Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Week in Review

Anyone that knows Maggie knows that this girl LOVES to eat. She'll eat anything, and she literally eats from the time she wakes up to the time she goes to sleep. Family dinners are important around here and I always try to have something that we can all eat, but sometimes Eric and I like to splurge on a supreme pizza or something so I fix the kids their own "special dinners." Well after Maggie had eaten hers, she decided she'd like to try some supreme pizza as well-I'm talking mushrooms and peppers and onions, etc. She loved it of course and dug in as you can see.

This is Will on his way to my parents' house for an overnight last weekend. We're having him practice with his luggage to prepare for our Cabo trip! Oh, and for those who have flown with little ones, I'd love any tips!

I constantly hear the song "Anything you can do, I can do better" in my head when I watch these two!

Maggie at Pump it Up. Nothing beats a 17 foot inflatable slide!

So it was kind of a calm week around here, mostly just hanging out with friends and family and lots of time outdoors. I do have a couple funny things that Will has said lately that I want to jot down so I don't forget:

Will was eating dinner at my parents' house one night and my mom tried serving him broccoli (for whatever reason, he has never liked broccoli). My dad, thinking this would help, offered that Macy (my sister's oldest) loves broccoli and when she was Will's age, she called them trees. Will said "I call it broccoli, and I don't like it."

My mom and Will had gone on a little walk one day and after awhile, my mom said "Will, you're such a special boy" and Will said, "Grammy, you're just old."

I have to say, my days are filled with more laughter than I could have ever imagined-and more challenges.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tale of Two Days

What sweet babies! Unfortunately getting a shot of them both smiling and looking at the camera is next to impossible, but I love catching them being sweet just as much!

I got back the CD from Maggie's One Year Portrait session-she wasn't exactly at her best that morning, but we got a few smiles

Sorry this is sideways-this was Will showing Maggie how to pose for pictures

Sorry again-don't know why I can't rotate this-Maggie's one year portrait session

Maggie splashing in the inflatable pool

We hadn't expected the weather to be quite so warm so we were a little underprepared for splash time-check out those diapers! (Don't worry, as soon as I took this shot they both got suits and swim diapers)

Eating watermelon in the fort-one of the best seedless watermelons ever!

Will hanging out on the zip line-my action shots were a bust!

Maggie digging the watermelon also. I think she had 3 or 4 huge pieces

Will wanted to watch a a little bit of a "Little Einsteins" episode to wind down that evening-keep in mind we had played from about 8 that morning until 7 that night with no naps or breaks at all. I went to check on Maggie and came back to find this.

I love that Maggie is such a split personality-one second she'll be digging in the mud with Will and the next she'll be walking around the house carrying one of her 50 purses!

We had another fun week last week-Will is just at this wonderful age where everything is so much fun and to Maggie, it's all new and exciting. We love the summer time and all the outdoor activities and this is really her first year to enjoy them. It is such a blessing to be able to stay home with my babies and do all the things with them that we get to do, and even more so that Eric is home with us as well now!

So the post is titled that way because the kids look so "proper" in the first few pics and our Saturday was anything but! We've been calling it our "WT" day, and for good reason. After a morning at Farmer's Market, we ended up at Tyler's house to paint while Eric and Jeffrey made a home depot run. You've seen the pics of Will doing his best plumber impersonation after an unexpected dip in the pool. When we took his diaper off, we decided to just give him swim trunks, no diaper, and work on potty training. Well it turns out, he is great at peeing in the grass. Every 30 minutes or so, he would come and get us to help him and never had a single accident. He still won't go near a potty, but at least we made some progress (if you can call it that?) After awhile there, the guys decided they could build a zip line in our backyard, so we headed over here. While the guys rigged a zip line between two trees, Kristy and I inflated a splash pool and put it at the bottom of the slide on our playground. Let me also set the scene of our backyard right now-half of our yard is still covered in the dirt they brought before they poured the foundation for Eric's office. We also have scrap wood, a door and door frame, trash the construction workers have left among the wood pile, etc. in the part of our yard that actually has grass. Oh well, we had such a fun day and the kids ran themselves ragged so we all had an early evening! This was all after Will had stayed up late the night before at a dodgeball birthday party! Happy birthday Blake and Cade!

