Jack started soccer again at Vetta Sports a few weeks ago.  It's still not games (apparently you have to be 4 for that) but it's the next class up from last year.  Jack is mostly enjoying it.  A few mornings he has said he doesn't want to go, but then when we get there he has a lot of fun.

This session, the parents were on the field for the first 4 weeks, but staying off to the side as much as possible.  Starting in week 5 (last week), parents were supposed to be in the stands and not on the field at all.  Strangely, only about half of the parents listened, which made it a little difficult for those whose parents weren't on the field.  Jack called me down there no less than 4 times, but they were for legitimate reasons at least: 1. tie his shoe, 2. he got some tire crumbles from the turf in his eye (ouch!), 3. he collided with another kid (he was fine, but needed a Mommy hug) and 4. he needed a kleenex.  I think I got more exercise going back and forth than he did!!

The really fun part is that they took pictures a few weeks ago: an individual and a team photo.  We haven't gotten the proofs back yet, but I was able to sneak a team photo with my camera.  So cute!

Why Every Kid Needs a Sibling



Our January went by quickly with nothing too exciting going on.  I am still very busy at work, as evidenced by my lack of blog posts, so here are some snippets from January.

Charlie has been going through a rough restaurant phase - twice in the past month he and I have quickly exited a restaurant mid-meal to avoid a meltdown.  We hang out in the car and wait for Daddy and Jack to finish, and sadly, he thinks it's the greatest thing.  Luckily we don't go out much so I don't think we are starting a precedent where he sees this as a reward...
Killing time in the car

Huge whipped cream mess!

Charlie's first bubble bath - he wasn't a huge fan

Jack, Addison and Reghan

The littles: Charlie & Ethan
 We had our families and a couple friends over for Jason's birthday.  Before everyone got there, Jason accidentally left some crazy glue within reach and Charlie got some little dabs on his hand.  Yikes - that could have been bad!!  He wasn't stuck together but certainly didn't like the feel of the crusty parts on his hands.
Chrissy working some magic with nail polish remover.  Good as new!
 The boys needed hair cuts and I asked Jack what he thought about getting a buzz cut, something I've toyed with off and on. He replied that he would rather have a Woody cut.  Guess I needed to explain my question better.  Nevertheless, we decided to wait and try the buzzed look until it's hot outside and stuck with a normal, shorter 'do for now.
New haircuts all around!

Play-doh time!
 We haven't put all of our "little" Legos into our storage shelf yet because it's in Jack's room right now, where it is too easily accessible by Charlie.  Once we have a toy room downstairs, we will get the Legos put away in their respective bins.  In the meantime, Jack has begun sorting various toys.  I went in his room and found all his loveys in the appropriate bins.
White, blue, gray Pound Puppy and red Mickey Mouse (I imagine him putting a little thought  into that one: is it yellow, black or red?)
 Charlie has decided to start hitting.  Usually Jack or I are the recipient and it's a result of him being frustrated or upset by something we've done (or not done).  I have put him in timeout in his room a few times and it is seriously one of the cutest things I've ever seen.  He sits there and stares straight ahead at his curtain until I come back in.
Charlie thinks his big brother is pretty cool and Jack gets a kick out of Charlie these days too.  Here are a couple videos.  Watch how Charlie Man is always imitating his big bro.  Monkey see, monkey do!
That's our January in a nutshell.

After Christmas and New Year's Eve

After Christmas we spent a lot of time enjoying all of our new presents!  Aunt Kelly, Uncle Greg and Parker came by on their way out of town and the boys showed her their new trampoline.

Jack and Charlie have both been enjoying their new chairs.  Charlie loves to climb over the back onto the couch and then face plant back onto it.  Endless fun.  Our friends enjoy the chairs too.

Ethan Asher sitting on Reghan Lade's lap - so sweet.  Oh, and Spiderman Jack too
We celebrated New Year's Eve at the Neus' house.  Since they live on the other side of town, we went early and had sort of a pre-party there.  Then we headed back to the Ashers' house to get off the road (crazies out there on NYE) and put Charlie and Ethan down.  It was low-key but was a fun night.  Jack, Addison and Reghan made s'mores so that was fun.

Jack and Addi were still awake at midnight!!  We were packed up and ready to go at 12:01 but there were fireworks outside so Jack preferred to stay inside to watch them (he's still not sure how he feels about them).  So we headed home at about 12:05 instead.  And that's how we closed out 2012.