28 November 2013

Are You As Smart As Charlie?

Watch the video and see if you can figure out what Charlie knows.

The clues that Charlie had:
1) Mommies with big tummies have a baby inside
2) Mommy has a big tummy
3) A doctor looked at Mommy's tummy

We are expecting a cute, active, little girl on April 21st!  We are so excited to have a new little addition.  She is very active and is always moving.  She has moved at both ultrasounds and moves so much and so hard she has already woken me up at night and can kick so hard to be felt on the outside by a hand.  We are so happy!

27 November 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Henry

On Henry's birthday I took lots of photos of him doing what he does best.
Eat the couch and wipe his drool all over it.
Showing off his bruises on his head because he is just a kid. 
Screaming as loud as he can because why not? 
Taking out the night light to eat it. 
Finding a spoon to chew on. 
Playing outside with Charlie. 
 Keeping his hood on his head.
 And being super cute with drool coming out of his mouth.

We had a little party celebration for Henry on the day of his birthday.  He had a fun party with friends on Saturday.
He wasn't super interested in the candle or muffin since he was tired and just had a huge dinner.
 He isn't one to pass up food so he did take a bite, but he just hadn't left any room for dessert.
 So he decided to look cute for the camera. 
 What a cutie!
 Present time.  He opened up one of his presents on his birthday.  The rest were for his party.
He had this look on his face pretty much the entire time. 
Bath letters and numbers! 
He was so excited to play with them and taste them.  The boys got to use them in the tub that night.  It was a blast. 
Henry took his first steps on his birthday!

Henry is such a sweet boy who loves to play and figure things out.  He is growing big and strong and is always trying to do more.  We love him and all of the funny things that he does.  Henry is a great little boy and we love him so much.  We are glad that he is in our family.

Side Notes:
1) For those worried grandparents that Henry might be cold with just a onsie on during the day, don't worry.  It is about mid 70s in our home since the sun heats it up through the windows.  It isn't very cold here, just about 60ish outside.  We still don't need our heater.  One day it got up to 78 on the main level and about 80 degrees upstairs.
2) Yes, Charlie has a huge chunk of muffin in his mouth.  He often shoves the last bite in his mouth before realizing that it should have been his last two bites.  Consequently he can't close his mouth, chew, or swallow.  It never ends well.

First Snow and Bananas

We had our first snow in Pennsylvania on November 12th.  Here we are eating breakfast watching the littlest snow flakes come down.
 We went outside after getting dressed.
 There wasn't much left.
 But there were still some big grins.
Here is a funny movie for you to enjoy.  Charlie steals center stage, but keep your eye on Henry.  He had just began eating his half of the banana and devours it in no time flat.

09 November 2013

Three Cute Things

Charlie is SUPER clean (I don't know how he is my child).  He often wants me to help him wipe his hands clean frequently during meals.  He loves to clean up his toys and likes things to be in their place.  I do not take any credit for this.  I encourage him to clean his room, but beyond that I haven't done much or insisted that his hands are perfectly clean every moment of the day.

The other day while I was showering the boys were in there playing in the cabinet under the sink.  I looked out at one point and saw a lot of the stuff out of the cabinet.  My first thought was, "Ugh, another thing to clean up."  When I hopped out of the shower I saw Charlie closing the door to the cabinet.  He pointed to it and said, "Away!"  He was so proud that he had put it all away.  I looked in to see what it looked like inside.  It was pretty much all in the same spots.  What an organized little boy.

Charlie has a little book of animal pictures that he studies regularly.  He knows most of the animals in it.  The other day he started hanging from the top bunk of their bunk beds (oh yeah, we failed to mention on the blog that the boys got bunk beds since there was a garage sale down the road and they were a good price).  He kept saying, "moth"  I really had no idea what he was trying to tell me about a moth.  After looking at his book and making connections, I finally realized that he was saying, "sloth."  He was hanging from the bed like the sloth hangs from the tree in the book.

The cutest moment of parenthood has happened.  Henry was crawling and tripped and smacked his face into the floor (that wasn't the cutest moment).  As I was holding Henry, Charlie came over and gave Henry the stuffed rabbit.  Henry immediately hugged the rabbit and it made him feel so much better.  I then realized that Henry did favor the rabbit.  It was so cute to see him cuddle with it.  I couldn't believe that Charlie knew what to do to comfort his brother and which stuffed animal would do best.  Charlie is a sweet boy.

