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July 31, 2009

monkey bars

We have been trying to go to the park in the evenings after dinner. More often than not we don't go because Audrey takes too long to eat. Tonight was a quick dinner so Audrey got to practice her leg pumping on the swing and climb the monkey bars with a little help.

Charlie, as usual, was contained in a carrying device but was perfectly happy.

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July 30, 2009

here comes trouble

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quiet place

Audrey in her "quiet place" looking at a book.

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July 29, 2009

six months

Our sweet boy is six months already! He really is genuinely a happy baby. Audrey and Natasha make him even happier.

Charlie just started a two-a-day nap schedule, one of them during Audrey's nap!, and I am hoping it sticks. Without fail he has been sleeping through the night for 10 hours each night.

Charlie had his six month check up today. Though the doctor and nurse both referred to him as a big baby, his stats are average, right around the 50th percentile: 18 pounds and nearly 28 inches long. He is rolling over but has been a bit slow sitting up so the doctor suggested as much tummy time as possible to work his stomach muscles. Poor little guy.

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July 28, 2009


Audrey was digging around under my bed and found these shoes that I used to wear back in the day.

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July 26, 2009

five hour lunch

Last night Erinn and Kieran visited. Todd and I left Audrey and Charlie with them for about thirty minutes while we picked up food. They agreed to this even though both kids were awake. Thank goodness no one pooped!

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July 25, 2009

dinosaurs are scary

Today was Todd's company picnic at the zoo. If you ask Audrey her favorite part of the zoo she will tell you it was NOT the dinosaurs. As part of the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit this gigantic dino that moves, makes noise and spits water is situated by the fountain. It scared Audrey and she got nervous every time we heard it. We had free tickets for the exhibit but had to skip it because of other mechanical, noise-making dinosaurs inside.

Audrey has been talking about elephants for weeks. It was the first animal we saw and our choice for the annual Mold-A-Rama.

The dolphins also scared Audrey at first but then she loved them and did not want to leave. Charlie was much more interested in the other people viewing the dolphins.

Since last year's zoo trip, Todd's dream has been to have Audrey pet the goats with him. Audrey bravely walked right into the goat pen, grabbed a brush and used it on docile Ruby. The next goat (pictured below) accidentally stepped on Audrey's sandal so she could not move, causing her much distress. She recovered quickly and continued the brushing but didn't even notice she had goat poo on her toe from the incident. Eww.

Audrey had a nice conversation with this very vocal goose.

Diaper changes and feeding in the picnic area before Charlie fell asleep for the rest of trip. He missed seeing the cats and meeting Todd's coworkers.

Audrey's first sno-cone. It looks good but had no flavor. We were actually glad when Audrey dropped it half way through and couldn't eat it anymore.

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July 24, 2009

say hello to my little friend

At one point Audrey was so scared of ants she would insist on being picked up. Todd tried to remedy her fear by letting ants crawl on his arm. This morning Audrey saw an ant on the driveway and coaxed it onto her hand. She let it crawl on her until it started going up her arm and she had a little freak out and swatted him off. Don't worry he was ok. I was proud of my brave girl. I wouldn't have wanted that ant on me.

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July 23, 2009

tummy sleep

When I checked on Charlie this morning, he turned over at some point during the night and was sleeping on his tummy. Maybe he will be a tummy sleeper like his sister.

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July 21, 2009

just the girls (and Charlie)

We met Sara and Emma for coffee today for Charlie's first visit to Starbucks. Audrey had a lot of fun following Emma around as she took pictures with Sara's phone.

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July 20, 2009

he ain't heavy he's my brother

Audrey asked to hold Charlie for the first time today. She has tried to pick him up before without success. She got bored with it pretty quickly but it was sweet while it lasted.

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July 19, 2009

working on puzzles

The girl sat at her newly refurbished school desk today (thanks again, Nana!) and worked on some puzzles. It's nice to see some critical thinking at work with the usual craziness.

And speaking of wild and crazy, Charlie entertained us with his impression of a cat with a gas problem. That kid is all about the high concept.

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July 18, 2009

Pool party!

We headed out for fun in the sun today to celebrate Tyler's 13th birthday! When did that kid get so old? And how did we manage not to snag a photo of him?

Charlie braved the shallow end with his designated swim buddy, Channamom. He didn't seem too crazy about the water at first, but came around pretty quickly.

Audrey was excited to hit the pool, but found herself a bit nervous once actually in the water. The boat helped, though I think Allysa was secretly wishing Audrey was ready to join her swimming under the water. Maybe in a few years.

For days Audrey was telling me that she would jump from the side of the pool into my waiting arms. Once at the pool, the story changed. No way was she going to do that! Of course after I was out she decided maybe she could give it a try after all with her pal, Channy.

And what to do after a quick dip? Dry off with a cruise around the neighbor's backyard with the top down, of course.

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July 17, 2009

cute on wheels

I was going to mention how excited we are that Audrey is starting to pedal a bit, but this photo shows a sight we know too well: Audrey's feet on the ground! She'll get there...

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July 16, 2009

first roll

Today was a big day for Charlie. He rolled over from back to belly for the first time! Apparently what he had needed was the right incentive. With Audrey it was the tv remote. Charlie was trying to reach Audrey's water cup. It wasn't just a fluke either - he rolled eight other times throughout the day, including when I put him down for bed. What a big boy!

