Tuesday, February 16, 2010

nice day.

{where's waldo?! hint: click on the picture to make it big!}

today was a nice day. nothing exceptional to write home about...just enjoyed going about life with my babes! maya woke up first this morning, around 7:30 and we enjoyed an hour together before k woke up (just in time for m to go back down for a little nap!). kellen and i then had a bowl of cereal and watched some of his favorite cookie monster videos on the 'puter. this boy loves him some cookie monster - sings along to c is for cookie and likes to say "hello there" just like cookie! tells cookie 'no! don't eat that cookie, cookie monster!'.

later in the morning we were off to the dentist for k's 2 year dental appt. they actually cleaned his teeth for the first time and he did so great. i really couldn't believe how good he was considering what a struggle we have most nights with his brushing and flossing. the hygenist was great - told him they were cleaning off the sugar bugs. he loved when she gave him a drink of water with the little water thing. maya was a doll too...slept the whole appt!

both kids went down nicely for an afternoon nap after lunch and i was able to pick up a bit and read some of my book, which was a treat! maya took a long nap, so kellen and i were able to play again 1:1 which was also a treat! the sun was shining and we played outside in the grass, read some books, did some puzzles and put the train tracks together. after maya woke, i was able to take a few pics of my babies outside in the natural light.

{k LOVES to beep her nose, but often he gets her eye!}

after that we were off to whole foods to buy some fish for dinner and to stop by rei to find out when the double bob's are going on sale! they wouldn't give me an exact date, but said soon. yay!

{i love me some baby feet!!}

Sunday, February 7, 2010

peace, baby!

i'm trying very hard to not make any more baby girl purchases (the online shopping habit makes it too easy!), but the other day i was at new seasons market and just had to buy this hat...

why you ask? too many sweet memories of my boy with the same hat, only green!

at cannon beach for our anniversary

tummy time!

another cannon beach shot!

army crawling!

at the hippie chick half marathon

hanging in the bob waiting for mom to get done running!
looking at these pics gets me all teary eyed!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

monthly project {four people times twelve} // january

i have a huge list of blogs bookmarked on my computer. some i read almost daily, others i just check in every now and then. there is a photographer, tara whitney, whose photography style i really like. not sure how i found her, but i check in every now and then...this morning i found a post where she started a monthly project to take a picture of her family each month to post and then jot down notes from that month. i like it. we rarely get a good family photo...make that we rarely get a family photo. i think we have all of two pictures of the four of us! so, i've decided to join in! care to join as well???

i'm going to cheat right off the bat and use this picture taken in december. we don't have one from january and four people times eleven just doesn't sound as good!!! this picture was taken at madison's birthday celebration. we've been on a roll for birthdays with 8 birthday parties in the last 8 weeks (including one this weekend for baby bennett!).

speaking of being on a roll - maya has rolled over from her tummy to her back twice. the first time was a few weeks ago - jan 7 - when she was eleven weeks old. not that i'm trying to compare (but i guess i am!), kellen did it the first time when he was seven weeks old and was rolling from his back to his tummy by fifteen weeks. hmmm...is someone being held just a little too much?!

actually our girl turned a big corner in january - she's finally sleeping WAY more on her own. good thing too, cause my arms were getting tired! january 13 it just happened - she napped on her during the day and then that evening i swaddled her up in some brand new swaddle blankets, fed and rocked her to sleep then actually laid her down and she didn't start screaming for the first time ever! she slept until 2am (ish), i fed her and then laid her back down again until around 6am. could. not. believe. it! was it he blankets? was she just ready? i'll never know and really i don't care. just happy that she's doing it!

kellen's words and language development is just expoding! and he's starting to give up his words for the real ones - ie. no more wa wa, it's water (which is somewhat sad for us!). he's an incredible big brother - always concerned for where baby maya is and loves to give her kisses and beep her nose. he loves books like crazy and tends to want to read the same ones over and over and over! he absolutely loves the garbage truck and every thursday he awakens to the sound of the garbage truck and yells for me to take him outside to watch. the garbageman waves and it makes his day! his two year molars are pretty much all in now, so yay to no more teething! (right?!)

we tried and failed to get a picture with the two kiddos at picture people last weekend. k just would not sit still for a picture with m. he barely stayed still for a picture of himself, but we did get one good one of just him! frustrating, but there was nothing we could do. huess i didn't need to buy those coordinating outfits that i bought for that picture! oh well, we'll try again soon.

we went to the beachhouse for a weekend in january. it's so nice to just relax and not feel bad about sitting on the couch pretty much the whole day! we managed to take one walk to the coffee shop with kellen in the bob and maya in the ergo.

i've been stalking the rei website for their annual bob stroller sale to purchase a double! can't wait for that!!! maybe it will give me the motivation to pick an event to start training for. i was considering the first ever portland half marathon - but it was too expensive (really the half is more than the whole? couldn't do it on principle!).

aa is as committed as always to his workout and physical therapy regime. he gets up daily around 4:45am to get it all in - i am in awe of how he does it.

we've been watching mad men on dvd from netflix. i love netflix! we've also gotten into modern family. the office dissapoints so far! i loved my book club book selection in january - five quarters of the orange. a great read if anyone is looking for a good book. i'm hosting in feb.

i've been trying to cook more interesting and healthy meals for our family. so far the last couple of weeks i have done a pretty good job. my next mission is to get kellen to eat more...make that some amount of vegetables. currently the only veggies he eats is the carrots in the apple carrot sauce i buy him at trader joes! yesterday we made a smoothie and we put a bunch of spinach in it. he ate it up! high five to me!!! :)

also food related...trying to waste less and be more conscious about the food that goes into our mouths. watching food, inc and an oprah about it has inspired me to want to buy a whole cow from a local farmer, well...maybe just a quarter!

i started taking a baby boot camp class at the nike gym. great class, but since it's all nike spouses that take the class...it made me wish that i was a nike spouse (can enjoy all the benefits at working at such a great company, but get to stay home with my babes!). not looking forward to going back to work. :(

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

me and my babes!

a couple of weeks ago aa tried to get a picture of me with my two babes - a photo that i'm lacking. it's no wonder...have you tried to take a good picture with a toddler and an infant? it's near impossible!

k...please take a picture with mommy and maya!

not bad, but the girl doesn't looks so happy! let's try one more.

everyone ready?

not having it!

and he's escaped!

i'll settle for a sweet pic of me with my girl!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

knocking off the cobwebs

ah, has it really been over a month? time flies when you are having fun and/or trying to keep up with the kiddos! maya caught her first real cold/sickness this weekend. saturday night she came down with her first fever and she's still dealing with yucky congestion and a nasty cough. kellen is talking up a storm - seriously, it's amazing! yesterday he was sitting at his table playing with a bunch of number birthday candles (of all things!!!)and he busted out his numbers 1-10. aa and i were both pretty surprised. he's counted to ten with assistance, but never that we had heard on his own. of course, we think we have a little genious on our hands - no bias whatsoever!!

there is so much to catch up on that i don't think i'm going to even try! it was actually a nice blogging break, but i hope to keep this thing up a little more often then once every other month and hopefully my two readers will come back and join me! ha. anyone still out there? give me a shout!

i'll start slow and try to win you back with some pics of my cuties from the last month!

my smiley girl!

She's about to roll over from her tummy to her back!

"my two babies!"

first bath together...lasted all of 5 seconds, basically we got the picture and then maya was booted by kellen!

is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

licking the spatula - almond butter!

my two babies LOVE to be swaddled!

helping daddy with a puzzle at the beach!