Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

What a great week we had. We were blessed to spend time with both sides of our families even though we did miss seeing our Aunts and Uncles. The boys made out like kings and we did not do to shabby either. Church was an experience with the twins. It was right at their dinner time on Christmas Eve and I felt like I was at a cow trough. I just had to keep on feeding the boys Cheerios and puffs. The boys all got toys that they loved. Eli's top gift we think was Gravedigger. This was definitely the first year that Eli really loved Christmas. He was so excited to leave cookies and carrots out, grandpa did not mind this. When we were going to bed Grandpa went outside the window with bells and Eli eyes were open with great joy at this sound. He kept on calling us back to say he was hearing bells or Santa on the roof. It made Christmas so much fun this year. The twins of course were more excited with boxes and wrapping paper and Eli seem to enjoy their presents more then they did. When we got home today the biggest challenge was figuring out how to fit everything in the house. We had to box up some old toys and then began to bring everything in. When we got it all in it looked like Christmas morning all over again. Needless to say it was a great holiday. We hope that everyone else was just as enjoyable. Below are some pictures from our time with the families.
Eli and Caleb climbing in a box that was one of their favorite toys!!

All the boys at Christmas Eve dinner.

The twins enjoying Christmas morning!

Mom enjoying their gift, the Wii. It is a lot of fun. Watch out laundry my evening are now going to be spent bowling.
The boys playing with Aunt Andrea's gift



Children update:


Caleb is now wanting to walk everywhere. He is slow moving but can go long distances, pretty exciting!! His teeth continue to bother him but he still hanging in there.

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Sorry about the coaster. Caleb always has something in his mouth. This is just a little clip of the walking.



Andrew is our climber. He does not show much interest in walking but wants to climb everything. At grandmas and grandpas he continued to climb up their stairs non stop. He was so proud of himself. He also enjoyed climbing on top of big boxes and sitting there during present time.



Eli is getting ready for school. He got a backpack for Christmas and he can not stop talking about school, only a few more years. Too bad mom has to go back in one week. He is starting to recognize a lot more letters now as well. He loves his flashcards.



We hope everyone is doing well and had a great holiday!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Due to lack of time we will not be sending out Christmas cards this year. We figured with the blog up and running it was not that big of deal. We did have a great visit with Santa at the Zoo. On Friday we went with the Banks to the zoo. We were lucky enough to get to go see the Sea Lions before hand with Sarah. Eli and Andrew got kisses from the Sea Lion, Caleb was a little unsure. Noah had a great time feeding the Sea Lion. It is so nice to get these special extras from knowing Sarah. Both Noah and Eli enjoyed making Sea Lion noises. The kids were both excited and scared, the twins really had no clue what was going on.
Mom getting a kiss because Caleb was not so sure about this!

Andrew sitting very patiently while he got his kiss. (Eli's picture did not come out because of a battery issue in the camera, we think Megan may have one so it may be coming later.)

From there we went to see Santa. It was a great experience, for the first time!! This has been the first year that we have a child old enough to actually enjoy this. It was so fun to see Eli talking to Santa and getting excited to tell him what he wants. We started off with all three with him for pictures and then Eli got to talk to him. Eli did great, he sat there and petted Santa's outfit while he told him everything that he wanted. There were live reindeer there as well as other activities. Noah and Eli enjoyed eating marshmallows afterwards. It was a great moment for me, it really shows how old Eli is getting.

All three boys looking very serious, not quite sure what is going on!
Eli giving Santa his wish list. It was great!!

The rest of our week was running all over town trying to get ready for Christmas. Josh had a few days off so we were busy getting things done. It is amazing to me to think that I am a few short weeks from going back to work. I am getting pretty sad thinking about it!


Twin update, Caleb finally got his first tooth. The two are continuing to walk along the furniture with taking a few steps to get from one thing to another. Of course it would not be a holiday without us getting sick. Right now all three boys have colds, yeah!!

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and safe travels!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Family Time!!

It was a week with great sorrow. On Monday my grandfather, Frank Block, passed away at the age of 89. We were sad to see him go but also relieved to know that he is in a much better place with Grandma Block and Erin. We went to Michigan this weekend for the memorial service. It was nice to get to see so many family members who we had not seen in way too long. The boys of course were a hit. Eli had a little bit of a sugar high so he was off his rocker for some of it. They enjoyed playing music at Aunt Barb's and playing with our cousins Mandy and Casey. We also got to spend a lot of time with Aunt Andrea (who is looking great as her big due date approaches), and my Mom and Dad. The memorial service was very nice and we had a lot of time to catch up with family members and celebrate my Grandfathers' life. It was amazing all I learned in a day about my Grandpa that I did not know before. He led an amazing life! Attached are some pictures from the weekend and a video of the boys playing some tunes.

Before going to Michigan we had a good week in Indy. The boys enjoyed some play time outside in the snow. Now I need to clarify, Eli enjoyed it. The twins liked the snow but had major issues with mobility. They were pretty much stuck in the shape of a cross and could not even sit up. Caleb has begun his adventures in walking. He is taking steps here and there on his own. The farthest I have seen so far is 5 steps in a row before he gives up and goes for crawling. Andrew is not far off, he is just walking along everything.

We hope everyone is doing great and have an enjoyable week ahead of them.

Taking a little dip in the hotel in Michigan. All the boys did well. Caleb was definitely our swimmer of the group.
The boys at bath time. It is always a little hectic, but they all love it.
Trying to sled in the snow. The twins were a little unsure.


Below is the tape of our three little musicians. They love all of the instruments that are at Aunt Barb's house.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Stuck Inside!!

We had a very busy week this week even though it has been very cold and we have been stuck inside. On Wednesday we went to the Children's Museum with Rachel, Sarah, Maren, and Elle Goddard. Of course I did not bring my camera. I am hoping to get great pictures from Rachel. We had a very good time. It was great having a responsible 6 year old. That's right, Sarah was the greatest help ever!! Eli ran around with her all day. Then on Thursday it was a special Eli and Mommy day. The twins went to the sitter for the first time together. Eli and I went to bounce zone with Megan, Noah, and Brady Banks. I really felt 30 all of a sudden. Eli and I jumped all over. By the end we were both exhausted and my knees killed. Not only that Megan and I tried moves that we thought were possible but then found out they were not for us old folks. We had a great day.
Friday the twins had their nine month check up. I can not believe how close we are to one year. They are doing great. Bigger then what Eli was at that age. Caleb is 20 lbs 5 oz and Andrew is 19 lbs 13 oz. They are the same length and their head is the same as well. However they are starting to look more and more different to me. Well we hope everyone had a great week. We are trying a video for the first time. I just shot a quick one of Caleb walking with one of his toys. We hope this works!! If it does I will be getting better ones up. I also put a picture of Eli going to work on the construction site. Have a great week!



This picture shows how difficult it is to get hats on the boys. They do not stop moving, hence the picture quality.
Eli going off to work.





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Caleb enjoying a good stroll!