Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birthday Backpacking

Whew I guess I'm a little behind! 

I had a perfect birthday this year.  John took me out backpacking again.  I'm really digging our little getaways.  I love being outdoors with my hubby, carrying everything on our backs, finding our way through the woods, camping under the stars, snuggling in a tent...  I could really (and am) get into this.  I can't wait for the boys to get just a little older so we can take them with us. We might not be able to hike in and camp but we could sure secure a campsite and then go on a day hike with the boys.  Hopefully we'll make it out this spring.

Where did we go this time?  Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska. It's close to Mound City on your way to Omaha, about 2 and half hours from here.  The park winds up and down a bluff along the Missouri river and it was absolutely beautiful.  There's no better way to describe our trip than by pictures.

We're packed and ready to start our adventure.  Two nights and two days worth of food and water makes for a heavy pack.  We'll have to get better about traveling lighter for longer hikes.

This is what most of the trail looked like.

 Walking along the river.  As we kept climbing, the view just got better and better.

 Almost looks like a painting...

 1st night campsite.  Just a fire pit and flat ground.  It was pretty nice though.  Chilly in the morning but refreshing at the same time.
Breakfast burritos in the morning.  I was nervous about packing eggs without chilling them but it turned out great and we didn't get sick.
 The park is named for this Indian Cave.  It's been there for hundreds of years and has some old markings etched on the sandstone.

We got to witness the extent of the flooding from earlier this season.  This is a view from on top of the bluff.  We got some close ups of it as we left for home.

 This is whats left of many crops along highway 159.  Its very surreal and looks like a desert.
 Makeshift road.

 A little town that was washed away.  Everything is gutted and Red Cross Disaster Relief was stationed there.
 Look at the road sign.  That's how high the water was here.
 Where is the road?
 So much sand...

We had a great trip. John and I are already itching to go again!  Hopefully we will soon.  Right now the boys are up from nap which means my blogging time is up!

A Crafty Halloween

I have never been into decorations for holidays at our house with the exception of Christmas.  It was always more about being lazy than anything else.  It's not that I don't like decoarations, I guess I just never cared much.  Until now.  Now that I have kiddos it seems like the right thing to do.  Weird huh?  : )  Actually it's not really decorating that gets me excited, it's fun craft projects that make up our decorations that I really enjoy.  Some crafts are done with Aaron and some without.  Check our our creations:

 This project was a joint effort.  Thanks to a tip from a friend in moms club, we found this craft on  We saved milk jugs and drew faces on them.  I cut a hole in the back and then Aaron helped me stuff Christmas lights into them.  He thinks they are pretty neat.
Keeping the lights theme we used icicle lights and leftover treat pumpkins from last year to make this pumpkin garland.  Last year we filled these plastic pumpkins with treats and took to a party.  These were the leftovers so we filled them up with the icicle strands and voila!
 Next, we turned egg cartons into flying bats by cutting them out, painting them black and tying a string on them.  Aaron didn't help much with this one.  Not that we didn't try, but I didn't want black paint on everything.  I don't have washable black paint.
Here they are flying around. 
 This one was the most fun for Aaron.  He painted the pumpkin orange and then I used contact paper to "laminate" it.  I then made face parts and laminated them as well, attaching velcro dots to the backs.  Now Aaron can make a Jack-O-Lantern whenever he wants on the fridge.

Unfortunatly he thought it was cool for about 5 seconds and then was over it.  Oh well, it's still cute!

That's all for decorations but wait til you see their costumes....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Love these boys!

It seems since becoming more mobile, Ethan has made it his mission to stick with his brother.  Aaron mostly just tolerates it right now but I'm sure eventually they will actually play together.  I can't wait for that day!!  They are so stinkin' cute together.  It just melts my heart to see them even hanging out in the same vicinity!

 Looks familiar...
 Yes, that's a binky in Aaron's mouth.  Seems they both want to mimic each other.

Ethan's got himself two front teeth and he is workin' em hard!  He loves to chew on anything of course but he is also loving Baby Mum Mums, little puffs, carrot pieces, peas, and breadsticks!  Oh yes, today we tried a french fry.  He worked on it for quite some time. He's pulling up on everything and trying his hardest to start cruising around.  He wants to do everything his big brother does.

 Only time he's upset: teeth, hungry, sleepy.  This was all 3!
 Trying out noodles.
 Just like his brother...
Death grip on the french fry!

Aaron is as ornery as ever.  He loves the word, "NO!"  Can't imagine huh?  He's starting to pull some tantrums and get into the warned "terrible" part of the twos.  I still love him though.  He can go from awful to adorable in no seconds flat.  One minute attempting to bite while the next second kissing you.  Just recently he smacked baby brother with a string of beads and as soon as he hit him he knew he was in trouble.  He got this horrible look of regret on his face, threw the beads, and ran for his room to hide.  He got in trouble all right but John and I had to hide our laughter.  (Ethan was OK)  He knew time out was in order and willing sat there, followed by hugging and apologizing to his brother. 

While we’ve stopped officially potty training for now, Aaron is still curious about his potty and tries to use it every night after bath time.  It’s been three days now and he has gone all by himself every night before bed.  No prompting from me.  He is sooooo extactic when this happens.  It’s totally different from our previous successes.  Watch his reaction tonight.  This was after he had already come to tell me he went and I gave him fruit snacks.  This was pure showing off!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hold That Thought

So I've decided that Aaron is not in fact ready for this potty training thing yet.  Although we had some success with him over the past week, most of it was (with the exeption of twice) either myself or John placing him on the potty and making him sit there.  He is not concerned with using it yet and does not tell me when he needs to go.  I think I was a little dilusional maybe.  Or at least just WAY more excited about it than he was!  After about 4 days he started protesting the potty - kicking, screaming, even biting me.  NOT GOOD.  On day 5 he resented it so much that he ran to his room everytime he had to pee and hide under his covers. 

No big deal.  Just not the right timing.  So back to diapers for a little while.  He hasn't even mentioned his big boy underpants or his potty chair since, further confirming that he is just not ready yet.  In talking to several friends it seems that most little boys I know were not ready until closer to three.  I think we'll wait until after Christmas and give it another go.  Meanwhile we'll still read our potty books and talk about it when we can.