Substitute nannies

We’ll start this week with William being such a good helper. On Monday he helped me bring the garbage cans around back.

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Then, on Wednesday morning William got all of his breakfast out and ready all without being asked or needing help.

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Not to be outdone, Oliver also dressed himself and helped get his own breakfast put together! :)

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This last Friday, Taurean needed the day off. Luckily my parents were more than happy to spend some time with their grandsons. :)

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Playing with their new air plane gliders.

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After a couple of hours playing with their planes, Oliver spent almost the whole time at the park flying his plane, it was time for ice cream!

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That evening they showed us some of the science “magic” they learned with my parents.

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Oliver and I then spent another 20 minutes flying his plane. So fun!

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Dinner time!

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After dinner William showed Oliver how to play a game on the iPad. :)

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Now grandpa gets to read.

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The next morning, after caramel rolls, we went to the bouncy houses. The boys had so much fun.

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They then went over to Bridget’s house for a while. When they came home they had purchased some bubbles and Blau dough! So much fun.

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To top it off, Lisa have them a pizza and movie night. Watching “Frozen” of course. ;)

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Today Lisa took them out to the tulip festival up north. They had so much fun running down the rows.

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And, just before dinner they all washed the car together. Such great helpers this week.

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Gardening and more bouncy slides

What a week the boys had! It all started with gardening with Lisa. They did so much and it looks so good!

William also was adamant that he was going to make his bed so he climbed up the ladder to his bunk bed with his comforter. :)

On Friday Taurean took them to the Seattle City Center to enjoy the bouncy houses and slides. They had so much fun there. Who wouldn’t?!

Oliver’s croup turned up again Saturday night and the following day we took it easy. We went to the store, and after trying on some ninja turtle masks we got hungry hungry hippos to play when we got back. We play for the fastest time for us to clear the pool as a team.

This morning Oliver slept in! With being sick the last two nights (on Friday we were up for two and a half hours with his croup and Saturday he coughed all night) he needed the rest. Meanwhile I got a lot of great William time. One of the things we did was watch “The Cosmos” with Neil Degrass Tyson. He and I had watched the original with Carl Sagan and William was soaking everything in. It was great!

Today we ended up back at the bouncy house. The boys were super excited to go again and were very patient waiting in the short lines.

We were leaving when we came across a storm trooper and Darth Vader. We had to stop and say hi. :)

Then Oliver asked to ride the monorail. Not to go anywhere. But just to ride it. We even got to sit right up front, the best seats if you ask us, and the driver let us honk the horn on the joystick!

Having ridden above the streets of Seattle I thought it would then be fun to take the escalator under the streets of Seattle to the bus/tram station there. William was fascinated by the big clock.

We then headed to the park where the boys showed me their superman swinging and tandem sliding.

The funniest part was when the ice cream man stopped by. All the kids stopped what they were doing. The whole park went silent. You could hear a pin drop. :) I started laughing and so did the rest of the parents.

Captain Out

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Wet week

We did our best to get the boys out as much as we could this week. Whenever there was a glimpse of sun we were out in it as best we could.

One day Oliver came home with a set of keys he casually pulled out of his pocket, gave to me, and then went back to what he was doing. :) At the time I had no idea where they came from or how they ended up in his pocket. It turned out they belonged to the school’s “house” area. :)

That night Oliver asked if we could make a book. So, we took turns, while William played upstairs, Oliver and I made his notebook. Then it was William’s turn. They were so excited about them that they were writing notes together right until bedtime.

The next day was pretty rainy again. Taurean did take them to the zoomazium with an umbrella though, so they got some wiggles out. When they got home their project was to make cut out Easter eggs!

This weekend started off still full of rain, so Lisa took them to the bouncy house with Katie and Dylan. They then all went to a movie together. So much fun!

Today was finally nice again. After getting the boys new shoes, that “yes” do light up (a must for all kids these days), and taking them to Uyajimaya, they went to the park to ride around their bike and tricycle then play on the playground.

Needless to say, the boys were pretty tired from this weekend and fell asleep very quickly.

Captain Out

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Stomach bug

Unfortunately I’ve been sick with a stomach bug most of Saturday and still recovering today. I’ll keep this short and head back to bed.

Lisa and the boys came to my rescue yesterday. I was completely incapacitated and Oliver brought me his stuffed animals and William brought me a blanket to make me feel better. :) Very lucky daddy.

The rest of the week went really well. The boys and I tried some “science experiment” nights for dinner. Trying different foods with different dipping sauces and guessing which one is going to taste better then testing that hypothesis.

Captain Out

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William playing the solo version of trouble I taught him while I made dinner and Oliver played.

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William, “do you want to build a snowman.” (From the movie frozen)
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We’ve been going out to the overlook in Ballard for the sunset and cookies. :)
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Lisa purchased them “Frozen.” It’s kind of a big deal. :)
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We ran into Soren, Sloan, and Nicole for dinner on Friday!
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Waiting at a store.

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Grandparents Gilbertson in town!

