8.01.2011

Room-Sharing, Yard-Work, and New-Found Mobility

On Saturday, Cole convinced me to move the boys into the same room so he could turn the extra room into an office. It took a lot of cajoling, because it also involved moving Lucas into a toddler bed...Lucas is only 13 months old--barely a toddler! I was pretty reluctant to let my baby grow up, but I grudgingly agreed.

The boys were thrilled to have their beds in the same room...

Lucas especially liked how easy it was to jump on his new bed.
The last couple of nights have actually gone a lot better than I thought they would! Kyle only got up once, and he settled back down pretty easily because we told him he couldn't leave Lucas alone in their room (FYI, usually Kyle sneaks into our bed at least 3 times a week). Lucas didn't wake up at all! We're still making the adjustment from crib to toddler bed for Lucas, but it's been easier than I thought it would (especially since I'm weaning him at the same time...but more on that some other time). I'm sure we still have some challenges ahead, but so far, so good. Plus, we have an office, which is definitely nice. Cole might actually get all of his homework done on time now! :)

In other news, we've been waging a war with our yard. Every Saturday, we all head outside and spend several hours maintaining our front yard (which is actually looking pretty decent right now--someone in our ward even told Cole that we have the nicest yard in the neighborhood!) and overhauling our backyard. We've  still got a long way to go, though. Hopefully we can get most of the tearing up done this summer so we can start in on the actual landscaping and beautifying. We've got a lot of cool plans, and I know that Cole has been documenting our efforts for a post of his own later on. The boys love all of the time we spend outside, and they even try their hands at "helping" us.

Kyle thinks the drainpipe is a fireman pole...

Lucas LOVES to play around in (and eat) the dirt...
We're also happy to report that Lucas has finally started walking! He's been cruising for months and months, and a couple of months ago he was really big on walking while holding our hands. But, if you tried to let go, he promptly sank to the floor. Well, last week, my mom and sister were over and between the four of us we managed to get him to take a few steps. Since the adulation and cheering were plentiful, and Lucas is quite the attention lover, I think he decided that walking wasn't too bad. Now, he's toddling everywhere, and it's so dang cute! Unfortunately, we haven't been able to catch it on the video camera--he stops walking every time we pull it out. We'll keep trying though, because that much cuteness just has to be shared.

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