Sunday, December 12, 2010

Normal or Extreme...

This is the question I ask myself when I watch Jack move, jump, run, hop, kick, and tumble through his day.  It seems that the last few weeks, he's been more active than usual and I have some examples to share, and just keep in mind that he's 2 1/2 years old:

 Scaling the 20 foot tall bouncy ladder at Katie's birthday party...
 He wanted me to turn on the tv so he could watch a moooooveeeee, PLEASE!  I told him the remote was above the tv and I wasn't going to go get it.  He said, "I get it for you!".  I was on the couch and watched as he climbed over the gate into the tv space.  He turned around to look at me and said, "Mom, don't lay (say) NO!"  I didn't lay no and I continued to watch him just to see if he could do it.  The remotes are always on the built-in cabinet above the tv.  I witness him turn around and face the tv, then lean his body out (as if rock climbing) to see where the remote is.  His hands are patting the cabinet above his head.  He grabs a remote and shows me, but it's the wrong one.  He was not to be stopped, he kept patting and leaning and looking until he got the right one.  Once he had it, he climbed right back over the gate and brought it to me and said, "I watch a moooveeee now?"  How could I say no?
This little escapade was a bit more disturbing and panic-inducing.  I was changing Avery's diaper in the other room and I hear Jack say, "Mom, I way up high!"  He often says that when he climbs the stairs or stands in the hallway upstairs so I just commented to him that I heard him.  The next thing I hear him say is, "Mama, heeeelp mee!"  I jumped up to see what he was doing and I find him on the OUTSIDE railing of the stairs at the very highest point, so top left of the picture.  I scrambled up the stairs and pulled him over to the other side and he was no worse for the wear.  I've since purchased some plastic to somehow affix to the lower railing so that he can't get his feet in the railing and climb all the way up from the bottom again.

The last three examples don't have any pictures, but they're still good stories.  He now climbs into the window in his bedroom without any step stool or leverage.  He just jumps up and locks his elbows and then somehow gets his little body up on the window sill.  He thinks it's fun to stand in the window (sometimes naked) and look outside at what's going on.  The window is on the second floor.  We have locking windows, but don't want to run the risk of him flying out because the windows pop out of their frame, so we've now purchased a window guard to keep him from climbing into the windows....I hope.

He climbs up onto his dresser in his room and jumps onto the bed while yelling, "to infinity and beyoooond!"  Avery is closest to the dresser, so unless she moves he has to jump over her to land on the bed and not her head. 

And lastly, during baths the other night he decided to get on his hands and knees and stick his forehead in the water.  He would sit up and laugh at the water running down his face.  I was distracted by Avery and the next thing I know he's upside down and submerged, while doing a somersault in the tub!  He got up rather quickly, sputtered a bit then laughed.  Then he did it again and again!! 

I'm a little desensitized to his craziness, but I often wonder if this is normal boy behavior or if Court's right and he have a future Shaun White (extreme snowboarder) on our hands!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa 2010

This year's Santa picture was a bit more of a success than last year's.  Last week they had their hair cut so we stopped by just to say hello to Santa and talk to him a bit.  He gave them candy canes and asked them what they wanted for Christmas.  They warmed up a bit to him by the end.  I've been talking to them since about next time when we go to see Santa, we'll get our picture taken with him.  Avery didn't like that at all and said, "I don't want to sit on Santa's lap, he's scary!"  We finally negotiated that she could stand next to him.  Jack simply wouldn't discuss it.  When I told him we were going to go see Santa today, his response was, "You have money in your pocket?  I ride on race car?"  All he cared about was the little car he could ride on at the mall!! 

As we approached Santa, Jack grabbed onto my leg with both hands and both legs (I'm holding Avery), so I've got one kid in my arms and they other one is dragging behind me with his face buried in my leg.  I look up and see the photographer watching us.  He leans over to Santa and says, "we've got a couple of shy ones coming right now!"  We went over and said hello and in a matter of about 30 seconds Jack was sitting on Santa's lap rather happily.  Avery stayed true to her word and would not get on his lap for anything.  Santa clearly has done this a time or two because he slid the rocking horse right over and Avery climbed right up.  Phew!!  Disaster averted.  They took some pretty silly shots and many of them were with Avery's tongue hanging out.  This is the best one we got and I think it turned out alright!! 

