Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Halloween and a Pumpkin Play

If I could just squeeze a few more hours into a 24 hour day, I might get caught up on personal stuff, like photos and blogging. Until then, how about a little nostalgia for fall? We moved into our new house a week before Halloween, but it wasn't the first time we went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood since Evan's friends had invited him (and us) over the past couple of years. It's a fantastic neighborhood for the holiday. Easy to walk and as we are sort of centrally located, the kids can stop back in to warm up before more candy collecting.

This year Evan dressed up as Luke Skywalker, and little brother, Connor, went along for a Star Wars theme as R2D2.

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As luck would have it, his bestie dressed up as Jango Fett, which made for some fun photos of the two of them.

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A bunch of neighbor kids and some friends from summer camp gathered to trick-or-treat together (with parents). What a fun crew!

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[Photo note: I had to do some photoshopping on this one. Not my best job, but I'm amazed that of all these kids, only one wasn't looking. I need to move my watermark so it's not covering the eagle's face - which, by the way, isn't that the coolest costume?]

A couple of weeks later, Evan's first grade class put on a "Pumpkin Play" for parents.

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Video courtesy of another mom who went to the previous day's performance.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Changes

I don't think I've ever taken a two month hiatus from posting something on the blog, but I've also never moved my entire family before either. We'd had our home listed off and on for a year and a half. There was interest and even offers, but either the market wasn't in our favor or we couldn't find something we wanted to move into, so we had been off the market since before Connor was born. Always looking though. Last Spring we found a house we loved, put an offer on it, and it was subsequently taken off the market by the sellers. It was hard because then every house we looked at after that became a comparison to THE house. But we trudged on and found another one that was really nice, in a good neighborhood, and in the school district we liked. I'm so glad I hesitated because it went pending, then had inspection issues, so that saved us some trouble.

In September, right before Connor's birthday, THE house went back on the market. I contacted my realtor immediately and after a cursory showing, I made another offer contingent on the sale of our house. That caused no small degree of heartburn given our sales luck, but we got to a deal and had to list our house. The stars aligned, I guess, because three days in we had our first showing, followed by an offer. A few days of back and forth negotiations, but we sold our house in under a week. The most peculiar part of the whole deal was that the showing occurred via Facetime! The buyers didn't even see the house in person until the inspection.

So a month later we moved. Oh my, what an ordeal. I've moved myself before, but a whole family is no small task. I'm still unpacking and probably will be for a while, but it's coming together. We love the new place. LOVE.

But I've barely taken any pictures. One, I'm tired. Really tired. Two, when not tired, I'm unpacking, or fixing, or yard work(ing). :) But we are settling in, meeting our neighbors, and adjusting.

These are some of the last photos I took at the old house. As much as I love our new house, it was hard to leave our old one. I put nine years of love into this house, buying it when I was single and dreaming about how I'd make it mine. Then it welcomed us home as a married couple, and again as new parents. It's the first home for both of our boys. It was especially hard for me to leave the nursery I put so much effort into and first rocked my babies in. But life goes on and I know we'll make new memories in our new house.

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Lots of bath photos the last week. The only time the boys were contained and I couldn't pack!

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I was concerned about Evan's transition, especially when he'd tell me he didn't want to move from "the only home I've ever known." But he's done very well. It helps that he already has friends in the new neighborhood.

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We did one last walk through of the old house and took some iPhone photos.

One of the few times we've ever taken a selfie.

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Sitting with my boys in the corner of the nursery where the rocker sat.

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This might have made me monumentally emotional, but you know, my boys help me keep some perspective...

Lots of good memories...

And new ones to make!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Connor Turns One!

Where did my baby's first year go? I know this is probably the lament of nearly every parent on the planet, and for good reason. While those first few months ticked by ever so slowly, the last half of his first year are a total blur. Adding to this blur is our move to a new house, we bought a new car, and I had to go to Paris for work for a few days! Exciting and exhausting all at once. But I don't want to miss posting about our little guy's big day and how overwhelmed with love we are for our budding toddler.

We threw a first birthday shindig at our house with family and friends. Connor loves a good party - he even brings his own solo cup!

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That hat didn't last too long.

"Let go of my hands, Dad! I want cake!"

Such a happy boy!

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A few days later on his actual birthday, we celebrated at home with more cake and lots of smiles.

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We love this little guy so much. He filled a gap in our family that I didn't even know existed until he was here. His laughs, his smiles, the way he tucks his little head into your chest when he's being shy or wants to cuddle, he's got us all wrapped around his little finger (just ask his big brother who was feeding him parts of his cinnamon roll, which he shares with no one!, on the way to school this morning).

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Happy Birthday to our happy boy!

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P.S. My favorite blooper shot from the chair photos. Showing his spunky side!

Stat update:
Height: 30" (58th percentile)
Weight: 21' (24th percentile)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

I'm not sure if this technically qualifies as the dog days of summer on the calendar, but I don't really have a better name for this blog post! We've finally hit some cool evenings/mornings, so I feel autumn inching closer.

Dan has dusted off his theatre skills for a (thankfully, local) production of Chicago, so the boys and I have gotten a LOT of solo quality time together recently. Yes, it's crazy and exhausting, but I'm reminded almost daily that amidst the chaos are the moments that make my heart full too. A few of these I get in photos, others I make do with memories.

Evan's silly faces.

Connor's post-bath curls.

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The incredible bond of brothers.

And my little reader cozied up with a book.

Then there are times I need to call in a relief pitcher (or two). So I took the boys to visit my parents this weekend for a couple of hours.

Connor had a ball exploring the back of his Papaw's truck.

And my mom got a picture with me in it! Hair isn't fixed and I'm exhausted, but I love it because my CJ is smiling.

New developments this month include holding his arms up to be held and playing patty cake.

And a comparison shot of my boys, at almost the exact same age. Love their slobbery kisses.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

11 Months

Having a five year gap between my children allowed for a certain amount of forgetfulness to seep in when it comes to the challenges of a mobile baby. To help illustrate exactly what I mean, a list of Connor's FAVORITE things:

1. Electrical outlets.
2. Wires.
3. The dog's water bowl.
4. The dog's mouth.
5. Flip flops.
6. Teeny tiny Legos.
7. China cabinet.
8. Toilet seats.
9. Trash cans.
10. Toilet paper roll.

My job as the mother of an 11 month old is really just to keep him from impending doom. All signs I suppose that he's growing up. Waaah!! On the positive, he's still a very happy little baby ...

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...and quite the little heart stealer.

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I love watching him experience all the new "firsts" of life. Like, first swing at the park.

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This was a fun day for everyone. We met up with a few friends and the older kids ran wild.

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Since last month, he's moved to a rear facing convertible seat in my car. I miss the infant bucket seat already because he slept like a champ in it. Dan still uses it in his car since he's still just barely within the size limits. I meant to take comparison photos from when we first brought him home from the hospital to now, but I forgot in those early days. I did find a few iPhone shots though. This is the progress from four days old to 10.5 months. Yikes!

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Everyone asks if he's walking yet. No, not yet. But he's pulling up on anything he can and loves to do the zombie walk while holding our hands. I'm ok with that. I can only imagine that list above is going to grow once he's on two feet.

Here we are, closing in on one year. Man that happened fast. I don't think I posted the chair photo for last month, so this is it - 10 months to 11 months.

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(a little under the weather here, but still smiling!)

Stat update thanks to a pedi sick visit: 21 lbs. 2 oz.