Hope everyone's having a great week!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Trip to Little Rock

My sister's dogwoods and tulips, etc. were all in full bloom so I attempted a mini photo shoot. Didn't go quite as planned...

I think this picture is so funny because it looks like Maggie is actually drawing that train!

Sliding under Macy's bridge

Hanging out with Molly

We learned all about static electricity

Will and Molly at Macy's soccer game Saturday morning-it was SO windy and cold, we didn't stay too long

Our last night there-we hadn't made Will or Molly take naps that day and this was at about 8:00 that evening. Molly had already gone to bed without anyone knowing-we just found her asleep in her bed. After Will wandered around aimlessly with his partner in crime already gone to sleep, I convinced him to let my dad tell him some stories. After about 2 minutes, this is what I found.

This was at home the day before we left. Will had been carrying around or wearing his rain boots for a few days, so I didn't really think it was strange to see him hanging out in his raincoat with the umbrella. He asked to help me get the mail, so we walked outside-keep in mind it was a pretty warm (and rainfree) evening-and he just stood there like this. A lady walked by and said hi to him and asked what he was doing. He said "Oh, I'm just waiting on the rain."

Payton was not impressed with the new patio cover. Since it's dried in now, I let her stay outside when it was drizzling one day rather than her usual comfy dog bed in the house.

Maggie attacking a banana. By far her favorite food. She'll stand in the kitchen under where I keep the fruit bowl and say "nana, nana, nana" now.

The kids and I took a long weekend trip to Little Rock to visit my sister with my parents and granny. The weather cut our trip a little short because we were afraid we were going to get stuck driving in a tornado, but we made it safely and squeezed in plenty of fun times. Will and Molly, who is 6 months older than Will, have finally turned that corner from competitors to co-conspirators and it's hilarious to watch them together. Maggie loved all the craziness and activity that used to really overstimulate Will. She just can't get enough! Thanks for a great trip Williams family!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Loving the Spring!

Last Saturday was the kid's workshop at Home Depot-they made flower boxes!

Maggie loving on one of those obnoxiously large (but incredibly soft) teddy bears.

I guess this is what they mean when they say "sleeping like a baby" How much would you love to sleep that hard in the middle of the day?

For whatever reason, Will thinks it's fun to get in Maggie's crib and play. He did this a little just after she was born, but he decided it was fun again recently. Unfortunately it looks like he may have woken her up in the picture!

Will and Tyler at the hockey game Saturday night.

I don't know what it is about the springtime, but it makes me feel like we need to have an activity planned every day! We had a mommy-son day at Pump It Up this week and had SO much fun. Of course we missed Maggie, but it was a nice change of pace to spend several quality hours with just us, and Maggie was getting some serious one on one grandma time. Saturday was a father son day with Home Depot workshop in the morning and Will's first hockey game that night. They went to a minor league game which is geared largely toward kids and had so much fun. I think the kids got a little scared when the guys slammed into the glass right in front of them, but they had such a great time other than that! Eric said Will was mesmerized watching the screen and all the people cheering and he kept calling the goalie a robot.

Other than that, we've just been spending time outside, planting more flowers and taking lots of walks. Maggie had her well check last week and tipped the scales at 18 pounds (I think it was the fifth percentile). Dr. Julie said even though she's "petite" that she's following her own growth curve perfectly. Will is deep into the "why" phase which is really more of the "where, when, why, how" phase. He's getting to be so big in the way he talks and does things-we're already starting to plan his third birthday. Time goes so incredibly fast.

We hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying the spring as much as we are!