Big Boys Doing BIG Things!

Note – I have pictures to add to this post, I just can’t find the thing that connects my camera to the computer.  You know one of the boys probably put it in their ‘office’.

Cole has decided to potty train himself.  He refuses to wear diapers.  He refuses to wear pull-ups.  Underwear it is.  His favorites are the Superman ones.  Of course.  He’s pretty good so far – a few accidents here and there. Mostly poop.  Which is really fun to clean up. Nighttime is tough, since he doesn’t want to wear a diaper – but Ruthlyn (our fearless nanny) has discovered that he will wear a nighttime diaper if we put underwear over it.  At 2 years 4 months, this isn’t bad!

Ethan does his homework like a champ.  As soon as he gets home from school, he gets his snack and sits down to do his homework.  He is reading basic chapter books, answering comprehension questions, writing sentences with his spelling words, and a doing a math sheet.  This doesn’t mean he loves it.  Yesterday, he lost it and started screaming “I hate this stupid, frigging homework.”  Nice.  I wonder where he learned that language.

As we were walking home from school today, he told me that he can’t wait to go to college because he can come home to visit me whenever he wants.  Last week he told me that he would never go to college because he can’t live without me.  The kid is growing up.  I’ll never forget after his first day of first grade – I asked him how his day was and he said, “It wasn’t good.  It was AWESOME!”  This has been a great year for him!


Graham did 107 sit-ups the other day.  I am serious.  I counted each and every one, while his feet were anchored under the couch and he raised and lowered his upper body 107 times.  This kid is obsessed with fitness.  He does pull-ups hanging off of his bunk bed.  He does incline pushups from the TV console table to the sofa.  He does handstands every chance he gets.  He asks me to feel his biceps at least 35 times a day.  After every bite of food, he feels his biceps and notices how much it’s grown since his last bite.  He is a madman.  42 pounds of all muscle madman.

Graham’s artwork:


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