Saturday, April 25, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

With a very Irish last name, it seems sacrilege not to acknowledge a holiday like St. Patrick's Day. But getting a workable photo of the boys for the occasion? Ha ha, well, I think St. Patrick had an easier time chasing the snakes out of Ireland!

Don't let those sweet faces fool you, these Irish lads can be mischievous little leprechauns.

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Evan is a posing master though. Now if we could just get Connor to cooperate!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Snow Days

What's the old saying? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! In this case, I'm not referring to a person, but to the weather. After sailing all the way through January with only one snow day (in early November, at that), I thought maybe, just maybe we'd get through this school year without having to make up snow days. Oh February, you are a cruel, cruel month. I think there were seven snow days total during the month. Evan, of course, loved this. But five of those days occurred in one week (a very busy one at work, just to make travel more adventurous). It was a looooong week.

Playing in the snow was fun for a few of those days.

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And playing with some neighbor friends (cell photos):

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Connor didn't go out and play in the snow but I did bring some buckets of it inside for him to make a mess with while I was on a work conference call. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I'll need to upgrade his Colombia fleece to some snow bibs for next year.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Connor Walks / 16 month update

Connor took his first steps at 14 months, in early December. He started weekly physical therapy sessions in November because we were concerned his unique crawl could transfer to the way he walked, meaning he'd favor one leg over the other. Thankfully he did really well and after just seven weeks "graduated" from PT. I took this video in December, right after he started taking baby steps. Love the little squeal.



By January he started to prefer walking to crawling. The day he turned 16 months - January 17 - was unusually warm for mid-winter, so we went out on the deck for a little fresh air. It's funny to look back on these pictures where he's using the railing or wall to steady himself, because now I can't slow this kiddo down!

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Watching Evan play out in the yard.





Go baby go!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Baby in a Bucket

I started a series of photos of Connor all around his climbing habit. Most of the time this means he's climbing up / on to a particular object, but sometimes it means climbing in. Evan never really was a climber as a baby/toddler, at least not that I recall. Certainly not enough that I had to worry what I was going to pull him down from / off of / out of on any given day hour.

Right after the new year, for some reason this purple bucket was in the middle of the kitchen floor (probably used to drag toys from one room to another). Connor decided it needed to be explored. I love the series of expressions he makes. It was hard to trim the number down to this many to post.

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Mmm, toes.







Singing and directing.







He spotted something he wanted.



So we gave it to him.



And...rescued!



I love this little ham.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Christmas Part 2

The weekend after Christmas, Dan's mom and stepdad came down for the weekend to visit. Evan and Connor adore their Nana and Poppy, so they got some extra spoiling as grandkids should. Evan repeatedly asked for one thing in particular for Christmas and Poppy (who can find anything online) totally delivered. The reward is this awesome expression on his face.

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That kid just can't get enough of Star Wars and light sabers.

Connor, like most toddlers, enjoyed the gift wrap the most, but that shirt is pretty darn cute too.

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And Dan really enjoyed his, I mean, Connor's toy guitar.



Not sure what he thought was in there...





Happy boy, happy grandparents.