Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More words of wisdom from Will on the way to daycare...

“Dinosaurs live in volcanoes. Smoke and lava comes out of volcanoes, and that’s not good manners. Volcanoes are not friendly; only long-neck dinosaurs are friendly.”

Monday, May 30, 2011

A fun evening at the pool

Will took his first jump off of a diving board tonight. He asked if he could do it before we even had a chance to ask him. This super-short clip is less than 10 seconds long, but at least you can see him jump...

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunday Snapshot {post-nap love}

I’m a big fan of sleep, I like lots of it. I could take a nap every day and be very happy. But what’s better than sleep is Will after a nap. Unlike how he wakes up in the morning (talking non-stop), he is very quiet. And he has always wanted someone to hold him after his nap. Sometimes it’s 5 minutes, sometimes it’s an hour. Some days he’s grumpy (if he lays down too late or doesn’t get enough sleep), but most days he just wants some hugs. Some days, like this one, he falls back to sleep.

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Frog is always included in the post-nap hug. And I love watching him with frog. He has a fierce grip on her and holds her the exact same way every time.

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And I love his blank expression when he wakes up and crazy bed hair. (he’s the sweatiest sleeper ever)2011-05-07 (20)

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Plotting what he’s going to do the rest of the day.

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And before long, he’s WIDE awake and back to his loud 3 year old self. The time between that very first picture to this one is 9 minutes. He can turn it on quickly!

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I’ll be honest, I tend to hog Will after nap time. Chris only gets the cuddles if I’m busy with something else. But I’m selfish because all too soon, he will be older, and much too cool to hug and cuddle with ole Mom. So naptime will go down as one of my favorite memories of his childhood.


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Sunday Snapshot

Friday, May 27, 2011


Will enjoys reading the book while Wyatt prefers to eat it...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

he doesn’t look sick….

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This is Wyatt a day or two before the dreaded pink eye struck.  Both W’s have had colds for weeks now but I guess Wyatt’s got worse.  Sunday Wyatt looked pretty rough so we stayed home.  Based on his eyes and nose I expected him to be sick and clingy, but he acted great.  So we sent him to school on Monday only to have him come home with a red and gross eye. We debated on sending him Tuesday but figured we shouldn’t mess with eyeballs and vision.  I think we caught it early since he didn’t run a fever until later.  But he was able to go back to school Thursday and had a good day.  And tonight he stayed busy in the kitchen dancing and “talking” so I’d say he’s back to himself.  So glad that he’s better in time for the long weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

little ears hear

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I guess we’ve been watching too much news/tornado coverage on TV this week.  That or Will still clearly remembers last month’s storm here because his nightly prayer has changed.  Two nights now Will wants to thank Jesus for saving our house and roof (and for saving our books so we can read them, and toys, and cow flashlight and on and on).  But I was so surprised (and proud) that he mentioned “saving our roof”.  In the car we talk about how all the houses have blue tarps on them and how some people lost their roofs and homes during the bad storm and how grateful we are to not lose our roof.  He usually follows the conversation up with some dramatic retelling of wind and rain and randomly mentions farm animals (which is a reoccurring theme with him).  I am reminded daily that he is growing up very quickly!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

And the hits keep coming....

It's Pink Eye for Wyatt.

Will offered up some words of wisdom in the car this morning:

“Bad things don’t feel good. Or a shot or a pinch.”

Monday, May 23, 2011

our very own jurassic park


Velociraptors is all we hear about these days. I’ve already mentioned Will’s current love of dinosaurs but he is really embracing them. Triceratops is his #1 favorite (Will likes to add “3-horned face” after saying their name). We have worked this puzzle (thanks Val) at least 5 times in 24 hours. Will does 90% of it on his own. Then he gets out the poster that came with it and goes over each and every dinosaur asking if we know what they are or telling us about them. He loves to say “Velociraptors are meaner than T-Rex’s so we don’t want to look at them”. Not sure where this love of the dino’s came from but we’ve definitely moved on from the lovable purple ones, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Barney.

In other dino news, the zoo has a dino exhibit going on and we hope to visit very soon!

