Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fun with Water (and corn)

This week we haven't done much other than pick corn and play outside (when the weather was cooperating!).  Not the most exciting week, but we sure had fun  :)

Ike "helping" pick some corn.  Stacey and I (with help from Divana) picked over 300 ears!

Shucked and ready for us to put up!

I know that I am sure sick of seeing corn!  We decided that we would not make very good pioneer women, but it will be nice to have in the cold winter months.  And it was free, so that always works for me!

We had a huge thunderstorm Thursday night, which of course kept Dave up most of the night.  The upside was it created an awesome puddle in our front yard that the kids had a blast playing in.

Dave looking a little crazy with the hose.

Ike up close and personal-he kept wanting to sit on my lap after he was soaked!

Dave spraying down Bennett's feet.

Jumping in from the road.

Ike and Dave have loved watching everyone's ice bucket videos!  We have even gotten to see some of them live in action.  Ike is especially pumped about them, and he recreates them whenever I let him play with the hose.

Ready to dump.

His after.

He always says, "Ikey wet" when he dumps the bucket.

Dave after he dumped water on his head.  Here's a video of the two of them doing the bucket challenge.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pizza and a Snake!

Our family went with two others from our neighborhood to Fridays on the Farm Pizza at Hawkins farm up in North Manchester.  It was so much fun!  You sit outside, order delicious brick oven pizza, and the kids get to check out the farm and all the animals.

Sam, Ike, and Lewis enjoying the beautiful weather (or something like that).

Josh and Dave-both sporting fresh haircuts  :)

Just checking out some chickens.

Ike and I.  He has the goofiest smiles lately.

In other news, we had a snake in our garage a couple days ago!  Talk about exciting, especially for Ike and Dave.  I don't think Josh was too pumped about it, but he did manage to scoot it out with a golf club.  Don't worry, it wasn't injured!

Our new friend.

Dave looking a little freaked out, but kind of excited.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Josh's parents had Sophie and Caleb this past weekend, so we got in lots of quality cousin time!  My mom was also in town (it was Josh's duty weekend), so we had lots of grandparents around too.

Gamma bought the kids a self-inflating whoopee cushion.  And it was the best toy ever.

Dave and Sophie playing dress up-you can't see that they are both wearing a pair of Auntie Em's winter boots  :)

They had some pretty intense foot races (I am pretty sure Sophie won every single one)

Ike cooking up some delicious soup for us.

Caleb rocking Sophie's heart sunglasses.

Story time with Grandma D.  I think this one was about a boy picking his nose?

Seriously, these two are so cute.

And on Saturday, we headed to the beach!

Digging up some sand.

Who needs buckets when you have plastic cups?!

Ike was really enjoying his watermelon snack.

22 Months!

Every month we inch closer to my little guy being 2, and it turns out he is not so little anymore!  His mind is always turning and I have a feeling he is going to be quite a bit like his big brother (in both good and challenging ways!).  He is a little tornado of destruction and he has really developed his temper tantrums lately.

His month picture-getting more and more difficult for him to sit still.

Ike has been obsessed with taking golf cart rides with our neighbor Mike this summer.  I finally snapped a picture of them cruising around-of course Dave was not cooperating.

Pretty typical of the kids-Dave is refusing to do what I ask and Ike is not wearing a shirt.

All of his interests center around heavy machinery (tractors, lawn mowers, etc.) and anything that makes a loud noise (weed eaters, sweeper machine).  A couple weeks ago we had a new roof put on our house and ever since then Ike has kept repeating, "roof all done?" because it was super loud all week and he was tired of hearing it!  Now he has a whole routine saying, "lawn mower all done, sweeper all done, roof all done?".  He says it every time I lay him down-I guess he doesn't want his sleep interrupted by loud noises!

Don't worry, Ike always wears his ear protection while operating his blower  :)

Ike can now count to 3, can kind of tell the difference between colors (still won't identify on his own though), his favorite book is Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, and he loves to pretend call all of his grandparents using anything that even somewhat resembles a phone (remote control, camera, etc.).

The boys had a rough bath time without dad the other night.  I couldn't resist a picture!

