Sunday, June 26, 2011

T-Ball!!

Jack is playing T-Ball this year! He has done really well so far and is enjoying it. He is a bigger fan of batting than of fielding and has gotten some really good hits. Sometimes he forgets to run or drop the bat, but we are working on it. He is also very talented at climbing fences, tackling his own teammates trying to get the ball, and leading chants in the dugout. :)








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Lake Trip

The boys had a great time at the lake a couple of weekends ago! They celebrated Papo's birthday, took golf cart rides, swam in the lake, swam in the pool, played games, watched movies, and watched Mommy ski. Pretty fun and relaxing time!


















Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crossings VBS

Jack attended VBS for the first time this year. He was a little unsure at first (different classroom than he's used to), but ran right in when he saw his friend Max was there. He enjoyed the week and came home each day and shared what he had learned. I loved that the kids performed for the parents at the end of the week. It was pretty cool watching 1200 kids all praising God together. Just beautiful to think how He worked in the hearts of those precious little ones during VBS!!

Dinner at Our House

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17 Months and 1 Day

Okay, so I'm a day late with Graham's monthly update. That's not too bad, right? I feel like I want to say, "I can't believe Graham's already 17 months old!" but I pretty much lead off with that same statement every month. Well, it's true! I can never quite believe it because it's true what they say, your babies grow up so fast. And it's amazing how quickly you start to forget the horrors of pregnancy and the newborn stage as soon as you fall into a great routine and things start to feel "normal" and functional again. It took me a bit longer this time around (Graham's pregnancy and birth were slightly traumatic for me), but (can't believe I'm actually going to put this in print) I think we might want another baby! Now don't go crazy, we're not ready yet, but it's starting to seem possible to have three children and even desirable. Of course, it helps that Graham is so cute and wonderful. So... back to Graham!

Graham's personality continues to be one of intensity. He is very outgoing and, well...loud. Everything he does, he does with force. Even his affection. Sometimes he goes to kiss me and grabs my hair too hard or almost even bites me. We are working on gentleness. The good side of that is that he is just full of energy and zest for life! He laughs hard and often. He is friendly and always says "hi" and "bye" to everyone. We turn heads in restaurants as we leave because Graham literally waves and says "buh-bye!" to every person we pass.

The boys have taken to wrestling with each other. This is funny to watch. However, it usually ends quickly as Jack is scared of Graham and usually stops and asks us to pull Graham off of him. Even though he's the one that started it!

Graham is talking more and more each day. He calls for me when he doesn't see me, "Maaaamaaaa!" He has learned to ask for more food by saying, "more" and not whining. He really likes the word no although I'm not sure he fully understands what it means.

He's also learned how to nod, which is very cute. I'll ask him, "Graham, did you have fun at church today?" and instead of an answer I get an enthusiastic head nod.

We are finally giving up the bottle! I wanted to do this at 12 months but he was very attached (still is, but it was time). The funny thing is that he REFUSES (like adamantly refuses) to drink milk from a cup. He'll drink water from a cup. He'll drink juice from a cup. He'll drink milk from a bottle. His reaction to milk in a cup? He sputters, gags, and chokes, until he spits it all out of his mouth, then pushes the cup away forcefully. Um, stubborn much?! It is really quite ridiculous. So now I offer him the milk in the cup and if he refuses he simply gets no milk. This is hard for me because I think he needs some milk in his diet and he isn't getting it, but I refuse to have a two year old who takes a bottle. Next up...binky!

Graham's favorite thing continues to be playing outside. He likes to drive the little car around, play at the water table, go to the park and slide, go to BB's and swim, go on walks, etc. His new favorite book is Pat the Bunny and of course Goodnight Moon. He is still attached to his blankie. He has also discovered basketball and that has become a new favorite activity. He loves playing ring around the rosy with Jack and me, especially the part where we all fall down.

And last but not least, he loves posing for the camera and saying, "TEEEEEEESE!!"




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Friday, June 17, 2011

Memorial Day

The Biggs clan had a very busy and fun Memorial Day weekend this year! Nothing big, just lots of family time and lots of eating. On Monday we met Randy's brother, his girlfriend Kasey, and her daughter Haley at the zoo. It was Graham's first trip to the zoo since last year so it seemed all new to him and none of us had seen the baby elephants yet. We spent lots of time at the petting zoo and climbing and sliding in the children's area. Then we headed toward the elephants, stopping along the way to look at the lions, tortoises, peacocks, and even snakes! Jack was fascinated with the snakes. While we were watching a zoo worker was trying to move one of them so he was holding a rat as bait. This made mommy say "eek!" and Jack was a little scared too, but fascinated nonetheless. Finally we made it to the elephant pavilion. Graham loved the waterfalls more than anything. He loves water in general! But Jack and Haley were excited to see the cute baby elephant. We actually left Jack with Uncle Kenny when we headed home to put Graham down for a nap. He was having so much fun!

Afterward, we headed to my parents's house for swimming and a cook out. My dad had the heater in the pool turned to 82 just the way I like it. :) Jack is getting braver and braver each time he gets into the water. He's so independent. And now that we have the puddle jumper floaties, Graham is actually pretty independent as well! I love those things! He gets to swim on his own but his head is kept safely out of the water. This is such a lifesaver for me since G hates being in one of those boats but also hates being held!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Uncle Daniel

Uncle Daniel came to town for a weekend a couple of months ago. Jack loved that he was there to watch one of his soccer games!! Hope he and Aunt A can come visit again soon!


Playing at BB and Grandad's House