Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Here is a little post with some Jospeh-isms as of late.
Always with the backwards hat.
- If you knock on Joseph's door and say "Is Joseph in there?" before getting him in the morning he'll respond with "come in, daddy" or "come in, please." Obviously, Will gets all the credit for teaching him this one.
Joseph: "Wadder boddle."
Me: "No. Water fountain."
Joseph: "Wadder fountain."
He's a quick learner, that boy.
- Joseph is getting pretty good at constructing sentences. His only problem is the only article he knows is "a" (unless "this" and "that" are so his sentences go something like this:

What he says: "a cuh ih up a apple" or sometimes "a cud id up a apple"
What he means: Can you cut up the apple for me, mommy?

What he says: a milk a bay Don
What he means: Milk for baby John.
Let me show you how this works, John.
Joseph also mixed up his "m's" and "n's" a lot.

What he says: daddy hone
What he means: Daddy's home.

What he says: a fam ... a phome ... a bims
What he means: the fan ... the phone ... the bins

Two phones are definitely better than one.
What he says: one, two, free, four, six, seben, eight, nine, ten, eweben, twelbe, fourteem, sixeem, sebenteem, eighteem, nineteem, twenty!
What he means: I don't feel like typing this out. Just go ahead and count to 20 and skip a few numbers (especially five) while you're at it :)

- Did I mention that Joseph can't seem to decide where he's from? Sometimes when he's talking I could swear I'm raising an English child (no idea where that is coming from). Other times I swear he came straight from the deep South (perhaps I have more of an accent than I thought?).

I'll end this little post with a video of me getting Joseph to say "helicopter." Seriously adorable how he says it. You know I've been exploiting this one getting him to say "hapadopdur" as much as I can.

Friday, May 10, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 51)

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1) I would like to start by saying "Merry Christmas, Joseph!" I finally got around to buying his Christmas gift this week (Yes. That is in the singular.). I mean 4.5 months late isn't too bad, right? I didn't want to set the bar too high the first year we gave an actual gift to our son at Christmas.

2) I bought him an IKEA play kitchen. I spent months researching play kitchens, looking up used kitchens on Craigslist, hemming and hawing about what to buy. Once I finally decided I was going to get the IKEA kitchen I kept an eye on their website waiting for it to be in stock. I was hoping to buy both the kitchen and a couple spice racks at the same time, but it seems the spice racks are pretty much never available. So, I finally took the plunge and went to IKEA to buy the kitchen and just skipped the spice racks. Now I just have to put it together. Hopefully that won't take another 4.5 months.

3) Joseph was so good during our 4-hour trip to IKEA (I went with a friend and we took our time, what can I say?). The highlight for him, I think, was the helicopter that flew by as we were loading the car. He's still talking about that "hapidodur."

4) I love Ann Taylor LOFT. I bought this dress (in 2 different colors) and this shirt (in 3 different colors) this week. I've been wanting to buy some non-maternity + breast feeding friendly clothes for a while now and finally took the plunge. I took the boys with me and just powered through. And I'm so glad I did. I feel so much better in non-maternity clothes (I'm still looking for some shorts I like and am willing to pay for, though). It was definitely worth going (especially since the stuff I got was on sale!).

5) Our yard is a mess. About a month ago Pepco (our utility company) dug up a good portion of our front yard for "quality improvement work." Now Verizon is digging in a very large portion of our yard (all along the side and front of our house - we're on a corner) to install FiOS. I'm ready for all the destruction to be over so I can take Joseph out in the yard again. I just hope it doesn't take too long for grass to grow again.
The flags mark where they will dig/where lines will go.
This is about 15-20% of the flags in our yard.
Obviously, they haven't dug here yet.

6) Joseph loves to wear Will's hats. He wants to be just like daddy.

7) I let Joseph play with water in the sink a couple weeks ago. He LOVED it.
In heaven.
Completely soaked.
He played at the sink for over 2 hours! It was amazing. I was able to cook dinner, nurse John, read blogs.... But the mess. It took a while to clean up all the water/Jospeh. I'll probably let him do it again sometime though. Probably on one of those days where I hit a wall around 4-5pm and just. can't. do. anything. else.

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

John is 3 months old!

John turned 3 months old today! It's hard to believe, really. Time seems to be going by even faster than with Joseph (is that possible?).

He's still a great sleeper and is as sweet as ever. He's all smiles when he wakes up in the morning - the past few days it's been around 8am(!!!!!!) - and is generally laid back and happy.

Just recently he's started cooing a lot. He's realized that when he coos it catches our attention, so he does it fairly often now. John is also a pro at putting his hand in his mouth now. I'm sure he's very proud of himself since this newly mastered trick has earned him one arm outside the swaddle at night :)

Happy 3 months John!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Joseph Takes His Shoes Off

I took this video a while ago. He's matured in his shoe-taking-off capabilities, but this video still cracks me up.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

John's Baptism

John was baptized nearly 2 months ago, but I still wanted to document the occasion. We were so blessed to be able to have all the grandparents in town to celebrate John's baptism.

John and Grandpa Rayel
John and Nana
John and Nana
John was so good. He didn't cry or anything! Joseph, on the other hand, had a blast exploring the church while mommy and daddy were busy getting John baptized :)

Bert, Will, Joseph, Me, John, Fr. LaHood, Carmen, Mary
Grandpa Rayel, Will, Joseph, me, John, Nana, Grandpa Fischer
Joseph loves belts.
John and Grandpa Fischer
Joseph and Grandpa Rayel
Joseph, Nana, Grandpa Fischer and John
Daddy and John
We are so grateful that our parents were able to come up for such a special occasion. What a blessing it was to have to many friends and family join us in celebrating this joyous occasion!