Much better than the one we took last year!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December Fun!!

We've had a fun weekend and are getting into the holiday spirit. On Friday, we met Cindi, Ian and Miles downtown and rode the carousel and watched another performance by Caspar Babypants. Jack and Avery loved the music and danced right along until they grew bored and Jack tried to climb up onto the stage. We made a hasty exit after that!

Yesterday we went to Katie's birthday party at KidzBounce, a bouncy place nearby. Katie turns 7 on December 24th, but they celebrated her birthday yesterday before the actual date. Jack and Avery were in heaven! Jack didn't want to stop bouncing and climbing and Avery kept running back to the eating area saying, "It's almost cake time!" That's all the girl wanted, cake and frosting!!

There are several videos and some are rather long...

Jack is a monkey and impressed Court and me with his climbing abilities. He never tired out and he never lost his grip or his footing.

Avery did an awesome job climbing, too. She held her own while playing with Katie and kept up with her fairly well.

Jack got tired of climbing through the bouncy toy so he decided to go through it backwards...

And lastly, here is Avery enjoying her chocolate cake. Why use a fork when you can just use your tongue?!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Jack and Avery had last minute haircuts today.  I've been trimming Avery's bangs and trying to keep Jack's hair trimmed, but they were due for real haircuts.  They acted like it was something they do all the time.  They picked out their chairs and promptly played away with the toys in the bucket they were given.  We were in and out of the salon in about 20 minutes.  It was fabulous!  Jack's hair is a bit poofy on the sides so I'll probably fix that one day soon, but otherwise a great job, especially considering how wiggly they were throughout the process.
Enjoying their lollipops from the stylists who cut their hair.
And the balloons they got, too.

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Pre-haircut fun:

Haircut in Process:

Post Cut in a sugar coma:

And playing with Mum while listening to Katy Perry:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010

I posted these pictures without any commentary and then felt like I needed to add a little something to it...We made our annual trek to Keith & Scott's Tree Farm in North Bend.  One of the perks of living out in the sticks is that places like pumpkin patches and tree farms are right down the street!  Auntie Steffie joined us an helped cut the tree down and keep track of Jack and Avery.

In search of our tree
Jack really wanted to get his hands on that saw in Auntie's hand!

Avery is really getting into the Christmas spirit.  When we got home all she could say was, "Merry Christmas, Mama!  I love you, Mama!!  Our tree is so beautiful!" 

Family photo attempt!
Stef took this picture and told Ave to do her "frumple face".  She, of course, did not disappoint!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Snow Videos...

We had such fun in the snow today and tomorrow ought to be as much fun.  We now have at least 12 inches of snow in our yard and the temps are at 24 degrees and dropping.  Tomorrow is a preschool day, but I think we'll hang out at the house and go on a walk in our neighborhood and check out the snow instead. 

Playing in the snow WITH little ones is more fun than playing in the snow was AS a little least I think so.

This is the first moments outside. Avery looks at the road and says, "There's not a road!"

You'll be able to see the videos better if you double click and watch them directly from youtube...

And of course you must catch a snowflake with your tongue!!

Snow tasting!!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Monkey Boy and Avery Frumple Face

Jack will find a way to vault over any obstacle in his way, if for no other reason than to prove to himself that he can do it.  Here he is using his little red car (with wheels, I might add) as a stepping stool to climb over the other gate in the kitchen. 

Avery has a face she makes when she is frustrated or mad and sometimes she makes it in a really exaggerated way.  It's been termed her "frumple face" and I can't help but giggle every time she does it.  She gets a kick out of the laughs she gets and it's also hard for her to stay mad when everyone around her is smiling at her.  Stef, I took this video just for you.  You're the one who loves the frumple face the most!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Say Cheese!

