After I accidentally said dinner instead of breakfast Jordan said, "That's okay, some people call it dinner. Farmers do."
Sam pretended to be a bird one morning and made a fabulous bird tail by tucking pajama pants into his diaper. He told me, "I need to be naked because I want to be a bird."
Jordan asked to watch blimps for the first time in months. This happened just days after he said the last thing he will ever like is angry birds.
One morning I asked Sam what he wanted to do that day. He responded with, "I want to get a truck and pour concrete."
Sam loves to pretend like he's is something other than Sam. His favorites are a bunny, dragon or dump truck. I know what he's pretending to be at the moment because he will announce each thing he is doing like this, "I a bunny that likes to drink water." "I a dragon that is flying." "I a bird that is sleeping in his nest." One day, while he was pretending to be a dump truck he said, "I a dump truck that's dumping dirt. I a dump truck that is really fast." *he starts running and then falls in the hallway. "I a dump truck that is okay!"
Sam had a rough night of sleep the other night. He woke up at least five times, but those are just the times I heard him and went to calm him down. Each time he woke up he was screaming at Jordan because he thought Jordan took something from him. Each time he woke up it was a different item that made him mad. I wish I could remember them all because they were all kind of funny. The only ones I remember are marshmallows and Woody (from Toy Story). I guess it's funny to have to calm down a screaming kid over marshmallows in the middle of the night. Also, we do not own a Woody toy.
I was putting Sam's shoes on the other day when he started sniffing me and said, "you smell like poison."
I made an awesome car track out of masking tape in our front room today (thanks Pinterest!). My boys loved it, seriously, they played with it all day. Jordan stopped playing for a minute to ask, "Mom, did you find this fun activity online?" I guess all of my fun ideas come from there.
We even added an airport runway.
I was making sandwiches for my boys one afternoon and as I was putting mustard on the sandwich the bottle made a toot sound. Sam gasped and then said, "the mustard is not polite."
This is an old picture that was taken on our video camera. Jordan and Sam got a big kick out of our Christmas tree when we took it apart and put it away. They thought everything about it was funny. Here they are pretending to be Christmas trees.
These are just a few funny things my boys said last week. Since I wasn't keeping track and writing things down these are just the ones that I remember. (Also, I have no idea what to title these posts.)
We were getting ready to go somewhere and I told Jordan it was time to put a coat on. He said, "I don't want to wear a coat. Being cold is my most favorite thing in the whole world."
I've been exercising three times a week at a church in town. There are a bunch of women that all meet together and we do aerobics and strength training. It is fabulous! It's free and my kids happily run around the nursery and stage. There is a little girl that comes with her mom and I think Jordan has a little crush on her. One day I asked her what her name was. She told me Hallie, and Jordan said, "that's a very pretty name!" Later that day we were sitting at our table eating lunch when Jordan said, "I like Hallie, she always knows things about Jesus." I hope he always likes girls like that. I approve!
Sam wakes up every night yelling about something he thinks someone took from him. Seriously, every night. He will scream that someone took his train, or bunny, or blocks. Usually he thinks Jordan took these things from him, and to get him to go back to bed I just have to go in his room and say, "it's okay, I found it." or "we'll look for it in the morning." One night he woke up yelling, "I want my friends!! I want my friends!" I didn't know what friends he was referring to and if I brought him the wrong "friend" that would have ended up being a bigger disaster. So I told him not to worry about it. But he woke up four or five more times that night yelling about his friends. In the morning, Sam was genuinely mad at Benji because according to him, "dad was holding my friends in his hand, and wouldn't give them back." I had to try to explain that it was a dream, but I don't think he believed me.
Jordan is so excited for his birthday and is already planning his party. I bet you can guess that he wants an angry bird party this year. Well, he was explaining that he wants an angry bird party when he turns 5, 6 and 7. I told him that we'll wait and see because he might like something else when he turns 6 and 7. He told me, "no, angry birds are the last thing I will ever like."
I walked into our storage room the other day and found this:
He told me not to be mad because he was "feeding the dog." I guess the flour was dog food. I went and got my camera and took a picture without him seeing the camera because I didn't want him to think this was okay. I think I need to find a better place to store my flour because this isn't the first time my kids have played in it!
Hannah has razor sharp nails that grow at super human speeds. She was scratching her face so much that I had to pull out her newborn mittens again and she started wearing them 24/7. I never took them off. Then one night I forgot to put them on after her bath, and of course she woke up like this:
She thought it was funny.
Also, she's really chubby (and oh, so squishable!)
I gave Hannah a bath the other morning and her hair dried in a crazy curly mess on the top of her head, it looked so cute that I tried doing a little photo shoot with all my kids, but then Jordan told me he forgot how to smile and ended up looking like this in every picture:
Then once we figured out how to smile, this picture happened. And even though it's funny, it wasn't what I was going for.
