Friday, May 23, 2014

These Two...

Can be trouble!
Big trouble!

Luke was so excited to have a brother his age…
And then Joey came home 
and well...
 Luke wasn't so excited after all!

It's taken a bit of time for our two original boys
Sam and Luke
to like,
play with,
even acknowledge,
their two new brothers.

Ben and Joey didn't even seem to notice.
They just went on their merry way getting to know the family and figuring stuff out.
With Joey there have been more twists and turns- nothing bad, just that he had further to go.
(that's another post ;-)

(they giggled as they made funny faces together)

Joey and Ben have been home for 6 months now!
The change came around the 4 month marker.
All the boys seemed to have bonded.

Their room is loud at night just like the big girls room and the little girls room!
They chat away until their Momma tells them no more talking, it's time to sleep.

I'm sure you won't find this hard to believe BUT
they both learned to ride a two wheel bike on the 

There may be a little competition going on here, huh?

We are surprised and happy that they are supportive and loving toward each other now.

But they keep a close eye on each other and never let the other out do them!

Such as 
if Luke says "I love you Mommy" 
Joey will be saying it within 30 seconds ;-)

If Joey comes in for a hug
Luke will be seconds behind him, also asking for a hug.

So far the competition has remained fairly healthy.
Plus they seem to be getting closer and playing better together.

Don't tell Joey he has a girl bike helmet on- we'll get him a boy helmet as soon as we can ;-)

Ben is so excited to have his own bike!
He has a goal now of getting his training wheels off and riding like the other three boys!!

I really think he will be able to do it!

Lately, these two(Luke and Joey) have been quite sneaky…

One will say
"He hit me."
The look on his face will be of pure innocence.
It seems to be completely believable.
And just as I am about to scold the aggressor
the other children say
"No he didn't." 
he wasn't even near him, he was with me…
and they both do it to the other one without an ounce of guilt.


 I never know which one to believe.

We are trying creative ways to stop this but they are sneaky and they are very smart.
Sometimes we ignore it as long as no one is visibly hurt.
One time hubby answered with a "good".
The tattler was completely bummed.
Evidently he was mad about something and thought this was a good way to get back at his brother.

Hoping this stage is short lived for "these two"!


Julie said...

They sure are cute! I have an idea but I have no idea if it would work. Hassle chores: You take a sheet of paper and write a list of chores that they do not like to do and that you may not normally make them do. Cut the list into strips and put the strips into a jar. When they tattle and the other children verify it is an untruth, they have to choose a "hassle chore" for hassling their brother and for lying.

Sarah said...

Oh my! They are cute, though!

Andrea O. said...

Good evening! I was given your blog link by a dear friend who found her son through your advocacy on your blog. Her son and mine lived together in the same CWI in Hangzhou. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family! We have six children, one through birth and five treasures from China, and I love nothing more than to be inspired by others on a similar journey!