Monday, November 28, 2011

Snowed In

These last few days have been great with the boys.  Aaron has been behaving and acting so sweet.  Plus I think I've made some changes internally about the whole issue of the terrible twos which seems to be helping as well.

Today we went to the bank and made our annual deposit to their kids CD's.  We've started a tradition in our house as far as saving goes for the kids.  They get to put birthday money, Christmas cash, or any other money they get (like when I clean out my purse or John empties his pockets), into their piggy banks.  Aaron thinks this is so cool and even if it's just a nickle, he is delighted.  Then around Christmas time we head to the bank to deposit what they saved.  At Cap Fed they usually offer the kids a prize or gift around this time of the year for a deposit of $100 or more.  So we decided we would cover the difference each year.  That is until they start saving thier own money from chores and stuff.  Hopefully it will be more than $100 a year then! In Aaron's case, this year we didn't have to add much! Aaron got to put another $100 in his CD and Ethan got to start a brand new one!  This year the prize is a snow cone maker.  Sometimes the gifts are a little lame but this year, I was actually excited to get them. 

After dinner we busted out our new toys and sat around the table making our desserts.  It was so fun and tasty!  We used melted popsicles to flavor our snow cones.  In the future we will probably use the kind you buy at the store that aren't frozen yet.  They are the real cheap ones you have to stick in the freezer - perfect for flavoring a snow cone!  Even though Aaron wasn't strong enough to turn the crank himself, he was thrilled to watch daddy turn ice cubes into a tasty dessert.  Even Ethan enjoyed the end product although I think he liked the cold spoon the best!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thies Family Photos

It is so AWESOME to have a photographer in the family!  Katie did such an amazing job with our photos.  Like I had any doubt!  There are tons of great pics.  These are just a few (OK, several) of the ones I like the best.

The pro herself!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our Home

John and I are super excited about our new flooring.  I know it sounds silly but our carpet was soooo bad!!!  Hopefully this will help when we try to sell our house.  (Maybe next year.)  Here are the before and after pics. 
 Gross carpet...
 Who knew there was linoleum under there?!  It actually wasn't in terrible condition either but we didn't find out until we had already paid for our materials and ripped the carpet out.  No worries, the Pergo was so worth it in the end.
 Final product.  It looks fantastic and Aaron LOVES it.  He can roll his cars on it or slide in his socks.  We love it because we can sweep and mop up messes with ease now!  No more disgusting, embarrassing carpet!

In other news, we are trying to get prepared for the coming winter months of staying indoors more and trying not to get bored.  I've swapped out some toys in the living room to keep things fresh including bringing out the old play mats to jump around on.  We're going to have to take apart our couch and move a section into our garage just to have room for a Christmas tree this year!  That's a project we'll do later this month.  I've also added an "art cart" to our dining room.  It rolls great on our new flooring!  I've stocked it with construction paper, coloring books, paints, markers, crayons, play dough, and chalk.  So far, Aaron is really liking it.  I got a roll of paper so we can roll it out on the table or on the floor and go to town. 

We also now have a "boredom bucket".  Parents As Teachers has a Facebook page full of TV free ideas for activities to do with young kiddos.  So I took out a pad of paper and started jotting them down one by one on little slips and dropping them into the bucket.  Some activities are games, some are crafts, some can be done outside but most are indoors.  And I also added free outings like playing at the Great Mall, swimming at the YMCA, and visiting the library.  Some take 5 minutes to complete, some take over an hour.  I hope to keep adding to it when I hear things or see things in magaizines that sound fun.  Whenever I hear, "Aaron's bored" (yes folks, at 2 years old he already says this) we'll reach into the bucket and have a good time.  We've already used it once yesterday and made a great painting for the hallway wall using our feet and some paint!

 The family just chillin on the couch.  Undoubtably watching either Yo Gabba Gabba, Thomas, or Super Why.

 Our Thankful tree.  It has many more leaves on it now as it's the 14th of November.  We used each other's arms as the tree limbs and each day we think of something we are thankful for.  It's kind of hard to explain what "Thankful" is to a toddler.  We went with it's something you are so happy that God gave you.  Seems to be working.  Aaron is thankful that God gave him cheese.  Yes, it's his favorite food! 

