Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Showers Bring Mud Puddles!

We have been loving the warm(ish) weather lately!  It has definitely kept us busy...which explains my hiatus from the blog yet again.  I also picked up another small job on campus and we filled in as houseparents today so lots going on around here!  Oh, and did I mention the fact that we aren't getting any sleep thanks to a certain 2 year old?  :)  This post is super random, so bear with me.









Clown face.












So even though Ike spends most of the night sleeping on the floor beside our bed (don't worry, I did at least put a blanket down for him!), it's hard to be upset with his crazy antics.  The other day he brought me a tiny snickers bar to unwrap for him-at 1 a.m.!!!!  Turns out he had woken up and busted into our candy supply.  Unfortunately he did eat about 10 pieces of chocolate before that snickers thwarted his efforts.  And he was up until 4 with that sugar rush.  Ahhhhhhhh.  If you see me around and I am looking like a zombie, now you know why!  Of course he has also become impossibly hard to manage in the last couple of weeks (probably due to his lack of sleep).  He really enjoys sprinting away from me and pretending he can't hear anything I say, which is a fantastic combination!  Really cool Ike.

Dave started soccer this week and is so excited about it.  Josh went out and bought him a ball to practice at home.  And Dave slept with it that night!







This picture may have been staged.  But he really did sleep with it!









At practice.  It was a little chilly.












Ike has loved being outside, and he has taken advantage of any rain by playing in the mud puddles that it leaves behind.






Here is a video of him in action.













Posing with some pretty tulips.









Dave had a couple of kids over to play outside the other day.  I just loved that Dave and Kyson were outside in their super hero costumes.  And that spiderman is up in the tree.  :)   Kyson's sister Emma (they are our neighbors) is in the truck.





Love our neighborhood!




Playing horsey.








Chatting before bed.









Ike has really upped his conversation skills lately.  He is so much fun to talk to.  I took some videos of him yesterday, so here is one that I thought was cute.  In other news, Dave and Josh finally were able to get their Wii U the other day and have been loving it.  Dave's first soccer game is next Saturday so I am looking forward to that-I am sure I will have lots of pictures to share!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brotherly Love, Easter, Muncie Children's Museum

We have kept pretty busy this past week.  Gamma came to visit two weekends ago, Josh had a duty weekend over Easter, and it's spring break this week!  Here's what's been going on!






Cooperating for a picture?  They must want something...








Last week we converted Ike's crib to a bed.  He had been climbing out several times a night so we thought it was time to make the move.  Ugh, to say it's not going well would be a huge understatement.  Last night was better though (only got up a couple times), so I am hoping there is an end in sight!






#thebowyersaresleepdeprived










Ike hunting Easter eggs with some campus families.













I told Dave to smile for me and he struck this pose...fierce.







This morning we had a torrential downpour, so I took the kids to Muncie to visit the children's museum.  We love going here, and at $4/person with a coupon you can't beat it!  We took Dave's friend Alec along with us which really helped keep Dave entertained!






Ike sat on this tractor for at least 30 minutes while we were there.





Playing in the music section.  Here's a video of them cooking in the kitchen. 




Ike rocking the drums.  Video of him playing.





Reading with Grandma D before bed.










Ike's first movie!  We saw Home with Gamma.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friends and Good Weather

We have really enjoyed the warming weather the past couple of weeks!  Well, minus that freak snow storm that happened on Monday...that better be the last of it!!  The kids have been playing outside and burning lots of energy which leads to better sleeping at night, which I always appreciate.  :)









Playing outside with dad.

















Dave trying to avoid getting hit by a snowball.










I watched some of the neighborhood fellas one morning while Dave was at school.  So cute!












Bennett and Ike enjoying some sunshine at the park.






Alec and Ike swinging-don't know what Dave was up to!








I think we are all finally getting over the latest round of stomach flu-ugh!  At least it was quick this time.  In other news, Ike has learned to climb out of his crib.  Not a very fun development for us!  The kids are gearing up for Gamma to get here tomorrow-Josh and I are taking some students to the Lecrae concert in Marion on Friday.  So excited!  And then we are running walking a 5k on Saturday.  It's supposed to be a balmy 20 degrees so really looking forward to that, haha!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spending some time with Brooklyn and Sophie

Since Britt came back to Indiana to work for a few days, we got to spend some extra time with the Smith girls!  The boys loved having some of their cousins up here to play!






Love the smiles!

















Dave was such a good help with Brooklyn.


















We had lots of dress-up in old Halloween costumes.

















Dave had to hold Brooklyn all the time.







I don't think Brook was too impressed with Ike holding her!






We went to Logansport to celebrate Grandma Bertie's 85th (!!!) birthday.





Such a happy baby!









