Thursday, October 04, 2007

Fall is upon us!

Today marks another milestone for our family as Chris turns the big 2-7. 30 is fast approaching, but we're still foot-loose and fancy-free, well maybe not quite. The 1 1/2 mo. since we've been home from vacation has flown by. Although we seem to say that a lot. We've been busy with work, Chris' masters, and the everyday challenge of raising our two boys.

Two weeks ago we had Clayton baptized (see the pics). It was so neat to be able to share that with our family here. Of course we missed our real family, but Clayton was baptized in our family baptismal gown, so it was like having a piece of all of them here. Garrett came up with us to watch Clayton's baptism, and while Pastor Rob showed Clayton to the congregation Garrett asked if he could be baptized, Chris said he already was when he was a baby and asked if he remembered. He replied "mees", that's his word for please and yes. Clayton continues to grow and is now laughing, especially at his big brother who likes to talk to him in "baby talk" as if Garrett speaks so clearly!

Garrett learns a new word every day, his favorites are "Beh-eh" for Aunt Becky, "Zoe" and "Isaac" his friends, "Muh-ah" for Curious George (the monkey), and newly learned phrase of the day - "kick butt" which he learned when he heard Chris say "kick his butt" while on the phone. Oops! He still loves "Baby" or "Daytoh" as he has started to call Clayton and tries to entertain him and share with him all the time. Chris and I say often "Clayton can't eat that, he doesn't have any teeth." To which Garrett replies "no, baby, no".

Chris is enjoying his Masters course, School Law. Sounds fun, eh? Its a lot of reading, but not much other work. He is moving into a new classroom in November when our new gym is completed. There are a few classrooms in the new building and Chris' reputation as a techy and "responsible" lead his principal to ask if he was interested in the new classroom. It's gonna be sweet! It will even have a smart board (a permanent board with a projector that shows images from the computer, which can be drawn on and then those drawings, writings, etc, go to the computer and can be saved)! That will be great in a math classroom! He ran a 5K this weekend and came in 3rd! It was a tough course, but for not having run a race in a while we were pretty proud of him. Nikki is staying busy with the boys, the Calvin students, and the After School Program. She's also been doing home-buying research as we consider buying a home here in Rehoboth. We feel a little overwhelmed with the idea of purchasing a home, but we know that our apartment will soon be too small for two rowdy boys.