Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bring it on 2012!

As quick as the Christmas season came this year, it is already over and we are about to ring in the New Year! Well, at least those who stay up for that sort of thing :) Us? Nope, we're sitting in front of the Virginia vs. Auburn bowl game while a fire is burning in the fireplace and the kids are asleep upstairs. I wouldn't want to be any other place.
Christmas was full of excitement this year. The kids could barely contain themselves on Christmas morning and Cole's expression was priceless when he finally figured out that the plain cardboard box actually held the DS that he had asked Santa for. He hasn't put it down since, unless you count watching someone else play it, a tactic to gain more Mario cart players or courses to play! Brooks is bouncing around from toy to toy and the Elmo Live thinga-ma-jig held his attention for a minute. Oh well...some things ya get right, others ya don't! Overall, it was a fabulous Christmas with family gathering at our house for a meal. Our food was yummy and plentiful and we had seating for just about everyone, which was awesome to me! The only things that could have made it even better is if Nanny had been with us too :) Round 2 of visitors and Christmas brought Grammie and Shane the day after Christmas. We had a lot of fun opening presents, watching U-tube videos together and playing skeeball at Chuck-E-Cheese! Its so fun to let go and be a kid sometimes. Dave, Amy and the kids came for a visit a little later in the week. We took all the kids to one of our favorite parks and we also went to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly for the first time. Pretty neat stuff...but a very tired crew!
I'd say we had a pretty good Holiday season and an overall great year. I feel truly blessed to belong to such a wonderful family and to have such great friends in my life. The hardest part of the year was saying "good-bye" to my Big little man as he entered into Kindergarten. No longer was he all mine, I suddenly had to share him with others. Of course I know this is just the way things go, but I miss him just the same.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cookies, Candy and Gingerbread...oh my!

The holidays are upon us and our annual gingerbread house decorating party was a success. Cole is anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival and is still excited about Jingle's location each morning. That little elf hides in the silliest places. Today he was perched above the table in the chandelier so that he could see all the decorating going on. It was wonderful to have friends and family together to do something fun and I hope it continues as a yearly tradition.
Most of our daily activities lately have been in preparation for the holiday in some way. Shopping, cookie making and decorating are a few of the things we have been doing. I helped at cole's school last week during their gingerbread man making party. They are learning about gingerbread men at school and several variations on the story. They made big gingerbread men from paper and hung them in the halls at school. Each day a few sneak into the classroom! Such a cute idea.
Cole and brooks visited Santa on Friday and both were agreeable to getting their picture taken. Cole told Santa he wanted a DS for Christmas and Santa nodded in agreement. I sure hope he plans on getting him one because Cole was pretty sure that his nodding meant yes!

Sunday, December 04, 2011


I've been very busy lately of all things, making hair bows! My first ever craft fair was this past weekend and I am thankful for it to be over so that we can enjoy the entire holiday season. We made our countdown paper chain last week and Jingles, the elf, showed up. This weekend we decked the halls, both inside and out, and had lots of fun doing it. Brooks loved decorating the tree and loves the entire season. The big item on his wishlist this year is a Ds. We'll see if Santa brings one ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It's been nearly a month since my last post and its not so much that I haven't had the time (or thought about) writing on the blog, I just plain ole' have been enjoying life with my boys. It is Thanksgiving Day and I am sitting in Grandma and Pap's living room, while the boys watch the Macy's Day Parade, A tradition that I cherish. Brooks exploded as the Sesame Street, Elmo specifically, float appeared on the screen and Cole was amazed at how the Rockettes could swing their legs in unison! It's the little things I am so thankful for this year. New words Brooks is speaking, Cole reading his first book (wow!), home improvements coming together to make our home truly OURS, and the not so little things too...amazing friends, a loving family, and all the blessings one could ever ask for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

the entire gang went a trick-or-treatin this year. We pulled the boys along in the wagon and headed for busier streets (because ours is a cul-de-sac and NO ONE trick-or-treats on it). It was pretty fun but I still long for the busy, festive streets of our old neighborhood in Del Ray. Wow that was fun...spooky music, people hanging out on porches, and lots and lots of kids in costume. I do think this is the best costume year we've had yet. I loved Brooksy's costume so much he wore it all day! Cole looked incredibly cute at Peter Pan~ I so wish he could have worn it to school. Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Boy

