Wednesday, August 25, 2010


When Justin and I began dating at the ripe old age of seventeen and eighteen, he would give me the sweetest compliments. Some of which I would never put in writing, but they went something like...

"You look really pretty tonight."

"Your hair smells nice."

"Your butt looks great in those jeans!"

"You have beautiful eyes."
Fast forward six years to the moment he gave me the best compliment I had ever received:

"Will you be my wife?"
Followed by:

"You look amazing in your wedding dress."
Then on our honeymoon:

"That bikini is smokin'!"
Then came marriage.

"Honey, you're a great cook!"

"Seriously? You're wearing sweatpants again?"

"You look beautiful with your pregnant belly!"

"You're a hot mom."
He is amazing and I don't take him for granted for one single minute. Even though we have been together for 12 years, he still treats me as if I'm still his girlfriend.

Last night he hit me with a new one though:

"Sweetie, you're a really good cleaner," he said, as he hugged me after I had finished cleaning our kitchen after dinner.
It may sound ridiculous, but it's so nice to be appreciated for the little things that I do.
I hope he knows how much his words mean to me.

If I had gotten that compliment as an 18 year old, I definitely wouldn't appreciate it the way that I do now! It's funny how we change.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

14 Months

Dear Boys,

We awoke on your 14 month birthday with a few extra house guests. Tom, Erin & Guiness had come to spend the weekend with us because it's fantasy football season and the day before was the big draft day. You know how your daddy loves fantasy football. He tells me often how he looks forward to tossing around a football with you.

You both have been keeping us very busy. When you were much smaller & took frequent naps, I had plenty of time to take pictures, organize them and blog about our days, but that time is becoming less and less. It's not a bad thing at all! I love playing with you, singing silly songs to you and keeping you happy and entertained. I get some quiet time while you take your afternoon nap, but I usually spend it reading a book or taking a nap myself.

You are such big boys! Pacifiers are only used in your cribs - thank you for making the transition so easy! Speaking of cribs, you both have started chewing on them with your teeth. I need to get protectors on them soon.

You love looking into the oven when I am baking or roasting dinner. I don't know why you find it so fascinating, but I think it's the sweetest thing.

The neighbors could probably hear you squeal in delight over the vacuum cleaner. There are times I turn it on when you are a bit cranky because it cheers you right up!

You love animal crackers and vegetable soup! Whenever we need you to eat your veggies, Grammie will make a pot of soup and you eat them all up. You drink a gallon of milk in a day and a half.

For the most part, you play together nicely, but there are instances when you would rather have your own space. Your favorite toys are your pretend phones, the pull-along doggie, Scout, the fill & dump wagon and the cozy coupe.

It is the end of August, but I am looking forward to cooler weather so that we can go on hay rides, pick pumpkins and play in the fallen leaves.

I love you both more than I could ever put into words. You make your dad and I so, unbelievably happy - we talk about it every day. We are so thankful to have such cheerful and cuddly little boys.

Love, Mommy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The climbing has started.

It happened totally out of the blue.

Last night, Justin & I went into the kitchen for all of a minute (as long as it took for him to get a glass of water & for me to pour two sippy cups full of milk). I then heard Justin say, "Jen!! Come quick; you've got to see this!"

Luke had pulled a little stepping stool over to the big chair, climbed on up then climbed onto a table. Justin found him playing with the picture on the wall.

I'm guessing that this is only the beginning?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


The past week and a half has been quite busy for our little family. The boys had a cold last week and they are also teething. There were definitely some sleep issues for the both of them and we are finally beginning to get them back on their normal schedule.
There is definitely some catching-up to do so we'll do it with some random pictures!
Luke & Nolan spent the day with Grammie & Grandpop at a block party while Justin and I went to a Phillies game with our best friends!

New sneakers arrived in the mail and the boys just had to show them off!

They also had to destroy the box that the sneakers arrived in. Naturally.

In between sick days & miserable teething days, we took a trip to the park.

"I can totally do like 10 pull-ups. psshh. No problem."
My ribs & back muscles are still hurting from this stupid stunt.
What's amazing is that Justin actually took a picture of me trying!
Nolan had a great time on the swings, but Luke didn't like them too much this day.

Luke did, however, like pulling Nolan around in the wagon!

He pulled him around the basketball courts a few times. Nolan just sat in the wagon like the king of the park while his brother toted him around!

This past weekend, I snuck away with Lisa for an Eagles pre-season game and a Chickies dinner!
The boys are getting a little more daring around the house. Nolan has been hitting Luke with either his hands or a toy. He also steals toys from Luke a lot. I'm trying to work on this with him, but it's hard to make a 13 month old understand that you don't hit & steal from your brother. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


It wasn't long ago that I was complaining that my boys were not eating consistently.

