Monday, November 29, 2010

My Little Helpers

The boys are starting to get excited when I talk about them helping me. Kyle, especially, gets such a proud face when I thank him for helping me with something. They like to help load laundry into the washing machine and then put wet chothes in the dryer.

They have had a fasination with brooms forever. And then there is the vacuum and the dustbuster. With a little more training, I'll have these two cleaning the house in no time!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I walked into the living room one morning to find the boys like this...

Kyle is sipping on his milk (shocking) in just his diaper and Kase is just chillin', reading the Pottery Barn catalog. Crack me up!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ducks Like Carbs Too

My friend, Cari, invited us over to go feed the ducks near their house. On the way there it started raining so we met up with Cari and Mase at their house to wait out the rain. The boys had a blast playing (and making a mess) with Mase's toys. Mase loves to throw balls as much as Kyle and Kase do, and he is really good at making baskets!

Once the rain let up, we followed Cari and Mase to the big pond near their house. Kase "needed" to take Mase's toy bus with him to the pond. He was sure to return it when it was time to go!

The boys really liked throwing pieces of bread to the ducks and watching them eat them right up.

Thanks for letting us come over and play Cari and Mase! We can't wait to do it again some time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cookies and Kyle

After googling "twin costumes" with Lara one night on our couch, it was decided that the boys would be milk and cookies for Halloween. And when the question of who would be what was asked, we all laughed at the silly question. Of course Kyle would be milk... he drinks like a gallon a day. And Kase is often referred to as the Carb King. And his favorite carbs are the sweet ones.

Kase: unrecognizable toddler talk
Me: "what?"
Kase: more toddler talk
Me: "what?"
Kase: "cootee"
Me: "Oh, you want a cookie?"
Kase: "oh tay!"

My crafty sister, Jenny, whipped up a cookie costume after I sent her some links to some other home made cookies and also the link to the Pottery Barn Cookie costume that they were selling... for $49.99... on sale! No thank you!

Jenny was over for dinner one night when we were finishing up Kyle's milk costume. Luckily, my even craftier neighbor, Jamie was also over. She watched us stumble over a plan to make the milk and then lead us all over to her house so that she could sew up her masterpiece. In like 15 seconds. We also crafted a straw out of a wrapping paper tube and some grosgrain ribbon.

When Halloween arrived, Kase was all about his cookie. And seriously, can he be any cuter? I could eat him up.

Kase was also all about Kyle's straw.

But, so was Kyle. And that was all he was about. He would NOT put on that milk costume.

"Straw!!!" He knew exactly what it was even though it was ginormous!

No amount of coaxing was getting Kyle in that costume. So what can you do but go to a party as Cookies and Kyle.

Our friends, the Sykora's, have an awesome Halloween party each year. There were tons of kids running around everywhere. But, Kyle and Kase had something else on their agendas besides kids in costumes, candy, and games.

They had spotted the tractor! Jason and I spent the 45 minutes that we were at the party chasing the boys from one tractor (an actual tractor that was going to pull the hay ride later in the night) to another tractor (a golf cart like vehicle that was easy to climb up on). Their friend, Parker, also liked to play on the tractor and he even let Kyle wear his hat. Kyle loved that!

The boys got pretty crabby when we tried to get them from the tractor after 45 minutes, and Jason and I were tired of standing off to the side making sure they didn't fall off the tractors... or break them, or drive them, or lose the keys... So we headed home before the City closed the entrance into our subdivision.

Apparently our neighborhood is the Halloween hotspot in Lorena. People park at the bank and are able to safely walk from house to house to do their trick or treating. Neighbors decorate and set up haunted houses in their backyards. It was really neat to see, and I can't wait until the boys are bigger and really able to join in the fun. We just made it to two houses and headed back for baths and bed. And Kyle still wouldn't wear his costume.

Once back at home, we flipped on our porch light, and Jason handed out pencils (they were a hit!) and candy while I gave the boys a bath. The boys got quite a haul for only visiting two houses, so for their hard work I let them have a sucker... in the bath tub!

