Thursday, April 21, 2011

Funny video...if blogger works!!!!

This is Hunter caught in the act of falling asleep!

The Big ONE!!!

Opening presents with Granddaddy. Still his favorite spot to sit.

Eating his cupcake. Not one little crumb was left.

Playing pick up ducks with our party friends. It was a barnyard bash that had to take place in our basement due to tornadic weather that we were having. I am so thankful that we didn't lose power!

His sheep cupcake.

The cake and cupcakes my mom and I made for the party. It was so much fun making this. I am now inspired to make birthday cakes more often. It isn't hard to make the cake only to find the time to do it with little ones running around.

The barn for the party. Inside was a mother hen and a nest of eggs. The kids had to find the eggs and when they opened them up there was a little yellow peep inside. Yes, Hunter and I made the barn out of an old cardboard box. It was a fun rainy day project that worked perfectly for the theme of the party. We got a few good weeks of play out of the barn before it finally caved in!

I just can't believe my little man is ONE!!!

What's up with Lucas

Trying to get up to the slide!

Our first 80 degree day and Lucas loved it. Our boys love being outside.
Going down the slide with daddy at Wallabies, an inflatable jump house that is lots of fun.

Lucas spend a lot of time in the little car during our snow days. He tolerated wearing all the gear like a champ. I guess he learned pretty quickly wearing all that stuff meant he got to go outside. He can't wait for the day when his feet actually touch the pedals. Right now he settles for rides around the yard with Hunter.

Bike ride on the Creeper sporting his new bike helmet.

Well, I could go on and on about the changes with Lucas. It seems that just so many things take place during the first year. We had this tiny baby that didn't do more than sleep and eat to a running, babbling toddler in just a year. Unlike his brother at this age, Lucas is fearless and outgoing. He is all smiles and happy just about every waking moment. We have had some issues with sleep lately but those are quickly passing. Poor guy has had a terrible time with ear infections (1 a month since 3 months old, YUCK) so 2 weeks ago he had ear tubes placed. Hunter has them as well, but he was 2.5. It made the world of difference for him so we are hoping they do the same to help Lucas. In addition to his bubbly personality he is a very quick learner. It is amazing to watch him catch on to things and attempt to do everything his big brother is doing. David and I can show him how to do something one time and then he gets it. There is no guesswork to his dislikes. Little Lucas has quite the temper and unrelentless determination. He is strong willed and David and I work hard at redirecting, but needless to say, discipline with him has started early. I find this part of parenting the most challenging, especially at this age when they just don't understand.

Some milestones for Lucas

1.) He was crawling and pulling up at 5 months old!

2.) His first word was "dada", Hunter said "moma" first so I have had to let this go

Words he says now: moma, dada, uh-oh, go-go, look, moo, ga-ga

3.) He started really walking about 2 weeks before his first birthday. He was taking 6-7 steps since 9 months, but he was mostly still crawling

4.) Stayed in the nursery for the first time at the rec center. He had a wonderful time and unlike Hunter at this age he wanted down to play not to remain glued to my arms! He will LOVE starting preschool in the fall.

He is a wonderful little boy and just as sweet and cuddly as his brother. They are two different little people and like I posted earlier, I am blessed to be their mother. I look forward to every single day I get to spend with them. I only hope they enjoy spending so much time with me!

What's up with Hunter

Leaving the dentist! No cavities, yipppeeee!! I am having a hard time getting Hunter to smile for pictures, he always wants to do a cheesy face like the one above!!

There was a movie playing on the ceiling. He was super through the entire exam.

Running. Hunter loves to run with us and now when we get done with our run, Hunter finishes the last little bit running with me. I love it.

His latest obsession is pirates and swords. He LOVES to dress up and pretend. In these pics he had me tie an old baby bird toy to his shoulder to be his talking parrot and I had to make a patch for his eye and a belt for his sword. It is great!

Our last snow day of the winter season. It was sometime in March. I think the day before we actually had on shorts. We built our best snowman and donned him in beach attire!

One of Hunter's best friends, Emerson. They play so well together and we kid that one day they will be dating. Who knows, we love her family and we love Emerson!

Hunter is coming out of his shell at his own little pace. He is growing up so quickly and as I blog pictures of him I can see him turning into a little boy and less of a toddler. Just a quick upadate on some things that have been going on with him.

He had his first trip to the dentist and he did fantastic. He was fascinated with all the tools, especially the water squiter. We are proud to announce that he has no cavities!! In addition to the tools he was most pleased with his new toothbrush and big boy toothpaste. Which brings up how orderly and rigid he can be with routine. Hunter is a rule follower and likes things done a certain way every time. This can be both good and bad...let's just say that changes for Hunter can be a little difficult. For example, the new toothbrush he got at the dentist can ONLY be used with the new toothpaste, he only eats from his orange plates and the wrapper on an ice cream sandwhich must be left on the bottom about 1/2 inch so he doesn't actually have to touch the outside for fear of getting the outside of the ice cream sandwhich all over his hands. The list could go on, but hopefully you get my point! Hunter is very sweet and loving and will fall asleep in 10 seconds flat if he has someone to snuggle up with. He is the world's best cuddler and I often long to nap with him in the afternoons, but little Lucas somehow manages to keep me busy during those times. He is doing great in school and has lots of friends. We are very proud of him and I feel so blessed to be his mother.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

And the fun week comes to an end!

Riding on the new plasma car. Linden needed some shades for the long ride back to Atlanta.

Lone man standing after a quick super hero picture taking session.

The cutest little folks ever! On this rainy morning Noelle and I took the kids to the library for storytime. It was great fun and the theme was all about being brave. The activity that followed included making a super hero mask. We all had a great time and the masks were a huge hit.

Roasting marshmellows.

Family pic at the park in Damascus.

Fun day at the park!

Some time with Granddaddy

Bedtime. I think Benji was the only tired one here!

Poor Benji looks scared to death.

More cousin company

Getting ready for fires or battles. Not sure which.

Wrestling in the jumper. That is Linden...fearless and tough as nails.

Now they are both getting ready. Always best to be prepared.

Daniel Boone.

Fun with the cousins

Lucas's preferred seating when Granddaddy is in town! For such an active little guy, this is one lap where he loves to sit still.

Always smiling!

Gator rides are a big hit.

Sweet baby face. He is growing up too quickly.

Hunter was a good sport and gave Linden many rides around the yard. This was her favorite thing to do. She could get the thing to go herself, but she hasn't mastered the art of steering!

Lucas and his wheels.

Our sword fighters and rescue heroes!

Linden learned to four wheel in the country like the big girls!

This little girl is tough stuff and so stinkin sweet. There was not one thing that she couldn't do..especially if the big boys were doing it! I love me some Linden!!

Poor Benji...he is a good sport, or at least tries to be.