Sweet, Intelligent and Independent...those are the words that best describe Brooks at age 2. You don't mind playing on your own, but definitely prefer to play with your big brother. We went to Chik-fila for your birthday tonight where you climbed to the top, with Cole's help, of a gigantic play structure. I was concerned you'd get up there and change your mind, you looked down and laughed and kept going up, up, up! What a big boy you've become. You are a pro at blowing out candles and you have new words daily. "Emmy" was your new word on Monday ....Sunday's was "tackle" (as you tackled Cole!). Tuesdays word was "apple" and I think you were asking for "tea" at dinner tonight. I also loved the squeal of absolute glee when I asked if you wanted a milkshake after dinner. My favorite birthday gift you received were the coolest high top Converse sneakers ever....yours, well that is to be determined but a sock monkey that Pap and Susan got you is becoming a quick favorite.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Top 5 Things I've learned about far

1. Your child is not yours least not between the hours of 8:30 and 3:20. School policies strictly forbid anyone from being in the school,other than the main lobby, during school hours. Try it and you will pay dearly! Seriously, I have been to Cole's classroom 2x now~ once at orientation and the second time for back to school night. Yes you can volunteer but it must be planned and they practically have to do a background check!

2. You will have more homework and stress about homework than you've ever had in all the years of your own education (all 20 years of it!). Seriously, while as an adult this may sound easy, try learning (or teaching) your five year-old his phone number, address, how to spell and write his full name, the concept of capital and lower case letters, how to stroke letters properly (for those who don't speak teacher talk~ that is how to write a letter in normal language~ all in the first 3 weeks of school. Seriously, it's enough to give me gray hair (I mean more gray hair!)

3. Teachers and parents speak a different language...and there are no interpreters. Stroking, stretching? Sounds like an aerobic activity (and a pornographic one) to me! Little did I know, they have everything to do with teaching your 5 year-old how to read and write.

4. No one, and I mean no one, is exempt from raising money for the school. Nope...not even kindergarteners. Got our first fund raiser today...yeah!

5. There is no grace period. From day one as the parent of a school-aged child, you are expected to know all school lingo, abbreviations, rules, etc. I attended a meeting on Monday regarding becoming a room parent (I'm having a real hard time with the detachment thing....I want my child back!) and there were more acronyms used in the hour long meeting than I have heard in a long time!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Do-It Yourselfers

So every once in a while I have to hijack the blog to write about plain ole' life. So here we are....deep in the midst of yet another home project. Sometimes I have to ask myself, how did we get here? Again! You see, we seem to have some kind of illness that requires us to be working on something in whichever house we are calling home at the moment. The amazing thing is that as we are in the middle of a project, we vow never to do another big project again...and guessed it, we do! Before we had kids, we would spend our weekends ripping apart kitchens, redoing plumbing, drywall and dabbling in electrical work. You'd think we would have gotten it out of our system. When we bought this house, it was perfectly fine! Not a thing needed fixed or replaced...unless we wanted to. So the first project was a few cabinets in the family room...we had to get the TV off the ground and up on a wall (yes we hired this one out but there was still plenty in this project for us to do!). Next came the kitchen ~ new cabinets, counters and sink. Now its on to the floors, a project that, as always, proves to be harder than we initially thought. Wish us luck or we might kill each other before its all over!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Job well done

The first week of school is over and that meant it was party time! Cole and Emory had the honor of being the flower girl and ring bearer in Justin and Emily's wedding held in Virginia Beach over the weekend (on 9.10.11!). We had planned to leave Thursday evening but the torrential rains (did NOT stop raining for an entire week with 7 inches of rain on Thursday alone!) left flooded roads and heinous traffic so our departure was delayed until Friday morning. The wedding was a blast. We danced to our heart's content while Brooks was in dream land at Scott and Allison's house. Emily was a beautiful bride. Justin was a handsome groom in his black tux with white suspenders and vest. The venue was the Virginia Aquarium and it was way cool to be able to visit the shark tank without a crowd around.

Upon our return home it was back to the groove of things with the first full week of school. We are midway through the week and Brooks and I are finally finding a new groove. I think the trick is to keep ourselves busy :) Cole's teacher, Mrs. Sheaffer has mentioned to me at pick up time that Cole is very well behaved in her class and if he were her child, she would miss him all day (all of this unprompted, she must see the sorrow on my face!). She also commented today that he is an "old soul". So odd since our nickname for him has been Little Man from the time he was a baby.

