June 28, 2015

Weekend round up and one major ruling from SCOTUS

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:36 pm by Mel

This was a pretty quiet weekend.

It rained nonstop on Saturday.  I mean nonstop, cold and rain.  So everyone was stuck inside and honestly we were all a bit stir crazy.  On Sunday, the weather was still cool for June, but at least it was sunny.   The kids were able to ride bikes and play with the hose and water table.  I thought it was to cold for water play, but they both seemed to have fun.  Though Ajax and Noomi do play well together, they are currently going through what I am sure will be a 10-12 year period of sibling bickering and general annoying.  Their fighting is driving David and I bananas, lol.

During dinner tonight Noomi became obsessed with Ajax’s red straw (even though she had her own purple straw).  She kept pleading with him throughout dinner to please give it to her.  Then she began demanding he give it to her.  When I told her to use her words she said, Ajax please… I love that straw!  On and on.  Then after she finished her dinner she got down from her chair, and walked around the table to sit on my lap (next to Ajax).  Then she started up again, please Ajax, I love it, please can I have that straw.  I must admit that I could barely control my laughing, so of course Ajax started laughing which made Noomi mad.  She became so mad that she lunged across the table and tried to grab the straw knocking Ajax’s glass of water over.  That made me laugh harder, which wasn’t very mature, but she was being extremely dramatic.

On a non-kiddo note, on Friday the U.S. Supreme Court held that marriage is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution and that this protection extends to same-sex couples.   This is a very exciting decision and a step in the right direction!

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June 20, 2015

Family Fun Run

Posted in Family news/Updates at 5:55 pm by Mel

Today we headed over to Hawk Island Park in Lansing for a 5K family fun run hosted by my work.  This was our first 5K and Ajax was very excited as we’ve been talking about doing a race this summer.  We had to head out kind of early as the race started at 9 am.  We met up with my sister and her boyfriend who had agreed to run with us.  Well, by run I mean – the guys ended up walking the whole thing with Noomi (she rode most of the way on Dave’s shoulders) and  Emily, Ajax, and I ran some and walked some.  Overall, it was a ton of fun and the kids really enjoyed it!

After the run we took the kids to the playground and then to the splash pad where they played for about 2 hours.  After the water park we ate a picnic lunch and then ran to the grocery store before heading home.  When we got home Noomi took a short nap while Ajax and I worked outside cutting the grass and weed wacking.  We rounded out our day with pizza and a movie.  Both kids agreed that the race and splash pad were their favorite parts of the day.

On the potty training front, Noomi in underwear full time (except at night we’re still doing a pull up, though last night she was in undies and did just fine) and is doing pretty darn well.  While playing at the water park, she came running to me declaring she had to go potty.  I scooped her up and ran to the bathroom yelling – we’re potty training!  Outta the way!!  Every parent there understood.

Ajax has also enjoyed his first week of summer camp and acts like an old pro at this point.  He knows all the kids and the teachers and the routine.  On Thursday they went to Binder Park zoo.  How cool is that?  We’re debating whether or not to transition Noomi over to the Williamston preschool in the fall when school starts back up so that both kids are centrally located.  We’ll see how it goes.

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June 15, 2015

Ready for summer

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:00 am by Mel

Well last week Wednesday was Ajax’s last day of school!  We now have a First Grader in the house and goodness is he excited.  Ajax had a great last week of school, though Dave said he had to move his clip on the last day.  Though in all fairness, I’m sure all the kids had to move their clip as it was most likely quite chaotic.  Ajax also had his last T Ball game of the season and he did excellent.  Grandpa Gordy came up for it and then afterwards we all went out for ice cream.

Both Noomi and Ajax had fun at the baby shower on Saturday and are starting to understand we’ll have a new baby in the family! Noomi was a bit confused over where the baby was, but I think it’ll be wonderful that her and Vivian will be so close in age.

On Sunday, my folks came over to babysit and Dave and I went on a double date, with my sister, Emily, and her boyfriend, Adrian.  We had an excellent time – we did dinner and a movie (Mad Max Fury Road).  The grandparents and kids also had a blast.  Apparently they went to Chucky Cheese and then came home and rode bikes around and around the cul-de-sac.  I believe this was their first time at Chucky Cheese, as I didn’t even realize there was one in Lansing.

