “shop shoes”.
Alex takes his job of feeding the animals very seriously. (And if it were left up to him, he wouldn’t stop at filling the bowl with two scoops.)
Alex and I have been slugs lately so a trip to the library with the Strouds sounded fun. Alex is a true bookworm and eventually ended up on the couch with a book.
Then Abram showed him how to play a game on Amber’s new iPhone. Thank goodness Alex hasn’t figured out mine will do that too! (Note Abram “patiently” waiting for his turn. I love the look on his face.)
I have mentioned before that I’m not sure time-out is effective at our house (see post here). I was cleaning up the kitchen when Alex appeared with his “Chester“. He said “Chester time-out” and when I followed I found Chester sitting in the green chair. I have no idea what Chester did wrong or why time-out was in Alex’s thoughts, but I found the entire thing hilarious.
Trains. Trains. Trains.
I was relaxing with my Cooking Light magazine when I got to the article entitled, “30 Common Cooking Mistakes“. Out of the thirty, I found one really interesting. It suggested cooking bacon in the oven for an even, crisp look. I tried it and was astounded at how well it worked. I followed their instructions exactly:
1.) Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil.
2.) Set a wire rack on the pan.
3.) Place the bacon in a single layer on the wire rack.
4.) Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
The result was perfect bacon and almost no mess (I hate the grease splatters when I use a skillet.) My biggest question is why have I never heard of this before?
Group snuggle after a good long play in the snow.
Dad just thinks he wants a nap.
How did you spend your Friday? We started the morning by cleaning the house. Alex’s favorite activity is “brooming”. However, mopping appears to also rank quite high. He pitched a fit when he was only allowed to use mop and not wring it out.
We always try to sit down together as a family for dinner. At our house that also means we have cloth napkins and placemats. Alex has recently learned that his napkin has to go on his belly. Sometimes it even stays there through an entire meal!
It’s amazing how many good times (and picture opportunities) we can fit into one day. Before MDO Alex played with one of his birthday toys and learned the phrase “Find the dirt”. (Yes, Alex is hugging his truck in the last picture.)
I was on the phone talking to a co-worker when we pulled into the driveway this afternoon. Alex wasn’t interested in sitting quietly in the car so I let him get out and have his shovel. He quickly found a huge puddle of melted snow. By the time I was really aware of what he was doing he was soaked (and loving every minute of it).
Today was Alex’s 2 year check up. At 24 months – 28 lbs and 6.5 oz. (57 percentile) and 35 inches (63 percentile). Alex cried from the minute I took off his clothes till I put them back on. In the picture he is holding up his pants saying, “Pants on”. He was dressed by the time he got his shot and he wasn’t bothered by it at all.
Alex got to see all his little friends today. Amber and I took Abram and Alex to the Big Backyard. The boys wanted to hold hands on the drive and I thought it was adorable.
The boys had a blast running and playing at the indoor playground (and wearing themselves out for a long afternoon nap).
Somedays I will do almost anything for a long shower – even move part of the train set to the bathroom.
We are reaching the stage where Alex is starting to say and do funny things. Today we had two I found hilarious.
1.) Alex loves to throw things away in the trash. I gave him a package to throw away and he came back with a candy wrapper, which he then threw on the floor. I asked him to pick it up. When he ran the other way I told him he needed to pick it up or go to time-out. He says, “Time out?” in an excited voice. Then he runs to put the wrapper in the trash and runs to sit in his time-out chair. I told him he didn’t have to go, but it’s what he wanted. Obviously something about time-out isn’t working.
2.) Alex loves fruit, but he avoids most vegetables. He will sometimes eat green beans and sweet potatoes. He refuses to touch corn. A few weeks ago he realized he could dip raw carrots in dip (which we had actually tried to show him before). Then I tried to stretch it out to include dipping broccoli. He would have none of it. Tonight I was cutting up broccoli for dinner and Alex asked for broccoli and dip. Then he proceeded to eat a huge serving with dip while I cooked dinner. Will wonders never cease?
Somedays I have an attachment to my legs as I try to cook dinner.
Construction man hard at work.
Today was another day spent at home as a family. Alex and Daddy watched a little TV while the rest of us got ready for church
The weather is warm (for us) so Jerry took Alex outside to play. I was quite amused to see that Alex was mowing the snow
Alex has spent the last few days constantly entertaining his grandparents. When it comes to naptime and bedtime he suddenly remembers me and requests that Mom put him down.
Alex loves to brush his teeth (at least five times a day).
Birthdays are hard on a boy. A scratch to the nose and a big scratch on his chin.
Happy 2nd Birthday Alex!
Abram and Riley came over to help Alex celebrate his big day. There were gifts, pizza, cake, and lots of playing. The garbage men also stopped to collect the trash and all three boys watched from the couch and got a wave from the men.
Just like mom.
Gram (my Mom), Granny (Wade’s Mom), and Pop (Wade’s Dad) had all originally planned to come to Milwaukee for Alex’s birthday. Although Gram rode in the car with us instead of the train, they all still made it. While we were waiting for Granny and Pop’s plane to land, Alex showed Gram how to play pinball and how to share a pillow.
Alex kept everyone entertained throughout the day:
Enjoying the fire and being back in our own house!
Alex didn’t attend Granny’s funeral, but he joined us for the church dinner afterwards. He quickly found the church nursery (and all it’s toys) and was happy to entertain the group eating:
Alex has been obsessed with this duck all day. Wade finally got it down for Alex to play with it and he immediately tried to ride it.
Alex loves to wear a tie – just like Daddy.
Daddy comes up with the best games!
Relaxing after a fun Saturday.
I wasn’t motivated to get out and about today. We were rather lazy in our pajamas. (Note the impressive bed head.)
Then we headed to Amber’s to play with Abram and Riley. Amber even provided donuts and bagels: