Thursday, May 26, 2005

Out in Our Front Yard

We are so blessed, so fortunate to be able to play out in our front yard and our back yard. We have grass in both, and both are a really large size. (imho, anyways) Sometimes the front is a better bet, as there aren't any of our 4-legged beasts to lick, wack, stomp, or otherwise run over you or your toys there as well.

Today, Azx4 was fascinated by the birds out front. Normally we have a few, but they are rather fearful, and disappear as soon as you look their way. We have quite an assortment though: robins, blue jays, the occasional cardinal, doves, sparrows, and chickadees. We usually try and have some bird seed out front or back to make sure we always have friends to watch and listen to. I say all this to show you how commonplace these creatures are here, and why she was just discovering them today, I'll never know. But she stopped suddenly (almost falling over - love that toddler balance!) and looked and pointed and said in that cute amazement/whisper voice: "BIRD!" There were indeed a few chickadees investigating the edge of our grass to see if there was any leftover bird seed there. She ran toward them, stopped, crouched down, and then did her goofy ostrich-leg walk towards them. To my amazement, one actually stayed until she was within a foot. I wished I had my camera out - it would have been a great picture - she was almost down on the ground, with this bird less than a foot away looking right up at her. They stared at each other for a minute, then the bird hopped away, and she decided bubbles were more exciting.

Azx3 has gotten his first bicycle. He has a "schwinn" one, the smallest kind with training wheels, and a Hot Wheels helmet. He's really not sure about this yet - we'll probably get it out this weekend and test it. I think it's the height of the bike that bothers him - he wavers between "Oh I'm a big boy now! This is super cool!" to "Nope. Can't do it. Just can't do it." We'll see how he does when the rubber meets the road...

And speaking of bikes and training wheels, this all brought back memories of my first bike - it was blue, and I remember my dad working with me to ride it. (And no I don't remember EVER wearing a helmet.) I remember the first time he let go of me - no training wheels - on the driveway in Mansfield. I was so scared, concentrating on getting it right, remembering I had to pedal and steer all at once!, and hearing his reassuring voice, telling me that was the way, that I could do it. Brings a special grin to my face and my heart even now...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Update on us (Finally!)

Sorry it's been a while, but you know how life is with 2.5 little ones - busy and hectic and fun!! We're all doing well here.

Azx3 finally finished up soccer, and he loved it! He had a great time, a great team and coach, and just overall loved it! He scored a couple of goals over the season, and was excited about his trophy. We had a big pizza party at Chuck E Cheese's after the last game, so it was good to play around with his teammates there. If he wants to play again in the fall, we can request the same team, so that's nice to know.

Azx4 is really talking now. She's working on 3 and 4 word sentences. It's cute to see what she comes up with next. She's also started counting - from 1 to 10, she can get all the numbers in, usually not in the right order though. She's also working on her abc's - all letters she calls "c's", and she knows a few just by sight. Any letter "o" she can find a mile away. Have I mentioned she loves the Baby Mozart videos? Even the ones Bubba didn't like at her age.

I'm doing good relatively speaking. I'm at 13 weeks tomorrow, and by the way, thanks to all of you who sent out well wishes. I've sure needed them - been sick as all get out (way more than with the other two) since about 6 weeks. And I mean sick - all day, limited to pb&j, salads, chicken, and nothing that has even touched a drop of oil - whether fried, sauted, or whatever. It finally seems to be fading! I'm finally in maternity clothes too - got them all out of the attic and washed yesterday.

It's been really hot here lately. Yesterday we hit 101. Joy. It's just the end of May. However, it was pretty funny yesterday. The kids and I were playing around in the wading pool, and because of the shadows from the trees in the backyard and the clouds passing by, we had to get out because we were cold. The local news was on as we came in, and the weather guy announced we had just hit 101. I thought it was amusing.

Hope this finds you all well, and I will really make an effort to keep this updated more often.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The soccer champion! (while we're glad he had fun, it is nice to have our Saturdays back for a bit...) Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Mother's Day!! Posted by Hello