And I’m not sure what’s up with Will’s pose but I guess he’s going to be the kid that must be moving at all times in order to learn. We have a parent/teacher conference tomorrow so I’m interested to hear what they have to say about his behavior in class, should be interesting.

And in case you are wondering, I am clueless how to pronounce any of these names. Google is helping me with that. But I’ve lost count how many times I’ve had to say “go ask your Dad” when he asks what one is called. Surely there is an app for that!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

bloom where you are planted

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Will has wanted to buy flowers since the beginning of April.  I’m not sure what sparked this idea but for months he has repeated this request, no details ever change….Will gets white flowers, I get yellow and Chris gets red.  (And Wyatt doesn’t need any, according to Will.) He even went so far to say that we should each wear flower shirts when we plant them (in the same colors).  He even wanted to use the money in his piggy bank to buy them.  Every few weeks he asks if we’re going to plant the flowers. Well, today was finally the day….we headed to the nursery to pick out flowers.  We went down the aisle of petunias and Will’s original plan went out the window…all of his original colors were there, I even steered him towards those colors when he declared purple was the color of the day.  Not any purple, dark purple and white candy-stripes!  I’m usually pretty conservative with my flower colors….pink if given a preference, and NO crazy combinations.  Will is definitely pushing me outside my comfort zone with this choice (not that you can really see them in this picture). Had this not been such an important purchase to Will I absolutely would have vetoed them, but just this once I let his crazy choice win.2011-05-21 (39)

It was quite the activity planting the new flowers.  And I have never planted flowers so quickly either! Before we finished Wyatt had eaten the flowers, the leaves, weeds from the grass and a handful of potting soil.  Will did get to enjoy helping and used his gloves and gardening tools so it was a win in his book.  I’m choosing to let the experience outweigh the color combo. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mister W2

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I noticed Wyatt hasn’t gotten much publicity on the blog this week.  I think it’s because I don’t have any new pictures of him (not really an excuse, is it?).  Wyatt has been a Grumpy Old Man lately so I guess there is anything new, fun or exciting to share.  He’s working on a molar but not the one we thought he was getting in.  And after a struggle I got a good look inside his mouth to see that he’s swollen in all 4 places in his mouth so I guess he’s working on 4 at once….that’s my Mister Over-achiever!  He’s waking up 2-3 times a night, which makes for some really sweet and patient parents these days.  And both W’s and myself have developed some nasty coughs.  At this rate we may need to invest in 2 breathing treatment machines since it’s kinda hectic in the morning squeezing both in.  Hopefully these colds are on their way out!
In spite of all the negative stuff going on Mister W2 has started eating more solid foods.  Cheerios are his current favorite and maybe some tiny pieces of bananas if he’s in the mood.  Speaking of food, he is becoming more and more picky.  I really hate that I passed down that gene.  It’s going to be a long childhood!  (I’m sure my parents are going to enjoy watching me suffer through this after all I put them through….)  Wyatt is constantly pulling up.  Did I mention that he pulled himself to standing the day before he crawled?  I’m serious about him being an over-achiever.  He’s been crawling for a few weeks and is already doing some crawling/walking maneuvers.  And a few days ago when Mimi was holding him he took a step or two forward like he was ready to learn to walk.  Today he attempted to cruise a bit around the furniture.  I was 100% ready for him to crawl but 99% sure that I’m NOT ready for him to walk.  He is into EVERYTHING already I can only imagine the chaos that will begin once he’s on the run.  If I had to bet I’d say he’ll be walking before his 1st birthday (just 6 weeks away!!!!!!!!!!)
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Mister Wyatt – standing in the tub.

Thursday, May 19, 2011



Wyatt’s cheesy grin.  He ABSOLUTELY adores Mister Wilson.  Will is starting to warm up to him more.  He’s learned he can make him laugh and has a lot of fun trying to help cheer him up.  This night he was tickling Wyatt with a (clean) pastry brush. Wyatt will also “chase” Will around the house.  Of course, Wyatt doesn’t get very far before Will has lapped him but they both seem to enjoy the game.  Hopefully this new found friendship will stick around.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Will’s newest ride

