Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Drew Wants Something Face

My son has many facial expressions. They range from adorable, hysterical, not-a-happy camper and the every day run of the mill handsome little face.

The most recent one that has appeared is the Drew wants something expression. If you ask Drew if he wants {fill in the blank} he will flash you his cutest smile and his eyes will tell you yes. Its hard to resist those dimples once they are flashed in your direction. But, usually when we ask him if he wants something, its most likely something we'd give him, so its a no brainier. Its just so darn cute!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Almost There!!

Its almost done! I'm so excited! I was only able to do a few things yesterday, like the clouds (and the wispy grass not shown yet) but I wanted to keep going. I didn't have to time to do so, but that urge was there after realizing there isn't much left to do!

Next is the stickers on the piece of paper on the doorway. Jeff helped measure out where the letters will be stuck, then Pooh himself and then a thin border. Once I'm done painting, Jeff and my FIL will make a wooden frame.

I can't wait!! I want to see it all done so badly!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Slippers

Last weekend we were out shopping for fall/winter clothes you-know-who and came across the cutest thing for the upcoming season. Elmo slippers! I was laughing so hard in the store, I was crying. When I was able to see again through my tears, I searched for next size Drew will ware. Bingo! Found them! I was so excited!!! Once he got home, I had him try them on (since when he tried them on in the store, he was still in his stroller).

Once the slippers were on his feet, he had to figure out how to walk in them. He would lift his left up really high and stomp his foot down to walk. It was too funny. But soon after he realized he could walk normal in them, it was priceless.

I love watching him run around the house with his new slippers on. I think its the cutest thing. Now, to try and get his bathrobe on him while wearing his new slippers!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Boo-Boo

My little boy is a mover. He's an explorer. He's a leader and a follower (when you have cookies or a little debbie brownie). He won't sit still if there in an adventure to be had. And with that comes boo-boo's.

Already Drew has had many scraped knees, cuts and bruises. He gets them at day care, at home inside and out. He's bonked his head countless times and once you've recognized that he got "hurt" he stops whining and moves on.

Recently I received a phone call at work from day care. I recognized the phone number on caller id and once I picked up the receiver, I could hear my little boy screaming on the other line. I hear one of the teachers explain what had happened just moments ago and my first question was, should I go to the ER or pediatrician?

Drew was stepping out of the sandbox outside of day care, tripped and fell face first onto a metal tonka truck and slammed his eye area. When they first called me, he was bleeding and not letting anyone look at his eye. But as my conversation continued, things calmed down and it was determined to just call the pediatricians office and see what they say.

During his appointment, they tested his eye for any damage. Drew was very lucky this time that just a small blood vessel had broken in his eye with some cuts on his face that did not require any stitches. So, I kept him home after the check-up for some mommy lovin and Tylenol since I assumed he'd have one massive headache.

Then, the next day when I picked him up at day care, the boy had two skinned knees from falling from pushing a bike. Man, oh man am I going to have my hands full for several years. But, I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crazy Week At Day Care

Last week at day care, it was crazy week. Each day, the kids (and teachers) followed a planned out schedule for a wacky thing to do for the day. It all had to do with clothes or something on their heads. I thought it was a fun thing to do and I had fun trying to figure out what to do with Drew!! The themes were-

Monday - Inside out day. All clothes were to be inside out. I originally was going to put him in an inside out football jersey, but I thought with the hot weather, he'd get irritated with the shirt. So, instead he has his superman shirt inside out (can't really tell in the pic) and his shorts with the label hanging out are of course inside out.

Tuesday - Crazy hair day! Of course, it had to be a humid day that morning, so nothing was really working in Drew's hair, but we managed to get some of it to stand up with my hairspray and Jeff's hair get.

Wednesday - Silly hat day! I thought this hat was perfect! Drew has baseball caps and this hat and the baseball caps are so day-to-day, so I though this one would be fun. I also had him in his firetruck tee-shirt too.

Thursday - mis-match day! I was so worried I'd have to go someplace after I had picked him up from day care that day and of course I did! I so wanted to put a sign on his back that I don't usually dress my child like this, it was a fun week at day care.

Friday - PJ day! Who wouldn't want to go to school (or work) in their PJ's.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stinky Feet

My son, will let you smell his stinky feet if you want. You just have to say the magic words "Stinky Feet" and up the legs go with his foot dangling in front of your face, waiting for you to take a whiff. No worries, they don't smell that bad! He's so silly!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weds Nights for 34 Weeks

After next week, for 34 weeks, Jeff and I will be on a bowling league together. We will be on the same team and I've already warned him to not get upset with me if I don't live up to his expectations!

