Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Personal Favorite

This has been played over and over by our family...and laughed at QUITE a bit!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Our apple tree did well this year. 
Oodles and oodles of apples. 
I wish they didn't have any blemishes or worms...
but for being free and tasting delicious in applesauce I won't complain!

Ben and the boys picked the apples. 
They enjoyed themselves. I think we've picked about 3-4 times,
and Ben said there's probably at least one more batch to go.

Christian loves to climb the apple tree. Noah tries...but can't quite get it yet.

After he picked them, he took a break in the tree house to eat one.

I froze many containers of applesauce. 
I love the smell of making it. 
And I really love the taste of fresh, hot applesauce! Oh yum.

I had a helper, two of them of sorts. 
Christian would bring me apples from the big bucket we had them in...line them up on the counter for me. And after they were cooked, he really liked to crank the handle.
The other helper, Noah...well, let's just say, he was a tad less productive.
He would climb on the counter and try to shove apples in the wrong direction of the strainer...or really, just try to get me to stop making the applesauce and focus my attention on something more to do with him! One of his newest, and most favorite words is "bapples"...he says it pretty stinkin' cute.

Summer Days

We've had a good summer. 
It seems to have gone by quite quickly...but that's just how they usually go.

This was our summer list...
some things are yet to be done (but then again, summer isn't exactly over, considering we've had the hottest days this past week!).

Here are some of the everyday goodness of our summer...

Peaches..oh my they have been so tasty this summer.
I froze a half bushel.

Christian, with just a 'little' help from his Daddy...drew a picture of me surfing (belly and all!).

This baby bunny was in a near death run in with me and the lawn mower. I had no idea there was a bunny nest, and as I nearly ran over it, three of these little fellas went in three different directions. For about 5 minutes, we let the boys play with it, and then it was released to the tree line.

We've enjoyed our deck!! On the nice evenings, we like to eat outside.
And sometimes...we, or maybe just Christian wear fancy hats to keep the sun out of our eyes.

Walks/bike rides to Crosswinds. 
Christian used to ask to go there for the "secret hideout"...which is just the covered basketball court he likes to ride his bike around on.
But last spring they put up a new playground, which has been an added bonus. 

Lots of loveliness...

Noah had his first experience with finger paint...he must have thought it was ketchup...because he was trying to lick it off his fingers.

We went to an event in town...Art in the Park.

We've been reading chapter books to Christian..the 'goal' for summer was to read 10.
The tenth one is nearing completion. He is a pretty big fan of them. We usually read at LEAST one chapter before he takes a nap/quiet time and then again at bedtime. "Just ONE more chapter???" is always requested.
The list of books we have read: Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, Little House in the Big Woods, A Bear Called Paddington, Mary Poppins, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Enormous Egg, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Little House on the Prairie, and lastly Runaway Ralph.

Many of our summer days were spent swimming at some point. 
Both boys like the water...Noah is very pleased with sitting on the steps and splashing and pushing Grandpa in the water.
Christian started out the summer with a life jacket or floaties in order to swim. Now, he LOVES to go under water and swim like a little fish! How does this happen??

Various random times at "Papa" and Grandma's house.

And last but not least...we had this guy home with us (for at least a couple weeks). He worked for Preferred Builders in town until the last week of July. I think its safe to say we all enjoy having him around more. He was able to complete the deck, get a major start on the tree house, is halfway done with re-organizing the garage, made shelves for the storage room, and built a different closet organizer for Christian's closet. Not only do we love him for the Daddy/Husband he is...he is just quite handy.

A few of the leftover 'list' items:
Once it cools off a bit more I believe a camp out and camp fire, complete with s'mores is in the future.

We never made it to the McPherson Water Park, and we only went once to the Splash Park in town after Christian was finished with swim lessons (he wasn't that big of a fan). It's hard to really "need" to go to something like this when a very nice pool is so conveniently located at Grandpa and Grandma's house!

