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January 30, 2010

one year party

Family gathered at our house today to celebrate Charlie turning one!

How could one little cupcake make such a mess? I'm not sure how much of this he actually ate. Most of it ended up on his shirt sleeves and crumbled in his seat.

Charlie had a lot of help opening presents with Todd, Audrey and all of the cousins. Thank you, everyone!

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January 29, 2010

one year

Charlie is one today! Between burnt fingers, stitches, head bumps and such, I wasn't sure we would make it to this day!

Since Audrey wears a crown most days, she wanted Charlie to have one too. We made him his very own birthday crown on the fly yesterday out of felt, elastic, a hole punch and Audrey's new favorite craft item, glitter glue.

Charlie would have been happy with just balloons but opened a few books and toys that he can make noise with.

My sweet boy isn't a baby anymore. He is a silly boy who is always laughing. He is cruising along furniture, using his sign language a bit and says a few words, mostly mama and dada. We love you, Charlie!

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January 28, 2010

after gymnastics

For the last few weeks, Audrey has been having snacks and coloring with Sarah after gymnastics while I get Charlie from day care.

Sarah is always very interested in where Charlie is. Today she was giving him kisses and found out the hard way that Charlie's kisses are slobbery with an open mouth.

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January 27, 2010


Audrey has her own version of Memory that she taught Susan tonight. It doesn't involve taking turns, just flipping over all of the cards faster than the other player to find the most pairs. The most important pair to find is the ice cream cones.

Charlie wanted to stay out of it and just wanted more Cheerios.

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January 26, 2010

six and seven

Audrey chose crocodile as the game at school today but still did not participate. Next week she says she wants to play hippo. Miss Ann also asked Audrey to draw her a picture of a hippo.

Audrey did participate in a little tea party before dinner tonight.

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January 25, 2010

back window

A little bonding while wondering where the snow went and watching the neighbor's dogs

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January 21, 2010

not helping

Charlie climbed into the laundry basket all on his own as I was about to start some folding.

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January 20, 2010

channeling rerun

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January 19, 2010

four and five

Hanging at the library again during Audrey's class. Meow even snuck out for a bit. Don't tell Audrey!

Miss Ann tells me that Audrey did not participate in the class game today so she is supposed to decide what game they will play next week. She has already decided on crocodile, whatever that is. We'll see how that goes...

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January 18, 2010


Charlie has an unhealthy obsession with the knobs on the stove. Just like everything else he isn't supposed to touch, he then decides he must get it every time he is near.

I am usually able to distract with the tupperware drawer.

Charlie pulled every single item out of the cabinet and put every single item in his mouth as he did it. Thank goodness for the dishwasher.

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January 17, 2010

first haircut

The back of Charlie's hair was getting a little unruly so we took matters into our own hands and gave him his first haircut.

Todd's beard trimmer did the trick.

Charlie was cooperative for most of it.

Much better!

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January 16, 2010

tinkerbell, dinosaurs and ariel

Audrey attended her friend Sarah's birthday party today. It was Tinkerbell themed with a dinosaur cake. It was quite action-filled. They made wands, had a treasure hunt and played pin the tiara on Ariel.

Audrey's favorite part was eating the treasure, which were ring pops. She had to be sure to show every person at the party her red tongue and then, of course, dada when we got home.

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January 15, 2010

princess fairy ballerina mommy

Audrey can do it all.

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January 14, 2010

divine hammer

Charlie got this toy for christmas (thanks, Kolars!) and he loves it. I am enjoying seeing his little mind work when he hammers the balls, puts them back in their spot and does it all over again.

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January 12, 2010

two and three

Charlie and I kept busy in the library while Audrey was in class learning about the numbers 2 and 3.

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January 10, 2010

big big girl bed

When it was still warm out I painted this daybed that Todd used in college. We finally put it back together and put it in Audrey's room today. She calls it her princess bed and says " I really, really, really love it."

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January 09, 2010

packing it up

While I had coffee with Sara, Todd and Audrey took down the tree. Audrey told dada how to do it.

Then she sorted all of the ornaments by color. Oh, so helpful.

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January 08, 2010

happy together

What a joy when they play nice.

Charlie got his stitches out yesterday. The healing process is going well.

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January 07, 2010

busted ...

taking the comics page to the bathroom. She is her father's daughter.

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January 06, 2010


Audrey has been obsessed with this cat costume she got from her cousin.

Her favorite thing about it is the way the skirt poofs out when she spins.

Meanwhile, Charlie has discovered the joy of swiffering. Why are children so intrigued with cleaning when they can't actually do any good? I'm sure when it becomes mandatory there will be nothing but resistance.

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January 05, 2010

let's count together

Audrey started a new class at the park district - Let's Count Together. Today's numbers were, of course, zero and one.

Charlie enjoyed the balloon with the number nine on it that Audrey brought home from class along with her three projects.

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January 04, 2010

princess topham hatt

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January 03, 2010

human bowling ball

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January 02, 2010


Today Charlie was practicing his standing, fell and hit his head hard on the edge of a piece of wooden furniture. After much crying, mostly by me, and a little bleeding, we took him to the walk-in care to get the cut checked out, thinking it looked a little deep. Sure enough, stitches were needed. Here is our brave little guy after getting the cut cleaned, waiting to see the doctor.

As expected, Charlie was upset receiving his five stitches while strapped onto a papoose board. He was quite the trouper though. But, long after the tape holding on the topical anesthetic was removed, Charlie was red and irritated where the tape had been. The doctor thinks he has an allergy to adhesive so instead of a simple band-aid covering the stitches, Charlie got the super-cool head wrap. Also, he has another ear infection.

The head wrap came off shortly after we got home. Charlie has been good so far about not bothering the stitches and does not seem too traumatized by the events of the day.

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January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

Jill hard at work on her resolution to get the blog up-to-date. You're doing a great job!

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