Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ah Family



I've been trying to email myself conversations with Levi, because they are oh-so-hilarious. 

Here's a sampling: 

Levi (at 1 a.m., after an upset tummy): Spicy things make me spiced and hot things make me hot.
Tim: What makes you sleepy?
Levi: Stuffed animals. But not snakes or big doggies or kitty cats. 

Tim: Levi, you're my best friend. Who's your best friend?Levi: trucks. 



(Prayers before bed)
Levi: Dear Jesusthank you for trucks
thank you for dinner
thank you for minions
thank you for cars
thank you for daddy
thank you for mommy
thank you for Levi
thank you for sleeps
thank you for jammies
thank you for books
thank you for sheepie

Levi: (throws legos in the air)
Holly: No throwing Levi
Levi: I was making a star!

Levi: (throws piece of paper after crumpling it up)
Holly: Levi, please no throwing. Please get down and pick that up, and go throw it away.
Levi: (holds hands up innocently) I not have anything to throw....!

Levi's favorite activities these days involve drivign his hot wheels cars 9which he gets for using the potty) around and parking them in various places: on the wood stove, on a window frame, in the sugar bowl, etc. He also counts smokestacks. Of trains, boat, tractors or trucks in books, or anything he sees while riding in the car. 

Theo likes to chew on hardcover books these days, since he popped his two bottom teeth out within the past two
weeks. He is also very interested in playing with tiny things - tags, the little antennae on his butterfly toy. he's starting to turn himself around and scoot backwards when on his tummy. I can't say I'm looking forward to the mobility, I like that I can put sit him down with some toys and he doesn't get into anything while I work or do chores!




Levi gets himself into some pickles these days - he's started to try to pick things up from his chair at the table without actually getting down from the chair - resulting in some acrobatics. Once he got stuck upside down with
his head on the floor while he tried to reach a fork.  He also talks to his stuffed animals sometimes - we'll find him reading books to them or just conversing with them, which is adorable :)

We had some fantastic professional photos taken by Randy Litwin a few weeks ago, check out his website if you're in the eastern PA area - he does a really quality job, worked well with our tiny ones, was super easy going, and to be honest has a great philosophy about the price of professional photography. 


















Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tiny ones

We've all got a touch of a head cold these days, so just photos today!
















Monday, February 3, 2014

Hilarity amongst the mess








So while friends were over Saturday afternoon, we were having pasta with meatballs for lunch. Levi, predictably, couldn't manage to keep his little bowl on the table. Right after Matt noticed that it might fall,
splat. hit the floor, with a good dose of marinara sauce on the fabric-covered seat on the way down. So after Levi picked up all the pasta and meat, helped me wipes off the floor, and i scrubbed as much sauce as I could get out of the chair, Levi climbed back up. As I walked back to the table after putting the disinfectant spray away, Theo, who was lounging in Tim's lap, leans over and yukes all over the floor. And then Levi climbs down from his seat, because he was done, and left a big red pasta sauce hand print on the fabric that I'd just scrubbed. And while I love having two tiny boys, sometimes there just isn't enough soap.


Theo is working on starting to pronounce some consonants like baba or mama - he's pretty good at trying to mimic us. When he's not drowning in drool, that is. He's taken to sucking on his bottom lip....not sure why, but it's pretty adorable. He's also almost at the point where he can scoot backwards a bit - his daycare teacher was trying to get him to try going forward today. I told her to stop, he's only six months old, I need a couple more months of no movement before I have two precocious children climbing the walls :) He also had his first taste of cereal this past week, as he is six months old today. He LOVED the spoon...and managed to dribble 95 percent of the cereal back out of his mouth, of course. But he was ecstatic about finally being allowed to grab something that looked like it had to do with eating - he's been reaching for our water glasses, utensils, plates, napkins, placemats, and table plant, for weeks now! We're going to try with him tilting back a bit in his bouncy seat next and see if we can get him to swallow any of it, ha.




Levi is proving to be very imaginative, which often ensues hilarity. Some recent conversations:



Levi: Mommy, see you later!

Me: Where are you headed?

Levi: To the office!

Me: Oh - what are you going to do at the office?

Levi: Eat pickles!



Talking with Daddy after Levi slipped and bonked his head on the floor:

Tim: Careful with your head, buddy, it's the only one you have.
Levi: I want another head.
Tim: You want a second head?
Levi: I want to take this one off and put on a different one.
Tim: But i like this one.
Levi: This one hurts. (so matter-of-fact about it, too)


When looking up at the globe we have sitting on a shelf in our living room:

Levi: a ball!

Me: That's right, do you know what shape that is?

Levi: A wrecking ball!


There are dozens more. He likes to pretend to be a racecar, which first involves collecting random items from around downstairs and "stowing" them on Theo's playmat. then he sits next to Theo crouched under the arches of the playmat and makes noises like he's careening around curves and coming to a dangerous stop, while launching himself left and right and sometimes overturning the playmat and/or letting piles of random things fall on Theo....


He's also getting quite good at remembering words from books - we often leave blank spots and he fills in the right details. Recent favorites include the Little Blue Truck, The Very Busy Spider, and Frog and Toad are Friends.















Sunday, January 5, 2014

We had a lovely holiday season - a trip up to Tim's parent's house, freezing cold New Hampshire temperatures, and some fun times with family. The road trips were a bit grueling, but Tim's a trooper and drove late into the night/early morning each way. Theo - not so much of a trooper, but hey, I wouldn't want to sit in a carseat for hours on end either. We had some fun making ginger bread houses, cooking with Nannan, and playing endlessly with cousins. We went candle-pin bowling, a New England-specialty, and Levi had the time of his life :)

We spent New Year's as per our usual practice - in a nest of blanket's and pillows on the living room floor next to the wood stove, watching movies. We rented Turbo for Levi, who was hilariously named Theo, so now we call baby Theo Turbo occasionally :) We had delicious sushi made by Tim, and yep, I went to bed at 10 p.m. :)

Theo's becoming more engaging - he can hold grip toys and manipulate them into his mouth, and loves to hit and kick anything he can figure out how to reach. Or play with noisy things - I gave him a bag of ritz crackers that was mostly empty all rolled up and clipped, and he went to town on it the other night. He likes to play with his friends at school or church during tummy time - chatting and drooling together :)

Levi is starting to connect language he's heard elsewhere with new situations. He started saying "because" when he asks him why he is doing something, ha. he likes to give Theo toys....but he also likes to boss Theo around and tell him which toys to play with when. Ah being the eldest. He got some trucks and airplanes for Christmas that have little screws in them that he can take apart and put back together by himself - LOVES them. He also has at least two dozen new (or used) books from gifts. Two of them he has memorized already (Little Blue Truck and a Chuggington trains book).

And now for the pictures!