This afternoon Calvin asked to paint. At the same time I heard sounds of Wesley finally waking from him 3 1/2 hour nap. I was in a great mood for my kids to get messy, so I thought it would be a good day to introduce Wesley to the world of painting. They both had a wonderful time! Now we just need to buy more paint, since we used most of our supply.
Calvin’s Train Birthday Party December 27, 2011
Calvin’s party took place over a month ago, but I haven’t found the time until now to write about it. He had a Thomas the Train party. He loves Thomas and all his friends. We have books, movies and trains to testify to his love of this subject. And now we have even more! Wesley is also starting to be very interested in trains, so it works out well.
For weeks after his party he kept talking about the day his friends came over the day he had a party. It’s good to know that he enjoyed the day!
In Case You Haven’t Heard…. November 23, 2011
We are expecting our 3rd baby in the middle of May. The first trimester has gone extremely fast. I have been feeling pretty good. It’s nice that Calvin is old enough to already understand what is going on. He went to the ultrasound with us. When my turn was done he wanted a turn. I asked him if there was a baby in his belly. He said that there was no baby, just food.
Now, to answer some of the questions we are being asked most frequently:
Where you planning on getting pregnant? Yes and no. We weren’t planning on being pregnant quite so soon, but we were definitely planning on having more children. One of the main reasons for waiting was that we don’t have an abundance of space in our house. Which brings us to the next question:
Where are you going to put the baby (to sleep)? Calvin will transition to the twin bed that is already in his room sometime in the next month. Late spring/ early summer Wesley will transition to sleeping in the crib in Calvin’s room. The baby will sleep in our room for the first three months or so. Then s/he will move upstairs to Wesley’s current bedroom.
Rice Krispie Treats September 16, 2011
Calvin had a great time making rice krispies with the leftover marshmallows from his brother’s birthday party. We ate them in less than 24 hours! I think we should make this easy dessert/ snack more often.
Railroad Museum/ Choo Choo Barn September 5, 2011
Our two train stops on vacation were the Choo Choo Barn and the Railroad Museum. They are both located in Strasburg, PA. We went to the Choo Choo Barn on our first day of vacation. We spent about 45 minutes walking around the miniature world that they have created. It is amazing to see all of the details that they put into this train display. My favorite part is when you hear the fire siren. One of the houses is on fire! A fire engine comes out of the fire station and drives to the house. Firefighters emerge from the fire engine. One climbs a ladder and starts using an axe on the roof. Another fire fighter aims a hose at the fire and water shoots out. The last fire fighter emerges from the house carrying a person. The fire is put out, the fire fighters return to the engine and the engine returns to the station.
Our visit to the Railroad Museum took up most of our day on Thursday (of our vacation.) The building is filled with trains from days gone by. Calvin was especially fond of the train that resembled Emily from the Thomas the Train series. It was a green steam engine with big wheels. After checking out the many trains inside we headed to the train yard to see even more trains. The highlight of this section for me was seeing the turn table. The rest of the hours that the museum was open was spent in the educational section. Calvin, Dean and Wesley played with the six train tables. Calvin’s favorite was the big LEGO version that had Thomas trains to build. Dean enjoyed playing with the set that had remote controls to move the trains. Wesley liked playing with any pieces that he found on the floor. I sat back and enjoyed watching my boys play with the trains.
Barnyard Birthday Brunch August 29, 2011
We celebrated Wesley’s 1st birthday this past Saturday, August 27th. The guest list consisted of family. I chose to make brunch because I love breakfast foods, but I didn’t want to invite everyone over at 7 in the morning.
Aunt Karen took some great pictures:
The food prep started several days before. We had quiche (broccoli cheddar and tomato basil), home fries, sticky buns, haystacks, blueberry baked oatmeal, homemade raspberry pop tarts, fruit salad and bacon. My mom helped me an aweful lot- THANKS MOM!! We also made three cakes- a pig, a sheep and a cow.
I also made a table runner with the above fabric and cloth napkins.
We had a great party! After three days of cleaning up I think all of the dishes are finally done and the house is returning to it’s normal pace.
All Aboard! July 27, 2011
One of Calvin’s current favorite sayings: “All aboard! Chugga, chugga, chugga…” We took the boys on a train ride at the Iron Heritage Festival. I decided we would take the train to Bloomsburg rather than to Northumberland. I thought there would be more cars and animals to see if we headed toward Bloomsburg. A friend of mine and her two kids went along with us.