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This week Will got an old pedal car to add to his riding collection at Mimi & Poppy’s.  He had a great time checking it out and he loved the horn.  He liked the idea of it but just like all his other rides, he refuses to actually ride IN it.  Apparently he has aversion to pedaling any type of vehicle.  I think it’s because his legs are too short to really reach the pedals on all his toys.  He prefers the ones that don’t require work.  But I hope one day he’ll come to love the pedals, especially the ones on this very cool old car.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011



Wilson has wanted gardening gloves for awhile and thanks to a birthday gift card he finally got some!  Saturday Chris headed outside to clean up the last of the storm mess.  Will was more than happy to put on the gloves and help Daddy clean up the shingles.  The gloves are HUGE, can you tell in the first picture?  But he wore them the whole time and carried one shingle at a time to the curb.  Every time he got to the sidewalk he’d yell back at me “I’m helping Daddy with the shingles!”.  Too bad he won’t be here when they come to pick them up (hopefully sooner than later), I’m sure he’d want to help the garbage men with them too.


Mister Wilson, age 3 {Favorites}

Our recently-turned 3 year old’s current Favorites

Animal: Giraffes and dinosaurs (specifically triceratops)
Show: Dora, Diego, Wonder Pets, Team Umizoomi, Jake & the Never Land Pirates
Books:  Babar, Dr Seuss, and anything about animals
Song: anything from The Lion King
Food:  Beans and Rice with “stripes” (aka cheese) (and I won’t tell you how many times a week he eats this….)
Drink: Milk, Pink Lemonade and “Purple'” drink (cranberry juice, though anything purple is will work too)
Snack: Goldfish and Ritz pretzel crackers (really any cracker or chip, he’s definitely into salty items)
Treat: Fruit snacks (George, Shark or Veggie Tale fruit snacks)
Toy: any of his plastic animals, usually zoo animals or dinosaurs

Favorite things to say:
I’ve never seen that before – usually in reference to something on a show or in a book, i.e. “I’ve never seen a talking anteater before.”  99% of the time he most definitely has seen it before.
I’m alright or I’m okay – if he falls, or sneezes, coughs, nose dives off the couch, etc.
XYZ are my best _______ – Giraffe’s are my best animal, Rice is my best food, Diego is my best show, etc
Do you see that ______?

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

“I’ll get the syrup”

While cutting up Mister Wilson’s pancakes….
W: You are doing a great job cutting.
Me: Thank you.
W: I LOOOOOVE flapjacks!
Me:  I know.  And I love making them for you.
W:  Mommy, I love you.  Can I give you a hug?
That is reason enough to be woken up at 6:00 on a Saturday and make homemade pancakes.
“I’ll get the syrup” is what Will says after asking for pancakes or waffles.  He says it every.single.time.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

3 - how high, how low

Three is an interesting year, so far.  Will’s good and happy times are HIGH HIGH HIGH but his terrible three’s take him to an all time low, for everyone in the room.  We started seeing some very unwelcomed behavior lately and are trying to decide what works best for Will.  It’s a work in progress.  I do know that if I choose a particular issue to correct I better be willing to dig my feet in and not let up.  A simple request to clean up a mess turned into a 30 minute battle of wills the other day.  Thankfully I’m stubborn and find it all mostly humorous and am willing to wait it out and “win”.  Though I’d prefer it not to be at someone else’s house (sorry about that Renee & Joseph).  Will is definitely going to challenge us to think outside the box when it comes to finding what makes him tick.

But Will’s super highs are oh so wonderful to witness.  He is full of love, and usually willing to share it.  He’s becoming more interested in Wyatt and will, on his own, give him lots of hugs and kisses.  Oh, and Will’s imagination is on overdrive.  Today he announced his playset was a pirate ship complete with a water canon that required honey and roses to be fired.  At the moment I am listening to him over the monitor and a few words that I hear over and over are Neverland, Ahoy, Cookie (monster), and something about flying.  He’s very into Peter Pan(and Tinkerbell).  And he talks constantly about dinosaurs and loves to rattle off random facts.  We’re still not sure where he picked up those facts, neither are his teachers.  But he (correctly) uses the words paleontologists, carnivores, and herbivores on a daily basis.  We’re going to have fun keeping up with him.

