Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dillon's Debut and August at a Glance!

Yes! We finally have our puppy Dillon! And wow...has he turned our life upside down! I think I've reached my limit for a while now. But...he is a sweetie and we are so glad he is part of our family! Sam is the one who has taken to Dillon the most. They are so cute when they interact! Jack is funny...he knows how to use Dillon to get what he wants. He loves to bring the leash and tell us that the puppy needs to go out when really he is the one who wants to go outside! He loves him too but Sam is definitely the one who is smitten.

So August at a glance was filled with being outside, day after day after day! It's was gorgeous here. A typical day would include going on a run with the boys in the stroller to our favorite park, running home, lunch, naps and then talking a long walk with Dillon before dinner. On the weekends we went to the pool or the park pretty much every day. I have learned to love running with the stroller and making fun park stops with my boys!!

Updates on the boys...

Jack at 22 months is filled with more energy than ever before! He is learning new words everyday. His favorites lately are "home, mower, baby, bowl, Elmo, pool, ice" and I'm sure there are so many more that I can't think of right now. He is really figuring out how to put words together and make phrases which is so fun to hear! He loves anything that has a motor...lawn mowers, boats, trucks, diggers, motorcycles, etc. He is just full of excitement from all the "fun" things he sees during all of our car rides and stroller rides these days! He is still very attached to Sam. If there is ever a time when we take Jack somewhere without Sam he doesn't stop asking about "baby." The minute he wakes up he makes sure he finds "baby." He is always concerned about Sam's whereabouts. He doesn't really like sharing with Sam but is very protective of him, which I guess is a good thing. :-)

Sam at 8 Months:
Eating! This kid knows how to put food down! He is eating Puffs now for snacks and the occasional piece of bread. He is quickly figuring out that there are much tastier things than formula. :-)
Scooting! He loves to scoot across the room instead of crawl. He CAN crawl perfectly fine...and has done it several times but only when he is on surfaces he doesn't like (like grass and playground equipment).
Wrestling with Jack! He just yearns for attention and physical play from Jack. It's so cute!
Straws! We've been working with Sam and sippy cups for months now and he doesn't really like it. I handed him one of Jack's sippy cups with a straw and he went right for it and it was a success! Hey...whatever works, right!?!
Dillon! Several times a day he makes his way to Dillon's spot in the kitchen and they play through the gate, smiling and laughing away while Dillon licks him!
"baba baba baba" is his favorite (and really only) phrase these days!
Pulling up! He started by pulling up on the toy box to his knees and a few days later he was standing and now he pulls himself up on everything he can! The toy box, the dishwasher, ottoman, stroller, toy basketball hoop, crib, etc! Needless to say, it comes with a few bumps and bruises on the forehead as well!

The cutest (but also frustrating) thing both boys have been doing lately is playing in their room together when we put them down for naps/bedtime. We absolutely love to hear them laughing hysterically with each other and interacting so well but after about 30 minutes of it, we get a little frustrated that they haven't tired each other out yet. Jack seems to jump out of bed the minute I close the door and run to Sam's crib while Sam is busy pulling himself up and then they just giggle face to face. They love each other so much and we are so incredibly thankful.

I hope to get another post up in a few days of our September adventures so far! We took the kids to the fair and got some cute check back soon!

Enjoy the pictures below!

Jack's first fire truck experience! Let's just say he's a bigger fan when he's watching from afar :-)
We got Jack this water table so he had something fun to play with out on our
deck...and he loves it!
Jack meeting Dillon for the first time
Sam meeting Dillon for the first time
Sam doesn't use his pacifier anymore but he thinks it's fun to play with
Jack is playing "peek a boo" with the Jimmy John's bag

One of Sam's new favorite play areas is the play kitchen and food
Jack at one of his friend's birthday playdates...he loved the wheel barrow

...and the watering cans even though they are pink :-)
Here's Dillon...

Smiley Sam
Still loves the iPad and playing on our bed
Jack makes Sam "the road" sometimes
A Day at the Park! Sam is going through a tunnel!
Jack has officially conquered all slides by himself!

Snuggling and playing together in their room...

Sam - eating Puffs for the first time!
Me and Dillon
He loves his even makes it in to bed with him sometimes!
Pulling up on his knees for the first time!
Jack is trying on Daddy's shirt
Sam and Daddy wrestling
Playing peek a boo through a tunnel at the park
Auntie Katie with Bella
Happy Sam!
Reading, eating and standing all at the same time...
More wrestling...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Fun!

Finally summer weather arrived in July!! We have had so much fun being outside everyday! We have a little pool that we pull out that Jack loves to play in, we go to Lifetime's pool, we've been to the zoo, and even out on Prior Lake with the Anderson side for a day! July has flown by and we can't believe Troy's been working for over a month already! We have adjusted well for the most part and really love our time together on the weekends as a family.

Jack is 21 months already! I can't believe we almost have a 2 year old...although based on some of the tantrums lately it is believable :-) Some of Jack's new words this month are "ice, pool, and bubbles." All of which happen to be some of his favorite things in life right now. He won't drink anything unless it has ice in random! Some of his other favorite activities besides the pool and blowing bubbles are: coloring (with markers and crayons now), drawing with chalk out on the driveway almost everyday, playing with the hose and the sprayer on the hose (and yes, he has quite a good aim when it comes to getting Mommy wet!), swimming (although this is definitely not a new "favorite" of his), and using our iPad. It is absolutely amazing how he has taught himself to use the iPad to get to all the kid apps...specifically Elmo and the PBS app. He continues to amaze and amuse us everyday!

Our little Sam will be 7 months tomorrow! Some of his favorite things right now...
  • Sitting up! Last week he began sitting up for several minutes at a time now and really enjoys playing this way now
  • Rocking on all 4's! He is SO good at's just a matter of time before we have a crawler around our house again...
  • Books! He is so intrigued by books. Wants to touch/grab them, turn pages, eat them, etc.
  • Sucking his thumb! We have almost completely transitioned him to his thumb from the pacifier.
  • Eating! He has mastered eating pureed food finally...and his favorites are Apple/Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Apple Blueberry Oatmeal
  • Swimming! If he can float in his floaty...he is a happy camper!
The other BIG news in our family is that our little puppy Dillon will be joining our family one week from tonight! We are so excited to welcome him to the Williams' stay tuned for some cute photos!

Enjoy the pictures below!

We finally caved and bought a minivan...although dorky...I love the convenience!
Sam rocking on all fours!!

Washing a car with Daddy and having so much fun!!
Hanging out in the sun!
Oh the hose...
Sam is just so darn sweet!

Blowing bubbles
Auntie Amy and Sam on Prior Lake
Nana and the boys on the lake
Sweet Sammy napping on the boat
Jack and Daddy driving the boat!
Our little the lake!
Oh Jack...

Sam...not a huge fan of peas in case you can't tell!
There was ice on the floor...and that's Jack eating the ice...
Nana and the boys
Jack's "new" way to get into bed
Jack is trying to do a summersalt in bed
First time sitting up!!
Happy little guy...

At the zoo...

Riding the monorail!
Riding the tractor at the zoo
He loved the goats...

At our friend Angie's birthday pool party...
Loving the Cheetos...
Going off the diving board for the first time!
Sliding into the pool was also a hit!