Here is Henry with his rabbit.  He is eating/attacking it (in a very loving way) in the photo.

I thought that I would add a photo of his favorite animals.  The lion is the most favorite.

07 November 2013

Henry's Tricks

Henry folds his arms for prayer.   Claps when he is happy.  Henry says "Ahh" when he is done drinking.  Henry signs, "Food" when he needs more and signs "All done" when he is finished.  When Henry spills his water on the table he will slurp it up off of the table.

Charlie likes to do all of these things with Henry since it is just so much fun.  Charlie is also a clean freak and points out ickies, "Eeee."

04 November 2013

Christmas Tree Time

My conversation with Charles on the Saturday post Halloween:
Charles: Should we cut down our Christmas tree today?
Me: Uh, its barely November.  I was going to wait to do Christmas tree stuff until mid November
Charles: Oh.  But the weather is so nice now.
Me: Okay, lets chop it down.
I am pretty easily swayed when it comes to Christmas. 

We cut down one of the evergreens in our backyard.  There are three of them there and we don't really care for any of them because they were poorly placed.  We'll get trees to replace them next year.  But until then, we have a free Christmas tree for the next three years!  We chopped down the largest.
 Charles used his circular saw to chop it.   We watched from a distance.
We watched with safety.  Charlie loves hats so of course he had to wear it. 
Oops!  The pumpkins are still up.  I quickly threw them out after this photo.  We also took all of this free foam downstairs.  Charles got it from work.  It is soundproofing foam that Charles is going to put in the basement.
 It's up!  The tree trunk was too skinny for our tree stand so we had to rig it up with some plastic.  We gave the tree a little bit of a trim at the top so it would fit and so that it had a little bit of a better shape.
 We are quite proud of our homely looking tree.  We like it so much because we didn't pay for it and because this is probably the type of tree we would have bought if we had bought a tree.  It reminds me of when I was a kid.  I think a lot of our trees looked pretty funny.  I remember cutting one down that we had grown.
 With the extra branches I made a wreath and then hot glued pine cones from the backyard on to it.
 Henry wanting to join in the fun and eat my camera.
 Saddened that his holiday cheer was squelched. (he's got to learn not to touch the tree)
Happy to be with Mommy.  Let the holidays begin!

Singing Time With Charlie

On Sunday Charles was practicing a viola that he borrowed from a lady in our ward.  Charlie learned that instead of touching the music and viola that he was to use his eyes.  Here he is showing me the rule that he learned, "Eyes."
 Afterwards Charlie was ready for the center stage and shared with us his songs.  He used the church hymnal as his music and his lion (he calls it a bear) and us as his audience to sing to.
Charles is in the middle of saying, "Good job Charlie" for his lovely rendition of one of the many songs that he sang.

02 November 2013

A Not-so-scary Halloween

This Halloween was possibly the least Halloween-y of our lives.  The reasons why are listed below:

  1. Just look at our pumpkins. "Thankful", "Y", and a cow/pig cutout for Charlie's little pumpkin.  Not scary things.  We believe Halloween doesn't need to be scary or sexy like the rest of the world.  It would be inappropriate to carve scary things into a pumpkin--things like a "U".
  2. We forgot to buy candy  (Annette's note - I didn't forget, I didn't want to spend the money on it).  So, instead of handing out candy and contributing to America's obesity problem, we turned off all of our lights and went down to the basement to finish painting the walls.  Only the ceiling and baseboards remain to be painted!
  3. No real costumes.  Annette made some cute costumes for us a few years ago where I was a PC and she was a Mac, but we hate to spend too much money on our least favorite holiday.
  4. No trick-or-treating.  Since we didn't do costumes for the boys, we didn't take them trick-or-treating.  Besides, they don't know what they're missing out on, so let's just have one more year of peace and one less year of sugar buzzes.
 I, Annette, took some photos with the boys on the morning of the 31st.  I tried to get the boys to sit and smile at me, but it was either Charlie smiling or Charlie looking at Henry smiling.  This will do.

 Charlie loves fire.  Here he is blowing out the fire in Daddy's pumpkin.
 Henry looking out the window and playing peek-a-boo in the curtains.  And yes, it is really that dark in the morning.
 I thought it would be fun to take photos with the boys.  Henry wasn't too interested.  Me without make-up was probably the scariest thing on Halloween for us.
 Charlie joined in and Henry became very done with the idea of photos.