I am a bit nervous about dealing with the behavior issues, but the high points more than make up for it.  This will be a fun year, I hope I can remember to blog all the fun moments (and maybe a few of the not so fun moments, just to keep it real).  So, I have a lot of random thoughts in my head you can look forward to reading soon….


Friday, May 13, 2011

belated easter pics


Somehow I neglected to post Easter pictures.  Like all holidays, we were busy from sun up to sun down.  Will (surprisingly) agreed to wear a tie for me!  Wyatt had a matching one but I had him wear his dedication outfit instead.  Sadly, he had an explosive diaper as soon as we pulled into the church parking lot and ruined the outfit (like he does most days in the school parking lot). So, sadly, I did not get a picture of Wyatt all dressed up. 

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This picture is classic Wyatt, wanting what someone else has.

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Hanna was so sweet with Will.  She took him around and helped him find eggs.  Will ADORES older kids and loves when they spend time with him.  On the way home he said he had fun playing with Hanna.

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All the kids with Chris’s Mom & Dad (aka Nana & Papaw).

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wilson {Quote of the Day}



“Mommy, I picked all my boogers and flung them out of my bed so I didn’t have to sleep with them. Now my nose feels better.”

I’m still not sure how to respond to that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wyatt {10 months old}

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I have more pictures from this “pram” session….someday I’ll post them.

Mister Wyatt is now 10 months old.  Hard to believe his first birthday will be in 2 months.  When I was pregnant those last 2 months crawled by, now they fly by!  Wyatt went to the dr last week for a cold, turns out he had strep.  They were completely surprised the next day when the test came back positive.  It’s odd for someone under 1 year to get strep.  (Though medically speaking nothing surprises me with this family….).  Anyway, my point was that he still weighs 24lbs.  He’s wearing a size 4 diaper, but a size 5 at night.  His clothes are all 12-18 months. 18m still fits but 24m fits okay too. 

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For as big as Wyatt is he is not a big eater.  Getting him to finish a bottle is a huge challenge.  Getting to eat an entire jar of food is hard.  So while we get the comment “He’s never missed a meal….”, he misses plenty of meals.   We’re tying some table food but as with Will running into issues since we are avoiding dairy, soy and milk.  I’ve blocked out all I learned with Will so it’s like starting over.  Plus he seems to have some sensitivity to rice so that’s an added challenge.

We’re still working on his first molar.  It’s been coming in for a month.  You can imagine how fun that is.

He makes a TON of noise, lots of babbling.  And he is so loud.  I guess he’s going to have a deep voice.  Chris said the other day that he mimicked Gus and started barking.  I’ve yet to hear it but am not surprised that that is his first “word”.

He LOVES to take a bath.  He goes crazy if you walk into the bathroom, wiggling like crazy to get in the tub.  Of course, he splashes like crazy too.  Poor Will is not a fan of a splashy bath.


Wyatt does the strangest thing with his feet.  He crosses his feet over and almost clasps them together like you would your hands with the bottom foot coming over the top.  If he’s sitting still (and that’s a big if) this is how his feet are resting.  And he does some interesting things with his toes that I do.  He also circles both feet at the same time.  (I swear he did that in the womb too.) I commented that it was strange and Chris pointed out that I do it in my sleep.  I find it interesting that such random things like this are inherited.  Makes me wonder about some of Will’s quirky things.

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Of course, we’ve mentioned that Wyatt is on the move.  That was a discovery for him in April.  At the same time he was crawling he also started trying to pull up.  He is on the move and determined to get there quickly!!!


Wyatt is suffering for major separation anxiety.  He’s been that way for awhile but he definitely is not a fan of being left in a room all alone (good thing he learned to crawl).  He still lights up whenever Will is in the room (and is a huge fan of older kids in general).

He also has discovered a love for cords.  He will “run” towards a cord or plug and stick it instantly in his mouth.  We got away with the minimum baby proofing for Will, this will not be the case with Wyatt.  It should be an interesting summer! 2011-05-08 (45)Collages3

Sunday, May 08, 2011

momma’s day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Momma’s in our lives.  Especially my Mom aka Mimi.  Mimi absolutely adores all of us but especially her boys. She loves them to the moon and back.  And we are all extremely grateful and blessed to have her in our lives.  We love you!

