Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's Official

I no longer have a baby. One might think that because Grayson is technically an "infant" by the proper definition, it really isn't true. Why? He officially moved into a "big boy" bed last night. So far, one night and one nap time down, and I think he's loving it.
Grayson and Jayce were both thrilled to walk into their room last night to see a toddler bed and Jayce's twin bed moved around. Grayson jumped right into his new bed and asked for his dog and blanket. He was hooked.
Jayce got a little bit of a change too. Since we moved him into his twin bed, we'd just had the mattress on the floor so he could get used to a bed without rails. Last night we put the box spring underneath too, so Jayce had a "new" bed too.
We got Grayson all tucked into his bed, and he jumped right out. ?Got him back in again, got back out again. Gave him a little swat to the behind and told him to stay in bed, he got out again. After one more little swat, he was in bed for the night.
Jayce, on the other hand, loves his "new" bed and new arrangement, and was an angel like always.
Grayson took a tumble out of bed at 6 am this morning, and unfortunately, was up from then on, but it certainly made nap time go well. Here's to hoping that tonight goes well too!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Friend's Birthday

Last week, this guy celebrated his 5th birthday. My boys were excited to help him celebrate - dinosaur-style. We started out with crafts for the bigger kids:

There were even puzzles for the kids to make - Jayce and Grayson love puzzles right now, so that was a big hit.
Working hard on her coloring!
Jeremy even got into it a little bit. He was encouraging Jayce to actually color the dinosaur instead of coloring the different pieces different colors.

This guy did not paint. I didn't want to see what he would look like after he was done.
He opted to play with his friend instead. Although you can't quite see the difference in size between these two boys in this picture, I took it because I think it's funny to know that they were born one day apart.
I'll bet you're wondering what could have gotten these three boys to sit still long enough for me to take a picture, right?
One of the birthday boy's surprises was that there was a very special Handy Manny on that night that he got to see with his friends. Look how all of them were very into watching it!
Lots of giggles, lots of fun.
(Sorry, I was holding the birthday boy's baby sister during presents and cake time, so no photos!)

Monday, March 22, 2010

i {heart} faces

The theme at iheartfaces this week is "Focusing on Angles". I thought of this photo, and figure I'd throw it in the mix. Grayson is practicing his potty skills, but he forgot one important thing....

Click on over to iheartfaces to see all the other amazing entries.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This Cannot Be Comfortable

Grayson had a very difficult nap time today. He fell asleep in the car on the way home from Grandma's and was whining a lot in his sleep. Jeremy and I thought it was hilarious. Turns out, it was a great precursor to the next 2 hours. He finally screamed himself to sleep (while Jayce slept through it, amazingly enough!) around 4:45 pm. This is what Jeremy found at 5 when Jayce did wake up. Too funny to not take pictures.

Rest assured, after taking a few pictures, I moved him into a much more comfortable position.

Friday, March 19, 2010

More Funny Videos

A couple of cute videos to share. The first one here is Grayson, who has finally learned how to nod yes. Well, kind of. Usually when we ask him a question, he'll first shake his head no. Then we'll ask him again, and he'll "nod" yes by bending at the waist - like he's bowing. It's really funny.


The second video is of both of the boys dancing to the "Move It, Move It" song from the Madagascar movie. Both boys have silly dances they do almost every time.


I hope everyone enjoyed.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jayce Is Funny!

I just had to share a quick story from this morning.

Me: Jayce, what should we have for breakfast this morning? I was thinking about making pancakes. How does that sound?
Jayce: I want losers!
Me: What did you say?
Jayce: Losers. I want losers.
Me: Are you saying "losers"?
Jayce: Yeah!
Me: Jayce, I don't understand.
Jayce: Like Lightning. I eat losers for breakfast!

