Category Archives: Jude

It’s Been A Long Time

Joanna meet blog.  Blog meet Joanna.  Actually, we’re old aquaintances…it’s been a long time.

I took this adorable video of the boys painting at the art easel today and just had to share!  Enjoy!

A few things about the video:

  1. I love the unique technique Jude is using to paint his masterpiece.
  2. By the time Jude finished he had paint splattered all over the tile floor, his face, hair and clothes.
  3. Ben is so excited about the fall and all the festivities that come with it.  He’s painted pumpkins for the last two days!
  4. Ben and his clothes or lack there of.  Please excuse his undies in the video.  The truth is we’re lucky he’s wearing a t-shirt.  The kid hates to wear clothes.  On most days he strips down to his undies as soon as I pick him up from pre-school.  Every now and then I see him streaking around the house and I have to remind him that undies are required! 

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood…

Who ya gonna call?  GHOSTBUSTERS!!

I mean, really?  Who could be afraid of these two scary adorable ghosts!!

Boo Ben 

and Ghostly Jude!!

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“Daddy is the Birthday Boy!!”

Ben has been walking around the house today chanting, “Daddy is the birthday boy!!”  Oh, how we love birthdays at our house…especially Ben!!  Here’s a special birthday message to Jake from two of his biggest fans…Ben and Jude!!

A few things about this video:

  1. Lovely how Ben couldn’t make it through the video without a little potty talk.  Did you catch the word “dookie” that he blurted out a few times?  And now every time he watches the video he laughs uncontrollably at himself saying the word dookie.  Nice Ben, real nice!  (And just for the record, we are trying to teach him that potty talk outside of the bathroom is inappropriate!!)
  2.  So glad that Jude didn’t try to jump off the side of Ben’s bed.  Did you see him eyeing the edge?  He certainly was thinking about it.  The kid loves to throw himself off things just to see what happens.  Yep, I definitely predict some hospital visits in our future with that one!
  3. Did you notice the dirt on Ben’s knees?  The kid comes home from preschool wearing at least half of the dirt from the playground!

Happy Birthday, Jake!!  May this be your best year ever!!  We can’t wait to continue your birthday celebration with the rest of your family in San Francisco this weekend!!!  We love you!!

p.s.  Today we are also celebrating several other special birthdays…Jake’s cousin Derek, Jake’s cousin’s daughter Savannah and my cousin Molly’s son Elijah!  Happy Birthday to you all!!  A special day indeed!

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Jude…13 Months

Jude turned 13 months old on May 5th!  Here are a few memorable moments…

Jude hearts forks and spoons.  I know it sounds kind of silly to even mention it, but Jude feeds himself amazingly well with a fork and spoon for his age.  Maybe it is so shocking to me because Ben is the polar opposite when it comes to using utensils while he eats.  He believes his hands work just fine to eat just about everything!  We are constantly reminding him, “Please use your fork and spoon.”  We began introducing solid foods to Jude when he turned six months old, and it seems like right from the beginning he always wanted to feed himself.  In this post I even referred to him as a “two spoon kind of guy” because he loved spoons so much…we couldn’t get him to eat unless he was holding one too!  And at 13 months he has mastered the use of his fork and spoon better than, well, some three-year olds.  He typically won’t even begin eating until he has the appropriate utensil in hand.  The strangest thing I’ve seen him eat with a fork?  A cheese puff!

Sneaky Baby / #1 and #3.  Before Jude began to crawl he could only sit and longingly gaze upon Ben’s toys from a distance.  But, oh how things have changed now that he can motor his little self on over to those toys!  Lots of big brother’s toys lined up in a nice and tidy row + 1 swipe from little brother’s tiny hand = Major meltdown mode for big brother!  And as the swiping continued on a frequent basis, Ben dubbed baby Jude the “Sneaky Baby.”  Not long after Jude received said nickname I started finding things like this around the house.  (Yes, that is Ben’s tractor and trailer hanging from our bedroom doorknob.)

When I asked Ben what he was doing he replied, “Don’t touch it Mommy, I’m making sure the Sneaky Baby doesn’t get my toys!”  Of course Sneaky Baby does continue to swipe Ben’s toys from time to time and when Ben starts to go into meltdown mode I like to remind him that Jude is one and he is three and that they are both going to have to learn how to share.  So what does Ben think about all of that?  Well, he dubbed Jude with a new name, #1, and he calls himself #3!      

Curly, Larry and Moe would be proud.  If you ask Jude to point to your ear, he’ll very gingerly grab your earlobe and maybe give it a little tug.  No big deal, right?  Do not be fooled, the kid should come with a warning label.  If you ask him to point to your eye, he will try to jab you in the eye with cat-like reflexes while yelling out “eye!”  If you ask him to point to your nose he will try to stick his little finger up your nose!  If you ask him to point to your mouth he will try to pry your mouth open with his bare hands!  Oh, and he thinks all of these things are hysterical…they always elicit lots of squawks from him!  Who knew that teaching him the various parts of the face could be so dangerous!  