They had to brush their teeth extra long to get all of that blue off their mouths!

It was a fun Halloween, but I know we have even more fun in our future. And I can't wait!

The Pumpkin Patch

Jen and Harper invited us to their play group date at the pumpkin patch. I had grand ideas of getting a cute picture of the boys together among the pumpkins, but that didn't quite happen.

Kyle was all about the pumpkins...

...all about throwing them... not so much sitting next to them!

Kyle was not so interested in my perfect back drop of pumpkins!

This was the only shot I got of both of them by the pumpkins... at least they have cute little tushes!

The pumpkin patch was at a church that had a playground. The boys really wanted in that playground... luckily if was protected by a fence.

Not quite the picture I was going after... but still kinda cute!

I didn't get the cute fall photos that I wanted (probably because it was close to 90 degrees), but the boys still had fun getting to run around. And we will try it again next year!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Playin' In The Rain

The boys were playing outside one day in October when it started raining. They weren't quite ready to come in from playing so they stood under the patio and watched the rain fall for a while. They both thought it was pretty cool!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cuddly Kase

Both of the boys like to cuddle... and I love that they do! Jason was home when Kase and I were laying on the couch cuddling so I asked his to get a couple pictures of us. They didn't turn out the best, but I know I'll look back at them in 20 years and just love them... especially since I'm usually the one behind the camera and don't make it in many photos.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lovin' This Weather

Here in Texas, we don't get much of a Spring... Summer usually hits us in full force, but this year we have had such a nice Fall. It finally started to cool down a bit in September, and October was so pleasant. And that meant lots of outside play time for the boys.

They are old enough that I can send them outside by themselves for a while. I may have to break up a fight over one of the cars (even though we have two of everything) or give out some hugs and kisses after someone takes a spill, but its always nice to get a few minutes of quiet.

One Sunday afternoon in October, I set the boys up to color outside on their picnic table. Kyle colored and Kase drove his truck all over the back yard. The road trip started on the table so that he could bug his brother.

Kyle was pretty serious about his coloring... no truck was going to slow him down!

The truck took an off road trip under the table...

... and then through one of the flower(less) beds.

Man, I love these guys! When I can manage to keep everyone happy, days like this are just so fun!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Pencil Picker Upper

I picked up some Halloween pencils at the Target One Spot to pass out on Halloween. (Don't worry, I got candy too. I didn't want to be known as the lady who hands out pencils instead of candy to Trick or Treaters.)

Anyway, when I got them home, I set them on top of the TV components that we try to keep safe by surrounding with the baby fence. Maybe not the smartest thing to do because the boys just wanted (and did get) inside the fence to get the pencils. I would find them spilled all over.

One day, Kyle asked me to hand him the little bucket of pencils. I gave them to him and he sat and played with them so nicely. He would fill up the bucket and them spill them out and do it all over again. I tried to get him to sort them into the different colors, and he did that for a while, but had more fun making a mess and picking them up again.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dinner With Friends

One Sunday night in October, we had our friends, the Warren's, over for dinner. We let the boys stay up a bit past their 7pm bedtime. So that meant that the adults would have to eat dinner with four little ones still up and running around. Obviously, we only had one option... to send the kids outside to eat their dinner! Caden and Claire are both good eaters... like even with vegetables! I think Kyle and Kase followed in their footsteps because I have never seen them sit and eat so well. They both ate rice and black beans like it was going out of style. And Kase tried unsweet tea in his sippy cup for the first time. He liked it! Kyle stuck with the water!

The kids sat and ate and then entertained themselves long enough for the adults to have a quiet dinner... even if it was only 5 minutes.

Kase wore the proof of his good dinner all over his face.

Next was bath time. And because dinner and dessert ran a little late, Claire climbed in with the boys as well. The boys had a good time showing Claire their bath markers and crayons.