Wednesday, February 28, 2007

February 28, 2007

It's hard to believe our sons have been home for over a month now.

Cute little overalls from Great Grandma Rilla.

Nick's newest thing is that he will go to the fridge and look at me when he wants a drink from his sippy cup. He also goes to his high chair when he wants something to eat. He knows where the snack food is kept and will stare at that cabinet when he wants something from there.

Ben walks long distances now, across a couple of large rooms and around the kitchen island. He is much better at maintaining his balance, although he still falls once in a while and still holds his hands above his head. He still crawls when he wants to get somewhere quickly.

Ben hit his cheek on a small table and is now sporting a black eye. Poor little guy. He doesn't seem to notice it though and it sure has not slowed him down.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

February 21, 2007

Today we went for a walk along the river and stopped for their first taste of ice cream. Nick pulled back as soon as it touched his tongue. They are not used to cold foods/drinks. He tried it again though and the chocolate won him over.
Ben had no issues with it from the get go:).

Funny picture..."It's all gone??!"

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

February 20, 2007

Nicholas, holds my sneaker. It's only size 7.5 but it looks huge next to him! He really likes shoe strings or anything soft to hold while he is sucking his thumb.

Nick's vocabulary increases a bit each day. His newest words are banana and tractor. He chatters a lot and will frequently try to repeat words, when we are trying to get him to say a word.

Do you like the socks and sandals:)? This is my solution to cold feet on our wood floors.

Here is Ben, feeding himself a cracker. This was a big step for him.

One of my favorite pics of Ben, learning to walk, hands up in the air, fingers crossed, and a huge grin on his face. So cute!!

Nick, recovering from pneumonia. Thankfully we caught it early.

As Nick sleeps/recovers, Ben plays, wishing Nick would wake up. I thought this was too funny. He will sometimes lift one foot off the floor, so he can lean into the toy basket further. He actually fell in head first once and it was hysterical (he was not hurt but needed help getting out:). My mom and sister were here and we all had a good chuckle.

Ben, palming the ball. He was excited when he realized that he could do this.

Monday, February 19, 2007

February 19, 2007

My husband and I were married 2 years ago today and it was a very special day and a beautiful wedding. We have had a busy two years: we moved from Texas to Oklahoma, my husband changed jobs, I quit my job to be a stay at home wife and mother, we sold a house and bought a new house and, of course, we adopted our two little sons. It has been a wonderful two years and I would not change a thing. We are very blessed indeed.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

February 18, 2007

We went to church today for the first time since we returned from Russia. We sat in the nursery for a while and played and then left when the boys were doing well. After the service we went back to their room to get them. As soon as Nick saw me he started to cry, although they said he had been fine, had played the entire hour we were gone, and that was the first time he had cried. Ben was being rocked by one of the caregivers. Both boys were so tired they crashed as soon as they were in the car. We picked up some carry-out food on our way home and fed them as soon as we got home and then put them down for naps. Overall, a good first Sunday at church with the boys.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

February 13, 2007

Yesterday evening Ben was standing next to me, holding on to the couch. Suddenly, he put both hands above his head and took off walking across the living room, with a huge grin on his face. He can now take 7 or 8 steps on his own, although he picks up speed along the way, which causes him to fall eventually. He is so cute. He always puts both arms straight up and crosses his fingers and has that big grin.

Nicholas, at 15 months old, has hair so fair you can hardly see it.  He is such a cutie.

Benjamin walked from where I was on the couch to the window/door and then started touching his brother and, at times, trying to hit him. Some normal fun time at our house:).

Nicholas was very interested in Benjamin's overalls.

Benjamin, turning to look at me after I told him "no hitting" and "be nice"...."who, me??".

Benjamin "touching" Nick's face.

Nicholas loves soft, stuffed animals.

Ben, retrieving the panda teddy bear from the toy basket and throwing/handing it to Nick.

Nick, getting a toy from the toy basket.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

February 4, 2007 Part 3

This evening, Nick was walking around the living room, saw his shadow and it scared him so badly he went running to daddy, half crying/whining. He kept going back to see it again and again though and became less and less scared each time. It was pretty funny.

During nap time today, I heard "meow meow" over the baby monitor and could hear one of the boys jabbering. I sneaked into their room and could see Dancer the cat lying in the middle of the floor, looking at them in their cribs and meowing at them. They were both in their cribs, one standing and one sitting, watching him. Nick was sitting and kind of half crying/whining and I think he had been awakened by Dancer. Ben was standing and fully enjoying the cat show. Hmmmm, I wonder how often this has happened.

Today, Nick said (or tried to say) "bye bye", while waving, when dad left to go run errands. He also tried to say "baby". Ben listens very intently when we try to teach him new words, although he does not try to say them much. He does wave bye bye and my husband and I both think he can probably say a lot more words than he lets on.

February 4, 2007 Part 2

Dancer keeps a close eye out from the top of the chair.  This picture also has the little "All Aboard!" train that I mentioned in an earlier post.

Ben enjoys looking at books. They both know what "book" is now and Nick tries to say it. They love books and will bring them to us often for us to read to them, although they don't always stick around for us to finish.

Ben rocks in the chair. Nick and Ben both like this little chair, although Nick likes to stand in it. This chair belonged to my sister and brother (twins) when they were little and I used it too.  It continues to be passed around and down through the generations.

February 4, 2007

This is Nicholas with our cat Dancer. I'm not sure why Dancer sticks around for this kind of torture but he does, at least once or twice a day.

Dancer scoots forward until his head is under the ottoman so it won't get squashed but, otherwise, he seems to enjoy a little attention from Nick every now and again.

Friday, February 02, 2007

February 2, 2007

Nicholas can say "kitty" and "kitty cat" and I think Benjamin can say it too. Nicholas repeats words a lot. He is quite the talker/babbler.  Benjamin babbles a lot during certain times of the day but a lot of the time he is more quiet. Sometimes we think we heard him say a word but then he does not repeat it and, days later, you start wondering if he really said it. My mom and sister were here the other day and Ben was playing with this little zoo-train thing that says "All Aboard!" and it really sounded like Ben repeated it just like the train.  All three of us looked at each other in surprise. It was funny. I have yet to hear him say it again though. I think I have heard him say kitty and mama too. I know I have heard Nick say those words and I think he has also tried to say book.