Monday, June 28, 2010

Some Summer Adventures

Recovering from a busy weekend. On Saturday we went to a nearby Children's Museum which was perfect for Evan. He tends to get overwhelmed at places like that & wants to do everything at once so we had to constantly remind him to stop & enjoy every single thing because all of the other stuff was not "going anywhere". He fell in love with a huge car there & was content with taking the wheels off the car & replacing them over & over again. He looked too he actually knew what he was doing. lol We had never been there before so we had no clue they had a splash pad. Evan was lucky that we always bring an extra change of clothes for him so we allowed him to get soaked & the joy on little face was priceless =) Since we have a family pass for the museum that allows us to get into other Children Museums for free, we decided to check out another Children's Museum which was a bit of a hike but it was awesome!! I think we had just as much fun there as the boys did! They have so many cool exhibits that are educational and many are both in English & in Spanish which was impressive!!  I really wish it were a lot closer to home. We will definitely be going back soon. It's great how having kids lets us relive a little bit of our childhood.

~~The soul is healed by being with children~~

Monday, June 21, 2010

Do Terrible Two's Last Forever??

         Wondering how long the terrible two's are supposed to last!! Evan will be 4 next month but he has his moments when he tries to act like a baby or does things deliberately even though he knows he will get in trouble for it. He's been playing with the bathroom faucets, getting into the fridge, screaming when he doesn't get his way, saying "what the heck" (which he heard one of the boys say). We had a talk with the boys because tries to mirror everything they do, so they have to make sure they watch what they do or say around him because he repeats absolutely everything!  We had a special lock on his door but Houdini figured out how to open it & he wreaks havoc  in the house while everyone is sound asleep. I tried getting another childproof lock for the door but since our doorknobs are not the normal round ones, we can't figure out how to keep him in his  room. Anyways, I made him a poster board with a list behaviors he needs to change. I bought some fake money from the dollar store & put prices on each good behavior. He can get fake money for all of the good behaviors listed but if he behaves badly, he can lose the money he has earned. I also got a little basket of goodies & labeled it the "Good Behavior Store". We sat him down & went through all of the behaviors he is expected to change & we told him that at the end of each week, he can use his money to buy something from the store. He was super excited & right away, we noticed a change in his behavior. He started being more polite and we acknowledged it & praised him for it. Let's see how this all turns out because my only other option is to send him to a boot camp for toddlers! lol
~~Boys are God's way of telling you that your house is too neat!~~

~Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds~~

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day 2010!!

Had a wonderful day with the family today. Hubby had to work but was able to leave a bit early. We took advantage of the time by cooking & baking some goodies for him. I came across this very cute recipe while flipping through a magazine at Gio's pediatrician's office. Everyone who knows my husband, knows that he really enjoys doing BBQ's, so I thought it would be great to make this for him & he loved it! Oh, and we also made Chicken Marsala, baked fries with parmesan cheese & olive oil, baby snap peas, Caeser salad, & some Strawberry Daquiris to wash it all down. The food came out delicious! Hubby & the boy had 3 servings & I'm sure they would've ate some more if there were any left. lol We then let hubby open all of his cards & gifts which we put a lot of love into. It was great spending quality time with the man I love & I thank God for the day we met....that was the luckiest day of my life =)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Evan Will be Turning 4!!!

I am so proud of my baby boy for all of his progress this year! Not only has he been doing beautifully in school, but his vocabulary has expanded & so has his eagerness to learn new things! He just started his swimming lessons this Tuesday (he was supposed to start last week but it was postponed because of all of the thunder & lightning). He did super on his first lesson and actually cried cause he wanted to stay in the water (just like his momma, obsessed with water). lol  He joined the 100 Book Challenge at school & we have surpassed 100 books in just 1 month! He needs me to read at least 3-4 books a night or he cries himself to sleep.  It amazes me how quiet & attentive he is when being read too. Our  library is awesome & has many books in both English & Spanish so I read him many books in both languages in the hopes that he will learn more Spanish. I can't believe he will be 4 next month....makes me want to cry when I think of how quick he is growing!
~~Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature of a boy~~