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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My baby boy is two! I can't believe it....how fast these years have flown by. Luckily I have another baby on the way, because it makes me sad to think he's not a baby anymore. Most of the time he insists he's a "big boy" but sometimes he'll still say he's a baby and the baby says "wah, wah, wah".
Today we went to our photographer and had his two year pictures done. I can't wait to see them. He did so good, but it was funny...he'd put up his hand and say, "right back, bye". We were all laughing at how funny he is. He has a very funny sense of humor and knows it.
Brighton loves to do everything that Chandler does. He even says he is three years old. Every thing is "me too!" That's one of his favorite phrases. Brighton and Chandler still share a room and Brighton does great sleeping on the trundle bed. The boys' bedtime is about 8 p.m. and they normally get up from 7:30 -8 a.m. Brighton still takes an afternoon nap sometime about 1 p.m. Lately I've been shortening it to 1 1/2 hours so he's ready for bed.
Brighton is so outgoing! He loves going to preschool and I often leave him in the two-year-old class while I volunteer at church. He's actually not in that class because of the birthday cut-off, but you'd never know. He fits right in and gets mad when it's time to go. His vocabulary is very good, and I think is probably ahead of others his age. He will often speak in 6-8 word sentences.
Brighton's two year appointment is sometime next week, so I'll post stats then.
I love you sweet baby boy!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Today the boys and I took our first homeschool field trip. While we are not currently homeschooling, this is an option that we are exploring for our family. Chandler currently goes to PGUMC's preschool and loves it, but we aren't sure what we are going to do once "real school" begins. Today was great to get out with other homeschooling families and do something that both boys could take part in.
We went to CiCi's pizza and got a tour of the kitchen, freezer, and prep area. The boys got to walk inside the freezer and thought it was very cold. They got to see the oven and then got to make their own pizzas.
Chandler selected mushrooms, extra cheese, pepperroni, and meat (sausage). I selected Brighton's toppings for him and picked out ham, pineapple, and tomatoes. Chandler was able to put the toppings on his side of the pizza by himself and Brighton munched on his toppings out of his bowl before I realized what he was doing. After stopping him, Chandler helped Brighton put his toppings on the other half. The pizza baked in just a few minutes and then we go to dig in!
Here's Chandler showing off his pizza.
Friday, October 15, 2010
October isn't complete without a trip to the NC State Fair. We absolutely love the fair and made an afternoon of it. After the boys got up from their naps we headed out to the fairgrounds and got there about 3 p.m. Our first stop was the pony rides. Chandler had been saying for weeks that is what he wanted to do. Both boys rode a pony. Chandler rode "Indiana Jones" and Brighton rode "Elmo". After that we got lemonades and headed to the ferris wheel. After a 30 minute wait that was more trying on Dad's patience than anybody else's we finally got our turn.
Brighton wasn't able to ride all the rides because he's not quite the minimum 36", but he did get to ride some of them. He absolutely loved the swings and was grinning ear to ear the entire time. Sometimes when Chandler would get to ride something and Brighton couldn't I would have to distract Brighton with either food or a game. He especially liked the fishing one.
We all enjoyed the fair food and had corn dogs for dinner. Mommy enjoyed a fried snickers and ate and extra one for the baby too. Yummy!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
My children both have lovies, and Brighton's is a giraffe. Chandler had this same type of lovey only his was a monkey. Shortly after Brighton was born we bought his giraffe, or giraffey as he is lovingly known. I can't even remember when Brighton first really attached to him, but he certainly did. Quickly scanning through pictures I was able to find this picture when Brighton was 16 months old. There he is, chewing on the nose of Giraffey. The nose was a favorite chew spot, as were the knots on the other ends of the blanket. As you can see in the picture the giraffe is a soft yellow color.
Fast forward to now and Brighton is almost two. Giraffey is a bedtime necessity. He is sometimes an everywhere necessity. It was easier when he was little because it could just stay in the crib, but now giraffey is mobile and goes for car rides, plays outside and sometimes gets left in the bathroom at preschool when mom doesn't realize that you have taken him inside while dropping your brother off and subsequently left him in the bathroom when you needed to go potty.
