Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A sign of the times

Your marriage isn't "official" until you've updated your Facebook status! ;-)

A huge congrats to our good friends Will and Stacey, getting married on leap day today! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy birthday Jenn!

A fun night out with friends! :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

That can't be comfortable

I have weird kids.

Animal and "pets" week

This week, Logan's class talked about animals, and pets specifically.  Most kids' drawings talked about wanting a cat, dog or rat.

My kid wants a lion.

New backpack!

Forgot to share this earlier in the week. Logan now takes a backpack to school!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Holding hands

The boys like to hold hands while we drive home from school each night. It's pretty damn cute! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Moving up to the Pre-K class

Mommy, two girls are marrying me.

Oh yeah, who?

Julia and Stephanie.

Well, good thing they're in different classes then.

(Logan has been transitioning to his new classroom this week)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This right here is all I need.

Love these two rascals.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MLK Weekend

At the start of the year, the Cables family sent us a note asking when they could drop by to visit next, since it had been awhile since we'd seen each other, and they were planning to take another road trip up north soon (they're down in San Diego).

We tossed around a few various weekends that could work, but it was hard to pin us down (isn't it always?!) because I knew hell at work was about to hit (we hadn't announced anything to our employees yet, let alone the public announcement), Jon had his surgery and work conference scheduled.  Not thinking they'd bite, I suggested the weekend after next (MLK weekend) because we were less busy then and could make it work on our end.

After looking at their own schedules and all, it looked like that was it!  They came in Thursday night after work and stayed through the weekend.  We had a great time as always.  

The kids get along SO well together, and it's fun watching them all follow each other around, play, share and fight, for all the same things.  Eric and Jill get to see a bit of what's expected through Logan - we get to all oooh and ahhh over what "used to be" watching the baby, Trent, toddle around (he was just starting to take a couple of steps on his own).

I think Jill and I figured out that Callum and Amelia are actually the closest in age - and we could see it as they tended to stick together the most and bicker the most  :)  But they were ALL fast friends.

We pretty much just stuck around the house on Friday since Jon and I both still had to work some during the day.  I think the "big" event of the day was giving all four a bath at the same time, which was definitely an exercise for all involved.  ;-)

On Saturday we decided to check out the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, since we'd never been before and I had heard from some of my fellow parents at work that it was a good spot for kids about the 2-4 age range.  It was!  The place was smaller than the Children's Discovery Museum or Happy Hollow - but still plenty for the kids to roam around, play and explore with, and check out a handful of animals up close too (without the trek up to SFO or OAK for bigger zoos!).

Before they hit the road on Sunday afternoon, we grouped our kids together to try out a few pictures on the bridge (and bench) again.  It was semi-successful - I look forward to seeing how long we can keep the tradition up. ;-)


(Catching up on a few blog posts - this one was composed around the "slow week" between Christmas and New Years, but never got off my butt to add pictures to it, until now!)  :)

With all of the health issues Jon and I have been battling this year, we decided to cancel many of our trips to visit family this year.  So, we spent Thanksgiving at home, instead of traveling down to SoCal to see Jon's family, and we spent Christmas at home, instead of traveling out to New Mexico to visit with my family.

I was pretty bummed to have to cancel the New Mexico trip - the last time we traveled to NM was pre-Callum, so it's certainly been awhile.  My grandparents aren't getting any younger, and it's harder and harder for them to make any trips out our way.  Logan is also older now, that I think he'd appreciate my Uncle's ranch and horses so much more now.  But more than all of that, my parents and brothers were also traveling out at the same time, so it would have been really fun to visit with everyone together at the same time (not to mention, it would have been easier for Jon and I since the kids could have had some extra distraction from their uncles!)  :)

Ah well, such is life!

So, we had a very quiet but no less fun Christmas at home!  I spent the week or so leading up to Christmas buying last minute odds and ends for the boys, mostly stocking stuffers but a few larger presents too.  I've always enjoyed buying gifts and "playing" the Santa role (growing up I was my brothers' Santa for many years), but doing it for my two boys was (and is) so much more fun and fulfilling for me.  And, because Callum was older this year to understand the concept of unwrapping presents and playing with all sorts of new toys, it felt even more exciting to look forward to.  :)

Unfortunately, Logan caught a 24 hour (or maybe 12 hour!) stomach bug on Christmas Eve.  All day and all night, he complained about his stomach and needing to throw up - and finally started a series of vomiting sessions that evening for a few hours.  He seemed to handle it well, but I was worried he was going to be sick and feeling awful through Christmas Day, or worse, through the night.  And then WHO the heck was going to fill the stockings before morning?!  ;-)

So, when it was time to put him to bed, Jon actually laid down with him for some time, while I prepped all the Santa presents and then took a few pictures that night to boot.  :)

The following morning, our boys both woke up about 7am or so.  Logan was VERY excited - asking us if it was finally Christmas?!?  We said yes but he better check to see if Santa left him anything.  He ran into the living room and called out to us, Santa got us new cars!  Santa got us new cars!

(Santa got both boys a new Cars ornament for the Christmas tree, but I find it hilarious that that was the first thing that caught his eye)


We all got out of bed and piled into the living room, spending the next couple of hours digging into their stockings for all the Santa gifts, and then unwrapping all of the gifts from under the tree.  Logan is able to read both his own and Callum's names, so he was a very proud boy as he got to pick out each gift under the tree and read who the present was for and exclaim to everyone whether it was for him or his brother.  He absolutely loved that responsibility (and it was pretty cute!)  :)

Callum was probably more overwhelmed than anything, with all of the new toys being opened and showered onto the floor every few minutes, but that didn't stop him from immediately finding his favorites and playing with them for the rest of the day/weekend.

We finished unwrapping presents by about 9:30-10am.  I made some pancakes for breakfast (funny enough, that's what Jon had requested a few days prior so I made sure to have the right ingredients on hand for Christmas morning, only to find one of the gifts from my coworkers was a pancake mix set! so we used that instead for Christmas morning)  :)

We spent the rest of the day lounging around in our pj's, watching tv/movies and playing with all of the new toys that the boys got.  They had a fantastic time, and so did we.  :)

Spraying our new mushroom garden

The face off!

Skype-ing with Uncle Curtis and cousins Luke and Stella

Hope everyone had a beautiful lovely Christmas!!  For pictures from the entire day, see our full album.