Monday, October 31, 2011

Start the Day

This is how my day starts every morning…

4 sippy cups

4 water bottles

1 baby bottle

1 cup of coffee

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Halloween 2011

We did not go trick or treating tonight.  Yesterday our church had an event called Trunk or Treat.  It was held inside due to weather, but was a success.  The PairSquared Gnomes visited the event!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Sleeping Styles

I just took these pictures of the boys sleeping.  Yes they took a nap today!!  I think it had something to do with the flu shot that they got this morning.

Seems like Ethan fell asleep in the middle of playing with his cars and Bennett knows how to kick back and relax.

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Please Baby Please

All parents think their kids are so smart, but this kid really is!  He learned how to read!  Ok, he learned how to memorize.  Still pretty cute.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Albuquerque, New Mexico–2011 Balloon Fiesta (not festival)

At the beginning of this month we were able to go to New Mexico to visit are friends Eva, Dale, Coen, and baby Drew.  We just took Ethan and Bennett so thanks to Sandy, Mom, and Kelly for helping with the girls.  The last time we were there was in October 2009, the boys were 6 months old.  We attempted to go to the balloon fiesta, but traffic was horrific.  We were lucky to come home with H1N1.  I won’t forget that illness for sure.

So this year we were determined to go.  Eva and Dale came up with a plan which included 4 children, 2 trailers, and a few coolers.  We loaded up on Saturday and headed down to the RV park of the balloon fiesta.

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Brett entertained the boys…

We made it to our site and later that night headed down to the fiesta for the balloon glow.  We will not talk about Brett’s 1/2 mile run to catch the bus and leaving the group to manage 3 toddlers, 3 strollers, and a baby without him.  I am letting it go…now.

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Before the glow…

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The balloon glow…

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The next morning we got the knock on our trailer at 5:30am to get ready to head back down for mass ascension.  Hundreds of balloons take flight in waves in the morning.  It was spectacular. 

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This was as good as the picture got of the three of them.

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Other activities for the trip were…

~Science Museum

~Bounce House

~Sushi

~Smoking brisket

~Nap time

~Pizza and Play-Doh

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It was a great vacation and of course wonderful to see friends.  Thanks Dale and Eva for inviting us into your house, letting our children destroy Coen’s toys, escorting us around Albuquerque, and showing us a good time.  You are truly amazing and irreplaceable friends.  Love.

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Little J

It has been 5 weeks since little J has been coming to PairSquared Care.  Seems as though he is making friends.  Aaliyah has become a little caretaker and brings him lots of blankets, toys, and heavy books when he is crying.

At least this blanket did not make it over his head. 

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Today Jackson had other plans than napping so we had some photo and video sessions.

This was a challenge because this was what I was working with…

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We managed to get a smile…

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And my favorite (goofball)…

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Don’t forget the zoo crew…

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Here is Aaliyah being Jack’s helper!

Here is another one with Jocelyn and Aailyah, but I think the funnier part is the 2 of them colliding.

Weekend Oops

We are pretty steady with activity in this house.  Saturday was jammed packed.  I worked in the AM at Children’s, went straight to the YMCA to meet Brett and kids for swim lessons, and then went home to get ready for a wedding that we attended that evening.

First was swim lessons.  We were at the Y and of course needed to get home.  Loaded the girls in the truck, boys opted for the van since it has the video player.  Jocelyn was buckled in and I moved to Aaliyah.  She grabbed my keys from my wrist and I finished buckling her in.  I didn’t grab back my keys and that was the mistake.  I shut her door and ‘Click’ the doors locked.  She pressed the lock button on the key fob.  Of course it was the one time that Brett didn’t have his set of keys.  So we spent the next several minutes yelling at a 1 year old to press the other button.  Of course the unlock button was 3 times as small.  We were doomed.  She kept pushing the lock button to make the clicking and beeping noise.  Aaliyah laughed at us as we scrambled to grab a door knob after each click hoping that she would have somehow hit the smaller button.  Pretty sure she was mocking us.

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She finally did it and luckily we made it to the wedding on time, but it wasn’t all really that easy.

For most events we scramble to get everyone put together in addition to trying to make ourselves presentable.  Kids are usually hauled off to the van quickly and bags passed through the front door to be loaded.  We made it downtown.  It wasn’t until we pulled up to the valet that we opened the side van doors to discover that both boys were missing shoes.  The assumption was that since Brett loaded them he put shoes on them and that since we were running behind I grabbed the shoes and placed them in the diaper bag.  The valet was not amused with our martial argument in the parking lot.  And for the most part unloading 2 toddlers via the hatchback is not that big of a deal unless you top it off with bickering.  The wedding was super kid friendly and there was a twister game for the kids so we decided to tell people that we didn’t forget their shoes, they were just playing twister.  Really thank goodness for open bar prior to the ceremony!  Events played out, our kids cried through the ceremony, they wanted to eat their dinner on our laps, we lost them a few times (one time I found Ethan under the buffet table).  I was only 4 people behind Jocelyn as she was heading out to the balcony, but I could hear the quiet whispers of, “who’s kid is that? and where are her parents?”  I quickly swooped her up before she fled through the balcony door and said, “don’t worry we have 3 more.”  I again blame it on the open bar.  SO now we are texting Nanny Sarah and David to come pick up these kids and of course bring me a change of clothes since I had chicken grease all over my silk dress.  We sent them off with sippy cups in hand and returned to the party.  The rest is history!

You know moments like these really flood the gates of communication.  After handing off our kids at the wedding we spent at least the next 30 minutes discussing what we will do next time when we take our family out for events.  Even though I know the answers are: 1. Brett if you take the kids to the car put their shoes on 2. If you only have one child in your arms then chances are that your wife has the other 3 and could use help 3. Balcony’s are a safety risk for our 1 year old that can squeeze through anything.  But our training has taught us that we talk through the feelings and try to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes.  No assumptions!  You will be happy to know that this discussion had positive outcome so I guess bring on the next wedding! 

Congratulations Brian and Heather!  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Take My Hand

What I have learned about my boys since I have been home is how much they look out for each other.  I can’t put one to bed without the other, when one is missing they ask where they went, and they ask each other to go to a different level of the house with them. 

This is a common scene at my house.  The boys making their way up the stairs with each other.

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And in diapers.  They prefer to be in their diaper than clothes.

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Nanny Sarah came to visit.  Sarah and her husband also took care of the kids this weekend while we were at a wedding.  The kids do miss her!

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