Every night Maddox and I have a routine. We read 5,230,262,697,582,039 (one more always leads to 4-5-6 more) books, sing some songs, and then Maddox cries for 2.2 seconds as I leave his room. In the past month or 2 he has really started doing the actions to songs that we sing. He loves to sing "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" so no night is complete without those two songs.
Obviously most nights JR is not home because of his work schedule but tonight he was! Daddy read the books and Mommy did the singing. Apparently Mommy wasn't good enough tonight and we had to have Daddy come sing... Maddox stood at the door and said "Daddy, Bitsy!.......... DADDY!"
I continued to sing but no one was paying attention. :) Finally Daddy came in and all was well with the world.
The other day I realized just how much more Maddox is talking. We had just gotten home from daycare and he found his cup in the diaper bag, walked over to me, pushed it in my side, and said "Mom, I want juice!"
I looked down and asked him what he said and he responded, "I want juice." Now where did that come from!? My baby is getting so big!!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Lately Maddox has really taken to blankets. To say he is obsessed may be a bit of an understatement. He will come home from daycare and immediately grab a blanket, jump on the couch and curl up while he continuously yells "ny-night" over and over. The other day the couch must not have been as good of a spot to cuddle up. He meticulously chose his blankets (e-HEM, he dug through the drawer in his bedroom!) and proceeded to lay down and cover up in the basket. Surprisingly he actually laid in there for quite some time.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Last weekend was our town's "Fun Days" celebration. The main area is only about 5 blocks from our house so our neighborhood was pretty hopping. They had a stage that had bands on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night along with a 2 hour parade on Saturday.
Grandpa Larry and Linda came up for a visit and it was nice to hang out with them. We took in the parade which was full of lots of really cool floats and great marching bands.
|My boys enjoying the parade|
|First roller coaster ride. Though he doesn't look overly thrilled he actually really liked it. |
We know this because he didn't cry the whole ride like he has done on carousels before. I think he gets
his fearlessness from me.
|This was by far his favorite ride. We did it 3 times. I think this picture captures me pretty |
well but, what you can't see in this picture is Maddox jumping off my lap and climbing the steps as soon as we stopped!
Before Grandpa and Linda left on Sunday we were watching Maddox play outside. JR decided to turn on the hose and turned Maddox loose. He absolutely loved splashing around and spraying everyone. It was lots of fun till he figured out he could get us all wet.... not cool! :)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
This summer I am only taking one trip with LEEP. In late June I headed up to Alexandria, MN for a quick 3 day getaway. Unfortunately the weather didn't hold out and we were not able to do much because of the buckets of rain that fell. Though it was nice to go somewhere different, we didn't get to do much...
|The view from our cabin when we arrived|
|The fire pit where we were enjoyed sitting by the fire and making smores |
during the only evening that we didnt' get rained out.
On our last evening in our cabin we had a "surprise" party for the birthday girl traveling with us. She was thrilled with the surprise and the group was happy to celebrate with her.
This "vacation" was a very difficult one for me. There were many things that didn't go well but the one that sticks out (besides the weather) was having to call the ambulance for one of the travelers. After spending 4 hours outside a bathroom trying to help her and then another 3 in the hospital ER, she was admitted and we had to leave her behind. Thankfully it wasn't anything serious and she was able to come home a few days later.
Though it was VERY difficult, I learned a lot during that little trip. Something I will take with me for many years.....
Where has this summer gone? I can't seem to get caught up on my blog posts but I will do my best..... There will probably be about 5 coming all at once with another lull but don't worry, we're keeping busy.
Out of 36 graduates we had 22 people in total come to celebrate the milestone (more came after we took this photo). I was happy with the turnout.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
While back in Iowa for the 4th, we decided to take advantage of the weather and take a swim in the pool. Since we knew Maddox loves the water and slides, why not combine them and see what he thinks?!
|Trip 1258464823471694848338941597 down the slide, I don't think his smile ever got any smaller.|
|Hitting the last hump|
When he was finally tired of the slide, we started playing "catch" with Maddox. He LOVED it!
|Before the parade Maddox wasn't having much fun.......|
On Monday we headed up to Armstrong's famous 4th of July parade and fun in the park. Maddox really liked the parade (once it got started). Prior to I think it was just WAY too hot for anyone to enjoy being htere.
Cooper Ball and Maddox, our families have been intertwined for 4 generations. Lindsey grandparents and my grandparents were friends, our moms were friends, we are friends, and now our boys are friends!
|So serious about everything going by. He got really good at collecting the candy that was thrown|
|oh, so tired!|
|our little cowboy!|
|After a busy afternoon, it didn't take Maddox long to give in and fall asleep<><>|
|A quick snap shot of our view|
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Friday, July 1, 2011
Saturday morning I helped my mom in her booth at "Art in the Park". That afternoon we enjoyed the first parade of the season. Saturday night there was a street dance that was fun. They had a live band performing and the music was pretty good.
|My Great Aunt Dagmar is the oldest person in Ringsted and was crowned|
the Grand Marshall of the parade. She was a very proud lady that day!
|enjoying a freezy pop|
|During our stay Madman was getting very cozy with my parent's|
kittens. I think he wants a kitty but his dad said no....
|and of course he had to drive his car around the garage.|