Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Oatmeal and Chicken

Yesterday J woke up before M so I pulled out his rice tub and we played together for a bit. About forty minutes later M woke up and wanted to join J in the rice. The boys are at a difficult stage where it is really hard for them to play together. In hopes of keeping the peace and being able to finish supper I pulled out the oatmeal tub to distract M. It worked to distract but not the son I was hoping. Both of the boys actually did really well playing for a bit until I looked over and saw J dumping oatmeal all over M's back. That ended the fun. 
I was smart enough to put a table cloth down before they started playing.

Mom stop taking pictures, can't you see I am playing!

I think Mom said try and keep the oatmeal in the tub but I saw J doing this so I thought I could too!
When the oatmeal went flying we put everything away and quickly cleaned up and swept the floor. Oatmeal manage to make its way into almost every room of the house by the time the fun was done! I think I might wait until spring to bring the oatmeal back out and maybe use it outside!

I was kind of excited about the dinner I made since I have never roasted a whole chicken before. I received an awesome convection toaster oven from my parents for Christmas and I have been baking all sorts of things in it. It has an awesome roast function so I decided to try a whole chicken.

It worked really great and we had a yummy meal of roasted chicken, carrots, onions, and sweet potatoes. I also had stuffing and roasted green beans. After supper I pulled all the meat off the bones so I could stew the bones for broth. I about died laughing as J had tons of questions all through dinner and especially after dinner about this chicken. He actually sat at the table and watched me pick all the meat off. He had so many questions including, "Where is the inside of the chicken?" and "Is there a baby in the middle?" I guess seeing a whole chicken is quite interested for an inquisitive two year old. I could not figure out the question about the baby when A pointed out that I had shown them a peeled orange that had a second small (or baby as I had called it) orange inside. We are pretty sure J was trying to connect that experience with this crazy bird sitting on the table! 

Step Ladder + J = ?

Due to illness we have been running three humidifiers in our house. In the evening they usually get switched to the bedrooms. We use a step stool as a table for J's humidifier. A couple of nights ago A went to go put the humidifier back in J's room and this is what he found. To J an unused step stool meant that the ceiling needed fixed. Which is exactly what he is working on in these photos! This was completely unprompted by us which made it absolutely hilarious! 
Drill? Check!

Ok I set that screw in place! Now on to the next fix!

It seems to me I need a nail that is a bit longer. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Many Faces of Sick Kids!

So today is sick day number 12 for our family. The boys have either had fevers, coughs or green noses keeping them pretty much quarantined to the house. These are a few images of life at our house on a normal sick day!  
Play time with Toby. M is pretty proud of snatching Toby's favorite toy!

J loves playing with his fire dog puppet from his Aunt and Uncle in Kansas City. It is super funny to watch the boys interact when I make the puppet talk. 

Playing ball in the basement. J was trying to get on top of the exercise ball. 

J eventually tried using the couch to try and get himself up on the ball but was rather unsuccessful. Yes, that is Toby on the treadmill. It has been a great way to allow him to get some exercise when it is cold and snowy out.  

A favorite play location is on the kitchen floor pulling our mixing bowls and strainers. M really enjoys putting things on his head and playing hide and seek. 

A pulled out a couple of boxes of toys from when he was little. He has a couple of metal tractors and a nice size box of little cars and a track. The boys have been enjoying playing with these special "daddy" toys as J calls them.

Is It Spring Yet?

This winter has been rather mild compared to last year. It has been nice to be able to go outside without instantly turning into a human icicle. However, that being said going outside with a two year old and an infant has been a bit difficult to master. We still have not successfully played in the snow as I have not been able to figure out how to deal with two little ones in the snow. I guess I have a good portion of winter left to figure that one out. 

Much of our days have been spent inside (especially the last 12 days since the whole family has some sort of crazy, never-ending, respiratory virus). J and Toby were looking longingly out the window and I could not resist snapping a photo of the two of them. I know they were both wondering where the warm weather has gone! 
Toby: "Does it look warm to you?"
J: "No sorry Toby there is still snow which means it winter. As soon as the snow melts it will be summer!"

