Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spooktacular

Last weekend was jam-packed with fun, but the highlight of the weekend, for me, was visiting Sesame Place for their Spooktacular event. (I never thought I'd ever say that).

Justin and I took the boys on Sunday morning before the Eagles game from 10 to 12. The park was empty and we were able to ride every ride (except the roller coaster) and spend a long time in the play area.

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This is what Nolan talked about for the rest of the day -- the fire engine.
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This picture is blurry because the ride was moving, but Luke is a carousel champ. Nolan, for some reason, hates carousels and refuses to ride them.
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Nolan does like the Flying Elmo Fish ride though!
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This is the play area that occupied Luke for about 45 minutes. He took his love of stacking to a whole new level this day! He was very defensive of his "castle" and informed any child who wanted to take some of the blocks that they were part of his castle.
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Bouncy Land -- Nolan played in here while Luke was stacking.
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Cell Phone Picture! It's proof of Luke's love for stacking (he's hidden behind the blocks). I'm in the picture so that Luke doesn't yell at the litle girl for touching "his" blocks. He was actually very sweet when she came over to play -- I was very proud of him!
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As we were getting ready to leave, we saw Bert & Ernie and the best part about it was....there was NO LINE to see them! I love off-season park visits!
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

lazy weekend morning

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We kept ourselves pretty busy this weekend, but Saturday morning was a quiet, lazy morning. We all slept in late (for us), laid in bed watching cartoons for a little while until I made us all a pancake breakfast.

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While I was cooking, my two cuddle bugs grabbed one of my clean, folded sheets from the laundry basket and covered themselves while they watched Caillou.

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I love that they love being together.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2 Years, 3 Months

The boys are 27 months old today and keep their daddy and I in a constant state of laughter (inter-mixed with some frustration, but that's a different story). Justin and I were talking last night about how in love we are with our two boys as we shared some of the funny things they've been doing or saying lately. The idea of having another little one around the house is definitely on our minds.

Justin took the boys for hair cuts yesterday and Nolan was so much braver this time around when it came time for the clippers. He didn't shy away at all.

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Text picture from Grammie (before their haircut).

Nolan and Luke have a fascination with construction sites and bulldozers. They love to point them out to me as we drive past one.

I plan on potty training beginning next weekend because I don't have anything special planned and can stay close to home. Every time I ask the boys if they want to use the potty, they tell me, "no." I've tried everything I can to make using the potty seem like it's the "cool" thing to do: Caillou uses the potty; Daddy & Mommy do too; you get to wear big boy underpants! Nothing seems to work.

Ever since Pop got a Harley, Luke and Nolan have been eyeing up motorcycles. Grammie even bought them little motor cycles with riders on them. These might be their new favorite toys.

The boys love mornings that Mom Mom & Poppy take them to McDonalds for breakfast. Nolan eats pancakes and eggs while Luke eats as many sausages as he possibly can. Speaking of food, cheesy scrambles eggs and sausage just might be their favorite meal. If they're ever given a choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is almost always what Nolan asks for.

There was a time (from 12 to about 20 months old) when Luke really didn't want to be touched by Nolan. The'd play together, but Luke didn't really want Nolan to invade his personal space, but now Luke LOVES playing closely with Nolan. They play 2-man ring around the rosey, they hold hands, they tackle and wrestle. I could go on and on...it's something I love to watch!

Both boys still want to be dressed alike. If I have to change one of their shirts because they spilled something on it, his brother will want his shirt changed too. The only thing they don't mind wearing differently is pajamas.

Bath time has become much, much harder than it used to. I have to use 3 bath towels: one for each boy and one to sop up all the water that inevitable ends up all over the bathroom floor.

Halloween is right around the corner and 'tis the season of pumpkin patches, apple picking, hayrides, orange & red leaves and, of course, trick or treating. I showed my boys pictures of themselves from last year in their Halloween costumes as I tried to explain trick or treating to them. The Philly Zoo and Sesame Place have month-long Halloween festivities, so we have a fun-filled month ahead of us!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Phillies Weekend!

We had a very busy weekend and I'm exhausted tonight, but it was all worth it. On Friday afternoon, Justin and I took the boys out to run some errands and we stopped by a park before packing it in for the night.

We made the boys favorite dinner -- turkey tacos. I didn't have a taco until I was 16 (crazy, I know) so I'm happy that my little men like them so much!

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I quickly realized after it started getting very chilly out that I was totally unprepared for the fall weather as far as my boys were concerned. Mom Mom had bought the boys some pants and shirts, but we definitely needed more, so I ran out while they were taking a nap on Saturday and spent a pretty penny on some new duds for my little guys.

After they woke from their nap, we took them to Grammie & Pop's house to spend the night because Justin and I had tickets to the Phillies game with Chica & Eric. This was our first time this year going to the game as a foursome!

It was very chilly, but the tailgating was fun and we made some fun new friends!

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We picked a great night for a game because the Phils clinched the 2011 NL East!!

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I picked the boys up early from Grammie & Pop's house and we went home to visit with Mom Mom, Poppy and Aunt Christa before heading out to the zoo for the afternoon.

This was their first time going to the zoo where they were both really excited about seeing animals. Nolan was psyched to see the monkeys while Luke kept saying from the back seat, "sssh, be quiet, animals sleeping." Even when we got to the zoo he would tell me to be quiet because the animals were asleep!

It was a long and busy weekend and I'm looking forward to a day alone tomorrow with my little guys to wind-down -- as much as I possibly can with two two year olds!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chilly Morning

We woke up to a gorgeous and chilly morning, so after we had breakfast, we drove to the park.

Luke immediately asks to swing and I'm always happy to oblige!
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Look how happy it makes him!

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Nolan stuck to the big swing but quickly decided that he'd rather push Luke higher!

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Nolan found a couple of sticks and began banging them on the ground. I asked if he was playing the drums and he said, "no mommy, I'm cooking." "What are you cooking, buddy?" I asked, "hamburgers," is what he told me.

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There's a 9/11 Memorial at the park and this was the reason I brought my camera with me. The boys, Grammie and I had visited earlier in the week and the boys LOVED running through the flags, but this morning, they really didn't have much interest in them.

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I thought it was a nice way to remember the victims of September 11th on the 10 year anniversary.

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Last night, before bed time, a rainbow appeared in the sky. The four of us went out front and we (I) sung the rainbow song.

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We're enjoying the beautiful day with our windows open!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colorado

I absolutely fell in love with Colorado during my visit for our friends Tom & Erin's wedding. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous, but the people were incredibly friendly and downtown Denver was so clean. When you come from Philadelphia, it's things like that that really impress you. If we weren't so attached to our family, Justin and I would love to take the boys out there and live for a few years.

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On the morning of the wedding, Justin and I went for a hike with his cousin and girlfriend. The view was gorgeous.

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The wedding was held at sunset and Erin and Tom looked beautiful. The ceremony was the most touching and personal ceremony I had ever witnessed. I loved every minute!

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Tom has been Justin's best friend since grade school so he acted as his Best Man for the day.

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The view was breath-taking.

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On Sunday, we went to a Rockies game at Coors Field. The stadium is very similar to Citizens Bank Park in Philly, but the view was a little different!

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Needless to say, I had a blast but couldn't wait to get home to my boys. Mom Mom and Poppy stayed with them for the long weekend and I know that they all had so much fun together!