Saturday, March 23, 2013

Life's Little Moments

This post is kind of Wesley-dominated. I'm not playing favorites--but his older brother is becoming rather obstinate when it comes to the camera lately!

I'm pretty sure the highlight of their day consists of the time between when Daddy gets home and we sit down to dinner. It is non-stop, high-energy playtime!

Wesley is so stubborn when it comes to eating. He often adamantly refuses to eat even his most favorite dishes if he doesn't get to eat them the way he wants. At dinner time, this entails having his own utensils, his own plate of food, and his food not being cut into small pieces. This presents a problem since he is just getting his 5th and 6th teeth and can't chew most foods very well. He gets so angry when we give him little pieces of food, though, and they usually end up on the floor with him throwing a huge tantrum. I'm not sure why my kids want to be big so fast, but they certainly have both manifested that trait! Here Wesley was feeding Talmage some of his yogurt as well.




Wesley still desperately needs a morning nap. He missed it on this day and crashed in his high chair. His cheeks are very squishy! Love it!

 Talmage and I were talking about opposites and made opposite-puppets out of wooden spoons. It was such a fun project!

We have Mr. Happy and Miss Sad. Talmage was very concerned about why Miss Sad was sad. And Wesley's impersonation (or impuppetation?) of Miss Sad crying is HILARIOUS.

I could read this little bookworm books all day! He absolutely devours them.

Another of Wesley's hobbies is opening all of the child-proof burner covers on the stove. They're there because he would mess with them when they were uncovered, and now he's figured out how to defy them! There are few obstacles he can't find a way around.

Or climbing on the counter, crawling over to the stove, and turning on the oven. That's pretty fun, too. I pretty much spend all of his waking hours getting him away from danger! He's just so cute about it, though. He has this irresistable smile he gets every time he's getting into mischief.

Talmage is starting to get more chores (any great chore-chart ideas?). He loves washing the dishes wih us!

When there's a will, there's a way. This is how Wesley gets a good view of which cooking utensil he should get from the drawer.

The play kitchen I made them for Christmas ended up not being as much of a hit as I had hoped. They have more fun climbing on it and taking it apart than they do playing with it, and they've destroyed many parts of it, including ripping off the faucet that was screwed in. I gorilla glued it back on and joked with Sam, "Now it's Wesley against gorilla glue." As you can see here, Wesley won. I can't believe even gorilla glue failed me! This kid is just about unstoppable.

And pretty pleased about it. (I love how Talmage is inspecting the damage...)

 We made butter one day as part of our farm-themed week. The boys had fun shaking the jar!




Wesley loves putting on our shoes and walking around. Pardon his pantsless appearance--the boys usually play with water on our balcony while I make dinner, so Wesley soaks his pants!


 4 pies for Pi Day! (2 chicken pot pies, 1 sweet potato pie, 1 crumb-topped apple pie)

 Spinning around on Daddy's shoulders makes for one happy boy!

The boys found a new spot to play.

I just can't get enough of that cheesy smile!

4 comments:

  1. chore chart idea:
    A straight edge and a sharpie, plus a hand-drawn excavator to decorate the top. That's how I made Peter's. Then I laminated it and use a dry-erase marker to put smilies in each square when he completes the chore. We can simply wipe it off once it's full.

    We pay Peter - a penny for each smilie, plus two bonus if he gets them all for the week. It adds up to 50 cents a week (8 chores a day times 6 days) if he does them all. But tickets for special favors work too.

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  2. chore chart idea:
    A straight edge and a sharpie, plus a hand-drawn excavator to decorate the top. That's how I made Peter's. Then I laminated it and use a dry-erase marker to put smilies in each square when he completes the chore. We can simply wipe it off once it's full.

    We pay Peter - a penny for each smilie, plus two bonus if he gets them all for the week. It adds up to 50 cents a week (8 chores a day times 6 days) if he does them all. But tickets for special favors work too.

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  3. I made myself a chore chart and it works great. :) My sister uses the same type of chart with her kids and it has worked for the past couple of years. Mod Podge cute paper over a clean corn can (or leave it plain) and then you can either paint craft sticks or Mod Podge paper on them to make them pretty. Use permanent marker to write the chores on the sticks. Then, at the beginning of the week/day you add the chores that need to get done and when you are finished, you take the stick out. Very simple and effective. :)

    My sister rotates the chores between her kids cans each week. She also painted on end of the stick one color and the other end another color so that they can keep the same chores for a week and flip the stick over when they are done.

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  4. Love these pictures! The boys are growing up so fast.

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