Sunday, July 12, 2009

Movers and Shakers

Clay has been helping Cole break in his Cars roller skates. Cole enjoys practicing but likes to stop and rest a lot. His skating is very much like Luke's walking; they're not professionals yet.

I haven't taken pictures of Luke's new walking abilities but I would say he has advanced to "official walker" status. In fact, we just noticed last week that he hardly ever crawls anymore. Here he is on one of the bikes at the children's museum (he's still too little to reach pedals). can I tie this picture in with the post title "Movers and Shakers"? Uhhh...Luke's and Cole's lives are so fast paced that they sleep in the kitchen drawer at night so they can grab beakfast extra fast in the morning before they head out?
And once they are in the car, Luke takes care of the driving.

Seriously, as soon as I set him into our van he walks over to the steering wheel with keys in hand, finds the biggest key, and sticks it in the ignition just enough for it to stay hanging there.

Then he climbs into the driver's seat and pretends to drive. I had to capture this because he does it every time.

Beach Bums

We had a great time at the beach with our friend Jaime and her husband and kids. I was so excited when she called and invited us since we were looking at another Friday with Clay at his intensive class. It's so wonderful when someone helps you fill the day with fun things. I was even more excited when I heard that the beach was just on the other side of Malibu. Reason? Because then at the end of the day, I would be able to say to people, "Yeah, me and the boys just hung out in Malibu today. We're pretty cool like that". :) I'm very silly.

I don't have any pictures of Cole in the water but he was going crazy! He loved the waves and getting knocked over by them. Luke liked it too. He thought the sand was fantastic!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th of July

We had a wonderful Independence Day! In the morning we went to my Dad's ward's pancake breakfast. Here is Cole at the flag raising ceremony. He let me paint his face and let me do paint touch-ups throughout the day. He told me "I'm sacrificing myself for the 4th of July".

It's not all sacrifice though. He enjoyed his chocolate chip pancakes very much.

My sister Amanda and I were talking about how much we love Breanne's sugar cookie, fruit pizza's. They are so delicious! We decided that we needed to make one American flag style. Cole placed all the fruit for us.

And sampled some too. We brought our masterpiece to the family bar-b-que at my grandparent's house.

Which brings me to the fateful drive to my grandparent's. We drove there with Amanda because why not save gas and we enjoy her company:) Her son, Connor, started seeming a little under the weather as we got nearer our destination. Then he started coughing--ooohh you know what kind of coughing I'm talking about (the kind that preceeds vomiting). Then it came, and came and came, right onto Cole!!! Poor little Connor. His clothes and Cole's clothes were completely soiled. Amanda kept driving and Cole and I were both frozen and speechless. Why do I always freeze in these kinds of situations? There's a number of things I could have done here to be helpful but nothing came to mind, except to hide my giggling from Cole and Amanda (Cole just had the funniest look on his face as he sat there staring at his soaked arms.) We finally were able to "re-group" at my grandparent's. Amanda drove Connor straight home and I drove my parent's car to the nearest Wal-Mart to get Cole some new shorts (after convincing my mom it was ok to take Cole to the store in just a shirt and underpants--I mean, come on, it's Wal-Mart. I'm sure the employees there have seen worse than a little boy with no shorts on). Anyway, one shopping trip and just $3 later, we were able to enjoy some BBQ hot dogs.

My favorite part of the 4th...FIREWORKS!!! Cole insisted that we go to the same park we go to every year. I can't blame him, I like keeping up traditions too.

A few days earlier we had a wonderful time visiting Clay's brother Clark and his wife Liesel and their beautiful little baby girl, Maybree. It was so nice to spend time with them and meet their sweet little girl.


For those of you who don't know, our animal family has expanded to include two female dwarf hamsters. I had always thought that when it came to pets, I would never own a rodent, but these two hamsters are so adorable! Seriously, I am really quite fond of them. As I've mentioned before, ever since having little babies, I have had this inexplicable love and adoration for all creatures great and small.

Cole and I, and even Clay, love to hold them. They are approx. 2 inches of furriness and cuteness. Luke would squeeze them to death if he held them, so for now he just love's to watch them run through their exercise wheel and tunnel, and he love's to open and close the doors on the cage. Needless to say, we've had a hamster or two on the loose a few times...which is hilarious and fun, so much so that Cole let one loose on purpose today. The hamster that belongs to Luke is named Daphne (I got to name it) and Cole hasn't decided on a name for his. For now he affectionately calls it no name.

And just in case you are dying to see pictures of our other creatures (taken with our rather lousy camera) are Luke's male and female bettas, named by Cole Scaley and Scaley.

Goose, our rose-haired tarantula.

Goose's food: crickets

Cole has also come across a few dead bugs that he keeps on his dresser: a couple grasshoppers, a dragonfly, a moth, and a couple others we're not sure of.

And here we have the great "circle of life" atop Cole's dresser.