Both kids are pretty beat, so we tried to do an early bed time.  Dave received a promotion at work, which is wonderful, but also means he has to drive into town four days per week.  It’ll be hard, but we’ll make it work.

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Here are some pictures from Ajax’s last day of school and last T Ball game –

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June 14, 2015

How to give a baby shower by Skype

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:25 pm by Mel

On Saturday we celebrated my wonderful sister-in-law’s pregnancy in Michigan and she sat comfortably at her home in North Carolina.  To add to this tech savvy shower, we also piped in family from northern Michigan who couldn’t make it down.  How cool is that?  To say that the family is excited to meet baby Vivian would be an understatement and we certainly weren’t going to let the distance deter us from throwing a baby shower!

Thursday and Friday were spent cleaning, shopping, and cooking (thanks to my sister Em who helped with the cooking!).  Pinterest lent quite a few adorable ideas- for example the ritz crackers with ice cream, the pink cookies, and chicken salad sandwiches.   Dara and Denise came down early on Saturday with a bunch more food and helped get everything ready.   Everyone had a great time and the kids ran wild outside.  We didn’t end up doing a game, but that ended up working out fine, since we were conferencing three different households and at times the audio wasn’t the best.

Before the shower we sent down gifts and had Theresa open them for us to watch.  Then we had the kids at our shower open up the gifts and show Theresa on the Skype.  It was also neat that Theresa could take the laptop around and give us all a tour of the nursery and baby gear set up and ready to go.

Overall, I think it was a great success and best of all, a way where we could all see and interact with one another over such a great distance, sharing the excitement of getting ready for the baby!

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June 7, 2015

Weekend roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:03 pm by Mel

This weekend flew right by in an instant!

On Saturday my dear friend Heather came over with her two children.  They drove over from Kalamazoo and we had such fun catching up and watching the kids play.  Alright, mostly we sat and talked and the kids seemed to entertain themselves, lol.  We did take the to the park, but other than that they just ran wild around the house and in the backyard and continued digging holes.  After they left Ajax and Noomi were so tired and Dave and I put them to bed by 7 pm.

On Sunday, we did yard work and Noomi went to play with a neighbor friend for a bit.  We rushed to get the work done as a storm started to roll in.  The storm, however, held off and it only ended up raining and thundering a bit.  We then bummed around the house – we did laundry, cleaned, and other generic Sunday tasks around the house.  I made an awesome dinner of Bean and Bacon soup, along with Olive Garden style bread sticks.  It was a wonderful meal.

Here Noomi was wearing her tiara while helping me make bread sticks for dinner.

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June 4, 2015

First “girlfriend”

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:40 pm by Mel

Today when Dave got home with Ajax I asked how he did during T ball and Dave reported that he did very well, but was tired.  He said that after the game, a little girl named Paige on his team began chanting that Ajax was her boyfriend.  She then grabbed Ajax around the neck and gave him a kiss, all while he struggled to get away, declaring that he was not her girlfriend.  I asked Ajax about the incident, but he refused to acknowledge it and ignored the question.  Isn’t he too young for this?

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May 31, 2015

Weekends, potty, rain and gardens

Posted in Family news/Updates at 4:03 pm by Mel

What an odd weekend.  On Saturday, it was 85 hot and humid and rainy.  Even in the rain the kids and I got our garden in, as Dave was under the weather.   The kids were quite helpful and excited to get the garden in.  We planted tomatoes, green peppers, and green beans.  We also have cucumbers and snap peas started in the house, which we plan on transplanting soon. The kids then zipped around the neighborhood a bit on their bikes, with me jogging to keep up with Noomi.  At that point the rain forced us back into the house.  I took Ajax up to the store where he purchased a new Lego set.  It cost $30 and he’s been saving up for it for months.   He was very proud to pay for it himself.    It was a truck and trailer with a boat that floats.

