Monday, February 28, 2011

Evel Knievel!

Josh is every bit as daring if not more so than his older sister. The weekend before last we had some friends over and the kids were up playing in the play house. Anne and I weren't quite at the right angle but both see two little legs fly up in the air and then Josh crash to the ground. I found out the following day that he had been swinging from the cross bar on the upper part and either lost his grip or was under the delusion that he was a gymnast doing a dismount after his horizontal bar exercise. Last weekend, after watching Emma, he thought he needed to give riding down the hill a shot and loved it as you can see in the video below. In the second video, you'll note that you have to be careful where you position yourself when Emma makes a run down the hill. Eighteen month post coming soon!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Comments from Emma

Emma makes us laugh so much with the things she says and the words she uses. For instance, the other day, she found one of her Valentine's Day cookies from a friend at school sitting on the counter and then proceeded to tell me later "I noticed that cookie but I'm not going to eat it now." I am not sure what I was more impressed by, the use of the word "noticed" or the fact that she didn't beg for the cookie. Anyhow, here are a few more comments from Emma that I want to preserve for future generations whether she likes it or not and whether they like it or not!

- Emma loves to play games (mostly games that she has made up). The other night, she was passing out game pieces to Brad and I and told us "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit". That one can be attributed to her teacher, Mrs. Michelle.

- On the way home from the grocery store the other day, she started talking about computers and told me "I call a computer, a puner; I'm just being silly."

- "When I was little before Bubby was here, I used to yell 'Bubby, where are you?'. I always wanted a Bubby named Josh." *Note - This certainly never happened before Josh was born but I am so happy that she loves her little brother so much.

- A couple of weeks ago, she wanted me to stay with her when it was time for bed. I told her that I wasn't going to stay and she responded "but I very love you" (I still didn't stay).

- We toured a potential school last week; it was a school that I had taken Emma to in the fall to see the musical Seussical, which I thought she had enjoyed. I guess she didn't really care for the musical because she told Brad the other night when he was tucking her in "Tell Mommy I really liked the new school but I don't want to go see the elephant play again because I didn't like when the monkeys came out." The next afternoon, I asked her about the play; she turned to Brad and said "TELL MOMMY I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SEE HORTON AGAIN." The tone was along the lines of, I already gave you this message to deliver; why didn't you tell her?

In closing, just in case you weren't certain, it is a rhino-oceros and not a rhinoceros.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"You Know Dasher & Dancer & Prancer...& Josh?"

I bet you didn't know that Josh was one of Santa's reindeer. Obviously one of the lesser known but not less important. Prior to Christmas, both Emma and Josh's classes made cute little reindeer hats. For at least a two week period during the holidays, we could not have a meal without Josh first needing to put on his hat. He would look around until he spotted his reindeer and then make it known that it had to be on his head before he could proceed. Unfortunately, after much love, the hat did not survive (you may note we had already lost an eye by the time the pictures below were taken) but photos and the memories live on.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Fun

Emma and Josh both had big days at school for Valentine's Day. Emma's class had a pajama party with lots of treats including cake pops courtesy of yours truly. According to Emma, the rest of her class enjoyed them as well and since I gave her a sneak preview and caught her reaction yesterday, I am not surprised if they went over big. Josh's class went a different route and had a Sock Hop. How I would have loved to see his class bopping around in their 50's wear today. To top off all the fun, you should have seen the loot they both came home with! Guess I'll have to take on the difficult task of sorting through the candy to take out anything they don't need. Josh wasn't feeling totally cooperative this morning but here are a few photos of our little 50's greaser and his pajama clad sister. I did try to roll an empty raisin box in Josh's sleeve but he wasn't too sure about that. We should have gotten a photo at the end of the day because Josh's hair was something else by that point. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bracing Ourselves!

There is another forecast of snow for this week and it may amount to 4-6 inches, which basically means that the city will be shut down for months or until this weekend when we get back into the 50's. I am hopeful that this is the last blast of winter weather because I am over using vacation days due to less than an inch of snow on the ground. Enough complaints about the weather; the real reason I gathered us here today is to recap a couple of moments from this weekend.

- Josh appears to have learned the color blue. Several times yesterday and this morning, he would pick up or point to something that was blue and say "boo". Coincidence, I think not!

- After Green Bay scored a touchdown at one point last night, I said "Josh, touchdown" and put my arms in the air. At this point, he also put his arms up and then basically flung himself to the ground. Since he was smiling, it appeared that this was on purpose so I tried it again and got the same result. He is a bruiser!

- Yesterday afternoon, Emma was demonstrating her jumping skills to me and after one jump, she must have thought she got pretty high in the air because she said "I thought I was going to jump to heaven with Jesus".

- Finally, Brad filled the bird feeder this weekend but unfortunately our number on visitor has been a squirrel. Emma loves being on squirrel patrol and when he arrives, runs over, bangs on the door and yells "No, no, no!" in a definite squirrel frightening away voice.

- Since cold and cough remedies are out for the younger set, Emma gets honey to soothe her cough and she LIKES honey. Last night, she told us she needed some honey to which I responded that she really didn't have a cough anymore. At this point, she gives a fake little cough and in the most pitiful voice says "but I'm coughing". She still didn't get the honey; guess she needs to work on the acting skills a bit!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Recap

At the beginning of January, we had our first and hopefully only "major" snowstorm of the winter. The snow started falling late Sunday afternoon shortly before we were due to leave for a belated Christmas party with Brad's group at work. We forged ahead but didn't get about a mile down the road before I was questioning the decision. Unfortunately, Brad didn't have his cell phone so we couldn't reach one of his coworkers and the number his boss provided was wrong. Since we couldn't reach anybody, we kept moving forward with a Mom whose nerves were a bit frayed, a little girl who was so excited that we were driving in the snow, and a little boy who didn't know any better.

We did make it to our destination and had a good time although Brad was restricted on his wine consumption as there was no way I was driving us home. By the time we left, the snow was really coming down and the window was icy up fraying my nerves even more if that was possible. Meanwhile, Emma was in the backseat constantly chattering and asking me questions. Emma talked and talked and talked and then it was silent; she had finally fallen asleep thankfully. We made it home without incident and knowing full well that there would be no daycare the next day. Emma woke up as I was getting her dressed for bed and wanted to head out in the snow right then and there. I was able to talk her down but first thing Monday morning, she was ready and raring to go. Finally, it was time to go out so we got the kids all bundled up complete with plastic bags (one of these days we might get boots) to keep their shoes and feet dry.

Emma was thrilled to be outside in the snow while Josh wasn't so sure what to make of that cold, white stuff. We finally coaxed him into walking out into the snow and into the backyard, which was okay unless he fell down. He did not like sitting in the snow. However, a little bit of sliding and then sledding and Josh came around. By the afternoon, he had even gotten to the point that he would try to make a snow angel with sister although his consisted of sitting and moving his feet back and forth; he certainly wasn't about to lay down in the snow. We had a great day playing in the snow between sledding, snow angels, and snowball fights. Emma was definitely disappointed that the snow melted and keeps hoping that we'll get more. She did not get that from me! Here are a few photos from our snow day!