Thursday, April 21, 2016

Christmas Recap

Now that it's 80+ degrees outside, why not post a Christmas recap?

Connor seemed to "get it" more this year, or at least he enjoyed the fun of opening presents (and playing with the box and tissue paper), and all the Christmas songs that are still being sung nearly four months later.

We visited with Dan's family Christmas Eve and the boys had a ball.

Then we headed back home so they could see what Santa brought on Christmas morning.

This was at 8:00 a.m., and surprisingly the boys weren't awake yet!

Evan repeatedly asked Santa to bring him a book light and a remote control car. He was happy the big guy got the message.

Little brother was happy with a Remote Control Thomas too.

What every Martial Arts student needs, right?

My parents came over for dinner and for some gift unwrapping too.

Seems like ages ago now, but it was a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Snow Days

Oh boy do I have some catching up to do here. If only blogging were as quick/easy as Instagramming. With two active kids and a busy job, it's hard to find time to update this, but I'll try to get caught up on the highlights of the past few months.

The kids had a few snow days this year, thankfully fewer than last which meant we didn't have to make up as many.

This was the first year Connor really got out IN the snow. He was a little tentative at first, but soon found his footing.

They played with neighbor friends...

and threw a few snowballs.

The boys received sleds from Santa this year. Connor was mostly interested in dragging his about, but he tried being pulled along as well.

I think that's a thumbs up!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Polar Express

Thanks to Connor's train fascination, I finally remembered to purchase tickets for a Polar Express experience before they sold out (which meant way back in July or August). There were a couple of different options within driving distance of us but I'm glad we picked the one we did. It's a really neat scenic little town and is an easy drive for us.

The train both on display for pictures and the one they used for the ride, was really great and had that nostalgic look to it, just like in the book.

When Evan cornered the conductor of our train car to ask questions about the train, he was so patient (and later told us that was the first time a kid had done that - Sheldon, anyone?).

In a twist of life imitating art, we did temporarily "lose" our tickets once we were on the train (with two kids, four coats, a diaper bag and a camera bag, it's incredible I don't lose more!), but found them just in time for the conductor to punch them.

The boys dressed up in pajamas just like the kids do in the book/movie. I'm not sure what was so fascinating out the train window, but I love Evan's focus and Connor's excitement.

During the ride, the story was read over the intercom, while the conductor walked around with the book.

The "elves" brought hot chocolate, danced around with the kids, and sang songs. They even got Dan to stand in as the Christmas tree so the kids could "decorate" him with garland.

Then the big man himself showed up and gave all the kids their own sleigh bell.

It really was a fun night. We even took the kids out to eat afterwards at a local restaurant (always risky with a toddler in tow) but the restaurant was great AND the kids were well-behaved. Some of that Polar Express magic must have stuck with us. :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Connor is Two!

I haven't blogged about Connor since Easter! Classic second kid syndrome and Mom-of-the-Year, right here. Connor turned two in September and is an active, happy, sweet-natured little guy. So much changes between one and two years. Last year he wasn't walking yet, but he's certainly made up for any lost time. He wants to do anything his big brother does, pushing his plasma car and other toys all around the yard. So one of his birthday presents was a balance bike. He's still getting the hang of it, but I think he'll be cruising like a pro next spring.

Connor is definitely starting to show his independent streak. Everything is "I do it!" and "I did it!" when he's achieved whatever he's working on. He insists on dressing himself most days, minus the shirt which is a game of "where's Connor?" when the shirt goes over his head, and he yells "I see you!" when his head pops through. You'd think as a parent you'd get used to the cute way they phrase things in their tiny little voices, but you don't. I am trying to soak it all in because it disappears all too quickly.

He finally started consistently sleeping through the night around 21/22 months. That's a few months ahead of when his brother did, so I'll take it! Only one of his two-year molars has popped through, causing the occasional restless night, but he's otherwise a pretty sound sleeper.

He's singing the ABCs and counting to 10 (mostly, for some reason he always skips 9). Here he is pointing out that the bakery spelled his name wrong on the birthday cake.

Ok, not really, but man I wish I'd realized how often this would happen when we were picking his name.

He loves Mickey Mouse and trains. He'll bring me the remote and demand "Mickey" or "Choo-Choo!"

I think I actually have a kid who loves reading more than I do. It's an all day thing for him to bring us books to read to him. The "Little Engine" book he got for his birthday (thanks, Imagination Library!) is already well worn.

I bought him a toy vacuum too, but he'd much rather pull out the Dyson and take it apart, of course.

McFly and Connor (and Evan too, at this age) have a symbiotic relationship. He steals Connor's snacks, but McFly puts up with their antics, so it's a fair trade.

Like his brother, he is a very cuddly boy.

There are times though that I am second fiddle to his Grandma, and that's ok. I love that my boys love her so much. She spoils them, but isn't that a grandma's job?

Those early photos and videos of Connor will pop up in my Timehop now and I miss those baby coos and smiles, but I love this little toddler and all his personality too. Happy Birthday, Connor Joe!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Halloween Cowboys

Evan's costume this year came about because he wanted a pair of cowboy boots. Connor at this age is just along for the ride, so he doubled as his little deputy. Adults loved the western duo! Dan couldn't resist dressing the part either and I think I have some pretty cute cowboys on my side.

Connor hung right in there with the big kids for the trick-or-treating.