Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Content Uncle Ben and Jack

Dan's brother Ben came to visit us for a few days last month. While he was here, he put a name on what I've been thinking about Jack. Elusive. Though I might just say content.

He is one of the two sweetest little guys I know, that's for sure. But he is so content that it is hard to get a grasp on his little personality. He just rolls with everything! Lately Jack has started communicating with us by giving kisses, hugs, and babble. He's been crawling, cruising, and talking like crazy, so he's definitely making himself known more! Here he is chatting up Mac's little sister Corrie.

Though Ben pruned our trees, painted our shutters, mowed and weed wacked our lawn, played with our boys like crazy, and took some sweet pictures, I managed to not get a single picture of him! Sorry Ben! These two pictures are some of his handiwork.

Inspired by Uncle Ben's work, Calvin has been talking about his own"work pants" ever since. Dan and I were also inspired and finally got around to planting our vegetable garden while he was here. Calvin has been loving to help us water it!

This pepper plant is his little pet, I think. He talks about it and usually chooses to water it over the cucumber, tomato, or string bean plants.

Friday, May 20, 2011

May in a Nutshell

Jack is 10 months now....making huge messes while feeding himself, crawling around and pulling himself up on everything, and babbling....mostly "dadadadada."

Here Jack is talking to Dan.

Our friends Kate and Neil (and Nate) introduced us to the chocolate chip pancake last weekend while we were visiting them in VA. This might have changed our lives. Jack loved them, though that is not saying a whole lot since he devours everything we set before him.

Jack loves to touch things, so he's often squirming out of my arms to get something. Here he is at the pool grabbing Hockey's face. He loves doing this, and it is so sweet until his little pinchers with fingernails (that I am always behind at cutting) grab hold.

He looks like this for about 70% of his wake time. He is so happy! Lately Calvin has been making him belly laugh like no one else can. So sweet to hear! It is a good thing that Jack loves receiving kisses because he makes it so hard to resist!

Calvin fell out of bed for the first time a couple weeks ago. We thought we heard a thud earlier in the night, but we disregarded it when there was no crying. When we checked on him a couple hours later, he was no worse for the ware.
I wish I could have seen how hearrived in this position.

We got him squared away. I'm not sure he ever woke up.

Cal's is revealing his tummy here...which he is fascinated with having us "tiss." He also tries to kiss his own. He's wearing a sweatshirt around his waist like I tie my long sleeve t-shirts. He's into imitating everything we do. My favorite is his using a kid's golf bag as a purse and walking down the sidewalk proclaiming, "A-bye! I go get ice cream" or "A-bye! I go out a eat!"

I hope Cal was not trying to impersonate me while we were at the beach a couple weeks ago with Hockey. We spent a marginal time on the beach because Calvin did not like the sand beneath his feet, but he paraded this backpack and visor around for all of the two days we were there.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A week in Indiana

Hall of Fame
Last week was a very special one for Dan and all of us. Dan was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Taylor, and we got to celebrate with him. There were meals, speeches, and lots of pictures, but I'm pretty sure Dan enjoyed this part the best. He got to throw out the first pitch of the baseball game. His best friend and former catcher, Kyle, is the coach, so he caught the pitch for him.
I often wish I could have watched Dan play baseball and tennis. I've heard about how he played, and I am really proud of him! After Dan threw out the first pitch, the current baseball team flocked to shake his hand and welcome him. Their reaction to meeting him tells me that what he accomplished was pretty special.
Dan jokes that someday Calvin will have 25 different medium-speed pitches catalogued and be able to execute them flawlessly. Jack will have 2 outstanding pitches: fast and faster.
Jack started crawling last week while we were in Indiana! I love it when he crawls over to my lap now that he has a choice! Here he is at the very beginning! He is much more proficient now.
I am so thankful for Jack's easy-going personality! He missed many naps, normal feeding times, and my attention, but he still was a happy little guy!

First Zoo Trip
Jack and Calvin took their first trip to the Fort Wayne Zoo...what an amazing zoo! Jack hung out on Grandma for most of it. I think he enjoyed himself =). Maybe next time he'll appreciate the sights a little more.

I think we enjoyed the animals more than Calvin, but he sure liked the drums in the safari section of the park...not sure why there were drums, but I'm glad for them!

And this picture during our lunch time at the zoo captures how complicated our whole week of travel was. It worked out just fine, though, thanks to a favorable adult/kid ratio!

A Playmate
Calvin's play is usually very independent. He does what he likes, and if others want to follow, he's okay with it. While we were in Indianapolis, Calvin played with his cousin Addie like I've never seen him play before. They played together more than I'd seen before! Addie and Cal slept in bunk beds in the same room, and when I opened the door in the morning, they were hiding on the bottom bunk behind blankets hung as a tent with a night-light inside. They followed each other around the house pushing strollers and played with chalk outside together.
Calvin loves being along for the ride when there is big stuff going on, and Addie definitely is always planning something big =).

Calvin loves hiking around behind Grandma and Papaw's house. He's pretty serious about it as this face shows.

A Road Bike!
He's also pretty serious about riding his bike up and down Ace and Jeff's long driveway. He speeds to the street and stops at the last second with his front wheel barely inside the boundary of the driveway. He stays in that position until someone tells him to come back. Little goober. At which point, he whirls his bike around in one motion before barreling up the driveway. Cal actually rode his bike on the street while we were walking since it is pretty quiet street, and he loved it!
Bocci Ball!
We visited with my family in Indianapolis, and we had a lot of fun! We had a poor-man's bocci ball game, and my sister Kim definitely beat Hall-of-famer Dan in more than one round. Granted, he was usual an inflated rubber ball and Kim was using a softball. But still...
Calvin loved getting to see Nana more than the bocci balls that he kept running off with.

Last week was just what Dan and I needed! We took a bike ride to get a soda in a neighboring town one day, and we went out to eat thai food for lunch without the boys another. Dan got to play golf one day with his Dad and Sam. I got to go shopping with Ace, hang out with my mom and sister, and I can count the diapers I changed last week on one hand! What a great week!