16 June 2013

We Love You

Tim, you are a most excellent daddy to these three little buggers. I hope they appreciate you as much as I do!  I love you, babe.  Hope you had a special Father's Day.  You are a special person to us.

09 May 2013

Crabby the Crab

Oz has a preschool program tonight where his class will be performing songs for the sea. Cute, eh? Well I've know about it for a week, but somehow things get left till last minute... You know how it goes. 

Anyway, I had a thrifted red hoodie and loads of felt, so last night Tim and I went to work. We glued a lighter shade of red felt to the front for a "crab shell underbelly." And then Tim drew out a claw template on some felt and I hot-glued the edges to make some claw mittens. I got some ping-pong balls and a sharpie to make eyes and just attached them with hot glue to red plastic straws (with a pipe cleaner threaded through for added strength). Then I glued the straws to a piece of felt for a base and then glued that felt to the hoodie. Success! 

Now, hopefully my little crab will sing. Cross your fingers, everybody.

21 March 2013

A Little More Henry

Since I am still not on the ball with posting ANY birth pictures yet, I did want to go ahead and post the birth announcement I just made.  (Yes, I know he is already 2+ months old now.  I am trying to get my act together. Three boys.  It's totally kicking my butt.) While I'm at it, here are a couple more Henry pics.  He is really cute.  I just wish he knew how to sleep.

The panda is the gift the boys picked out to be Henry's lovey.  It is what they gave Henry at the hospital.  And the mustache soother comes from Henry's incredible Auntie and Uncle in New York.  (We miss them like crazy.) 

So, without further ado, here is the announcement. Enjoy. (click on it to see it bigger...)

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20 March 2013

Hey there, March.

I guess I am destined to do a monthly photo post... I just have had the hardest time finding time to get much more than that done!  Ha!  I wonder why?!?  Anyway, Henry is now 2 months.  That is cause for celebration.  Wanna see our two month picture party? We had a cowboy theme this time and Tim made some yummy chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies (his personal favorite).  Happy birthday, my sweet baboo.

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17 March 2013

St. Patty's Day

I have one cute little fellow.  Anyway, "firsts" are big deals in our household, so here are some sweet Henry pictures celebrating his very first St. Patrick's Day.  My cute little leprechaun...

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13 February 2013

My Funny Valentine

It's been a LONG month since last I've posted.  I have much to blog about.  For starters, the day after my last post, we had our baby boy Henry!  We were at the hospital for the c-section 4 days, during which time the older boys caught colds.  We returned home (and did our best to quarantine) but were only there for about a week when Henry caught RSV and was hospitalized for a collapsed lung.  Yikes.  I stayed in the hospital with him for 5 days.  While we are still currently doing breathing treatments with him, he is doing much better and no longer has that terrible cough.  We just now celebrated Henry's 1 month birthday with a yummy cookie party.  Here are some photos from the party...  He is so cute!

BTW, the paper 3D hearts were super easy to make!  The idea came from one of my favorite blogs - How About Orange.  The cookies were also easy and really yummy.  Find the tutorial here.  I used the Martha Stewart recipe for royal icing and it tasted amazing.

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10 January 2013

Charlie Turns Two

It seems like only yesterday I held this little fella in my arms and rocked this tiny 8 pounder to sleep.  Now I have a little boy who is full of energy and spunk, weighs nearly 25 pounds, lights up a room with his smile, says things that make me melt - like "love you, bra-ber" (brother), who loves to read and to sing "We Will Rock You", who wears his Lightning McQueen slippers everywhere - even to bed with him, can color like a champ, and can give me one look with those big brown eyes and get me to do ANYTHING for him.  Oh man.  I love this kid so much.  He is just incredible.  And every day I can see more growth from him.

It is going to be wild leaving him home with Diva and Poppa tomorrow for a few days to be at the hospital having Baby Henry.  I remember bringing Charlie home from the hospital and just marveling at his big brother Oscar and how much my little boy had grown up.  I know that feeling will be the same watching Charlie become a big brother.  I teared up this morning watching the two of them rock their doll, Baby Sam, in the bassinet I had just set up for Henry.  They were so sweet and gentle!  And then they tried to sing "RockaBye Baby."  Oh good grief.  You don't even have to be crazy hormonal (like I super am) for that to affect your tear ducts.  Geez.  My baby is going to be a big brother. 

Anyway, I am a firm believer in the "Every Dog Has His Day" rule and, mostly by sheer willpower, I have kept Henry's presence from totally effecting Charlie's birthday.  (I know in the future they may want to share a birthday party or something, but for now I don't want my little guy to get lost in the newness of having a baby brother yet.)  We had mostly a family party since Tim and I decided long ago that parties will be every other year.  We did have Tim's ASP college team come since the boys are completely CRAZY about them and Diva (my mom) was here as well. We had a super fun mustache party! 

The boys both had so much fun.  Charlie had been practicing blowing out candles all week long, so he was really ready to blow those candles.  It took him like two seconds to do it!  I had to relight them 3 times for him to feel satisfied that he really did get those candles out.  Crazy kiddo.  I bought some stick-on mustaches for everyone to wear, too.  Charlie's stuck on the longest.  He thought he was so grown up.  He really is my sweet little man!

About the party itself, I made a giant chocolate mustache cake and Diva made some mustache ginger snaps.  I had some felt mustache pins for everyone and some fun photobooth props to play with.  I also served "cuties" (little oranges), sixlets, and chocolate milk - all favorites of my little men.  We also grilled some burgers and dogs and had "beer."  Rootbeer, that is.  Here are some more snapshots of the party...

The party was a great success.  I think Charlie had a blast and he really felt like a big boy.  And tomorrow he becomes a big brother!  Ack!

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