Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Evan and Connor have both had these sets of alphabet bath letters that are great bathtub entertainment (and teething toys). They also double nicely for marking their age when taking photos. I scrolled back through some old images of Evan and new ones of Connor and found I had similar images of them. Different houses, bathrooms, and letters, but same age (15 months). Evan had this distinctive open mouth smile he did a lot at this age. Connor is more of a grinner.

This is not a great b/w conversion but it was the easiest way to make them similar for a side-by-side comparison.

Scrub-a-dub-dub, two 15-month-old brothers smiling in a tub.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thanksgiving and Early December

The downside of being so busy is that I'm weeks behind in uploading photos and posting to the blog. The upside of being so busy is that there aren't a lot of photos to go through. Post-holidays have been rough - the only person to escape a barrage of illnesses has been Dan (knock on wood). At one point, both kids and I were on antibiotics, and even the dog was medicated for his allergies. I heard our asthmatic cat wheezing yesterday. Replacing the air filter is going on my to do list this week.

Before the plague(s) hit though, we escaped for Thanksgiving to visit Dan's family. I've mentioned in the past that Dan's mom is a wonderful cook and that still holds true. Given how many people come to her house for Thanksgiving dinner, everyone agrees! I was on sous chef duties again, so I didn't take too many photos, but I did manage to get a few of the youngest members of the family. Wesley and Connor are four months apart. I see lots of fun-filled adventures between these two in the future.

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The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing. Well, as much as one can relax while chasing a toddler. He even entertained his Great Grandpa Harry during the OSU game.





Evan lent his skills to helping Poppy pick out a Christmas tree.

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When we got back home I finished decorating our house for Christmas. Heaven help me, we now have two Christmas trees to decorate. I barely liked decorating one, how did this happen? Sadly our old tree was too small in the new living room, so it was moved to the basement and became the "kids' tree," displaying Evan's handmade ornaments and the ones we've acquired with the kids' names on them or that are otherwise kid-centric (e.g. Elmo playing a drum in a Santa hat, 'cause why not?). So I bought a new tree for the main floor, and with the help of my friend Amy "themed" the tree in green and gold and travel ornaments. I have to admit, I kinda' love it and I actually look forward to putting it up next year thanks to my post-holiday ornament markdown purchases. I thought I'd try my hand at taking some tree photos, aiming to get the starburst lights. Yay for getting my camera out for something besides snapshots of the kids!

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But I have plenty of those too...

From Evan's participation in the children's advent service at church.

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To Connor "helping" me decorate.

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And the boys playing in their Christmas pjs.

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More soon!

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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[Phone shot, courtesy of Jango's mom]

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)