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July 31, 2010


In order to beat the heat today, we went out to run some errands and grab lunch. Charlie graduated from high chair to a seat that attaches to the booth. At first he seemed excited, but the novelty faded quickly. When he starts saying "down!" you know he means business.

Audrey worked on the kids' menu and enjoyed the cherries from our drinks. She did not enjoy her father trying to create a poor man's cheese fries by dunking his french fries into her mac & cheese. I received an earful and promised never to do it again.

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July 30, 2010

eighteen months, the stats

Charlie had his eighteen month check up today. The little guy is 32 inches tall, 24.2 pounds and his big head is 19 3/4 inches. The pediatrician says he is "perfect."

Waiting to see the doctor

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July 29, 2010

eighteen months

My boy, you are a year and a half old today! My little guy is growing up so fast; I swear time sped up tenfold when I became a father. These past few weeks have been really fun, we can practically see the gears turning in that head of yours.

Now I know it gets frustrating not being able to communicate with us to the extent you obviously would like, but the word "ball" comes across loud and clear! We need to work on this obsession before you turn into your Uncle Jeff! You've been saying some new things too, just the other day you started saying "knee" with a whole lot of enthusiasm (just like your big sister used to, I guess it's just a fun word to say). And you've been repeating things from books (which you now love to read with all of us, even Audrey), especially sounds from Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can You? I love hearing "boom, boom, boom" in that little Charlie voice.

You love to play and simply cannot get enough of whatever your big sister is doing. One thing that has been constant is your good humor, you love to laugh and be part of the fun. I came home from work earlier this week and as soon as I opened the door I heard "Dada!" and here comes Charlie running to greet me. You looked up at me, smiled and then started dancing for a minute and then ran off again to see what Audrey and Mama were doing. That's my boy!

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wild animals

This afternoon's trip to the park started off just fine. We spent time looking at memorial statues and the flowers in the sunken garden before heading over to see the animals.

What ended up being our last stop of the visit was the reptile house. Lunch was overdue and Charlie was a little nutty. He was banging on the alligator enclosure, running and then laying on the floor. He even got a talking to from the high schooler working the front door. Then on the way to the car, Audrey had a huge fit because she didn't get to see the mastodon. Good times.

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July 27, 2010


Today was the last class of Audrey's first session of ballet. Channy and Nana came to watch the budding ballerina.

Warming up

First position

At the end of each class, the girls show one of the steps they practiced

Todd took off work to watch too

Nana stuck around after class for a bit to try to catch bugs with Audrey

After naps we went on a search for soft serve ice cream

Charlie was a big fan

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July 24, 2010

two cakes

Tyler's 14th birthday was a few weeks ago AND he graduated from 8th grade so we celebrated him and his accomplishments at pool party at Channy's today. Congrats, Tyler!

Audrey and Charlie were both tired - Aud from her sleepover with Allysa and Charlie skipped his nap for the party.

Charlie even fell asleep on the way home.

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July 23, 2010

drop off

Charlie and I dropped off Audrey at Channy's this morning to spend the night. Allysa is staying over too, so there is a cousin slumber party tonight!

Audrey was all ready to swim in Channy's pool by the time Charlie and I left.

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July 22, 2010


I think this may be the first time I let Charlie go wild with the markers. They are messier than crayons but I don't have to worry about him taking a big bite of the marker. Thank goodness for the washable kind!

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July 20, 2010


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July 19, 2010


We finally took the baby pool that has been sitting in the living room outside and filled it with water today. We let the water warm until after dinner, when Audrey and Charlie got to take their first dip in it. They have been having fun it the pool in the house but really loved to actually splash around!

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strangest houses

These are regular spots for Charlie and Audrey to hang out. Audrey calls her corner her house and doesn't want Charlie to come in, hence the pillow door.

