Eli and Emmett are perfectly matched on the seesaw. I think this is the first time either of them did the seesaw without a grownup helping. I was surprised at how much fun they thought this was, they kept it up for awhile.
Eli had his first preschool field trip today. Since I failed to get a picture of Eli on his first day of preschool, I thought I'd make up for it today. He started school about a month ago and loves it. Eli was awake until almost 10pm last night, he said he was too excited about the field trip to sleep. I don't think the trip to the pumpkin patch was what he anticipated most, it was the ride on the school bus.
Here he is with his friend Herbie who is not only in his preschool class, but in nursery at church. They were both so excited when we pulled up and saw the buses were waiting. They both ran right over and wanted to get on the bus. The driver thought they were so cute, and said "look how excited these little guys are". They handled it pretty well when I told them they had to go inside their class first, and the teacher would tell them when it was time to get on the bus.
Eli and Herbie are great friends, as Eli would say "Me and Herbie, we like to play rough". Herbie's mom Ciara and I had separate talks with them about being gentle to the other kids in nursery. We didn't want them to "wrestle" little girls in there. Herbie and Eli both promised not to, but asked if they could still wrestle with each other. We told them it was okay as long as they didn't do it to anyone else. Last week when I picked Eli up, his nursery leader (and a high school wrestling coach) was disappointed I came so soon. Apparently he told the boys if they cleaned up the toys fast they could go into an empty room and "go at it". Since they missed their chance last week, they're scheduled to try again next Sunday. When I asked which boy usually won, I was told it was whoever got on top of the other one first. Apparently they're pretty evenly matched, so let boys be boys and we'll see how the match turns out next week!
I'm still getting used to having a girl. Boys are easy, you just dress them in whatever truck shirt is clean. Girls have sweaters, tights, skirts and hair things. So far I haven't attempted much accessorizing, but thanks to my friend Rachel we made hair clips today. Thanks Carly for the rosette idea, you girls will save Lilly from being a tom boy yet!
P.S. I love Lilly's eyes in the second picture. She had been fussing because she didn't want to sit for a picture, but they're so clear and big. You can really tell what color they are.
Mowing the lawn has gone to a whole new level. Not only does Eli follow Ben around with his toy lawn mower, he started imitating every step of the process. He "starts" his lawn mower, he even checks the gas when Ben does. I think it's hilarious how closely he watches Ben.
Lilly thinks she's such a big kid eating snack at the picnic table. Too bad I didn't get a picture of her on top of the table, that's where she usually stands!
Her favorite book is The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar she could read it all day. What's not to love, there are little holes to stick your finger in, pictures of food and a cute little bug. Although I can see why she loves it, I lost interest around the 200th time we read it. Maybe I can teach Eli to read it to her, he must have it memorized by now.
Ben - Professional: Financial Analyst for The City of Boise Recreational: Tries to catch a movie or bike ride whenever he can, takes the kids on bike rides Church:
Michelle - Professional: Homemaker Recreational: Reading, cooking, bike riding Church:
Eli - Professional: Plays with Matchbox Car, rides his bike, plays with stuffed animals, memorizes names and functions of heavy machinery Recreational: Watches Mighty Machines, "fixes" things, swimming Church: Loves to sing Choose The Right
Lilly- Professional: Thinks she's Cinderella (without the cleaning), reading, and riding her bike Recreational: Follows Eli around the house trying to do what he does while wearing 10 necklaces Church: Goes to any nursery like she's been going there her whole life!