Sunday, April 06, 2014


We're finally enjoying some warmer weather. Today was as high as 58. There's still a little bit of snow holding on in places that had huge snow piles but it's finally starting to look like spring with flowers starting to pop out of the ground.

With warmer weather comes more adventures. We went to Middlebury to celebrate Grandma Stephens' birthday two weeks ago. Ben and Sam were more interested in watching the restaurant's fish tank than eating especially since it had a castle in it. Ben was asking which fish was the knight and which was the horse. His imagination continues to grow.

Sam is moving out of footy pjs and into big boy jammies. Had to take a picture since he's growing so fast!

The boys were happy to go to the zoo for the first time in 2014.

Sam is starting to LOVE to read books like his big brother. I love to see him on his tummy or when he sits down in your lap with a book. His current favorite it "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". Sam will go around the house hopping and saying "BOOM BOOM". 

This picture of Sam and Dave was actually taken by Ben. He's doing a good job of taking pictures.

Now for the exciting news....Dave finally got his kayak!

Ben and Sam were so excited to see the new "boat".

Sam climbed in as soon as he saw it. This boy loves outside.

Sam also loves cake and making a mess. He currently puts all of his food in his hair or on his face with almost every meal.

So we take lots of baths. Ben requested that I take a picture of them in the bath when Sam sat on his lap. These boys really love each other.

They also really love to wrestle. No doubt that we are raising two boys here.

Sam is the champion!

Back to the boat. Dave decided to take his kayak out for it's inaugural voyage to Pinhook Park in South Bend. While Dave was trying out the kayak, Ben and Sam played at the playground. 

Sam wanted to chase the geese or "quacks".

The boys loved going out on the kayak with Daddy.

Sam was so sad when we wouldn't let him in with Ben. He kept crying "Dadda, Bubba, wa wa, boat".

We weren't far from the South Bend airport so there were a few low flying planes overhead while we were at the park. Here is Ben pretending to be a plane while Dave and Sam were kayaking.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


It's been awhile since our last post. Here's what we've been up to...

These are some older pictures of when we took the boys sledding. I just wanted to show how much snow we've had. Luckily, the weather has been a little warmer (40's to 50's) so a lot of the snow has finally melted.

I forgot to post that at Sam's 18 month well child visit he was 26 pounds and 32.5 inches. 

Ben is really showing off his imagination, especially with his super heroes.

One of our routines each night is to play "GO". The boys stand next to each other at the fridge and run as fast as they can to us in the living room. I like this picture since it shows how big they both are.  Sam loves to say "one more" while holding up his index finger. They are so much fun!

Our typical morning routine is the boys eating breakfast in the living room and playing restaurant. 

On March 1st, we went to Peru, Indiana to celebrate Pop Pop Stephens' birthday. Ben was so excited to see Grandma, Pop Pop, Uncle Jim, Aunt Andrea and of course, cousin Joshua. 

This was the first time Ben and Sam have been bowling and they had a great time. Sam even won!

Big boy Sammy did a great job.

Love how Ben would stand with his hands on his hips watching where his ball went.


It wouldn't be a birthday party without cake!

The boys found out how the vent blows balloons up in the air and think it's hilarious.

Dave took the boys to the train museum so they could get out of the house for awhile. The boys love this place! 

Where else can you pretend to drive a train?

In honor of Pi Day, here are our homemade turkey pot pies and applesauce pie.

A picture of the aftermath from the snow storm this week. I'm hoping this is the last of it. We're all ready for spring around here. 

Had to share this adorable picture of cookie monster Sam.

This weekend we went to the South Bend St Patrick's Day parade. Luckily it was around 40 degrees so it wasn't too cold for the boys to be outside. 

Sam recently learned how to say "moo" so he started mooing at the llamas. On a side note, Sam also learned how to say ball this week so he's been mooing and saying ball a lot.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

We couldn't get this video to load on Facebook, so I wanted to post it here. Ben has been excited all week for Valentine's day, especially after receiving two packages in the mail addressed to him and Sam. I know it may sound cruel, but we told Ben he would have to wait till today to open the packages, and we spent the whole week counting the days, and talking about what might be in the boxes. I think the waiting actually made it more fun for him.

Needless to say, he was pretty excited this morning. The first words out of his mouth were "Is today the day we open the boxes." And indeed it was. 

Anyway, we just wanted to say a big Thank You to both Grandma and Pop Pop Wallace and to Grandma and Pop Stephens, the boys love you all very much, as do their parents.  


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Snowman birthday party

Being at home with the boys during the day, I typically try to stick to a standard routine of going to the gym in the morning, lunch, naps and then playtime in the afternoon. But the past month of cold and snowy weather has left us with many days where it seems like a bad idea to leave the house. 

And after awhile, it gets pretty annoying. 

Today, with the street unplowed and the wind causing the snow to drift, we were again stuck at home. I asked Ben what we should do. He said he wanted to have a birthday party. 

And so, with nothing else on the agenda, I agreed. 

We decided to have a birthday party for our snowman, who sits outside the back door. Because, as Ben has learned from watching Frosty the Snowman many times since he received the movie for Christmas, Frosty's first words are always "Happy Birthday" but no one ever throws him a party.

So anyway, here's our snowman. He's actually quite small. Maybe two feet tall. But he sits on top of 3 feet of snow, so he's actually quite impressive to a 3-year-old. 

So what do you do at a snowman's birthday party? Well, according to Ben, you eat food. And birthday cake. And you wear hats. And you play games. And you also get presents, unless it's not your birthday.

So, we made hats. Ben loved his. Sam didn't. 

And we ate hot dogs and grapes in the living room, because that's awesome. 

And then we played 'pin the tail on the donkey', only the donkey that I drew ended up looking like a sheep - until Ben decided to color it, after which it looked like a bunch of squiggly lines. 

Anyway, the next to photos are of blind-folded Ben. 

 And then it was Sam'st turn. He didn't like the blindfold, so he didn't have to use it. The ability to see, however, didn't get him any closer to the right spot. 

But seriously, what captain wouldn't be terrified of a pirate this fierce:

Below is Ben again, he pinned 3 or 4 tails, and only once missed the paper completely.

Sam, trying again, still not quite grasping the concept: 

What our donkey looks like: 

When he wasn't  pinning tails, Ben was manning the camera. The shot above, and the one of me below, are part of his handiwork. 

And then, finally, it was time for the cake. I'll be the first to admit that my decorating skills need some work, but the thing tasted pretty good, considering I'd found a recipe online just an hour or so before. 

I had hoped to put a video here of Ben singing his "Happy Birthday to the Snowman" song, but I can't seem to find it on the camera's memory card, so you're just going to have to imagine that one for yourself. 

- Dave