Friday, May 21, 2010

April and May fun 2010

I have thoroughly enjoyed being home on maternity leave. (I took 14 weeks this time!) It has been so wonderful to spend time with the boys. We've tried to make the most of it - lots of outings, play dates, time at the park and museums, and just hanging out around the house together. (It's amazing - when Lincoln was a baby, I thought leaving the house with an infant was so hard. Now I realize that's the easy age - they sleep anywhere, and it doesn't take much to make Lawson content.)
Lincoln is such a joy to be around. He talks nonstop, and says the sweetest, funniest things. Lawson is a wonderful baby; now he smiles all the time, and is a total snuggle bug. I feel so blessd to have had this time to be home with them both. While I am sad my leave is coming to an end, I feel great about the fact that "Miss Amanda" will be starting soon as our nanny, and then Linc will begin preschool at Southminster Presbyterian in the fall.

Over the past few months Linc has enjoyed picnics in the park, kyaking with Uncle Brandon, playing in the fountains at Discovery Green, playing in his wading pool, swimming, riding the train at Hermann park, making cookies with friends, riding bikes with daddy, and "playing baseball." Little boys are so much fun! Here are a few photos:

Decorating cookies with Carson

Riding the train at Hermann Park (a bit daring to let Linc hold Lawson for a picture unassisted, but I wanted a shot of both of them.)

Playing with Carson, Jack, Kate, and Scarlet in the wading pool

The boys in their matching tee-shirts. (I originally bought these for a hospital photo...but obviously Lawson was way too small to wear his for a few months. Oh well! At least I tried to get a shot (it's hard to prop up a 2 month old and get him to stay still so you can read his tee-shirt!)

We enjoyed a picnic at Discovery Green downtown, and then Linc played in the fountains.

Linc and Andrew go on several bike rides a week, or enjoy playing basketball in the driveway. (Andrew reworked some of the landscaping in the back so he has a "full court" with two basketball goals. I have a feeling I know where our boys will be spending a lot of time once they grow up!)

Linc is really into baseball at the moment - he loves to practice batting and throwing (catching is still a major work in progress, but it's so cute to watch.) Andrew is so patient with him and a great teacher.

Linc is also really into pirates right now. He especially enjoys sword fights (with these foam swords I found...thank goodness they are foam, his fencing skills are a bit lacking :)

When Linc plays in his wading pool in the driveway, Lawson hangs out in the "baby cabana." (Though Linc usually ends up in there too - what a great invention!)

Lawson has just recently began to hold his head up well enough to sit in the bumbo - so convenient! (But he always looks a bit confused, like "what is this thing?")

Linc is a GREAT big brother - always really sweet to Lawson. He likes to hold him, talk to him, and always turns on the music in his bouncer or finds his pacifier if Lawson cries.

We've enjoyed many "lunch play dates" with Bryce, Payton and Parker. I love these kids! They are so precious.

Linc LOVES playing with Jackson, and it's hilarious to listen to them play and talk to each other. (Mary Beth and I love that they are becoming such good buddies! Now we can switch off babysitting so the other couple gets a date night. It's been so nice.) The funniest thing recently was when Jackson came over one evening and they decided to act out "David and Goliath." It was going well until Linc actually hit "Goliath" (Jackson) in the head with a (fake) rock. Then Goliath hit David with a (foam) sword. They decided that they would both be "dead" even though in the story, only Goliath dies. Hysterical.

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