Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 31 31 for 21 2013

Reading homework must be done before the Halloween festivities begin. Good thing Rex was willing to relax and read with his little brother because the short guy was refusing to read to me. 

Happy Halloween!  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day 30 31 for 21 2013

Bip bop aka hip hop class has been way over thought in my brain. Riley loves music, loves to dance and know most of the lyrics to the really great songs like Thirft shop so I thought it would be a perfect combination to let him take dance class.

He had fun at times. Other times not so much. Class is roughly 40 minutes and I think the videos below sum up my thoughts.

So after watching this and then watching him so engaged and welcomed at wrestling today I withdrew him from dance. Did I mention he sat out the last 10-15 of class?

We'll continue to have our dance parties in the living room. I mean really how else will he keep up the potty mouth at school. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day 29 31 for 21 2013

Riley had Hip Hop after school today. I'll share that tomorrow.  After dance we ran to pick up Rex for wrestling practice. Riley super excited because he was able to go to practice too. He was totally engaged for the entire first hour.  Which is way more than he lasted in dance class. 

Wrestling is an opportunity through school that is sponsored by Gonzaga prep. Coach is an awesome dad who has wrestled forever. He has been great with Rex the last few years and encouraging him to really come out of his shell.  I've never been a wrestling fan. Something about the uniforms and sweaty boys squirming around on a mat yuck. I am learning to appreciate the lessons. It is so totally different from the team sports We have been involved in. It has really pushed Rex to grow and be brave. It's hard to get out there all by yourself. 

 Coach made a point of inviting Riley to practice and making us know Riley was welcome.  Wrestling is the only school sport that the kids can participate in before third grade.  Excitement us an understatement. We had talked about it before we got to the gym but he didn't really understand I guess.  He was ready to go play with the little sisters when we got there but when  I stopped him and told him he could go out on the mats with brother it was complete joy!  He lasted way longer than I ever imagined. His buddy Ella was a great partner in crime for him to practice his moves on.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Day 28 31 for 21 2013

Riley had a pretty good day at school. Rex didn't have practice so the boys had some time on the trampoline before hitting the books. Those are Riley's best days when he gets his brother time. It makes the entire evening smoother.  Homework went fast tonight so there was time for an extra long bath with all his toys. Those tired eyes told me it was early to bed for the Ri man. Sound asleep by 7:15 is a perfect way to end the day and hopefully a good start to tomorrow. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Day 27 31 for 21 2013

Riley has been on a roll this weekend with his one liners.  He was all ready for church to be over this morning so he could get to the donuts and as not impressed when Father started in on a final prayer.  Riley gives this huge sigh and says GEEZ AGAIN!   

Sundays this fall have been consumed with Rex's football. This Sunday the kids played the Championship game against their biggest rivals, Cataldo. 

Riley was pretty sure it was time he join the team. 

The boys played a hard game but it didn't go the way they wanted.  2nd place is nothing to complain about but it's always hard to lose.  

The boys had a great season and learned tons. They have a great group of dads that volunteer to coach. They have taught the boys the fundamentals of football, how to play safely and most importantly they are great role models of sportsmanship.

No time to be bummed that football season is over since wrestling starts Tuesday. 

The pediatrician recommended that Riley not wrestle so even though the little guys can he wont be.  Coach invited him to come work out though so we will see how excited he is Tuesday when he gets to do warm ups with Rex.  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 26 31 for 21 2013

Riley provides us lots of laughs.  Today we had a quiet day at home so I didn't think much of him being in the other room playing. He came running into the living room calling for me. I discover had stripped down to his underwear and some how found my pink sports bra. He had managed to pull it on in a side ways kinda way that made it very similar to Rex's wrestling singlet minus the shorts. He was so proud of himself and then immediately concerned because I was laughing so hard. 

Sadly no pictures were taken before he removed it. Oh that was a much needed laugh. Too bad you all weren't here to enjoy it but I'm sure you can paint a lovely picture. Oh I forgot one little detail the undies are inside out -  that makes it even better doesn't it. 

He then followed that escapade with the magicians cape over the inside out undies complete with hat and wand. 

Oh how I love days we get to stay home and relax. 

I don't have a picture of today but these escapades are pretty common in our world so here's a picture  from October 2011. He was testing out his Woody costume for Halloween. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Day 25 31 for 21 2013

Riley had a much improved day.  He had a good report from school and worked hard at speech.  I'm running out of words as we move into the last week of the challenge. So tonight we go back to sweet Riley... He couldn't walk or talk yet in any of these photos. Justin and I joke that we have spent a lot if time, effort and money on this boy to give him the tools to be a very sassy boy. We should have skipped all that therapy and gone some where tropical to sip drinks on the beach. Instead we are growing our very own Hurricane Riley!!!

Fresh from the NICU 2 weeks old

1st Birthday