Monday, March 31, 2008

I've Fallen and Can't Get Up!

I love riding bikes. It thrills me to no end at how much Ethan and Graham like it as well. The past month, we have started going on longer rides with them. Ethan rides his bike w/ training wheels. I am amazed that he can go that far and up the hill we go up. But that is not what this post is about...

Tonight on our ride we decided to stay on Beltline and ride over by Fretz Park. There is a new sidewalk that lets us stay on Beltline going past the soccer fields, fire station, and to the Rec center and library. ANYWAY, we were on this sidewalk right by the library driveway. Paul had stopped to wait for cars, so Ethan did, and then I did. As we were waiting there I lost my balance and completely fell over in the dirt, with my bike on top of me. Seriously, aren't you supposed to crash while moving, not standing still. (if you don't know me very well, I'm not so graceful) So there I am laying in the dirt, trying to figure out how to untangle myself to get up, cars going by, and Paul, Ethan and Graham are just standing there looking at me. I started laughing, then I really had a hard time getting up. Which takes me back to my childhood...

For as long as I can remember, if you did something dumb that made you hurt yourself you get laughed at. In my family, that was me. A bird poops in my hair, they stand and laugh. I sniff a hot candle, get wax all over my face, they roll on the floor and laugh, etc. etc. Never once do I remember an offer of help...

I thought I would grow out of that. Apparently my husband and sons have just picked up where they left off.

At least I get some fun stories out of it. In case you were wondering, it was embarassing to fall right next to a main road. But more funny at my clumsiness!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Vegetable Anyone?

As you know, Graham is my sweet little carnivore. I can not remember the last time he ate a typical veggie. He eats black, baked and refried beans, spanish rice, sometimes corn and that might be about it. YES, I have tried a million different ways. Two things I have learned: 1. I am putting the food in bowls on the table 2. He despises any food that is green, unless it is candy. Funny I just figured that one out a few days ago.

Tonight at dinner, Graham actually put a carrot on his fork and put it in his mouth. He immediately took it out, but I am so impressed he even did that.



I found these pics from last summer when Paul was doing some work in the yard that required lots of digging. He found the biggest worms. I can't believe Ethan even held it. Since then, he has hooked a worm fishing with his D-dad, dug for worms in D-dad's compost pile, and looks for them in our yard. I wonder if he will ever do the "boy" thing of biting into one? He can have at it, just don't tell me...gag!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Meema's house

Even with the second child, it blows my mind at how quickly they pick up words and start using them. We went to visit Meema and D-dad over spring break, and Graham added so many new words to his evolving vocabulary. Here are some that I remember:

mma - meema
wink - and actually winks
ohrk - fork
es am - yes m'am
eshan - Ethan
aaahhh man (learned from big brother)

One day Graham pitched a fit and threw his trains on the floor, I picked him up and took him to the other room. Ethan told meema that I was unkind because I took graham away and punished him! Ethan "told" on me several times. He was riding his bike in the street one day and I sat on the curb to watch. Ethan rode all the way up the driveway and went inside to tell Meema that I was in the street and did not look both ways. That cracked me up. Goofy boy!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuned in Listener?

This morning at breakfast, Ethan told me his stomach didn't feel good. Of course, my first thought was he didn't want to eat, so I told him to eat. We get dressed and head out to Wal-Mart. In the car he told me his stomach didn't feel good. I asked him if he needed for me to give him attention. He said "Yes." I told him to just ask for it instead of saying something else to get it. As we were in Wal-Mart he was talking on the phone to Meema and telling her his stomach hurt. They hang up and he tells me the same thing again and that he wants to go home. FINALLY, I think maybe he really doesn't feel well, and pick him up. ***Sidenote: he had been holding my hand the whole time, big clue, he never wants to hold my hand.*** As I was holding him I told him I needed to get one thing and then we would leave. This is where the story turns ugly. Ethan projectile pukes on and down my shirt, all over him, and the floor. I set him down and he goes again! SO GROSS! We make our way through getting new shirts for the both of us. Come home, and get him all settled up on the couch. I'm doing laundry and I hear him moan real loud that it is hurting again...this time i listened up and got him at least we made it to the bathroom to contain the next 2 episodes.

How tuned in are you? Obviously, we have good days and bad days. Win some, lose some. I think my "agenda" can tend to make me a little hard of "hearing."

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A boy growing too fast

I can not believe in just a few short months Graham will be 2 years old. I am constantly amazed at how much he is growing and expanding all his horizons. The biggest one is he tries to keep up with Ethan and gets there a little more each day. He loves Ethan, but also loves to annoy him. Brothers!!! He is a boy of many words now, most of which only we would understand, but he is getting there. I know it is only a matter of time before both boys are talking my ears off. Also, Graham is definitely the complete fearless one. No hesitation whatsoever. I'm sure there will be stitches in our future.

I look forward to seeing what this summer brings with my little one!

Bedtime Prayers

When we first started doing bedtime prayers with Ethan it was hard to make it habit, but we did. Of course, once toddlers are used to something they won't let you forget about it. Over the past 6-9 months, Ethan's prayers have become much more personalized. Below are a few of them:

Thank you God for my Mommy and my friends.
Thank you God for letting me go see the monster trucks.
Thank you God for me riding the train and making it go fast.
Thank you for Ethan the big boy and not disobeying.

Thank you God for Jesus dying on the cross and being alive in our hearts.
Thank you for Madeline, Michael, Becca, Bernie, Jaxon and Ginny.
Thank you God for making me.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Last Fall I bought a Sit n Spin for Ethan, well Graham has taken the biggest liking to it. He gets himself so dizzy he practically falls off. So funny.