Guess what?! This is a reasonably timely post! Woohoo!
Christmas was fantastic this year. We went to the 4:00 service at St. Julian’s on Christmas Eve. The kids both opted not to be in the pageant, but we enjoyed watching the other children. It was the perfect service for our squirmy kiddos. There were plenty of other wiggly, not-quite-silent children there, so ours were perfectly comfortable and I spent very little time worrying about their activity level. Isaac even held a lit candle through an entire song and didn’t catch anything on fire! 🙂
We had chili from the slow cooker that night, so it was a nice relaxing meal time. We watched Elf to unwind before bed.
Kids went to bed at semi-reasonable hours and then Todd and I finished our Santa prepping. I think we did pretty well – we were in bed by 11:30, which was better than I expected. Isaac may still have been singing in his room at that point…
He ended up sleeping late because he’d been too excited to fall asleep the night before. Laine awoke at 8:30 and Isaac woke about 10 minutes later. That worked out just FINE for Mom and Dad!
Isaac was the first to unwrap a gift, of course:
Laine got a helmet because she keeps trying to ride Isaac’s bike and she generally moves too quickly for our comfort.
Isaac got some new Lincoln Logs to supplement the set he got from Aunt Kristin and Uncle Dave last year. We have spent the majority of 12/26 building with the two sets combined.
Laine had to take a brief respite to carry on with all of the unwrapping.
The kids got Todd a coffee mug for work. It has pictures of the 2 of them on it. Isaac helped him open it.
Jackson got an enormous chew bone, but was moving too fast for me to get a good shot of him with it.
One of the favorite gifts of the day was the tent from Todd’s sister, Shannon, and her family. Isaac even slept in it in his room last night. This thing is going to get a LOT of use.
It was fun to watch Laine carefully pull tiny pieces of wrapping off of boxes while Isaac yanked them open as fast as possible. It’s hard to know how much is difference in dexterity versus temperament.
“It’s mine and I love it!”
Laine and I checked out Bell, who is Jingle’s new best friend. Isaac never calls her Bell – she’s just “Jingle’s best friend.”
Nana got Laine a little purse to carry around. She also received a picnic basket. She loves to carry things around in the crook of her elbow. This is how I expect her to look for a few weeks now:
The phone was also tremendously exciting. I guess it’s in the genes…
Yeah, yeah. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Listen until the very end to hear Laine say “Isaac.” It melts my heart…
Her words now include:
Side (to indicate outside)
I am sure there are more that we’re forgetting (or don’t recognize), but that’s quite a start!
I took these videos a couple of weeks ago while Todd was in Switzerland, but then forgot to post them to the blog. Oops. Sorry the rain is so loud on the umbrella in the first 2 videos. It blocks out a lot of Isaac’s chattering, so you can’t tell what he’s saying. It wasn’t actually raining when we left the house about 3 minutes before I started recording.
After he finally left the puddle, I actually poured about 1/2 cup of water out of each of his boots.
OK, so I can’t seem to post my videos. I am going to try an experiment to see whether this works. Please bear with me…
Mom, you should see that some things are underlined. These are links you can click on to take you to the videos on an outside site. I tried to make the links the first part of each line for you.
Here’s an old one of Laine walking. It was filmed on March 27.
Isaac on his bike in the park. This was taken a few days before his third birthday.
Fun with bubbles (and Gma and Gpa).
Grandma fed Laine sorbet. Laine kept making this terrible face, but then she would ask for more. She did it over and over again and we couldn’t stop laughing!
Laine on the move. This was the day before Isaac’s 3rd birthday.
More walking! This was on April 22.
Isaac the mechanic got this toy for his birthday. He has really enjoyed it! There are several other kits available and I think we may have to get him some more.
I started making smoothies last month. The kids have started drinking them. They sort-of share with me. Or not, as the case may be.
Our little walker. She’s on old pro now, as you can see.
An afternoon ramble last week took us into the park.
Playing on the swing one afternoon last week. I wish I could have gotten more of Isaac laughing. He was just hysterical about Laine being on the swing and her moving around. It was fun to witness!
Dinnertime has become more interesting in our house these days. I just love watching these two together.
We play outside almost every day.
Laine finally swings for a few minutes at a time. Isaac would sit in there forever if I didn’t get him out. She’s too busy to sit “still” for long!
Laine bounces up and down anytime she gets excited (or frustrated) and I just love this expression of exuberance!
The Power Wheels is getting a workout these days. Today, Laine rode it into the park next door. Then we chased Isaac around a bit as he pushed one of the big dump trucks. Finally, I carried the dump truck (and Laine) home so Isaac could ride on his “truck.”
Dinner disaster! This was from tonight.
So I realized after posting these that most of them are Laine. Oops!!! I guess I’d better get some of Isaac up here!
Isaac finished school today. That should make it easier to get video, since we’ll be together more during the summer. HOORAY!!!
Ugh! I wrote this March 28 and it never posted…
My baby girl is one! Oh, how the time has flown. She is SUCH a little darling! She is sweet and mischief, all in one. I can’t imagine life without her. She has taken to the idea of “toddler” very strongly and spent quite a bit of time just walking around yesterday afternoon. It was quite a shock to Todd and me!
We spent the weekend in Kerrville to celebrate Laine’s big day with Todd’s parents. They have been at an RV resort there, so we rented one of the on-site cabins close to them. It was a perfect arrangement and we will definitely plan to do it again (though preferably without Todd getting a stomach flu next time). We celebrated on Saturday to maximize the chance to enjoy warm weather before the cold snap blew in for Sunday and Monday. Laine had her first cupcake and enjoyed smooshing all of the icing around! 🙂 Isaac loved Laine’s choo choo train and they have been playing with it together ever since.
We returned home on Tuesday and everyone was happy to sleep in their own beds once again. Laine opened a few more gifts at home, including a nifty Wheely bug from Aunt Krissy and Uncle Dave, a sweet dress and pants outfit from across the pond, a stuffed lamb with a Sandra Boynton book from the McCrackens, and a “house” from Mom, Dad, and Isaac.
Here is the video update from the past almost-month:
March 12 – this is their favorite game lately
Learning to walk on March 13
This past weekend…
This was a really cool treehouse at the RV resort
LAST NIGHT’S ACTIVITIES!!!
CRAZY wind storm earlier this week. You can’t see much in the video, but listen to the noise. Nuts-o.
This dump truck toy box was made by Todd’s grandfather for Todd when he was little. The door says “TJ’s Trucking” on it because that was Todd’s nickname as a little boy.
This was our entertainment on several different afternoons this week. Laine was napping, so Isaac and I had some fun in the front yard.
This has also been a repetitive activity this week. I am so glad that Isaac now gets excited about playing with Laine!
This little one is all mischief. I have to keep her out of trouble somehow! (Please don’t report me; I swear on my life that I have never closed the gate while she is inside).
Isaac has a spray bottle for cleaning the windows (and occasionally himself).