Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dos Años!

This is going to be a long post…April was a very busy month!  Chase turned 2 on the 29th and we had a little party for him the week before.  He picked out a Winnie the Pooh cake from the store, which I left sitting on the passenger seat of the car while I was bringing in the groceries.  In that one or two minute period, he walked out into the garage, opened the car door, opened the cake box, and stuck his fingers in the icing for a taste.  I discovered him with blue icing on his face and fingerprints in the cake.  I just had to laugh and take a picture, because after all, it is his cake!  Then while we were singing happy birthday to him, he kept leaning forward and trying to take bites out of the cake.  He’s seen the video of himself eating his smash cake last year with his hands, so that’s what he wanted to do again, but he ended up using his fork like a big boy.  He got lots of fun toys: mini pots and pans and utensils and play food, because he loves to pretend to cook; a toy motorized trimmer so that he can help daddy with the yard work; his own little tool box with plastic hammer and screwdrivers, etc.; a soccer goal; a blow-up punching bag; books; clothes; pajamas; bathtub letters/numbers; and Buzz Lightyear Mr. Potato Head.  He also had a giant Mickey Mouse balloon, which he loved.  If you ask him how old he is, he sticks out all his fingers and says "dos años"!

On his actual birthday we celebrated by going to the Children’s Museum downtown.  He had fun, but there were a zillion kids there, maybe because it was snowing outside.  I love this little boy more than anything, and he constantly amazes me and brings me joy.  He loves to sing and dance, and knows all the words to several songs.  The favorites lately have been You Are My Sunshine, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and the YouTube sensation Friday by Rebecca Black.  It’s the most ridiculous song ever, but Chase saw the video on Brett’s iPhone once and it stuck!  He is really speaking clearly now, and frequently corrects himself to say a word right that he used to say wrong.  He often speaks in complete sentences, too, and usually even uses the correct tense.  He is quite the little parrot, and will repeat anything he hears, even when you think he’s not listening, so that is something to be cautious about!  What’s even scarier is how much he seems to internalize, remember, and understand about what he hears, even if it just happens once or in passing.  If he notices we’re out of something, then he tells me where we need to go buy more from, like Target, or Costco, or the grocery store.  He always folds his arms before meals and whispers a prayer.  He is learning right from left, and the days of the week, and what we do on each day (like church on Sunday).  He likes to practice counting (we're up to 15 now, but he sometimes skips 7!) and saying his ABCs, and loves to read books.  He has a fairly large selection to choose from at bedtime, but still has lots of them memorized.  I think his current favorites are probably Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Barnyard Dance, and The Going To Bed Book.  The other day he was reading to Taylor and even showing him the pictures.  Taylor was just laying there looking up at him with an interested smile, and it was so cute to watch.  Recently he has been treating his stuffed animals like babies, feeding them bottles, wanting to take them to the park in the Baby Bjorn, giving them baths, and putting them to bed, perfectly mimicking what he’s seen mommy do with Taylor.  We did have to explain to him that boys don't feed babies the same way that girls do!  He’s definitely had some moments of frustration when Taylor has needed a lot of time and attention, and poor Taylor has suffered a few kicks and been sat on by his older brother, but other times he’s very loving, so it all seems pretty typical.  Sorry for all the details, but I want to remember everything about this fun stage in his life.

Taylor’s colic is gone (hallelujah-we survived!), but he still has a hard time settling down for naps and bedtime.  It’s great when he’s happy though, because he has the sweetest smile and likes to coo and gurgle whenever you show him some attention, and boy does he have a loud voice!  He is trying to roll over to his tummy, but can just get up on his side so far.  He likes to grab on to your fingers and things on his play mat as well.  It’s exciting to see him become more interactive and watch his personality develop.  I can’t believe he’s 3 months old already.  That sounds so old, and although I feel like he’s always been here, he’s still my little baby!

We had a nice Easter.  The boys wore cute matching outfits and we enjoyed dinner with Brett’s family.  Chase had fun hunting for eggs and of course loved that they were full of treats. 

We also went to a wedding reception, where I got a little reunion with my best friends from Missouri.  We have many pictures with the 5 of us from our high school days, but it’s been a few years since we’ve all been in the same place at the same time.  Amazingly, we all live in Utah right now!

Brett turned 30 on the 13th.  I surprised him with dinner at Happy Sumo, which we shared with some of his best friends.  It was a nice kid-free evening, and we had dessert from Cheesecake Factory waiting for us at home.  Chase even sang Happy Birthday to him.  He also ran a half marathon at Thanksgiving Point on the 30th.  It was a very cold morning, with a good 4 inches of snow on the ground, so the kids and I weren't able to see him finish.  But, he won his age group division, so we are very proud of him!

We also replaced Brett's car with a Nissan Murano.  The extra space is very exciting!  And that about sums up our month:)


Katie said...

whew, that was a busy month! it was fun for me to see that pic of all your mo friends. and chase got all the same things that easton got for his 2nd b-day! congrats on the new car...fancy:)

Kristen said...

Totally thought I had already posted a comment on this but guess not.

LOVE all the pics, and you guys at Easter with the matching outfits is just too much. Soooo adorable. Love the new car too...very sleek!

Congrats to Brett on his win!