Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Saturday in Chicago

This past weekend we took a little family trip up to the big city of Chicago. We were there to celebrate the baptism of our beautiful niece (more on that tomorrow), but we went early to spend the whole weekend with the Tomaw's.

We were all excited to spend time with our favorite Tomaw's and we couldn't wait to meet Miss Olivia!! All week we had been talking about seeing the baby, and Karter was eager to hold, kiss and talk to baby Olivia!

And isn't she a beautiful little thing!! In our family of all blue, it was so cute to see a little pink!

Jonah and Karter didn't waste anytime playing together and having fun together. While we were all getting ready for an afternoon at the Children's Museum, they had a little break watching cartoons!

We spent much of the afternoon at the Kohl Children's Museum. If you are looking for something to do, I highly recommend it...just maybe don't plan your visit on a Saturday, it was pretty busy!

Of course Karter found a book for Aunt Joscelynn to read, unfortunately for her it was in Spanish!

At the library station they had computers that you could play games on it, and boy did he love having a computer he could actually play on!

We had a great time at all of the stations, but hands down our favorite one was the miniature supermarket.

Karter had a great time driving his cart around getting his groceries. (I think this stop made the most impact one him, this morning he was pretending his cars were going grocery shopping!)

After exploring the whole museum we went back to Jake and Joscelynn's to play and have dinner before heading back to our hotel for the night! We were all exhausted and went right to sleep that night!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Breakfast Guest

This morning we had a very special visitor at our house! Karter made sure our special friend had a place at the breakfast table and even wanted to help feed our visitor. And who was our special guest??

It was our good friend Teddy Bear! Karter's imagination was working overtime this morning and had a lot of fun playing with Teddy Bear. Everything he was doing, Teddy Bear had to do too...it was pretty darn cute!!

After breakfast he took Teddy Bear into the living room and started to read to him, he didn't want me to video it so I hid on the stairs so he couldn't see me. (I apologize for the quality...I think some little fingers have been touching the lens!) Make sure your volume is turned way up so you can hear him talk to Teddy Bear.

This next video Karter was a little more cooperative and let Gramaw video tape him reading another book to Teddy Bear.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lazy Sunday

Sunday after church we put the boys down for a nap and started watching the Colts game. As usual, about halfway through we all fell asleep! Kaden woke up way too early from his nap, so I brought him downstairs and hoped that he would let me finish my nap...haha!!

He isn't much of a cuddler now that he can move, but thankfully he snuggled with me and fell asleep. I loved every minute of our snuggle time...it lasted almost 1 1/2 hours!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Monkeying Around

Yesterday Gramaw Terry and I took to boys to Monkey Joe's to have some fun....and boy did we have fun!!! The whole place is filled with bouncy things...slides, obstacle courses and tunnels...there is probably 10-12 different ones to play on.

This was the first time any of us had been to Monkey Joe's, but I had heard great things about it and couldn't wait to take the kids. I asked Terry to come with us, because I wasn't sure how things would go with both kids. They have a special area for "Mini Monkeys" (3 and under), but of course our monkey thinks he is bigger than he is and wanted to go on everything!! I am sure glad that Terry was there, because I ended up going on most things with Karter. Kaden was a little too young to go on much, but he did pretty good watching everyone and charming people with his smile!

When it was time to go, we were both pretty sweaty and ready for lunch! We all had a great time and are looking forward to going back...maybe next time Daddy can come and help Karter out and I can take the pictures!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bath Time Routine

We moved a month ago this week and I think we have all gotten settled and back into some of our old routines. We have tried to keep things as normal as possible for the boys. Obviously one of the biggest changes is that we get to see Gramaw and Papaw everyday, for the first few weeks whenever we told Karter is was bath time, this was the face we got....

...it was a big ordeal, because he thought we were going to leave. He has finally settled down and taking a bath is back to one of his favorite parts of the day.

Karter and Kaden take a bath together in one of the tubs upstairs. They love splashing and playing together!

One thing Karter isn't a big fan of is Kaden's ability to take things away from him!! He loves his brother, but I think he liked it a lot better before Kaden could move!

Karter loves to be wrapped up in his own big boy towel and walk around with it on his waist.
Kristoffer and I still alternate who gives the boys a bath and the other one gets PJs ready and takes Rascal out. One rule we have is that whoever gives the bath has to get Kaden dressed. He is so hard to get dressed that we didn't feel it was fair for one of us to always get that job!

When Karter is dressed he lines up all of his books and picks one out for Daddy to read to him.

After Kaden is all dressed he is on the move exploring Karter's room. Of course, on this particular night he had to attack me since I had the camera!
Once the boys are dressed, we say our nightly prayers and I take Kaden and feed him, while Karter and Daddy snuggle on Karter's couch and read a bedtime story. Bath time is my favorite time of day, and not just because we get to relax after the kids are in bed, but also because I love this time together as a family!!!