Monday, April 21, 2014

Colton 2 year stats

Big Boy Colton

We had Colton's 2 year check up today.  He weighs 29 lbs (62nd percentile) and has a head circumference of 19 inches (39th percentile).  I kind of wonder if they measured his height wrong however because they say he is 3 feet tall (which is 2 inches taller than I measured him at home!) and in the 90th percentile!  No matter his height, he is healthy and perfectly good to go for a whole year now until his next appointment.  He was great for his appointment--(it helps that we "play doctor" at home with Summer's doctor set)-- he knew exactly how they would look in his ears, mouth, etc.  He even did great for his blood draw, and didn't cry at all--we talked about Thomas the Train the whole time ;).  He cried a little bit for his one shot, but it was over almost before he knew it!  Yay Colton!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

 One of the best parts of Mommy-ing is that when I focus on the real meaning for a holiday for my kids, it benefits me as well!  Summer and I spent a lot of time reading various accounts of the Easter story, talking through her her Resurrection Eggs, and preparing through conversation for all that Easter is.  We purposely rarely discussed the concepts of the Easter bunny, Easter baskets, or Easter candy (not that there is anything wrong with any of those things, but I just really wanted to focus on the real meaning this year.)  I love Summer's excitement for ANYTHING celebratory and she counted down the days :).  According to Summer, we started celebrating Easter on Thursday and Sunday was "the last day of Easter"! 

Here are a few pics of us coloring eggs on Thursday night...

On Friday night we went to church.   Summer requested to go to the Good Friday service with us this year instead of the childcare program.  Paul and I discussed with her that it was a sad service, talking about when Jesus' died, and that we weren't sure if she would go this year or when she was a little older.  Paul discussed the service with our Pastor that evening, and there were no violent portions acted out this year in service, so we let her come.  It turned out to be the perfect service for her to attend.  The chairs were set up in a U-shape around several tables that held props pertaining to various times in the Bible where the coming of a Savior had been predicted.  As our pastor walked among the tables and discussed each story foreshadowing Christ, Summer followed along with the stories, whispering to me about how she knew that story :).  I was glad she was there for the "sad" service as it makes Easter that much more exciting! 

On Saturday evening we celebrated Easter with the Kirkwoods/Bjorklunds, followed by a game of family Dominoes after the kiddos went to bed :).
Cute pic of Summer and Grandma Kirkwood (who happened to match!)

Auntie Kristin and Uncle Eric gave Colton his belated birthday present, a hockey stick.  Not sure who had more fun playing with it...Uncle Eric or Colton ;)
 On "actual" Easter, we had brunch at church.  Then our family greeted, and Summer and Colton did a great job of (literally) exclaiming "Happy Easter!" to the people that came in the door.  Summer is a natural at greeting, and Colton follows his big sisters' lead :).  After church, we grilled out BBQ chicken (it was SOO nice out today!!) and while dinner cooked we did our annual egg hunt.  The kids love looking for eggs, and after the hunt was done, they took their eggs and hid them again for their sibling to find--cute to watch :).  Here are a few pics of the egg hunt, followed by a little video.  Each year they get older is more fun!

After lunch and naps, we played at the park, played outside, rode bikes, drew with sidewalk chalk, and basically "lived" outside enjoying one of our first really nice spring days.  So much fun!

As Summer learned to say today...
"He is RISEN! He is risen INDEED!"

Life and Learning Lately

Library books continue to be a huge part of our lives...Summer loves all books!  Last week she went up to librarian Ms. Sarah and asked her to help her find books about shells so she could identify the ones she plays with.  Ms. Sarah helped her find her shell books :)

Colton loves anything car/truck/train related, Curious George, and learning about tigers :)

Summer has been very interested in large numbers and peoples' ages lately, so we decided to an activity based on the number "100"... 

We listed the numbers so she could see how many "100" was, colored the squares, and then found peoples' ages on the chart.

Summer has been enjoying math lately using flashcards that have numbers on one side, and that number of "dots" on the flip side.  She makes up her own problem with the cards such as "2" "+" "5" "=", writes it on her paper, and then flips over the cards to count the dots and write the total.  It is a nice activity for her to do on her own.
Colty has started to show an interest in helping in the kitchen...dumping in ingredients and stirring...

One of the favorite zoo animals-- the crocodile...

Water break at the zoo!
Our first dinner outside this year!!!
One of my almost daily prayers for my kiddos is a strong conscience.  I desire that they learn right from wrong and desire to do right from the inside out, so that when they leave me to go to school, friends' houses, etc that they will do right even when I am not watching/directing.  I'll share a quick sweet story about each of the kids in how I see God working in their lives in this area:

Summer's conscience has been so sweet since last October when she invited Jesus to be her Savior.  I really don't have to discipline her much anymore, as discussion will bring her little heart to sorrow at her wrongdoing and she wants to change and do right.  An example was at church recently when Ms. Pam was giving out candy after church.  Summer came up to me while I was chatting with a friend and asked me if she could have some, and I told her she could have one piece...just one...(so as to leave some for other kids).   She came back to me with two pieces.  When I questioned her about it, and reminded her what I had said, she told me that Ms. Pam had told her she could take two.  Her answer made sense to me, as I pictured the likelihood of Ms. Pam telling each child they could pick two, and we resolved the situation saying that one piece of hers could be for Colton.  In my mind, the situation was resolved and done.  On the car ride home, she brought up the situation on her own, and told me that Ms. Pam actually hadn't "told her" to take two, but rather Summer had "asked" if she could take two and Ms. Pam had said yes.  We discussed how her actions were wrong, and then I thanked her for being honest.  When I peeked back in the rear view mirror, she was crying.  No punishment had been issued...she was crying because, in her words, "I am so sad at myself.".  Her little conscience was disciplining her more than I ever would!  What a sweetheart.  We prayed together and she asked Jesus to forgive her for her disobedience, and I told her that Mommy and Daddy forgave her too.  I praise the Lord that he is working in her heart and giving her a strong conscience.

Colton is, a very two-year-old-boy, currently.  He gets frequent time outs for pushing his sister (often for no reason--I think just because he has energy and doesn't know what to do with it positively and also because Summer gives a fun reaction!).  He also has been testing boundaries lately-- a LOT!  While he is an adorably sweet kid, he definitely shows remorse over consequences rather than over his disobedience ;).  Since these flare ups of frequent testing moments have begun, I have been praying specifically for his little heart not only during our morning Bible reading as usual, but also each time I tuck him in.  I saw my first glimmer of hope that God was working this past week.  After a timeout for pushing his sister, we came back downstairs and he was putting his boots away like I asked him.  I heard crying in the coat closet, and went to see what was the matter.  He told me, "Mommy I want to "pway", to which I responded, "You can play after you put your boots away, Colton."  He continued to cry and said again, "Mommy, I want to pway".  I then realized he wanted to "pray".  I had forgotten to pray with him after his time-out!  (Normally we try to pray and have him ask Jesus to forgive him for his specific infraction and then help him to do the opposite in the future.)  I almost melted I was so grateful for his little heart wanted to come to Jesus before he did anything else, and as he sat on my lap and repeated his prayer after me, I hugged him close as I silently thanked God for working in my little guy's heart.  Sure enough, after he said, "Amen", he was the happiest little guy and ran off to play.  So sweet.  Thank you Jesus for working in Colton's heart!

I'll end this post with the verse of the week--I'll just include Summer's video this time, because Colton has been doing his verse in a "monster voice" lately and you can't even understand what he is saying!  Oh, Colty ;).