I don't know as if I did a Pinterest project every week with the boys...but we did a few things..and they never lacked something to do. That was the main thing, I didn't want to hear "I'm so bored!"...and although I heard that a couple times, I believe that was also in combination with the unspoken 'I'm so tired and need a nap!'

And lastly, I thought it was a obtainable goal to finish 2 photo books..but alas, it didn't happen. I did complete my first Blurb book for 2008...and I am very pleased with it. I like to have a hard copy of the things I put on the blog...and have the ability to add more pictures/comments.

It has been a fun and fulfilling summer!!
And although it has been a relatively mild summer (hardly any days over 100)...
I will be ready to welcome fall with open arms!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Noah [22 months]

Noah: 22 months old
This is somewhat of a random timing for an update on you, but I feel as though I need to remember and  appreciate this time in your life. You are full of energy!

In general you are a happy guy.
Your laugh when you are playing is more like a chuckle...and when you are being chased or tickled it is a indescribable giggle. 

You have a love for shoes (and clothes for that matter).
You often will go get your shoes out of the closet, bring them to me...and say "shu-ss??" Then pull on my legs until I go to the door and get the idea that you would like to play outside. 

You have a calm and tender side. When you meet new people or just people you don't see all the often pretend to be bashful with a sweet smile. You have blonde hair and very blue eyes. I have seen pictures of myself as a child your age...and I do have the same hair and eyes...but it is still hard for me to see who you look like. You definitely have a different look than Christian :) 

You like to get into things. I know when you are too quiet, it is usually not a sense of ease I is concern for what it is you found. Lately, you will come to me with something and say, "no, no"...and indeed, you have found something that you know you are not supposed to have. When you do get scolded, you are about 50/50 on your response. Somedays, you will look at me and straight up laugh at me, then turn to do it again. Other days, you will melt, put your head down and sob. Poor fella. You do this if your feelings are hurt too...come with open arms, crying...needing to be comforted.

You're a decent eater. Nothing to brag about, but not extremely picky either.
This summer you ate your fair share of corn on the cob...but didn't want to hold it..just lean over and eat it. Your other favorite foods are yogurt, pizza, macaroni and cheese, hotdogs, peaches, baked oatmeal and certain types of cereal. You like many more long as they are on my plate, and I give them to you from there. You are also VERY independent about using a fork or spoon. At naps and bedtime you still drink your milk (half almond milk/half regular milk) from a bottle...and not because we haven't tried putting it in a different cup. You are adamant milk is to be drank from a bottle. 

You say many words now. You are not fluent by any means. And you have many jabbering noises you use at various times. But your vocabulary as a whole as increased tremendously. However, you still use "mama" very seldom. I'm glad I don't base your love for me off of how verbal you are to me :)

Here are a few of the words you use:
Da-eee: daddy
Papa: Grandpa
Cr--nnn: Christian (its hard to formulate how you say it..but its a definite combination)
Jace: Jace (pretty sure you think your name is Jace sometimes)
baby!!!: said with gusto most of the combination of pointing to my belly
Jack: your baby doll, "Jack" whom you love dearly
Ki-eee: kitty....also dearly loved. You like animals in general...and are usually gentle enough for them to like you back.
Kiy: are told this often (you have a tendency to bang on things...and lately you will stop yourself, and say "Kiy"...and then pet them instead)
Pay: plane, you have keen ears and can hear them while we are inside. You'll go to the window and point up. You also say this for the word "play".
Bay: sleep with one, and you like to tuck it between your legs. It's pretty cute!
Mow: milk. When this is poured, and you see have no issues with going straight to bed!
Tou-ch: said very short. You really like to be lifted to the ceiling/fan/light anything above your head to touch it. (Grandpa often does this for you!)
Reee-ch: again, like with touch
Shut: said very short, you like to shut the doors to things yourself!
Bou: book. You've REALLY started to look at books, and bring them to us to read to you. 
Bapple: Apple. A new favorite word, anything resembling an apple is a "BAPPLE!!!"
Run-ig: LOVE to be chased!
Ca-ee: candy. Grandma's house...enough said.
Dink: drink. You drink water, and sometimes with a splash of juice from a cup or sippy cup.
Beep: You will now "beep" our nose in order to get us to do something...its a game for various things! You are thrilled with it!
Mess: You are well aware of when you are either about to make one, or have already made a mess, especially involving food! You put 2 words together said "hands mess" just today!
No, no, no: You are just now starting to say no. But you usually are referring to yourself and how you should not have done something.
Bye-bye: You are ready to go..especially if its bedtime OR if you think you're getting to go somewhere outside!