We went to a photo studio to have pictures taken for our Christmas card and we were able to get a copy of the photos on disc, yay!  I love it when that happens.  Those of you on our Christmas distribution list will get a copy of one of these photos and if you're not on our list (didn't get a card from us last year) and want one, let me know!!  I'm not telling which picture it is so you'll just have to guess!

Jack had a good time at the photo shoot, but Avery was very leery of the photographer.  She didn't warm up to him until the very end, so all the pictures of her are rather serious. 

Here are some of the choices :)

 The first photo of the shoot, neither is to sure of the photographer...

When asked to smile, this was Avery's bratty brat :)

 The photographer had a Bert stuffie and was bonking him against one of the light poles.  Jack thought it was hilarious which is why he's cracking up here...

 Peace, Hang Loose and Rock On are common hand gestures in our household.  Sometimes they get all mixed up, but that's what they are doing in this photo.  The photographer said, "Thumbs Up!" to them for cooperating so they started in on all the signs they knew...
 They managed to get the thumbs up sign right eventually!
 I'm so glad they love each other most of the time!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Avery loves babies!!

I visited a high school friend a few days ago. She has a 16 month-old little girl (Katelyn) and a 7 week old baby girl (Jenna). Avery kept asking over and over and over again if she could hold baby Jenna. She finally got the chance. In the video if you listen carefully you can hear Avery say, "that's my mama (pointing to me) and that's Jenna's mama (pointing to Lori)!"

Monkey Boy!

Just the other day, Jack discovered how to climb over one of our gates.  I didn't see him do it the first time, but I caught him in the act the second time.  What's funny is that when he got to the other side, he looked at me and said, "I don't want go in time-out!"  That boy spends enough time in time-outs that he knows what not to do.  Sometimes he just can't help himself.  His impulse control just isn't quite strong enough to keep him from doing all the things he knows he should not do...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat!

This year for Halloween Jack chose to be Woody from Toy Story and Avery wanted to be a witch.  This is the first year that they actually went trick or treating, too.  In year's past, they were either too little or too tired to make it out to go trick or treating.  I thought they might get spooked by all the decorations and by some of the costumes, but they were in awe instead.

On Saturday, we went with my folks and Auntie Steffie to the Halloween Train at the Snoqualmie Train Depot.  What fun!  We got to watch apple cider being made in an old cider press, we got to ride the train and we saw all kinds of other kids in their costumes on the train. 

On Sunday, we headed down to Puyallup once they woke up from their naps so that we could trick or treat with my cousin, Annie, and her three children.  It took Jack and Avery a couple of houses before they caught onto the way things work, then they were running up to the doors with the big kids.  Much to my embarrassment, Claire (Annie's daughter), reported to me that Avery was sticking her hand into the treat bowls for 2nds and 3rds.  We had to have a little talk about only taking one or two pieces of candy at each house. When we got back to Annie's house, it was clear that Avery had extra helpings because her pumpkin weighed about twice as much as Jack's pumpkin.  Jack had more fun looking at all the spooky decorations.  One house had a candy bowl with a talking skull in the middle of it.  Jack stood there with his nose mere inches from the skull trying to figure out how it worked and watching it talk back to him.  At several of the houses, Jack just followed the mass of kids up to the door and watched what was going on and didn't even get a piece of candy.  He was so interested in what was going on around him that he could have cared less about all the goodies he was forgoing!!

 Waiting in a local coffee shop until we were ready to get on the Halloween Train
 On the train!
 Best buds!!
 At Auntie Annie's house getting ready to trick or treat
 Jack was so excited he could hardly contain himself
 Mum with her little ones
 Claire, Avery, Alex, Jack and Miles.  Annie's kids were so good with and tolerant of Jack and Avery.  Avery insisted on holding Claire's hand for most of the trick or treating.

 Off we go to our first house!
Getting tips and tricks from their cousins!
And a short video of the fun...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dress-up at Preschool

Avery and her tongue!
 Jack as a cross dressing firefighter??  Notice the choice of shoes...

 Avery can't have just one of anything, she needs all the necklaces and all the bracelets.

 ....and a fire hat!
And here she is so proud of her creation...with a nice snot trail wiped across her face, sorry.