Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Random Video

So this video is four minutes of Alan being Alan - we were sitting on the floor playing and he was dancing to the music, but of course when I brought out the camera he was much more interested in it than anything else. I am going to keep trying to catch him dancing, though - it's the cutest thing ever!


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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lazy Saturday

Unbelievably, my son took a 2 hour nap and my daughter is in her second hour of a nap today (this NEVER happens) so I am using my quiet time to blog while she sleeps and he plays with the back door rug. We've been busy around here - school started and I am taking 4 classes this semester. Plus we are trying to rearrange the house a bit - right now Alan's bedroom is also the office, and I would like for it to just be a bedroom. Ultimately, I want to move Aurora into that room (its bigger), move Alan into her room, and move the computer desk into the master bedroom but I have to take baby steps and do a little bit at a time :) (Okay, ULTIMATELY I want a bigger house but that will have to wait until the market turns around a bit more) Anyway, here are some pics for you!

Grandma E sent a cute little cheerleader outfit from Aurora's favorite school and she couldn't wait to try it on!

Our little man is standing up! He pulls to a stand on just about everything now. We haven't lowered the crib mattress yet, so when I go to get him after his nap he is usually standing there hanging his arms over the side and laughing. Its just a matter of time before he falls out, I know.

And there is nothing like going to bed with a good book :)
(yep, she's sound asleep under there)

Monday, January 18, 2010

My baby is THREE!!!

I cannot believe how fast time flies! Aurora is officially THREE years old, and Alan is 7 months already! I guess this means I'm getting old too...


We had a wonderful birthday party at the gymnastics center and all the kids (and adults) had a great time jumping and bouncing and running around.. here are some pictures!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween, etc.

Here are some more pictures from recent days for your viewing pleasure:


All dressed up and ready to go stand in a cold, windy parking lot for 2 hours waiting for the H1N1 shot..

More pictures! Here's one that Mike took the other day after he had taken both kids to the doctor's office (by himself!) to get Aurora's seasonal flu shot. I am so proud of him ;)

Alan had his first official taste of solid food! (Ranch dressing on dad's finger doesn't count) Applesauce was a hit - he couldn't quite get the hang of swallowing but he sure loved smooshing it around in his mouth!
Cute tummy time pictures - please note the ever present drool on his chin! He's discovered how to make raspberries so we've had to make peace with the copious slobbering.



Halloween was fun - we went to an outdoor concert on Friday night and consequently didn't get quite enough sleep, so we skipped the festivities on Saturday and just stayed home and handed out candy. It was fun, quiet, and I didn't have to fight anyone into a costume, so I consider it a win!

Here's the pumpkin Aurora and I carved - she loved eating the guts as they came out (she's weird)

Bringing home a baby bumblebee - I let him wear this costume for about 5 minutes before I took it off of him. He was sweltering and REEKED of chemicals so I quickly gave him a bath. No telling what's in that Chinese polyester! (guess I have to start making his costumes too!)
Here's my little girl all dressed up in her homemade Tinkerbell costume - of course she was unhappy and impossible all day long but she still managed to get her picture in the newspaper!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall in Yuma

Cleaning out the camera again!
This time I have all sorts of random things to show you :)

Aunt Reeny answered the plea for more closed-toe
school shoes - much to Aurora's delight!


Daddy brought home a bunch of tadpoles for us to
grow into frogs - here they are, ready to be released
to our pond! I couldn't get any good pictures of the
tadpole stage.

Grandma Ringler came for a short visit and we had a
wonderful time with her even though Aurora was still
getting over her bout with swine flu.

Aunt Lora sent some beautiful clothes for Aurora, but
she chose to wear the ones meant for Alan instead!
This is a 12 month onesie on my 33 month old kid
(over her clothes!)

We spent a wonderful day at the park, playing and
watching the sailboats while we had a picnic snack.


And the pumpkin patch finally opened on the day Grandma
was to fly back home - so on the way to the airport we stopped
and literally ran in, posed, and snapped as many pics as
possible. Of course since we were in such a hurry, no one
was having a good time - as you can see!
(Sadly, this is just about the best shot I got!)