That's all for now, it's late....

Monday, September 05, 2011

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Kindergarten, here I come!
I know I'll have lots of fun.
Lots of things to make and do,
Reading, writing, counting, too.
Kindergarten, here I come!
I know I'll have lots of fun.

The day I have looked forward to and dreaded all at the same time is finally here. In the middle of the summer, when you and your brother had me at whit's end, I had to remind myself that these were our last weeks together and very soon you'd be off to school and Brooks and I would be wondering what to do with each other. Oh how we are going to miss you!

You are so excited to start school. I don't even think you'll cry tomorrow when Daddy, Brooks and I walk you to the front door. You'll be armed with your backpack and your lunchbox. Mommy packed you a PB&J cut into a dinosaur shape....I hope you like it. At orientation you met your teachers and said they were both nice. You explored your classroom with lots of anticipation and acted as if all that was new was going to be a breeze. You were timid to introduce yourself to any of your classmates but that will come with time.

I'm proud of you buddy! I'm proud of your confidence. I'm proud of how brave you are to be starting this new, big experience. I'm happy that you are excited. I'm sad to be parting with our past routines. I will miss hanging out with you on the couch in the morning watching cartoons. I will miss my personal shopper during our excursions to Target. I will miss taking you the the park. Alas, I know we will have new routines, better routines. Just remember as you begin this new adventure~ Mommy loves you and oh by the way, I am perfectly fine with your idea from dinner today. You had the biggest smile on your face as you announced that you are moving back home after you finish college. You are always welcome even if Daddy says he is changing the locks!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

22 months

At 22 months old littlest man is the entertainer in our family. You told daddy to "go" (while pointing your finger to your door) tonight as he was pestering you at night-night time. You are also extremely possessive of me. When daddy tries to hug me you come running. When you reach me, you throw your arms around me and say "mine". Cole, Daddy and I hang on your every word (come on they are SO cute!). You are independent and accident-proned. As one bruise heals, another takes its place in the exact same spot. You are one tough cookie. I removed a splinter from the palm of your hand tonight and you simply stared in interest at the pair of tweezers. You love your kitty and your assortment of loveys. You pile them all into your shopping cart and push them around the house. You cover them with a blanket and tell them "night-night"! You jump from the side of the pool with no fear and handle being dunked like a champ. All of that being are growing up way too fast. Slow down little man, mommy wants you to be my baby forever.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


We are finally into the month of August and I can say that the entire month of July was a blur of activity. The highlight of our month was our trip to Denver, Colorado with the boys. We spent 9 wonderful days exploring the City and its surroundings including a trip up Pike's Peak and a day of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. While visiting Denver our friends, Gabe and Karen (and their sons Colin and Cameron), allowed us to crash the apartment above their garage. It really was the perfect scenario. They lived in a neat planned community called Stapleton that had amazing pools and parks (and architecture!). The boys were in love with the park particularly. Highlights of our trip~

A day in Boulder, CO where we strolled the Pearl Street Mall and had a picnic on the grass. We also saw an absolutely weird street performer put his entire body through a toilet seat!

Altitude sickness at 14K feet! Poor Cole couldn't keep his lunch down when we got to the top of Pike's Peak....or halfway back down. Poor guy :( On the way down, we also got to mine a bag of dirt in search of hidden gems (and gold!).

Crazy white water...everywhere! Every stream, river or trickle of water seemed to have crazy rapids along its length at some point. Although hard to pick a favorite, the stretch of River close to the flagship REI near Downtown Denver was pretty darn cool! There was a large group of kids with inner tubes going down the rapids over and over. Such fun!

Searching for critters and waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. I knew one of the highlights of our trip would be the Nat'l Park, it was one of the main reasons we headed to Colorado! Cole has had a passion about National Parks since we watched a DVD about Yellowstone. The Elk, marmots (groundhog like critters) and deer were really cool. We traveled up the Trail Ridge Road to a Visitor's Center and then back down to hike around Bear Lake and then on to a waterfall. One thing is for sure, our hiking days are just beginning. Both of the boys had a great time, even if Brooks slept in the pack most of the way up!

Free bus rides along the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. A pedestrian friendly, shopping and eating mecca right in Downtown. This City knows how to do it right! Cole loved the free bus rides available from one end of the street to the other. I loved the paving details, planters and the level of activity along the street.

