Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Going To Work With Daddy!

On Saturday our family was able to go see Daddy's work. We spent the morning sitting in Daddy's desk, watching a tractor demonstration, and climbing on equipment. J talked all week about going to work with Daddy! He wanted to pack a lunch like Daddy and have Daddy drive us in his car. It was absolutely hilarious. 

M loved sitting at Daddy's desk (especially after he saw J doing it before him.) 

I am not sure what they are looking at but I think they are having fun!

Climbing on up, climbing on up! 

J was not so sure about all the big equipment. It took him a bit to warm up to the idea of getting out of the stroller to see the equipment but eventually he enjoyed some time checking out the equipment. 

One little scoop! Does J look a little nervous?

One big scoop! 

One of the coolest things was the huge building that was a giant sandbox they use for testing equipment. Both J and M thought this was the coolest thing ever!

We got to drive little cars. Both boys thought this was a blast. 

One of the activities for the day was making badges for the kids. The badges looked just like Dad's. Daddy put the badge on J and he walked around proudly. As he walking he kept looking down at the badge. He was one proud kid! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Little Yet Big M

It is hard to believe that M is now 14 months old. It is crazy how fast time flies. As much as I said I would treat my kids equally M has not had as many pictures taken things documented. It is not that the second child is not loved but it all comes down to logistics and tired parents! (I feel somewhat justified in these observations since I am a second child. I used to tell my parents I was the poof of smoke in the corner! Ha, isn't that terrible but somewhat true for the above reasons.) 

So here are a few updates on M...

He loves getting into everything. I caught him climbing into the cupboard the other day and had to just laugh as I saw his cute rear end sticking out of the cupboard. He just walks around the house getting into things. I find it difficult to get anything done while he is awake. I sometimes refer to him as a little tornado! 

Whatever J is doing M wants to do as well. J was sitting at the table working with crayons and stickers so guess who wanted to participate. It didn't last real long but he was content because he got to be like J. 
M is trying to communicate with some words but he is also using some sign language which is so cool to watch. He signed car yesterday as we were watching an episode of Mighty Machines about trucks and cars.  

M loves his Daddy! When he hears the garage door open he comes running to the door saying, "Dada, Daddy, Dada" and can't wait until Daddy walks through the door. He loves to wrestle and be chased especially by Daddy who makes a noise like "doof, doof, doof" as he stomps through the house after him. We call Daddy the doofer! 

M loves, loves, loves cars! These are Daddy's micro-machines from when he was little. M has some of the coolest car noises I have yet to hear from a young child! :-) 

M loves to snuggles when in the right mood. If you are laying down he likes to come and just flop down on you. I think one of the most precious things as a parent is the touch of your child. There is something so special about the touch of someone who loves you. Just so cool! Thanks God for creating us to be relational!

M is teething and it is not very pleasant. He has four teeth on the top with one set of molars trying to come in and he has four teeth and two molars on the bottom. Each new tooth is painful and comes with a low grade fever and just general crankiness! I guess I would be cranky too so I can't get too upset with him. In the picture above he is chewing one of J's silicone coasters to try and get relief. 

M loves to try and do everything including feeding himself. Yesterday he ate almost an entire cup of yogurt by himself which was fun to watch. He was pretty excited that he got to use a spoon. J was trying to show him how to use it which was sort of successful. Let's just say that the whole event culminated in a nice warm bath! 

In the midst of the craziness of each day I am trying to remember to cherish the time I have with my little guys. This stage is so much work and yet full of joy and excitement as each child learns about their world in different ways. I pray that both M and J learn to love God and cherish each moment in life as a gift! 

Muffins and Puff Balls

A couple of weeks ago we decided to make so muffins. Cooking with one kid was a whole lot easier than cooking with two. J is now able and willing to help which I want to take advantage of because I am sure this stage will not last as long as I would like. We worked on putting together the muffin batter. Well, little M does not want to be left out but I really don't need him sending flour flying all over the kitchen. 

J was able to scoop out the muffin batter and fill the cups. I bought silicone baking cups and have loved using them. They have been great for all sorts of fun things. 

I tried putting M in the high chair to just watch us work and that lasted for a few short minutes so I got out some of our puff balls from Nana and Papa and gave him some bowls and he was super happy. Brilliant! Why didn't I think to do that sooner! 

M was really into the puff ball "cooking" that I think J started to get jealous! 

So guess who ended up finishing the muffins? Yeah! You guessed it! Mommy finished the muffins while both boys spent time playing with puff balls. I guess it worked out ok. We were able to spend some time together where M was not trying to bite or wrestle J and I actually got muffins made and put away for our meals. Being a mom really makes you rethink how you define getting work done. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I didn't think I was squeamish!

Yesterday I took Toby to the vet. He has had a bump on his back since he was microchipped about four and a half years ago. The vet tech and vet thought it was really strange that Toby's body had created a cyst close to this microchip. I said leave it to us to have the dog with strange issues!