Toby and J: "Squirrel!"

I honestly do not remember J much at the age of 12 months. I forgot how much this age is in to everything but not long enough to sit still. M seems to float from one activity to the next which makes play time with J very frustrating for the both of them. J wants to do his activities his way and M just wants to be doing what J does.

A and I finally caved to buying a TV after almost 8 years of marriage. It was a tough decision and I think it came down to the fact that I was proud to be a non-TV family just because it is so uncommon. I loved telling the cable company people to stop their speeches as we didn't even own a TV to watch it on. So I got over my pride issue and we decided it could be helpful to have a TV especially since we have not been able to host our own small group in our house since we were doing a DVD series.

That all to say that we had a couple of big boxes from our TV that became great toys. J and M were able to play together for a decent amount of time when I showed them how to use the boxes as a big car ramp and slide.  They have had a great time playing with a couple of boxes and their cars! It was fun to watch them laugh and play together for the short time it lasted!

M: "Did you see that car slide down? My brother is so much fun to watch!"

Monday, February 2, 2015

Where does the time go?

M will be one in a couple of weeks and I can hardly believe it. We had some friends over for dinner this weekend and they have a 4 week old son. I had a hard time taking my eyes off their cute little one. I hardly remember that little stage with either one of my boys and that is crazy! It is crazy how I am only about a year removed from that stage. The change and development that takes place in one year is absolutely mind blowing! M is currently cutting his 8th tooth and is walking between furniture and taking a few steps towards us but not fully walking. Here are a couple of pictures of another favorite pastime: climbing in and out of laundry baskets (usually ones with folded laundry which does not fare well with his invasion)!
M looks up and smiles when he sees the flash of the camera!

Hm...do I go head first or cry so Mom will come get me out?
Another one of M's favorite pastime activities is pushing chairs around. This is most fun in large open spaces like the foyer at church.  The second picture is kind of blurry but he was having so much fun that he would not stop moving for a good picture. I think M could have gone all night pushing chairs around. If anyone is in need of a chair pusher let me know. I have a set of very willing hands. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Translation Complete

So what would you call this...

We have been calling this type of toy a "small vehicle" when gathering toys to put them away for the evening. For the longest time J has been saying something like "peekahvoo." I could not figure out at all what he was talking about when he would use this word. This evening, while cleaning up our small vehicles, I finally figured out that "peekahvoo" is his way of saying "vehicle." It is so fascinating to watch J's language explode. He knew that this word had three syllables but for some reason he is either not hearing those syllables correctly or he is still working on pronouncing some of those specific sounds or combination of sounds. Wow! It is so cool to watch the mind of my child learn, grow and develop! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Daddy's little shadow!

We purchased a classic late 1950s house almost two years ago and have slowly been working on a few projects. The house was nicely preserved but needs some updating. One of the things we found is that the bathrooms have no vent fans in them. This is a problem that A has been trying to remedy. I have a very handy and capable husband which is awesome. He has been planning fan installation for quite awhile now. Last weekend he was ready to start the installation process! J was very curious about the whole process. Dad kindly allowed J to tag along for most of the project making it take a number of house but it was totally worth the extra time!
Going up into the attic to watch Daddy work!

Dad shoveled the insulation out of the way so J would have a place to sit and watch and so he would have a path to walk through. J did a great job of just sitting and watching Dad work. He was pretty thrilled with the whole situation.

J had a bunch of questions so A spent quite a bit of time answering questions!
Toby felt very left out of this process and really tried hard to get up the ladder and into the attic!

The fan was wired in and A and J were working on fitting it into the ceiling. Notice white carpet in the bathroom. Who in the world puts white carpet in a bathroom? It is great for right after bathtime with kids but it is terrible when you have young boys learning how to use the toilet! :-)