Saturday, December 30, 2006

Painting a Bird House

There's nothing like a good project that they both can work on to keep me happy :-). They both helped me assemble the bird house and then they both agreed as to which sides they would paint.

Kyle was in a red mood that day and wanted to paint his two sides completely red. This annoyed Reeve slightly, but he was concentrating on making his two sides colorful.
Now we have to find a place to hang it outside and hope that the Eastern Bluebirds will nest in it.

They are my very favorite bird around here, and a very close second is the Rose Breasted Grosbeak.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Kyle loves to do what we're doing

Tom has been taking an internet course and Kyle wanted to listen and take notes too. There are words on the screen that Kyle was copying, and he did a darn good job. I could read where he wrote "buyers" and "sellers" and then there was some confusion in between.

Notice Tom's new shaven look?

Kyle also likes to do what Mom's doing... counted cross-stitch.

When I ask him what he wants to do when he grows up he says he wants to be a superhero or he turns the question on me and says, "What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now? Did Papa want to be what he does at work?" After that I just told him it's okay to change your mind.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Jolly Kid Christmas

We had a very lovely relaxing Christmas at home this year. Reeve and Kyle were thrilled with everything they received.

Reeve wrapped about 10 presents on his own this year. A lot of the gifts he wrapped were hand made creations (he loves to make things out of scraps... like tp rolls) that he made for Kyle. After Kyle opened several of them he told Reeve that they were the best presents he'd received and that Reeve was the best brother. We were all touched, especially Reeve.

It's difficult in a consumerism age to emphasize the importance of giving, but I think overall we're doing the best we can.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Eve Day

As per tradition we always let the kids open one present Christmas Eve. Typically we wait until evening, but these guys couldn't stand it :-) and we let them open one present each mid-morning.

Reeve immediately set to work constructing Fort Timberland and then he put together the Safari Express for Kyle. We were all suprised that Reeve didn't even ask for help! He followed the given directions step-by-step.

They were thrilled with both gifts and it kept their minds occupied and patient waiting for the big day.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

First Loose Tooth!

It was just 6 years ago when Reeve started to grow his first tooth, and now that tooth is loose! Reeve has been waiting for this day since April when he turned 6 and learned that's when kids start to loose their baby teeth. He hasn't lost it yet, but he's in total bliss that it's loose. At first he thought something was wrong with his tooth. He told me it hurt him, and I looked in his mouth and saw him wiggle it with his tongue. When I smiled and told him this was his first loose tooth the biggest smile came over his face and I haven't heard a word about the "pain" since!
It's his lower left front tooth that is loose.