Baby talk

As we get closer and closer to the due date for Andrew James, I’m trying to get our boys excited about the new addition to the family.

Move over Mickey, there's a baby coming to take your spot. Hope these two are ready for it.

Move over Mickey, there’s a baby coming to take your spot. Hope these two are ready for it.

Are you excited about getting a new little brother?

Josh: “His name is ‘Joshie’!”

Zack: “I have a brother named ‘Joshie’ too!”

Josh: “No, your brother is named ‘Zachary'”

Zack: “Hey, that’s my name!”

Josh: “Okay no, my baby brother’s name is ‘Vacuum Cleaner'”

Zack: “He no named ‘Vacuum Cleaner’, his name is ‘Chainsaw’!”

Josh: “Don’t put vacuum cleaners in your pocket.”

Zack: “No, pockets are for chainsaws”

Josh: “And baby brothers!”

At least they are kind of looking forward to the baby now, even if they do want to rename him. Don’t worry, when little “Chainsaw Vacuum Cleaner Husted” does get here, I’ll make sure to keep the boys from putting him in their pockets.

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Toddler Photography Friday!

Josh (age 21 months) pauses from his graham cracker to snap a few shots.

Josh (age 21 months) pauses from his granola bar to snap a few shots.

It’s that time again, Toddler Photography Friday! More photos from my pint sized shutterbugs!

"Confused Sibling" taken by Zack (age 23 months)

“Confused Sibling” taken by Zack (age 23 months)

I’m not sure whether Zack intended to take this picture, or if he was just having fun torturing his captive brother with the camera flash. Either way, the end result still turned out pretty good.

"Hurry Up Dad!" Taken by Josh (age 22 months)

“Hurry Up Dad!” Taken by Josh (age 22 months)

An impatient kid’s eye view of his Dad making PB&J’s for lunch. Don’t worry, Josh isn’t freakishly tall for his age, he was standing on a dining room chair when he took this.

"Why is My Teddy Bear Growling?" Taken by Zack (age 2)

“Why is My Teddy Bear Growling?” Taken by Zack (age 2)

Zack takes a pic of little brother “petting” our unfortunate dog Zeke. Luckily for us, Zeke is very patient and just laid there letting the baby pull out clumps of hair. He eventually escaped to the backyard and all his bald spots grew back nicely.

"A Hazy Shade of Lego" Taken by Josh (age 2 1/2)

“A Hazy Shade of Lego” Taken by Josh (age 2 1/2)

Who needs filters? Josh shows off his patented technique of spinning the dial on the camera knob and then taking pictures with it on it’s “landscape” long exposure setting. For added effect I think he licked the camera lens right before he took this (I have to clean the boys’ camera often).

Well, that’s it for now, more toddler shots next week.

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The Brainwashing is Working!

I’m a nerd, I’ll admit it. Playing the odds, with three boys there is a pretty good chance that at least one of my kids will follow in his old man’s comic book collecting, sci-fi watching, and D&D playing nerdly ways… but I’m not taking any chances.

Even though they are still too young to be exposed to most of the pop culture staples that I hold near and dear to my heart, that doesn’t mean I’m not trying my darnedest to sneak it in whenever I can.

They may be totally unaware of my influence, but from Zack’s Avenger’s underpants to Josh’s Star Wars ABC book, their Dad’s dorkiness is starting to take hold in their malleable little brains.

For those of you not paying attention, Josh was reading his Star Wars ABC book to his big brother (or as he likes to call it, his “Robot Book”), pointing out who he thinks looks like a robot, and he was able to identify Darth Vader despite never having seen a minute of a Star Wars movie.

Golly I’m so proud of my budding little nerds in the making.

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How about baby?

I asked my sons Zack (age 4) and Josh (almost 3) what they thought about getting a new baby brother in just a couple months. These were their answers:

Zack: “I love baby Andrew. He lives in Mommy’s belly. When he comes out I’m not going to do anything with him.”

He's happy now, but we'll see how he feels when he has TWO little brothers to contend with.

He’s happy now, but we’ll see how he feels when he has TWO little brothers to contend with.

Josh: “Baby Andrew isn’t in my belly. I don’t want him in my shirts. I have my own shirts and baby Andrew is too little.”

I may have to live with him, but I ain't sharing my stuff with him.

I may have to live with him, but I’m not sharing my stuff with him.

Hopefully they’ll be a little more excited when we get closer to Andrew’s due date. I think we’ll have to work on this.

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Our Snow Day!!

Zack was the first to sound the alarm "It's Snowing!!"

Zack was the first to sound the alarm “It’s Snowing!!”

I had plans for this last weekend, I really did, but those all went out the window when Zack uttered those magical words “It’s snowing!” Josh soon joined him and was quick to point out “Look daddy it’s snowing outside. I love snow!” (This is especially cute being as he’s only been out in the snow once in his entire life).

Hey Mom, this white stuff is awesome!

Hey Mom, this white stuff is awesome!

