Saturday, February 4, 2012

An Hour A Day Keeps The Fighting Away

 We tried to stay close to home this last week as Eli battled the cough, cold, low fever combo once again. With Luke out of school and Andy in half-day preschool, I think our quality time together was maxed out. We ventured outside in the late afternoons to enjoy the spring-like weather. Something about being outside takes the sibling rivalry down a notch or two. For at least 15 minutes. Luke started his second season of Upward basketball and he enjoys practicing his dribbling and taking a few shots.
 I have looked forward to playing basketball with our boys as they get bigger. He isn't quite ready for HORSE or a pick up game yet, but it is fun to see him taking an interest. Luke has requested a couple of playdates and attended a few birthday parties during his break from school, but mostly he enjoys being at home. We are thankful. I'm sure these days are fleeting.
Classic Andy. Climbing a tree. He loves to stand up there and tell me how he can see the ocean, the top of our roof, a race track...a wild imagination at work. At least he can't fight with anybody when he is wedged in a tree. 
This picture has nothing to do with playing outside but everything to do with irritating one's sibling. Luke has thoroughly enjoyed playing Battleship lately. He prefers to play with Steve but will settle for Andy or me on occasion. Often fastidious about his stuff, he usually picks up the game and puts it on a high shelf. He must have abandoned the game in a moment of carelessness. I think he was late for basketball. Anyway, as soon as Luke was gone, Eli scurried over to the chair, climbed up and started 'playing'. He filled all the holes with pegs and didn't pay any attention to the ships but he was quite proud of himself. Of course when Luke came home he was totally annoyed and I think Eli probably took great delight in watching him scowl. Oh, brotherly love.

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