Aurora got to go to the airport and watch Grandma get on
the plane and fly home - and she's been talking about it
ever since!

And I finally broke down and bought an Ergo - and am I ever
glad I did! Yesterday we were having one of those days -
neither kid would nap, I had a mountain of laundry and ironing
to do, and I was just worn out! So when dear old dad got
home, he strapped Alan to his back and took Aurora out
to the backyard so they could play while I made dinner.
It seemed to be just what Alan needed!

And Miss Aurora is FINALLY feeling well enough for school
again - this morning she woke up and said "I want to go to
school today" for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks! And it's the
time of year where its cool enough in the morning for a
sweater, but warm enough in the afternoon for shorts.
So, shorts and a sweater it is!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pics for GG

So I'm pretty sure my grandma might be the only person still reading this blog, so I thought I might stick up a few pictures just for her :) But if anyone else is reading, you can look at them too!

My little thumb sucker - in his natural state - asleep!

There's that curly hair!

Bundle baby - a rare shot of the boy awake

Aurora's new big girl bed! She's growing up so fast -
almost completely potty trained and sleeping in a twin
size bed already.... we might as well just buy her a cell phone and
a car while we're at it!


Flying a kite with dad


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Gratuitious Giggling Baby


Just thought I would share our after bath giggle time with everyone... guaranteed to put a smile on your face! I just can't believe this kid is only 11 weeks old - he seems so big and strong and smart...not that I'm biased or anything ;)


Sunday, August 23, 2009

First Day of School!

Well, the fall is upon us, meaning everyone is heading back to school! This includes little Miss Aurora - by the grace of God I managed to hijack a spot in Yuma's best preschool program which also happens to be on my own school campus! This is great because now she can come to school with me and I can stop in and visit and have lunch with her whenever I want to :) Her first day went pretty well, I think - I stopped in to check on her at nap time and of course she wasn't napping, so to keep her from bugging the other kids I took her on a tour of campus and we had lunch together in the cafeteria. I took her back to her class for the rest of the day, and on the way home at 5 she passed out in the car - maybe next time she'll take the nap! Here is a picture for posterity:


First day of School!

From YEAR TWO


And while going through pictures, I found one I really like from when Grandma Miller was visiting. I didn't mention it here at the time but she was definitely a lifesaver for us while Alan and I were in the hospital! We couldn't have done it without her, and I think Aurora really enjoyed having her around :)

From YEAR TWO


Aurora's second day of preschool is tomorrow so we're getting everything packed up and ready tonight...I'll be back with more stories later this week!

Monday, August 17, 2009

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Alan's 2 month checkup

Well I'm a few days late in posting this, but I wanted to mention that Alan had his two month checkup on Monday and weighed in at a whopping 15lbs, 8oz! And he is 24 inches long, so he's a chunky little monkey for sure :) He was a total charmer at the doctor's office, too - smiling and wiggling and just being adorable - until the SHOTS. But even the shots didn't slow him down too much.. he just cried a few minutes and then all was well again. I am really happy with how laid-back and sweet this kid is.. he just goes with the flow and nothing bothers him! We even took both kids to Sea World last week (3 hour car ride, day at Sea World, 3 hour car ride home) and he was just as perfect as can be! No major meltdowns, no traumas, no crises - both kids were amazing. He did get a tiny bit of a sunburn across his nose, but even that didn't bother him. Yep, I'm a lucky mama. Enough bragging - here's pictures!


Yep, I made him wear the same clothes and sit in the pink chair so I could compare them:
From Alan James


From Alan James

Twins two years apart, right?


Waiting in line for the Elmo ride at Sea World-
From Alan James


Sunset from the rest stop on the way home -
From Alan James


An orca snuck into our car to eat our child while she slept-
From Alan James

(just kidding - she has slept with Shamu every night since we got home)

Good view of the suburn -
From Alan James


I would say she's regressing a bit-
From Alan James



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