This week went pretty normally. On Tuesday morning Oliver asked Lisa to draw Superman saving people from a screaming house… I have no idea why or where this came from. But I think Lisa captured the essence of his request:

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On Wednesday the boys and I had a big laugh because we were all wearing the same kind of sweater:

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The big plus was the great weather we’ve been having. On Thursday we woke up to this:

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And then Grandma and Grandpa Gilbertson came into town! The boys were so happy. :)

On Saturday morning it was Top Pot donut time!

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Then grandma and grandpa got to watch us at our last swim class:

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They have both progressed so far! Once he had the life vest on Oliver didn’t want me to help him at all! He wanted to swim all on his own. :)

Some more fun activities on Saturday:

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We went out to eat at the Blue Star. William had me order salad. ;)

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Today they all went to an IMAX movie about the South Pacific (in 3D).

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Afterwards they went to have dinner with Gwen. William “might” have fallen asleep on the way per usual. ;)

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Portland trip

The boys have been traveling so much lately. This Monday they just came back from North Dakota.

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Unfortunately we were all so excited at the arrival that everything was blurry. :)

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The rest of the week was pretty standard. ;)

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We then headed down to Portland for a quick family visit.

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Oliver wore, shorts, then pants, then underwear. :)

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Gardening with grandpa!

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Oliver picked up some flower petals.

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Measuring Meow Meow’s height.

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Visiting Aunt Kitty.

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Getting some wiggles out.

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Testing grandma and grandpa’s blow up mattress.

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Another successful trip. ;)

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Trying to Stay Warm in NoDak

Well hello there folks. It’s mama bear writing this week’s re-cap. Haven’t written on here in quite some time! This week, I packed up the boys and headed back to the great tundra of the north for a much needed extended weekend with my parents and gramme e. The boys were rockstar travelers on the plane rides here; what an adventure! Will was SUCH a big boy and even sat in his own row on the flight from Minny to Bizo. I tell ya what, though, the sub-arctic temperatures sure made men out of the boys. Windchill of -37! Yikes. It was so cold that when we threw warm water out the door it evaporated. We couldn’t go sledding or do any fun outdoor activities due to the cold, but the boys have had a wonderful time nonetheless; it’s always so nice to be back home. And Tucker and Matt came over from Fargo as well, which was definitely a treat for us all. The boys have been so busy playing piano, getting their hair cut, listening to their new iPods (thanks Grampa and gramma! Will has been listening to The Frozen soundtrack nonstop!), trying out stilts, eating Space Aliens, and spending lots of time at the kids science museum with gramma. We head back to Seattle tomorrow – what a great trip it has been – it’s always so bitter-sweet saying good-bye.

Also, this week, I found out that the boys had never seen a bubble blown out of bubble gum. You know, it’s one of those things I hadn’t really thought about before, until I blew a bubble and both boys immediately fell silent and their jaws dropped to the FLOOR. They both stayed in my face for like 30 minutes. Ha! What fun. They also built a super rad race track with daddy.

I’ll leave you with one short snippet from our time on the plane. Picture that we are at the very back of the plane, all three of us across one row. Fast-forward, Will has to go to the bathroom. You know, it’s funny how, at four and a half, I still encounter new situations where I kind of have to roll through different scenarios to figure out the logistics of how I’m going to accomplish a relatively straight-forward task, but with two kids. Alrighty, sure thing, let’s all go. Drink carts had just come by, so it blocked our way to the back of the plane. Front of the plane? Beautiful. Why not. Up we go, walking up the aisle, all three of us bumping our way up to the front. I open the door to the bathroom and holy sh*t, those bathrooms are so, so very small. How are we all going to fit in there? Can I even maneuver to get their pants off I wonder? Will we spray everywhere? God, I hope they only have to go #1. How will I de-germify them upon exit? No turbulence, no turbulence, no turbulence. And so on. So in we go, Oliver in, Will in, me in… nope, not going to fit. Let’s try a different position. Will in, Oliver in, me in… nope, not that either. OK. Everyone out. I close the toilet lid. Will in – on the toilet. Oliver in, me in. Success! As I closed us in, I happen to glance out and the faces of the first row passengers were amazing. Ok. We’re in. W is on the toilet with his pants down. O is dancing. I’m already sweating. Ok, Will, you know, just kind of jump onto me and hang like a koala, so I can lift the lid up and then you can go potty. Oliver! Ew! Ew! Ew! Don’t touch that!! Or lick it! Half-way through Will’s potty, he announces his intention for #2. Great. Finally, Oliver has started unrolling all the toilet paper, so I sit him on the half sink, holding him up with my knee, while I’m bent over to double-check Will’s wiping handiwork. While Oliver is emptying the soap into the sink, Will figures out how to flush. BLEW. HIS. MIND. The noise, the color, THE POWER. And then basically from then on, all that was talked about was #2 and flushing; every detail about this experience, every combination about possible future experiences, and a myriad of ‘what ifs’ to change up certain variables. Also, a reminder, gentle readers, we are still only 50% done with the bathroom. Oliver still has to go…. 25 minutes later, as we all stream out of the bathroom like something out of Mary Poppins’ bag, I oddly feel on top of the world. Dang if I didn’t have a proud swagger to my step as I rolled past the other passengers, giving them a waft of bathroom deodorizer that was sure to have seeped into our clothes.

Wish us luck tomorrow!

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