Thursday, October 30, 2014

Play, Play, Play!

Yesterday the boys and I stayed home. I worked on decluttering a couple of junk drawers and boxes. Decluttering is a colossal time sink and when you are done no one can tell except you (which is why most people never do it), but I'm neurotic enough to do it for my own pleasure. I know I made a difference! Meanwhile Lincoln and Evan enjoyed a day of uninterrupted play.

I decluttered the downstairs toy closet just a little and brought a few items upstairs for Lincoln and Evan to play with. The sunglass bin was one of those items.

At first Evan tried on a few pairs, then he decided they all should go away--up high on the counter was his preference. He wanted them out of his sight. Later in the day he mellowed and tried on a few more pairs. Two year olds are fickle.

Last year when we sorted through five boxes of Legos from Craig's list, we ended up with a small bag of nonLego "treasures." The bag has been sitting in my closet for a year--waiting for what?? Further sorting, of course! L&E and I did that today.

Another toy from downstairs: animal bowling. As the name suggests you set up the animal pins and then bowl them down. Lincoln enjoyed it. Evan opted out.

Evan played with the hats in the front bench. He wore a few different ones and he had great-grandma wear one, too. (Unfortunately the hats are child-size so it wasn't a great fit for her.)

After nap time, Lincoln did two puzzles. He was up for doing more, but I wasn't.

Instead I pulled out yet another item relocated from downstairs! It's a Discovery Toy item called Playful  Patterns. It's a lot like pattern blocks, but different shapes. Lincoln liked it and asked to leave his cards out to show to opa when he came home. 

Evan and I did one puzzle together, then he was distracted by whatever Lincoln was doing. I love this Ravensburger puzzle--see the little holes in the puzzle? You pop out the pieces. The little kids love doing it. So many cool toys! So little time. :-( (So little storage space!)

Opa came home. We had dinner. It was play time again!

Evan wanted opa to get up and do something for him, but opa didn't move so Evan started pushing him. Evan does this to great-grandma, too. If she doesn't move fast enough he prods her! Opa finally obliged him by rolling over which Evan thought was great fun. Lincoln came to join in on the fun.

Finally we pulled out the art cards, the dinosaur cards, and the vehicle tiles. It takes a lot of different activities to fill a half hour with two toddlers! (Fortunately for us, the toddlers are usually happy to play on their own, but sometimes we want to play with them. They are very entertaining.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Work, Work, Work!

Since all our playmates left town, I decided we left here should get a little work done. On Monday L&E and I went outside to get grandma's newspaper and to put away the trikes, bikes and other yard toys on the porch. They were snowed on last week and we put them up there to dry off. Evan was furious with me because I insisted he use his coat hood and he did not like it. He stayed angry almost the entire time we were outside. 

Later that afternoon I removed all the chairs from the dining area so I could clean their felt pads and then mop the floor. I built a tent for the boys to play in. They have been really good buddies so far this week!

On Tuesday I decided we should go to Costco and stock up on a few things. Those few items filled the entire cart! When I got home I found I had duplicated some recent purchases of Kara's. Ah well, food storage is a good thing. While at Costco we checked out some of the toys newly stocked for Christmas. There was an adorable dinosaur I thought would make a good photo op with the boys. Unfortunately, Evan took one look at him and climbed out of the cart!

Lincoln then started jabbering about Pooh Bear. He wanted Pooh Bear he stated. I looked around and saw no bears. He directed me to this item:

I told him it wasn't Pooh, but he insisted it was. Furthermore, he really, really wanted to take him home. I said no. He's too big and we have far too many stuffed animals at home already. He was quite angry with me. 

Even after we got home, he kept bringing Pooh up. Both L&E fell asleep in the van on the way home. It's the first nap Lincoln has taken in over two weeks. (He's good about laying down, he just doesn't sleep.) I let them continue sleeping in the van when we got home and I put all the food away and did some cleaning in the garage.

Work, work, work. There is no lack of it. (Just a lack of time and energy.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Currently this is one of Lincoln's favorite costumes:

When not being Superman, he likes to be:

The older boys have been dressing up, too. It's the Halloween Spirit!  

Evan does not dressing up, not even in a cape. Two year olds can be difficult at Halloween time. We will see how it goes on Friday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Adventure Begins

After Bentley, Jake, and Viva left on a plane to go to Las Vegas, the next night (Saturday) Kara and Matt left on a plane to go to Paris to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. (Their anniversary was in August.) Kara was not excited to have two long plane flights ahead of her: six hours to Chicago, eight hours in Chicago, then eight hours to Paris. They sent this photo from Chicago:

Meanwhile Opa and I are in charge of Lincoln and Evan. Yesterday we made it through our first solo day. Things when fairly well--no major breakdowns! Lincoln understood that mommy and daddy had left, but I wasn't sure that Evan understood. The first night Evan wanted to go see mommy at 3AM, so I showed him her empty bed and he took it well. Here's a couple of photos from day one without the parents:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Painting Time

For some reason I thought Evan and Lincoln might enjoy some paint:

They were marginally entertained, but I was forced to concede that they might enjoy it more if they were a little older.  Evan mostly painted his chest (and then screamed).  Lincoln made a number of dots and then smeared all his paint together.  Viva?  She had fun, but was busy trying to protect her territory on the paper from her little brothers.  Alas.  Credit for trying, right?! :)  Luckily we have lots and lots and lots of paper, paint, and brushes - so we'll get to give it another go!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Fabulous Children

We never *quite* got around to birthday pictures of Jake, Viva, and Lincoln.... what can I say?  It's busy, busy busy.  But since we had the cameras out to grab the littlest guy Opa took some pictures of the other three for me.  We would have included Bentley but he is off touring Barrow still.  :)

Here are some of my favorites:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Off They Go!

My oldest three are off on a Vegas adventure!  Grandma Karen turned 60 this month, and they are lucky enough to go spend some time hanging out there with her.  They flew down with a relative of Karen's who was also headed this way, and I heard this morning that they made it!  I hope to hear all about their adventures when they return - but with kids you never know.  Feast or famine for information! :)