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May 30, 2010

happy birthday, Mama!

Today (actually all weekend) we celebrated our favorite day of the year: Jill's birthday! The plan was to go out to breakfast everyday, but she actually tired of it after two.

Audrey and Charlie helped me design a card and we showered her with gifts.

She had some free birthday meals to cash in, so Jill picked Red Robin for lunch as the kids really like to go there. Those balloons they give out after the meal are always a hit.

Both the kids like to color the kid menus when we go out. Audrey is starting to actually fill in spaces as opposed to just scribbling all over. Charlie likes to nibble on his crayons, so we need to watch him like a hawk.

Charlie chose the right bib for the occasion.

They threw in a free Sundae and even agreed not to sing happy birthday, though I was hoping they would. Birthday girl's prerogative, I suppose.

Happy birthday, Mama!!

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May 29, 2010

sixteen months

Sixteen months and always on the move. Charlie never wants to sit still, especially for diaper changes. He has been moving to music for some time now, but I think has officially discovered he loves to dance. His latest moves look like he is moshing it up in the pit. There is no sitting under a tree leisurely blowing bubbles for this guy. The minute we walk outside he is off running. And as always, when he wants something he is impatient, but when he is being sweet, he is super sweet.

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May 26, 2010


For weeks I have not used the swiffer in front of Charlie and Audrey because every time, as soon as I get it out, they want to take it and play with it. And even though we have two swiffers, they always end up fighting over them. I thought it had been long enough and their fascination might done. Not so much.

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May 24, 2010

happy birthday, Susan

Susan was sick on her actual birthday, so she came over tonight. I made her dinner and a mint chocolate bundt cake. She liked the cake this year much better than last year's vegan cake!

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May 23, 2010


Amber, Patrick and Brylen came over for a fun lunch and a lot of happy screaming (from the kids) today. Even though Brylen tried to convince Audrey that eating her vegetables would make her strong and healthy, Audrey still opted for cereal.

Meeting of the minds.

Here is that screaming, all directed at Patrick for some reason.

Finally, a quiet moment.


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May 22, 2010

happy birthday, Seth

Today we celebrated Seth's birthday, which was last week. Audrey spent a little time with the birthday boy early on.

Seth knows how to throw a party - there was a big inflatable with a slide for the kids to play on!

Audrey loved it, jumped right in and kept right up with the bigger kids.

Charlie was missing his afternoon nap so he mostly laid low in the swing.

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May 20, 2010

real sport

Audrey's pom poms make Charlie very happy.

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May 19, 2010

favorite turtle

Today we took our first trip to the small local zoo of the season.
The peacocks greeted us as soon as we got there.

Audrey liked this turtle, who's name I think is Franklin, so much we had to go see him twice.

Charlie contemplating how the turkey got up on his branch.

Cougar, up close.

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May 16, 2010

free samples

We did not go to Costco just for the free samples, but Audrey and Charlie did enjoy them.

Audrey is getting much better at pedaling!

Todd gave Charlie his second hair cut today. No beard trimmers today. We bought real clippers just for him.

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May 15, 2010

first dentist visit

Todd took Audrey for her first dental checkup today. We have been talking about it for months, trying to prepare her and every time she said she didn't want to go. She did great though and didn't cry once. She did refuse to let the hygienist use the suction wand, Mr. Thirsty. Audrey's flavor of choice for all cleaning and treatments: bubble gum.

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May 14, 2010


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May 13, 2010

chocolate smiles

Audrey had lunch and a playdate at Sarah's today. One of the activities was decorating, and obviously eating, cupcakes.

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May 11, 2010

uneven bars

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May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! 2010

It's fun to have a child who is old enough to appreciate holidays now. Audrey was excited to help make waffles for Mama this morning, but was especially pumped to have her very own apron in which to do it. I love that she actually can help in the kitchen.

Aud and I had gone downstairs to prepare breakfast on the sly, but as we neared completion, Charlie woke up and started crying. I had hoped to get him before he woke up Jill, but no dice. On the plus side, he was awake and ready to join the fun.

It's also fun to have a kid who has no idea what is going on - breakfast in bed pretty much blew Charlie's mind. Unfortunately he was a little too crazy and couldn't stay in bed with the gals for long.

Jill was able to open presents in bed, but we had to move the party downstairs for breakfast defeating the whole breakfast-in-bed thing. Maybe next year...

After lunch out and a fairly quiet afternoon, we took advantage of the nice weather and took a family trip to the park. Audrey is itching to get on the big kid swings, but didn't put up a fuss when we asked her to swing in the baby swings with Charlie.

All-in-all a really nice day. Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

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May 07, 2010


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May 05, 2010

goodbye, Jake

Audrey met her friend Jake when she was just a couple of months old and Jake was just a few weeks old. Jake's family is moving back to their home state of Michigan so we took one last morning walk with them today. Goodbye, Jake. You will always be Audrey's favorite ring around the rosie partner!

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