Why do I always seem to be writing catch-up blogs. :) Sure I had a lot to catch up on from before AJ's birthday but now I had a ton of pictures from right after his birthday. lol I get to them in time. We are just having so much fun these days. Today in fact we took Jake to his swim lesson which was fun and then all jumped in the car and drove to Tehachapi and went apple picking (pictures from that to follow next time)! I love these family times!!!
AJ is getting to be quite the handful. :) He is an energetic little guy who is always crawling, climbing and pulling himself up on things to get to anything he can get his little hands on. He is also working on his walking every chance that he can get. He can normally get 3 or 4 steps in before he falls down (which means lots of falling these days) and occasionally we will get a good 10. Its so cute because if I miss it I will hear Jake yell "AJ walking AJ walking!!!" He is so proud of his little brother. AJ also FINALLY got two more teeth in the last week. First he got he other bottom front tooth and then last weekend the first top tooth broke through...bringing the total to 3! :) I am so happy because this boy LOVES food and having the ability to chew and bite with his new teeth will be a great help. Jake is also doing great. His verbal is growing by leaps and bounds and it is so funny to hear the things he says. Like the other day when I was trying to take advantage of a situation where he was making his toy boats "hurt" each other, I tried to tell him to tell his boats not to hurt each other and maybe one of them needed a time out (as we are having similar problems with him and his little brother)...he looked at me and said "mommy I play boats...they no person." How do you argue with that? :) Anyway here are some of those pictures to catch you up. :)
AJ has always loved puffs just like Jake did but we decided to try Cheerios on him...Jake did not like them but it was worth a try....
...and the boy loves them...yey AJ!!!
We have also been weaning AJ from his pacy except for when he goes to bed...so sometimes you just use what you can find...at this moment he found a toy pepper shaker that goes with their play food.
AJ playing with the trash can bongos...his favorite instrument
And AJ is now into the blocks and is staring to build his own little towers :) It takes deep concentration.
On this night Jake really wanted to hold AJ while AJ had his milk before bed...as much as he pushes his little brother around he sure does love him.
...ahhh big brother kisses
AJ digging for a good toy
Ryan had just come home from a softball tournament with work and Jake found his glove and thought it was pretty cool, so...
we decided to give him his very own glove which had been hidden way since he was a baby (yes Jake was not even 2 months old when Ryan bought his son his first baseball glove :D )
Jake thought it could be pretty cool...
...and now he is ready to play :)
When AJ was a little baby he would always look at grilled cheese sandwiches with great longing...you almost felt bad eating one in front of him. So I figured he is one and maybe his one tooth could handle it if I chopped the sandwich to little bits. So on this night here is a picture of the boy's sandwiches...I thought they looked so funny next to each other :)
So here is that first bite of the thing he has wanted for so long...
...it looks good...
...yep he is a fan :)
And a few weeks ago my baby boy (yes Jake is my oldest but he will always be my baby boy) went to AWANA at our church for the first time. I could not believe he was old enough to go...but he LOVED it!!!! The first night as we left he was asking me for "more church." :) But every night he asks me "AWANA church?" and I tell him how many nights away it is. :) I so love that he loves going to learn about God so much. And he is doing AMAZING at learning his verses...that was something we were not sure how he would do, but he is doing great and we are so proud of him. This was the picture we got of the evening he got home from earning his Cubbie vest. He was SOOOOOO proud and it was so cute to see him show it off to both of us. So proud of our adorable little Cubbie!!!