Sunday, July 28, 2013

Every Boy's Childhood

When I'm dealing with the everyday messes that come with having two very active little boys, I frequently remind myself that I want their childhood to be filled with dirt, exploration, and curiosity.

Isn't this what every boy's childhood should look like?
(It would have been nice if he hadn't taken that dirt out of our basil plant, but still...)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Daddy is More Fun

Playing at the Splash Pad with Mommy is certainly fun, but it normally looks something like this:

When Daddy comes along, he is willing to get wet...

and swing boys back and forth in the water...

and hold you in the water when you're cold.

There's no doubt about it, playing with Daddy is more fun!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On Sleep

Sleep has been a bit turbulent all the way around at our house lately. 
-There's me, who falls asleep at the drop of a hat throughout the day and continually has boys jumping on me and begging me to "wake up!!!"
-There's Sam, who works so hard and has so much to do after work that he seldom actually falls asleep in's usually somewhere else in the house.
-There's Talmage, who recently moved to the top bunk and can't quite seem to decide whether he needs an afternoon nap or not. If he has one he doesn't fall asleep until rather late at night, but if he doesn't have one he is super grumpy all afternoon.
-And there's Wesley, who recently transitioned out of his crib and into the bottom bunk in Talmage's room, thereby cutting out his morning nap (which he still actually needs) and making his afternoon naps really short.

So we're pretty much a house of sleepyheads at any given moment.

One morning I woke up and came out in the living room to find this:
(Sam had woken up with both boys in the night and they all spent the rest of the night in the living room.)

Talmage often doesn't fall asleep during his afternoon "nap" time, but when he does it is usually mid-story.

Or sometimes with a toy in hand. Nothing like a magnifying glass to put you to sleep!

Wesley loves sleeping in his big-boy bed and being in the same room with Talmage, even though it has greatly reduced the amount of time he'll stay asleep. Hopefully that will change before little brother arrives!

All we had to do to get him to stay in his bed was to make a rule that if he got out of bed he had to go back in the "baby's crib." He hated that consequence, so he was trained pretty quickly!

And the boys love having each other for company when they go to sleep each night. Their conversations are so sweet to listen to! I can't seem to bring myself to stop them from talking as they go to sleep because I think it is such great bonding time for the two of them. Talmage makes up games for the two of them to play while in their bunk beds, and it just reminds me of the whispered conversations, giggles, and games my sister and I would sneak in when we shared a room growing up.

So if anyone has the solution to keep me awake and my boys asleep...please share! :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lots of Smiles

Wesley sometimes finds great delight in blatantly disobeying what I say. For a while he was totally stuck on leaning back on his chair. I knew teenage boys had that issue, but I didn't realize it was ingrained from birth!

His mischievous little smiles are so totally irresistible.

Talmage was okay with just leaning back in his chair, while keeping his chair flat on the ground.

He was desperately in need of a haircut--and I love his little morning face!

The same goes for Talmage.

He is such a handsome little guy. The other day at Church someone told him he was going to be a heartbreaker. He was quite confused and concerned and wondered why she said he would break people's hearts!

Here is Talmage showing us a silverfish he caught. Little boys make Texas bug issues far more manageable.

Watching Talmage "read" to Wesley is absolutely one of my favorite things. I love their concentration in this picture.

The boys pulled out the box of laundry detergent the other day and sat down on it together like this. 

Seeing those two play together is just one of the best parts of motherhood. At times during the first 6 months or so of Wesley's life, I wondered how on Earth dividing my time between more than one child could be a positive thing--especially when my oldest responded so negatively to the transition. But as time has passed, I have seen that as siblings they fill a void in each other's lives that a parent just can't fill. I love seeing their relationship progress and develop, and I love that they are best friends! It gives me far more confidence in bringing yet another boy into our family (in just 6ish short weeks!!!).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pictures of Family

I recently updated the pictures we have hanging on the wall (finally!). The boys have loved seeing more current pictures of themselves and our family members! Wesley especially loves climbing on a chair to see this arrangement and pointing out everyone in the pictures.

So family, you can rest assured that you are definitely not forgotten by our little ones!

And this is the best portrait that has ever been done of our family. My favorite elements are my hair (am I wearing curlers?), my fingers, and the fact that Talmage drew about 10 Wesleys (all the little figures on the bottom right are Wesley in addition to the one on the left of him). It's also kind of funny how I fill up the whole page and everyone else is squeezed in around me. Talmage's drawings never cease to amaze and amuse me! I love that boy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sam's Birthday

I can't believe my husband is 28. For some reason that seems so much closer to 30 than 27. People joke about how he looks so mature and I look like a teenager. :) I'm so glad I could trick him into marrying me anyway! We had a fun day--since his birthday was the day before Memorial Day, he decided to only work in his lab for a few hours on Memorial Day and we spent the remainder of the day celebrating.

After he got home, he opened presents.

I introduced Sam to croquet a couple of years ago on his birthday. There were a few summers when I was growing up that I was totally obsessed with this game, and he enjoyed it when we played. So when I saw a brand-new set at Goodwill for $8, I jumped on it!

After Wesley's nap, we headed to Brazos Bend to ride bikes around. Sam's bike seat broke near the beginning and he spent the remainder of the trip with his seat wobbling back and forth as it was balanced on the post, but he never complains and insisted it wasn't that bad. Brazos Bend has tons of alligators, and Sam had never been before! I was hoping for a good showing, but unfortunately we didn't see a single one! Last year when my family came to visit, we saw 20 in an hour! (Sam was out of town.) I was sad, but the bike paths are beautiful nonetheless.

The boys' helmets are the best Goodwill had to offer--so they have some pretty zany designs on them.

Poor Talmage fell asleep in the trailer. He didn't get a nap, but I thought he'd be fine since his naps are kind of spotty these days. Evidently he needed one on this day, because he was out hard! And both boys started majorly overheating, had badly flushed faces, and were drenched in sweat. So we decided it was probably time to head back.

We just could not get Talmage to wake up, but he desperately needed some water.

We finally mostly succeeded in getting him to regain consciousness.

Then he just sleepily pressed his face into the side of the bike trailer.

After our super hot, but very fun time at Brazos Bend, we drove back home and enjoyed Sam's birthday dinner--Mediterranean Pizza, Watermelon, and Samoa Girl Scout Cookie Layer Cake! It was the perfect meal after our tiring afternoon.

I needed some cake stands for a recent piano recital and I don't have any, so I glued dollar-store bowls to the bottom of dollar-store plates. This worked beautifully for Sam's birthday, too!

All in all, it was a great day, and we were so happy to have so much time together!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

30 Weeks

I'm actually 32 weeks along now (the end is in sight!), but here is a picture from 30 weeks.

This little guy is pretty active and still kicks all through the evening. Pretty much all I want to eat is Dole Tropical Fruit tidbit cups, fruit smoothies, snow cones, and refreshing fruit juices. I had the same desires when I was pregnant with Wesley. At first I thought it had something to do with being pregnant, but I've decided it is just a by-product of hot, humid Texas summers.

The doctor has said at each appointment (since the first, when he moved my due date back 9 days) that I am measuring exactly on. But I'm already gearing myself up for him to be at least a week late, since his brothers were in no hurry to get here! Wesley loves giving my belly kisses all the time while talking about the baby, and Talmage pretends to carry on conversations with him. We can't wait to meet this little guy!
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