Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I love it when Easter is a little later in the spring and tends to be warmer. The boys can hunt eggs outside, and if we're lucky, we'll have a sunny day. This year, both happened.

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Just part of the day's shenanigans...

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Happiest baby and grandma!

Connor: 18 Months

Connor turned 18 months on St. Patrick's Day, but it took me a couple more weeks to actually (try to) pin him down for a few photos. I hadn't tried any backdrop photos in a year, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Oh man, trying to get a toddler to sit still is like trying to nail jell-o to the wall. But we made the best of it and I got a handful of photos at the end. Since it was almost Easter, a few of these were themed.

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At 18 months, he's really taking off with words, understanding, dexterity, and so many other skills. He is such an easygoing kid most of the time, and very loving.

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He has the cutest "bye bye" wave and yells for his "baba" (Evan) whenever he notices the house is just too darned quiet.

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And just for comparison - 6 months and 18 months. Wow!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chilly Easter Party

I took the boys to my company's Easter Party at the Zoo again this year. Despite the sunshine, it was a little cold that day, but nothing stands between these two and candy, prizes, toys, and games. Connor was definitely more aware this year and had fun collecting eggs with the help of big brother. Evan enjoyed showing Connor the ropes, before bounding off to play in the bounce houses.

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Oh, the look on his face!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Bike and New Discoveries

Evan's first bike that we got him for his 5th birthday was already showing some wear last year. Things only got worse this year and Evan has grown quite a bit, so I decided it was time to get him a new bike. As luck would have it, Toys 'R Us was having a trade-in event and we could bring in the old, falling apart bike and get a $30 credit on a new one. The sales person was really helpful in picking out the right size bike, after watching Evan ride in the store. Nearly two months later, he still loves his bike. Hopefully this summer we can work with him on riding without training wheels.

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Connor is still too small for most of the ride-on toys, but he's staying pretty busy discovering other new stuff. We were unable to childproof the lazy susan in our kitchen, so it's become Connor's favorite thing (of course) to unload whatever is in there on a regular basis. So a few weeks ago I started taking most of the food items out and putting them elsewhere. He quickly discovered something else might fit in the cabinet instead - himself!

Getting out was a challenge though, so he hasn't tried it again, thankfully.

I forget how even at 20 months there are still new things for him to discover. He's "talking" like crazy, even singing at times (ee-i-ee-i-oh!), so when he found a harmonica in a drawer recently, he was fascinated. Music soothes the savage beast...including wily toddlers!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Little Gentleman Gets a Haircut

Connor's hair is more curly than Evan's was at the same age. Like mine, it's curlier in the back than the front as well, which would make for an awesome 80's 'do. Many mornings he will sit with me while I get ready for work, and like most toddlers he wants to imitate what the adults are doing. This was the morning in February when I realized I should probably get him a haircut.

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That, or he'd make an excellent pirate for next Halloween. I'm not a fan of baby buzzcuts, and even prefer a little bit of moppyness (is that a word?) on toddler boys, so it took me a few more weeks after that picture was taken to finally schedule a haircut.

I took him to see the stylist both Evan and I go to (and the mom of one of Evan's classmates). Taylor is great - she has three kids herself so she can handle fidgety boys. NOT that she needed to. Connor was the perfect client. I took Evan with me to get a haircut as well and maybe watching him helped, because after Evan was finished, Connor sat in the seat - by himself - for the entire haircut. No fidgeting, no fussing, no crying.

Watching big brother...

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On a side note, you can really see Evan's blonde spot on the back of his head whenever he gets a haircut.

Connor was perfectly behaved from beginning to end - only the occasional coy smile crept on to his serious little face. When all was said and done he kept his curls.