Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Summer Picnic

The sweet days of summer are dwindling quickly. I do love the coziness that Autumn brings; Apple cider & fresh donuts from Schutts, cardigan sweaters and sweatpants, getting warm by a backyard fire on a cool evening, and the pretty Fall colors. But it also brings winter. No need to expand on that! I'm not ready for Summer to be over. I have yet to spend the day at the beach. Still haven't had my fill of going out for ice cream. I'm barely even tan!

With the promise of Fall right around the corner, I am trying to soak up every last bit of Summer while it is still here.

Today is just beautiful! After Sam's morning nap, I packed up our picnic basket, grabbed my favorite quilt and took the boys down to our go to park for a picnic lunch!

Will wanted to go play right away, but I was making him eat first. He was none to happy about it.

While Will was pouting, Sam was more than ready to start eating. After prying Will's PB&J out of his fingers, twice, he quickly chowed down his carrots!

After some hemming and hawing, and thankfully NOT crying, Will ate up all his lunch, and was happy to go play!


The busyness of the morning playground rush had calmed, but there was still a group of about 8 neighborhood kids hanging about, a bit older then the typical preschool age. Something that always makes me a little cautious at first. For the most part the playground is pretty trouble free, although there have been some moments of tension, always brought on by a older crowd. These kids were good though. While we ate, we (and by that I mean I) watched them sing and dance to Michael Jackson songs, while standing on the edge of the sandbox. It was pretty entertaining! It made me realize that I am glad to have my children exposed to other cultures at a young age, and not be wary of someone simply based on their race. (Now, I'm not saying that I approve of my kids being exposed to anything Michael Jackson. That is besides the point.)

The kids eventually started up a game of hide & seek; Will's favorite game! He decided that he wanted to play too. Only problem was that they didn't know that. Will was hiding and running around thinking he was getting chased. It was so stinkin' cute!

I will leave you with this picture, taken by the talented William Dean Eaton III. His best picture yet (quality wise) and I had to go and pick carrot out of my teeth. Sheesh!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Behind the Camera

While trying to catch some decent pictures of Sam for his monthly update, Will was being a cutie behind the camera.

He'd found an old cassette tape of mine, and thought it was a camera. So, as I was trying to keep Sam from rolling over and keep his hands out of his mouth without it resulting in him crying, Will was having his own photo shoot! "Mom, Cheeeeese!"

I sure am glad it wasn't a real camera or else he would have gotten some pretty goofy pictures of me trying to get Sam to smile!

I gave Sam a little break from having to be still (the poor guy), and Will got a turn to be photographed. He was ready and willing to make some silly faces for me; Dirty face and all!

Will is such a good big brother. Sam loves watching Will and LOVES to play with him.

As Will would say, "Oosh!"

I was having trouble getting Sam to smile for me. Will was off playing with his ball and hockey stick, having tired of the "camera". I asked him to come over and help make Sam smile. He didn't seem to happy about that idea. I told him if he helped me that I would give him a cookie. Now, Dean seems to think that that is bribing. I like to think of it more like paying him for his services. Anyways, it worked. Will came running over and started jumping up and down saying, "Peek a boo! 'Mile baby Ham! 'Mile!" It was hysterical. Sam was being a real stinker though, and would not give us a smile. After awhile Will was pretty much yelling at Sam to 'mile so he could get his cookie. Sam never did really smile, but Will had given it his all and definitely earned his cookie!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Sam is 8 months now; This past month just flew by!

He has been sitting with no assistance for a couple weeks now, and gets up on his hands and knees rocking back and forth. It's so funny watching him scooch, roll and get stuck under the couch and tables, and then make this face when he can't get out...

Although the portions are a bit smaller, he still loves to eat just as much as his big brother did at this age. He is now eating 3 meals a day (and still nursing), and so far has eaten anything I give him. He has had: Carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green beans, zucchini, avocado, egg yolk, banana's, apples, pears and (homemade) yogurt. 

He is still very much a mama's boy. Whenever someone comes to talk to him he'll look around with a worried look to make sure I'm still there. He loves to snuggle with mommy and play with his big brother. He has become quite vocal lately, and very screechy. His daddy loves that. Still no teeth, but with all the biting he has been doing lately I am perfectly fine with that!