Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let the sports begin

The day has finally arrived. The boys are now in sports.

I lagged in putting Charlie into a sport for a long time because I wasn't sure how to handle it with 2 little ones in tow. But finally the guilt of preventing Charlie from being involved in something I know he would love got the best of me. Also, I felt like Chandler's old enough now that it really wouldn't be too difficult. What I didn't anticipate was the meltdown Chance would have at Charlie's first practice because he wanted to play too. Or that we'd now have 2 practices a week to attend since Chance got on a team as well. Or the joy that lights up Chance's face when he gets to practice...

Chance's first t-ball practice

Chance's first t-ball practice

From a photography standpoint, practice is during the "golden hour" of the day near sundown when photo taking is so.much.fun. Which gives us something to do on the sidelines... when we're not playing ring-around-the-rosies with the younger ones.

tball

Charlie is loving t-ball. The day we heard what team he was on, Chuck came home early and took him to Academy to get his gear. He was so very excited.

tball

I've been told he has a strong arm and good concentration. If only he didn't run like duck, ha!! We're working on the form and speed. But overall, he's transitioned so naturally into a player. I'm hoping that means that no one can tell he hasn't played before now...

More tball

And because he has double cow-licks that give him great "alfalfa" hair, I couldn't resist this one.
tball

And as far as skill, Chance is the opposite. Got a long ways to go with throwing, but he can run like the wind...and I LOVE his running man pose.
Chance's first t-ball practice

As for Chandler, he can't wait to play.
tball

Chuck has really taken to the sports thing, and is even coming home early enough to take the boys to their practices. What a great dad!!

Just one more week until we start the games! This is a perk to motherhood that I've been looking forward to for a long time. I just need to find some pom-poms... ;)

Monday, March 29, 2010

This just doesn't happen

Yesterday it was a beautiful spring day, and this year due to the rain we've gotten, the bluebonnets are plentiful. So I decided almost on a whim to load up the family and go for an "adventure" in a field and take photos. NEVER would I have dreamed that we would get this many good ones, especially in under 45 minutes. I'm sure it helped that I promised candy at the end if the boys cooperated, but still. I went in hoping to get a couple of keepers. The boys all amazed me with their patience and enthusiasm.

We put the camera on a tripod and Chuck tripped the shutter with a remote. This was the first shot.
bluebonnets!

bluebonnets!

bluebonnets!

I loved that Chuck caught this since I know this stage will be fleeting...
bluebonnets!

And this one too.
bluebonnets!

This is my favorite.
bluebonnets!

And since Easter is next Sunday...
bluebonnets!

bluebonnets!

bluebonnets!

I can't guarantee all of bluebonnets are still intact, but for those in San Antonio, this is the SE corner of I 10 and 1604.

{Photog friends - How do the colors look? On my uncalibrated laptop they look too blue. (I processed on my calibrated PC) Is it that way to you? And the solar flare shot - I can't seem to tone down the orange without it looking strange... Advice/ constructive criticism welcome!}

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chandler's Second Birthday

On March 1st we celebrated 2 years of Chandler.
We started off that Monday morning with our usual cinnamon roll ceremony.
Good morning, Birthday Boy!
Note the bed hair to complete the scene.

Then we joined Charlie for his lunchtime at school. If you look closely, one of his top "chicklet" teeth is starting to come out.
Lunch with Charlie

Then after dinner, we had a cookie cake. As you know, my kids' faces stay covered in food...especially Chandler's! And he really is getting into the idea of blowing out candles. Although with his breakfast candles he wanted to touch them first.
Big 2 Year old!

The following Friday, Chuck endeavored to make Chandler a train birthday cake. I would've done it but it looked way to complicated to me. But Chuck pulled it off and it turned out great.
Making Chandler's Birthday Cake

Making Chandler's Birthday Cake

Making Chandler's Birthday Cake

He also made a freight car, but it didn't survive my mad driving skills. :-\ However, I do somewhat blame Austin's traffic. It took us 2.5 hours to get to Cedar Park. It reminded me of why I can't stand IH-35...
Chandler's Birthday Party

But Chandler managed to have a fun time anyway...
Chandler's Birthday Party

We met up with all the family in Austin on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Grandma and Grandpa Thier
Chandler's Birthday Party

Aunt Anna and Cousin William
Chandler's Birthday Party

Big Daddy on tattoo duty...
Chandler's Birthday Party

Aunt Meesh and cousin Hendrix
Chandler's Birthday Party

Nana was there.
Chandler's Birthday Party

The boys' only girl-cousin in Texas, Kaylie...
Chandler's Birthday Party

And her big brother, Kaleb..who happens to be 9 months older than Chandler...to whom I credit Chandler's existence. Newborn holding = baby fever (even subconsciously).
Chandler's Birthday Party

Elijah, Uncle Jason, Aunt Melanie, and Uncle Ryan were also there. (Sorry, no pictures.)

Then it was time to enjoy that beautiful cake.
Chandler's Birthday Party

He's got the candle-blowing down now.
Chandler's Birthday Party

It was ALL good...
Chandler's Birthday Party

Then it was back to playing...
Chandler's Birthday Party

Chandler's Birthday Party
(Thanks, Anna for the above pictures!)




Chandler's Milestones
A lovely day

About 4-5 months ago he started saying "No" and throwing fits. I told Chuck it was a shame because I really liked that boy. ;) But overall he's still more of a charmer than a defiant child. He is in that independent stage where he'll ask for something, but if I give it to him then he sees that as helping him, so he has to say "No!" and waits until I put it down so he can pick it up himself.

For his birthday, his aunt asked what he's into, which really was a hard question to answer. He's into the kitchen cabinets. And the fridge. And the drawers around the house. And especially the tuperware. His very favorite activity is wrecking up his brothers' lego creations. The child doesn't play with toys! However, he does love to watch trains. Polar Express and Thomas are the only shows he'll pay attention to. Unlike his brothers, he's not the least bit interested in television (which is ok with me. Except when I want to take a shower or have a phone conversation!). It's been fun to watch his personality emerge this year. He is completely different than his brothers. At this age, Charlie loved cars, Chance loved balls, and Chandler loves...mischief! He is so cute though, which definitely keeps him alive. ;)

The other day, he found this little guy and called him "Daddy guy!" If you look closely, it's a man with a laptop.
"Daddy"

And as usual, here's the last year in pictures.