This picture was immediately following one of his turns. He looks like he knows he accomplished something.

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lopsided pigtail

While I worked on cutting down branches and Charlie napped, Audrey played with bubbles and her new jump rope.

We will have to get a video of Audrey's version of jumping rope - it is pretty awesome. For now a picture will have to do.

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July 15, 2009

four eyes

Audrey calls these her reading glasses, just like Nana she says.

Audrey thought Charlie would like to try them on too.

Not even hiding under the table can stop my picture taking.

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July 14, 2009

while dada is away

Todd stayed downtown to have dinner with some library school friends so we went out to eat. Audrey is obsessed with the mac and cheese at Noodles, boxed will no longer suffice. This was my first time at a restaurant with both Audrey and Charlie alone. It went surprisingly well.

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This morning at breakfast Audrey put her headband on her forehead and asked me if she was "like 80's". How does she know that???

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July 13, 2009


Blowing raspberries is Charlie's latest favorite way to entertain himself.

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July 12, 2009

wood pile

We have had a dead tree in our yard for the last two years and finally had it taken care of today. A friend of Todd's dad, Tommy, chopped it down and did some major hedge trimming. Audrey was very scared of the sound of the chainsaw but once it was off she was outside entertaining Papa and Tommy with stories of our neighbors and their pets.

Papa, Audrey and Todd examine the aftermath of tree demolition.

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July 11, 2009

yard work

We spent our morning working on the yard.

Neighbor Popsicle Man saw Audrey outside and shared his bounty.

Audrey wonders why it took so long for her parents to spread the final four bags of mulch.

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July 10, 2009

pod for toddler

This seat is supposed to help babies learn to sit up. So far Charlie screams every time I've put him in it but Audrey has been enjoying regressing back to when she used to sit in it.

Charlie is content to keep working on tummy time, especially when his big sister joins him.

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July 09, 2009

ready to go

What better to wear outside on a hot day to ride a tricycle than a crown, dress and hooded sweatshirt?

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Lesson One: The Spin

Here's another one from the video vault, several weeks old to capture that old school flavor.

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July 08, 2009

sweet boy cuddles

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July 07, 2009


Todd's parents recently cleaned out their attic so we have gotten all kinds of Todd's beloved childhood items like an original Star Wars x-wing fighter and a monster coloring book. I don't know how happy Todd is that Audrey was playing with his toys while he was at work.

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July 06, 2009

charlie eats

Charlie has seemed unsatisfied after eating the last few days so we gave him his first taste of rice cereal tonight.

He was very excited about it. I'm not sure if it was because of the food or because he was enjoying chewing on the spoon.

I think he may have drooled most of the cereal right back out of his mouth. Audrey was so tired from her sleepover with Nana and Papa that she went to bed even before Todd arrived home from work so she missed out on this first.

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July 05, 2009


I've been working on trying to establish a Father's Day tradition of taking the old man out to the movies each year. This year I came up with the added bonus of letting Papa and Nana keep Audrey overnight. While Papa and I enjoyed Public Enemies, Charlie and the girls spent some time with Nana. Here are some shots of the grandparents getting to enjoy some time with the kids.

Audrey was adamant that this was a sleepover, not a slumber party. When we were getting ready to leave Nana and Papa's she told us "don't take me with you!"

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July 04, 2009

happy 4th of july

Audrey had a late nap after the drama earlier in the day and fireworks had started around the neighborhood by the time we finished dinner. We put Charlie to bed and took the monitor and walked down the street to the park to watch fireworks in the distance.

Audrey insisted that Todd carry her and we didn't want to be away from Charlie too long, so we moved inside and watched a great display right out our bedroom window. Audrey called out the colors of each one and was excited to tell us that the fireworks go "boom boom boom!" over and over.

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thirty-one months

Today started off like any other Saturday. Todd made us pancakes. Audrey got special star-shaped cakes with stripes of syrup since it is the 4th of July. Audrey has been obsessed with pancakes lately because it is all that Nate (from the Nate the Great books that she checks out from the library) eats. After breakfast we went to the store to pick up groceries. As soon as we got there, Audrey was hanging and twisting while holding Todd's hand and hurt her arm. She was in pain and couldn't move her arm. We took Audrey to urgent care and discovered she had nursemaid elbow. The doctor popped her bones back in place and almost immediately she was jumping around, waving her arms and singing that she was cured. The entire experience was scary but luckily a minor injury with a quick fix. This is how Audrey got to have her second ice cream cone ever.

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July 03, 2009

brand spanking new

Todd had the day off and we met Amber, Patrick and Brylen at the park.

These two are so awesome together. At lunch they tapped their cups for cheers and fed each other mac and cheese.

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July 01, 2009

animal houses, part two

Audrey, Charlie and I went back to the arboretum to see the animal houses we didn't get to the other day and to look at some we already did see again.

Audrey and some really big heron eggs

Charlie escapes the car seat to explore the raccoon den

Visiting with the squirrel and raccoon in the fallen log

There was running around the squirrel drey, but no climbing in it

Stopping to smell the flowers

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