Sunday, July 31, 2011

Little Elvis' big vacation

My parents took Little Elvis on a trip to see a big train in a nearby bigger town.
I'm not sure my parents were really impressed with the train, but Little Elvis was.
See? It's a BIG train!
All of the train watching wore him out! Little Elvis and his Coachpa are the biggest of buddies.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Little cow comparison

One of the pictures we took of Baby Plum during the Cow Appreciation Day this year reminded me of another little cow a few years ago.
Baby Plum '11
Little Elvis '08

The hair is different, and Baby Plum is older, but the squinchy face is the same. Both boys loved doing the squinchy as a toddler.

I realize the angle is all wrong, but I still see it. Will need to find a better representation of their similarities.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Catch up with Little Elvis

I'm still feeling pretty crummy, so no new pics. This is a picture of Little Elvis from VBS at the beginning of the summer. I'm assuming he's a guard.

He's been a funny little guy recently.

My birthday was Thursday, and my parents took us out to eat at Olive Garden. While we were waiting for a table, Little Elvis plopped down beside me and said, "How's your life?" I'm assuming he picks these things up from us, but I don't think either of us say this. Still, it was funny watching him pretend to be a grown up.

On Sunday we were sitting in the pew at church and I pointed to a word I thought he would know, and asked, "What's that word?"

He pointed to a spot in the bulletin where the word "Word" was. It impressed me.

He went on to have a complete meltdown with the teenagers who take the little ones during the service. We had to go home early. Not so impressed then.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Regular morning at our house

Can you think of a better way to start the day than by covering your stomach with stickers and donning Mommy's shoes?Little Elvis can't either. Even though he's been out of diapers for a while, he still prefers to spend his summers around the house in nothing but his Calvins (or OshKoshes if you want to be specific.) It's better than last year when he spent the summer in nothing but his birthday suit.
Baby Plum also likes the just a diaper option, but prefers to be naked. He doesn't get that chance very often. Yesterday, he bolted out of the bathroom after taking a shower with me. By the time I dried off, he had reappeared. I asked him if he peed anywhere and he said he did. He wasn't lying -- he peed on my purse. Nice. Guess he's marking his territory. That money is his, all his!

See him brandishing the toothbrush? I'm pretty sure he's asking Bob if it's ok to hit Little Elvis with it. Baby Plum loves to whack his brother on the head with random objects. Books, cars and hairbrushes hurt! Balloons are ok, though.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book reviews

A few months ago, I signed up to be a book reviewer for the BlogHer Book Club. So far, I've read two books, and I've discovered that being a critic is a lot harder than I thought it would be!

BlogHer Book Club Reviewer

My first review was for a young adult book called, "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen.

Here's a direct link to my review. Please feel free to read it and let me know what you think.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Elvis' little people

Little Elvis is not quite 4 1/2. Today, he sat down beside me while I wrote a book review, and started drawing pictures of all of his friends from pre-school last year.

To most people this might not be a big deal, but for Little Elvis it's huge. Little Elvis hates drawing, writing, or doing pretty much anything with a writing instrument. (I believe it's because he's a lefty in a home with two righties.)

But once he started drawing his friends, he didn't stop.

Here he is making his "cheesy" face with all of his drawings. I think they are really good for someone who doesn't like to draw.Here's a scan of two of his favorites -- Electric Man (this is a new character to me) and his best friend from school last year.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cow Appreciation Day

I know, Cow Appreciation Day (aka free food at Chick-fil-A) was almost a week ago. And I'm not sure how long it's been since I last posted. I've been sick, but am starting to get better.

Grandpa Stew came down for a visit last week, just in time Cow Appreciation Day. He and Bob wore special outfits. The boys and I wore ears stapled to our hats, yarn tails and spots. The boys looked a lot cuter than I did, though I did have a pink hat and matching pink tail. (Bob made them, because I've been so out of it.)
Here are all of our cows dressed up for the big day. We were told that we were the best dressed, and the best family. People came over and took our pictures. We were stars. All of the males went to play in the play area, while I watched our stuff. The Chick-fil-A cow sat with me for a while. We chewed our cud and stared at each other.

It was a lot of fun, and Little Elvis made a new buddy in the play area.

Both boys had a great time playing and reading (it's getting to be both boys' favorite past time) with Grandpa Stew.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Which direction?

Little Elvis spent the holiday weekend with my parents. I believe he's spent more time with them than us this summer. But he loves it. The fresh air does him good.

Last night our little explorer came out of the bathroom right before bedtime with a handtowel. When I asked what he was doing, he replied, "Wiping the pee off of the step stool."

I get into the bathroom, asking him why he pee-peed on the step stool, which is nowhere near the toilet. The stool, the floor, the wall, the side of the sink, and a little drawer thing were dripping.

It took me several tries to get him to finally answer my "why" question. His reason? He was peeing to the north and the west.

Our little navigator was trying to draw a compass with pee I guess.

We had a hard time keeping straight faces while we cleaned up the mess.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Oh, how he's grown

Last weekend was not the first time Little Elvis posed with gold lame Elvis.

He posed the first time when he was 3 months old.
Look at the difference!

Here's a closer shot of the snarling 4-year-old. The eyes are the same, but that's about all.
I don't have a 3-month-old shot of Baby Plum with the Neighbear, but here's a closer one of him as well. Baby Plum looks so different from even just a few months ago. It's mostly the hair, but maybe it's having more of his teeth in as well.

This morning he pouted at me, and I swear it took me back to Little Elvis circa 21 months. I'll have to do a picture comparison of them next. And my mom sent me some pics of me at 2 which I'll put in as well.