Boy are things busy, busy, busy at our house! We go hard from the time we get up until we fall into bed at night. Eli and Ava are doing wonderfully and are still growing like weeds.
This week Eli has discovered the joy of running. (That's definatley not something I've ever found.) The other day he started running from one end of the house to the other and pretty soon, he demanded that Daddy join in. He'd stop at the front door, lean against the wall and say "Run, Run, Run!" and away he and Daddy would go through the house. As he'd come through the living room he'd yell it again, "Run, Run, Run!" It was quite the party.
|A quick grin before he decided it was time to run again.|
Words, words, words... new words every day. In addition to saying "run" he now clearly uses the words "truck" and "tractor" (those are super important things, you know!). Eli uses his large dumptruck to terrorize our home. He runs it around and crashes it into things riding any number of toys, balls, sippy cups, and Mickey Mouses along for the ride.
"Wash" is another frequent command. We have to "wash" the spoon during supper when he doesn't want to put the apple sauce in the spaghetti. We have to "wash" Dot Dog when Eli gets peanut butter on him. And during bathtime, Eli has to take "Jake" (the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Ball) in the tub so that he can wash Jake.
Eli loves bathtime and loves to play rough. Sometimes he'll come up saying "Two, two, two!". What he means is that he wants you to fling him around or flip him over or something like that. If you sit down in the floor you're certain to be tackled and usually you'll be sat on as well. Eli sometimes even pushes your head toward the floor and says, "down!" Which means that you have to lay down and he will most likely sit on your head. It's a great game... for Eli anyway... Mom and Dad don't fare so well.
|Notice who is in the truck... Mickey Mouse. I don't envy him for having to ride with Eli driving.|
And one more thing before I close out my Eli section... Tuesday night I had to go to the local consignment sale to get the kids' winter clothes. Eli wasn't happy about me leaving (he never is) but he got over it pretty quickly once I was gone. When I got back home, Ava was in bed and Eli was sitting in his Daddy's lap on the couch. They were reading a book. It was just about the best thing I've seen in a long, long time. I loved coming home to find Daddy and Eli sharing a book. It was so sweet and pretty much made my week. My kids have a great dad!
Ava is becoming the happiest little girl I've ever seen. She is easy going and reasonably happy regardless of what's going on. She is really an easy baby. (Good thing because her brother requires lots of attention.) Ava loves to laugh and has started figuring out how to suck her tounge against her top lip so that it makes a kissing noise. She loves to play with Eli even when he sometimes sits on her. I'm told she did take a lick or two Tuesday night while I was away. I hear that Eli dropped a toy on her and made her cry. She got over it pretty quickly and still seems to love her brother. Ava has begun to enjoy some time in the bumbo chair. She mostly sits in it on the table while the rest of us eat supper. During that time, she watches us eat and takes turns smiling at her brother and daddy.
Ava has mastered the art of rolling now and can roll across the floor. It won't be long at all now until I can no longer leave her in one spot and come back to find her. She will be moving and grooving very very soon. In the meantime, Ava prefers to have some company. Lately I've been taking her with me into the kitchen when I'm cooking and let her watch from the bumbo or bouncy seat. I tell her about what I'm doing and she just loves to watch and listen and check things out. It won't be long before we start introducing Ava to some solid foods. I hope she loves to try new things and experiment because Eli sure doesn't.
I wish I could think of more to say about Ava. I feel like I always have a ton of Eli stories to share and almost nothing about Ava. I think Eli is just at a very active and cute age where there is a lot to tell. Ava's personality is quickly developing so I'm sure we'll have more to say about her in the very near future.
I may be in trouble though because Eli want to take care of her and show her things already. If he manages to teach her how to make a mess (and I'm sure he will), I'll probably just have to burn the house down instead of trying to clean it up. I already can't keep up with the laundry and don't even know what I'm going to do when the toys multiply again at Christmas time.
So that about does it for us this week. Well, it does except for sharing two last videos. The first is Eli giggling at his Daddy. I can't remember who, but somebody had the hiccups and Eli thought it was hilarious. After the hiccups were gone, Brian started making hiccup noises and it was still very funny.
We watch a lot of Big Bang Theory at night. There are so few things that are reasonably entertaining and reasonably safe to watch with two little ones around and we can only take so much Mickey Mouse. So we end up with lots of Big Bang, History Channel, and occasionally Duck Dynasty. Eli really likes the Big Bang theme song. Wednesday night he was in an especially good mood and was ready to do some dancing. But his favorite part is where they yell, "Bang!", right at the end of the song. He loves that part. We enjoyed watching it so much that we kept backing it up and letting him hear the song again.
Now I really am done with this week's post. It got long on me, but I had some good stories to tell, pictures to show, and videos to share. I hope you enjoyed it and hope that you have a great weekend! Happy Friday!