Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Josh:  I'm going upstairs. I'll be right back.
Will: I want to come with you.
Josh:  No, I'm just going potty
Will:  I want to come.  I help you
Josh:  uhhh no, I don't need any help
Will:  I could wipe you!!

Isabel:  How did Jesus get back up to Heaven?  Did he fly?
Josh:  No, he didn't fly.  He just went back up to Heaven
Isabel:  Oh, like with pixie dust?

Monday, March 21, 2011

2 against the world....or each other

A tale of 2 siblings......

From the moment she first saw him, Isabel has loved William and has loved being a big sister. When Will was a newborn she wanted to hold him, kiss him, and talk to him constantly! My biggest fear was simply that she would smother him with her love.....literally. She never seemed jealous of him and honestly, I don't think she even remembers life without him. This bliss lasted until Will started becoming mobile. Then Isabel was not so sure she liked him getting her toys and then of course putting them in his mouth.

As Will grew up, Isabel loved the role of "big sister" and tried to teach him everything she could! I can easily admit that Isabel was the one who taught Will his ABCs the words to Jesus Loves me and so many other things! However, as with most 2 year olds, she had a hard time learning to really share her toys.

I know their relationship will continue to grow and change as they get older so I wanted to write this post so I could remember what it was like at 2 and 4. They love each other......and fight like CRAZY!! I know it is normal but I'd by lying if I didn't say that it frustrates me faster than almost anything else they do. I feel like I am constantly giving lectures and trying to teach them to share, put the other first, talk nicely to each other, etc but most of the time I feel like no one is listening. The ironic part is that they LOVE to play with each other but after about 3 minutes a fight begins. A fight could start for many reasons. They both want the same toy. Will does not want to play a game where Isabel is the mommy or teacher who tells him what to do for more than about 5 minutes but Isabel wants him to. They also play with toys VERY differently. Isabel plays quietly with her barbies, carefully setting them up in elaborate scenarios. Will wants to play too but he is way more active. Very quickly he has knocked over her barbies with his baseball or is shooting a barbie in his basketball goal. Obviously this does not go over well with my girly girl.

My very favorite fight (please know this is said with extreme sarcasm) is in the car. Both children talk or sing constantly. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating. This leads to constant arguments over who gets to tell me a story first or sing a song without anyone interrupting. Usually this results with both kids talking or singing over each other as loudly as possible. Can't you see why this is my favorite?

Despite their arguments, I am constantly amazed at how much they love each other. If one gets hurt (and the other didn't cause it) the other is quick to stop what they are doing to go give hugs. There have actually been many times when Will was hurt and he only wanted Isabel to hug him and kiss away his boo boo. They make each other laugh so hard and have so much fun being silly together. When they leave each other at school to go to their separate rooms (across the hall from each other) they have to give huge hugs first. When school is over they cannot get to each other fast enough. They also have chapel once a month where all the kids go to the sanctuary. All of the teachers tell me that Isabel and Will are so cute. They quickly try to find each other and must sit by each other. Isabel is still all about teaching Will things. I love how over-protective she can be and how helpful she can be when she wants to.

My favorite part of their relationship right now is watching them in public around other kids or in a slightly uncomfortable situation. They stick together like glue! Without having to say a word to each other, it is like they both know that as long as they are together they can handle anything. Many times I see them holding hands or with their arms around each other. We went to a birthday party last week. It was for one of Isabel's school friends but Will was invited too. It was at a huge play center at a church with places to climb, slide, crawl through tunnels, etc. Will tried hard to keep up with the older kids but of course many times he fell behind. I can't tell you how many times I watched Isabel stop to look around for her little brother. She didn't mind going to help him when he got stuck or couldn't find the way to the slide he wanted to go down. It is at times like this when I realize that even though they fight with each other, they will always support and help each other. I hope that lasts a lifetime for them (and that the fighting stops!!)


Isabel: Will, if I was 80 and didn't have a brother like you, I would freak out!

Will (while playing baseball with Josh): Isabel, you can play ball with us if you want to. We ARE boys but we are not bad guys!

In the car.... Isabel: mommy, can I be a princess?
Will: I be a bad guy!
Isabel: No, you can't be a bad guy!
Will: I wanna be bad guy!!
Isabel: ok fine, you can be a wolf
Will: howls
They both laugh hysterically!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Although it isn't officially Spring, this week has been our spring break. Luckily it was also spring break in Alabama so my mom and Josh's mom were out of school too. Of course that meant we headed to Birmingham for a few days. Again, even though it wasn't officially spring, we still had beautiful weather so we spent a ton of time outside......
My mom had to pick up a few things from school one morning so we let the kids play on the playground. They thought it was great!

Will wanted to swing with me

"why are you taking my picture? I'm trying to slide!"

We also did a lot of playing outside at my mom's house. One of my mom's friends gave her this helmet for Will. He thought he was so cool in it

Josh had to wear it too before he could play baseball....

...or football! :)

We also took a trip to the Birmingham Zoo. Our Nashville zoo passed worked there too so it was free! :)

Will talked the ENTIRE time about seeing "nocereses" (rhinoceroses) and giraffes but then wasn't impressed with either when we finally saw them

Izzy and Will also got to ride the carousel which was a huge hit!

I also got to spend time holding 3 precious newborns while in Birmingham. I saw my friend Dori's little boy again and my friend Angie had her baby while we were there so I went to see her twice! I also have a new niece!!! Ansely Nolan was born on March 2, 2011 and she is adorable!! Unfortunately I did not take a single picture of any of these babies. What is wrong with me? I'm sure we will see them all again soon and I promise to take pictures. The thought of trying to get a picture of all 4 cousins, 4 and under, just makes me laugh! We'll see how that goes!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A perfect Sunday afternoon

We had some great weather on Sunday afternoon between the storms so we had to take advantage of it and play outside. I can't tell you the number of times over the past few months that Isabel has asked when we would be able to swing again. We are so thankful for the spring-like weather so we get a chance to play outside. I'm just ready for it to stay a while!
My little man
I bought Isabel some spring and summer dresses at a consignment sale last week (since every dress from last year has become a mini-dress that daddy does not approve of!). She was so excited and had to wear one to church!
yes, we still have valentine's hearts on our doors. the kids love these window cling stickers and there aren't any Easter ones out yet so I can't take these off
BIG NEWS: Isabel can officially swing herself! Last year she mastered the motions of pumping her legs but wasn't actually successful in making herself go. This year, she is great at it. Instead of hearing, "mommy swing me" every few seconds I am constantly saying, "Isabel, not too high!"
Are you surprised that Will spends most of his time outside going from baseball to basketball to soccer and then back again?
Will did take some time out to slide while Isabel blew some bubbles
Doing a little driving...