Monday, January 28, 2013

Best friends

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Yesterday Chris went on an all-day bike ride so Noah, Wes and I were on our own. Noah requested we go to one of our favorite playgrounds and invite some of our friends. We invited many friends, but alas, it must have been too short notice. On our way to the park I told Noah, nobody is going to meet us at the park, but you'll get to play there with your best friend.
"Who?" He asked.
"wesley" I said.
" Yeah. That's good." Noah replied.
It's great to have a best friend that's always along even when other friends are busy.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trip to the Desert Museum

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A January holiday weekend and a trip to the desert museum with my mom and Ron. We had a great time wandering around looking for places to avoid the crowds. Luckily it's such a big place there were plenty of little places for the boys to sit and pick up rocks. Is there anything better in the world of a little boy that being outside and surrounded by rocks?

Below is Noah trying on the bat ears in the cave. He's been working on overcoming fears lately, finally, and even those he said these ears looked "scary", he tried them on anyway. Yeah Noah!
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Rock collecting. Chris is just one of the boys when it comes to the love of collecting rocks.

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And, digging for dinosaur bones in the archeological "dig".
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Art Project

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Painting, and with a brush this time. And for the older brother, glitter glue and beads from my Nana. Long weekends are the best.

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I can only imagine how many times I've said it on this blog, but I just can't believe how big Noah is getting. He just seems like a big kid lately. No more toddler. But only three years old. Don't I get a little more toddler time?

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January Desert

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It's been warm in Tucson this weekend - high seventies. But last weekend it was cold! We managed to get out for a hike in the desert anyway though, and had a great time.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Painting

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A card making project while Wes and I were at home together yesterday. Mostly he just gets to roam around stashing toys and other goodies in random nooks and crannies while I try to clean the house, but it was time to do something a little more baby-centric. The red paint looked really tasty to him, but other than that it was a great success.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Meet T.K.!!

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This adorable little baby is our new little niece, Tatum Kate! We are so excited to have a new member of the family, and to have a little girl in the family. Welcome to the world little T.K. and congratulations Amy and Scott!! Amy sent me these adorable pictures. I sure wish I was there to hold this baby and take some more pictures.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Update on the Boys

Noah:
- Now saying, when asked his age, "I'm almost four". Three went by quick...
- As always, amazingly verbal. People still comment on how he speaks all the time. He also sings like someone much older, carrying a tune really well, and often adding his own artistic flare.
- We got a new play kitchen for Christmas and there is a little picture of a dog painting in the window behind the sink. Noah has been calling "his dog" on the telephone and having long conversations about "downloading" and other such things. He has also been spending quite a bit of time making elaborate meals for his dog, and complaining that he doesn't have a pet (our count, apparently, does not count).
- He LOVES Cinderella (the original 1950s version). It's his favorite movie and the cat and mice make him laugh hysterically every time. He says Cinderella is "magic like mama."I love it too.

Wes:
- Wes is saying many new words. "Dog", "hot", and "duck" are older ones. New ones are "eat", "please" (learned from watching "signing time", which he's really excited about), and "Sena" (my friend's little girl who is in a photo on our fridge). Oddly, he doesn't say "Noah" yet in any way that I've heard.
- He is super cuddly and also friendly, but when a stranger says hello to him he usually raises his shoulder and looks sideways at them.
- He is brave, a daredevil, but also lately a really great listener. Like, when he pulls a knife out of the dishwasher and I tell him "no", he sometimes gives it to me :-)

I know there are more things I've been wanting to write down about these sweet little boys that change way too quickly, but for now at least I've recorded a few. We had a great trip for Christmas, but it's good to be home and but to some kind of routine. I'm looking forward to (and also dreading) starting a class on Monday! Wish me luck.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

More Road Trip Leftovers

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The photo above was part of a series of photos of Noah's thumb, taken while he was riding in the back seat. He loves taking pictures and sometimes instead of whatever video I'm letting him watch on my phone he switches to the camera and just starts clicking away. I thought this one was a great road trip snapshot.

The next two are from a trip to the discovery center in Amarillo with Chris' mom. What a great place to be able to go when it's cold outside!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas... is it too late?

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Mid-January. Does anyone else start to look at whatever Christmas decorations are still up and think, geez, time to take them down already! With that in mind, here are my Christmas morning photos, finally. Things have been busy around here still. Will I ever be able to not say that? Is it just part of having little kids? Anyway, whatever it is, I'm not going to promise more blog posts, but I'll try. Really I will.

This was Christmas morning in Albuquerque with my dad's family (at his brother's house). Noah and Wesley were both so excited about stockings and gifts. This is the sweetest age for Christmas. Too early for it to be all about a list of stuff they want, but they know what's going on and they're so excited. 

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