Red Rocks...need I say more? One of our favorite destinations in our entire trip was the amphitheater nestled among amazing and massive red stones. I would have loved to have seen a show there but we'll have to save that for another trip!

Cliff diving monkeys. Yep you read it right! One of our more random dinners was to a Mexican restaurant whose entertainment included a mariachi band and a cliff diving monkey (okay really it was a man in a costume, but it was funny!).

Super fresh brewed beer. I have a much greater appreciation for beer after having learned about the brewing process at the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. I cannot believe we dragged our two young kids to a brewery, but even they thought the copper kettles, where they brew the beer, were really cool!

More to come in future posts..............

Sunday, July 17, 2011

75 years and 21 months

What a July we've had so far! It's a little more than half over and it has been a whirlwind of activity. From our day to day FREE activities with family and friends to weekends full of fun we've been watching movies, going to the park, visiting the farm animals, attending free kids concerts....phew! One of our biggest events of the month so far is that Nanny turned the big 75! Of course we had to throw her a big shin-dig! Van and Cathy hosted at their house and ALL of the family showed up. It was a great time. We took the opportunity to take lots of photos, something I have been meaning to do more of when Nanny is around.
The second exciting event of our month is coming up in a day~we are headed to Denver with the boys! I am so excited to go on a trip with the family and I am looking forward to having lots of fun with all my boys :)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Fourth!!!

We had a great day celebrating the Fourth, despite not really having any plans! In our usual fashion, we spent the morning at the City of Fairfax parade. Followed by the Old Fashioned Fireman's Day and then back home for some fireworks in the evening with the Ward family. It was pretty close to a perfect day...friends and family.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

20 months

wow little guy time is passing so quickly. Its hard for me not to look ahead and think in only 4 months you'll be two! I can only wish that the next four months go slowly but I know better, the summer always goes fast.

Your speech skills have gone berserk over the last few weeks. My favorite word to hear you say is "kitty" which comes out sort of foul beginning with the "t" sound (and almost always draws laughter from your audience) but it is still amazingly cute. You can also say cheese, pap, maw-maw, nanny, cookie and so many more that I can't remember with my end of the day mommy brain.

We've just returned from our first beach trip of the season. After a very long car ride, we arrived in Swansboro, NC to visit Uncle Jussie at his new house. We went to the beach on two consecutive days and you would have thought I brought two different little boys with me. On day one, you had no interest whatsoever to put your feet in the water...all sand for you....on day two, you discovered just how much fun jumping in the waves could be (with mom's help) and I could barely chase you off the beach! I could never trust you alone long enough to run back and grab the camera but I would loved to have had a picture of you laying in the sand and water, rolling in it and pouring it all over yourself. Did that really feel good? You sure made it look fun!

Emmy came with us too and she and Cole had a blast together. Two peas in a pod as usual. They are both great BIG siblings. Always making sure you had something to play with (or was it stealing away the toys?).

Last weekend we went strawberry picking. You were a bigger helper than your brother, who seemed to complain endlessly. You loved to pick and eat the strawberries. I brought them home and made jam. Hopefully you enjoy eating that too.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Father's Day preview

We took advantage of a rare picture taking opportunity by our friend Antonette, who is a great photographer (and a speech therapist too!). In our usual Father's Day fashion, the boys were dressed up in Daddy's ties and shoes :)

let the summer begin

Preschool for Cole is a done deal. Forever! I cannot believe that phase of our little man's life is complete and we are on to the next new adventure. We got great news the same week as preschool finished, Kindergarten is full day next year! Wewhoo! I spent months worrying that Cole would be behind the other students in the same county because our Elementary School was a half day program and now I don't have to worry. Now begins the mourning period. I'm losing my little boy and quickly.
As we speak he just put in a DVD, Scooby Doo and the 13 Ghosts, and declares that "he is five and five year-olds are NOT scared of ghosts!" He has also started brushing his teeth, washing his face and combing his hair in the mornings ---all BY himself! When I holler in the a.m. that it's time for the boys to go up and brush their teeth, he's already up there and practically finished!
He was also a big, big help this past weekend as Craig and I escaped to the big City for a weekend away. We so very much enjoyed some time away, some time to bond again and appreciate the opportunity that Pap and Grandma gave not only to us but to Cole and Brooks. As someone that grew up close to my grandparents, I truly value the time they get to spend with theirs. Thanks Pap and Grandma! (and thanks to Cole and Brooks for being good boys!)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

