Saturday, August 28, 2010

More Funnies

Because I want to remember and you may need a laugh............. **We have been going through a hitting stage with William for a while now. This is not a stage that we went through with Isabel and I have to admit that I am at a loss for how to make it stop. Yes, we have tried sternly saying NO HITTING, immediate time outs, etc but nothing is working. Josh was told by someone who has been working with preschoolers for years that the best way to stop a toddler from hitting is to get someone to hit them back. Josh was all for it but I have been a little hesitant. We are going to teach him to stop hitting by hitting? Anyway, one day last week Will hit Isabel and Josh told Isabel to hit him back. Isabel: But I don't want to Josh: Why not? Isabel: It isn't nice to hit Josh: I know and normally you shouldn't but we are trying to teach Will not to hit so you can right now Isabel: I still don't want to Josh (getting a little frustrated): Why not? Isabel: Because daddy, God doesn't want us to hit! I just looked at Josh and laughed. I think we'll try to find another option (and if you have any suggestions I would LOVE them) **Will still repeats a lot of what we say which usually makes us laugh Jenn: Come here baby boy Will: Otay baby mommy **We have figured out recently that Isabel believes that the people she sees on TV live in the TV. We have had many humorous conversations with her about this idea but my favorite was when Josh went to the Titans first game. I turned the game on the TV and explained to Isabel and Will that daddy was at that game. Of course both started looking for him and Isabel was sure she found him. I couldn't stop laughing when they both just started talking to him on the TV like he could hear them. The next day Josh was talking to Isabel about being at the game. Josh: Did you see me at the football game on TV? Isabel: Yeah. How did you get in there? Was there a door in the TV or something??

**Will has been telling me when he has a dirty diaper for a while now but now he is also telling me when he pees (kind of). When he pees in his diaper this is our conversation:

Will: I poo poo mommy. change me Jenn after checking and realizing that his diaper is not dirty: no, you didn't go poo poo Will: I pee pee!! This is our conversation if he actually has a dirty diaper: Jenn: Shoo wee Will! You went poo poo. I need to change you Will: No, me pee pee. No change me mommy!

**After having lunch with Matt, Lauren and Avery today, I told Isabel that Aunt La La had another baby in her tummy. Isabel was very excited and then asked, "what happens if the baby goes pee pee while it is in Aunt La La's belly?" Really? That is her first question?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bowling Anyone?

For some reason, Josh has really been wanting to take the kids bowling. I, however, wasn't so sure how much fun bowling would be for a 3 year old and a 1 year old. This Saturday, Josh won and we took the kids bowling. I have to admit that it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.
Will's first turn

he immediately started running after the ball...FOUL!

Isabel was very proud that she could actually hold the ball herself Isabel was more aware of how many pins she actually knocked down and would get mad if she didn't get them all. I had to explain that it is really hard to knock them down so she just need to try to get as many as she could
Bowling is fun!
They loved the chairs too
Will's favorite part was the ball return. It was like Christmas morning for him every time his ball appeared again.
After about 30 minutes Will was done bowling and wanted a snack (have I mentioned lately that this kid would eat 24/7 if I let him? What will it be like when he is a teenager??)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Will's first day of school

William was finally fever free and able to start school this week. When we dropped him off on the first day there were a few tears....from him and me. Luckily Josh's office is not far away so I was able to run there and have a good cry. I was actually still in his office trying to calm down when I got a call saying that Will had already stopped crying and was fine. That definitely helped. The rest of his first day was ok. They said he didn't cry much but wasn't very happy either. His 2nd day at school was better though. He still cried a little but was much happier overall. He went right to sleep on his cot and took a decent nap. He slept almost 2 hours but since he usually sleeps about 3 at home he was still fussy Thursday night and went to sleep early. Will painted an octopus on Thursday and was so excited about it. He kept saying, "ocpus mommy, I paint dat." His teacher also commented that he talked a lot and was impressed that he talks in sentences sometimes. I think some of the kids in his class are younger so I'm sure she is thankful for an older child that can at least communicate a little!
When I told Will that I wanted to take his picture, he immediately ran to the stairs where I had taken Isabel's picture on her first day. He kept saying "my turn!"
My aunt gave Will his backpack a while ago and I have been so excited about using it. Will loves it since he is into firetrucks right now. My mom just got him his lunch box. He loves it too but calls it his "red pack pack." He refuses to believe it is called a lunch box. whatever...
Of course Isabel wanted her picture taken too. How obvious is it that they are both saying "cheese" instead of actually smiling? At least they are both looking at the camera
I know preschool is good for Will and that each day will get better. I'm sure he will be begging to go like his sister in no time. I have to say that I think I will enjoy my child free days too. It is amazing how much cleaning I was able to get done without 2 "helpers" destroying the room I'm not cleaning. Plus Josh and I got to have a date lunch on Thursday at a restaurant we never want to take our kids to! I think I can get used to this for 2 days a week!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Isabel's first day of school