I love these playful photos of Jude!  He does look a bit mischievous and a little “sneaky” after all, doesn’t he!!

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Eastarrr!!

I know what you’re thinking…Easter in August?  Really?  I know, it is ridiculous that I’m just getting around to writing about it.  And the fact that this post is completely out-of-order kind of drives me nuts.  But write about it…I shall.  I love these pictures and memories too much not to post them into history on the blog!

Easter Pirates

So what do Easter and pirates have in common?  Typically, I’d say nothing.  But this particular Easter at our house they had everything to do with each other.  Ben is really into pirates right now.  It all started when he saw a show on TV called Jake and The Never Land Pirates.  It’s a cartoon about Jake and his buddies Izzy and Cubby and their journeys throughout Never Land to find hidden treasures while their nemesis Captain Hook and his sidekick Mr. Smee try to spoil their plans.  One day I asked Ben who he’d rather be…the hero, Jake, or the villain, Captain Hook?  Without hesitation (and a little to my surprise) he replied, “Captain Hook!”  When I asked him why he said, “Because Captain Hook always gets all of the toys!”  Nice, Ben, real nice! 

So back to Easter.  The day before Easter I picked up a couple of pirate swords and some gold doubloons (that’s pirate talk for gold coins), and I made a treasure chest out of a cardboard box and some construction paper.  After an amazing Sunday morning Easter service at our church (you should check out this link… http://www.northlandchurch.net/media/easter_christ_is_risen/ … it is our worship team singing Matt Maher’s song Christ Is Risen) we hid eggs stuffed with gold doubloons in the front yard so that the boys could have an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt!

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Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

A couple of weeks before Easter we took the boys to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in our neighborhood.  It was Jude’s first egg hunt and first time meeting the Easter Bunny.  You may recall Ben’s first meeting with the Easter Bunny:

Jude’s wasn’t much different:

This is the best shot I got.  I love how Ben is trying to console Jude.  But even with his big brother nearby, Jude was having none. of. it.  They called Ben and Jude’s age groups down for the hunt soon after I snapped this picture.  Our plan was to return to the clubhouse and at least let Ben take a picture with the bunny by himself, but when we returned after the hunt the Easter Bunny had left the building.  So sorry Ben.

After the hunt, Ben quickly made his way over to a grassy area to inspect his loot.  He was thrilled to find that of the many eggs he had collected, most were filled with candy (the others were filled with stickers, temporary tattoos or little toys).  So while Ben was devouring his candy, Jude was completely content to sit beside him and dump out his basket of eggs, refill said basket and repeat.  Here’s a fun picture progression of the action.

No community party is complete without Ben getting his face painted.  He chose the gator.  Jake decided if Ben was going to have a gator painted on his face it should at least be wearing a University of Arkansas t-shirt!

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Famous Last Words

So it turns out that keeping up with the blog has been a greater challenge than I imagined.  I am reminded of a comment I made to Jake at the end of May as Ben’s busy preschool activities were coming to a close.  The comment was something like this, “Oh, I’m so excited for summer!  Blah.  Blah.  Blah.  And, I’m finally going to get caught up on the blog!”  I can only chuckle in spite of myself as I think back about that comment now.  Famous last words, right!?!

So I thought we’d take a little trip back down memory lane.  Picture it like a movie when the character is thinking back in time.  As the flashback begins the screen turns kind of wavy.  Actually, I’m sure if you just sit and stare into your computer monitor for a minute or two you might get the same effect.  My plan is to highlight some of my favorite memories from the past several months.

Wavy lines~~~wavy lines~~~wavy lines~~~

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Party Hats

This afternoon when I asked Ben what we needed to make his Uncle Matt’s birthday video really special he said, “Party hats!”  So the plan was for me to cut out party hats from construction paper and Ben and Jude were going to decorate them with crayons and stickers.  It took me about five minutes to cut out the hats and tape them together to meet the approximate circumference of their heads.  Blue for Ben.  Red for Jude.  And in normal three-year old fashion, by the time those five minutes were up Ben had changed his mind…no decorating needed…he was ready to shoot the video!!

A few things about the video:

  1. It is not Jude’s birthday…just Uncle Matt’s special day!
  2. Ben always seems to skip the second verse of the Happy Birthday Song.
  3. Ben loves to speak in gibberish.
  4. Ben, Jude and I spent the morning at the pool.  I tried to teach Jude how to say, “Happy Birthday, Uncle Matt!”  He was actually saying “Happy!”  Guess he got a little camera-shy!

Happy Birthday, Matt!  Hope you enjoyed the video!!  Ben was excited to make it for you!  And, Jude, well, he’s just excited to do whatever Ben is doing!!  We cannot wait to visit you all in October!!  We’ve been talking to Ben a lot about Fleet Week and he is especially excited!!

I love that it’s becoming a tradition to make a video for Matt on his birthday.  Thought it might be fun to take a look back at the videos from the previous years.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering…YES!!  I do intend to blog more frequently again.  And soon!

August 2, 2010 (Ben at 2, Jude 3 months):

August 2, 2009 (Ben at 1):

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