Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ryan -- 17 Months

Dear Ryan, 
You are my little one, growing up. I like this picture because you can see how long and lean you are becoming. Just like your brother. This month you showed that you can definitely RUN, rather than just walk. You can also wrestle on the bed. 
 You are also an amazing climber and explorer. The things you climb sometimes make my heart stop for a moment, but you've had more successes than falls.
 You love your smoothies. Speaking of food, you very clearly tell us when you are finished eating -- you take ALL of the food in front of you and sweep it into the crack between the table and your clip-on chair, so that the food falls onto the floor.
 And the iPhone, when you can get your hands on it. (Even better if you can nab it and then hide.)
 Sometimes my blackberry is an okay substitute at the moment.

 You worked on your molars this month. That was exhausting for both of us.
You are so clearly going from a baby to a toddler. We love you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Jake received his very first, official homework assignment in February. Since his school was celebrating their 100th anniversary, the assignment was to compile a collection of 100 somethings and display them. 

After much discussion, Jake decided to do 100 paper race cars. We figured this would be easier to carry and better to display than 100 actual matchbox cars. After googling images on the web, we picked 3 different images of race cars -- a set of 3, set of 2, and a single car. We printed them and then cut them out, leaving them in their original groupings of 3, 2, and 1. 

Then we took the posterboard and divided it into 10 'lanes.' Jake had to figure out how to get exactly 10 cars into each lane, then we glued them on and colored the cars in the groupings of 3 and 1.

It was a great project!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

More February

I caught this double rainbow in our backyard one morning. 

 Aunt Jeanie came to visit and help care for the boys.

 Mike and Jake got these shirts from Grandma Vee awhile back; Jake finally fits into his. So cute when they wear them at the same time.
 Ryan insisted on getting into the picture :)

 More snow. This time with a paper airplane.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mama's Hair

I went to a new hairstylist that 2 of my friends just love, and asked for a change. I was so excited, and it turned out to be even better than I could have hoped for.

Before. No color, straight, flat.
 After! 2 colors added, curly, and layered.
 When I first arrived home, Jake said "Your hair is different!" That's how much of a change I had :)
Another picture in the daylight the next morning, so you can really see the color more -- I went darker. 
It's been really fun having new hair!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Early February 2012

 Boys playing.
 We got the slide back out of my parent's garage attic. The boys were delighted and have spent hours playing with it. At first, Ryan could only go down the slide with help, but over the course of the month he figured out how to slide down on his own. Now he can slide on his bottom, his tummy, even head-first.