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July 18, 2010

boy hugs

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July 17, 2010

yo-yo party

Jill was off to see a friend's performance in the city which gave me the chance to spend some quality time reconnecting with the little ones. Jill had purchased a Hello Kitty yo-yo for Audrey earlier in the week, but hadn't yet given it to her. I broke that baby out after dinner with the promise that I'd show Aud how to use it. After about a minute of instruction, she ran to the living room and called out to us to come quick and join her yo-yo party! Charlie grabbed his bubbles and we were on our way to good times.

While I don't have much to report, I can say with certainty this was the best yo-yo party I've ever attended.

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July 16, 2010

target shades

We had a nice visit with Sara and Emma today. We happened to notice that Emma and Audrey have the same sunglasses and, of course, had to make them pose for a picture.

The girls played with chalk, jumped rope, hopscotched . . .

and rode Audrey's scooter that she got from her cousins.

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July 14, 2010

airport loop

Audrey, Charlie and I have all been home since Monday. The grandparents all say they did great during their three day stays. Todd is done with his conference and we picked him up from the airport today. We were all happy to be back together and Todd brought gifts.

Charlie got a new BALL.

Audrey got a sticker book and a snowglobe, which has become the traditional souvenir Todd brings her from his work trips.

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July 09, 2010

on vacation

This morning Todd took Audrey to Nana and Papa's and I took Charlie to Channy's. They are staying for three days while Todd and I go to Denver! It will be nice to have a break, but we are going to miss these two.

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July 08, 2010

the artist and her assistant

The girl loves to draw so when I suggested she work on some artwork this morning, she was eager to get to going. Charlie wanted to be part of the action too so Audrey let him fetch markers and even color a bit on some of her pages.

I'm not sure what this is that she's working on, looks a bit like the flux capacitor to me. It's too bad I didn't capture her working on "Sun Holding a Meatball" as that was my favorite of the day.

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July 07, 2010

playground reroute

We met Audrey's friend Sarah at the playground this morning. The equipment was too wet from last night's rain though, so we walked over to the free zoo instead.

turkey vulture, Audrey, Sarah

It was a muggy morning. Even Charlie was hot lounging in the stroller.

Showing off their best snake impression. They also did moose and crocodile. Talented girls.

Charlie always likes the attention he gets from Sarah.

Pushing the wall. I have no idea why.

Finishing the morning with a drink and a snack.

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July 05, 2010

a boy at play

Charlie isn't exactly at the age where he can entertain himself for any length of time, but he does break off on his own every so often. He's really taken a shine to the wooden caterpillar Popsicle Man made for Audrey when she was little.

The boy likes to work the circuit around the kitchen with the caterpillar in tow. Now you can't go read a book or get on the computer while he's at it, but he is perfectly content to run his laps all on his own.

Despite his seemingly endless supply of energy, sometimes our li'l guy needs to stop for a rest.

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July 04, 2010

pool party

We celebrated our independence today by heading out to Channy's pool party!

Audrey wanted "the Pebbles" ponytail and completed the look with her superstar sunglasses.

Charlie was just happy to get out of the house.

Audrey insisted I teach her to swim, but mainly just clung to me for dear life. Her cousins Seth & Grant brought along some inner-tubes, which made for a much more enjoyable swim.

And what is the Fourth without some patriotic mini cupcakes?

Charlie took a dip too, but spent much of his time poolside, avoiding the paparazzi.

After tucking the boy in for the night, we let Audrey stay up late for the annual neighborhood fire works show.

The proceedings were a bit lackluster this year, but still fun - Audrey made sure plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" were heard, if only for our benefit.

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July 03, 2010

aunt and uncle visit

We hadn't seen aunt Erinn and uncle Kieran for a while and today they came out for a fun little visit.

Kieran entertained himself and Charlie by throwing balls at Charlie that he would never catch and putting things on his head.

Erinn cooperated for the visit's required holding of the baby.

Charlie missed out on decorating cupcakes with Erinn and Kieran during his naptime.

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July 02, 2010

the great escape

Audrey agreed to leave the house this morning, even though the men are still working on the back patio, for a quick trip to the store. Charlie isn't bothered by any of it and is up for anything, as usual.

Yesterday's progress: wall done. The entire project should be complete by the end of today!

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