On 7/21 and 22 we went up to see Grandma. Saturday afternoon Joe, myself, Joey and Justin all went out into the woods to pick blackberries. They were few and far between because we’ve hardly had rain this year so they were very small.
That afternoon Joey, Joe and Grandma Char (Joe’s mom) went out blackberry picking. They picked enough for a pie so Grandma Norma made blackberry pie. YUM. It was so good. Grandma makes the best pies anyhow!
Joey was asking for his hard construction hat that afternoon and came up to Joe and asked for his ‘hard on hat’ when he meant to say he wanted his ‘hard hat on’. Joe made sure to correct him as he started to laugh. The glory of learning new words!
This weekend we took Joey's bike up to Grandma's and he got a lot of experience riding it, so much that he felt good riding it at home finally.
Over the weekend we also went downstairs and went through a bunch of the toys down there so we could get some together to give away. We are NOT moving all these toys as the kids have wayyyyy to many so we got a huge pile of them to donate to the salvation army and I took those in last week. We still have a TON more to go through. I don’t know how we managed to accumulate so much stuff! We found the 4 wheeler toy downstairs and I put Justin on it. He seemed to like it but he only knew how to move backwards. He’ll get the hang of it soon enough!
On 7/23 I had the day off and stayed home with the kids. That morning Justin went over to the stairs as he normally does and pulled up to stand by it. Then he climbed on it. I went over and watched him. He then managed to climb the next step, then the next and all the way up the first set of stairs we had! We have a bi-level so when you come in the house you come into a landing and you either have to go up stairs to go upstairs or go down stairs to go downstairs. He climbed the stairs from the bottom level to the landing without falling, without looking down, he just went all the way up. I ran to grab the camera and then off he went from the landing all the way upstairs. I got these photos of him. He was so proud of himself and I clapped for him and smiled and was so happy for him. Who says that you don’t get as excited for the second’s milestones as you do the first-born? I am just as excited, if not more, for Justin’s milestones as I was Joey’s. All that day and that week anytime you stopped watching him, off he went up the stairs.
Monday evening we had Crafter’s club for our mom’s club and I met Jen K there to scrapbook. The mom’s house it was at had these great baby gates with a walk thru swing gate. It was my mission to find them for our house. We found 2 of the baby gates at Babies R Us. We needed one for the top and bottom of our stairs. When we got home we found out they were TOO SHORT! So we had to go back out and buy these extensions for them which was really neat, and then they fit fine. They were pressure mounted so I didn’t need to drill into the wall. They work great. Justin isn’t too happy with them but I love them. We just have to remember to keep the gates open so the cats and get up and down the stairs to eat/use the litter box. The gates were by Step 2 and Lowe’s has them too. They are great. They were about $50/piece.
Joe and I started our vacation after work on Friday and boy did we need it. We have just been burnt out with work/home responsibilities. We planned some fun things for the kids. Friday evening we just chilled out and made smoothies which Joey and I shared on the porch.
Saturday we drove out to Mason, Michigan to the steam tractor show to visit my friend Jenny and her son Wyatt. Her husband Jimmy had his own older steam engine and took us for a ride on it. It was so cool. We rode on the back of the dusty tractor. It’s powered by burning wood/coal and it was burning hot in the already hot 90 degree weather. I thought for sure we’d fall off the end of the tractor but Jimmy reassured us that the tractor runs slow and smooth. We started off and there was no jerking. He was right, it was smooth and really slow. Joey had a great time playing with Jenny’s son Wyatt and we had a lot of fun taking the kids to the steam show and seeing my bud Jen! :)
The boys got just a little bit dirty playing with their tractors. Wyatt got the brunt of the dirt. OMG is he ever dirty!