"Today you are two, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is two-er than you."
At least, that's pretty close to what Dr. Seuess said right?
This statement definitely fits Caleb these days. He is good at being two.
Lately his favorite game is, "Mom....Mom...Mama...Mommy....Mom" And it doesn't matter how I respond to him, he seems like he can't think of anything else to say so he starts over again. Thank heavens for Grandmas who think that it's really cute to hear a grandchild say, "Grandma....Grandma...Grandma" because sometimes Mom just needs to hear a different word for a while.
I've been trying to teach Caleb what to say when people ask him his name. For a while he would say, "Caleb's name!" But this week we found his scrapbook and that has been the story he has wanted to read at bedtime and nap time. The first page has his full name so we always start the "story" with that. So now he tries to say his whole name when you ask him. Everything from "Thomas Robbins" to "CalebSamThomas Robbins" (not sure why he thinks Sam should be in his name at) and everything in between. He also thinks Emmett's middle name is Thomas too. At least he's finally getting that we all have the same last name. Though I'm not sure anyone who doesn't know him well will be able to figure out what he's saying...I guess I better be extra careful that he doesn't run off in the near future.
The other day Sam and Caleb went to the store for me. After seeing Dad get a list Caleb wanted one too. So I made him a list:
Not only did he return home with the list still in his hand, he apparently spent the whole time he was gone saying, "Mom. Thank you. List. Thank you. Mom. List." What a sweet boy. He totally made my day with that.
He absolutely loves being the big brother and makes sure that Emmett is always doing ok. A new phrase for him is "What's wrong, baby?" It's so cute when he asks - like at the end of this video.
This is Caleb "ready...go...work" (ready to go to work)
And playing with the mailbox he got for Christmas from Grandma. Yes, it comes with little letters - but the cars are usually what you can find in the mailbox.
Caleb playing dress up
And Caleb's "pants on the ground" picture
Caleb loving his new hat from Sea World
Caleb giving Emmett a horsey ride
Emmett at 6 weeks old (I got told on this day that I better always dress him in blue because he could pass for a little girl because he is so gorgeous.)
And of course, Emmett's newest trick is smiling. We didn't catch it on camera until last week even though he's been smiling a little more every day. It's hard not to feel like all is right in my world when I see this little smile.
We had so much fun on Christmas Eve this year. I think part of the fun for me was the Caleb was old enough to enjoy a lot of things he hadn't really gotten the hang of last year.
We started our celebrations by attending the tree lighting at the house of some ward members.
They had hot chocolate and donuts for everyone
And we got to see people we love
And people who are crazy and wear shorts in December
And then we got to watch the tree lighting
Yes, that's right - this is no "turn on the Christmas lights" tree lighting...
It is just what it looks like - take a real tree and light it on fire on Christmas Eve and invited all your kids, grandkids, and the whole ward...It is one of the most unique Christmas traditions I've ever seen. But it is so much fun. I was very sad to hear this was the last year they are planning to do this.
After the tree lighting we went home and had dinner and then got the boys ready in their Christmas jammies to go for a long drive to see Christmas lights.
Caleb wasn't much interested in the lights last year, but he loved seeing them this year. He would holler out "Cwrismas lights!" and sometimes he'd have to mention every color he saw too. We were so thrilled that he fell asleep while we were driving around...it was his second day in a row without a nap and we didn't want to have to fight him at bedtime.
In our ward area there are a lot of people who set out luminaries for Christmas Eve. It is such a neat tradition and it looks SO neat to see them all while you're driving down the street.
When we first got home from the tree lighting Caleb looked at our tree with huge eyes and said, "Cwrismas tree - no fire! No more fire!!!" He talked about it for days. I hadn't even thought that a 2 year old might be traumatized by the sight of a Christmas tree on fire...note to self - next time don't call it a Christmas tree.
It was tricky to get a good picture of our tree as the trailer isn't very wide - but we did manage to get a few pictures.