Since the mall was closed, we had the place to ourselves for all the elevator rides and piggybacks we wanted.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Of course, big brother wanted to help. He was insistent on giving William an underdog, but sufficed with doing commentary for Will, "weee, baby, weee....he likes it, he likes it!"
"Okay, get him out - its my turn!"
The adorable construction site cake was a big hit with the boys.
Everyone was in shock with how much William has grown since they last saw him. Basically, he's as big as Giada - and she was born in December '08!
Daddy preps the vanilla bean as Nicholas stirs. Gotta love watching two boys busy in the kitchen.
Our ice cream maker is a vintage 1960's Sears Roebucks. It works like a charm, but is terribly loud - so we put it in the bathroom. (Yes, in this house, our potty seat is in the kitchen and the ice cream maker goes in the bathroom - I think we've officially confused Nicholas!)
As we waited on and on for the ice cream, we watched the shuttle prepare to launch. Nicholas was ecstatic the entire time and loved watching the astronauts get in their suits. Let's just say it was quite the battle to get him down for bed, since the shuttle wasn't launching until midnight. He woke first thing the next morning asking to watch the recording.
Out little astronaut in training!
Big Brother Dillon inspected his long-awaited baby sister.
The Ryans are now a family of 4!
Awww, proud big brother.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Nicholas just admires the big boys of the neighborhood. He's always reporting what antics they are up to and finds it so hard to stay in our yard when they are out playing in the street. The other day I caught him yelling to the boys, "come over to my house and play with me in my backyard!" Sure enough, his buds Andrew and Bryant came over. Nicholas was psyched and kept saying, "hey, check this out!" as he showed them his playset, sandbox and hose. He even started pumping his legs when swinging (despite all my efforts this summer, all it took was watching an 8 year old). The best was when Nicholas came to me and said, "Andrew and my friend want a popsicle."
Another new interest - picking out his own clothes and footware for the day. His preference is still for pajamas, but I have to say there's been some unique fashion statements.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Glad to know that under his big belly are some growing ab muscles!
"the computer with the little green phone!"
At the store, he even told me he had to go potty. After hauling both kids out of the cart and into the restroom, Nicholas had already found the "magic sink." I was super proud of him for pulling himself away to do his business.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Look at that smile!
It's obvious this will be a favorite!
William was especially content in his seat for an unusually long time. Later I realized he had the perfect view of a black maple tree waving over a light blue sky. He's still mesmerized with high contract.
and he shared his potty prize suckers from the day.
On Day 2, we took a long walk/bike ride and celebrated dryness (with Nicholas toting his potty prize in the "trunk" of his bike)!
William has really found his hand (looks to be a potential southpaw like Mommy). He's also started to hold onto small toys.
~ another pajama shot - with the hand ~
For the first time, the boys played together. They shared a pillow and Nicholas activated the lights and music for William. (Don't be alarmed by Nicholas' appearance - he had gotten a little too into scented markers earlier that day.)
I'll definitely remember this day, seeing my two boys interact so nicely with each other...despite Nicholas being bottomless and marker-stained and both in their pajamas mid-afternoon.