Sunday, September 03, 2017

Times My Kids Were Funny

Six months ago, on Valentines Day, was the last time I made spaghetti. In a last-minute effort to acknowledge the holiday, I threw some candles on the table. 

Fast forward to last week, I again made spaghetti, for the first time since our ambiance-filled Valentine's meal. Upon merely smelling the spaghetti cooking, Lincoln excitedly shouted from the other room, "We doing candles mom?!? Candle dinner?!?" 

I laughed in amazement at his memory, and when I tried to tell him not this time. He went into a panic as if he was convinced it was morally wrong to eat spaghetti without a flame nearby. 

So now you know boys, when you're reading this 20 years later, why we eat spaghetti with candles, as I'm sure this is a tradition Lincoln will insist follows us into adulthood. 
This little guy is one accidental kick away from rolling back to belly. Until then he's the great contortionist.
Jonah had his 4 month appointment where we learned he's 14 pounds, 25% for weight, 50% for height and 75% for head circumference. We also learned he had a "bulging ear infection" which was a complete surprise to me! I never would have guessed anything was wrong with the poor little fella!
 Lincoln is a habitual sampler. I get him breakfast in the morning. If anyone else wants a different breakfast than what he gets, he has to get what they got also. So he can take one bite of each. Then he watches me make Eli's school lunch. Demands a piece of everything I throw in the lunch box. Then he requests a bowl of goldfish so he can eat 2 of them. Anyway, life with Lincoln involves a lot of cleaning up plates that look like this:
Eli has discovered he can now lift Jonah without me turning into a total nervous nutcase. I still closely follow them around the house whenever Eli decides to take Jonah adventuring, and when asked about his ability to handle Jonah on stairs Eli thankfully admits, "I'm not prepared for that." Jonah generally seems amused by the teetering trips, so I just have to bite my tongue as I hope a brotherly bond is forming instead of a potential broken bone. We may end up with a little of both though.
A brother Jonah is a little more skeptical of is Lincoln. One morning Lincoln plopped down next to a once happy Jonah and started stealing all of Jonah's toys. Jonah began squawking to which Lincoln patted him on the belly and repeated, "It's okay. I'm right here." I loved Lincoln's reassuring words of "I'm right here" as that was probably the very thing causing Jonah to become distressed.
I came home from a run one morning to Lincoln mid-journey with a unicorn. He got a little bashful when the camera came out.
One Sunday we walked around the temple where Carson managed to weasel his way into the stroller seat and left Lincoln to fend for himself. Lincoln kept up and enjoyed the freedom, so this one turned out to be a win/win!

Taking a Bite Out of Another School Year

These two little fishies have of-fish-ally schooled themselves.
One fish, two fish, blue fish, blue fi--
We can thank Amazon's "Items you may also like" links for the themed backpacks this year. We clicked down a shark hole that grabbed hold of us and didn't let go. 
Both the boys were super stoked to start their first day. We had to fake Carson's first day 2 times before the real first day finally rolled around. Why must they torture kindergartners so?! I scheduled his assessment on the morning of the first day of school, then he had to wait 2 days, then do a parent/kid school day on Monday and then finally on Tuesday, almost a week after Eli had been going to school, he got his real REAL first day. Killer!
Someone wasn't about to let his lack of schooling cause him to miss out on a close up. 
Or a full-body shot. 
As luck would have it, these two little dudes ended up in the same class again!
And when I asked Eli about his first day of second grade, he threw me a big thumbs up.
Pretend first day #2 (go with a parent) rolled around for Carson and Edison who are in different kindergarten classes.
These sassy toddlers wouldn't allow us to forget their existence even if their existence is currently unrelated to the reason we were taking pictures.  They're cute enough to document no matter what the occasion...or lack thereof.
We finally made it to the real REAL first day of school!
Carson was 100% ready to wish me farewell and turn himself into an independent school goer. We're off to a great start!