Thursday, July 30, 2009

gratuitous cuteness

Zachary with his Godmother-to-be and her adorable daughter.
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Mouse Trap

Lucas decided to trade in the chips he's earned this summer (by doing his lessons) for a new game.
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Bubble snakes

Trying a little experiment from the Family Fun magazine...
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Baby Z pictures!

Baby Z is here!

Welcome Baby Z!

Zachary Peter Haunsperger
Born July 9, 2009 5:04 AM
8 lb., 6 oz. 19" long
Mom & baby resting together comfortably.
Daddy tired after the early AM drive to the hospital. :)

Cute baby pics to come when we get back home with the camera.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

My favorite things

With the heat outside and labor progressing enough that I have to curtail most unnecessary excursions, I'm getting to appreciate all over again how much fun it can be to just stay home with the kids.

It's amazing what will entertain them. Lucas has been busy cutting up scraps of colored paper into confetti in preparation for a "confetti party" (an idea he and a friend came up with on Monday). He and Timmy both love playing board games and doing experiment with their magnets. Timmy has been taking apart and rebuilding a large construction set, about once a day, and fighting imaginary fires with a pool noodle (which sometimes doubles as a light saber when he's a Jedi).

We've spent a lot of time just reading together (picked up 20 books at the library yesterday). Lucas read "The Cat in the Hat" to me all the way through, and I've been reading "Farmer Boy" from the Little House on the Prairie series to them at night.

Occasionally Lucas will try to earn poker chips by doing some summer lessons in phonics, reading, or math. More often he just adds up how much he's already earned, but that in itself is a math lesson in counting money. Before he can play the Wii, he has to make an entry in his journal about what he's doing this summer, and his writing and spelling have come a long way this past month.

Timmy likes to have lessons too... we trace the letters from the alphabet puzzle together and practice holding the pencil correctly. Haven't started formal lessons with him yet, but he soaks up everything like a sponge.

Hopefully we'll have a new baby to play with soon too, but until then I'll enjoy playing with just the two of them.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Diaper shower

The boys and I took a field trip to Doug's work for a little shower his co-workers were throwing for him. I enjoyed meeting them and I think they enjoyed seeing his family. I didn't have the camera with me, but there was a nice cake and decorations. We have lots of diapers, now we just need the baby.
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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Some assembly required

Doug and I spent several hours yesterday helping the boys put together the marble run Uncle Travis gave Lucas for Christmas. My brothers Travis and Charles assembled it the first time, and now I appreciate better how much work it was! Now to see how long it takes for the boys to "improve" it past functionality again.
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wet

Nothing like playing in the sprinklers on a summer evening.
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Early happy birthday

We celebrated my mom's birthday a little early on Thursday (it's actually on the 17th). Still waiting to find out when Zachary's birthday will be.
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Black snakes

The boys love celebrating the 4th of July. One of their favorite "fireworks" are the little black carbon pellets that turn into black snakes.
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Babysitting




Timmy and I had fun playing with my niece Anne on Tuesday while Lucas went boating at the lake. She is such a sweet baby.
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