Our cuties shopping with mom at Aldi.  Go on, stare a little.  They are the cutest kids on this planet! : )

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ethan William

Our little baby is growing soooo fast.  It seems faster than Aaron has if that is even possible.  He is standing, cruising, trying to balance, chewing on anything and everything even though he still has only 2 teeth, saying mama, dada, and baba, crawling with speed, and imitating everything his older brother does.  He's gone up the stairs several times, would rather eat real solid food instead of the pureed stuff, and plays with Aaron's toys instead of his own.  He also has a smile that would melt you in 2 seconds flat and is pretty much plastered on his face all day long.
 1st carousel ride at Oak Park

 Pre-hair cut!  People were starting to say, "oh she's so cute!"

 He did sooooo well!!!  He was much better for Gail at Fantastic Sam's than he was for me at home.  I managed one snip to save and then chickened out on the rest!

 Playing with Aunt Chelsee at the park.

 Love those teeth!  He is such a ham!!

 Playing with (well eating) big brother's pumpkin.

Eating the family fav: pancakes!

Please mom, just let me do this myself thank you.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our boys!  :)

Aaron Michael

I have so many awesome pics and stories to tell about not only Aaron, but Eman and the rest of our family, that I hardly know where to start!  This is why I shouldn't save these up like this but since I did, I guess I'll start with and Aaron update.  Warning:  If you are not into mommy bragging, please skip this post.  : )

Since being discharged from Speech Therapy a month ago, his words have EXPLODED.  He is doing so well - making full sentences and using words to ask for things now, even practicing good manners too.  Every day I am amazed at what comes out of his mouth.  I really do need to write things down as he says them because some stuff is just absolutely hilarious!

Besides learning new words, Aaron has been keeping himself busy by learning to sing the ABC's (he has already mastered saying them all, memorized by sight), practicing counting, playing with friends on play-dates, painting, coloring, relaxing (ha!), and taking every opportunity to try to "wrestle" with his baby brother.

On an Oak Park Mall outing, Aaron enjoyed his cookie.  I'm pretty sure it was his favorite part of the trip!

"Relaxing" for just long enough to take a pic

Showing baby brother how it's done.

Strollin' with his buddy Jude at the Great Mall

Every morning he requests ABC pancakes.  One time John made him pancakes in the shape of ABC's and now it's the only way he wants to eat them.  We different letters but on this day we spelled his name out.

Playing in the leaves at a Mom's club leaf party.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coming soon...

Serial posting at its best! Its been a while since I've posted and its not like I don't have anything to blog about!

Since Halloween:

Aaron has added about 3 new words a day to his vocabulary, got a haircut that instantly made him look older, sings the ABCs and parts of other songs and is simply cute and ornery as ever.

Ethan stands like a champ even balancing at times, turned 9 months, got his first haircut, and wants so badly to cut some more teeth.

We've done some fun Thanksgiving activities and got our house ready for the cold-indoor-stir-crazy months.

Real blog posts to follow soon with lots of cute pics.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

We started off the Halloween festivities on Friday night at the Atriums with Grandma Great.  It was a great party and Aaron got to trick or treat on the second floor.  It was so fun to see all the cute costumes!  John and I dressed up in our Farmer garb for that party to match our kiddos.

This year Aaron was a Farmer and Ethan was a Scare Crow.  Momma was a barn cat on Halloween itself! : )  We had a very exciting and eventful evening.  I kicked things off with wearing my costume to my Zumba class and adding Thriller and Ghostbusters to my playlist!  It's very interesting to Zumba with a tail!  Then we headed over to Nanny and Papa's for some trick or treating.  We had a great time and Aaron was a doll!  Ethan was done with it long before he was though.  Next stop, Great Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth's House.  It was so nice to see them!  Turns out they had quite a few trick or treaters this year.  Then it was off to the Hospital to see daddy and his co-workers and take them cookies.  It was a quick visit and the boys were noticeably tired by that point!  Finally we stopped off at Grandma and Grandad's house to get some super cool goodies and say goodnight.  We made it home around 10:00 and I'm not sure who was more tired, the boys or me!

I wish I had a working camera.  Unfortuantly both of my cameras - my compact one, and my good Nikon, are currently broken so I had to rely on my phone.  Too bad the pics really didn't turn out well.  I'm hoping to get some pics from the grandparents soon but here's what I've got!