Raleigh at bedtime, rubs Nonnie's cheeks and asks "why your cheeks old?" and then, not quite ready to give up a last cuddle and fall asleep, says "why your lips move when you talk" as he grabs her lips. Master of distraction, that one, watch out, he's crafty!
Gus just makes the silliest faces all the time. He knows he should not be doing something and just cannot help himself, and does whatever he shouldn't be doing with the funniest smirk on his face it is so hard not to crack up.
Raleigh while working on our art project for the Fourth of July, starts markering up and down his arms, declaring, "I have tattoos just like Mr. Isaac." Our friendly neighbor friend who has lots of tats up and down his arms. Not one to fully squash artistic freedom, I let it go on for a while, I mean, it is washable marker after all!
Raleigh to Nonnie "Your bum is big." Nonnie, "no it is not." Raleigh, "Yeah it is, I just saw it." Nice.
My favorite thing Gus is saying right now, isn't really a funny one, but so sweet nonetheless - is he calls Willow, our cat, Willows. Our other cat is Checkers and I just think he thinks all cats should be pluralized.
In other non-funny talk, Gus still says "me" instead of "I" for all instances of the word. We have been reading lots of Aussie books recently preparing for our trip, and the book Koala Lou has a line, "Koala Lou, I do love you." And when Matthew tried to correct Gus to say "I do love you" instead of "me do love you" he started crying big crocodile tears saying he couldn't do it. Ah, buddy, it is okay, no worries! We don't correct it much, but it must have been something he realized he isn't saying right, and he was so sad. Heartbreaking stuff I tell you, for them and us! In other heartbreaking news, we were at an indoor jump area recently with a lot of twin friends, but Raleigh suddenly made friends with an older little girl who wanted Raleigh to chase her and find her all over this massive play space. Well, she decided she had enough and told him to leave her alone. I honestly don't know who had their heart broken more, Raleigh or me. He was in tears and wanted to be hugged and to leave, and I just ached watching him hurt. Unfortunately, it won't be his last heartbreak, but it is so hard to understand it at three, right?
Other things we have been up to:
Father's Day. That was rough, but after a rough week preparing for the worst feeling and dealing with the sadness of missing my own Dad, I think I was able to concentrate on Matthew's day as a Dad and the boys had a great time with him. We went out to brunch at Cheesecake Factory, and Raleigh impressed us again with his freakish memory when he looked at our waiter from the last trip as he walked by and said, "There's my friend Tim." Yes, he remembered that was our waiter from last time and he remembered his name. We do NOT go there that often, so that was crazy! The boys made some coffee mugs for Matthew inspired by spider webs, and had a great day overall. We also had an impromptu photo shoot when my morning client cancelled. I was happy to get some shots of my boys, so it all worked out nicely!
We had a trip to visit Grandpa Pickle's head stone with my brother and his family this week. It was sad, but I know my Dad was looking down so happy that all his grandsons were together. Raleigh found a feather at the headstone, and we have been telling them every time they find a feather it is from Grandpa Pickles and he is watching them and thinking of them.
The boys are now in really big boy beds. We opted for full sized beds that can be put up as bunk beds eventually. They are doing great in them and are so happy to have more room to stretch out! Seriously, they were almost squished into the toddler beds. Now, I still need to find the perfect comforters, but for now, they are happy to have new sheets and space to move. The rest will come!
We've been packing for our trip to see the Grandies in Oz soon. The boys are so excited for the big plane ride and seeing the Grandies and Auntie Peta. They can hardly stand it. I think the Grandies may be more excited though! I am super excited because it means lots of time with Matthew, too! We are headed to winter weather, so that will be a welcome break as well. See you all real soon :)
We have been laying low from play dates and such to hopefully keep the germies away before our trip. Fingers crossed. We have been around our buddy Little C, but so far so good on the plan to stay healthy! It has been a great time to just hang with the boys and do some new things around the house while staying relatively cool. I don't know what we are going to do without our trusty treasure chest of dress up clothes during our vacation. A few outfits will be tucked away last minute so they have something as a surprise! Their creativity astounds me daily, and I know Nanny & Poppy will be blown away, too. This morning we were playing with magnets and I only have one little magnetic board so I grabbed a few larger pans that the magnets would stick to, and then the magnets were cookies, and they needed hot pads so they were not burned, and they were finding things to be the oven and had the most fun taking things in and out of the oven, cooling them down, etc. After that we did some play doh inside with edible peanut butter play doh, and had even more fun. They used their train cookie cutters and only ate about half of the dough! We broke out the sprinkles and that was when it got really messy, but still so much fun. I was really happy I waited until today to mop the floors! Then we walked over to see a local high school band practicing their drum line in our neighborhood. Afterward, we played some more outside, including play doh, and more body art in the form of whiskers - both cat type and pirate type stubble! At lunch time they even sat right next to each other and were so happy together. It was refreshing, even though they don't fight that much and share really well for three year olds, it is always so nice to see them be lovey to each other. Ah! So much fun in so little time. Seriously, these boys do more before noon than some kids all week, but we wouldn't have it any other way!