Ike learned to ride the scooter this week!  Here's a video of him scootering around the driveway.

And here's what happened when I told him he had to go inside because it was raining.

We are pretty sure Ike is coming down with hand, foot, and mouth since half our neighborhood currently has it.  Right now he just got over a fever and has a couple of bumps, so we will see.  Anyway, he would not go to sleep last night so we let him come hang out with us while we watched TV.

So cute!  Here's a video of him running around when he was supposed to be asleep.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swimming at the Reservoir

Last week, two other moms (Stacey and Katie) and I took our boys out to the reservoir to play in the sun and sand.  It involved lots of reminders to share with each other and not to throw sand at others, but the kids seemed to really enjoy having the run of the beach!

Bennett, Lewis, and Ike checking things out.  Dave is not among any of the pictures-he was doing his own thing the whole time!

Ike had no trouble plopping right in the water.

Ike and Samuel enjoying one of several snack breaks.  

Playing with bath paints.  Here's a video.

Meet Dave's newest obsession-creating robots from paper.  You give the kid scissors and glue and he is all set.

And one final video, Ike saying Bubble Guppies.  He asks to watch it constantly, but I am happy that he likes a show enough to sit and watch it for 20 minutes so I can get something done!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fair and Neighborhood Fun

I have been slacking in posting again!  It is so hard sitting down to post (and remembering to take pictures) when we are outside and it is beautiful out.  So thankful for our nice cool week last week!

Our county fair was last week, so of course we went several times to enjoy the animals and partake in the delicious fair food.

Dave with the freakishly tall corn.

Riding the super fun 4 wheeler ride.  He also rode the huge slide with me-we totally went airborne!

We had a new family move onto campus, and their oldest son (Lewis) has made fast friends with all the boys.  Every time we walk past their house Ike starts yelling, "Ewis, Ewis!!", it's super cute.  They also have an almost one year old (Samuel), who Ike and Bennett insist on calling "baby" constantly.

Here's Ike and Lewis enjoying a ride at the fair.

Ike and Bennett take pool/sprinkler time very seriously.

Dave and Ike on one of many laps around the yard in their truck.

Corabelle and Dave playing a board game.

Ike loves it when baby Livy comes over to play!

Ike has learned to climb up into the windowsill to sit.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July (Ike Turns 21 Months)

We celebrated 4th of July down in Evansville this year since Josh was able to get a couple of days off and make it a nice long weekend!  Most of our time was spent lounging by the pool or hanging out with all the family.   Since Ike turned 21 months while we were there, I am going to weave in some of his latest milestones in this post.

He is such a water fiend.  Ike spent hours playing in the pool.  He especially loves to say, "ready, set, go!" and then jump straight in.

Hanging out with Papa Charlie.

Ike and Liam (with a little bit of Dave in there).  

He had to take a ride in Papa's awesome truck...notice the hardhat!

Big 21 month old!

The picture above perfectly captures Ike right now.  He refuses to be clothed and runs around naked any chance he can get.  He is kind of potty training, and does fine with peeing, but he has repeatedly pooped in the house, the front yard, and even on the concrete outside of the dad and Kyra's pool.  Oops.

Dave in his new big-boy car seat!

Dave pulling Uncle Tony and Ike around in the pool.

Cheesing out.

Ike loves to scream, "ride it!!!" at anything with wheels.  Thankfully, Grandpa Dave indulges him.

While we were in Evansville, we got two sets of family photos done.  They all turned out great!

With Dad and Kyra.

Oh my the cuteness!

With Mom and Andrew.

And Ike with his buddy Uncle Nona!

Other stuff about Ike recently-he knows everybody by the car they drive, and almost always gets it right.  He refuses to learn colors at all.  And I am pretty sure he would live completely outdoors if I allowed it.  As soon as we wakes up in the morning and after nap he tells me, "bee, bee" (which means outside) until we get out the door.  His vocabulary continues to expand and he has started putting together two and three word sentences like "ride it", "i want it", "taste it", etc.   Overall, he is still such a happy, entertaining kid!