On Sunday, the weather fell to the 40s and it’s been raining nonstop.  It’s a gross day, so we’ve hung indoors and done pretty much nothing. When Noomi woke up from her nap Dave and Ajax were downstairs playing Minecraft and Noomi immediately declared that she too wants to play Minecraft, so the three of them have been downstairs for a while and I’ve been enjoying my quiet time watching 30 Rock reruns.

On the potty front – we’re still having highs and lows with the training.  Noomi still does not understand that – I gotta go feeling, but we’re still working on it.

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May 28, 2015

Potty update

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:50 pm by Mel

Well today Noomi did not have one accident.  She woke up dry and went all day using the potty!  We were so proud and Noomi was pretty excited.  During dinner she turned to me and said,  my tummy hurts.  I immediately swooped her up and raced her to the bathroom to poo.  Noomi, I said, that’s the poop feeling, lol.  We’ve been trying to get her to connect the feeling with using the toilet.   Exciting times right here people.

This morning Noomi insisted on bringing her giant bear with her in the car, as well as Ajax’s duck.  It was so big it covered the car seat.

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May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:35 pm by Mel

Our Memorial Day was very quiet and spent at home.  For some reason both kids were simply exhausted, so we skipped the parade, made Belgian waffles and played at home.  It rained on and off, so we were only able to spend a little time outside.  I cleaned the lawn mower, which meant pulling out the hose and the kids took this as an opportunity to make mud pies in the backyard.  Goodness those kids love their dirt hole.   Noomi insisted on wearing her helmet the entire time they were playing outside, safety first.

Noomi continued doing well with the potty training and even woke up dry on Tuesday morning.  We decided to continue with the training and sent her to school in her underwear.  I only checked in on her once today and the teacher said she was doing great – asking to use the potty and only had one accident.  When we got home, however, she had two accident – one major accident that involved a bleach clean up and a large load of laundry.   Seriously, I thought girls were supposed to be easier to potty train?  Ajax was incredibly easy to potty train, but now I wonder if I just don’t remember it correctly.

At school today Ajax lost his front tooth!   This is tooth number 3 that he’s lost.  He was so excited and said maybe the tooth fairy will leave me $1 or maybe $8!  Dave immediately quashed that saying, no the tooth fairy will not leave you $8.  I concur.

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May 24, 2015

Quiet weekend

Posted in Family news/Updates at 12:54 pm by Mel

On Saturday, although we mainly stuck around the house everyone was still pretty tired from the zoo.  We did manage to get some chores done around the house.  I got out the weed wacker and hacked down all the high grass around the house, which I actually found to be pretty fun.  Noomi and I also used egg carton containers to start some seedlings.  I realize we should have started these in early May, but we didn’t.  Usually we just throw them in the ground and what happens, happens.  But this year we decided to go ahead and try our hand at starting them indoors, if only for a week or two.  We’re still getting night-time frosts, so we aren’t ready to put things in the ground anyhow.

Ajax and Noomi also rode bikes around the neighborhood, and then Ajax went over to a friends house to play for a bit.   Grandpa Gordy ended up coming over and we all went out to eat at Tavern 109 in town.  After dinner we walked along the river and then let the kids play on the playground.  There were some kids from Ajax’s class at the park and the kids ran nonstop for over an hour.

You would think that after being so busy they would sleep in on Sunday.  Not so, not so.  Both kids were up just after 6 am on Sunday.  Now I would like to point out that on school days I have to drag the kids out of bed and if they roll out of bed by 6:30 am, it’s a good day.   As we speak both kids (and Dave) are napping.  Ajax doesn’t normally nap anymore, but he was hysterically tired and we have a birthday party to go to this afternoon, so it was naps all the way around the Indish household.

In my quiet house I’m preparing the menu for my sister-in-laws baby shower and getting all my lists organized.  I do love a good list.    Oh, Ms. Noomi is also potty training (again).  She has been asking to wear underwear this past week and I have actually been putting it off.  This weekend, however, I didn’t really have a good excuse so when she asked to wear underwear again on Friday afternoon, we said ok!  She’s done ok, with only a few accidents, and hasn’t fought us too much about sitting on the potty.  I’m still not convenience she understands the “I need to pee” feeling, but she’s certainly doing better this time around.

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