Monday, April 23, 2012

Easter 2012

I know, Easter was weeks ago...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

And they're off!

Joshua and Jacob are right on the verge of walking, even more so now than last week when I snapped this photo. They LOVE to push this toy around together:

Unlike with crawling, where Josh was almost two months ahead of Jacob, they've been neck in neck for the footrace. Josh probably pulled to a stand first, but Jacob was the one inclined to let go and practice his balance. Josh cruised the furniture more, and Jacob was more willing to pick up his foot without anything to hold onto. Josh took 2-3 steps here and there before Jacob, and Jacob was the first to string together 6 or 8. The past few days I've "caught" Joshua walking further and more often, but I have no doubt that when they're finally up and mobile, they'll be toddling around together.

Here's another toy they love to share lately:


The babies haven't been spending much time outside, unless we pull the exersaucers out on the back porch or push them around in the stroller.   It's just not as easy to carry two babies around while doing yardwork or playing in sandboxes.  :)  I have vague memories of spreading quilts out on the grass for the older kids to spend time outside before they were walking, but these two are not as easy to contain.  Dave constructed this labyrinth of a play area today, with tunnels and tents and playscapes and slides, thinking it would be entertaining enough to keep them corralled a little bit.

Entertaining, yes.  Corralling, no.  Every time Josh came out of that tunnel, he'd head straight across the backyard, toward dirt piles and flower beds and mud and bugs and...

"Hey, mom!  Take a picture of me too!" says Amelia.

So I quickly, quickly, quickly snap a photo of her coming out of the tunnel, and RUN to catch up with Joshua, just in time to find him...

... on top of the picnic table.  (The camera was already in my hand.  I snapped this photo as I was dropping the camera to catch the baby.  Really, I promise!)

Back to the buckles, babies!! 

(Dave tells me he caught Josh standing on top of the piano bench earlier this week.  So much for baby-proofing.)

Monday, April 2, 2012


This is Noah's first year in soccer. Watching 4-5 year olds run around the field with varying degrees of athleticism is actually quite amusing.  It's been fun so far!

Here's photographic proof that he got his foot on the ball!