Living in western Washington we don’t get to see snow very often and it’s quick to turn into slush. We had to act fast, so Kat and I decided on a change of plans. Out was the shopping trip to Costco. In was bundling up the family and going out to play in the white stuff. I’m sure the boys thought that we were crazy when we dressed them both in footy pajamas and then started layering outdoor clothes on top of it, but any argument they may have had quickly vanished as they realized that it was leading up to the entire family going out to play.

Okay Dad, now that we made these, what do we do with them?

Okay Dad, now that we made these, what do we do with them?

Neither of the boys has had much experience with snow so this was all pretty new for them. First on our agenda was going for a walk and once I showed them how to scoop up snow into snow balls, both boys were fascinated with making “snow blobs” of their own. They weren’t quite sure what to do with them however,  so they just carried them around for a while. Josh soon discovered that these “snow blobs” were the perfect size to be thrown, and Daddy made a great target. After that it was open season on me.

As expected, they team up against me. I suspect this won’t be the last time.

As expected, they team up against me. I suspect this won’t be the last time.

When we got back to the house we started building the kids’ first ever snowman. Zack was very helpful, making us a scale model that we could copy for the full sized one. Lacking rocks and carrots for a face we improvised with a broken toy fire helmet and pine cone, but I think it turned out just fine.

The boys put on the finishing touches on our "Snow Firefighter".

The boys put on the finishing touches on our “Snow Firefighter”.

By now we were completely soaked so we ran inside to warm up. While the kids had grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup we dried our boots over the fire and threw all our wet snow clothes in the drier.

After our pit stop it was back outside for round two. This time we stuck to our own yard and set to building a snow castle. The boys had a great time bringing me snow and enjoyed instructing me on where to put each part of the castle. In the end their design with two “windows” in front somewhat resembled a face, so Zack had me give it nostrils and a smile. Once I was done he told me “I love my Dragon Snow Castle” and gave it a hug, so I guess that means I did pretty good on my construction.

"This is the bestest castle ever!"

“This is the bestest castle ever!”

We didn’t get many of our chores accomplished on this “Snow Day”, but I think it was more productive in other ways. We had gone on a family walk in the snow together, the boys had had their first ever “snow blob” fight (aimed at me), we built their first snow man, and created their first snow castle. These family memories are more important than any “to-do” list, Costco can wait until next weekend.

Our happy little guys in their Snow Castle.

Our happy little guys in their Snow Castle.

Zack gives a hug of approval on the final product.

Zack gives a hug of approval on the final product.

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Toddler Photography Friday!

Zack, age 3, armed with the "old" camera we let the boys use.

Zack, age 3, armed with the “old” camera we let the boys use.

It’s that time again, Toddler Photography Friday! Hopefully seeing the strange little photos that my strange little guys have taken will brighten your day…

"Inverted Trampoline" Taken by Josh, age 19 months.

“Inverted Trampoline” Taken by Josh, age 19 months.

I had to check a couple times to make sure that, yes, this picture is not upside down. Either Josh was holding the camera upside down or he was standing on his head (which he is known to do).

"Happily Captured" taken by Zack, age 4.

“Happily Captured” taken by Zack, age 4.

I’ll never understand little boys obsession with laundry baskets, but Josh doesn’t seem too upset to be sandwiched between two of them.

"Tyrannosaurus Josh Stomps Tiny Airport" Taken by Josh, age 21 months.

“Tyrannosaurus Josh Stomps A Tiny Airport” Taken by Josh, age 21 months.

His path of destruction needed to be documented. Those little people toys didn’t stand a chance.

"Stroller-Cam!" Taken by Zack, age 3 1/2.

“Stroller-Cam!” Taken by Zack, age 2 1/2.

I’m not sure why Zack snapped this picture, but if you’ve ever wondered what the view from a jogging stroller looked like, now you know.

That’s it for now, more toddler shots next week.

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My typical morning…

An actual conversation with my kids this morning:

Zack: “I want milk”

Me: “Okay, here’s some milk”

Zack: “I don’t want the blue cup Daddy, I want it in the pumpkin cup.”(The cup with pumpkins on it)

Me: “Fine, here’s some milk in the pumpkin cup. Josh, you can have the milk I poured in the blue cup”

Josh: (crying) “I want pumpkin cup too!”

Me: “Okay, here’s some milk in the other pumpkin cup.” (I pour the milk into an identical second pumpkin cup)

Josh: (now screaming & crying) “No! I want pumpkin cup!” (Points to the cup Zack is drinking out of)

Me: “Zack, can you trade cups with your brother? I know they look the same, but he really wants the cup you have”

Zack: “But it’s MY pumpkin cup!”

*Both boys are now screaming and crying.*

Me: (trying to be patient) “I know that one is yours, but Josh would really like to trade with you. Could you be a good big brother and let him switch cups with you?”

Zack: hesitantly “Okay”

I swap cups and give each boy the milk that their brother was previously drinking out of. Josh takes a couple sips and finally stops crying.

Zack: “I want juice”

*Screaming starts again*

They're always so pleased with themselves when they've worn Dad down to a frazzle.

They’re always so pleased with themselves when they’ve worn Dad down to a frazzle.

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