Monday, March 15, 2010

For Jodi

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to turn off my wife/mother life and get away with some friends for the weekend. A Girls' Weekend, where all we did was scrapbook. It was glorious. I finally got started on Jayce's first year(s) album, and definitely made some significant progress. While I was gone, my best friend celebrated her 29th birthday. I'd love to tease her because of it (after all, she's so close to 30 now!), but truth be told, I'll be there in less than a month. While we were talking, she mentioned that I needed to start updating my blog more on Mondays and Tuesdays, because she needs reading material for Tuesday and Wednesday, when she works in the office. So, here it is, for Jodi, an update on a Monday night. Love ya friend!

i {heart} faces

This week's theme is "All Bundled Up" over at i {heart} faces. I could think of so many photos from this winter that would have been appropriate, mostly because of the kids' hats, but I think this was one of my favorite. You can definitely see what he's thinking.

As always, click on over to i {heart} faces to check out all the other amazing photographs!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Sunny Afternoon At The Park

If you live in the Midwest, I know that you have been enjoying the sunny days and spring temperatures just as much as I have. Well, unless you prefer gloomy, freezing weather where you don't see the sun for days (or weeks!) at a time. Regardless, we have really been enjoying this weather, and taking advantage of it while we can. That means trips to the park. The best part was, we had some friends go along too!

I love this weather!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some Videos

Jayce was in rare form tonight: He wanted to perform and be video taped! I took advantage, and got some cute stuff that I thought I'd share with you all. Enjoy!

Jayce singing "My God Is So Big!"
My God is so BIG! So strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do.
The mountains are His, the valleys are His, the stars are His handiwork too!
My God is so BIG! So strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do. For you!


Jayce doing the "Fancy Dance" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It's step, step, hop, shake.


Jayce doing his "Move It, Move It" dance. This is the song from Madagascar, the animated movie. Both of the boys ask to see it just about daily. Lately, Jayce has made up a special dance to go along with it.


Last, we can't leave Grayson out. I managed to get a short video of Grayson dancing the other day. Stick around until the end - that's when he finally starts moving!


Hope you enjoyed!

My Hillbilly Baby

You know, I questioned writing this post, even after planning it out in my head, because I worried that it might be offensive to some readers. Then I thought about it, and realized that I only have a handful of readers anyway, most of whom actually know me in real life, and know that I would not intentionally insult anyone (this means you, Kevin (Uncle Hillbilly) and Rachel!!). That being said, here we go!
Sunday morning, I was getting the kids ready to go to church, and I needed an undershirt for Grayson to wear. I dug through his drawer, and I found this:
My first thought: He looks like a hillbilly!
He even chose to act the part for me while I was snapping pictures of him... I did not encourage my child to do this in any way, it just happened, I took a quick picture, and then I encouraged him to remove his head from the dog bowl.
Oh, the outfit got better when I put on his shirt. Notice the tank top riding up and his belly poking out above his jeans! He totally fits the part.
See the big belly? Normally a tummy like this is called a beer belly, but I like to think of it as a juice belly.
I did end up dressing them for church, eventually. We may have been a little late to church because I was having so much fun taking photos of Grayson in his "hillbilly outfit".
After church, we ended up at Grandma's house for lunch. I couldn't let those cute outfits get ruined by the tomato sauce we ate....
So the "hillbilly baby" came back out to play! The boys wrestled on Grandma's couch and had a blast playing together!
All we needed was a piece of grass sticking out of the corner of his mouth.... Isn't my "hillbilly baby" cute?!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Gardens - 2010.1 Edition

