Thursday, August 23, 2012

Genetically Identical- but Their Own People

It always amazes me to watch the boys develop their own unique personalities.  They came from the same exact genetic makeup, but are completely different people. 

G-Man takes risks.  He is bold and a bit fearless.  E-Dude is MUCH more cautious.  You can almost see him evaluating his options and make a decision. 

I love watching them in new situations to see what they will do.  One of their little friends had a party at a local 'water park.' There were water slides, a lazy river, and a kid area designed for smaller little ones.  E-Dude initially clung to me like a spider monkey, and wouldn't get down until he saw his brother splashing in the water.  E-Dude found a rope ladder and began climbing up a structure that housed 2 slides and some splashing areas. 

Once up there, G-Man took charge and shot down the smaller of the two slides, with E-Dude right behind.  Then came the challenge.  A bigger slide with a turn and rushing water.  E-Dude went down fist and came out of the half tube in tears.  G-Man came down with giant laughs and rushed to do it again.

Over and over they would both run up and G-Man would slide down, leaving E-Dude to happily splash about.  G-Man got even more brave and practiced his kicking and scooping trying to swim.  E-Dude enjoyed practicing his kicks, but spent quite a bit of time snuggled up with mom or dad.

How I love watching them become the people God has created them to be. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Imagination

The boys have gotten so funny as of late.  They are really taking advantage of their imaginations and running with it.  Most of it has to do with cardboard boxes.

Seriously.  Tons of toys all over this house, and we are deeply involved with cardboard boxes.  The box which once cased a tower fan became a vacuum cleaner or a slide depending on which munchkin was in control of the cardboard at the time.  It only lasted a few days before it was ripped to pieces.

Then my very thoughtful in-laws bought the boys a very cool cardboard castle toy. It is about 4 feet tall and decorated like a tower with a knight on the outside and cut-outs for doors and windows.  For days the boys have run in and out of that thing and had a blast. 

As expected, the inevitable occurred.  The Tasmanian Devil's broke the box.  I did some initial repairs with duct tape, but that was no match for the two year olds.  Ultimately, it toppled, as towers do, to one side.  Then the real fun began.  For a day or so it was a 'fire truck.'  The boys crawled into it pretending to drive.  E-Dude grabbed the circular top off of his toy drum to use as a steering wheel, and they would both make driving noises.

Then it collapsed completely, ending up in a flat pile on the carpet.  Where it has become a pool.  Between a Fresh Beats episode and Olympic Diving, the boys have been obsessed with jumping into their 'pool' and making a "big splash!"

Boxes.

I can't believe it.

All these fancy toys and gadgets we feel we just need to have and my boys are having the most wonderful time with cardboard boxes.

How much money would I have saved if I had known ?