19 months

Brooks you are such a cutie these days. Running non-stop, babbling non-stop and playing to your heart's content. Your words so far are "ball, daddy, mommy, COLE!, car, ba (for any liquid in a cup), Nanny and Maw-Maw". You attempt most things we ask of you, whether tasks or words. You are such a great helper cleaning up...even random garbage in stores, parking lots and playgrounds (eek have I raised a neat freak!). You love to play with your brother and are most happy when he is around entertaining you. You love to eat and have a great appetite. You make me laugh constantly. I LOVE being your mommy :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Favorite Things

As a keepsake I decided to start recording a few of your favorites.
So here they are, at age 5 you love:

All the colors because they are so beautiful. (Your fave used to be the color BLUE! )

Your favorite food according to you is still mac n cheese. You also love candy of any type, cereal in the mornings, trail mix that we make ourselves and McD's chicken nuggets with french fries.

You like to play bubbles. Your favorite toys are balls because according to you "You can roll them around and stuff".

Your favorite movie is Lighting McQueen (Cars). Your favorite toys are balls cause you can roll them around and stuff.

You love to do preschool activity books and to read any books!

You have grown into quite a young man. Daddy took you to a baseball game last night and you said it was "awesome". Wow you are growing up so quickly. I love you little man.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Five Years Old

Little man, you are getting so big! This year's birthday has been a big one. Not only are you in great anticipation of your Seuss themed party but you are very excited about the prospect of presents! We spent the day together at one of your favorite parks and then daddy took you mini golfing! We also went our for ice cream, where you chose the cotton candy flavored ice cream, in a cup, with Nerds on top. Tomorrow is your big party and i have a suspicious feeling that you'll be getting up nice and early to get ready for your guests!

Monday, April 18, 2011

half birthday

little man, you light up my life. It is truly hard to believe you have been in our lives for a year and a half now. you are also too big for your britches, imitating and doing things that are well beyond things you should be doing. you are at a age that we all watch in amazement and absolute adoration...even Cole. for the first time this week, you said your brother's name. so cute. speech seems to be right around the corner but for now I adore the babble and noises you always seem to be making.

please stay this little...and cute...i can't bear to think of you any bigger :)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

oopsy daisy

Yikes a month has passed and I'm not sure I've ever been this much of a slacker! I've definitely thought of writing on the blog but in the midst of home improvements, being mom, Easter, preparing for Cole's birthday bash and oh yea, being a wife and throwing in a little time for myself, the blog has taken a back seat. The boys and I ventured downtown last week to experience the Cherry Blossoms. I knew it was an ambitious field trip but I insisted that we would pack a lunch and do it, no matter what it took. Well it wasn't easy to trek 2 boys, a stroller, lunch and a diaper bug up a shuttle bus' steps but I did it! two times :) I am so blessed to have 2 very behaved little guys that would even attempt this with me.
Brooks continues to grow into a little man at an amazing pace. I discovered tooth number 10, a rear molar, today as we played. He seems to want to speak and babbles as if he really is, but doesn't have many real words at this point. Cole got his first "shiner" while visiting his cousins this weekend. That is injury number 4 to his face in the last 3 weeks. Ugh, what I have to look forward to as the mother of boys!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Marching on....

yes I'm too tired to get up and get the camera as I start this post. With or without a photo, this blog post will happen. Who knows maybe before the I'm finished I'll feel motivated to get up and get the camera! or maybe I can get Cole to bring it to me! This mama is tired. It's been a day full of preschool drop off/pick ups, cleaning, cooking, playing, laundry, playing, changing diapers, consoling tears (because geez-o Brooks falls down a million times a day), and more cooking.
We're in the middle of our latest kitchen renovation (and by latest i mean it feels like we are always renovating a kitchen!) That means aside from the normal things to do around the house, there is an even longer to-do list. I'm trying to help out with some things, but generally I am no help...i only make more work :( I did fill in holes in the window frames today and sanded them. i had high hopes that I'd also be able to paint a cigar.
To avoid the renovation mess, the boys and i headed to Old Town's St. Patty's Day parade this past Saturday. The parade was good as always but made me super nostalgic for the days when we lived close by. We took advantage of the nice weather and we visited our old park and neighbors. It was great to see everyone. Mike, one of our old neighbors said, "you can take the girl out of Rosemont, but you can't take Rosemont out of the girl!" How true. There is a part of me that would trade every square foot of this house to move back into one of the tiny ones (okay maybe one with a basement).
At 16 months, Brooks seems to be finally getting some words or at least trying really hard to get some. I held on dearly to his string cheese today until he said the word 'cheese'! It was really cute. I think he can also say ball and bah-bah (for his bottle.....yes we should be getting rid of it!). He also says mahhhhh-mahhh alot! Not that I mind :)
Cole is growing up way too quickly and while most of the time he seems so big to me, I have to realize that he is still so small. I heard his voice through a baby monitor last week and it definitely reminded me how mousy and small he cute!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


After recently struggling to put together an entire year of pictures, memories, and stats about Brooks, I realize the importance of the blog. How else am I supposed to remember all of these things? I also realize that there are lots of gaps! Sometimes I don't post because we were simply busy. Other times it is because I am too lazy to get up to get the camera to include a photo. No more! If I am too lazy, I simply will not include one :) The blogs are too important to help me not forget these times.

We spent last weekend in Virginia Beach at Allison, Scott and Quinn's house. We were there to watch the Superbowl. Exciting, particularly for Craig, because HIS team was yet again a contender! Unfortunately, the Steelers couldn't pull it off but we had tons of fun getting ready for the game. Grammie sent a care package with silly wigs, yellow and black leis, face stickers, a cow bell and lots of other Steeler goodies. The boys loved the wigs and we took lots of fun pictures.

This weekend we attended a Chocolate Festival at our Church while Craig spent time putting up new kitchen cabinets. I cannot believe we are doing another kitchen redo!

The boys are both doing great. Brooks is running around this week doing a funny blowing thing from his mouth, while wildly swinging his arms and marching around with great vigor! It is so cute and I hope at some point I can get it on video camera. He is quite the character these days. Cole is as always getting to be such a big boy. He exhausts me recently with the amount that he can talk! Seriously, does he ever stop? Both boys have been going to their own childcare rooms while I have been working out at the gym. Cole has become brave enough to make some new friends there and even went to the other room on Friday where they do something called Kids in Motion. I was so proud of him :) He is a very timid fella when it comes to trying something new and I didn't even have to push him.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Oh the weather outside is...

cold! Regardless, we have been having fun. To remain sane, the boys and I have bundled up and braved the cold heading for the playground, the backyard, or to our neighbors' for a little outside time...of course, followed by hot chocolate. Cole and Jackson have hit it off as pals, if only they could keep the pesky siblings out of the way! Brooks hit a very cranky period at the end of January~ mild fever, wanted to be held constantly~ I think he's out of it now and what do you know, tooth #7 is here. I hope that is all the crankiness was...and I hope it doesn't return!
We have begun the kitchen renovation in the new house and the boys are enjoying helping dad with the fun. Craig had to cut a hole in the floor from the basement to the kitchen and we had a jolly good time shoving things up and down that hole! I think we ought to keep the opening and scare the pants off our guests! The winter doldrums are definitely here and I am anxiously awaiting springs return. I am ready to be rid of winter coats and ready to see some signs of life outside~ I sure hope there are crocuses around here somewhere. If not, Cole and I will definitely have to plant some!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

15 months

At fifteen months you are cute. That's the best word for it. You toddle around with a wobbly gait. You smile a toothy, wide grin constantly. Your adorable giggles are contagious! You just got tooth #6! I think I've heard words for ball and "this" (while pointing). You adore your big brother and seem lost when he isn't around. You are independent in a way your brother never was, only coming to find mom when you really need something. Otherwise you will contentedly play with any ole toy that happens to be lying around. You love to eat and come running when I mention the word! It is such a joy to be your momma :)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Can we get a do-over on Christmas? Yucko did we have a sick group on our hands! On Christmas Eve Craig came down with a stomach bug and shortly after Brooks followed. The next few days were sheer torture combined with gift opening, meal preparation and lots of visitors (who we also successfully infected~sorry to all). A week later we are happily back into our school/work routine and it seems such a waste for Craig to have had an entire week off and we never got to sleep in, not to mention we spent most of the time confined to our house. Only 360 something days till next year....I think I can wait :)