Daily Archives: May 27, 2009

It’s Summertime!

It’s officially summertime as the baby pool and water balloons have become a staple in the Gentrified backyard. A water fight usually results and Calvin so far has been completely unphased by his brother’s insistence on soaking him first. It’s a blast and we will be spending a ton of time at the neighborhood pool with all the local Wells Branchites.

This should be a fun-filled and action packed summer. We get to welcome a new addition to the Engstrom family, my Aunt Gladys is moving to the Austin area from Kansas (she was dying for those 100-degree June-August days), Calvin turns 1, we’ll be traveling to visit family and friends in Houston, Amber and I will vacation without the boys to Boston and New York City in July. It should be an awesome summer.

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a blog, so here’s brief update on the boys.

What is Eli up to?

Eli is almost potty trained, he only wears a diaper for going to sleep at night, and he’s been pretty awesome. After a lot of trial and error, we figured he wouldn’t always tell us, so we make it a point to take him to the restroom about once an hour until he gets into the habit himself. He’s very proud of his underwear (as you can see in the picture), even though he’s almost too skinny for them to stay on.


He’ll be 3 in 3 months, which is insane for me to think about it. We’re going to try and put him in swim lessons this summer and he’ll also start a couple of days of school this fall.

He has a few OCD tendencies as he insists on getting certain things done or certain things in specific places before he can move on to anything else. He’s a great talker, tries his best to sing and loves to flirt with the ladies (I don’t know who he got that from…probably Amber’s side…)

What is Calvin up to?

Calvin is 11 months now. He’s walking and trying to talk/sing like his brother. He says phrases like “No way!”, “That way!”, “Mommy”, & “Dada”. He’s trying to learn animal sounds, but apparently believes every animal makes the same noise. The lion roars and so does the cow…

He continues to eat everything he can find, but lately has become more particular about the food he eats for lunch and dinner. Not sure how you can eat sand and then be particular about real food, but to each his own.


He hates taking a bath without his brother; he gets completely mad about it until Eli joins him and begins tormenting him by showering him with as much water as possible.

I’m hoping to post some videos of the boys and the family soon.


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