Saturday, May 28, 2011


Here's a video of Ethan being nothing but silly. He knows when the camera is on him and always acts a little extra nuttier than normal. He did crack me up in the first half of the video with his battery remark though.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

If you guessed Nick was the one to get his hair chopped off, you were right. A million bonus points to you!

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We all scream for Ice Cream!

Nothing says summer like swim trunks and ice cream:

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quick Family Pic

I bribed all 3 boys with chocolate to pretty please sit down on the grass for 30 seconds and look in the general direction of the camera. Three out of 4 of us succeeded, so I'll consider it a success.

One of us went and got a much needed haircut the day after this picture was taken. Any guesses who?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pictures at the Park

Here are a handful of the pictures we received from a fellow mom in our play group.  She offered her time and talent to a few of us lucky ones at the park the other day.  The boys weren't into sitting still but that wasn't a shocker.  I think she got a few good ones though.  Next month we'll be getting Alec's One Year pictures taken, so wish us luck!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011


I stumbled across this today and had to post it:

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a Cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, 'What happened here today?' She again smiled and answered, 'You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?' 'Yes,' was his incredulous reply. She answered, 'Well, today I didn't do it.'

Oh, how I can relate!!
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bring on the heat

Because this is Kansas, we aren't unfamiliar with scorching temperatures one day and chilly temps the next. I personally don't mind the variety at all but the boys definitely lean toward the warmer days. We bought one of those $5 plastic pools the other day and they thought it was awesome, best 5 bucks I've spent lately! Ethan threw every single backyard toy inside it and Alec spent his time trying to catch floating grass while I read a Reader's Digest (no idea why these are mailed to me every month!). A few minutes later I found my magazine floating in the bottom of the pool.  That would be thanks to Ethan.

Feast your eyes on this little butterball:

I wished my love handles looked this cute:

He spotted FOOD:

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Ethan's obsession

A fair warning: Nick and I are still at the point with Ethan in which we think most (not all!) things he does are cute, funny or brilliant. And since I thought this latest development was interesting, I decided I'd better jot it down in this electronic scrapbook of mine.  That way, 30 years from now when he's graduating from med school (a mom can dream, right?) I can pull this up and say I knew he'd be something!

Obviously, he's a typical soon-to-be 3 year old boy. He digs in the dirt, he plays with trucks and he gets dirty.  He throws HUGE temper tantrums, he disobeys and he even spits. However, from the moment he started talking, his questions seemed never ending. A simple answer was never enough and we quickly found that he required a detailed answer about his curiosities, his appetite for learning new things has never once slowed.

It started about a month ago, with a simple question he had about where food goes after you swallow it. We explained the digestive system and he literally sat there with his mouth wide open, silent, eyes not blinking, taking it all in. More, more, more...he wanted more.

The seed was planted and his obsession began.

Nick found him an awesome series of videos to watch and he soaked them up. He memorized most of them and asked a million questions. What do the big intestines do? How does your brain work? Where are my kidneys? Can I see your eardrum? What's inside your spine? There isn't a day that goes by when he doesn't say, "let's talk about the human body" at which point I ask which part and he responds with whatever it is he's thinking. Then we discuss it for a few minutes and he goes back to whatever it was he was doing.

We found him a big kid book about the entire human body. He was in love.  He says "hmmmm" while we read things like "even though it only counts for 2% of a body's total weight, the brain takes up one-fifth of the energy and oxygen we use each day" and would nod as though he understood when we read "some of the cells in our skin make a chemical called melanin". This book was the only one he wanted us to read every single night at bedtime for a couple weeks. Eventually, I told him we had to read some of his others as well because I was missing all the fun books we used to read!

Anyway, I love his passion for wanting to learn new things and I'm proud of what he's become in his 2 years and 10 months of life and look forward to him growing and developing even more. He amazes Nick and I every single day with the things he says and questions he asks. And as many times I've heard him tell me about what your brain helps you do and the types of cells that are inside your body, I will never tire of listening to him.

Love, love, love you Ethan.

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Two Brothers, Two Years Apart

Ethan eating strawberries

Alec eating strawberries

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

A simple story

This afternoon was gorgeous, so while Alec napped, Ethan and I hung out in the front yard. He happily posed for this picture:
Isn't he sweet?  We hopped like bunnies, he squished a roly poly (and yes mom, I was upset about it), he pedaled his tricycle and we played baseball.

Then he started to get crazy:

 He wasn't interested in having his picture taken anymore, huge shocker, I know. So I told him there was a fish inside my camera and he could see it if he looked closely:

A bit closer:
 It was funny that he actually fell for that trick, generally he's one step ahead of me.

So after all that playing, he found a twisty stick to play with. He was sure it was a bird's foot and asked me if we could glue it back on. His thoughtfulness for the bird made up for the killing of the rolly polly. 

This picture, I love:

A few minutes later Ethan told me Alec was awake. How he could hear him and I couldn't, I don't know.

Good afternoon, sunshine:

Almost hard to tell which is the little brother. They crawled all over the drive way, where one went the other followed. Unfortunately, Alec puts everything in his mouth so we didn't last long before heading back inside. 
And yes, his shoes are on the wrong feet. Again.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Deanna Rose Farmstead

Nearly every person I've talked to here has said Deanna Rose Farmstead was a must.  I knew it would be neat, but I had no idea how neat!  The place just didn't end, it kept going and going.  As a matter of fact, we didn't even get to see it all as our outing ran into Ethan's nap time so we'll be making another trip soon.  Oh, and it's free (during weekdays)!!

Ethan fished for the first time ever, didn't get a picture of it though, it only held his attention for about 3 minutes and he was off to the next attraction. He isn't quite old enough to ride the ponies but will be in a few months so we'll do that later.  I didn't take many pictures of the animals but there were lots. Ethan kept hoping to see an elephant.

What boy doesn't love a train?
Still too short to reach the pedals but that didn't stop him!
I took the boys inside the pen with teeny tiny goats and Alec was intrigued,  Ethan got the heebie-geebies and I got peed on. By a goat.
A little theatre with tractor seats.
Future jockey?
Getting a  GOOD picture of them together is my mission, I'm still working on it.
Mining for gems.

Two boys and their Nana (thanks for joining us Nana!)
This old schoolhouse had all original things inside it and we learned some interesting facts from this lady.  A pretty neat building to check out!
The teacher asked Ethan if he knew his letters and he busted out the ABC song. Atta boy.  As for Alec...he's going to be the trouble-maker, I can already tell.
My little turkey.

Have I mentioned yet that I love living here?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Brothers under a chair

These 3 pictures are of Ethan right after his 1st Birthday party.  I remembered taking them as I was taking pictures of Alec crawling under the same chairs, 2 years later.


And Alec:

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