Sunday, November 6, 2016

Connor is 3

Three. Or "Fhree" to hear Connor say it. Here we are, moving from toddler to preschooler. I try hard as his mom to resist the natural urge to compare my boys at the same age. In some ways that's easy because there's such a gap between them that my memory is fuzzy on what the every day was like five years ago. In other ways, it's harder, but he is a unique little dude.

-Part timid hand holder. Part dare devil.





-Mess maker, and candy fiend.



-Master of Pretend Play



-And rescuer of baby dolls



-Grinner and Rock Star



-Perpetually Crumb Faced



-Big brother admirer (but the first to point out when Evan is using his outdoor voice indoors! Ha!)



-Mamaw's boy.



-Face Maker and Tractor OBSESSED!











Sweet, smart, friendly, loving, and my little shadow most of the time. Some days I want to freeze time because it all goes by so quickly, but I can't wait to see what happens next. I love this boy.



Saturday, November 5, 2016

Summer Randoms

Finding time to blog among all the other things that have to get done isn't easy. So I'm catching up again in a summary and photo round-up.

I went to California to visit my friend, Alicia, and meet her new baby. This was a surprise gift from Dan for the birthday-which-shall-not-be-named. When another dear college friend, Emily, showed up it was all the sweeter. So much fun packed in these days.



Dan celebrated Father's Day with these boys who adore him.



He was also hired over the summer as the librarian at Evan's school. Evan and Dan have read the first three or four books of Harry Potter together, so this shirt was a win-win on multiple counts.



Connor is fully in the age of costume play and whether it's a chef, fire fighter, astronaut, or super hero, he's in his element.



Dan celebrated his birthday.



Our dog, McFly, is getting older and hard of hearing, but he still soaks up all the attention he gets.



Evan received his senior blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.



Earlier this year my parents were going through some stuff and found these t-shirts that were bought on vacation when I was a kid. Evan is wearing my old shirt, and I'm wearing my Dad's. I'm not usually sentimental, but this was fun.



Summer, I miss you already!/br>

Friday, November 4, 2016

First Day of Third Grade

It sure feels like we got here awfully fast. Can't believe this kid is already in the 3rd grade.



Where did his baby face go?



Thankful he's not too cool yet to look back one last time.



New York Family Reunion and Vacation

Dan is originally from upstate New York, and with the exception of his immediate family, most of the rest of the family is still there. This year they organized a "Christmas in July" family reunion since it's hard to get everyone together at Christmas. Dan's cousin hosted the event in Keuka Lake. The weather was perfect, the traditional Italian food was in abundance, and even Santa showed up for the kids.

Dan's aunt planned a lot of activities for the kids, including sack races, cookie decorating, and whipped cream food contests. All that when they weren't swimming in the pool.











So much fun packed in one long weekend!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

D-A-D Photos 2016

It's become somewhat of a tradition to take some photos of the kids for Father's Day as a gift to Dan. I first started doing this in 2012 after seeing the idea on some photography blogs. I skipped it the year I was pregnant with Connor, but picked it back up after he was born. So here's this year's version, as well as a recap of year's past.



2012:



2014:



2015: