Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I surprised Jon with portraits of the kids for Father's Day today. We had quite the ordeal getting the pictures done, but it was worth it! Two kids are twice as difficult!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Oh Brother!

JD and Meg have quite the sibling dynamic going on right now. JD wants to play with her so badly!
JD is putting "donuts" on her hands and feet. Not sure what Meg thought about that one.

But usually when he does play with her, she ends up crying. JD is still pretty rough with her. I was able to capture a few times that they played together without the tears!

And when JD isn't messing with her and just playing, Meg just gazes at him with such a sweet adoring look. She really loves her big brother! (Either that or she is just keeping her eye on him to make sure he isn't going to give her a "love tap!")

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pool School

We enrolled JD in the Minnows class at the local natatorium for the past couple of weeks. He definitely learned a few new skills and is a lot more confident in the water.

We figured out also that JD is a fast learner and gets bored really fast in group dynamics. So everyone at the pool knew his name by the end of the two weeks because the teenaged teachers were always saying "JD come back here. Don't go over there JD. Pay attention JD." On his skill sheet at the end of the session, it says in the comments section "Listen up bud!" Ha ha! If they only knew that this is the ongoing theme in our household!

The teachers always had JD jump off the side first because they knew that he loved it and would encourage the other kids to do it too.

JD loved jumping in, putting his face in the water and blowing bubbles. Definitely not timid in the water! He learned how to scoop his hands while swimming, kick on his belly and back, how to float on his back (with help) and walk in the water (bobbing).

If the kids were good during class, then they got to go down the water slide at the end. This was definitely JD's favorite part.

I was also really impressed that they taught the kids how to lay in the water in a life jacket. Since we go on boats occasionally with JD (in a life jacket), this could be a life-saving technique.

Baby Meg and I had fun too during class, while we waited for JD to finish. She'll get to swim soon enough!

Although JD is not swim-trained yet, the lessons definitely gave him a deeper love of swimming in the pool and gave him some great skills for us to work on with him. We can't wait for Grandma's pool to be finished soon to try it all out!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Trouble with Two

It is definitely true that the second child doesn't get quite the same undivided attention that the first one gets.

With JD, I had a schedule for everything that he did - eating, sleeping, pooping. And I did everything on schedule for him - monthly pictures, doctor visits, etc. I stressed about making sure that he sat up on schedule, got his teeth on schedule, rolled over on schedule, crawled, cruised, walked on schedule. Because he got all my undivided attention. Poor kid.

Now with Baby Meg, she sleeps when she gets around to it, eats on the road to pick up JD from various activities, poops when she wants to (or doesn't want to as the case may be). And I have already admitted to being terrible on the monthly pictures for my sweet girl. At least we have pictures from each month, just not necessarily posed and pretty. And with all of this lack of attention, we neglected to get her 4 month shots on time. Whoops!

So Miss Meg went in today for her 6 month appointment and her 4 month shots! Oh well. She is doing great by the doctor's assessment - weighs 15 lbs 15 oz (50th percentile). I forgot to have the nurse write down her length so I will have to get that later today, but it was 55th percentile. And her little head is 30th percentile.

Meg gave the doctor lots of her trademark smiles and showed off how strong she is. JD interrupted a few times to tell the doctor about his Dragon Lightning McQueen car. (I think he was trying to distract him from giving his little sister shots.)

Poor Baby Meg did not like the shots (who does?) and cried hysterically for awhile. And she promptly passed out in the car as soon as we got in.

JD was just glad it wasn't his turn! And now we have to come back in 6 weeks for Meg's 6 month shots, since we couldn't get them today too. I'm putting it on the calendar today so I don't forget!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rolling Over and Ready for Spanish Class

This is actually old video from about a month ago, but I came across it and wanted to "remember" when Meg started rolling over (right around 4 months).

Here is her first roll over -

Since I use this blog as kind of a living journal of my life with the kiddos, I also like to remember their little idiosyncrasies.

Meg has been making a sort of trilling noise when she talks or even more, when she cries! She mainly does it when she's REALLY tired and crying, but we all think it is kind of funny. I think she will be a natural when it comes to pronunciation in foreign languages!

Happy Trilling -

Upset/Tired Trilling -

To be honest, I think they are both pretty cute!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just Too Funny

My little girl couldn't get enough laughing today! She chuckled for nearly an hour today at anything and everything.

I finally had to get some video because it was cracking me up! It is a little lengthy, but wait for the surprise ending!

We continued our fun in the Johnny Jump Up, and she continued to just chuckle at herself.

I love hearing her laugh!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Remembering Our Memorial Day

We had a great Memorial Day with our little family!

We started off with some brother/sister playtime in the morning. JD is just fascinated with his "living doll" sister. He wants to poke her eyes or pull & twist her arms and shake her legs because he wants to see what will happen! So far, Meg is still just enraptured with her big brother, but I'm thinking our little girl will be able to defend herself pretty soon!

We went over to our friend Jordan's house around noon for a "Day of the Goat" cookout. Jordan cooked goat over an open fire, as well as some chicken and we had some great tacos! It was fun to visit with everyone and eat some great food!

In the evening, we went to a park near our house where they were holding a Memorial Day event. The Allen Philharmonic was playing some patriotic music for us and they honored all of the men and women in service.

They ended with some fireworks - which JD loved!

What a great memory!!