Friday, July 29, 2011
Just joking - everybody and their mother has told me, "just wait until you hit the terrible twos with two boys," as they looked at me with concern in their eyes. "We'll be fine," I'd reply as I brushed off their comment. I was blissfully unaware.
I'm not sure if this is the beginning of the TT's, but my little guys are certainly becoming defiant and love to tell me "no". And the hitting! Oh my goodness, the hitting is getting out of control.
I've begun giving them separate baths because if I keep them in the bathtub together and, heaven forbid, someone splashes some water into his brother's face, the face-smacking and kicking ensues. Then comes the tears and naked, soapy boys fighting over who gets out of the tub first.
It's just much easier to take the time and give them a bath one at a time. I don't mind that it takes twice as long!
The funny thing is that I've been catching Nolan give Luke a lot of hugs the past couple of nights but the strange thing was that Luke was upset when he did.
I then realized that Nolan wasn't hugging his brother but trying to squeeze him with all of his might. I'm guessing he thought he could disguise the fact that he was trying to torture his brother with a hug.
Just another thing for me to watch out for.
This is what bath time has looked like for the past couple of weeks.
One little guy in.
The other out.
I broke the rules this day since they were both relatively calm.
It lasted about 4 minutes.
Posted by Jennifer at 10:44 AM
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
When they say 'George,' it's almost like they say it with an English accent.
"Jawge" is what it sounds like to me!
Luke is holding his George and Doggie. 'Doggie' is actually 'Max' from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Nolan is holding his George and Tickle Monkey.
Posted by Jennifer at 4:00 PM
Since it was just the boys and I alone on a very boring Monday morning, I pulled out the trusty camera to take some pictures of breakfast-time.
I don't know about other kids, but mine love breakfast. It's the one meal that I can get the both of them to eat an entire plate full of food.
Are you wondering why Nolan is holding tongs?
Luke always eats the breakfast sausage first, then he goes for Nolan's plate and eats his as well.
Nolan is obsessed with waffles...and cereal.
I couldn't get either of them to take their eyes of Caillou, which has become their newest favorite show to watch. If I'm ever in a pinch and need to cook lunch or fold laundry, I put on Caillou. Don't judge!
Posted by Jennifer at 7:28 AM
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Grammie had the boys go down for an early nap and she woke them at 12:45 for their first afternoon at Kinder Camp which started at 1:30. Nolan was excited and was clapping his hands and saying, "yea kids!" on the ride over to the camp.
Grammie said that everything happened quickly. They arrived and the boys took off to start playing with toys while the other kids arrived. Luke hung back a little bit while Nolan was playing with the blocks. After that, the teachers had all the adults leave so that there wouldn't be any meltdowns.
Two and a half hours later, the teacher told Grammie that both boys were very good and there weren't any tears.
My mom even witnessed the boys helping to clean up then the teacher asked the kids to head over to their spot at the table. Luke and Nolan walked over like good little boys and sat in their chairs. When the parents & grandparents came into the room, Luke held up his picture for Grammie and was so proud!
I have to be honest: I was stressed out over today. I woke at 3 a.m. and my heart began beating fast and I couldn't get my mind off of the fact that I was putting the boys into someone else's care. This is no big deal for most parents, but it was the first time I had done it, so I was nervous, but I knew that they'd have a great time when all was said and done.
Tomorrow is Teddy Bear Day and the kids get to bring their favorite teddy with them!
Posted by Jennifer at 7:30 PM
We left her alone for a while until we noticed last week that she had some babies who would run along side her.
What isn't so cute is our fried lawn. That summer sun can be brutal.
The skunks were cute until one of them sprayed Tank last Thursday night while Justin and I were having dinner with friends in the city. We got a call from Mom Mom & Poppy with that fun news. We realized we needed to safely evict them and move them to a much more skunk-friendly area at a park.
The Great Skunk Hunt of 2011 commenced.
We set up two traps in hopes of catching the mom & her babies.
Mom Mom, Nolan, Luke and I watched from the safety of our kitchen. The boys were VERY into the skunk hunt (but not as much as Mom Mom & I)!
Justin and Poppy were face to face with their captive.
How do we get this tarp on her without her spraying us?!
I love that Justin's wearing my cleaning gloves and Poppy is carring my boys' dollar store rakes.
They finally got the tarp over her and she was safely taken to the park. Her babies followed this morning.
When Luke woke up on Monday morning, he asked me, "gunks?"
He must have really liked the morning entertainment!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:34 AM
Nolan particularly likes drumming. So much so that he takes just about anything in pairs and turns them into his own personal drum sticks. Lately, it's been my makeup brushes. They are in his hands at all times: playing in the pool; while taking bath; while driving in the car, you get the point.
Pop will be happy to know that he doesn't randomly bang the drum sticks, he actually counts out the beats. "One, one, two," he'll say mimicking his Pop!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:22 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
They both start Kinder Camp next week (which is a big step for me), so I thought it would be fun to squeeze in some extra ocean time before we start.
We woke up on Monday morning and I told them that we were going to the beach so Nolan grabbed his water shoes and brought them to me (he's learning!). They were also pretty excited that they had bathing suits that looks just like one their daddy owns.
One the ride down they had a ham and cheese hoagie and we sung songs and talked about what we were going to do once we arrived.
There were loads of other children for the boys to look at and play with, but they mostly wanted to play with us. At two different times, I took just one of the boys and we went for a walk down the beach. Nolan wanted to jump off the rocks (which was a lot of fun!) and Luke wanted to be held as I pointed out different things like seagulls, the ferris wheel or other kids playing with their families.
At one point, Luke was eating a cheeze-it and he dropped it. A seagull came and snatched it out of the sand and Luke said, "My cheezie." He was genuinely upset that the seagull came and took his snack! After that, when he'd see a bird, he'd say, "bad bird!" and chase after it until it flew away.
I was a nice afternoon, but it's a lot of work lugging two boys, plus beach chairs, an umbrella, drinks, snacks and sand toys to the beach for just one day! Justin says that I over-pack, but I think that those are essentials!
Kinder Camp is next week and I am trying to mentally prepare myself for it. It is only 3 days a week for 2 1/2 hours a day, but it's a big step for me to put my trust in someone I don't know to watch after my guys. Deep breaths. They're going to have a great time playing with other kids their age!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:55 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Nolan was like a little water bug and just wanted to be in the big pool whereas Luke preferred to play with the hose in the little pool.
They like swimming in their underwear!
Posted by Jennifer at 2:03 PM