We had played on a rec center volleyball team for a few years, before I was pregnant with Drew. We loved it! The teams would rotate after so many weeks, so the shuffle would allow you to play with different people and get to know everyone who was playing. I was a little rusty when I had first started, it was to the point I was ready to quite. But, I stuck with it and it grew on me. Then I couldn't get enough.

I hope its the same for bowling. I've only bowled for fun, from time to time. Nothing too serious. So, last night Jeff and I went to the bowling ally to "practice". Jeff said that it was really to see what he was working with (since I'd be on his team). That is when I warned him and reminded him this was for fun! Next week is the official meeting to chat with everyone who is signing up to go over rules and regulations, then the following week, it all begins.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beach Bums

I love the beach! I love the sound of the ocean wave’s crash on the sand. I love the warm sand on the bottom of my feet. I love the warmth of the water (that all depends on where you go too).

I hope to pass those feeling onto my little boy and hope he creates his own joys being near the seaside. It’s already too late for Jeff and Zack, they aren't big enthusiasts about the ocean, but at least for a few hours they were good sports about the situation with watching Drew discover the new surroundings. My FIL enjoys time in the sun, no matter where we are, so he was easy to convince to tag along.

Monday, August 16, 2010

16 Months Already

Man, does time fly when you're having fun! I can't believe my little boy isn't so little any more. He doesn't look like a baby anymore, he acts like he's 5 years old and is definitely growing into his own self.

The list is growing by the day the accomplishments he's managed, along with those not-so-nice habits a one year old picks up on his way to becoming two. Drew just had his 15-month check up (I know, a little behind) and he got a clean bill of health. He's growing well, understanding wonderfully and learning body parts ahead of schedule. Drew is saying words like shoe, truck, bus, duck, turtle and wants to say so much more. And when he wants you to sing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song, he'll hold his hands up over his head like you would show the sunshine during the song. Once I start singing, the melt your heart little smile beams across his face.

I am so lucky to have a perfect little boy, I feel blessed every day (even after the tantrums).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hog Wild

My son loves motorcycles. Yes, he's almost 16 months old, but he L-O-V-E-S the two wheel machines. Yeah, he likes trucks, buses and tractors, but once he hears or sees a vroom, vroom, nothing else matters.

Last weekend, while Zack was here, my FIL requested all of his grand kids get together for a photo session at Target. So, last Saturday we all met up and the kids were going through the motions pretty well. Then all of a sudden, something caught Drew's eye and off he went. Target has a promotion going on with Harley Davidson and they had a kid size Harley in the room where the photo's happen and Drew noticed it. It was all over then! There was no way of getting Drew back on the leather couch with the other kids for the pics. We finally said, just put Drew and the bike in the photo's, and that's how the photo session continued.

The other day my FIL was on craigslist checking something out for himself when he did a search for a kids Harley. And what do you know, he got a hit on one cheap. That night he asked that I email the seller and the rest was history. The other night, my FIL and I drove an hour from our house, picked up the bike and turned right around and headed home. We were debating on letting Drew see the bike that night or not, but we decided by the time we would get home, it would be too close to bed time and he would never fall asleep.

The next night, we decided to reveal the new purchase to the little guy. Once the shed doors opened up, he made an oooooh sound and made a bee line straight for the Harley. He hopped on and flashed the biggest smile! Grandpy helped him out of the shed (while he was sitting on the bike) and Drew was off from there. He pressed the peddle with his foot, and there was no stopping him then! His little cousin was over for a visit, so he also hopped on the back of the bike for a spin around the yard!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New iPhone User

Mr. Drew likes to play with mommy's iPhone. It helps keep him occupied for a moment while in the car and he wants to get out, so it works for me. He listens to music for now on the phone since when we try to let him watch a Blue's Clue's episode, he likes to push the button to close the application. But, I'm sure he'll learn soon enough and he'll be an expert with using the phone.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Run, Run, Run

Run, run, run! That's what the boys liked to do when they were outside. Zack loved chasing Drew and Drew loved being chased by his big brother. Zack was amazed how much Drew changed since the last time they saw each other (the last time was at Christmas time). Zack also did a lot of growing up too, but he doesn't see that on himself.

