Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From our family to everyone out there we hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving blessed with family and friends. We had a great time in Champaign visiting my parents and seeing my sister and her family. We did however find out that my parents house is a little too small for the family gatherings. We were stuffed in there like sardines so that many of us could not sleep due to little ones being able to see or hear us. We were all a little tired afterwords but we survived. Now the twins were up to their usual shenanigans (no idea on spelling). The first night there I thought I had kid proofed my parents room where the boys were sleeping, well I did not think about the bath tub in the bathroom attached to the room. Well we heard a thump, no big shocker since the boys can get out of pack n plays, cribs, cribs where the mattress has been dropped to the floor, etc. (they are escape artists)! Well my dad goes back to check and I hear a yell with my brother in law running out to tell us that Caleb was in the bath and Andrew was running the water fully dressed in pajamas. Andrew knew he was in trouble because he was trying to get back into the pack n play and Caleb was confused to why we were a little upset. Needless to say that was the last time that we let them fall asleep on their own.

Their jumping out of their cribs has made for a long past few weeks. I have come to realize how much I rely upon our schedule as do the boys. We are going to try a few more days in the cribs and then it is going to be big boy bed time. Below is a picture of where we found Andrew one night after his night out of the crib. There are also pictures from us in Champaign as well as at our friends birthday party. Once again Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! All I can say is that I am thankful for three healthy energetic boys that keep us on our toes at all time. I can also not get away without thanking our families for all the support that they have given to us over the years since welcoming our boys into the world. Without you who knows where we would be. We love you and are so grateful to you.

The boys enjoying some basketball outside, yes those are socks on their hands. I did not pack that well this trip.
Andrew and Caleb helping Dad decorate for Christmas.

The three amazing rockers at Grandma and Grandpas, they loved this.

Grandma entertaining the gang with a book. They were all ears.

Andrew taking good care of his cousin Evan. The boys loved playing with him over the holiday.

Try as I might I could not flip this picture. This is how the twins react when I hold another baby, that is Ben Certain. They wanted to help out a little.

Andrew after a hard night of partying outside of the crib. Yes we had to take everything else out of the room because previously that day during nap time he trashed the joint. He is always the main escapee.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A long few weeks!!

Well we have dealt with some form of a flu over the past few weeks. Eli and Andrew, Caleb somehow escaped it, both had fevers and sickness for three to four days. We survived it all, but let me tell you dealing with two cranky boys all day really did me in. After the sickness the boys really have become a lot more happy. I do not have as much fussing and crying that I seemed to have before. The twins are really starting to comprehend sharing even if they do not like it. Andrew definitly is the one more defiant. Caleb just goes with the flow. they both mastered climbing out of their cribs but Andrew is the only one who consistently does it and just stands at the door and screams bloody murder, that is after he has put all of their books into Caleb's crib. I will walk in there and Caleb is just sitting amongst twenty books grinning while Andrew is out just screaming. They are speaking in short fragments and really playing together (or wrestling depends on what you want to call it).

Eli has been a little bit more of a struggle recently. He does not want to share with brothers and he does not want to listen to me. We have had a few ugly meltdowns whenever brothers want to play with what he has, even if it is 30 cars he can not share one. It is definitly a very interesting time in the McIntyre house hold.

We did make a massive chalk board for the boys so there is enough space we do not have pushing. Josh and I also enjoye a night out at the amazing Colts game!! We were a little out of control!! Working the next was a challenge with four hours of sleep but it was well worth it. Thanks Grandma Pam for watching the boys. Attached are a few pictures over the past few weeks. Have a great week!

The boys enjoying their first time drawing on the chalk board.
One of our favorite past times, running without our shirts on.

This is the starting line for our running which happens daily.

Everyone helping Dad make the chalk board.

The twins just getting up in the morning and enjoying their cup of milk.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Well what a busy and exciting week for the boys. After the last blog last week we went to the Children's museum. The boys had a blast and were all over the place. It wasn't too crowded so the boys could run around and be wild. This was the first time that I saw the twins doing a lot of things they have not done before. Being brave and going up the slides in the science works area. Trying to build boats (very unsuccessful, but they tried). It was a good day. Then this week was filled with running errands and a visit from our friends from Valpo, Matt and Lindsey Rochner and their little boy Wyatt. Wyatt was born a few weeks after the twins. It was a little crazy when they were here. All the boys were having fun playing with toys and running around screaming. The noise volume was definitely higher then most nights. Oh we did also have a sick little one through out the week. Who knows what it was but Andrew had a fever and it ended with a rash. He really was never that unhappy but it was a little bothersome not knowing what it was.

Then the big day came, Halloween!! We spent Friday carving our last two pumpkins and getting ready for the big day. We then had Monicals, for those that do not know the best pizza ever, before going out on the town. The boys were very excited even though the twins had no clue what was going on. Eli did amazing. He normally is pretty shy but he was not that night. He was running ahead to every house ready to say Trick or Treat and Thanks. The twins were a little more apprehensive. Andrew kept on taking his candy out of his pumpkin and putting it into the persons bucket. He finally got the hang of it later in the evening. Caleb was more of the one to hang out by mom and wait to get his candy. There were a few houses with scary music and people in costumes that he backed away from screaming. Needless to say it was a great night. The pictures below are in random order but they are from the last week. Every one have a great week!

This is from the end of the night, after all the candy had been checked, and we were deciding what we could eat. Mom looks a little raggedy!
Thing 2 (Caleb), Thing 1 (Andrew), and Cat in the Hat (Eli)

The twins excited with their loot and ready to head to the next house!

The boys with the pumpkins after they were carved.

Getting ready to head out at the beginning of the night!

Carving pumpkins. They were more hands on with this pumpkin.

The boys all hanging out: Eli, Andrew, Caleb, and Wyatt Rochner (all the way from Texas)

Caleb and Eli getting ready to dig at the Children's Museum. Andrew was not cooperating.

Taking a ride in the race car

The boys getting ready to go around on the Merry Go Round