Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lots of Pics and Vids

OK, it's been a BUSY couple weeks!! We had a birthday party, Thanksgiving, and put up the Christmas tree.

Starting with the Birthday:
From aunt Kathy, Josh got a trucks book that comes with a dry erase marker. He loves it and plays with it constantly. Of course, we had to draw on our self at least once!

Having lunch with the cousins at his party

Alex lending a helping hand with the presents - that's what friends are for.


And what else - TRUCKS!

Josh is REALLY getting into the Christmas spirit this year. He's ready for Santa and lights and music and decorations and PRESENTS. He was really excited to decorate the tree on the day after Thanksgiving. He wanted to do everything himself. Santa always brings Matt the Hallmark fire engine ornament each year and they are placed up on the mantle. Nobody could do ANYTHING until Josh got those out, visually inspected them, and placed them on the mantle himself.



I think Josh is trying to tell us he is a gift in this picture but I just think somebody is getting a big, smelly present wrapped up this year.


Another stopping point we had involved the camper ornament we have. That camper could NOT go on the tree without a truck pulling it. We all had to stop while Matt tied up one of Josh's Hot Wheels cars to look like it was towing the camper.


Another of Josh's favorites is those singing snowman thingies that Hallmark has each year. He likes to line them up and start them all up at once. After about half an hour, it's hard to take anymore.


Yesterday, Jen and Josh made some ornaments out of applesauce, glue, cinnamon, and other stuff.





And the finished product:


Some Videos:

There is one particular ornament that when Matt was a kid, the only way to put it on the tree was to stand back and toss it onto it. Where it landed is where it stayed. Here's Josh learning the ropes.

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Here's josh admiring his idea of the camper being towed by his Hot Wheels truck

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Finally, the Jingle Bell Rock Show!
Written by and starring Josh Partain.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Family Pictures 2009

Well, the business of birthdays, prepping for the holidays, and family picture time is upon us. All of Josh's China friends, as he calls them, are celebrating their birthdays over the next two months, as well as, Josh and I. For my birthday my parents, Matt's parents and the three of us went out to dinner. That's a perfect birthday for me. Josh is having a small, but growing ever bigger, birthday party on his birthday, which also happens to be National Adoption Day. Perfect huh?

Josh has also started a new library time at the Greenwood Library. I like it very much. They teach the kids shapes, colors, counting, letters, and of course they read books. Also, there is a craft to go along with each class. Today's letter was "F" for fall. Josh colored a tree and then glues leaves made of puzzle pieces on. It turned out very cute.


One of Josh's favorite things to do is "help" Dad finish mowing the yard. He loves to drive the mower.

Since Josh likes music so much, I thought it would be fun to take him to the Bands of America competition at Lucas Oil. So on Friday before I went to work we made our way downtown. At first he wasn't too interested, but when the larger marching bands came out he liked those. I enjoyed the bands very much.

The marching band was from Texas and they were really good.

Mom and Josh at Bands of America

Family Picture Time!!!! We are trying to mark the passage of Josh's birthdays with family pictures. Josh was adorable as ever!

The Fame!


Mr GQ!!!

I need more cars!!
We'll post pictures of Josh's B-day party next weekend.
M, J and J





Sunday, November 01, 2009

A Spooktacular Halloween!!

It's finally time to reveal what Josh's costume was for Halloween, but first a few cute pictures from the past week.

For some reason Josh decided that this was where he wanted to eat his snack. I'm sure he was mad at me for some reason or another.

The next series of pictures was from when Josh and I went to play in the leaves.




Nothing is more fun then jumping into a huge pile of leaves!

Run, Run!
Finally, the Halloween Costume: Josh was a BULLDOZER!




Halloween was so much fun this year because finally understood that if he said "Trick or Treat" that he would get candy. He couldn't get to the next house fast enough. Plus, Josh also figured out that he could "bulldoze" people. He got such a kick out of bumping into people with his bulldozer.
Three weeks from today our little man turn 3! The party planning has already begun.
M, J and J