Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Excuses, Excuses

So, I'm a little behind...

I'm sure most of you can imagine why, but in case you need help, here are some images to get you started...

My hands are usually too full to type...

Ian, the preschooler (he started yesterday)

Garrett, the messy eater (who went straight to the tub after this lunch)

Brennan, the climber (caught in the act, and happy about it)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bedtime Conversation

Ian: I love you 150 thousand million times!

Mommy: I love you more than that!

Ian: I love you more than you think I love you! I'll show you tomorrow when I give you your morning hug!

I can't wait!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Miscellaneous May

Brennan likes Big Brother's toys best!

Bedhead Garrett

Happy Brothers!
(This is one of the best pictures we got of Brennan's unique teething pattern! He has since filled in nicely!)



Matching Brothers

April '09

Brennan figured out how to dump his basket of toys!

Happy Garrett

Babies' Dedication

April 19, 2009

Uncle Andy and Emma surprised us by showing up at the service!

Family Dinner at Grandpa and Grandma's House
(Nana, Papa, Aunt Nancy, Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Andy, Emma, Aunt Helen and Uncle David were all there to share this special day with us.)

With Cousin Emma

Easter '09

Egg Hunt in Nana and Papa's Neighborhood

Dying Eggs

Egg Hunt at Grandpa and Grandma's House

With Cousin Tavia

Jack Family Picture

Our Little Easter Bunny

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring Break!

We traveled to Pennsylvania over spring break, and celebrated lots of milestones!

1. GG (Mommy's maternal grandma, and the boys' only living great-grandparent) turned 89 years old on April 1st! Mommy's whole side of the family (Nana, Papa, Uncle Neil, Aunt Heather and Aunt Nancy) traveled from 3 different states to take part in the surprise celebration. GG only knew ahead of time that Nana and Papa were coming!

2. Garrett and Brennan met GG for the first time!

3. Garrett cut his first tooth!

4. Brennan cut his third and fourth teeth (on the top, and surprisingly not the 2 middle ones... he could be a sight to see if those middle ones don't show up soon)!

5. Garrett started sitting up well, and for extended periods of time!

6. Brennan rolled from his back to his belly! (Since then, he is a rolling machine! It's about time for baby gates because last night he rolled from the family room, through the play room, to the door of the kitchen!)

7. Ian slept in a big hotel bed for the first time! Apparently, we haven't stayed in a hotel for a while! He did fall out one night, but Aunt Nancy put him right back to bed.

8. We survived our first car trip as a family of five! 10 hours together in the car without a DVD player made for a long day, but was not as bad as you might be imagining! Mommy spent the day in the backseat handing toys to the babies, and playing with Ian. We were happy we went, but we were happy to be home!

Here's our trip in pictures:
Brennan and GG

Garrett is a happy boy despite the tooth that is about to appear!

Aunt Nancy lovin' two babies

The Clampetts unloading at the hotel

Playing in GG's apartment. Nana reserved the private dining room on the same floor so that we could have a little more space to spread out!

A trip to GG's is not complete without a trip to Hershey's Chocolate World!

Watching a great 3-D movie that engaged all 5 senses! Ian was so cute when he tried to reach out and grab things as they came toward us.

On the ride through the "chocolate factory"

The cake

She needed a little help!

The whole gang!

Ian entertaining us with an animated lecture on Star Wars

Lunch at Sandy's with Uncle John (GG's brother)

In the parking lot of an Amish-run store

GG and Garrett

Aunt Nancy and Daddy playing Bananagrams! GREAT game!

GG holding two babies!

GG with all three!

Hanging out in the hotel



Monday, March 30, 2009

On the Move

Even though they're not creeping or crawling yet, the boys are beginning to be on the move. We put them next to each other on the blanket, and before we know it, they are off it in opposite directions. Today, Garrett rolled about 6 feet, and ending up near the bottom of the stairs.

This is the face of a boy examining the flight of stairs. I see baby gates in our future.

Swimming Lessons

Ian took swimming lessons over the last two weeks at "Daddy's school" (our local high school). He went Monday-Thursday, and really seemed to make a lot of progress. The classes were taught by members of the swim team, and Ian's class had 5 kids, ages 3-5. The first two days were fairly traumatic. On the first day, the teachers dunked the kids completely under the water 3 times. Ian is not a huge fan of getting his face wet, so being forced under the water (and injesting some of it) did not go over well. At home, we talked about how brave he was, bought him a pair of goggles, and by day four, he was a pro! If you ask him what his favorite part of swimming lessons was, he would say enthusiastically "Bombs!" (We eventually stopped trying to correct this... he actually means "bobs," but we think it's pretty cute.) He's officially ready for summer; now all we need is warm weather!

Ian's on the left

Coming up for air after a "bomb"