Monday, July 22, 2013

Zoo Day....


I took the boys to the zoo for a little summer fun.  It was fun...but very HOT!  We had to stop for ice cream just to cool down!

We ate our way through the park, with specially bought snacks just for the occasion (Oreos, Twinkies, Chips Ahoy-Soft (that soft is VERY important...2 stops to get the correct cookies), beef jerky, crackers, yogurt, etc).  We ate SO much junk, the boys said "Don't tell Dad" and "We better eat a really healthy dinner tonight!"

We did have fun, despite the heat!  We basically wandered the entire zoo that hot, hot afternoon.  

Here's my little hoodlum - complete with crooked hat and sagging shorts...eaten' it up.





And my 3 monkeys checking out the Great Apes
They had a great time watching the Gibbons swinging all around it's enclosure.  We all agreed that it would be pretty fun to brachiate like they do!



This is my personal favorite to see...the Cassowary (or "Dinosaur Bird" as I like to call it).  It has HUGE feet with SHARP claws...And I just think it looks pretty primeval.

And this is something you don't see everyday, as Half-pint put it when showing the pictures to Daddy.  He's right though, I've been to the zoo a lot and I don't think I've ever seen this before!  I'm sure it happens--Tigers can climb--but it was fun to come upon it.
Look carefully in the center of the photo...then below for a closer shot
Close up from inside the building...



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Easter (Just a Little Late)...

Okay, so I haven't been very good about posting recently (I still need to post about all the reasons I haven't been posting).  Here's the yearly photos of the boys together on Easter!  Since Half-pint was baptized earlier this year (a post on that later...I promise) he has been wearing ties to church...so we make Quarter-pint wear one as well.  Peewee-pint doesn't want to be left out and insists on wearing a tie "like big boys"!  I think it's adorable!


After church, we headed to Grandma's house for a nice dinner, and the traditional Easter egg hunt in the backyard with cousins.  

Peewee-pint even had it figured out this year.  
The boys got a new pair of pajamas in their Easter baskets; Quarter-pint and Peewee-pint insisted on wearing them to Grandma's house.

Half-pint won the Egg War this year.  He beat Aunt C5, and he was pretty pleased with himself!

We also enjoyed Carrot Cupcakes that Aunt C6 helped make. 
They were delicious!  I think each of the boys ate two or three!



Monday, July 1, 2013

Half-pint Races Cars...

Half-pint was lucky enough to begin his Cub Scout career with the Pine Wood Derby!  What a way to begin!  He was really excited to build, paint and finish the car with Daddy's help.  They worked together for hours to get it just right.  The day of the race was pretty exciting!  He had a cheering crowd with both his parents, brothers, both Grandpa's and Grammy as well.  He even won a few of the heats!  He's looking forward to doing it again next year.  Quarter-pint is already planning his "sibling car".

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quarter-pint Has A Surprise...


Daddy took the boys on a few errands this afternoon.  When they got back...Quarter-pint was missing something...I guess it was pretty loose (although he didn't really talk about it before hand) because all the sudden, something felt funny in his mouth and his tooth was out!  He kind of freaked out, Daddy had to pull the car over to figure out what was going on.  The kid jumped out of the car and wandered around in a little bit of pain, but more confusion.  He just wasn't sure what had just happened!   Quarter-pint was pretty excited...when they got home, he came right in and put the teeny-tiny tooth under his pillow for the tooth fairy to find after dark.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shopping...

It's amazing what you can pick up at the big box stores!!!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Peewee-pint Speaks...

Peewee-pint has really turned into a little talker.  He talks so much more than Quarter-pint did at the same age.   It's really fun to hear a little of what's going on in that head of his!  Here are a few of the things he's said over the past few days:

Last Sunday, we went to my parent's house for Sunday dinner.  Grandma got an iPad for Christmas, and the boys are still excited about it.  The rule is the boys can play on it, but only when they are sitting down (and not getting up with it) near someone big (i.e. an adult).  The two bigger boys had a turn and Peewee-pint wanted his iPad time.  I told him to go sit with Grandma so he could play.  He sat there happily in Grandma's lap for quite some time.  When we got home later that night, he recounted the whole adventure to me at bed time:

"Me, me play iPad...Danma (grandma) house...me sit Danma lap...play dames (games) Danma lap...motorcycle dames...wweeee...Danma house...play dames me...iPad...Danma lap...FUN!  Me!"

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After I (we, Peewee-pint and I) dropped the bigger boys off at Daddy's office so they could go to an NBA game, Peewee-pint was pretty hacked off being the only kiddo not invited.  He screamed in the car during rush hour traffic on the drive home.  Trying to distract him, I asked what he wanted to eat for dinner...the answer was quick and decisive: "Take (cake)-birfday take...happy birfday Daddy...take!"  When we got home I tried to convince him to have something a little more healthy first and suggested a cheese stick for starters.  His answer: "no cheese stick!  Me want eat take, ice team, tookie dough!  Eat take!!!"

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He is really enjoying saying his prayers, especially at bed time.  He's gotten the hang of it and needs fewer and fewer prompts.  In the middle of Sacrament meeting last week (it was ward conference) the Stake President said "Jesus Christ" and Peewee-pint piped in "Name Jesus Christ, AMEN!"

When we help him pray, we generally try to keep it pretty strait forward.  The prompts are typically something like "thank you" or "bless us".  He has started filling in the blanks before we have the chance to supply a thank you or blessing.  My favorite is when he quickly and definitively says "bless us be HAPPY!" in every prayer.  The other night, he was filling in all the blanks, starting with the "thank yous" with things like his brother's names and happy; then when he wasn't sure what to say next, he opened his little eyes, looked at me in his darkened bed room and said "what else?"  I was a little surprised to realize that he was actually thinking about what to say next and not just waiting for me to tell him something to say.

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When we were thankful for Jesus in his prayer the other night, that sparked a memory from Nursery, and in the middle of his prayer he excitedly started telling me "Me play, choochoo track...nusy (nursery)...fun...choochoo...nusy...play...me."  After he was finished telling me what a fun time he had playing with trains in nursery, we finished his prayer and he fell right to sleep.

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Peewee-pint has a little bit of a temper.  And when things don't go his way, he's quick to scream at the top of his lungs.  I deal with this by giving him a couple of warnings, then place him in his "baby-jail" room.  We have the doorway double gated (two pressure gates...one on top of the other) because he climbs over if there's only one.  He knows this is the consequence for screaming and I always hear his pleading for mercy as we head up the stairs.  "I be nice... you...I be nice...I be HAPPY!"  I usually say something like "Good, I'm glad you will be nice to me, but you still need to go to your room."  He doesn't like that answer, but grudgingly goes to his room for a few minutes.  When I go to release him, he always says "I be nice now Momma...I be nice you."

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The baby-jail gates also prevent Peewee-pint from getting out of his room when he's awake in the morning or from his nap.  We've learned our parental lesson when we found him rummaging in the bottom drawer of the fridge for cheese sticks in the middle of the night-more than once (those were a one gate night...hence the double gates).  Whenever he wakes up...even in the middle of the night...he typically goes to the gated door and says "I all done... I sleep all night long!"