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December 31, 2009

new year's eve

I entertained myself today by having Charlie race Audrey's new crawling baby doll. Charlie won!

Todd and I are ringing in the new year by playing Rock Band. We let Audrey have her midnight at 9pm and play some too.

After her short stint at the drums, all she wanted to do was sing. That is, sing the alphabet over and over to every song we played. It was awfully cute, but it didn't help our band's tour success.

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December 30, 2009

first movie

Todd has been itching to take Audrey to her first movie at a theater for a while. When Audrey first laid eyes on a picture of Disney's new princess she declared that she was her most favorite princess ever so we decided to take her to see the Princess and the Frog movie.

All of the commercials and previews may have been a bit much because by about one third of the way through the movie Audrey said she didn't want to watch the movie anymore.

She stuck it out, even after we ate all the popcorn, and still hasn't said much about the movie. Maybe in a few days it will all sink in...

Thanks to Channy for watching Charlie so we could go to the movie!

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December 29, 2009

eleven months

Every day that gets us closer to Charlie's birthday is another day I can't believe he is almost one year old. He is on the move and into everything! Any large object he can grab he pulls himself up into a stand on with no fear. This month he has started to wave at everyone and everything, dance, share his food and shake his head no to any question you ask him. He is such a sweet boy, we just wish he would be more careful!

This evening we had a fun dinner at my cousin Lori's and delivered Mackenzie's christmas present. Connor and Mackenzie were both so good about playing with and sharing their things with Audrey and Charlie. It was great to see everyone!

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December 28, 2009

happy birthday, dada!

Thirty-seven years of Todd! First thing on Todd's birthday agenda after sleeping in as long as Audrey will let him: opening presents. Second: french toast made with love.

Things get a little crazy when Charlie get ahold of Meow.

After dinner from Francesca's, Todd and Audrey ate Boston cream pie (Todd's favorite) and ice cream while Charlie and I snacked on Cheerios.

After the kids were in bed Todd and I snuck off to see a movie. The poor babysitter had to experience Audrey's repeated opening and closing of her bedroom door until she finally decides to go to the bathroom. Happy birthday, Todd!

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December 26, 2009

party fail, christmas version

I am a horrible wimp about driving in the snow so we bailed on my extended family's holiday gathering this evening. Sorry family! Since the kids were all dressed up, we took advantage and snapped some pictures.

Charlie does his best Gap ad pose.

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more snow

Audrey is a hard worker when it comes to shoveling snow.

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the prospect of hot chocolate when the job is done.

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December 25, 2009

merry christmas

Charlie's first christmas!

Audrey getting her first glimpse of the swag under the tree. When Todd told her that Santa was going to come to our house and bring presents, she got upset and said that he should stay at the mall.

Charlie puts his new teething ring to immediate use. Now I hope he will stop chewing on the dining room chairs.

Audrey whips up a little something in her new pots and pans. She was getting impatient for the real french toast.

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December 24, 2009

christmas eve

We offered to host the christmas celebration for Todd's family this year and to our surprise everyone decided to come!

The city folk catch up with the country folk in our suburban home.

The big kids share dinner while Charlie naps.

The celebration was lively with all the kids, but you'd never know it from this shot. Must have been a temporary lull in the action.

Audrey stole a sword from Jeffery, grabbed a stray ribbon and became an impromptu christmas pirate queen.

Nana tried her best to gather up all the grandkids for a group shot at the end of the night, but Audrey elected to run from the room screaming. The remaining participants posed nicely.

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December 23, 2009

holiday card outtakes

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December 22, 2009

one is not enough

Audrey wrapped the book she chose for Charlie's christmas present. Apparently she is a big fan of bows.

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December 20, 2009

channy's christmas special

We celebrated with my family at Channy's today.

Charlie was excited about his new shirt

Audrey plays Thomas with cousins Seth and Grant

Audrey shows Channy some love

Audrey made us listen to Channy's holiday animated music decorations over and over and over

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December 19, 2009

city of lights

Driving through the annual local light display

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snow day

The boys texting at breakfast.

There was snow to be shoveled and Audrey was there to help.

We couldn't get Audrey to make snow angels so we built a snowman instead.

Audrey surveying her handywork.

The final product. This snowman has a green onion nose and mulch whiskers. Snowcat?

Charlie woke up from his nap so it was time to go back inside.

Hot chocolate!

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December 18, 2009

hugs all around

Audrey was feeling the love today and wanted to hug everyone.

She knocked Todd over with her hug.

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December 17, 2009

sears (not willis) tower

Audrey's tribute to Todd's work building

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December 15, 2009

mini chef



As you can see, Charlie is still a happy boy even though he is suffering from his first ear infection. I took Audrey to the doctor this morning because she had more hives and found out both of her ears are infected so had Charlie checked too. When will the sickness end?

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December 13, 2009


Nana and Papa were sad not to see Audrey the week before for her birthday so they came over today to brave what seems to be a whole new version of Audrey germs. I would like to write more, but I wasn't feeling well either and slept through most of the visit.

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December 11, 2009

feeling a little better

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December 10, 2009

the point

Charlie has a new favorite trick: pointing.

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December 08, 2009

christmas kitty

Natasha has been enjoying chewing on the tree and ornaments.

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December 06, 2009

party fail

We ended up canceling Audrey's family birthday party because of illness but Channy braved the germs and came for a little birthday visit this morning. She brought donuts!

In the afternoon we put up and decorated our new able-to-be-put-on-a-table-out-of-Charlie's-reach tree. Somehow we ended up with a ton of low-hanging ornaments.

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December 05, 2009

audrey's birthday, take two

Audrey was feeling a bit better today so we attempted her birthday lunch with her favorite mac and cheese.

Then she got to blow out her candle and we had birthday cupcakes.

She is still not feeling well but was able to enjoy her day a bit more than yesterday.

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December 04, 2009

three years

We have been so excited about Audrey turning three but now that the big day is here, Audrey has a bad cold.

Audrey was not too sick to open her presents and worry that Charlie wanted to open her presents though.

We ate special birthday pancakes this morning. Unfortunately, we would all get to see these again later when Audrey got sick.

All birthday activities for the day were canceled and we just tried to make Audrey as comfortable as possible. Hopefully the rest of Audrey's birthday weekend will be better! Happy birthday, Audrey!

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December 02, 2009

crazy hair day

Audrey woke up with some funky hair today

Looking better

Cute but not happy after her three year check up

Three year Audrey stats: 38 inches tall and 34 pounds

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December 01, 2009

Audrey's store

Audrey and her art project from school today. I have no idea what she is selling in her store and I don't think she does either.

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