So I tried to get a picture of just Hannah, but she wasn't too excited about it, this was the closest thing to a smile I could get.
Then Sam told me he wanted to take a picture with Hannah. But he had just eaten a candy cane and couldn't smile because he had it stuck in his teeth and then the photo shoot slowly turned into this:
Neither one of them was into it anymore.
Then I thought, with the cute amount of volume that was in Hannah's hair I needed to put a bow or flower in it. This picture turned out okay, but her shirt was kind of distracting and I didn't really like how it looked with the bow.
So I put her on her tummy, but she just wanted to try and eat the blanket.
And was getting mad that she couldn't lift her head all the way up.
So, Hannah's hair inspired me to take 400 pictures that didn't turn out anything like I wanted them to. Oh well. :)
I was preparing dinner the other night and left the kitchen to change Hannah's diaper. So I was gone for maybe 5 minutes. When I came back in the kitchen Sam showed me the "birthday cake" he made. It was one of those times I couldn't discipline him because I couldn't stop laughing.
Also, check out the little bite mark out of the corner.
So this year I decided to go with a theme for my goals. My theme is appreciation, but I mostly want to focus on appreciating my kids and the time I get to spend with them.
I needed to have some way of tracking this, so I set a goal of reading 3000 books to my kids this year. That averages out to 8 a day or about 250 a month. So far I have loved this goal because when my kids are bored we snuggle up and read a book, or if they want to watch TV we read instead. Even if I don't reach that 3000 mark, it's already been worth it!
Yesterday I had another idea of how I can appreciate my kids and I'm excited to do this one. I am going to write down one funny or cute thing my boys (and eventually Hannah) do everyday. I am pretty good at recording funny things they do, but I'm not consistent and eventually I forget the cute things they say. So every week I'm going to have a blog post titled something like Appreciation Week ___ (add # here), and I will document the funny things they did each day that past week. It might get boring for the reader, but I know I will love it.
I forgot to mention in my last post that I have a magical sleeping baby. Last night was the first night she slept in her ghetto nursery and she slept for NINE hours straight! My boys woke up before she did! Also last night was her fifth night in a row of 6+ hours in a row at night! She has been my easiest baby so far!
Hannah possibly has the weirdest nursery I've ever seen. Since her birth was so expensive (we were basically cash paying patients), we have put off buying her nursery furniture for a little while.
So you see that blue storage bin? That is her dresser right now, all of her clothes are thrown in that. Her blankets are in the basket, she sleeps in a pack-n-play, and that toy storage bin is holding her diapers, wipes, socks, bibs, burp cloths, bows, lotion, etc.
And don't even get me started on the Americana themed wall paper.
BUT her basic needs are being met, and she lives in a home where she is loved and adored, so this supports my theory that babies aren't as expensive as everyone tells you. She is expensive, don't get me wrong, but I didn't need to spend thousands of extra dollars on stuff. Just her.
And just look at her, she's perfectly content in her ghetto nursery.
And besides, I like to think that she won't be high maintenance when she's older. ;)
Notice all of the baby girl gift bags under the tree? They were the only ones I had and I was SO sick of wrapping presents.
We first start out the morning with breakfast. It's the same breakfast I've eaten on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. It's creamed eggs over rolls with little smokies and juice, and even the smell of this breakfast brings back happy good memories. It's one tradition I had to pass on because I love it so much!
Then, to the delight of my children, it was time to open presents! Santa brought Jordan a big present, so he thought he needed to get a few more for Sam to make up for that, but I think Santa over compensated. Sam ended up with a lot of presents.
But neither one of them cared much anyway, after they each opened their first present they were pretty much done anyway. We had to open up the boxes and take a time out from present opening to play for a minute.
Sam loved his underwear from Santa.
When all the presents were opened we went downstairs to look at our stockings. Santa always wrapped EVERYTHING in our stocking when I was little, and I loved it, so Santa does the same thing for my boys. (except it might not happen next year....it's a huge pain in the butt to wrap every little thing and my boys didn't appreciate it! :))
She wasn't too impressed with any of it.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the day. Benji and I made Jordan and Sam's present this year, and we wanted to get a video of them running into their toy room to see it, so while Benji went and got settled we made them sit on the stairs with their eyes closed. I think they look so funny.
Here is their angry bird shooting gallery that they quickly named Pig Town.
Hannah has been super smiley lately. She is especially smiley in the morning or right after a long nap. It's hard to capture pictures because my camera weighs five pounds and I can't hold it to the side of my face while I try to get her to look at me. So these pictures were taken with our video camera. Her chubby cheeks melt my heart!
This is her slightly amused smile.
Okay, she's not smiling in this picture, I just love how she looks in her sleeping bag.
And finally....a video of her smiling, don't mind my loud baby talk voice.
And yes, I click my tongue at my baby like she's a puppy
AND, she does roll off a pillow in this video, but as you will see she's just fine after I prop her back up.