Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What We've Been Up To...Part II

Well, here's another update from me (in pictures again...this is to the middle of June). Now I know this part will not mean much to most of you but I edit my photos before I put them on my blog. Then I save them, then resize them. It's a real pain, which is part of the reason I don't update more often. But, I have now found a plug-in for my photo editing software that will resize entire batches at once!! I was so incredibly excited. It does in 30 seconds what would be a twenty minute tedious process for me...yay!! Anyway, after that little technical bit...here is the first half of June.

Not beautiful yet...in fact, now really big and quite ugly.

More science going on. Xander got to start a bean plant at church and now it is growing in the backyard.

Reading to Jonathan. When he can't secure Mom or Dad, his brothers will do!

Making a home for our future butterflies. Gotta make it look pretty and this way we get to paint!

Learning way too young. Gaming controller and proper positioning :).

More reading with his other big brother!

Baking with Mom...it was so incredibly delicious!

The beauty began to emerge...and we tried to drown it. Oops...Xander ran out for a stick and we fished it out...it lived. However, it was the first time I've ever had to make early morning emergency butterfly phone calls! (And the way I finally learned that the kids had these at school, too!)

There...drying out and very pretty looking!

Watering those beans we planted...and a few tomatoes.

The best part of the yard...the sandbox. Making roads...every little boys' dream (my kids want to drive big machines when they grow up!)

My lovely niece's 5th birthday! It was a beautiful day, too.

Release party!! Butterfly release, that is...some to freedom...others to death.

This was one of the ones lucky enough to experience freedom.

His father's child. Light sabres are the best toy ever...apparently. Though he still needs to work on which end to grab.

More soccer games. Evan loved the running around and even kicked the ball sometimes. ;)

Field trip on the day we got over 50mm of rain. It was wet but still fun. We saw the swan with the injured wing and got to feed some of the other birds. There were babies and everything.

Well, that brings us up to the middle of June! I have a crazy few days now. School is out (that's fun!) but we're also trying to get ready for vacation so we'll see when the next batch go up!

Until next time...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What We've Been Up To...Part I

Well, it's been forever since I updated my blog. There really hasn't been anything of great note happening around here (other than a new nephew the other day - Congratulations Tyler and Michelle on little Jari!!) so I don't have much to say. Instead, I thought I'd share our everyday with you through photos. This batch is up to the end of May.

Early Father's Day gift...a new coffee maker!!
Long weekend at the farm...so much fun with bubbles...
...flowerbed race tracks...
...flying apparatuses (some more successful than others :D )...
...some country life viewing for these city kids...
...lovely sunsets...
...campfire sing-a-longs...
...and MORE SPARKLERS!!! (once we convinced him not to be scared of them!) - it was a fun day with family.
Then we decided to take some bugs in (with the hope that they would become something beautiful!)
Then there were more bugs...worms to be exact. These would be staying outside (though Evan loved them).
Wheelin' and dealin' - gotta keep up with big brother, too.
Reading stories...Jonathan has really taken to books and just loves them!
A big birthday for my father-in-law. Jason and I put this cake together for him.
I'm so clever...I can get this bottle cap off AND on!
Look...I can write my name. I did it all by myself!
School is coming to an end this next week and vacation is coming up but hopefully I can post a couple more photo updates before then!

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let's Try This Again...My Baby's One!

Well, lookee there. Guess I should just listen to my husband every once in a while. Yesterday my computer was just being mean to me. I could type in the title spot on my blog and the label spot but it wouldn't let me type in the body. Hence my really fun post! Neither would Facebook allow me to play WordTwist or Scrabble...what a pain! I ignored my husband's advice of just restart already. Yeah, it worked. Shoulda done it earlier!

Anyway, now onto this post. About 11 days or so ago, my baby became no longer a baby! Now he's one. It's been a really fun year and it has just flown by. He is still my laid back, likes his time alone kind of baby but he's finding his voice and his way, too. He began to walk just a couple days before his birthday but he still refuses to eat real food. Seriously. If it has chunks in it, he pukes it up. Serious gag reflex. Oh well. He is also the most studious child we've ever had. I have had more than one person comment to me..."He's so serious." What they are really seeing is him trying to figure things out. No matter where you are or what it is, he is always observing, always thinking, always trying to figure out how things work. It's really quite amazing to watch. We had a birthday party for him too, and here are some of the photos.

It's so hard to do a cake for a one year old. They haven't really developed tastes or preferences yet so there is little personality. Jonathan, however, loves socks. Not sure why but if there is a pair on the floor, he will find them and, often, put them in his mouth! So, I decided that a sock cake would be in order but I wanted it to be cuter than a giant sock so this is what I came up with:
Here is the birthday boy seeing his cake.
I want that closer to me! I want to examine it...also the fire is new and interesting.
The candle is blown out and we finally let him pull it to himself.
This stuff is really interesting. I want to feel it and play with it.
You want me to do what with it? I don't think so. (He has the greatest expressions!)
Jason put some in his mouth and this is exactly where it ends up. Spit out.
He really is his father's son, though. Two light sabres at once.
It was a really good day and it is crazy to think that he is that old already!

Until next time...