Sunday, October 14, 2012

16 month update

Connor is 16 months and has 16 teeth! He is thrilled about it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Midwest Tour 2012

We just got back from a fun-filled trip on the road, and we sang "On the Road Again" plenty of times! We started off last Monday, bright and early at 2am, and spent the day with Uncle Lou and Aunt Arlene.  Then we had dinner with Cousin Joe, Claire, and Carson.

Tuesday we got to catch up with Cousin Debbie, and Madeline got to visit with her horse.
Sitting on Sugar with Daddy

With cousin Debbie
Wednesday we arrived in Cedarburg to spend a couple days with Aunt Betts. It was great to see everyone at dinner that night, then the rest of the visit was more low-key, with a trip to the pool, library, coffee shop, and a couple great bike rides along the awesome Interurban trail.

Friday we hit the road again to spend a few days with Brooke and Cody (and their awesome parents!). We had fun with water fights, the crazy coupe, bike ride to the park, trip to Meme and Pepe's resort, and a fire pit (to name a few).

Playing water fights in the rain... still wearing helmet after ride in Crazy Coupe.

Brooke filled up her galoshes with water!
Cars PJs buddies
Monday we landed in Goodfield, IL, to catch up with Carl, Janelle, Sierra, and Hunter for a bit. We enjoyed their neighborhood park and relaxing at their house. The adults enjoyed a fun game of Blokus after the kids quieted down. 

Today was quite a long day on the road, but we finally made it home safe and sound.  It's great to be home again, home again, jiggety-jog!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Connor's 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday Connor! You weigh 22 pounds (50th percentile), you are 32 inches long (95th percentile), and you're the best little brother ever!
Playing in the grass

The whole family

Big smile!

Watching Uncle Brandon dance like a monkey!

Having fun!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Getting ready to go swimming outside for the first time this year!  New purple swim shoes and purple My Little Pony!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shout out to CJ (the original)!

Madeline took a nap today... I can't remember the last time that happened, but she fell asleep in the car on the way home from the park.  Anyhoo, now she's up in her room singing, "scooby-dooby-doo, where are you? we've got a lot of things to do now!" over and over and over and over again. Ha-ha-ha!

We took her trike to "big park" as we call it (by the nature center), and she triked the sidewalk all the way around.  I guess it wore her out pretty well.  Then she and Connor enjoyed the baby swings together.  Connor was holding on for dear life and smiling really big the whole time. Madeline told me that she wanted to swing like a caterpillar and made me help her get her legs into the back holes and put her hands into the front holes of the swing.  Weird.  Maybe she learned that at preschool, or maybe she is extremely creative. 

I noticed today that a few times while Connor was walking, if he was losing his balance he would just squat down for a moment and then hop back up, rather than falling all the way down.  Way to go little guy!
Happy at bathtime
Wearing her orange starfish floatie

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Swimming and such

Random updates about the kiddos: Connor is an eating machine!  He eats about 10 containers of baby food a day (sometimes more), and thoroughly enjoys any other pieces of food that we throw his way.  He can use a sippy cup very well, but hasn't quite figured out the straw thing.  He has mastered walking and is getting pretty fast now.  He is a good sleeper, but it seems as though he is trying to get rid of his 2nd nap of the day.  His 7th tooth just busted through the gum line (left lower lateral incisor).  He plays very well on his own and is happy as long as he is free to walk.  He just got over his first ear infection (diagnosed on April 17th).  He has been enjoying swim lessons.  So far, he's done one session at the Y and is now doing a session at Springfield Gymnastics and Aquatics (pretty cool, but much more expensive than the Y).

Madeline has been enjoying soccer on Monday nights with some of her preschool buddies.  She likes pushing the ball around with her head and walking on the abc's of the soccer field.   Madeline has become more independent in many different ways. She recently got promoted to the "big kids class" at gymnastics!  She's out there on her own with the other little kiddos and doing great.  We appreciate everything Miss Katherine taught us, and now it's up to Mr Nick to continue the fun!  Madeline is showing improvement at swim lessons by jumping into the water all by herself, swimming around with her floatie backpack at the Y, and going down the BIG slide at SGA.  She is trying to figure out the time/space continuum, learning about the meaning of words like yesterday, tonight, next week... funny.
Cute outfit from Granny

Getting ready for swim lessons in new CHERRY swimsuit!
Notice doggy trying on new PURPLE swimsuit!

Showing off Clifford artwork

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Ed

Mommy took the kiddos to open gym at gymnastics. They had a blast! Then Brian and Diana came for a short visit. Good to see you guys! We had a great birthday dinner at Red Lobster.
It's never easy to get both of their faces in the picture
Notice Madeline's feet flying over her head!
Connor relaxin'