It was magical seeing those too together and how well they got along and bonded. Its amazing that these two boys are 10 hours apart for most of the time, but you put them together and they act as if no time has passed since the last time they saw each other. Its priceless!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fancy Shirts

One of our projects that took place over vacation was to make home-made tye-dye shirts. I haven't done this in so long and no one else in the house (including Zack) ever made them. I thought this was a perfect afternoon project to do with everyone.

Zack's is the upper left shift. Jeff's is the upper right shirt. My FIL's shirt (which he made for my niece Ally and we keep forgetting to give it to her) is the bottom left. Drew's is in the middle and mine is the bottom right.

We still have to make my parents a shirt and my FIL wants to make one for himself, so I see in our near future making more shirts. It was easy to do since we were outside and not worrying about getting the dye on the furniture. The longest part was waiting for the shirts to set with the dye. Other then that, it was a piece of cake.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Big Shoes To Fill

He may thing he's a big boy, but he's my little boy. I don't want him rush it, he can take his time. There will be plenty of time for him to get there. I want him to stay in his shoes for as long as possible.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This Weeks Adventure

We made it through our big adventure this week, the beach and aquarium. There were times I wasn't too sure if we'd make it, but we did. We survived and had a great time.

The first mis-hap....I forgot my camera. I had forgotten a few other things (geez, mom can't remember everything ya know), but I was most disappointed about the camera. We decided to pick up some disposable camera's (they are not developed yet) but I did snap a few pictures on my cell phone which did the trick for now.

Drew wasn't too sure about the sand, he didn't like it sticking to his hands so he was asking for help to get it off his hands most of the time. He wasn't too sure about the waves at first, he didn't even want to get his feet wet. But after several walks on the board walk and along the waters edge, he warmed up to it and was having a blast by the end of the time at the beach. Jeff and Zack are not the biggest fans of the beach, but they hung in there pretty good. They hung out on the beach, walked the board walk with Drew and we all went for ice cream too. My FIL and I loved to sit in the beach chairs and relax when we had the chance, that was wonderful.

After the beach, we headed to the hotel and once we were unpacked headed down to the indoor pool. Everyone had a blast there!

Yesterday, after breakfast, we headed to the aquarium. I was excited to see Drew's & Zack's reaction to the exhibits. But, once we checked out the place, we were all a little disappointed (well, except for Drew since he loved watching the fish). It wasn't up to our expectations. The Baltimore Aquarium was much better. But, we made the best of it and we were happy we just didn't come down for the aquarium, that we had combined it with a beach trip too.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Jewels

One of the best things besides fresh fruit during the summer is all the fresh veggies. I love the pulled off the vine tomatoes, just right cucumbers and the sweet taste of the perfect ear of corn.

Drew is exploring all of these things to the fullest this summer. Some things he likes and others, not so much. But, I do have to say this, he trys everything. The resent discovery was corn on the cob. A couple times earlier in the season he would hold the corn on the cob and look at it like, what am I suppost to do with this (even though we'd show him) but nothing more then that.

The other day, Drew was studding me eat my ear of corn. He was watching me very closely at everything I was doing, so I handed him my started piece of corn. He took it with both hands and started munching away. He loved it! I don't know if it was because I had started it for him or if it was my piece of corn, but he was really enjoying himself.

Monday, August 2, 2010

He Has Arrived

Zack has arrived! He is with us for the week, yeah! His mom brought him over the weekend, dropped him off and he's ours for the rest of vacation (except for a couple of hours Weds night).

He has grown up so much, he's taller, self conscious (no longer the kid mentality, but occasionally he acts goofy) and growing a little mustache. He's becoming the teenager that soon he will become in December.

Zack arrived during Drew's nap time on Saturday, so they didn't see each other until after he woke up. Once Drew woke up, he strutted out of his room like usual, then he noticed Zack sitting at the kitchen table and stopped dead in his tracks. He hasn't seen his brother since last Christmas and even though we've been talking about Zack and showing him pictures, there was still some getting used to each other time. Once that shy faze wore off, it was all about showing Zack all of his toys, following him around and studying his big brother.

It’s going to be a fun filled week. We have little things planned, but our big adventure coming up is heading down to Hammonasset Beach, stay over and then check out Mystic aquarium. Zack has no idea what we'll be doing, so we keep talking about out big adventure in code....it keeps him on his toes.

It’s going to be a great week!!