Tow Trucks, Bugs, and Water Balloons

What a week.  Adam had work events and a comic con that kept him away from the house for a lot of the weekend.  The kids had a zillion activities – playdates, a bowling fundraiser, kite building, and Trucks and More.  I worked a bunch of hours.  And Luke spent the weekend recovering from his Friday night head smash.

So, here we go.  Pictures from the past week-ish.

Luke had his first age-appropriate playdate.  Jacob is a few months younger than Luke.  They interacted occasionally and stood next to each other at the sand table.  I guess that’s all you can expect at this age!  I just started to feel so bad that Jace has this whole crew of friends and Luke just tags along.  I want Luke to have a group too!  But I guess I can wait another 9 months or so….  Jace was around 2 before he really started to care about his “friends”!

Here’s the video of Luke singing his theme song.  It’s better about halfway through the video.  When I’d stop the stroller, he’d stop singing.  I don’t know if this will sound like much to anyone else, but Adam and I can totally hear it.  Adam’s actually the one that pointed it out to me.  Luke’s theme song is Baby Shark, by the way.

Luke Singing His Theme Song – video

We had a fun day at the park after preschool one of the days last week.  The weather was gorgeous.  The white trees are all flowering now, which is pretty.  And Jace brought home a really pretty rainbow hand print wreath from preschool.  Anyways, at the park, a bug landed on Jace’s shirt and he ran around showing everyone his “new bug friend”.  Luke had a great time pointing out planes that flew overhead.  Jace took a break to eat his lunch on the blanket and to “just rest [his] eyes”.  And on the walk home, the kids discovered that they can twist around in the stroller to see each other and share snacks!

Luke has decided he likes popsicles.  He always cringes at the first bite, but he’s all smiles after that.

We all spent the evening hanging out on the deck, waiting for Adam to get home.  Luke is sitting on Cuervo (!).  Cody jumped into the sandbox – which the kids found hilarious (Cody did not find it hilarious because I kicked him out right away).  And Claire hung out in the sunny corner of the deck.

When Adam got home, Jace and I went on a Weis trip to grab some ingredients for dinner.  It took us over 30 minutes to make it to the corner because we checked every square of sidewalk for bugs.  We found a lot of ants.  Jace is so cute!  He also found a dandelion and tried to make a wish – but he wasn’t thrilled when the wind kicked the seeds back into his face!  We had a great time on our solo adventure, though.  P.S.  He’s wearing sandals on his wrists because that makes him a “glizard” with sticky paws to climb things and find things.  He took his glizarding very seriously.

Random pictures….  Walked into the room to see Jace sitting on the roller car, on top of the climbing structure, poised to go down the slide.  Awesome.  He totally crashed at the bottom.  I don’t think he’ll do that again – and I didn’t even have to talk to him about it!  Luke found a tiny bottle (of water flavoring, I swear!) and carried it around for a while, laughing the whole time.  Adam worked some weird magic and got the kids to both sleep past 6:30am the other day.  It was ah-mah-zing!  Luke went through the fridge, found the cucumber I’d bought for pasta salad, and took a few bites.  Both kids start their days by climbing slides and staring out the windows.  It’s strange.  They do it almost every day.  Jace and I played on snap chat again.  Jace and a friend made kites (okay, the friend’s mom and I made kites, but the kids picked the fabric).  Cuervo begged for snacks.  Jace and Luke played in the playroom.  Jace pretended to be a ghost (Luke thought it was hilarious).  And Adam showed off the medal he won (won?) at go karts.

Here’s a random video showing Luke’s dinner time manners.

Luke Eating Peas – video

And a random video of Jace laughing at the iPad.  There’s an app where a cat repeats everything you say in a high pitched cat voice.  It cracks Jace up!

Jace Laughing at the Ginger App – video

On Saturday, we headed to Trucks and More, an event at the fairgrounds.  Luke fell asleep on the drive, so he and Adam spent most of the event in the car.  Jace and I, on the other hand, spent most of the event in a tow truck.  Jace loved it!  In fact, we spent so much time in the tow truck that the drivers of the two tow trucks let Jace help them get the trucks ready to drive away.  Jace got to use the remote and pull levers and all kinds of stuff!

Luke woke up just in time to watch the helicopter take off – definitely a highlight!

After Trucks and More, Jace and I went to a bowling fundraiser.  Jace has some pretty awesome technique….  Check it out.  He would carry the first bowling ball he saw up to the ramp.  The ball might weigh 6 lbs.  It might weigh 14 lbs.  Didn’t seem to phase Jace.  He’d carefully set the ball on the ramp, then he’d back up.  He’d get a running start and shove the ball down the ramp.  Then he’d watch to see how he did, jump up and down, then run back to do it again.  He bowled 56 frames in a row.  FIFTY SIX FRAMES.  I bowled one frame.

Another fun bowling moment?  At one point, Jace had two of the dragons in our lane.  You put your bowling ball on the dragon’s head, it rolls down the back, and helps you get some speed/direction.  Jace climbed up between both dragons, closed his eyes, smacked the ball backwards, then looked to see what had happened.  The ball bounced from side to side, so Jace lost interest and wandered over to play at the ball return.  When the ball finally made it down?  STRIKE!  Ridiculous.

Other fun bowling moments?  Jace got a ball stuck on the lane.  I posted a picture.  I took a video – to prove the ball was really just sitting there – but I’m not posting it.  Because it’s just a video of a ball sitting there….  Jace and his friend had fun waiting for the balls to show up in the ball return.  Sometimes Jace would get bowling so fast that he’d accidentally end up with two balls headed down the lane at once (that’s what happens when you posess the ability to get a ball stuck on the lane….).  One time I was worried about the second ball rolling (sloooowly) down the lane.  But the first ball hit, the pin machine cleared the lane and put down 10 new pins, the guard came up, and the second ball hit about a second later.  Nice.  After 56 frames, Jace was ready to go.  Adam and Luke picked us up, we swung through the DQ drive through (you can see Luke’s hand pulling at me in the ice cream picture – he soooo wanted to try the ice cream!), and we headed home.

WATER BALLOONS!  The kids got a Bunch O Balloons from a neighbor for Easter.  We flew through all three bunches in record time, but the kids loved it.  After water balloons, Luke played at the water table while Jace played with the garden hose.  While I was picking up pieces of balloon, Jace turned the front garden into a mudpit.  While Jace helped me pick up balloons, Luke explored the mudpit.  Oops!  Impromptu afternoon bath.  The water balloons were a big hit.  Check out the cute videos!

Fun with Water Balloons – Luke’s Laugh – video

Fun with Water Balloons – video

Lastly, here are two pictures of Luke.  The first one was taken Tuesday morning.  The second was taken today.  His forehead is healing so quickly!  He seems to be fine, though he’s been taking his nap earlier than usual and sleeping a little bit longer than usual (though he was up at 4am today, so who knows).  He’s still just as happy and smiley as ever.  I’m hoping he’s 100% better!


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