Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jack Lately:

- Two-year old Jack is so different from two-year old Henry. I am not sure why this is surprising to me, since they are two different kids. But it is! He is definite and disobedient just like all two year olds, but his style is much more passive. I was asking him to move out of the way of Henry who was trying to hit a ball off his tee, and Jack just looked at me and moved closer to the tee. Not a loud objection. But pushing those limits for sure. As soon as I moved him he lost it and cried uncontrollably. He breaks almost to easily. Strapping him in car seats and holding my hand in the parking lot are also all out battles basically every time we try to do either thing.

- Despite the troubles of being two, he is just so funny and sweet. He loves cuddles and sitting with us. He makes us laugh with his goofy expressions. He is also so kind and caring. Every single time someone sneezes he says "-ess you" and tonight after dinner he said "Mom...Mom..Mom..Mom...thanks for dinner!". Unprovoked! He is also a great helper the majority of the time. Getting him to clean up around the house is generally pretty easy and he is quick to carry groceries in the house, empty the bath toys into the tub, and put his clothes away in his hamper.

- We recently remembered to introduce him to the wonderful world of Elmo videos. He loves to watch different videos on youtube and it has become quite the fight between Henry (who always wants animals videos) and Jack (who always wants "mel-mo" videos). Our favorites are Elmo and Norah Jones, Elmo and Ricky Gervais, and Elmo and Adam Sandler.

- We are still being woken up basically every night by the little guy. He needs his paci, or water, or is scared, or his teeth hurt, or he wants socks, basically we never know what he will need. Thankfully he generally goes back to sleep fairly quickly, but we still have several nights where he ends up in our bed with us. (They are only little once, right!!) We never sleep great, but he always coos and puts his face on mine once he is finally in the bed with us.

- He is just the cutest. I get told this allll the time. In fact someone the other day asked me how we discipline him because he is just so darn cute. It is a challenge for sure.

Henry Lately:

- We made snake valentines for his class party. I had to step back several times from trying to get him to decorate them just how I wanted them to be done. He did a great job. And I loved watching him figure out how he wanted them to look. Even if one did have the number 100 written on it. For no obvious reason.

- He is quite the talker. Especially in the car! Like non-stop talking from the time we load up to when we get home. Doug and I find ourselves shaking our heads laughing at what he comes up with to keep the talking going.

- The animal obsession is only getting more intense. The other day he literally rolled over and woke up and said "Hey Dad, how much venom does a rattlesnake have?". He also asked Doug the other day on the phone "Why do hedgehogs roll up into a ball?". His science teacher at school told us that she had prepared a lesson on groundhogs to teach the class. Henry kept raising his hands and spouting out more facts that she said he ended up teaching the class. He literally told the class every fact she had written down to share. He loves basically all animals but the favorites are definitely snakes. He is now telling us he wants to be a herpetologist when he grows up.

- His favorite things to play at home are cutting up paper into a million little pieces and/or piling all of the pillows from around the house in the living room and jumping off the couch. We do each of these things every single day.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Doug's 30th Birthday:

We do not normally celebrate birthday's each year beyond celebrations with our family and each other. But since this was a big one (30!!), I wanted to make sure I put forth a little bit more effort.

We had a birthday party with lots of friends and no babies or kids! The boys went to spend the night at Grandma's house for the night which made it feel even more like an event. I prepared some of Doug's favorite foods through the years. Grapes, Slim Jim's, Butterfingers, pigs-n-blanket, pizza rolls, buffalo wings, cheese and crackers, and we ended the night with cookie pie and ice-cream. We had lots of left-overs (because thankfully we have all matured in our tastes and only need a few pizza rolls). I had tentatively planned a game for the night but we all just ended up talking. The boys played basketball outside for two seconds, Doug danced for us all, the groups of people talking were constantly changing, and at many points it was so loud in the house from all the conversations happening that it was hard to think. It was just about the most perfect night celebrating Doug together.

Then I pulled off my first surprise ever! I had told Doug that Emily was going to come over and watch the boys so we could go out for dessert for his birthday. As he was putting the boys to bed the door bell rang and he went to answer the door. Chris Wiley was there with his drum set ready to relive the old Throwbacks days. A little while later Steven Eiler showed up with his gear. Doug was genuinely surprised and so happy to be playing his bass guitar with some of his favorite people. The boys (miraculously) slept through almost the entire thing. I fell asleep and then a very happy Doug joined me in bed several hours later. I am so so happy it worked out!

And if you were wondering what sentimental, sweet, thoughtful gift I got my 30 year old husband. I got him a travel suit bag. (haha). Not very sweet or sentimental. And in fact Doug said "For as much as you hate it when I leave, you sure are making it easier for me to travel". Which is very true. But practical gifts are the best gifts most of the time.

It was so much fun celebrating my favorite person in the whole world.