Last Thursday was Isabel's first day back to school. It was supposed to be Will's first day too but he woke up early that morning with a fever so no school for him. After a few tears that Will couldn't go with her, Isabel was once again extremely excited to go to school. She has been begging to go for weeks! She has a new teacher this year that she loves and a few kids in her class that she already knew. Of course she didn't take a nap (why she takes great naps every day at home but never takes a nap at school I will never understand) but she had a great day and is already ready to go back. Maybe by then I'll be ready for Will to go too. I promise I didn't fake the fever! :)
She didn't want anything in her hair because she said "I look like a princess with my hair down like this, mommy"
It is so hard to believe how big she is getting. In two short years I'll be sending my baby off to Kindergarten! I have decided not to think about that for a while though!

Who's ready for some football???

After so many days of 100 degree temps, I am more than ready for fall weather and FOOTBALL! Thanks to some clothes from my friend Kim, Will is ready to cheer ROLL TIDE too!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Three and a Half

Isabel and I were talking the other day about how big she is getting and I realized that she is officially 3 and a HALF! I felt like that deserved a blog post (mainly b/c I love going back to ready these when they get older).
I have to say that I completely disagree with all those parents who told me that 3 is harder than 2. Now, there were a lot of changes in Isabel's world when she was 2 so that may have had something to do with it but regardless, I feel like 3 is just a good age for us. The tantrums are much less often now and usually when she stops crying she is quick to hug me and tell me that she is sorry. I think it helps to see Will throw tantrums. She hates it when he cries and tells me all the time that she has to show him the right way to act since she is the big sister!! Now if she gets mad, she will announce that she is mad, go sit away from everyone and pout for a few minutes and then come back and announce again that she was mad but isn't anymore. It is actually pretty funny but I try not to laugh at her! :)
Isabel is getting more independent by the day. She wants to do EVERYTHING herself. For two days now she has actually gone to sleep for her nap by herself. She turns on her music and sound machine, gets in her bed, covers herself up and is out! I don't know if it will continue but I'm loving it! The only bad part of this desire for independence is that most of her frustrations and "mad time outs" comes when she can't do something by herself that she wants to be able to do. Well, that or her brother.
Isabel is a great big sister. She loves Will so much! It amazes me that she wants to have him near her, playing with her all the time but then they can fight so hard! I guess that is just the way it is with siblings. I love hearing her explain things to him, encourage him or give him instructions. She tells me all the time that he is still a baby and she has lots to teach him. Will repeats everything she says and wants to be just like her!
I'm sure it is not a shock to anyone that knows her but Isabel is still quite the talker. Seriously, the kid never stops talking, unless of course she is singing. She is the slowest eater ever but the main problem is that we can't get her to stop talking long enough to eat. What she says is often entertaining and hilarious though! I need to do another post about the things she says soon!
The other big thing with this age is that some of her fears are finally going away. Not all loud noises (lawn mower, weed eater, vacuum) are terrifying. She can actually get near a dog, horse or other animal without crying as long as she doesn't have to touch it! It seems like every day there is something new that she informs me that she is no longer afraid of (and also explains to Will why he should not be afraid...whether he ever was or not!)
Overall I am loving this age with my little girl. She is definitely a little girl now and sometimes it makes me sad. I'm proud of who she is becoming though. She starts school again next week. She is so excited about it and I'm excited too but I will miss my time with my precious little girl. She is growing up way too fast.