Sunday, June 29, 2008


I just love this picture.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Popsicle Incident

I'd seen signs of it coming for a while. And, if I were being real honest with myself, I knew the day would come. And if I'm being even more honest, I know there will be more and they will be worse (possibly much worse).

Josiah had his first temper tantrum.
I'm sure his version of what happened will differ from mine and you'll just need to ask him for yourself and decide who's cornering the market on the truth here. Here's my side:

It was a hot summer day and I thought the perfect time to bring out some popsicles! I consider this an "outside" treat and not something I want to be cleaning off our walls and furniture forever. So, I offer both boys the delicous summer treat. My plan was to allow Josiah a few (or more) tastes and that'd be it. When I decided he'd had enough, I casually hid the frozen treat and planned to move on. "Not so fast," screamed Baby Si.

And oh was he mad!

Jon David took forever with his and I finally decided to leave him on the deck while bringing my screaming baby into the house. I could watch Jon David through the window and Josiah could continue his temper tantrum on the carpet. I'm not sure if Jon David was taunting Josiah by standing right near the door sucking on the popsicle or if Jon just wanted to be able to see us. But, the more he stood outside and gingerly enjoyed his treat, the more Josiah flipped out. Temper, temper, temper. This lasted a good 5 minutes and I believe that we have had our first glimpse into my ever-changing baby boy.

How did the tantrum end? Jon David finally finished his treat and Si eventually forgot what he was so mad about. He just suddenly stopped crying and went back to playing.

(Oh - and Josiah would like for me to add to his 10-month updates: 6 teeth (well, sort of - the top 4 are about 60% out) and he can stand unassisted for about 5 - 10 seconds.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Puzzle update

Jon David completed the 36-peice puzzle all by himself today. We are so proud!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Josiah - 10 months

Josiah is 10 months (and 4 days)! Oh, he's just getting too big! We playfully call him "Super Si" or "Super Si Me" - as in the movie that we've never seen, "Super Size Me." JD also came up with Si-anara as in the Japanese word sayonara meaning goodbye. I also sometimes call him my sweet "Jo Sam" - as in Josiah Samuel. Who knew we'd have such fun with his beautiful name!

New developments:

Anger "issues" associated with 99% of diaper changes and sometimes meal times just go unexplicably wrong

Walking while pushing empty Pampered Chef boxes and various walking toys

LOVE for pulling hair (not actually new, but painfully of note)

Lots of babbling but still only saying, "DaDa"

Weight: 21 lbs 5 1/2 oz (25 - 50%)

Serious cruising skills

(check out his seriously cool bib - with vinyl for easy clean-up - from Aunt Deeees)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Mom was right!

Okay, so maybe my mom was right. She would say of Jon David when he was just months old, "Oh, Denise, he is so smart!" I smiled at her and told her that all parents (and grandparents) thought their kids were the best, smartest, etc. I mean, he took FOREVER to catch on with sign language. No, I did not think he was below average but I also did not think he was as smart as my mom kept saying.

But then things started happening...

Like how he remembers places more than I do. Last week we were near the local sports/entertainment center. He had been there one other time in February for a very brief (and traumatic for all) trip to the circus with my sister. He refused to listen or sit in his seat so he was not able to stay for the circus. ANYWAY, he'd only been there one time before Saturday and it was 4 months ago. There are no signs indicating a circus had been there but he tells us, "The circus was here." Huh??? These things happen all the time.

Today he saw the plastic container that held some flowers we planted last October. The little container fell below the deck and behind some bushes. He said to me, "That's from when we planted flowers with MiMi (my mom)."

So, we got him a 36-piece puzzle last night. JD did it a few times with him last night and I did it with him once this morning. So, imagine my surprise when I find him working on it and it's 70% completed! No, he did need a little help getting all the little sections he put together into one large puzzle this afternoon but he's not far from cracking the code on this one.

So, Mom, maybe you are right. Maybe he is smart!! :)

(This video is funny because he is singing one of my silly Josiah songs. I sing, "Jooosiiiah, you are the baby of all the babies" and it's sung to the chorus of The Love Boat. Where you'd hear, "The LOVE Boat, promises something-something-something is when I'm saying, "JoSIAAAh."

This one shows Jon David actually putting the puzzle together.

Friday, June 20, 2008

He did it all by himself!

Wow - such a look of pride. The joy of accomplishment! The unbeatable satisfaction of a job well done! Yes, my big boy is feeling pretty good, as you can see, about finishing this 24-peice puzzle. Over the past week, we've done this puzzle a lot. But today, he was able to do it all by himself. I was also impressed that he was able to answer me when asked, "Who helped you with this" and he responded, "Nobody!"

Friday, June 13, 2008

More Si

More Si! Here are a few more Fun in the Sun pictures. I just look at that little face and thank God for him! What a little joy he is! He has great fun with his big brother especially outside with the sand/water table.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Box Walking

Look at our busy little fella! Who needs a walker when you have an upside-down Pampered Chef box? We got great chuckles this morning watching little Si cruise around the house pushing the empty box. Now, if it had been full of stuff and heavy, then I'd be REALLY impressed!

Si, you are indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made"! Psalm 139:14 Thank you, Lord, for our very busy and very mobile boy!

Friday, June 6, 2008

A Day with Thomas

(I can't even imagine what he's thinking looking at the "real" Thomas!)

"Thomas - he's the cheeky one! James is vain but lots of fun..." (that's the Thomas theme song).

Oh, yes, it's THOMAS!!! Daddy took Jon David to see Thomas and Friends on Monday. In light of Si's unfortunate case of HFM, we decided to keep him home (he's all better, thank goodness!). My two guys with the same name headed to the NC mountains for the trip of all trips.

The report is that Jon David had fun but was not quite sure what was happening. I think you can tell that from his concerned expression in the pictures. It's funny - there is this carefree, FULL of life little boy that I know and love. And, then there is the timid, "no change is good" boy whom I also adore. I guess we're all allowed to have many facets to our personalities and this is how the good Lord made him. It's just always a little striking to me when I see him so timid.

He loved the Thomas ride and did not want it to end. There were other festivities at the site that he was not particularly interested in. So, they headed home after a great day of train rides, tattoos and the like.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Covered in Coal Dust

In case you can't understand what Jon David is saying, here it is: "I'm covered in coal dust!!"

Ahh, life when everything has a Thomas the Tank Engine reference. :) Like a total goof ball, he wanted the water from the hose sprayed into his face. Weirdo!

Where is Si you ask? Well, he's hanging out with the very lovely, very contagious "hand, foot and mouth" virus. Poor guy. We kept him out of the pool for obvious reasons. Pray for him!