Monday, October 20, 2014

Siblings

There is nothing better than watching the relationship between siblings unfold.  The love between the two is so wonderful.  Hannah and Evan are best friends and I love to watch them interact.
 Hannah is the best big sister and takes great care of Evan.  She hardly ever gets frustrated or upset with him and believe me there are plenty of reasons for her to get upset.  He pushes her buttons and can get a little rough with her and she has never "lost it" or hit him back.  She has never gotten jealous if he gets more attention.  They both share things wonderfully.  If Evan gets a snack he always asks for one for Hannah too and he will bring it to her and Hannah always shares everything with him.  I know we are very lucky right now and I am not expecting this to last forever, but I will take it while I can:).

I am curious to see how baby #3 will change the dynamics.  Hannah is so excited to start taking care of the baby and she truly will be a big help.  She found the boppy pillow the other day and saud "Mama you can use this to milk the baby, that's what you used to do with me and Evan". Ha!
Evan has no idea what is about to happen, but I suspect that he might not be too jealous right away, because he will realize very quickly that a new baby in the house will mean more "unsupervised" moments for him.  He always realizes right away when nobody is watching him for 2 seconds and he goes off and does something he is not supposed to do.  So, I think he will enjoy those moments when I will have to care for the baby and he will run and stuff an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet (like he did this morning) or get the eggs out and start cracking them (like he did two days ago) or dump a box of cereal out on the floor (like he did last week) or get BBQ sauce out and start squeezing it into a pot (like he did yesterday)........you get the idea here:)
Cracking the eggs



They both love to make each other laugh. When Evan makes Hannah laugh he will repeat the thing he was doing/saying over and over, because he really likes to hear her laugh.  Hannah loves to tell "knock knock" jokes in the car (she doesn't really understand them and just makes stuff up), so now Evan started saying "knock knock" in the car.  His favorite one (and Hannah just cracks up every time) is when he says "knock knock", Hannah says "who's there", Evan's response is "Ei", which is egg in German and then after Hannah asks "Ei who" he says "daddy".
I hope that these two (soon three) will always have respect for each other and will always have each others back.  These two keep me busy all day and I wouldn't want to change a thing about it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The New House

As if we didn't have enough going on in our lives, we decided to build again.  A little peace and quiet would be too boring for us, instead we will welcome another baby in the next month and are building a new house (I guess we just keep building a new house for each baby.ha).  We love our current house and the location, but the opportunity came up to buy another lot in the same area, so we took it (doesn't everybody do that).  I have had people ask me if my husband is a builder......he may as well:).  We will only be a few blocks from where we are now and we will still be able to walk to the square, the museum, parks and trails, which is what we love about our current location.  I was not completely sold on the idea of building another house so soon, because it is a lot of work and I haven't been feeling well with this pregnancy and because we love our current house, but now I am excited too.

The new lot before it was cleared
Working on the foundation

The storm shelter is going up next and then framing is going to start in the next few weeks, which is the most exciting part.  I love looking back at these pictures and seeing the progress on the house.  So fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hannah Banana

It is time to write a little update on Hannah.  She has been in Kindergarten for 2 months already and is doing so well.  I am amazed at all of the things she is already learning and she always wants to practice reading and writing at home, but she doesn't really like it when I try to teach her things.  I hear "I know Mama", "I can do that myself" and "Don't show me that" a lot when trying to help her.  Hannah got to eat lunch with her teacher in the classroom today and she was so excited about that.  She got to pink (the highest) on her clip chart five times and eating lunch with the teacher is the reward.  I love that idea!  Her teacher has been absolutely wonderful.
Hannah started tennis a few weeks ago.  I used to play a lot of tennis and I thought it would be fun for her to try.  I signed her up and told her and her response was "What is tennis?". Ha!  After her first lesson she said that it is harder than it looks.  We are trying to practice some at home and she is getting better.  I hope she will stick with it and will learn to enjoy the sport.
Hannah has done a lot of swimming this summer.  She is a little fish and is doing so well in the pool.
We did a little s'mores and night swimming one evening before school started.  Hannah really enjoyed swimming in the dark with the lights on in the pool.  I think this would be something fun to do every year before school starts!