Finally, our family would really appreciate prayers for Josh's cousin Jordon.  He was injured while dealing with farm fertilizer and is currently in a burn unit in a hospital Fort Wayne.  He seems to be improving (off of the ventilator), so that has been really encouraging, but he has a long road to recovery.  Thanks!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Florida with the Smiths

Josh's sister and her family have relocated to Florida (at least for now), so we were so pumped to get to see them while we were visiting!  We got together a couple of times and the kids had so much fun playing with their cousins that they hadn't seen in several months.

The plan on Sunday was to have a picnic at the jetties and then go out to the beach, but it was crazy crowded (Sunday was the nicest weather we had all week), so we changed it up and went to a park instead.







Josh, Grandma Mary, and Brooklyn.

















All the kids-notice Brooklyn being propped up at the end of the table.  :)





Grandma Mary and Zac.







Zac loved having his picture taken.
















Playing monster and some kind of jail game at the park.







After lunch and some playing, we decided to brave the crowds at the beach.  It had thinned out a lot, so we got a good spot and the kids got to play in the sand.






Caleb being buried.






Not sure what this move is.  He does it all the time.














Dave was so excited to see his newest cousin!





Playing outside til past dark.









When we came back to Indiana, we brought Sophie along because Britt is working a couple of days up here.  The kids had a blast in the car ride (well, for the most part!) and then we spent the weekend in Evansville.






Josh captured the beginning of the trip...then 15 hours later.  Getting a little grumpy!












Now we have Sophie and Brooklyn visiting with Josh's parents until the weekend, so the boys are really excited to see a couple of the cousins for a little bit longer.  We are certainly missing Florida weather-we came home to about 8 inches of snow!!  Wishing for spring  :)







Josh made this montage via Instagram-here the kids are at the beach.  This is from Monday when we went to Anna Maria Island.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Florida 2015

We are back in Indiana and already missing the warm weather down in the sunshine state!  We had such a fun week of relaxation-we don't typically do much while there and it is so nice to just hang out with family and enjoy some warm weather in the middle of winter.  On this trip, we got to see Josh's sister and her kiddos, but I will devote another post to all of that!







The kids and I ate the grove-had to go get some of their ice cream, it's a tradition!






Ike loved being driven around in the three-wheeler!
















Ike at the community pool. While we were there, Dave learned to swim!!!  Here is a video  :)















Playing at the beach by the jetties.  





Dave went  golfing with grandpa Dave and Josh.





Family selfie on our last day!

 The kids did really great on the way down-Grandma D (Josh's mom) rode down with us and provided entertainment-mostly in the form of intense storytelling with Dave.  Josh and I passed the time by binge-listening to podcasts all the way there and back.  It was great to see Josh's grandparents (and eat all the delicious food they cook up for us!) and awesome to see the sun for several days in a row!!  The weather was pretty great the first several days, then got a little cloudy towards the end, but we were outside most of the time regardless of the weather.  As I noted above, Dave learned to swim and Ike glued his eyelashes shut with superglue.  Quite a memorable trip!  Don't worry, Ike is fine, just a little dried superglue left in his lashes...

Already looking forward to next year in Florida-a huge thank you to Grandma Mary and Grandpa Dave for putting up with us every year!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day

Well, we had a super busy Valentine's Day weekend!  Josh was on duty for the weekend, so he and I went out to dinner on Thursday (a big thanks to his parents for watching the boys!) and then it was a whirlwind from there.  The kids and I decided late in the week that we would go visit with my dad and Kyra in Indy since they were going to be in town at my stepbrother Rob's house.  It was really nice to see everybody and the kids always love hanging out with their cousin Liam!





Opening up their valentines.  Love Ike's face!















Dave got Lego blind bags from Gamma.  Here's a video.











With Bumblebee at the Indy Children's Museum.

















Dave always talks someone into putting him on shoulders...





Playing music at the awesome China exhibit.




Ike and Papa Charlie checking out the dinosaurs.







Josh celebrated his 32nd (!!!!) birthday since my last post.






Somebody is turning into a huge IU basketball fan.  He is constantly trying to stay up late to watch games with me.  :)





Josh and Ike doing a little car maintenance.







Ike walked in with this get-up the other day.  Pajamas, a blower, and a helmet.  He is ready to take on the world!











In other news, Dave has turned into a surly teenager the past couple of weeks.  He has told me on multiple occasions that I need to stop being mean to him (this was in reference to me asking him to put on jeans and not sweatpants for church) and he loves telling me, "Mom, you are just trying to make me upset!!".  Eek.  The next 15 years should be interesting, haha.  Ike on the other hand has begun throwing huge tantrums (like the one today at Aldi when I wouldn't let him eat cheese puffs) and will not quit saying, "poopbutt".  What is going on with these boys!?!  I am thinking we all just need a vacation...heading to Florida on Thursday and it can't come soon enough!