blueberry picking

Friday morning started out overcast and slightly cooler than sweltering so we headed out to pick blueberries. Of course as soon as we got there, the sun came out and it got miserably hot but we powered through long enough to pick three pounds, no thanks to Jake! He probably ate about three pounds worth while Deric and I did most of the picking. Ok, Deric did most of the picking since his wingspan really came in handy to get all the blueberries at the very top of the bushes. I mostly followed Jake to make sure he wasn't eating the unripe berries or any off the ground but he was pretty good about only eating the blue ones. We asked Jake what he wanted to make with the blueberries and he requested muffins, so on Saturday morning we made blueberry oatmeal muffins for breakfast. I'm sure we'll be back to visit the blueberry patch every summer now that Jake is able to help pick berries, not that any of them actually make it home. ;)


in the "big kid room"

Since moving Jake's room around to make it more toddler friendly, we've been spending a lot more time in there. (He now refers to it as his "bigkidroom"-- one word, just like his "bigkidbed". He's so proud!) He likes to sit on his bed to read books and color at his desk, which Deric's parents gave to us. Its a little big for Jake right now but he'll grow into it quickly. I'm amazed almost daily at how responsible he is, putting things away without me asking (a touch of my OCD passed down, uh oh!) so he likes to store his coloring books and crayons inside the desk. 

All the sudden he's become quite the stuffed animal hoarder. In his crib he didn't sleep with anything but his two blankets, and now he has to have his frog and penguin with him. He tries to get his puppy and (gigantic) bear too but then there would be no room for him in there!

This afternoon I finally got around to packing away the clothes he's recently outgrown. I tried his jacket from last year on again (because its a 3T so I thought surely..) and to my surprise, he kept the jacket on for a while and added his size 6M beanie. It killed me to see his little ear sticking out the side while he nonchalantly played with his trucks! Too funny.

^"wook, Mom! my jacket."

I also taught him to put his socks on his hands which he got a big kick out of...until he tried to take them off and put them on again himself. So that was a good time that quickly deteriorated, but such are a toddler's mood swings. He always bounces back pretty quickly.


a slow-paced Saturday

I tend to keep myself pretty busy on weekends in the summer because there are always so many projects to get done while its nice out, plus I usually need Deric's help to entertain Jake so I can actually accomplish something. ;) But on Saturday, instead of breaking out my to do list and orchestrating the entire day, I sat back and let the day go where it will. We spent the better part of the morning in Jake's room (newly rearranged to accommodate his toddler bed!) where I finished knitting a baby blanket for a friend, Deric built planes and carousel rides from my old K'nex set, and Jake alternated between coloring at his desk and pulling Deric's work apart.

We ate at Chick-fil-a for lunch and then we endured yet another monsoon during Jake's nap time, so we spent the remainder of the afternoon inside just playing and relaxing. It was such a nice change of pace because since having Jake and having significantly less free time, I continually feel like I have to spend the free time I do have scrambling to catch up on cleaning, projects, and whatever else comes along. It was so nice to relax and ignore my to do list out for a day, plus it made our Saturday seem to last a lot longer!

On a side note, Friday night we barbecued and swam with the friends of ours whose boys were all born within a month of each other. It was so much fun to see the boys playing and swimming together, plus it was nice to spend time with friends we rarely see because of said boys. ;) 


26 months

Successfully sleeping in his "bigkidbed" [always one word] except for the few times we've found him on the floor in the middle of the night.

He says "wook! see?" about a thousand times a day. Today as I was cooking dinner, I overheard Jake showing Deric his banana and saying "is my banana! wook! see?" probably ten times in a row. His dad is definitely his number one buddy.

75% of the time he carries around three or more little Tonka trucks that a friend gave him.

After playing with friends at the pool, he's worked up the courage to jump off the stairs into the water. He'll jump off the side of the pool into our arms, but most of the time his "jump" is more of a fall about three inches down into our arms.

Jake's taken to "wooking at the peas" and will hunt for snap peas five or six times while we're playing in the backyard. He'll grab even the littlest peas before I can stop him, so we're all out of peas for the time being. He likes to hunt for "geen beans" as well and he recently learned to identify squash so he checks on the two little squash, saying "wook! stwash!".

While singing Jesus Loves Me, Jake's version went "the Bible tells me sooo...much."

I asked him what story in his Bible he wanted to read and he told me Jonah. I asked what happened to Jonah and he told me Jonah plays with Jesus.

Instead of answering "yes" to questions, he responds "Uh huh. I do."

Just these past few days he's constantly had his tongue out or his hands in his mouth. Are we really going through that stage all over again??

As we've gotten rid of his pacifier and moved him to his "big kid bed", we've talked a lot about M&Ms. Jake will tell me every so often that he gets "weh-men M's" because he's a big kid. He really is becoming quite the big kid! [Sob.]


Jake on the lake

Friends of ours invited us out on their boat this past Saturday and it was an absolutely perfect night to be out on the lake. As we drove out to meet them we got caught in a torrential downpour complete with thunder and lightening so we thought we'd have to cancel our plans, but we watched the radar and waited about thirty minutes for the storm to pass. The rain cooled the night off and we stayed out until the sun went down.

It took Jake a little while to get accustomed to the boat and the feeling of bouncing over the wakes of other boats but once we got to swim and play around, he was in his element.

His favorite part of the night was probably swimming with his dad--no surprise there--but he was good buddies with our friend Dan by the end of the night after Dan let him steer the boat and showed him what button to push for the horn.

We didn't expect to be out so late but the night was so nice, the company was great, and Jake never even looked tired...until we got home and he crashed in less than a minute. It was a picturesque summer night, that's for sure.

^no worries about the lack of life jacket, we were anchored 
and there were two adults right outside the frame of this shot!