Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ike in the Snow

This week we had a break from the cold weather, so the kids were able to actually go outside!  Dave went to play with a neighbor, but Ike stayed with me so I got some pictures of him.

So pumped to be outside.

Just mowing the snow.

He kept getting stuck-the snow was still pretty deep!

Using his digger to help me shovel snow.

View in our backyard-the snow was so pretty.

Having a snack after playing.  It's totally normal to eat hummus with a spoon, right?

So thankful the kids were able to get out for a couple of days this week.  It's amazing how much energy they can run off in just a half hour!  Ike asks me every morning, "go Florida today mom?"-I think he's ready for some sunshine and warmth!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cabin Fever

Ugh, we are so tired of being cooped up!  Dave has been to school for a total of 1.5 hours in the past 3 weeks and it's been so cold we haven't gotten out much.  We are ready for a heat wave! :)  Trying to get some energy out by playing lots of ball, wrestling, and setting up lots of races around the house.  The boys have watched far too much TV, but I am running out of things to keep them busy...there are only so many books to read and crafts to do in a day!  I am super thankful for our attic winter-it is so great to send the kids up there to play.

Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

Look at this crazy face...he was roaring at me. He constantly pokes his head around the corner and roars at us.

My little boy looks all grown up!

Dave is a little obsessed with his goggles lately.  He loves to dunk his head under in the tub!

I took a video of the boys playing in the tub last night.  Ike decided to sing some random song the whole time and Dave was showing off his sweet scuba skills.  Tub video.

Before Christmas, Dave had his buddy Alec over to do a blind bag video.  They are both strangely obsessed with watching blind bag videos on youtube, so his mom and I got together to have them do their own version!  They were super cute and did a great job!  I still need to edit the video, so once I do I will post it on here. By the way, blind bags are usually tiny toys that have some kind of theme, but you don't know which exact figure/toy/etc. you will get until you open it.  It's all about the surprise.

Action shot of the opening.

The aftermath.  It was a blind bag massacre!

Dave has been playing a bunch with one of our neighbors, Kyson (who is almost 6) a lot recently and it has been so nice!  He gets tired of playing with Ike all the time and loves hanging out with someone closer to his age.  His mom and I trade hosting the two of them and they play great and keep each other entertained!  Lots of ninja and superhero playing going on.

Hanging out on Dave's top bunk.

Ike usually crashes their party.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Wrap-Up

Happy New Year!  A little behind on this post, as usual :)  The boys had so much fun on Christmas, and we did too.  Dave may have had a little too much excitement-he woke up at 2 a.m. ready to open presents!  We figured we'd have to get up early, but that was a little much.  Josh's parents came over to open presents with us, and it was so much fun to watch the boys open up their new stuff.  Ike's phrase of the day was, "one more present?".  In fact, he's still saying it now, haha.

Posing by the tree in their new jammies!

Ike with Josh's cousin Sam at the Bowyer Christmas.

With Grandma Bertie.

Hanging out at Aunt Veronica's on Christmas Eve.

Dave was really into wrapping presents this year.  He didn't cut super straight and typically got twice as much tape as necessary, but it was fun to have his help!

With their huge stockings on Christmas morning.

Ike insisted on handing us every little piece of wrapping paper from each present.

Such a fun Christmas week!  Now all I hear from the boys is "when are we going to Florida?!"..guess that's the next thing they have to look forward to!  The end of February can't come soon enough-especially after this cold weather we've been having!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas in Evansville

This is super belated...Christmas time is busy!  We went to Evansville two weekends ago to celebrate Christmas with my family.  The kids had a blast and certainly enjoyed opening up their presents-these kids are spoiled rotten!  

Ike playing hide and seek at Dad and Kyra's.

Somebody really enjoyed the baked beans at my grandpa's Christmas get-together.

Dave busting out his super cheese face at Gamma's.

Presents galore!

Ike said, "Papa, lay down!" over and over again until Dad got down on the floor with him.

Checking out grandpa's new tractor.

Uncle Tony and the boys.

Spent lots of time in the car over the weekend...the kids did pretty great!

It was great to see everybody and get to celebrate a couple weeks early.  Thanks to everybody for the awesome presents and for spending the weekend catering to our crazy schedule with the kids!  That hour time change is rough when the kids already go to bed at 7 eastern time!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

This Christmas season has been so much fun already!  Both the kids are super excited and are really understanding what Christmas is all about this year (Ike told me it was Jesus' birthday yesterday then mentioned something about cake, haha!).

We have been getting into the spirit with lots of activities this past week!

The boys with our kindness moose.

Dave's figures he has gotten from his Lego advent calendar so far.

So, the kindness moose decided to cook up a project where we were supposed to make "bird seed ornaments" to hang outside for the birds.  Little did I know that the main component of these ornaments was actually rendered beef fat (suet).  Yuck!  It was a messy, disgusting project to say the least!!  Here's a video of Dave describing the project.