There are more..and I KNOW you understand WAY more than what you say!!

You get such a kick out of doing things like a "big person"...such as water the plants.

You are all boy. You love the dirt. You love to just roam around. And you get sweaty very easily.
Luckily, you also LOVE the bath!

You look up to Christian. You try to do as he does. You perhaps get in his way from time to time...and are quickly learning if you squawk about it..we think its his fault at first. But you, my dear Noah, can be an instigator and we are now very aware of your ways :)

You were dipping your bacon into the yogurt. You have a major temperature issue. If you even think its will not touch it. "Hot. Hot. Hot"....followed by blowing. This can be on things that are not even close to being hot.

You love animals. You love Cleo. You make a friendly growling sound of sorts to best describe it when you want to pet her, or when you are just playing with certain toys. Its almost like a "driving a toy car sound"..but more growly-playful like.

You are a goof.

You are not to be left unattended. 
You have no fear. (or at least little fear)

You can look so sweet and innocent...and I just love to kiss those cheeks!
You CAN give kisses...but are very stingy with whom gets them and when.

You have almost all your teeth (not your two year molars..and I think one eye tooth is left). 
Every time you cut your teeth through, you run a fever and are just not yourself. You are VERY cuddly on those days...which I will soak up...but it makes me so sad to see you out of your norm.

You are a height is too high. The taller you get, the better you are at hoisting your leg up to get to the next level of whatever it is you are thinking you should get to! I keep thinking you will climb out of your crib (and soon enough you will be "kicked" out)...but that has yet to happen.

You got yourself up on the counter while I was making applesauce to "help". I enjoy your company, but I would be lying I said you made my household tasks easy.

You are on the go and just a "bowser" as you get around. But you're a lovable, kissable, playful little guy too! I know you're not a baby by age, but you are acting less and less like one..and more and more like a full-fledge toddler everyday. I'm sure once your little baby brother is will make you seem even MORE like a big boy. But for now, you are my baby...and truly each one of you boys are my babies...just in a different size than you started out :)

I love you Noah bear...every bit of you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preschool [2014]

First Day of Preschool
August 20, 2014

On Monday, we went to the open house just to re-familiarize him to the classroom. I don't think he had any problems with this...but it was fun to go anyway.

He really wanted to just "hold" Noah before he went to school. 
It was pretty amusing. I think Noah was slightly confused, but he obliged to being held :)
They sat on the rocking chair like this for several minutes.

Off he goes...another year at Hesston College Preschool :)
I'm excited to hear about the friendships, stories, and activities he will get to do/make this year!
Proud of you buddy, you're getting so big!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Airport restaurant

We went to the airport restaurant in Benton. It is a neat place. We ate outside, even though it was a bit WARM. But we were easily distracted by watching the planes and they have a playground to play on while we waited for our food. 

SO excited to watch the plane take off!

Pretty standard...Noah stands up in his high chair..but this time, with good reason.
To watch a 'pay' = plane!

The food is good too! Christian was especially impressed with basket the fries came in :)
He's an observant one.

After we had finished eating, we were treated by this last plane that went up...and then swooped down in front of us to let off this smokey-like substance the whole way of the runway and went back up. 

And to further the excitement for the night..
we stopped at Twisted Cow on the way home for dessert!
Christian said, "I just can't believe we get to go to Twisted Cows!! I am so excited, I just LOVE Twisted Cows!!"
It was a good night :)