Month: July 2013
Teague was really excited about his new car boxer briefs.
Way back when we were working on Alex’s room (pretty much a year ago), Wade built and wired a lamp. He had an odd piece he had found at work and thought it looked cool. He added a round base, painted the top and bottom, and wired it. My job was finding a lampshade. We put it on Alex’s dresser and there it has sat. It turns out there are no outlets anywhere near the dresser. Last weekend was extremely cool (under 70 degrees) so Wade decided to run the electrical down from the attic and install an outlet. Now Alex can even turn on his really cool lamp!
Wade and I attended a Methodist church in 2008 and spent quite a bit of time with a group there called – Young Couples With No Kids. We still get together socially with the group, but the “No Kids” part definitely doesn’t apply…
Teague found a girlfriend. (Does it make it sweeter to know there was music playing in the background? We were at an outdoor concert.)
In honor of Grant’s birthday (today is his “real” birthday), we joined the Strouds on a trip to Rachel’s bakery (she made Alex’s awesome pirate birthday cake) to decorate cupcakes! Everyone had a blast and Rachel was awesome with the kids. She pretty much let them do anything and everything to her bakery space – what a saint!
That’s my son – rocking the backwards helmet.
Developmental milestone! These two are playing a game together. Teague rolls the ball down the slide. Grant catches it and throws it back up. The game went on an impressive amount of time.
Yes it is the end of July and this is how we had to dress (and I actually had a jacket on except for the picture)!
Just watching the vehicles go round and round.
(This doesn’t get pulled out often, but it is just as mesmerizing for all when it does..)
Testing out the new slip ‘n slide.
The boys and I were shopping at Target and stumbled upon the clearance section. Imagine my surprise at finding the “deluxe” model of the slip ‘n slide on sale for $.99 (down from $10). When Alex asked if we could buy it, I quickly agreed. With the cold weather we have been having and his age, I actually thought we would put it up for next year. Alex has been asking me about this daily. Finally today was slightly warmer than previous days so I agreed to get it out. I thought after his running and sliding in the pool with Phoenix he might get the idea of a slip n slide. He couldn’t quite get past sliding on his knees. It turns out I had to put on a swimsuit and show him how it is done. (There is actually a picture showing me doing this but I can’t quite bring myself to post it – sorry Amber.)
I was a little unclear, but this play scenario seemed to include policeman and construction vehicles.
(Funny moment: Alex kept calling the handcuffs “keychains”. Abram kept correcting him and Alex kept making the same mistake. Hysterical to overhear.)
Alex loves this new game. He pulls a crayon out of the box and asks Teague what color it is. Thankfully Teague seems to like the game too. The funny moment came when neither boy seemed to know the difference between black and brown. We had a learning moment and both boys can now correctly identify both colors.
We’ve had quite a few games of hide ‘n seek at our house lately. Obviously Teague has been enjoying them (and paying attention to the rules) because tonight he walked up to Alex and asked “hide n seek?”. Alex quickly agreed. Teague walked over to the chair. Climbed up. Covered his eyes and counted, “Two, three, two.” The boys managed to play several rounds together – laughing the entire time.
My instructions were to get a pair of socks so we could try on some new Sunday shoes. Alex came back looking like this…
Lunch at the beach.
A bedtime moment with Dad.
A little light reading at the library – of course Teague is focused on the red car in the book.
Brother pirates – argh.
Teague is still learning about pirates. Today he learned that the looking glass goes on your eye, not your mouth.
Working hard in the shop.
Bowling – Alex loved it, after he was reminded not to kick the ball down the lane.
Bowling – an interesting experience with four kids.
For those of you wondering what Teague has been up to lately, he has been learning his colors. His standby is blue, but he has learned most of them (red, blue, green, orange, white, black, purple). Today he came up to me with a stack of lego blocks and started naming colors. I thought to video the exchange. After this video was taken we added more colors and he did really well -until we added yellow. That one threw him and he kept calling it purple (which he does know).
Alex was excited about going to the dentist, but not about being there. We tried to have him go first, but quickly abandoned that plan. Even after seeing Teague it took significant convincing to have his teeth counted and cleaned. Finally we finished and thankfully we don’t go back for another 6 months. (This is my child that was a model patient for the first 3 years at the dentist…)
Teague was a rock star at the dentist today! Alex was having trouble so we decided to let Teague go first. He got shy and did not want to get into the chair – until I mentioned those new teeth of his (all four 2 year molars are currently coming through). He immediately opened his mouth wide and wanted to show them off. He had a full cleaning and was fine with every aspect of it – thank goodness!
Struggling to wake up from nap.
Summer is officially here. It is hot outside! The boys were tired of the pool so I suggested the fountains at Hart park – instead they spent most of their time in the sand -silly boys.
I was introduced to this snack mix by the Kubickis – yummy! It is basically sugary cereal goodness. The only downside is it makes a HGUE amount (meaning you have to find something big enough to mix and store it in). I started mixing it in the tupperware you see below and quickly ran out of room. I ended up filling this tupperware plus two other large ones.
1 box golden grahams cereal
1 box reeses peanut butter and chocolate cereal
1 box of fruit loops cereal
1 box alpha bits
1 bag teddy grahams
1 bag goldfish crackers
1 bag animal crackers
1 bag of pretzels
1 bag of M&M’s
1 bag jelly bellys (which I left out)
1 bag chocolate chips
This boy loves being in the shop with his Daddy.
Teague needed a hammer – just like Alex and Daddy.
Alex didn’t handle fireworks well last year and this year he watched 75% of them from inside on the 4th. My dad had bought some of his own and set them off in the backyard. Alex made it through part of those before going inside. Evidently snap pops are a different story…