Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another post of pictures....

Today was "Take Your Child to Work Day," so I brought the boys in to visit my classroom for a couple of hours this afternoon. They both decided that "typing" on the computer and spinning on Mommy's chair was the most fun part of school!

They also had a great time climbing on the play equipment outside of the preschool classrooms down the hall. Riley was still talking about "driving the bus" as he fell asleep tonight at bedtime. In this picture, though, Ross actually got a turn to drive!

In other news.....Riley has been sleeping in a semi-standing position lately. I have found him like this several times, sound asleep. Does anyone else have a toddler who sleeps like this? I think that maybe he fell out of bed, and fell back to sleep in the middle of climbing back in! He looked so cute that I had to take a picture!

We went to the Carnegie Science Center recently and everyone had a great time! Ross LOVED the laser light and music show! He sat and watched the lasers and sang for nearly 45 minutes! Riley was actually bored during the show, but he was happy to cuddle with me and get a back rub. Both boys enjoyed the model train room and I got this adorable picture of them walking through it with my brother, Uncle Seth.

Thanks, as always, for checking in with us! Leave us a comment and let us know what's going on with you!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New pics to enjoy

The boys and I are finishing up our spring break, and I am headed back to work tomorrow. This vacation wasn't anywhere near as much fun as I has hoped, because Ross and I both had strep throat and I had some other unexpected doctor's appointments that ate up most of the week. Thank goodness Katie was willing and able to come bail us out, so I could take care of the doctor stuff and know that the boys were in good hands!
We did manage to pack lots of fun into the last couple of days when we were all feeling better!
Last night, I took the boys to Bruster's for ice cream, which Ross has always refused to eat in the past. (He has some very specific sensory issues/preferences around foods.) This time, he very carefully touched it to his lips several times, then touched it to his tongue, then took a big lick, and then proudly announced, "'s good!" He then proceeded to eat almost the whole kid sized scoop of chocolate oreo ice cream, dividing it equally between what actually went into his mouth and what was smeared all over his face, his shirt, his hair, his ears, etc. It was so much fun to watch him explore a new "sensory" activity, and be a totally typical toddler covering himself in chocolate ice cream! I didn't have my camera with me, so you will just have to trust me that it was adorable!
Riley ate most of his scoop of cherry vanilla very neatly, wiping his face and fingers between each bite with a napkin. He also continually begged me to wipe Ross off and was flabbergasted that I was allowing Ross to sit there covered in ice cream. "Wipe Rossi, Mommy. He's sooooo dirty! Wipe him!" was pretty much the conversation from his side of the table. What can I say? Riley likes to be clean!
Today, we went out to brunch with our family and then over to Reid's house to play. It was so nice to be able to spend time relaxing with everyone together. Here are some pictures from today:
Our family!
Mommy and the boys.....and sunglasses!

"Mimi is so soft!" according to Riley.

Cousins on a couch

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Ugly R-Word

Ross and Riley would like you to take a moment today to go visit and pledge your support to end the use of the "r-word" in our everyday conversations.

The casual use of the word "retard" has become commonplace, and yet that word is painfully demeaning to people with disabilites. It is just as hurtful and ignorant as racial and ethnic slurs, and there is no acceptable time to use the word "retard" in everyday dialogue.

If each of you visit and pledge to end the use of the "r-word" and then share the site with your own friends and family, perhaps we can truly begin to remove this ugly word from our language.

Ross and Riley say thanks!