Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Big Boy!

Saturday (the day before Gabe's birthday) we embarked on the delightful journey into potty-training, so our plans to take Gabe on a fun outing to celebrate turning 3 were slightly derailed as we were not brave enough to venture long with a newly-underweared birthday boy and his busy baby sister. Unknowingly, Uncle Collin came to the rescue by suggesting an visit to 'his' fire station to look at the fire trucks.

Since we
were headed to Elmwood for Sunday dinner anyway, we stopped by the station. Gabe was in heaven. In case you can't tell, he was literally jumping up and down with excitement at being able to be so close to (and even inside) the real fire trucks. Collin even let him turn on the lights, which was pretty cool, even for a mama who isn't into trucks. :)

Stay tuned for more pictures from the upcoming Train birthday party on Saturday.

Also, this picture was from a few weeks ago, but it is still fun and completely captures the essence of Gabe. The only thing you can't tell is missing from the photo is the barking dog sound effects that went along with him wearing my boots on his hands. He hasn't lost any of his toddler silliness by turning 3, that's for sure!

Me Too!

It seems like Claire's first words are going to be "Me Too!" since she wants to do everything that Gabe can do. If you give him a snack, she wants to eat it. If he is playing dump trucks, she wants to play. I captured this shot when they were having a shout-fest at each other after Gabe took away his cards that Claire was trying to play with. Normally this sort of thing makes me crazy as I spend the greater part of every day breaking up fights; but part of parenthood is remembering the good and the bad, so I took a picture instead of taking a side, and thereby found humor in the situation. I never would have guessed that sibling rivalry would take root so young.

Only a few minutes later, they were able to play peacefully together, which is how I got this shot. I love the random moment during any given day when they will do this and look forward to the time when they spend less time shouting and more time cooperating. (Please tell me that this time will come!)

However, one surefire way to get them to cooperate is for one of the parents to lay on the floor and have a "baby attack" - both kids

go crazy for this game. As you can see,
I was the victim this time. As I write this, I am noticing how more and more alike they are starting to look!

Cutie Patooty

Before Claire was born, I was concerned that Baby G2 would have a hard act to follow being Gabe's younger sibling. Now that Claire is getting further from being an infant and closer to being a toddler, I am no longer worried. She can definitely hold her own in the charm department. Here are a few of my favorites from the past month.

She loves to stand up and practice walking - on anything and everything.

This one is a particular favorite - I feel like I'm getting a glimpse of "Claire the little kid" instead of my baby girl.

More Snow Fun

One beautiful winter day a few weekends ago Daddy helped us to make snowman 2.0 - as you can see, a vast improvement over snowman 1.0. We gave Claire a ride in the baby sled, which she did not enjoy. Then Gabe wanted a turn, which Daddy did not enjoy since he has outgrown it.

He got more thrills out of riding on his swingset instead. Mama is counting the days till the spring thaw so we can once again enjoy the swingset daily.