Tuesday, November 12, 2013

More Day-to-Day Life

I probably post way too many pictures of my little family on this blog. But it's a good way for me to keep my own record of our day-to-day lives, in addition to my journal, and also a good way to save copies of all of our photos. So far, no one has experienced vision problems due to too many camera flashes in their eyes, so I think we're ok. :) In any case, here is another giant random picture dump.

A pipeline was being laid right in front of our house! The boys loved watching the whole process. It is really fascinating!

Lincoln is yet another extremely efficient baby. At his 2-month appointment he was 13 1/2 pounds and 24 inches long, putting him in about the 85th percentile for weight and 93rd for length. But his feedings are usually 10 minutes or less and every 3 hours with one nighttime feeding. Yet he always has a huge belly right after feedings, he spits up a ton, and diaper blowouts happen pretty much daily. When he gets this huge belly, Sam calls him a "milk baby."

This was actually a month or so ago, so he's quite a bit bigger now.

It looks like he'll be built just like Wesley, though, who was such a buff baby! Look at this kid's muscles!

I'm so glad these two have each other. Wesley talks in full sentences now, so their play together has gotten to be a lot more fun and interactive from both sides. I love seeing it happen!

Both boys adore Lincoln.

Sometimes a bit too much...

Not bad for a 7-week-old baby! This little guy loves to stand!

Leave It to Beaver, anyone?

I still can't quite make up my mind about his eye color. The rest of his coloring is definitely more like Talmage's, but his eyes seem to be navy blue right now. Every once in a while they take on a brownish tint, though, when we're in the right light.

A woman Sam taught on his mission made the boys these cute towels!

Watching the boys try to put these safety goggles on themselves can always bring a smile to my face.

I don't think I'll ever get sick of the newborn-stage. I could hold this guy all day long!

We took advantage of the free morning the day I mistakenly thought we had a doctor's appointment and headed to the park for a picnic.

And lastly, Talmage made this out of tinkertoys. We don't have a TV, we don't own any toy guns, and our kids haven't been around much media violence (or real-life violence, for that matter). Talmage went to a friend's house and played with some toy guns, apparently, and has been crazy about them ever since, turning all kinds of things into "shooters." I try to stay fairly neutral about his enthusiasm as long as he isn't "shooting" at people. I was pretty impressed when he showed me his creation, though. Each finger goes in one of the holes down the side and there is a "button" in each hole that shoots. A tinkertoy machine gun, in essence. It reminds me of when my brother was 3 or 4 and didn't have any toy guns so began "shooting" things with his 2-year-old sister's baby dolls.

Hope your Tuesday is going well!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Lincoln's Blessing

Lincoln's blessing day was October 13. It was certainly more calm than Wesley's blessing day, but no family picture resulted nonetheless. There was no way it was going to happen before our 8 am church, and Sunday meetings are a bit too hectic to grab a picture in between. Then, since we don't have family nearby and didn't have any special guests attend the blessing, when we got home I gave up on the idea (again) and just snapped a few of our handsome little man by himself.

It was a beautiful blessing and we enjoyed the day together as a family, however anti-climactic the celebration may have been. :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Talmage's Birthday

Talmage's 4th birthday was on the 11th! We made cookies in the morning and took them with us to playgroup at the park. My social little Talmage took them around and distributed them to all the kids at the park, whether he knew them or not.

Then, I took him to Cold Stone to get his free ice cream. He chose chocolate with marshmallows mixed in.

During naptime, I finished his dump truck cake. Remember my dilemma about not using artificial food coloring? It makes it difficult to create cute kid cakes. It wasn't quite as bright as I would have ideally wanted it, but peanut butter frosting made a fine base for the truck. I learned a few lessons along the way (like chocolate pudding slides right off of frosting...not the best medium for piping onto cakes), but Talmage was thrilled with its less-than-perfect appearance, and that's what mattered. And thanks to Aunt Jocilyn for the doughnut-wheels idea!

We had his requested birthday dinner of pancakes and he opened presents that evening! He opened presents from my family and Sam's family while on Skype (so handy). 

He loved these "bee-knock-u-lers" from Uncle Bronson.

And he was super excited about Grandma Sue's gifts as well!

Wesley gave him a car transporter, and Lincoln gave him a bunch of books. His gift from Sam and I was a small trampoline. Sam's professor gave this to us about 6 or 7 months ago, and I insisted on saving it for his birthday (yes, I'm that cheap) so it has been in hiding most of the year. The boys love it!

Their faces totally crack me up in this picture.

He is one lucky 4-year-old!

A few highlights about Talmage:

-He is a great helper, especially with cleaning and taking care of Lincoln. He particularly loves to help me with laundry and always hopes I'll save the clothes to fold while he's awake.

-We have been reading chapter books lately and he loves it! So far we've read The Chocolate Touch, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Charlotte's Web, Flat Stanley, Stanley in Space, and we're almost through Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.

-He still loves striking up a conversation with anyone and everyone who will listen. He is extremely chatty and often it seems about 80 percent of what he is saying is a question.

-He is incredibly good at Memory matching games--often better than me.

-He loves drawing (and is pretty amazing at it) and also writing. He is great at writing his letters, but we're still working on letter sounds/early reading.

We sure do love this boy! He has done so much to shape me into the mother I am today. He is so patient with my mistakes and incredibly forgiving. He is also very determined and strong-willed, which has defined the model of discipline we use. He has a keen sense of independence, which has helped me recognize the need to let our children decide whenever we reasonably can. He also tends to be very sensitive and emotionally tuned-in to those around him. I am so grateful for the past 4 years and the privilege we have had of having this sweet little boy in our family!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Growing Like a Weed!

Today was Lincoln's 2-month appointment.
Or so I thought.
I got to the doctor's office and they couldn't find my appointment to check me in. Finally, they discovered that my appointment is on Tuesday! I'm still not sure how in the world I got so mixed up!

So I don't have his official stats today, but I will share some pictures of our growing boy!

(As it turns out, clicking your tongue takes a great deal of concentration.)

And since those pictures are actually a few weeks old, here are a few I took today:

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