Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy 3rd Birthday to my little chipmunks!

We will be celebrating their big day by swimming, splashing and sliding at Sesame Place.  This past year has been a whirlwind, but we made it through and will be celebrating the best way we know how - together.  


My little loves,


I wish you were both born with a pause button because I would press it right now.  I could do without the 3 year old 'know it all' phase, but other than that, you're both just a joy to be around.  Some of the things that come out of your mouths are hysterical.  Who knew I had two little comedians on my hands?  


Nolan, I don't know what I would do without you.  You give me the affection and attention that I, as a mother, needs.  You need me to be around you, you need me to sit with you, "keep you warm" and snuggle in bed with you.  I love it.  I love your angelic voice and your soft skin.  I wish you could be a tad bit gentler with your brother, but we're working on that.


Luke, you are the most independent little guy I know. I often joke with people that you don't really need me or your dad - you'd be able to feed yourself and run the house all on your own!  You make me so proud.  I just know that God has big plans for you.  I can see your concentration and attention to detail and it reminds me of your daddy so much.  I absolutely love that about you.  You still give me the absolute best kisses of all time and I love to nuzzle up to your little neck and ears.  


Happy Birthday to you both.  I am so proud to be called your mommy.  

Love Always,
Mommy


P.S. Please take it easy on me this year!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baltimore

When our friends Tom and Erin asked if we wanted to join them in Baltimore to watch the Phillies play the Orioles, we jumped at the chance. Justin and I hadn't been to Baltimore since 1999 (we've obviously been together for a VERY long time) and were excited to see a game.

Nolan and Luke spent the long weekend and Grammie & Pop's house while Justin and I drove with Chica & Eric down to Baltimore. The first night we arrived, we took the train into the Inner Harbor and had dinner at Hooters. You read that correctly: we didn't have crab cakes or seafood, but opted for chicken wings, beer (and a cosmo for me) and boobies instead.

A guy waiting for the train with us (another Phillies fan) came up to me and said, "hey, I know you. You get on the train back home in __(my station) and you get off at __(my work station)."

Ummm...creepy. His friends poked fun at him a bit and called him a stalker, but I tried to be a little more forgiving.

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When we arrived at the stadium for the game, I could.not.believe how many Phillies fans had traveled down to watch them play the Orioles. It was incredible!

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Aren't my girlfriends cutie-pies?!

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We didn't have the most amazing seats in the world, but we were in the shade and we had awesome friends to sit with!

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Did I mention that it was 92 degrees this day? It was HOT!! The heat didn't stop Justin and I from eating bacon on a stick.

BACON ON A STICK. 'nuff said.

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On Sunday morning, we packed our bags, said goodbye to Tom and Erin and hung out at the Inner Harbor for a few hours before heading back home to see our munchkins.

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If it weren't for our incredible families, we'd never be able to take getaways like this and I feel so blessed to be able to spend alone time with Justin.  (BTW, someone asked me to see a picture of the bangle I received for Mother's Day - you can see it in this last picture!)

Sesame Place, day care & potty training

Potty training updates:

Nolan is my new potty training rockstar.  He barely has any accidents and has been waking up from naps & night time completely dry.  Luke has regressed a bit, but it's understandable.  We're all still new at this!  No looking back though -- I'm through with diapers.  I think that Nolan really liked the attention he was getting every time he went potty, so it was very encouraging to him to keep doing it.  He's doing great!

I visited a daycare center not too far from my home that I'm thinking of having the boys join this September for the 3 days that I'm at work.  This center has Pre-K built into its program from 9:30 - 11 every day which I love.  I couldn't just put them into Pre-K because it's too difficult with mine and Justin's work schedule, so this seemed like the best fit.

We've visited Sesame Place twice so far this season and one thing that changed from last year was the Nolan's excitement for the water rides.  He BEGGED me to go down a water slide, but the water is freezing and I didn't bring bathing suits.  Instead I let them wander under a sprinkler and play in the wading pool a bit.  Justin and I have off of work on their birthday (coming up in a week and a half!!) and plan to spend the entire day with them riding water slides.  Day-2 Day-4 Day-5 Day-6 Day-12 Day-18 Day-21

Oh, another thing that changed from last year...

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...they weren't able to climb this, but now they can!

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This water was ICE cold and he wanted nothing more than for me to run through it with him. How could I not?

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And now for some cell phone pictures!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Mountain House

We are starting a Memorial Day Weekend tradition by heading up to the mountain house to celebrate the long weekend. We had fun doing it last year, but I knew that this one would be even better because Nolan and Luke love exploring and there is no shortage of exciting things for little boys to get into at the mountain house.

I also planned to devote the entire weekend to potty training the boys. We have absolute privacy up there (can’t see a neighbor), so I felt comfortable letting them run around the yard in their underwear or nude. Good thing too because they spent about 90% of the weekend pants-less. The 3 days we spent devoting to training my little men worked in our favor! Luke is doing fabulously and will tell me when he has to go to the potty now (he even told me at Sesame Place this past weekend and peed in the urinal!). Doing #2 is a different story, but he’s always had issues with that. Nolan is improving more and more every day. He doesn’t tell me that he has to go, but I read his signals. We’re having 80% success with that, but like I said, we’re getting better every day.

The first thing we did once we arrived was set up the tents. Justin & and I shared the blue one and Aunt Chica & Uncle Eric shared the other. Nolan and Luke were to spend the nights in the house with the rest of the family, but they did get a kick out of helping Justin & Eric assemble the tents.
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Every night, a different family member cooks dinner for everyone else. Justin and I cooked the first night. We made a bushel of crabs, corn on the cob and salad. YUM! Nolan couldn’t get the crabs into his mouth fast enough!

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Since the boys didn’t nap that day, they went to sleep around 8:30 and missed out on the campfire, but we had a nice time sitting around, talking and drinking. The following morning, Justin and I woke early then walked to the house to find Grammie awake with a coffee in hand sitting with Nolan. Luke was still out cold.

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After a delicious breakfast by Pop, we went down to the river to do a little bit of fishing!

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The boys loved wading in the river with us. They have zero fear when it comes to water! Dinner that night was ribs and steak, followed by roasting marshmallows on the fire. This was the highlight of the boys’ day! We played some fun music, danced around the fire and had a BLAST! They went to sleep around 10 that night and slept beautifully!

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On Sunday morning, Chica & I joined my parents & Uncle Ed & Aunt Kathy at the flea market where I bought two hobnail dishes and an old fashioned suitcase for my photography sessions. While we were fleamarketing, Justin & Eric took the boys to the river to fish again. When we all arrived back home, it was quite hot and everyone went kayaking & canoeing while Chica & I stayed home with the boys while they napped (we napped too!). When everyone got back, it was our turn. Chica & I went kayaking & Justin & Eric took the canoe. The boys stayed behind with Grammie & Pop. We had a boating fiasco that we’ll never forget, but ultimately, we did have fun!!

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Uncle Eddie cooked dinner that night – the best jambalaya I ever had!

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On Monday, we woke early, had a delicious breakfast then drove home. When we got home, we discovered that Justin’s car had been hit while sitting on the street and our washing machine broke. So, not the homecoming we wanted, but we’ll deal. Since we needed to buy a new washer, we ordered a new dryer as well. They both arrive tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. We took the opportunity to get ourselves a front-loading washer & dryer. Things have been going well – busy but well!