Friday, July 29, 2011

hitting & hugging

Why didn't anybody ever warn me about the terrible two's?

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.
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I broke the rules this day since they were both relatively calm.
It lasted about 4 minutes.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

something i love

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I'm not entirely happy with the focus on his eyelashes, but you get the gist.

Nolan's eyelashes...they're long and dark and I love 'em!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

George

Nolan and Luke have twin monkeys they call 'George.' They aren't actually Curious George monkeys, but I guess that's who they associate them with.

When they say 'George,' it's almost like they say it with an English accent.
"Jawge" is what it sounds like to me!

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Luke is holding his George and Doggie. 'Doggie' is actually 'Max' from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Nolan is holding his George and Tickle Monkey.

Breakfast

Justin mentioned to me this past weekend that I haven't taken any recent pictures of the boys. I swear that if I don't have my camera with me at all moments, people begin to wonder what is wrong with me. I've actually been trying to take more videos of the boys than anything else because they are just so darn funny right now! The things that come out of their little mouths -- adorable!

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.
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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?
Me too.

Luke always eats the breakfast sausage first, then he goes for Nolan's plate and eats his as well.
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Nolan is obsessed with waffles...and cereal.
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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!
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Works of Art

As you know, last week was their first at Kinder Camp and they had a lot of fun!
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The best part of "school" as I call it, is their little works of art.
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My fridge is covered!
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Friday, July 22, 2011

2 Year Doctor Visit

Here's the long and short of it:

Nolan is long. Luke is short.

Luke's weight: 24 lbs 2 oz -- 7th percentile.
Luke's height: 33.5" -- 21st percentile.
Luke's head: 48.3 cm -- 37th percentile.
BMI: 15.1 -- 12th percentile.


Nolan's weight: 27lbs 6oz -- 40th percentile.
Nolan's height: 35" -- 59th percentile.
Nolan's head: 47.6 cm -- 22nd percentile.
BMI: 15.7 -- 26th percentile.

I was fully expecting a temper tantrum when they saw the doctor because the last time we were there, they wanted nothing to do with the ear exam. This time around, they were both such big boys! No tears.

Next up: trying to keep them happy (and inside the house in the air conditioning) over the weekend because the temperature is going to be over 100 all weekend long. This may sound lame, but we're going to spend a few hours at Ikea at some point over the weekend. There's a great kid play space and lots for me to look at!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1st day at Kinder Camp

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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!

The Great Skunk Hunt of 2011

Last month, Justin and I noticed that our motion lights would go off in our yard at night at random times. Finally, one day, we saw a chubby and adorable little skunk. Then she ran under our shed. Lovely.

We left her alone for a while until we noticed last week that she had some babies who would run along side her.
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Cute, no?
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.
Score!
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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)!

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Justin and Poppy were face to face with their captive.

How do we get this tarp on her without her spraying us?!
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I love that Justin's wearing my cleaning gloves and Poppy is carring my boys' dollar store rakes.
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They finally got the tarp over her and she was safely taken to the park. Her babies followed this morning.
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When Luke woke up on Monday morning, he asked me, "gunks?"
He must have really liked the morning entertainment!

Nolan and his Drums

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Pop is a drummer and has had my boys sitting on his lap while he plays since they were old enough to hold their heads up.

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!


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beach Bums

Confession: I'm addicted to the beach so I took the boys (again) to Ocean City on Monday with Grammie and Aunt Chica.

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.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beach Day

We hadn't been to the beach in a few weeks, so we were due for some sun and sand! Justin and I packed the boys up early on Saturday and met Aunt Chica and Uncle Eric in Wildwood. My little guys skipped their naps, but were pretty good considering!

Nolan was happy to see the ocean.
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Uncle Eric helped us build sandcastles all day long!
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Aunt Chica loved playing in the waves with Luke!
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Luke is crazy about the water. He would just wander off and head into the ocean -- no fear whatsoever! Good thing his momma watches him like a hawk!
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We went to Aunt Chica's parents' house in Cape May for some dinner after playing at the beach all day. It was a very nice way to unwind!

We're heading back to the beach tomorrow before I need to start another work week!

Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July

We arrived home from Vegas late on July 3rd and spent the 4th BBQ'ing at Mom Mom & Poppy's house! We had the BEST BBQ ribs I have ever tasted and lots of laughs. The boys were very clingy because we were away from them for a few days, but it was very nice and welcomed.

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.

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They like swimming in their underwear!
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Ever since he was a puppy, Tank has hated motorized toys! If he sees this boat (even on the deck) he growls at it!
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