Monday, August 18, 2014

Justus @ 2 years, 7 months

We have this conversation a lot:
Jana to Justus: "Guess what!?"
Justus: "Daddy's home."
Jana: "Oh, no, sorry bud. I just wanted to say, I love you!"

- When he smiled really big: "My cheeks are smiling."
- Pastor Dan, our neighbor across the street, was walking to church on a Sunday morning and JD says to a barking Parson: "Doggie! It's the neighbor! It's the neighbor, doggie!"
- I told JD that Bryce was on his way home from work and I heard him a little later chanting to the dog: "Doggie, he's on the way! Doggie, he's on the way! He's on the way!"
- Bryce was hugging me in the kitchen. JD was making a face at us. Bryce, being silly, said, "Hugs are yummy." Without missing a beat, JD said, "Hugs are not yummy. Oatmeal is yummy."

JD and Parson are best friends (and also worst enemies). Usually once a day Justus will clean the gunk out of the dog's eyes. He calls it "tears" and gets a tissue and cleans him up. Also, he will fix the dog's feet when the dog is sitting with his paws bent. (JD does this because I tell JD often to "fix his feet" or to "sit right" since he sits with his feet splayed out--and therefore the doggie must sit right too.)

From earlier in the summer: when we had hot days in June, I would fill up the small water table and JD played in it for an hour or two in the afternoon. On one particularly hot day, I was inside for a bit and came back outside to a little boy sitting in the water with a huge grin on his face. Even with freezing cold water. He loved it!

This little dude will eat anything....and I mean anything. The other night he had exactly what we were having for dinner: lettuce with teriyaki chicken and a bunch of veggies: cucumber, carrots, mushrooms and green pepper. But oatmeal is his favorite (as noted above). And grapes and blueberries and pineapple and yogurt and cottage cheese....he likes food. Yet he's not a very fast or focused eater. Sometimes it takes me an hour just to get lunch in him.

* JD loves slides.
* In early July, he decided to start getting up around 6-6:30am instead of his usual 7-8am. Boo. This mama was not very happy with that at first but we are getting into a new routine now.
* Twice now Justus has locked me out of the house: he locks the door handle lock on the breezeway door when we step out to take the trash to the garage. The first time Silas was upstairs napping! Good thing our bedroom window was unlocked: I bent in the screen and was able to climb in--crisis averted.
* Bryce taught Justus to say "ahhhhh!" and "eeeeee!" when we brush his teeth. Makes it so much easier.
* Lately JD has started pretending and I just love it! Last week he played with a teddy bear all afternoon: tucking it in for a nap, sending it down the slide, swinging it, carrying it around tucked under his arm. So sweet!
* He has a love/hate relationship with bugs. Loves to find them but then proceeds to yell: "it's going to get me!"
* Justus has spent most of the summer in a mohawk-of-sorts--not super noticeable but fun nonetheless. Thank you to Bryce for the fun hair.
* Also from earlier this year: he wore socks up until July, refused to go to sleep without socks on, even when it was super hot in his room. Silly boy.
* Lately he's started having cute little conversations with the dog: "Doggie, you want to go outside? Yeah? Okay."

Some of the pictures below are from our week-long visit to Fort Wayne in July--spent with my sister Jessica and her family. 1 week with 4 adults (and 3 more in-and-out) and 5 kids under age four. Oh yes. It was crazy but fun times with family!

It's been a fun summer with our little man. His little grin gets to me every time.

Fun afternoon with all of the Langebartels cousins.

Visit with Granma Eberly.

Sitting in the water table with a big grin (and fully clothed).

Hogging the camera.

Oh that grin.

At the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo with Uncle Jordan.

Riding with cousin Malachi at the zoo.

Four Eberly cousins (just missing Silas) at the splash pad.

Playing in the pool with Uncle Grant.

Fast asleep after a family reunion in Cincinnati--
no nap and 3 hours of swimming wore him out!

Kayaking with Dad for the first time.

My boys.

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