Birthday Coming up!

I can't believe it. The boys will be four in exactly one month!
It really does seem like a million years and just yesterday that they were born.
We've come so far, but it's gone by so quickly.
They amaze me everyday.
Their speech is getting better and better. They're so smart and perceptive. Nothing gets by them.
I feel totally amazed at these two little guys.
I'm thankful every day to have them in my life.
I couldn't imagine it without them.
They're becoming so independent compared to just a year ago.
It's strange, sad and exciting all at once.
We're having a hard time figuring out what to do for their birthday this year.
I would like to have it at our new house in the backyard and inside. I just like the feel of home birthdays.
It's a lot of work with clean up before and after.
I keep swaying between doing it at home and just doing it at a kids play place.
We have a great place local called Puzzle's Fun Dome.
You have limited time in their party room, but you can play in their play area basically until they close.
When we did the party at the other place last year you get a total of about two hours to play, eat pizza, do cake and open presents.
While crammed into a short time frame it seemed so frenzied.

Taylor showing us his Star Wars Room

Wordless Wednesday

What I came home to.
Sweet faces.

Callum sweet sleepy face.

Taylor sweet sleepy face

The boys sing their ABCs


Last week we took the boys to get new shoes at Kohls.
Callum picked out these cute Sketchers and Taylor picked the same ones. It was kind of funny because I told them they could pick whatever they wanted and didn't have to get the same....but they still picked the same.
After they tried them on Callum was running around the store saying "SUPER STRAP, I never have to tie my shoes again"
I had no idea what he was talking about. I asked him what he was saying and rolled his eyes and said "Mommy, its my shoes! That's the commercial!"
I can't believe he remembered some random commercial.
Goes to show you that advertising geared towards kids WORKS.

They got to pick out some new PJs as well while we were there.
These adorable Carter's PJs were on sale that were dress up PJs. They had construction workers, race car drivers, doctors and astronauts.
The boys picked out the doctor and astronaut.
They were so cute.

The boys are really into me taking their pictures right now.
Mostly because they want to be able to view them right after I do them.
They like to pose or do crazy faces.
We sat on the couch last night for a while looking through all the videos I have of them on my camera.
They can both mostly pick out themselves in pictures. Every now and then they pick the wrong one. Now that Taylor has his Harry Potter like scar they can definitely pick out who is who.

I was watching the news getting ready for work yesterday and Callum was up sitting on my bed watching the news with me.
They had on the story about the twin astronauts. He thought that was amazing and told me, "I told you Mommy, we want to be astronauts!"
It's funny, every day they have a new profession that they want to be.
After shoe shopping Callum told me he wanted to be a farmer, Taylor said he wanted to be a cow! lol
Earlier this week Callum wanted to own his own restaurant. He said he'll serve tomatoes, "cause people like tomatoes"

while this looks adorable like they're holding hands, Taylor was trying to grab his brother's penis.



Pouty McPout Face
Taylor being pouty face

Callum being a crazy person!

What the boys are up to about now.

They are growing so fast.
It's just crazy.

Taylor lays awake at night because he is too busy trying to do math.
He'll call out, what's two two's? What are three three's?
Also, is a crocodile nocturnal?
They are both in love with math right now and it's so awesome to watch them figure it out. You can see the little gears moving.

They are both SO into Star Wars. My husband downloaded purchased all six scores from the movies. The boys were so excited. It really brought a tear to my eye to see them so passionate about it.
They were both bopping their heads and humming along and asking what the name of each of the songs were.

We are now rid of the baby potty's in the house and they are strictly using the little seats that go on the toilets.
We found seats that look like this , they're really great. The boys feel more like "big boys" using a big seat with their own little seat that magnetizes right up into the big seat. We get to be happy to not have little potties all over the house, or seats with Elmo, Diego and other characters in every bathroom.
We have also rid ourselves of pull-ups at any time of the day or night! I am really excited about this. Callum was hanging on there for a while and finally decided that he doesn't want to use them anymore. They were a crutch for him for a little bit. Taylor has been without the pull-ups since before we moved. Callum never wore them for naptime but felt he really needed them at night. So far so good!!

They've been on vacation from preschool for the summer spending a lot of time with their Nana and breaking my heart.
One of the mornings Callum declared that I must really hate to go places with them since Nana is always taking them.
Cue hearing my heart shatter into a million pieces.
I had to explain that this is why weekends are so important to Daddy and I. and this is when we get to do things with them. We have to work so that we can have our nice house and all of our fun things like our Wii and the games and toys we have.
I wanted to try to explain it without having to have the "well do you want a roof over your head?" mentality.
I still went to work with my shoulders slumped and my head hanging low.
It hurts to hear that, even if it is just because they're three and don't understand why you have to go to work everyday.

I didn't have off for the day after the Fourth of July, but did get to come home early so I made extra effort to tag along to wherever they were headed with Nana that day.
Thank goodness our town has great little water parks for kids all over.
They had a blast, I nearly got sun stroke but felt happy to be going out and doing things with them during the week.
I can't always go to the library or take them to the museum but I want to make sure that the time I do spend I try to consciously make it quality time.



Taylor fun at the Bubble

Happy Fourth of July