The vet decided that it was some sort of cyst and that he was going to try and drain off some liquid. So he rounded up some help and took Toby to the back. Thankfully because I'm not sure I could have handled seeing it drained right in front of me. Awhile later the tech came back in the room and asked if I had heard them all go, "WOAH!" in the back. She said it was quite the cyst and that it made their day.   I love all my nurse friends but that being said medical people are sometimes just strange and get the biggest kick out of the weirdest stuff!

They filled the empty, oozing cyst with lidocaine and antibiotic cream and brought Toby back to me. My job for the next week is giving Toby pain medicine every twelve hours, antibiotic every eight hours (this continues for 3 weeks), and trying to keep him from scratching it open or rubbing blood and oozing gross stuff all over our white carpet. Oh yeah, not to mention my normal kid and family duties!  Tell me again why we thought it was a good idea to get a dog? ;-)

When I got home J wanted to see Toby's sore. He also wanted to know if Toby got a sticker from the doctor. J loves going to the doctor because he gets stickers!

Never a dull moment! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Belated Birthday!

In February M turned one! It is amazing how fast time flies especially when there is more than one little one running around. We celebrated with some friends and family at our train themed party. J had been asking to make a train cake after looking though a cake book soon after Christmas. So, M got a train cake for his birthday. 

I went to a party store and found some cute balloons to get. I am such a sucker for themed party items and decorations! :-) Thanks to my in-laws who made my decorating ideas come to life. I think my father-in-law spend a good hour taping paper streamers to my tablecloths and cutting out paper circles to make train car serving dishes. All of which were thrown out after dinner. He is such a good sport! :-)  When J turned one we had a farm theme so I found a pig and cow balloon of which he was terrified. M on the other hand has not been afraid of the his balloons. 

 We enjoyed a dinner with friends and family which included a good friend from church whose birthday was the day before the party. So in honor of her birthday we had pasta for dinner. M enjoyed opening his gifts and then playing with a few of the items. Then we moved on to the cake. My mother-in-law put the train cake together with the pieces I had cut out ready to put together. I made too many cakes so we ended up with double stacked cars. It was a train with a really full load!

 J was a little confused about this whole gathering. We had been talking about it but I think he thought the party was for him and not his brother!

I love those boys!

Both of the boys were sleeping when we put the cake together and decorated the house for the gathering. When J woke up it was hilarious watching his face. He was definitely taking it all in. When he walked into the kitchen and saw the cake he just starting walking slowly around the table and starring at the cake. 

I didn't get a great picture of him doing this but he was so engrossed in the cake that I could barely contain my laughter. He was so serious and very excited to see that the train cake we had talked about for so long had actually appeared. 

I have never made a train cake before and was following some instructions online. After I finished cutting the engine I was not really happy with the results. I thought it looked more like a truck than an engine but I had already used the rest of the cakes so I could not try again. The funny thing is that when J woke up and saw the cake he said something about the train and truck cake! He must be related to me because we saw the same thing!

 M wasn't too sure about the whole cake thing but he eventually ate most of the mini oreo cookies off the train and then was done. Our kids have been rather boring in the realm of cake smashing but I guess that make clean up a bit easier!

Interesting and random facts about M's first year of life...
-He has a sono done on a lump on his back around 6 weeks old. It turned out to be an infection and nothing more. Praise the Lord!
-He just slept through the night for more than two days in a row around his birthday.
-He began walking two weeks before his birthday.
-He throws major fits when he doesn't get his way. They include thrashing his whole body spread on the floor and his head pounding the ground.
-He is way smaller than his brother but much more physical. Already there have been numerous times when I have seen M pin J to the floor.
-He had four top teeth and three bottom teeth until just this week when two molars appeared.
-He loves his brother and smiles every time he hears J's voice!

This Week Calls for Donuts!

Monday started with a rather difficult evening with Josiah pushing every button known to mankind. When A came home from work he needed to change oil in his car. J loves to hang out with Dad and help work on the car. However after multiple warnings and chances I had to take away the privilege of helping Daddy. 

I am not sure there is anything harder than disciplining a child. I wanted so badly for Josiah to make the right choice and was heart broken when he didn't. As he stood by the garage door crying I began wonder if I had made the correct decision. It is amazing how painful it is to watch your child face the consequences of a bad decision.  

This week began with J still coughing and the rest of the family doing great. By mid-week M was running a fever and sick once again and then A got sick on Thursday. I think one or both of boys have been sick on and off for the last 3 months. It is just crazy! M didn't seem to be too bothered by his cough, fever and runny nose. 

He is getting so big and is starting to really enjoy trying to eat food with silverware. We are no where near proficiency level but at least he is trying. It does seem to create even more of a mess but I guess with kids you just have to embrace the mess!

This week has rather trying dealing with a sick infant, a sassy toddler and a sick husband. Oh yeah, I can't forget about the dog who gets into everything. This week he decided to try and eat an old piece of pizza from the trash that just happened to be covered in dirt (that included fiberglass insulation) from the sweeper. In order to spruce up our Saturday morning I decided to try a new baked donut recipe. I found a yummy maple glazed oatmeal donut recipe that was pretty delicious and actually somewhat healthy!

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!