Monday, January 20, 2014

A Look Back

We had nice weather today and the boys enjoyed their time outdoors.  I have some pictures of them playing soccer but Blogger is acting up. Instead you should check these out:

January 20, 2013

January 21, 2012

January 20, 2011

January 18, 2010 (and also this one.  Oh, Heavens.)

January 25, 2009

January 20, 2008

January 15, 2007

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Day in the Life of Milo

7:20 Sleepy, bed-headed "Hi Mommy."
Breakfast with brother of peanut butter and honey bread and soy milk.
Dropping Levi off at kindergarten with, "Bye Brudder!"
Back to the house for track building and car playing

Painting his dinosaur.
Marker-ing still wearing his paint shirt.
More crafting.
10am.  "Mommy, I's hungee.  I want hot gog and cheese.  Do you have bunses?"  Me, slightly incredulous, "You want a hot dog on a bun and a pile of cheese?"  Milo, "YES."
"Snack" eating.
Fort making.
Picking up Levi

Lunch: grilled cheese
Speech Evaluation by early childhood center in our school district.
Rest time in which he actually fell asleep (this is really rare these days)

Played with bouncy ball upstairs
DVD time
Dinner- burrito
reading with Daddy
Kisses, prayers, songs
Getting tucked into bed with his glow pet, Grover Bear, and his build-a-bear puppy, Brownie.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

More Games

Lucas taught the boys how to play Sequence. They ate it up (along with some spaghetti and by the looks of it, Chex cereal as well).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Family Fun

Grammie sent us a great game at Christmas. It's basically Pictionary crossed with legos. The boys (all three of them) loved it.
Goldie watched on.  I can't help but think he especially appreciated the row boat that Lucas and Milo made.

I was teasing Lucas a bit because Milo sat next to him so that they could be a team but Lucas got pretty absorbed in his own lego project.  I stepped in to help Milo and while he and I made the most simplistic snake you've ever seen, Lucas created a pretty elaborate house.

Levi's creations: lighthouse, tractor, gas tank, the letter D, and...well, I'm not sure what that last one was.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Levi, Lately.

Levi, six years and three months old:

Levi could not be more thrilled with the snow we've had off and on this winter. Thanks to extra warm snow pants that Nana sent to him, he sleds and digs and piles and rolls all through the yard. 

 He continues to enjoy making things. These recent projects really made me smile:
A shelf on the tree out front.
This hand sewn case. This is especially cute because he noticed that my sister make me a fabric case and gave it to me at Christmas. He noticed how much I liked it and made me another.
Here he is posing with "my favorite person in our house, Goldie."

I'm choosing to not take it personally that I now rank lower than a gold fish. He's very happy to have 'him' and told us that this was a practice pet. After the gold fish, he wants a hermit crab and after the hermit crab, he wants a dog. I thought that was a pretty logical progression.

Kindergarten is going well and I'm amazed at how much they are learning.  Levi is starting to read and he often likes to point out what sounds are in whatever word I just used. 

Levi is constantly ravenous due to a growth spurt and the fact that he is almost always in motion.  Other favorites lately: making forts, watching "Wild Kratts", chewing gum, making lego creations, and being Daddy's assistant in any project.

He does not care for bedtime.  Sometimes it takes him a long, long time to go to sleep.  He says, "I just can't stop my brain from all the thinking it's doing!"  I completely understand and have the same problem.

Levi continues to be social and friendly.  He loves playing with his cousins and friends.  When we are out, he always strikes up conversations with people walking their dogs, cashiers, waitstaff, passersby at the mall, airplane pilots, etc.  His favorite conversational jumping off point with strangers is "Look.  I've got a loose tooth." Then he goes on to show them which teeth have been lost, where the new one is growing in, what the tooth fairy left him, and so on.

We enjoy him so much!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Milo, Lately

Milo, 3 years and 10 months old.

While Milo wishes that he could be in kindergarten, we really enjoy our mornings together. He asks, "Where we going, Mommy?" and then regardless if I answer with "MOPS", "the library", "grocery store", or "doctor appointment" he always says, "Yay!"

He spends a lot of time coloring and crafting. He especially loves to use scissors and paint. He enjoys his matchbox cars, legos, and just being busy. He's curious and really appreciates anything silly or mixed-up.

Last year he really did not have any desire to be out in the snow but this year has logged lots of time in the back yard going down the little hill. He's a bit of a thrill seeker and loves going fast. 
Milo does not have an inner dialogue- it's completely external. I blame myself- we had worked so hard to get him to talk that now he feels as if he needs to share every thought with the world.
At the grocery store, "I'm pushing my cart. I'm pushing my cart. I'm pushing my cart."
Exiting our plane and trailing behind Levi down the aisle, "Following brother, following brother, following brother..."
Heading to the restroom at the library, "Going to go poopie. Going to go poopie. Going to go poopie."

Here he is at his first dentist appointment.  He was really excited that the dental hygienist asked him to hold "Mr. Thirsty"(the suction apparatus) for her.  After he was finished he asked me, "Mommy, you hold Mr. Thirsty?" and when I told him that no, I didn't get to do that, he smiled SO big. 

Milo likes to pore over his library books, help with projects, make forts, and watch "Justin Time" and "Wild Kratts." He's a pleasant and genial kiddo and has a bit of a sly streak. I get such a kick out of him. What a great kiddo.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014


Last year, Milo wanted nothing to do with the cold and snowy weather. This year he's been enjoying himself out with his brother.

They enjoy the hot drink after coming inside almost as much as the sledding.

Those are pretty big mugs but the angle of this shot makes it look like a comically large serving of hot cocoa. I promise, it wasn't actually larger than Milo's head.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Play Doh

The boys have been enjoying the new play-doh Auntie Lea and Ryan gave Milo. It did not take them long to combine all the colors into a homogenized green hue.

Milo likes using the potato masher.

It's been so cold. It's really nice to have new, fun things to play with.