Dave's reaction.

I pretty much felt the same way  :)

So, we powered through and finished the ornaments, which involved having to bake them-because who doesn't love the smell of baked suet??  Did I mentioned it was cherry scented?  Then we attached the ribbon and hung them in the trees outside our windows.  And I figured they would all immediately fall off and that would be the end of it.  Well, I was wrong!

The birds love them!

This guy was really digging them.

Ike and I spent about a half hour watching different birds come up and have a snack this afternoon.  So, moral of the story-this project, while being completely disgusting, was totally worth it!

Ike helping make some cookies for staff on duty last weekend.  Here's a video I took of Ike the other day.

Tonight, Dave had his school Christmas program.  He got to portray Joseph and he did such a good job!  

He is so grown up!

Dave and his buddy Alec after the show.

Our outside lights this year-Josh even got on the roof to put up an extra layer!

I have been working on these button ornaments for lots of my family this past month.

Mine is made from my Grandma Ruby's and Grandma Colleen's buttons.  It was such a fun project to do and I really found it interesting to think about the clothes that went along with all of those buttons! (Those of you who got an ornament from Grandma Colleen's side will notice the lack of color in yours...I guess Grandma Colleen only saved tan, black, or white buttons!)  Also, I have lots of leftover buttons if anyone didn't get an ornament and wants one.

So, as you can see, we have kept pretty busy this week!  We are heading down to Evansville this weekend to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family.  The boys are so excited to see everyone!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dave's 5th Birthday!

How is it possible that my baby is 5?!  The past five years have gone way too fast!  He has grown up so much in just the last couple of months, and now he constantly reminds me that, "Mom, I'm a five, so I can do more stuff now!".  He also took it upon himself to be the one who unloads the silverware from the dishwasher from now on.  Not arguing with that!

We had a little party for him on his birthday.  I made him a Deadpool cake, which looks incredibly creepy but he loved.

His new bobble head (courtesy of his friend Alec) posed next to his cake.

He was definitely excited about the pile of presents  :)

Ready to blow out his candle!  When he poses for pictures now he always tilts his head to the side-so weird!

Some of the kids chowing down.

He received all kinds of cool stuff for his birthday, the most popular things being anything that is Lego or blind bags.  We also got him a bunk bed, which we put together while he was at school on the morning of his birthday.  He was so excited to see it when he got home!

Family picture in the bunk bed!

About Dave at 5.  He is completely independent and has to do things in his own way and preferably in his time frame (which tends to get him in trouble!).  He is working on learning to read (kind of) and is able to write almost all of his letters and numbers-still working on a couple tricky ones!  Dave is obsessed with blind bags, and is usually either pestering us to buy him some to open or trying to watch videos of other kids opening them on youtube. Hopefully we will have a video of him opening blind bags soon!

He loves playing video games with dad and helping me cook.  School is going really well for him this year, and he has made lots of friends in his class, which I hope will turn into long-lasting friendships!  Dave doesn't know a stranger and will talk to just about anyone he comes into contact.  And he always says, "My name's Dave, what's your name" to random people when we are out and about.  Dave and I basically have the same personality in a lot of ways, so we are constantly butting heads.  He is definitely helping me to grow as a person and parent as we work through problems together.

Here is a video of Dave take right after his birthday.

His school picture!

Posing with his Christmas tree.  (Notice Deadpool keeping watch up in the window!  haha)

Oh man, what will the next 5 years bring us with this kid?  Scary to think about, but also so exciting!  Here's hoping he at least is sleeping in his bed all night and sleeps in past 6 AM when he is 10!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving and a New Cousin!

Lots has been going on around here lately-somebody turned 5, Josh's sister brought a new baby into the family, and we have had 2 Thanksgivings!  And lots of other things thrown in the mix with all that.  In all that, I didn't take a lot of pictures (I think I needed a break after vacation!), so here is what I have.

Right after we got back from Puerto Rico, we had Sievers Thanksgiving.  We all got together at Josh's parents' house and visited and ate!

Diane, Jordon, Josh, and Ike.

Grandma Mary and Grandpa Dave with their kiddos!

We had a bunch of snow one day that the kids insisted they had to go play in...that lasted about 3 minutes.

Dave was so excited about the snow!

Ike had to ride his scooter of course

I mentioned above that Josh's sister had her baby a couple of weeks ago (11/18).  When she had Brooklyn, his mom brought up the two older kids to hang out for a couple days.

Ike, Sophie, and Spiderman Caleb.  He wore that costume the whole time he was at our house!

Here's baby Brooklyn!

Proud big brother :)

So, that's what we've been up to.  We also went to Grandma Bertie's for Thanksgiving day and saw some of Josh's aunt and uncles and Dave got to hang out with some of the cousins.  I still have to post about Dave's birthday...been putting that one off since I don't want him to be 5 already!