Monday, February 28, 2011

Day to day moments...

Making Chocolate Soup.
Ingredients (according to Leesi): Chocolate, Chocolate pudding, marshmallows, a little bit of sugar, a little bit of salt, and chocolate pie.

Tonight she drew a person. I think she's only done it once before.
She had me add a hat.

Perfect thing to do on a rainy day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today was my mom's birthday and for the first time in a few years I was able to be with her to celebrate. It was a fun to be together. Leesi was also very excited to celebrate with Grandma. She loves birthdays, particularly birthday cake and birthday presents. She told Grandma, "I am going to give you a present! I am going to give you blue pajamas!" My mom was nice enough to still act surprised when she opened the gift.

Happy Birthday Mom. I love you and I'm so happy that now we live close enough to visit you on your birthday! I have learned so much from you. Your conscientiousness in all that you do inspires me. And it's fun to watch your excitement for your grandkids. Hope this year is a great one!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jonathan at 16 months

Jonathan is at that super cute, but somewhat frustrated age of 16 months. He toddles around getting into whatever mischief he can. And he just doesn't quite understand no yet... I mean, he understands the meaning of the word no... but he can't quite follow through on a no. We have to follow through for him, which leaves him howling in protest.
The other day I kept on seeing him putting things in his mouth. I wondered what he was eating and where it was coming from, but I just thought that he had found a little cheerio on the ground or something, so I wasn't too worried. (Cheerios on the ground are fair game in our house, a perfectly acceptable snack). Then I finally figured out the truth. I caught him in the act. He was opening the kitchen garbage can and digging out little pieces of pancake that had been thrown away after breakfast. "No buddy! You can't eat that!" I pried his latest prize out of his tight little fist and threw it away. He opened the garbage can, ready to pluck it out again. So I took the trash out... which left him howling in misery.
He also loves putting his hands in the toilet whenever he can. One morning he dunked his gummy vitamin in and then was about to put it in his mouth, I snatched it away... and he screamed his little head off. Luckily he gets distracted by hand washing... which we do many, many times a day. He definitely keeps me on my toes.
He's starting to develop some really cool dance moves. The turn-around-then-squat-down seems to be his favorite move right now. And he also is really starting to get into pushing his cars and trucks around. He has a big Tonka truck (Christmas present - thanks John and Kristine!) that he often gets out and pushes around the house while making his interpretation of "vroom".
As far as talking goes, he is just beginning to repeat sounds and say a few words. We think he says Momma and Dadda. He also says, "Na na" (Night Night), Hot, Up, and "How-o" (Hello - into a pretend phone). He does the signs for more, all-done, and milk... but only when he feels like it. He's learned that standing in his high chair will yield results far faster than signing all-done.
He loves playing outside. He particularly likes going up and down the stairs and the hills outside... trying to master them. When we go to the park he LOVES the swings and the slides. A couple weeks ago we went to the park on a very cold day. The kids were bundled up, but it was still just too cold to be there long. After 45 minutes I decided we had had enough. Jonathan was hunkered down in his swing, his lip quivering every few minutes from the cold. But he still howled his protest when I got him out of the swing, and cried all the way to the car.
He eats absolutely everything (except, of course, the things we want him to eat, like vegetables). Play doh, crayons, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, markers, bar soap... they all go into his mouth.
He loves clapping hands and giving high-fives. He laughs uproariously even when he doesn't get the joke. He is such a joy.
Here are his stats at 16 months:
Weight: 24 lbs. 4 oz. (37th percentile)
Height: 31 1/2 inches (45th percentile)
Head: 19 1/4 inches (87th percentile)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Jumping Song!

Here's a video I put together of the kids to the tune of our favorite "jumping song" (as Elisa likes to call it, since we always do all of the actions along with the song). Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The last two months have not been good to me. Well, that's overstating it a bit. But we've had a disproportionate amount of sickness in our home in the months of December and January.

The last two weeks are proof enough. In that time three of us have had the stomach flu, two of us have had intense and long lasting fevers (separate and unrelated to the stomach flu). And Elisa has had not just one, but two fevers, and a burst eardrum (I wince just thinking about how much that must hurt).

All of us are starting to feel better. Elisa ear is slowly healing. Greg and I are draggy and tired, but no longer full-on sick. And Jonathan appears to be just fine.

So... we're instituting stricter hand-washing regimes, and Lysol wipes are my new best friends. And we're hoping for a healthier February!