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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Soon Is Subjective

Boys. What more can you say?

Well, it's been nearly a month. I guess that's how it's going to be for a bit. Corwin's 6 month well visit was fantastic. He's 20 lb 6 oz and I forget how long, but basically 85th for weight and 90th for height. Big boy. Alden was 30 lb 8 oz and again I can't remember how long, but basically 50th for both. We have 2 healthy happy boys. The Dr. kept trying to talk to Alden about stuff but Rhianwen kept answering all the questions. Finally, he asked Alden, "What did you have for breakfast?". Alden said, "Black." Yes, we all had to laugh. Then Alden was so upset that he wasn't getting a shot (apparently, he had really gotten himself psyched up for it), that he cried! Then we said he would get a finger prick, and that seemed to console him.

More and more I'm realizing Alden is a numbers guy. I ask him what a letter is on a flashcard, and he says 2 (b/c there are 2 letters. For example: Aa). I explained pentagon yesterday including the building in DC and how it lost a side one time when a plane crashed into it, and he could tell me the next day how many sides a pentagon has! One time when we were splitting a treat between Rhianwen and Alden, Wally asked, "What would that make if we split it three ways?" Alden said, "That would be bad." (I think Wally was looking for the answer thirds). He also has funny views about disobedience. He was talking to Wally the other day and said, "If we disobey, we die." Wally said, "Have you ever disobeyed?" Alden said, "No." Wally, "No?!" Alden, "Well, yes. I died last night, but then I rose again." He's also had a huge surge of interest in books! I am so glad! He can sit through much longer books now and be interested in it. Uncle Christopher wrote a special book for him, and I think this helped him be interested even more.

Seeing his own book by Uncle Christopher for the first time.

Oh, he can't wait to really do this!

Corwin now has a tooth, and is working on a second one as we speak.

First Bites.

He is eating lots of different foods and has recently decided pears are worthy of devouring. Zuchinni is quite nice, and so is sweet potato. He is so close to crawling it's hard to believe he isn't doing it yet. He can move all over the room by inchworming (bringing his feet under him and then going back to his knees and moving his hands forward) and by sitting, going to his knees, turning, and sitting again. He's already pulling up to standing, and says things like, "Hae, hae!" when he does it.

How he gets around. It's amazing to me that he can get around a room this way.

Hae Hae! I got Peggy Doll from the dollhouse! So exciting!

Playing doggie. This was after mommy intervened and prevented the lea)sh from being t'ied around the neck. Kids...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beach Birthday for Alden

He's 3!

In most ways I feel like Alden's been around longer than 3 years. Yes, yes, in a good way. His nearly boundless energy and intense feelings and actions can be challenging at times, but they also serve to remind me that I have a very healthy exuberant little boy who is full of life. I am thankful beyond words for him. He gives the BEST hugs ever. Try him out if you are around him one day. He lives in his own world and often needs holding and direct eye contact for anything you say to register. He jumps from heights dizzying to mommy, loves smacking anything with a stick, is a pro at finding stink bugs, has learned to quietly get out of bed and play after lights out, is potty trained without the ordeal we expected, loves to describe his poops as works of art (today it looked like a tree, yesterday it was a crab), is crazy about Spiderman despite the fact that he has no idea who Spiderman is or what he does, looks to Rhianwen for all of the answers to most questions posed to the 2 of them, and loves soccer. He also is good at storytelling. For instance, at the beach, somehow he fell out of bed, broke the fan, and got a nose-bleed. We asked what happened, and he said, "It was Rhi, no, it wasn't, it was a monster!". He also has declared that Corwin is "my best friend". It always amazes me to see what an individual each person is and that God has a unique story written for him. I pray he will walk in His ways and learn to live like Christ: strong, sure, submissive to God and a compassionate servant.

Chillin' on the way to the beach (note the Spiderman shades and shirt...it's likely he also has Spiderman un*die*s as well).

We got there, and Alden loved sitting on the walkway "watching the waves" while he waited for everyone else to get ready.

I called him a little sandpiper because he would run way down the beach along the edge of the waves or in the shallows with no thought to where any of us were. His little legs can go so quickly just like a sandpiper's.

Skimmer boarding with daddy.

Rhianwen tried it out too.


He'd get this big smile on his face when we sang happy birthday to him. This was the first time he was serenaded in the morning bright and early. We were blessed to have all of the T siblings and sig others and parents AND my parents and one of my brothers to come celebrate!

Since he asked for a volcano cake, we decided dinosaurs would be a nice addition to the decorations. I must say these dino masks look more like swamp monsters or something.

Blowing out the candles.

The mess in a blur of chocolate movement.

Our main gift to him. He loves it.

The amazing sand sculpture the guys made that day. It was the highlight of many people's beach excursions.

I just have to put a second shot of it.

Well, other than his birthday, another great highlight was meeting my nephew Benjamin for the first time.

A happier baby you will not find. I swear, I never heard him fuss even one time! Well, except when his mommy and daddy wanted him to take a nap or go to bed. That little guy just wants to keep busy every minute! He is just so smiley and lively. Alden really enjoyed playing with him, and I think Corwin enjoyed trying to grab whatever toys he had.

Corwin did enjoy the beach, but he mostly just wanted to eat and sleep a lot more than normal. I complained about it to Wally one day, and Wally said, "That's all I want to do at the beach." Hm.

"Who? Me?". Can't you tell he just really is starving.


This is how it went if we put him on the sand. Daddy let him go to town (which may be why he didn't sleep so well at night, ahem). Mommy tried to prevent. He spent a lot of time in the inflatable pool and in the swing that daddy set up using PVC pipe for the swing-set frame. Wally got a lot of respect from the men folk wandering the beach for that. What is it about men and PVC pipe and duct tape?

Uncle Robeson and Aunt Natalie treated all of us to ice-cream! Thank you!!! Some funny things that Rhianwen has said recently: "Does 'a cow' mean you are going to die?" this comment came after Wally said she was having a cow and acting like she was going to die. In a prayer recently, "Please help us to run from sin and just zip right back to goodness." And lastly, "The ABC song does NOT have all of the letters of the alphabet in it!" (she must be thinking of that Seuss book "On Beyond Zebra" (I hate it, Wally and Grandmama love it).

Back at home but on the road still.

Piece of cake. He even can do it and chew on a piece of grass.

Corwin, not to be outdone has started grabbing his toes, creeping backward, and eating "real" food...6 months old!!! I'll have to post another one really soon!

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