Yes, this picture is blurry, but it’s the only one I got with all 3 today.

a most special day...

Will doesn't know how to blog yet (most likely a good thing), and Wyatt has yet to master the English language, but had they achieved these things, they would definitely want to say how much they love their mommy. They'd also want to say how she's the best mom in the world, and that no one else knows how to take such great care of them. They'd also say how happy they are to be able to wake up every day and be able to hear her voice, and how incredibly safe they feel when she wraps her arms around them and gives them a giant hug. I'm not sure they understand yet what Mother's Day is all about, but when they do, I'm fairly certain they won't let this day go by without telling her how much they love her.

Since they can't say or write these things yet, I'm more than happy to, because I feel the same way.

Happy Mother's Day. We love you so very, very much, and we cannot wait to spend this day, and all the others that follow, with you.

Your boys

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Have a great weekend!

Here's a bunch of random clips from April, starting with Julie waking Will up on the morning of his 3rd birthday...

Friday, May 06, 2011

it’s the thought that counts

I’m SOOO far behind on blogging.  We have had 10 drs appts in 4 weeks.  Two kids on antibiotics in the last 2 weeks.  I’ve worked IN the office more than at home lately.  I’m finishing up a great, but time consuming photography class. And Chris & I both have had colds.  Not to mention a tornado and a few days without power.  All that to say I have some major catching up to do!  So enjoy my out-of-date/out-of-order posts over the next few days……

Will seems to be liking or at least tolerating Wyatt more these days.  He does nice things for him more often too.  Here is a sweet, unprompted moment when Wyatt dropped his paci and Will graciously picked it up and handed it back to him.  I tried to not be bothered that it fell in the bottom of the nasty wagon and got filthy before he put it back in his mouth.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

sweet baby jake

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We have a new cousin in the family (though I prefer to call him my nephew….bending the rules a bit). Jacob Timothy made his arrival today and we are all soooo excited for this new addition to our family.  My Nana & Papaw would get a kick out of only having great-grandsons. Jake makes #5. 

I had the pleasure of holding him within a few hours of being born, what a sweet moment.  Mister was 8lbs 2oz, 20.5 inches with blonde curls!  I can’t wait to see Wilson’s reaction to Jake, he’s under the impression that Renee’s child is a pirate.  What a disappointment that will be!

Congrats Renee & Joseph!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Mister Wilson, age 3 {Favorite Quotes}

  • "Can you get Wyatt out of the tub?  He splashes too much."
  • "Wyatt's bothering me.  He's not a good person."
  • ”Daddy, these are your best people?” pointing to his Star Wars shirt
  • ”I bet the Lorax did that.” referring to a tree stump in Poppy’s yard.  He takes his books seriously though he has the characters mixed up.
  • “Hey, you are messing my hair up” we explained we were washing his hair and his response was “That’s too dangerous.”


Monday, May 02, 2011

a stormy list

my random storm-related list…..

  1. I didn’t expect to hideout in the basement 4 different times on Wednesday.  Waking sleeping kids twice to go down there. Don’t think I can ever live in a house without a basement now.
  2. Note to self: when a potential storm is coming and potential for power loss is high do not stock up on fridge/freezer items earlier in the day.
  3. The fridge is now shiny and clean (but empty). 
  4. The loss of a beloved (but replaceable) tree and fence.DSC04727DSC04795
  5. The Misters’ poor pitiful playset……which can also be fixed. DSC04782
  6. I LOVE our weather radio from LLBean (this is a much newer model, now I’m jealous).  We used it in the basement as the power went out and the storm was right on top of us.  Lifesaver!
  7. Thankful for text because the phone lines were jammed immediately after the storm.
  8. Extra thankful for the roofer who expertly nailed down our shingles.  We didn’t lose a single one even though everyone else on our block did (proof, they all landed in our backyard).
  9. Grateful for the 2 free days off of work for storm cleanup, they were much needed and our yard is now mostly free of trees and debris. 
  10. Lots of media-free time for reading.


Mr. Wilson's Super Positive Attitude

On Wednesday, when Will saw that a large tree limb had damaged the roof of his playset in the back yard, he immediately ran to the drawer and got out two screwdrivers, and said, “Come on, Daddy. Let’s go fix it!”