So, normally on the blog we talk about what we're up to, and we occasionally mix in some pictures of the boys or something, but I thought today we'd show you what they've been up to lately. Mostly because that's all we seem to have pictures of this month, since the lovely Bobbie and I have pretty much been doing straight language study and not much else.
Earlier that night we let the boys light off a sparkler. Well, I should say "boy," because Matthew was having nothing to do with letting something burn in his hand. He's too bright to think that's anything but a bad idea!
Matthew showing off the muscles that he gets every time he takes a bite of broccoli. We've managed to teach the boys that eating green food makes them "strong," and they think it takes an instant effect and have to show us their bulging muscles every time they take a bite of vegetable.
On the other side of the healthy/non-healthy spectrum, we had a taffy pull. It was mostly a test, to see if we could do it with some of our friends sometime, but the boys loved it. Matthew gave up after a few pulls, so we had to help him out some, but Steven did really well. We let them choose which color and flavor they would put into their taffy, which was a big hit. Steven's was red and vanilla; Matthew went for blue and mint.
Grandpa and Grandma in the States sent us some money for Steven's birthday a few months back, and we saved it until a really cold day. On Saturday we took the boys out to the indoor pay-per-play playground, which has an area like a McDonald's playplace that kids can play in. They had a fun half-hour running around (during which we forgot to take out the camera), and then we went out for pizza.
Seriously, Daddy, it was fun, but please put the camera away now. I've had enough pizza and now I'm tired:
In other big news, the other set of grandparents sent a hammock, all the way from Bolivia! It's like a slice of home, right in our living room. The boys LOVE it, of course, and so do I. I like to pull out the e-reader I got for Christmas and just lay in it, reading. Could anything be better than unlimited books and a hammock? If only I had unlimited time ...
It was quite tricky to figure out a way to hang a hammock in concrete walls, but I had a handyman here putting in a new lock in our metal door, and I asked him what he thought. He disagreed with my idea of a brace drilled through the wall, which I admit was overly complicated, and came up with a solution I never would have thought of (but which is totally brilliant).