Monday, May 23, 2011

What is it…

about the dishwasher that attracts all little people like magnets? Especially those who crawl?

Each one of my kids has climbed on/in the dishwasher. Zeke is at the stage where when he sees it is open he speeds up the crawl to get to it. He likes to fiddle faddle with the silverware (dirty or clean- he’s not picky) and get up on it.

Case in point.


You should see how he gets that little knee up on the edge. He is quick I tell you, quick.


We’ll have to curb this little habit soon as I am confident he does not have enough is his piggy bank to cover the cost of a new dishwasher! : )


The funny thing is I know my mom has pictures of me when I was little doing the very same thing on my grandparents dishwasher! (At least if memory serves me right she does…but I am losing my touch so I could be wrong!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

El Destructo

At a certain age we have called all our children this simply for the fact when you look where they have been it looks like the path of a tornado. : )

They take out everything of interest as well as tear down anything that is built. It is mass destruction- thus Zeke is now El Destructo (not that some of his older siblings are much better).

Here you can see how the older two were playing a game of Life. Then Zeke ambled along and well….


It is rather difficult to play when the wheel is ‘no longer in service!’

Fortunately for him he is still little and cute.


Just look at that face- doesn’t that spell trouble to you?


Zeke is getting to be such the biggest, littlest man. He crawls all over the place with a love for the two bookshelves and the bathroom. He uses the rocker (a glimpse of it there in the background) as a walker. He is getting bolder in letting go of furniture and taking a few minutes to stand on his own. He has figured out how to scale the stairs and can do so in just about 60 seconds.


He is still sporting only his two bottom teeth – definitely making him the slowest teether of the four. Zeke has been introduced to dear old Sippy cup, but he hasn’t yet figured out how to use it. He loves graham crackers and crackers in general. He also prefers his feet to be bare, giggling whenever I remove socks. Oh, and he has had TWO haircuts thus far in his 10 month life. I cannot say that for any of the previous three.

Not sure how I moved from him being a destructor to an overall report on him! It had to be looking at the sweet pictures (taken several weeks ago already) and thinking on all that he can do and all that has changed. He is such a sweetie boy- although that picture of his naughty face reminds me a little too much of his closest sister! (Worried, definitely worried.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Too Precious

There are times when having your children in outside activities feels like a chore. The running here and there. The waiting while they do ‘their thing’.

There is nothing about taking Isaiah to soccer or watching him play that feels remotely like a chore.It is a joy. Both my Beloved and I agree it is a precious hour well spent on a Saturday morning. He is in his element that is for sure. I am so thankful we signed him up.

Here he is (the one with the colorful hat on) in the group of 6 or 7 other kids on his team. They don’t meet any other time but Saturday. For his age group they practice for the first half hour and then the second half hour is a ‘game’ or scrimmage. As with all young, or pee-wee, sports the game is a heard of children running to and fro close to the ball. No strategy or passing- just running and kicking with a little hand-to-ball contact now and again. (They are still learning, after all! : ) )

I took a little video clip of him during practice. I tell you he is too cute! I think I smiled during the whole hour watching him. I was just mesmerized by how much he enjoyed playing. He doesn’t run all out but does his gallop/skip run thing in between, smiles most the whole time and lets his lefty side come out. (He writes right handed but throws and kicks left handed.)

Watch his sweet face closely. I get such a kick out of the prep for his kick to the goal.

Soccer from Jess on Vimeo.

I am not sure if soccer will always be in our future (since the kids are allowed to pursue only one outside activity at a time) but we are fully enjoying the here and now of it! Saturday morning, a cup of coffee and watching Isaiah play soccer…priceless.