Some yogurt here, some baby food there. Now, nothing is safe. They even go as far as to chew on something, spit it out, then pick it up again to continue eating.

Unless it's fruit - that gets spit out, thrown on the floor and left for Tank.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Grocery Shopping Adventure

Since I don't take my camera with me to grocery store, you will be graced with my drawings.
No need to thank me.

I took the boys to the grocery store on Friday afternoon. I thought that I was taking them during a non-busy time, but I was dead wrong. It was packed. I wasn't about to put the boys back into the truck and head home, so I put them into the cart with the little cozy coupe attached, strapped them in & proceeded with our grocery shopping.

Shoppers would stop us & say how handsome & well-behaved they were. They were being so good and I was proud.

When it came time to check out, there were 3 lanes open and they were four-people deep. We had a bit of waiting to do. I was able to keep the boys occupied during the first 5 minutes of the wait, but as time went on, they wanted out of the car.
We move forward in line (why is it taking so damn long?!) and I immediately realize that I'm in a bit of trouble.

The boys are in the car & I am behind the cart. As we pull into the aisle, the cart (and the boys)are wedged between the check-out & the candy display. Nolan was the lucky little guy who had access to the candy. Since the woman in line behind me had her cart practically on my heels, I had very little wiggle room.

I never give him candy bars or gum (obviously), but he was pulling it off the racks by the fist-full. I couldn't pull the cart forward & I couldn't back it out. I was wedged there trying my hardest to get him to pay attention to me & not the candy.

I wasn't able to get to the kids and the candy until after I pulled out of the narrow lane.

We left with the store with a few extra "groceries" that day. The next time I go grocery shopping, unless I am with my husband, we're foregoing the cozy coupe cart & opting for a regular cart.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Early Morning Pajama Party

Friday mornings are my favorite because it's the first morning after the work-week that I am able to wake up and play with Luke & Nolan. We all played together in the yard with our jammies on. They had sippy cups & I had coffee. It was perfect!
Look at that bed head!
It's never too early for the water table!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So long, pacifier.

I have a love/hate relationship with my sons' pacifiers. On one hand, they soothe my boys on an as-needed basis, but on the other hand, I like to hear their voices and see their smiles. But when they have a pacifier in their mouth I'm getting neither.

Last week I said to Justin, "I'm going to have these boys off the paci before Christmas." In the coming months, I planned on taking their pacis away during the day & only giving it to them for naps & bed time in hopes that by the time they were 18 months old, they wouldn't rely on it as much as they do now.

The transition happened so quickly, but when I arrived at Grammie's house to pick up the boys on Thursday evening after work, she told me that Luke & Nolan did not use their pacifiers at all that day except for when they took their nap. After nap time, she left the pacifiers in their cribs and they didn't seem too bothered by it.

We went home after that & did our usual nightly routine without the paci, but then I did give it to them when it was time for bed.

The following morning, I left the pacis in their cribs. We went about our day: we had a play date, went to the mall & played around at home and they didn't seem to miss the paci at all!

On Saturday morning, before breakfast, I did notice Nolan sucking his cheeks in like he was sucking on a paci, but he didn't whine for it. I just made sure to play with them a little extra when they seemed to be getting tired or cranky.

We are now on Day 6 and they are only using the pacifier at bed time and during their naps. I have noticed extra whining that I wasn't hearing before, but in all honesty, I would rather hear that than see them walking around with their pacifier in their mouth. I'm glad that we waited until they were 13 months to take them away beacuse I think that if we did it when they were younger, it would have been problematic. They really needed that pacifier in the evenings because they were just so tired & cranky and it was the main thing that soothed them (that plus being in mommy or daddy's arms!)

So long, pacifiers!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Play Date

It's only almost two weeks late, but the monthly chair picture had to be taken. Unfortunately, the only way I was able to keep both boys in their chair at once was to let them hold their panda bear. So cute!

On Friday, we had a play date with cousin Emma!

We had a great time! Emma was very sweet & shared her toys with Luke & Nolan and everything was going nicely until it was time to head outside. I didn't bring bathing suits with me so I took off their clothes so that they could play in the pool. Nolan removed his diaper almost immediately & rather than fight with him, I let him splash around in the buff. Then sweet Bridgit (Emma's momma) saw that Nolan left a present in the pool. Poo. Lovely. I was embarrassed, but she was very understanding. Nolan was very happy with himself though!

Diapers & clothes were put back on then they played on the swing set until I could see them growing sleepy.