If you are going by the number on the calendar, my youngest son just reached the 2 month mark last Wednesday.  If you are going by the label on the tag, it is a whole different story.  I just pulled out the box of clothes marked 6-12 months.  In Carter's clothes he is in the 9 month size.  At this rate, I just might have to pull out Abe's winter clothes from last year when the time rolls around.
NFL football season is here.  Even though we cheer for the Vikings, we dress like we like the Bears.
Today was our first day of school!  All morning Abe was excited for Katelyn to come over for preschool.  He kept talking about it and asking where she was. Finally, school time arrived.
We did some singing and some dancing.  We worked on motor skills and manners.  We did lots of playing and had lots of fun.  Neither one of them were very found with the painting and that is OK with me!  I used the new crayola finger paint.  I didn't like it.  And it seemed like it had to be used as finger paint rather than brush paint.  So, the painting didn't last long.  Oh well, at least there wasn't a big mess to clean up.
Our theme this week is the Letter A and Apples.  ANd 
Two cute kids...
And Abe wanted Joel on the floor so he could play trains with him.
I've mentioned a little bit about Potty Training before. I kind of "dabbled" in it a bit, but then something would come up (like an appendectomy) and we'd detour.  I wasn't too concerned about it since Abe wasn't yet 2.  I decided though, that I didn't want to have to buy any more diapers just for Abe (mind you, both boys can wear the same size diaper--Abe's at the very tip of one size and Joel's on the other end of it).  Then, even though I wasn't looking for it, I found this video.  And I gave it a go.  We started Thursday night (because Abe was ready, I was planning on waiting til Friday) and he's been doing very well ever since. 
I put Dog in underwear and started using the phrase "dry and clean" and having the kids check to see if Dog was still dry and clean.
I let him pick out which pair of undies he wanted to wear.  I thought he might pick the green pair like Dog's first.  He didn't.
We had treats and juice.  I made a big deal of asking him a lot the first day if he was "dry and clean."  If he was he got a treat.  The video recommends double treats for using the toilet.  I would have, but I didn't need to.  We've still been using a diaper for sleeping, but they are a lot drier than they were before and I'm still trying to remember to ask him throughout the day if he is "dry and clean."  
Our littlest guy is teething.  Yes, teething.  Already. And it isn't even the front tooth.  It is one kind of "around the bend."  I definitely felt it.  I couldn't believe it.  I made Dad feel it too.  He confirmed that indeed he felt a tooth there too.  Wow.  Already.  My baby is growing up so fast.  ;-D
*Update:  I can feel THREE teeth and very clearly see one.  But none are the front ones.  
I fully acknowledge that I am the mom, and therefore have quite the bias, but I'm proud of my guys.  And I'm going to do a little bragging.  Here are some things that our 2 year old has been doing this week:
  •  Telling me when he needs to use the bucket (aka potty) and then actually using it.  (I might post more on that later). 
  • Sitting quietly on the blanket to look at his books so that he could stay with Dad and Marion as they had their meeting. 
  • Counting to 10.  Saying his colors (although he still sometimes confuses the B ones if you ask him to say the name). 
  • And telling me the next letter in the alphabet.  This one really surprised me because besides "normal" stuff, I really haven't even tried to work with on the order of the alphabet.
And Joel is continuing to grow, both in size and personality.  Many of his 3-6 month outfits are in the box on top of the dresser to be packed up.  And you can see he's got his baby fat, but it's the length that has caused us to move up in size for most of his outfits.
He's staying awake and alert for longer periods and giggling and smiling a lot more, but his biggest developmental thing this week is that he's rolling over.  I admit I have actually seen him do it (I think he waits for me to be looking somewhere else), but we've seen him come close and I've laid him on his tummy only to see him on his back a little bit later.

So yes, I'm a proud mama.  But aren't they just so loveable.  ;-)
While those of you back in the Midwest have already pulled out the fall clothes (part of me definitely misses that!) we’re still seeing temperatures like 110.  It has been exciting for me this week though because one morning I got to wear a new long sleeve cardigan from my mom (of course it was well before 7am) and this morning I dressed Joel in fall clothes for a little while why we played out back in the coolness and shade of morning.  Take a look at some of the pictures.


Even though we live far from Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunts and Uncles, Abe still knows you and talks about you.  Tonight while he was swinging he started in…”Jaime, Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Nick…” “and Dani Jo” “Oh yeah, I knew that” “Remember they live in London.” “Yeah, Dogs…” (The 101 Dalmations live in London.)  It is amazing how much their minds are taking in and they are retaining.  And after skyping with Uncle Nick multiple times this week (yes, he was home and not at work) I think Uncle Nick is moving up on in the coolness book.  Sorry Sister, he really did say Uncle Nick before Dani Jo this time.  Maybe you should go get a soccer ball too? 

A week or two ago the boys and I were at target looking at the dollar spot.  Somebody had already opened the mesh hamper to take a look and of course couldn’t get it back in the package.  I took it off the shelf to look at it and Abe thought it was pretty cool.  He walked next to me, looking at books, and then putting them in the bag.  He was also telling me “Mom, my book bag.”  And yes, we put all the books back in the correct bin.