Let's be honest here: It's called 2010.1 because this is the first of many posts about The Gardens, I can only imagine. We love Frederick Meijer Gardens! From the butterflies in the spring to the holiday trees for Christmas, we are there a lot throughout the year! So, here's to the first post of the year about The Gardens.
March 1st brought the opening of the yearly exhibit "Butterflies are Blooming". Today, we made our first trip to see them with Grandma, Jeremy's mom. From the looks of this picture, she enjoyed herself. It was good to see her smiling like that.
Grayson enjoyed running around the butterfly garden as much as he enjoyed looking at the butterflies. He spent a lot of time flipping this display around and looking at the pictures. I didn't realize that this photo was going to be anything special when I took it, but after playing around with it in Picasa, I saw how his eyes just popped, now I love it.
I tried to find my favorite photo of Jayce from the day, and this is probably not it. However, it does show you how interested he was in checking everything out. He was definitely interested in the butterflies and looking up the names with Grandma.
I'm going to spare you a post that is pages and pages long by grouping up a lot of the photos in collages. We had so much fun looking for butterflies, admiring the beauty of the exotic flowers, and walking along the paths and over bridges. So much fun, in fact, that it was impossible to get the kids to pose together for a photo. My one and only attempt is the picture on the top row, one in from the left: Jayce just laid on the bench, and Grayson scooted off before I could get the camera up to my eye. They were just having too much fun!
Some pictures of the butterflies. I found it very interesting that after they broke out of their cocoons (in the protective Plexiglas house), they were loaded into a plastic container by a very careful volunteer and "dumped" out in the open. The photo on the bottom, second in from the right, is just that.
Oh, the flowers were beautiful. I really tried to restrain myself from taking too many photos of the flowers. I picked out my top three to show you. By far, the while flower with the purple trim was my absolute favorite.
After hanging out with the butterflies for a while, we went downstairs to visit the turtles. The kids had fun watching them swim through the water, bask in their "sun" and hide within their protective shells.
Just down the hall, there was a magnetic board where the kids worked on creating a butterfly. Jayce is posing with his masterpiece while Grayson and Grandma looked on.
Then we ventured outside while Grandma went to a luncheon she had scheduled. Do you recognize this area? It looks a lot different covered in snow...
It doesn't seem like it was six months ago that we were splashing in the water at the Great Lakes display!
Our first real stop in the Children's Garden was the Treehouse Villiage. Grayson had a blast running up and down the many bridges - he even got up the nerve to cross the rope bridge all by himself: crawling!
Jayce spent nearly all of his time running across the rope bridge. Back and forth, back and forth. He loved it!
We moved on from there to the beaver house. Grayson showed off his mad muscles by lifting a log that was much to heavy for him, and by pushing his brother in the stroller.
The boys enjoyed running up the path to the top of the beaver house to look out over the Children's Garden.
Does this look familiar? Jayce went running over, asking to swim...
I'm afraid that it was a little to cool for an experience like this. I told him it would only be a couple more months until he was splashing in the water again.
(Should I have warned you that this post was long even with the collages?? Oops, sorry!)
Next, we ventured into the Children's Garden activity center. There were many different things to do that were butterfly-related. Jayce and Grayson, with some help, colored some wipe-off pictures of the winged creatures.
Jayce took the opportunity to dress up as a butterfly. I probably wouldn't have chosen the sparkle-y, rainbow wings, but apparently the volunteer thought that he fit the look. Oh well. Doesn't my child look thrilled! I asked him to look at himself in the mirror, and this is what I got.
See, he really was excited to see himself as a butterfly. I was excited to see him in black wings. This is one of my favorite shots of Jayce of the day.
Grayson tried to put together a butterfly, but he didn't quite "get it".
So he moved on to reading. Do you have the "10 Little Ladybugs" book at your house? We do! I think that's why he wanted to read it five times.
Jayce went to work creating a butterfly on the felt board. I asked him to pose with his butterfly here too, and this is what I got: What a goofy face! We are going to have to work on his smiling for photos.
Grayson got a hold of a magnifying glass and thought he was the coolest thing looking at everything through it.
One more stop at the Treehouse Village to run across the rope bridge (this is the other favorite photo of Jayce of the day!)....
and check out the "nest"....
and our first day at the Gardens of the year was complete. I was exhausted! I'm sure that the kids needed lunch and a rest, but I needed a nap! All that fresh air and sunshine was exhausting. We had a really great day, and the boys are already looking forward to going back again. They want to take Daddy back tomorrow!