Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I thought only girls did that

Yesterday, while I was talking on the phone with my attention toward the calendar, Noah decided to pick up the scissors from the table and play barber shop. He skillfully lopped off a chunk of hair, cutting a line into the top of his head.

I know this sort of thing is a bit of a rite of passage for girls. I cut some of my own hair when I was little, leaving an inch-long chunk on top of my head that stuck straight up for a very long time. I just didn't know boys felt the need to do this, too. Am I safe now that my littlest has done it and my older two should be old enough not to do it? I doubt it. At least Noah's getting lots of experience getting his hair cut. I buzzed it even shorter to get rid of the line. Fortunately, he's still cute!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Chubbs is getting bigger!

Noah turned 3 on Friday!!! It was a very fun day. It started off with Noah waking up to some lovely birthday decorations. (The clever boy climbed under the streamers instead of breaking through them, which is what I thought he would do.):

Next came the breakfast of champions:

Then he opened some presents and we all enjoyed some bubble wrap popping:

Who's birthday present is that?

Then there was the mandatory birthday quiz consisting of one question: How old are you. Noah proudly displayed the correct answer:

After a picnic at a local splash park with friends, a greatly needed quiet time, and a tasty birthday dinner of pizza and corn, we had some family over for mini cupcakes, ice cream, and fun:

I think Noah approves of being three:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I am so clever

Yesterday, Eli wanted to wear his "How to Train Your Dragon" t-shirt. He also wanted Noah and Leah to wear theirs so they all could be "matchy-matchy". (We like that in our family. It's nerdy, I know.) Unfortunately for Eli, the other two didn't want to. He was really sad about it. He came to me, crying about it and that's when I was struck with a genius idea. I told him to take his dragon shirt off and save it for today. I also told him I knew how to get them to wear their shirts.

When I revealed the plan to Eli, he squealed with delight because he knew it would work. Last night, he and I put the plan into action. First, we went to Noah's dresser and took out all his shirts and even his pajamas and hid them in my closet. Next, we went to Leah's dresser and took out all her shirts and hid them in her closet. Finally, we returned one shirt to each dresser drawer. So in the morning when Leah and Noah went to get dressed, they each had only one shirt to choose. What shirts were they, you ask? Well, the "How to Train Your Dragon" shirts of course.

The result was just as we had planned. The best part was Noah didn't seem to really notice that there was only one shirt in his drawer. He just happily pulled it out and put it on. Leah noticed and made a surprised/laughing sort of noise and then put her shirt on too.

Eli, of course, was happy. And so was I. I discovered a new way to get the kids to wear what I want without a fight!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011