I feel like I have so much to catch up on!
Since the last post, we have gone to the beach with Nana and explored our beautiful emerald waters and white sandy beaches. We dumped water into big sand holes and used our shovels and diggers. We tasted salt water, felt the sand between our toes and begged to stay when it was time to leave.
Nana and her sweet boys:
Nana and I decided on a whim, imagine that, to take the monkeys to play in the water spouts at Destin Commons! The "water spouts" are an outdoor, interactive pop-up fountain that "dances" on command. It is built into the ground and offers kids a refreshing way to cool off during hot summer months. We ended up eating hotdogs at Dave's Dogs and staying up way past our bed time! Sometimes the spur of the moment ideas turn out to be the best ones.
Wade literally ran around the entire time, shreiking with delight. The kid seriously ran for an hour straight! He took a little bit of time to warm up to the water spouts, but as soon as he did, he had a blast! He really enjoys people watching and took to playing with the other children quite nicely!
The B-man was incredibly excited. He was showing off the amazing ability of his lungs, screaming and giggling and letting everybody know, within ear shot, just how happy he was to be playing in the water! He found it hilariously funny to press his face right up to the base of the spout and, in turn, get his mouth and nose full of water!
We learned how to truly be redneck, by swimming in our new above ground pool...This is the best $150 we have ever spent. It has already provided us with hours of fun and nothing seems to heal a cranky babe like the water:
Grammie popped over for a short visit, which included a trip to Target, yummy Icee's and many episode's of Dora and Diego:
We watched movies in Mommy and Daddy's bed. (Brody's hair looks crazy from the sunscreen applied earlier in the day and Wade is making the funniest face!)
We played at Campbell and Cailey's house and took a yellow bath! (That is not pee...it is yellow from the bath color tabs! haha)
And, the best part of our past couple of weeks was celebrating Father's Day! We had a blast making Daddy something to hang in his office:
and had an even better time surprising Daddy with our artwork!!!
Daddy gives the best snuggles:
After sipping on coffee, digging into our homemade breakfast casserole and waiting for the boy's to wake up from their nap, we headed back to the beach! Although we didn't see any oil, Todd ended up with a tar ball on his shin. Needless to say, we decided it was time to head home :( The oil is here and I am absolutely heart broken at the horrific devastation it is causing all along our coastline.
I am so thankful that Todd is not only my husband, but Brody and Wade's Father. They could not have lucked out anymore!!! He is caring and genuine, but firm and a good disciplinarian. He shows them respect, takes time to see things at their level and loves to watch them learn and grow. He is patient, strong and encourages their silliness and has created a home filled with laughter and love.
Happy Daddy's Day Todd!!! We all LOVE you so much and hope that you have an awesome time with your buddies in Omaha, keeping our fingers crossed that you will be watching the Noles bring home the College World Series trophy!
Here are a few pics from our mini photo shoot, trying to get the perfect picture for Todd's Father's Day present! (Pardon the quality of some of the pics, as they were taken with a foggy lens...the minute we ventured outside, the humidity took over my camera lens and would not un-fog...darn humidity!!)
and this is what happens when Mommy spends too much time taking pics. Clearly, they are over it.
Finally, a couple of sayings/happenings/events that are going on in the boys 22nd month of life, that I know will not mean much to most reading this blog, but I hope by "jotting" them down, it will help conjure up memories for me in the years to come:
Brody at 22 months: Talks ALL of the time. Never stops...especially in the car. Wakes up asking for milk, snaaaackk and Dora. Always asking, "Mama? What doing?" and "Mama, Wattcchhhhh!" and "Mama, WHY?". Every time he happens to be awake before Wade and hears Wade start to stir on the monitor, his face lights up, he jumps up, starts grinning and says in a low whisper, "It's WADE!" Grammie asked him to share his lollipop with her the other day...he said, "Yes...NO!"..then pointed over at his brother, saying "Wade", meaning for Grammie to share with Wade instead. He is not graceful and is clumsy at times, but can throw a ball hard and fast! Loves the water and has the most surprised and joyful expression after every time he goes under. Is still the messiest eater on the planet. Still sings himself to sleep most nights. Calls out for "Mommy...Daddy...Wade...." over and over until he falls asleep. He has jumped so hard in his crib that he stripped one of the screws on the front railing, and now tells us every single morning and evening, "Mama. Daddy. My crib is broke". Also says Wade's name over and over each morning, hoping to wake him up. Wakes up in the best moods. Still quite the observer, taking it all in and studying everybody's emotions, reacting to them accordingly. He is understanding right from wrong and testing those theories on Mommy and Daddy on a consistent basis. Loves to wear ball caps and can do the Dora mambo dance pretty well! B-man's nicknames are B, B-man, Punky, Brodster, B-road and known to Mama as BB.
Wade at 22 months: Is the fastest and most coordinated little squirt I have ever seen. An adult happened to be walking right next to him on the boardwalk at the beach the other day, and challenged Wade to race him to the end of the boardwalk. Wade looked him up and down, and then took off marching and then broke out into a full on sprint. It was the funniest thing...the guy was dying laughing! He is kind, loves to cuddle and loves to share. He is reckless and carefree, but is still gentle and has the sweetest soul. He is REALLY into kissing these days...sometimes kissing Mommy and Daddy over and over and over...(if he wasn't a toddler, we would have a problem :) Maybe this is a sign of his future with the ladies? He will be on tight leash if that's the case!!) Is very adventurous and seems to have no fear, but is cautious around the water. Has decided that doing somersaults off of the couch is a brilliant idea, as well as jumping from the couch to whatever other piece of furniture or person is around. Found him standing on the kitchen table the other morning, like it was the most normal thing in the world. Would prefer to do most things on his own and is turning into such a big helper. He hates to be woken up and is grumpy most mornings. His fine motor skills are through the roof and the talking is becoming more understandable...finally figuring out how to pronounce most words! Loves ketchup and juice and still dislikes all fruits and sweets. Wade goes by Wade. Ha! His name isn't one that has a natural nickname to it...he is known to Mama as sweet monkey or sweet peanut.
They are both infatuated with the frozen yogurt sticks, called GoGurts. Can use their utensils like pros, but still enjoy throwing their food on the floor and feeding Miller and Buckley. They are both kind to animals, can climb upstairs without a hand or railing and love to dance and march and sing songs. They slept in a big boy bed for the 1st time, unassisted(with bed rails), last weekend while staying with Nana and Gator! (They don't really fit in the pack-n-plays anymore..hehehe.) We are constantly working on sharing and taking turns, undoubtedly spending lots of time in "time-out" when not being kind and reinforcing the ultimate importance of love. Both can help get undressed and take off their shoes/socks and think it's the greatest thing on earth to be naked. They enjoying story time, bathtime and love to eat snacks. They enjoy kicking, rolling and throwing balls. Dora and Diego have recently replaced The Backyardigan's as their #1 favorite show. This age is so much fun...they really are like little sponges and soak up millions of bits of info each and everyday!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I feel like I have so much to catch up on!
Posted by Carly Harrell at 12:37 PM