Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ethan's Summer Sports 2013

Ethan did soccer and t-ball this summer, it was all pretty new to him so he's got lots of learning to do.  I think he did as good as any other kid his age.  We're taking a break from sports this fall but will do something again in the spring.

Here are a couple highlights from the season.

Fielding ground balls (green shirt):

Getting better at each game!


The last day of T-ball everyone received a medal.  His coach told each player something unique about every player.  He told Ethan that he always had a positive attitude.

 Sadly, this is the only picture of Ethan I took his entire soccer season.  I know, I know.  But...I did take several videos!

He is wearing white socks and has on a yellow scrimmage vest (on the left):

He did really well during their scrimmages, and would usually be one of the kids kicking the ball and scoring.  However, during drills and regular practice he was a lot more timid, pretty unsure of himself since it was all a new experience for him.  I'm sure next year he'll have more confidence in his skills and continue to improve. 

Alec just got to watch this year, he didn't seem to mind.  We'll see how it goes for him next year. Eeek!

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Parks and Recreation

Three posts in a couple of days?! I'm on a roll!

I'm going to clump some of our adventures into a tidy little post.  I only seem to take one or two pictures when we're out and about, so nothing worth it's own post.  

 Rock climbing a a park on a LOVELY afternoon.  I started to sweat because I was so nervous Alec was going to fall off the top, but he stayed put: 

Cute little kid area in Towne Center:

 We went to an event called Wheels and Squeals just up the road from our house.  They had army artillery, hot rods and BBQ.  The kids enjoyed the scenery:

This is how they get along 50% of the time: 

It all started with a tiny comment Nick made about the spare bedroom color (granted, it was the color YAM) that led me to paint three rooms in our house in just as many days.

Decisions, decisions!  Seriously, my brain was mush once I was complete.  And let it be known, these tiny swatches I paint on the wall DO NOT help make the decision any easier.  I have to paint the entire wall, sometimes the entire room before I decide it's the right color.  Therein lies my problem with chronic painting and repainting.  Ugh. 

Then I moved on to our dark chocolate bathroom.  I painted the ENTIRE room, including trim, before deciding the blue/gray color was just too purply.  So I painted it again the next day.  It's gray now and it's staying that way.  Good thing I like gray. 

 The next victim was our kitchen.  The previous owners had done a textured wall with a beige-ish/greenish glaze.  It was just ok, nothing we loved but we didn't hate it either.  Since the gray worked so well in the bathroom (which is right off the kitchen), we went with a lighter gray for the kitchen.
Apparently I don't know how to take before and after pictures.  But I assure you it all looks lovely.  I even rearranged both boys' rooms *again*, in addition to painting Alec's new big boy bed (Nick's childhood bed) annnnnnnnnd....found a little dresser for Alec and gave it a couple coats of paint.  I think I might like to paint?!?

The boys rode their Jeep to the pool awhile back and Ethan wanted his picture taken in front of this Bronco in the background.  He thought they looked a lot alike. 

Building towers in his clubhouse: 

The boys were invited to a friend's birthday party last month, he was turning 6.  They had a ball and we didn't get home until 8:45pm that night, so it was a late night to bed but they both conked out since they were exhausted from running around!

We met up with a friend her her 3 little ones for a game of bowling several weeks ago.  We hadn't done that since Ethan was 2.  They really had a lot of fun, I wasn't sure how it'd go, but I'm glad we went.  It was cheap entertainment and fun for them.  Score!



If the above videos don't work for you, here's a weird version of them:

Alright, I think that sums up our last few months of summer.  Ethan is very much looking forward to Halloween so maybe I'll have a post or two ready by then!

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Daddy Puppy Love

Just as Ethan has Mr. Lion, Alec has a best buddy too.  His name is Daddy Puppy.  Daddy Puppy has a baby, her name is Baby Puppy.  We are so original with the names aren't we?  I've probably written about Daddy Puppy before, but I've put together some pictures of them to share.  

He received it as a Christmas gift on his first Christmas.  It wasn't until he was a couple years old that he really grew attached, and now he sleeps with him every single night.

Recently, I've been able to snap pictures of him fast asleep squeezing his buddy:


Fell asleep on his bedroom floor the other night:

Daddy Puppy helped the transition of this toddler crib to his new big boy bed: 

Some earlier pictures of these two friends:

Both Daddy and Baby Puppy got some snuggle time here:

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pre-School Kiddos

I know, it's been ages since I've posted an update.  So might as well start with the most recent event.  The boys both started pre-school this week.  Ethan goes three mornings a week and Alec goes two.  It's only 2 1/2 hours each day but all of us need that time.  

 Monday was Ethan's first day so we celebrated with a donut before heading to the school.  

 Third year of Pre-school (think he's getting tired of it?)

Here they are last year:

 Tuesday was Alec's first day, neither of them would give me a regular picture. 

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