Of course Evan enjoyed it too!
Hannah is the best big sister and takes great care of Evan.  She is very loving and nurturing to him.  Sometimes she helps him to get in trouble, but most of the time she is the voice of reason:).  
This time she helped Evan turn the water on outside and they pushed the water table over there and both got naked and sat in it (I had asked Hannah to keep an eye on Evan while I was unloading the dishwasher and this is what I see when I look out the kitchen window)


Both kids like to get a hot chocolate on a Saturday morning.

She can't wait for the new baby to get here.  Hannah asked Scott a few weeks ago "Why does a baby in your belly make mommy so grumpy?".  Well, 9 months of morning sickness can do that to you.  We are almost there and I am so ready to feel normal again.

I was putting Hannah to bed the other night and laid with her for a while.  I told her that I was going to leave now, because she wasn't even trying to go to sleep.  She said "Mom my eyes are closed can't your respect that?".

I asked Hannah if she can help find Evan's shoes and she said "I would be honored to".

We had one chilly morning and Hannah dressed like it was snowing outside.  By the afternoon she was in a little summer dress again.

She has been singing a song about "swinging" and a "chimney".  It took me a while to realize that she is singing the Sia "Chandelier" song (yes I had to google that right now)  Chandelier or chimney.....same thing:)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Trouble

This little 20 months old boy is trouble.  Can't you tell by this grin on his face? The thing is he is just so funny and cute that it's hard to get upset with him.

Let me count the ways he gets into trouble if you leave him out of your sight for more than 2 seconds.
Trying to get into the fridge
Turning on all the lights (inside and out) in the house

Making sure he can draw at the top of the chalk board
Helping with laundry
Just making messes
Riding the police car by pushing the gas with his hands, because he can't reach it with his foot
I wish the face was all he colored.....thanks to magic eraser we got it off the wall

Finding chocolate for breakfast.  Scott had left a chocolate bar out the night before and he had to leave really early for a meeting the next day.  When Hannah came downstairs she said "Oh oh daddy had chocolate for breakfast.  That is not good".  A few minutes later Evan got a hold of it.
Emptying my spices
Dumping a box of cereal or trying to open the new box with scissors

Then getting two boxes of cereal into his hands and realizing that he can't get down like this
Life never gets boring with this little guy.  I put his blood pressure medication out on the counter yesterday morning and went to get a syringe.  I had to clean one and when I turned around he had opened the medicine bottle and was taking his first sip.  I can't believe he got that bottle open.  Thankfully he only had one little sip.  

He was a lot of help hanging curtain rods in the new babies room.
He kept saying "help" (notice that I took the battery off the drill)
Now he is trying to put the battery back on
I let him push the button once and he was a happy boy
I also believe that I was played by a 20 months old the other day.  We had just pulled into the garage and I got him out of the car, but he wanted to play in it.  I told him not right now, because we had to go pick up Hannah from school.  I was getting my purse and other things out of the passenger seat and he pushed one of his ride on toys down the driveway.  He knows not to do that and knows that I had to run after it, so that it doesn't run into a car coming by.  While I ran after the toy he grins at me and runs towards the car and climbs into the passenger door to play in the car!

He loves the song "Do you wanna build a snowman" from Frozen.  He likes the part where she watches the hours tick by and makes the clicking sound with her tongue.  Now he brings me my phone and makes that sound if he wants to listen to the song.  

My favorite things he says right now are "gotta go" and "okay".  When he says "gotta go" you better make sure all doors are locked or he is off.  It is really funny when he answers your questions with "okay", because he says it to seriously.

He really likes ice cream.  He does a happy dance when I tell him he can have some ice cream.  I asked him the other day if he wanted cereal or an egg for breakfast and his answer was "ice cream". Nice try!

We are so happy that his blood pressure has remained stable.  He has been sick a few times and that always raises his blood pressure, which makes me nervous.  He had hand, foot and mouth disease last week.  Not a fun experience.  

He loves his big sister and gets so excited when it's time to pick her up from school.  The first thing he says in the morning when he wakes up is "Haddah" and goes looking for her.