I guess I should mention we have two giraffes, but don't tell Brighton, or Chandler for that matter. The two are never seen together and one can suddenly appear when it's bedtime and only God knows where that thing is.
The problem herein lies in that giraffey is constantly chewed on and therefore constantly wet. I think it's becoming a health hazard. You are so lucky that you can't smell the loveliness through the computer. It's enough to knock you over.
He gets washed with every load, but by the time he is dry, the replacement already needs washing. I have tried EVERYTHING to get the stink out including, but not limited to white vinegar, oxyclean, baking soda, tide, and I'm sure there were some others. Straight out of the wash that thing STINKS!!
His poor little nose is suffering holes from the wear and tear that chewing brings. I try telling Brighton to just give him hugs and kisses, but that never lasts.
I decided that Giraffey needed a replacement so when the store I bought it from no longer carried it I did the next best thing and went E-bay shopping. The only problem is that all the giraffes I was finding were yellow. Mine was just natural cotton colored. Perhaps this was a new model or style I wondered. Then it dawned on me, the poor thing had been washed so much that all the yellow color was long gone! I ordered two and all was left was to make the swap.
I carefully took Giraffey out of Brighton's crib (where he still naps) and replaced it with the new one just waiting for Brighton to discover the new one. Chandler actually found it and brought it to me asking, "Mommy, why is Brighton's giraffe yellow?" I quickly thought of something and said, "why sweetie, mommy washed it and got all the dirt off and so now it's yellow". Chandler bought it, but would Brighton notice? By now he had entered the kitchen and Chandler handed him the replacement. He looked at me and said, "Giraffey?" (looking like is this really my giraffe?) I said, "yes, he's all clean now" and luckily, Brighton gave him a big hug and then started chewing on his nose.
So now we are on giraffe #3 and #4. Sadly, I had to throw #1 and #2 away. The smell was just too much and would have made all the "keepsakes" I'm saving just horrible. It was sad, but I hope #3 and #4 survive this stage and we don't end up with #5 and #6
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Chandler: Can we buy this necklace?
Mommy: No sweetie, mommy doesn't have extra money for that.
Chandler: Well just go see the cash-man.
Mommy: (thinking, I wish I knew who he was)
Daddy: (to Chandler) If I see you take Brighton's giraffe you will sit in time out.
Chandler: Well don't look.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Although these pictures are from the summer, we still enjoy visiting the indoor playground. During the summer when mom was totally wiped out from gestating this little baby the boys would get up from their naps and we'd head to the indoor playground at Greystone shopping center. That way the boys could burn off some energy and mom could rest peacefully on the bench. Both boys are really good at making friends wherever we go. They love to play "chase"
The only time mom would have to get up was when Brighton would climb up the rock and then want to "jump" off. Luckily this pattern didn't last long and Brighton could be easily distracted onto the next activity. What a fun place! We love coming here and it's a great place to come when it's hot/cold/raining. Maybe we'll see you there soon!
Chandler's first day of preschool was September 8th. What a busy first day! Brighton helped see big brother off to school that morning, but was lost without him the rest of the day.
As you can see from the pictures, Chandler went straight to the dress up clothes. One of his teachers, Miss Vonda, helped him put on a princess dress! Luckily for Dad's sake he quickly wanted it off and moved onto the fireman's hat.
Chandler is going to preschool on M,W,F. His favorite part is when he gets to be the line leader. That is very important! He has several friends from last year in his class (all girls): Katelyn, Lainey, and Ellary. There are 12 kids in his class evenly split between boys and girls.
On the same day that Chandler started preschool he also started a program called AWANA at Providence Baptist Church. He is really loving that too. They learn Bible verses each week and also play games. He has earned his vest and his first patch. He is so proud of himself. Chandler easily learns the verses and loves to read his AWANA book.
Hopefully Chandler and Brighton will be able to go to preschool together next year. Brighton can't wait to be a big boy too!