twenty-three

DSC_0606 photo (1)Rory,

Sweet boy you turned twenty-three months old last week, this means that you are almost two. You are every much two- it is so wonderful and so frustrating at the same time.  Welcome to toddlerhood.

You love your brothers, being outside, reading books, throwing things, eating oatmeal, being held, and not listening.  You are very very fond of Mama right now.  You also enjoy “nilk” (milk) and cake (or anything sweet for that matter).  You know where we keep the chocolate and daily you ask me to “carry you” (which means for me to carry you, not the other way around) and then you thrust your arm towards the pantry and shout “I see, I see, I see!”  You want to see the chocolate and you want to eat the chocolate.  You have an incredible appetite and you constantly eat when you are not sleeping or being “owside.”

Your vocabulary is expansive and your word quota for the day is increasing each week.  You do not stop talking, you even talk in your sleep.

You love your books and every night when you have finished your dinner before everyone else you want to climb into my lap and read a book.  It is hard to ask you to wait for me to finish my dinner, but we try every night.  Some days you accept this and others you do not.  You are a guy who knows what he wants.

You can be pretty mean.  To kiddos younger than you- you push them, to your brother Bennett- you pull his hair or hit him with books and to Henry you hit.  You hit me when you are not given what you want and you throw almost everything you can get your hands on.  You are learning to apologize which is very cute but I am not convinced you mean it- we are working on it.

You want to be “owside” all the time.  You want to see “Banders” and ride your bike down at the “woundabowt.”  You can even ride the plasma car at a surprising speed down the neighbors driveway.

You are fearless.  It is frightening to be your Mama sometimes.  You climb, continually try to touch the stove, grab for knives and do everything your brothers do.  Even just the simple act of pretending to be monkeys jumping on the bed usually ends with you crying after you have fallen off the couch (shouldn’t you have seen that coming, given the plot of the book?!).  You want to be so big, Mama wants you to slow down a bit.

You love baths and when I go up to check on you, you are usually just laying down in the water.  You are a water baby.  You HATE diaper changes.  Seriously, it is like they are a new torture I do every day.  I really thought that it would get easier but that is not the case.  I am not ready for you to grow up so fast, but I am ready to not fight you every couple of hours to get you a fresh diaper.

And let’s talk about your hair.  Love love love.  Not everyone feels the same, but check out that curl…

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Oh sweetheart, you are a joy, you are a handful, you are our Rory.  It has been so fun watching you grow- watching you watch your brothers.  It is so different watching this time around.  Your brothers are bigger and do more interesting stuff then the last time we had an almost two year old around.  We can watch the wheels turning in that head of yours and you trying to figure out how to get it done.  One day soon your body will do exactly what your mind sees.  You will be running outside with those boys without Mama holding you back or asking you to wait for her.  Until then, I will be your shadow, trying to convince you to play in the garden so I can work and watch you play with Flanders or your trucks at the same time.  You are loved more than you realize sweet boy.  Happy twenty-three months!

field trip

Henry has been interested in learning more about orca whales.  We have read books about orcas, watched documentaries, done a small report and he is in the middle of making a paper mache model of an orca.  Last summer while we were on San Juan Island we visited the Whale Museum and I hoped we could find something similar but a wee bit closer.  I stumbled upon the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and hoped we could make a day out of it.

We planned on doing work around the house on Saturday, but on Friday I realized that it pretty much what we do every weekend and it was about time we had a family adventure- it has been awhile for sure.  The boys were excited with Henry and Bennett each telling me what they were going to be packing for the day.  We packed snacks and warm clothes and headed over to the peninsula for a day of fun.  We had a brisk ride on the ferry and then headed up north to Port Townsend and Fort Worden State Park.

The marine center was very cool.  It was quaint, but the volunteers were very knowledgeable and they had some sea creatures that I had never seen alive before.  Very cool.  We got to watch them feed crabs, learn about octopus, view plankton under a microscope and see a river otter (he wasn’t in the center, just outside having a snack).  We then headed toward their Orca Exhibit, which was the point of the outing and were a little disappointed.  It was very informative, but not meant for littles.  A lot of reading and not much else.  The skeleton was cool and we did get to talk about what hurts orcas in the wild, so not a total loss.  Plus it was right on the beach, so we ran across the street and explored.  Although the orca exhibit was not the highlight of the trip- we did learn new things (I did!) and we had a great time.  Once we were thoroughly frozen and wind whipped we drove around the fort and headed toward downtown Port Townsend.  We got hot cocoa, visited a used bookstore and played at the playground.  We finished up with dinner and a drive back to the ferry.

It is on days like these where I am reminded how much fun we all have together.  Not that we don’t have fun normally, but I can honestly say that these fours guys are just my favorites and they make adventure having more fun.  We had Rory breakdowns when he couldn’t explore every inch of the bookstore or when he wanted to run around the coffee shop.  We had sadness when I wouldn’t buy a really cool toy (and $40 isn’t really THAT much money, or so I am told) and even more sadness when the hot cocoa was made with really good chocolate and someone didn’t care for it.  But we also had fun.  Fun exploring, learning and being together.  Sometimes we have to put the to-do list away and head out for the day.  What a great reminder!  As for the next adventure, well, that will have to wait for a bit.  We have conferences to attend (Dada), soccer games to play (Henry) and a few more home projects (Mama, Dada); but we will add more to the list for sure.

On the ferry…

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And at the Marine Science Center:

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At the beach (Benny’s element, he honestly has a difference skip and run when he is on sand):

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In Port Townsend:

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easter

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We got to spend Easter morning with our cousins and enjoyed a low-key egg hunt and lots fun.  The kids were excited about the coins, gummies and stretchy frogs they found inside the eggs.  We were surprised by sunshine and it was a terrific way to spend the morning.  We even got a picture of all of the kiddos looking in the same direction (although most pictures have someone picking their nose or picking up flowers in the lawn, but we did get one).