Beach Bums

Posted June 25, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.25.11...day 11...

Although Luke went to the beach last summer, I don't think he actually ever touched the sand. So we'll call this his first official beach day. He loved the sand, but did not so much love wading in cold Lake Michigan. Well, he'd better get used to it. :)

1 2 3 Cousins!

Posted June 23, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.23.11...day 9...

When my sisters and I were pregnant last year, about once a month my dad would line us up in a row for a photo shoot, to capture each stage of his "three pregnant ladies".  This morning when I snapped a shot of the three toddlers having snack together, I remembered those pictures of the three cuties as they were growing in our bellies.  We've come a long way together since that first photo was taken in October 2009, and I hope that the next two years will bring nothing but happy memories.  Here's the progression from 5 month bellies to 16 month babies.

Three's Company

Posted June 23, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.22.11...day 8...

Today I got together with some very old friends. Alisha, Angela and I - we've been friends since the 5th grade.  We grew up together, learned about life together, and have seen each other through a lot.  Today I keep thinking about this picture I have of the three of us in 5th or 6th grade, playing our instruments at a school concert (oboe, flute, and clarinet) and I wish I had it digitally to share in honor of this post.  We look so proud, so innocent, and so, um well, to tell you the truth, dorky. At least some things haven't changed. I'm so glad that, although we live far apart, our children can see each other occasionally and be a part of each other's lives. 

Luke was fascinated when Emma showed up. He hasn't seen her since she was 2 months old. He kept staring at her and giggling, as if to say, who is that California cutie?

Luke (16 months), Matthew (5 months), and Emma (9 months).  Is it easy to tell who's kid is who's??

Cool Ride

Posted June 21, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.21.11...day 7...

Luke had his two buddies Matthew and Ian over to play today, which was tons of fun. We stayed inside most of the day to keep out of the heat.  If I had known that it was actually 92 degrees, then I probably wouldn't have ventured to step outside at all, but as it was I thought it was about 80 out, and a short walk to the library sounded like fun for all.  So with Matthew snoozing in the carrier, I pitched our souped-up covered wagon to give the big boys a cool ride.  I got a LOT of funny looks hauling that thing through the library, but most people followed with an "aw, how cute!!" once they spotted Matthew sleeping away.  Gosh, babies get you a lot of attention! Sometimes its bad, sometimes its good, but its always there. (Okay I suppose when I walk down the street with three boys under 2 in tow, I'm just asking for people to stare.)

Anyway, here Luke and Ian are fighting over (excuse me, sharing) a graham cracker in said wagon.

Ian got half of the cracker in the end, which Luke wasn't too happy about.

Squishy faces

Posted June 20, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.20.11...day 6...

Why someone would beg his mama to put him in his "time out" pack-n-play I have no idea.  But he sure knows how to have a good time in there.  Apparently when the pack-n-play is not serving as a jail cell, it can be a lot of fun!

Sam's 2nd Father's Day

Posted June 19, 2011
Posted by Michele

(or his 3rd, depending on how you look at it).

...6.19.11...day 5...

Sam's Father's Day presents:

- 1 extra hour of sleeping in

- 1 cup of coffee in bed

- 1 minute of snuggle time in bed with Luke (hey, that's more than he usually gets)

- 1 Father's day card

- 1 day without changing a single poopy diaper

- 1 adorable little son to love

Happy Father's Day, Sam!

Shy Guy & Farm Boy

Posted June 18, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.18.11...day 4....

I have so many fabulous pictures from today, that I couldn't decide on just one. So I give you two beautiful moments from today.

Moment 1. Luke and I drove to Ann Arbor for the day for a bridal shower for his (soon to be official) Aunt Sarah.  He wore pink just for the occasion.  Being the little flirt that he is, I thought that Luke would love this chance to hang out and chat with all the ladies. But for the first time in his life, Luke was shy! He hid his face in my shoulder and refused to sit with anyone else.  Finally Sarah was able to tempt him into this hug, being the optimistic and beautiful bride that she is!  Sadly, I ask myself, where did my little socialite go?

Moment 2. No wonder Luke loves it at Grandma & Grandpa's house, it's like being down on the farm when we're here.  Luke got to feed the horses, chase the dogs around the yard, and take a few spins on the tracker.  He begged and begged Grandma to let him go on the BIG ONE, and so Grandpa pulled it out and let Luke try his hand at the wheel. Now THIS is where its at!

Double Trouble

Posted June 17, 2011
Posted by Michele

...6.17.11...day 3...

This morning we had a play date at Allison & Ian's house. The boys are ALWAYS fighting (I mean hitting, and pushing, and biting) over the ever desirable Cozy Coupe car.  So today Allison brilliantly suggested that we bring Luke's Cozy Coupe to their house, so that they could each have their own.  I'm not going to say that there was absolutely no fighting today (Luke still came home with two scraped knees...), but I guess boys will be boys!


Posted June 16, 2011
Posted by Michele

Day 2

Today Luke and I had a date with Jemimah (aka Auntie Mina) at Rivertown Mall.  We ladies had a fabulous time chatting together while Luke enjoyed the giant play area. It was all fun and games until Luke went AWOL and we totally panicked.  At last we found him at the top of the slide (which is NOT toddler size), about to be run over by 6 and 7-year-olds.  Why can't he just stick to toys his own size?

This second picture features what Jemimah calls his "senior pic" pose - LOL