Where has the time gone? When I counted up how many months old Levi is now, I was surprised that he is 30 months old! He is such a big boy now too. He’s grown into such a sweet and compassionate boy. He loves to give kisses and hugs and “smuggles”. He still likes to hold my hair but not as often as he used to.

 
Daddy is still Levi’s very favorite person, or so it seems. Almost every morning starts with him asking me “Where’s Daddy?” and when I reply that Daddy is at work, Levi is always disappointed and asks the ever famous question “WHY?” I always tell him that Daddy goes to work to make money so we can buy things. Oftentimes Levi will come back with something that he wants to buy – candy, toys, marshmallows or whatever is on his mind that day. 🙂

 
“Why?” is definitely a favorite word in this house. Much over-used. I do my best to answer all the “why”s , but sometimes I fizzle out of answers and come back with the cop-out answer “Cause”. So now when I ask Levi why he did something, he answers back with that annoying little “cause”.

 

 
DH went squirrel hunting recently and both boys were totally enthralled with the whole process. Once the squirrel was cooked up, Tru and I declined eating it (Tru says he’ll try the next one though) but DH and Levi enjoyed their meal together – squirrel fricassee. Now Levi is anxious for DH to go hunting again! Deer season is right around the corner so I’m sure he will be thrilled with that. 🙂

 

 
Levi is getting better all the time at helping pick up toys and do little jobs to *help* Mommy. He is unmotivated at times to clean up toys but once Tru and I are working with him, he usually does a good job and you can see the satisfaction that both boys have over a job well done. Once we get everything picked up, I usually run the vacuum. Levi always runs to get his toy vacuum and sweeps nearly the whole time that I do. So cute!  I’ve found that if I have the boys clean up in the afternoon with me, they will usually keep the messes picked up the rest of the evening. I’ve even heard them reminding each other to not make a mess. It’s really cute how they work together.

 

 
What is not so cute is how they fight together. We have been relatively fortunate that they haven’t really been too aggressive toward each other…. until recently. Now I’ve seen them becoming more easily ticked off and this has resulted in frequently hitting and pulling hair etc. We are working on it but there’s only so much that I can do. I have noticed that sometimes having them sit together side by side in time out actually helps them not be so angry with each other. Anyway….

 

 

 

A few days ago, Levi learned how to climb out of his bed (playpen). He’s pretty well outgrown it anyway but we hadn’t decided what to move him to yet. This morning, Truett climbed out of his bed (crib) for the first time ever! (Unbelievable considering he turns 4 in 3 weeks and has never climbed out yet) I think it is time to make the switch to big beds for both of them. Tru already has a big bed in his room, so that is easy enough. Now I need to figure out what to do for Levi. This morning he came running into my bedroom bright and early and declared “I done sweepies! (sleeping)” I was most definitely not done “sweepies” myself so he sat on my floor and played with a toy for a bit until I got up.

Some favorites right now:

  • Riding bikes on the sidewalk. DH and I want to get the boys some powered 4-wheelers soon. I imagine they would have so much fun with those!
  • Bubbles!
  • Dry erase boards!! Oh, the sadness these cause when it’s time to put them up….
  • Playing with the cat. I.e. chasing it and trying to pick it up. Thankfully it puts up with the boys, mostly.
  • Playing in the sandbox either here or at the park.
  • Going to the park and giving me multiple anxiety attacks watching the boys navigate the playground equipment. Last week we went and Levi started to fall face-first down the steps. He wasn’t hurt but my panic level rose considerably! (Same park he broke his leg at last year)
  • Feeding pigger with Daddy. Those boys and DH love that pig. Me? Not so much. But I’m happy for them to have their noisy, stinky garbage disposal.
  • Coloring with Mommy. Levi isn’t big on coloring alone but if I color with him, that’s the best. 🙂 I think I enjoy it even more than he does. 😉

 

 

Levi really loves to work on ANY type of art project, or *schoolwork*, as he refers to it. 😉 Tru does work in his preschool books and Levi likes to be included. I found some preschool workbooks really cheap and some of them have things in them that Levi can do. He especially enjoys putting stickers on the correct shapes and he’s getting the hang of circling items. I’ve started letting him cut pieces of paper with kids scissors too. He will sit there and cut paper until it’s nothing but confetti. He knows all the colors quite well. He can count pretty far, I think I’ve heard him go past 12. He’s getting the hang of some letters now too, but can’t recognize them by sight yet. Tru loves to watch Leapfrog DVDs, and even though Levi doesn’t like to sit and watch TV at all, he hears what is playing and I hear him singing the songs off of kid shows sometimes. Kids are such absorbent little sponges! So receptive to learning.

 

 

I wish I could remember some of the cute stuff Levi has been saying lately. Hardly a day goes by without him saying something funny that makes me laugh. I need to jot it down but oftentimes I’m driving or busy and can’t write it down, and later, I’ve forgotten. I also wish I had more video of Levi talking. I realized the other day that I haven’t taken much video lately and lots of the cute transitional phases of Levi learning to talk, haven’t really been recorded. 😦 He talks like such a big kid now. Anything Tru says, Levi repeats. Tru will say “Can we go to the little cart store, Mommy?” and I will answer him. Then immediately, Levi asks the same exact question. He learns so much from Tru!

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You for this beautiful little boy. This sweet little caring person who calls me Mommy. Thank You for the blessing of getting to love him and take care of him. Thank You for all the love and joy that he adds to our family. Please watch over him and protect him as he grows and learns. Keep him strong and healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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