Tuesday, July 15, 2014

County Fair

Adam and his parents took the boys to the County Fair to see all the animals and do a few other fun things.

Petting Zoo

What are you looking at, goat?

Pony rides!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cohen: 19 Months

Cohen is adding more words (and facial expressions) to his expanding vocabulary, including: hot (which he says about every food), cold, poon (spoon), hawk, fish, fly, down, swing, cheese, nanu (what he calls a drink for no known reason), hanu (what he says when he wants the food you have, also for no known reason), mine, cookie, cheeps (chips), cup, papa (Grandpa).

He has a little sweet tooth and we cannot get any dessert or snacks out if he isn't finished with his meal or he will immediately forget his food and want what you have. He also loves Doritos and will point to the cupboard asking for "cheeps" all the time. Luckily, he loves other healthier foods too and it's not uncommon for him to ask for more green beans or other vegetable.

Cohen is still into imitating any sound or movement Ryan does. Sometimes this gets interesting, like when Ryan gets mad, he will blow his tongue between his lips like "pthsth" at the offending person (or object). Now Cohen does it right back to him and they get into a "pthsth" "pthsth" war back and forth. Cohen will also reach back and slap something (or someone) that he is mad at, including the floor when he trips over his feet, which is often.

Cohen isn't afraid to try anything like jumping off the couch onto some pillows, going up the ladder and down the slide by himself, or blowing bubbles in the bathtub. He is also getting more used to swimming. He's also sleeping great, usually from 8:30pm-7:30am with a 2-hour nap in the afternoon. He has all his teeth poked through, but the eye teeth aren't fully grown in.

One of my favorite parts of the day is when I get home from work and Cohen still comes running, yelling "MAMA!" and launches himself into my arms. My other favorite time is when we read books at night and he goes over to his shelf, pick out a book, then climbs up on my lap. When we're done, I sing a few songs and he lays back contentedly smiling up at me. What a sweetie.

Hull Summerfest

While I was working, Adam took the boys to enjoy some of the Hull Summerfest activities. They had fun enjoying Dollar Day at the pool one afternoon with Saylor.
Ryan liked the lily pads best!
Taking a break from the pool.
Ryan, Saylor and Emily also endured the rain to collect a ton of candy at the parade.
Another super-hero koozie.

Saylor taunting her prize.

 They also went to the little carnival and played in the bouncy house together.

Lincoln, Saylor, and Ryan
The boys had a great time in Hull and capped it off with a movie night at home with dad. I missed them a lot when I was gone but was glad to get picture updates of their fun weekend.

Race weekend

23 weeks pregnant in Victory Lane
I took off on Friday morning to go work in Victory Lane at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. Friday was a little cool and blustery and another gal and after handing out prizes in the afternoon, another gal and I were able to head back to Des Moines instead of staying for the race. On Saturday, it was very hot and humid and we spent the afternoon handing out swag that people won in the prize booth (it blows pieces of paper around with point values and they get to pick a prize based on the points they grabbed). My co-workers were gracious in letting me sit most of the time in the shade of the tent.

We stayed for the race on Saturday night and waited for the winner of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 to arrive in Victory Lane.

View of the race from the infield.
Ryan Hunter-Reay poses with fans in Victory Lane.
Presenting a pizza to the race winner (He ate the whole piece and his crew finished off the rest!)
It was a late night that night and we left well on time the next morning to make it back for Sunday dinner, but it was a fun to be part of something big!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Grandma's birthday

Adam's brother, sister-in-law, and niece surprised his mom by showing up for her birthday and we were excited to see them again! Madie has grown so much and she is the sweetest little baby!

 Grandma also got her first experience trying to get a photo of all the grandkids together.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July weekend

We stuck around close to home for the holiday weekend and spent most of the day on the 4th cleaning out our storage room in preparation to paint it and transform it into Ryan's new room (to be shared with Cohen later). After a full day of hauling things out and trying to get rid of stuff, we went to Adam's parents to play games, watch the town fireworks from their backyard, and make smores. The boys had a great time playing with family and even though it rained, we still got to see some fireworks.

Adam's parents had generously offered to have the boys stay overnight and keep the next day, which is why we somewhat spontaneously decided it would be a great opportunity to paint Ryan and Cohen's new room. It worked out great and we were able to get the entire room painted (2 coats of gray and 3 coats of blue) in one day. The next day, we moved Ryan's furniture in and he's been sleeping in it ever since! It's our largest bedroom and seems to fit a queen-sized bed and single captain's bed just fine. We need to add a headboard, another chest of drawers and nightstand before Cohen moves in, but think we'll be able to make this room fun and comfortable for two boys! We are going to wait to hang things on the wall until we have the final furniture arrangement, but since that's several months away, I thought I'd post the progress anyway.

It was great to have a day off and a lot was accomplished over the weekend, so I consider it a great success! Happy Birthday, America!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ryan: 4 years, 9 months

Ryan has been into super heroes lately and even took a few trips up and down the street on his bike in full Batman gear. He also invented a new use for all the koozies we keep getting at parades: superhero gloves! We now have a set of red, blue, black and yellow which covers most of the major super heroes.

Ryan has been really into coloring, drawing, and writing this month. He can now write his name without assistance and can write most of the numbers by himself (3's seem to be the trickiest). He can also copy many words if we write them on another paper first.  His drawing and coloring has advance quite a bit with all the extra practice and he now successfully colors in the lines, even in small spaces. He's also branched way out into drawing different scenes of Angry Birds, pirate ships, fishing from docks, animals, motorcycles, etc. I love seeing what he comes up with!

He's also been really into learning about science lately so most of the books we get from the library have to do with the universe, animals, weather, or how things work. I'm not a huge fan of the graphic snake-eating-an-oppossum pictures or try to reconcile the science books version of how the earth was created, or even the water conservation books that teach kids not to flush the toilet every time, but am happy that his curiosity has branched out from the land of Disney or Rovio-inspired characters and lands.

Ryan has loved summer so far and is looking forward to many more fun activities this month!