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June 30, 2010

work begins

Work has finally begun on our back patio! Day one consisted of tearing out all of the timbers, rocks and weeds surrounding the concrete, digging and filling with gravel in preparation for pavers. Charlie could have just watched the men work all day. Audrey refused to leave the house all day, even out the front in fear we might actually run into and have to talk to one of the workers.

Interested kids


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June 29, 2010

seventeen months

Seventeen months and Charlie has a new obsession: balls! I don't know if it is because it is one of the few words he can say and we understand him, but he really loves balls. "Ball" is usually the first thing he says in the morning and the last thing he says at night.

From what I understand, uncle Jeff was obsessed with balls at a young age. Maybe we have the next great basketball player of the family in the making here.

Charlie is still our crazy little guy, but will finally sit still long enough to make it through an entire book. He loves picking out books to read before naps and bedtime, his favorite being Goodnight Gorilla.

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seesaw partner

Yay! Audrey finally gets a worthy seesaw partner - Brylen!

While Charlie was still at Channy's, Audrey and I met up with Amber and Brylen for some girl-only time. We walked, played at two different playgrounds and lunched. It was great fun!

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June 28, 2010

second overnight

Charlie is having his second overnight at Channy's tonight. This morning the weather cooperated and we got to have some pool time. Charlie even had a little swim before going down for his nap.

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June 26, 2010

random activities

We hadn't been to the mastodon slide for a while, so we all went out there this morning. Charlie slept through both visits last year but this year got to slide just like his big sister.

This is us going through the car wash - the ultimate wash, to be exact. Audrey likes it, just thinks it is loud. This was Charlie's first time and he looks a bit stressed but didn't fuss at all.

On the way home from the car wash we saw that the neighborhood horse was outside so we stopped to say hi.

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June 25, 2010

reptile house

We paid another visit to the local zoo this morning. We spent some time by the mastodon statue and went into the visitor center to look at the mastodon bones.

Then, we watched the crocodiles for a long time. This guy snapped at the turtle in the cage next to him.

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June 22, 2010

toy story

Todd and I took Audrey to see her second movie ever, Toy Story 3 today. She hasn't seen the first two movies, but is now a huge fan of Buzz Lightyear. She was great during the entire thing, her favorite part probably being the popcorn.

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June 20, 2010

happy father's day, dada!

Todd woke up today to hugs from his biggest fans.

French toast, Sunday comics, presents consisting of comics and comics-related items - what more could a father want?

Natasha even joined in the celebration.

Todd is trying really hard to get these two interested in comics. So far it has worked with Audrey.

We went out for a late lunch of stir fry, where Todd was able to get four different kinds of fake meat in his dish. Afterwards we got cookie dough and ice cream.

Otherwise, our day was relaxing around the house, something Todd greatly deserves. We love you, dada! Thank you for all you do!

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June 19, 2010

sometimes it's tough being little

Audrey attended our neighbor's seventh birthday party at the bouncy place this evening. She wanted so badly to hang with the older kids, but they were just too fast for her to keep up. Audrey had plenty of fun without them, went down the huge slide all by herself many times and made a new little friend.

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June 17, 2010

pretty, pretty princess

Brylen and Audrey all dressed up. Why is it that three year olds like princesses so much?

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June 16, 2010


Audrey proudly performing one of her many "tricks" - laying across the arms of the chair.

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June 15, 2010


Last year I tried to show Audrey a rainbow and she had no idea what I was talking about. Today, she got to see her first real rainbow! It is to the left of her head in the picture.

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June 14, 2010

first overnight

Charlie spent his first night without us tonight at Channy's. Even though it was Charlie's big day, shortly after we got to Channy's, he went down for his nap so all I have are pictures of Audrey.

She didn't waste any time digging into Allysa's toys and dress up chest.

Aunt Ericka, Seth and Grant stopped by while we were there. Seth had just went to the dentist for the first time so he and Audrey had a lot to talk about together.

I always want to go to Ikea, but don't want to go with both children, so I took advantage of no Charlie and Audrey and I went. She had a lot of fun playing with the toy kitchen and sitting in the display rooms, especially the kids rooms. She had a hard time figuring out why the display toilets didn't work though.

What better way to spend quality time with Audrey, but to take her to dinner at Noodles?

A picture text from Channy this evening showed that Charlie is sleeping, so I guess all is well for him away from home.

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June 13, 2010

family reunion

Todd's family had a reunion today to coincide with uncle Steve and some of his crew being in town for the first time in a while. It was most of the family's first time seeing Charlie. We met at the racetrack and hoped the rain would hold off - it didn't. This would have been the time to take extended family photos, but, as usual, we were focused on the kids.

Charlie checking out the petting zoo that consisted of a llama, donkey, rabbits and an albino kangaroo. The rain kept Audrey from riding a pony.

It's the Batmobile!

The rain did not stop the Audrey from having a lot of fun with her cousins.

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June 12, 2010


Sometimes Audrey uses the drum mallet as a microphone. Today she was really on a role. She danced and sang like crazy.

Charlie was looking pretty cute today too.

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June 11, 2010

another zoo trip

Charlie getting a good look at the peacocks.

Audrey and her favorite turtle, Franklin.

Enjoying the zoo together.

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June 09, 2010

new basement

We went to visit Sara and her newly finished basement this morning. We haven't been over there for a long time. Charlie got into everything he could, while Emma and Audrey played. It is so nice to see Audrey playing nicely and not being that annoying little kid.

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June 08, 2010


Today Audrey had her last gymnastics class...

...and her first ballet class.

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June 03, 2010

library visit

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June 01, 2010

birthday redo

Our plan for Audrey's third birthday was to take her to the bouncy place, like we did for her second birthday. Audrey was sick on her birthday so we took her today for an early three and a half years celebration. The place scared Charlie so he and I went elsewhere while Todd and Audrey played. Audrey had the run of the place and loved it.

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