October 17, 2014

Out of the Mouth of Andrew (and the others)

Andrew is one hilarious kid.  These helmet pictures were all Andrew's idea, as well as the poses.
I made dinner the other day and while it was on the stove I was playing with the kids.  Andrew came over and here was the conversation:
A:  Mom, can I smell Charlie's bottom?
Me:  Ummm......if you must?
A: *sniffs then walks away* No, Em.  It's just the soup!
Remind me to never cook for them again.
 When Mike and Andrew were reading a book about castles.  They were looking on a page to see what the name of the castle was, and when Mike said it wasn't on there, Andrew said, "Maybe we can just call it Gregory."
He found a caterpillar and wanted it for a pet "just for a little while."
  He's been saying the word "espifif" for weeks (months?) and TODAY I finally figured out what it is.  Expensive.  He used it to describe things he made, etc so honestly I never would have guessed what that was.  Thank goodness he came grocery shopping with me.
Speaking of that, he tried to get me to buy things like pizza, ice cream, cookies, etc by telling me all about the vitamins and "healthy stuff" in them.  Very slick, kid.

  Emily and Charlie say some cute stuff, too.  Like when they rock on the rocking sheep, Emily always says she's a cowgirl and that Charlie is her cowboy. They both say, "Heehaw!!!" instead of Yeehaw, which I have not corrected because it's beyond adorable.
  Emily calls sleeves her "sneezes" and zippers are "slippers."  How can you resist someone asking you to help slip them up or to roll up their sneezes so they can wash their hands.
  I mentioned a future visit to my parents' house to the kids today, and Charlie piped up, "Bampa!  I wan Bampa!"  then later he said, "Wan' go Bampa's house.  I wan' Bampa!"  Apparently he misses his Grandpa Barnard.

October 15, 2014

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

Mike was able to take a four day weekend and we LOVED having him here!  Yesterday we planned a day in Springfield. 
First up was the Springfield Discovery Center.  We LOVE that place.  It's the perfect mix of science, learning, and imaginative play.
And for the first time, the kids actually kind of cared about the dinosaur digging exhibit!  I want to play every time we go, but so far they haven't cared about it.  But they did this time!  For about 2 minutes!  And Emily even wore the hat!  :) 
One of their absolute favorite sections is the store.  It's so cute and then the kids can check each other out.  There was a mom checking out her kid's groceries, and Emily just got in line and had her do hers as well.  It was pretty cute.
Three words: Life-sized Operation Game.
(Four words?)
We removed the appendix and talked about how they had done that to Grandma.  Andrew then told me that I should leave the intestines.  "You need them, and plus they're my favorite part of the body."
This just in!  Yesterday afternoon, two young children made their debut as newscasters.  They covered such important topics as "there's a camera over there" and "that's my seat."
They already have a die-hard fan.
 Speaking of this little guy, at the light table, he picked up a star and proceeded to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."  One of the other kid's moms heard him and said, "OH MY GOSH, that is the cutest thing I've ever heard."  I had to agree.
Mike and Andrew put on a play.  Mostly Andrew's pig told jokes while Mike's chipmunk tried to let the pig give him a ride around the stage.  My little ones thought it was hilarious, and a random kid heard the laughter and came in to watch.
Emily built a volcano.
Then we went to lunch at the Chinese restaurant.  I wasn't too excited about that choice, but there were more than one set of tears shed when we said maybe we could eat something different.  And it was just fine.  I was happy to make them happy, and I knew what was coming next.

These.  The candy store.  YUM.
As you can imagine, the kids were super excited about an entire store full of sugary goodness.
The kids each got to choose a 4 pieces of candy, and Mike and I got some sour candies.  I got grapefruit and watermelon gummies (I wish they had the pink grapefruit ones, because I really REALLY love those.)  Mike got a mix and I discovered too late how AMAZING the cherry ones were.
As difficult as it was to keep a sugar crazed Charlie from diving headfirst into one of the bins, it was so fun to see the utter happiness that exuded from these little guys.
Then Emmie slipped in the parking lot and landed in a big puddle of oil.  So I cleaned her up and changed her clothes.
Guess who chose chocolate footballs for her treat?  She had eaten maybe half of one when I looked back and saw this: 
And although it doesn't seem like it, she was having a great time.
We all did, actually!

October 8, 2014

Conversing With My Boy

I just realized yesterday that my little guy has become quite the talker.
 I knew he was growing up, because I mean, come on.  He's huge. 
 But then yesterday, we had an entire conversation.  He came in and asked for my hand.  Then lead me into his room.  Then he said light, so I turned it on.  Then he said book so I asked what book he wanted and he said, "Backpack." So I grabbed the Dora library book and he said sit, so we sat.  Then we read the book.  I asked where the bananas were and he said, "Boots hand."  We finished and he said, "Again."  Then I realized how much he was talking, and it blew me away.
 Then this morning he was feeding the stuffed animals some imaginary confection from a spoon.  When did we tell him he could be so cute?
 It doesn't look like it in this picture, but he's almost as tall as Emily now.  He sings the ABC's, Bingo, the "We Did It" song from Dora, I am a Child of God, and basically anything he hears.  He's awesome.
I'm sad that my little guy is growing up so fast, but he's getting cuter and cuter, so I guess I can't complain.  :)

October 7, 2014

Going Pro

One of the absolute best parts of living in Bolivar has been the amazing friends we have made here.  Our awesome friends Chad and Michelle and Brad and Sheena invited us to go on a triple date with them last week.  I was actually feeling pretty good that day, so that really helped. 
First we went to Thai Peppers (green curry - yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!) then we went to Bass Pro to do a scavenger-type photo night.  We had themes and then tried to decide which ones were the best.  First we competed as couples, then boys against girls.  It was sooo fun.
"Any Man of Mine"
(And in case you can't tell, Michelle is pregnant.) Haha
And boy does Brad know how to strike a pose! ...oh wait...that's a mannequin.

"Gangsta' Paradise"
(Michelle is apparently a member of the kitty cat gang.  She had to get some coaching from Chad.)

(Yes, that is candy.  I'm not sure I've ever seen him so happy.)
"Man Vs. Wild"
I hope that squirrel has bad aim.
I really think Chad had that fox scared.

Brad was scared.  Sheena is awesome.  I'm proud of my gym buddy.

Now for the boys vs. girls.

"Best Selfie"

A fierce selfie in front of a bear.  Yes, it's there.

A typical kissy face and Charlie's Angels picture.  I kind of just look grumpy here.  A grumpy angel.
Then we tried on weird hats.  I think the moral of this story is that we're cute no matter what.  So we won.  Duh.

"Nature Calls"
 When asked what this picture meant, Mike said, "I just wanted to see if I could get Brad to wear women's clothes."  Mission accomplished, boys.

We have never looked more like mannequins.
Thanks for the fun evening everyone!