Dec 17, 2011

A few weekends ago we went on a nature walk, which is pretty impressive that we found one so close to our home. The boys had a blast running and throwing rocks and sticks into the water. We even took pictures of the fun, and I'm actually posting about it! I'm definitely patting myself on the back right now. :)

Oct 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Oliver!

Oliver is 3! He has loved every minute of his birthday celebration - opening presents, ice cream, fire (on the candles), and new toys. Thanks to everyone who helped make his birthday special!

Oct 9, 2011

My almost 3 year old

I can't believe Oliver is going to be 3 years old next week! I just found this old picture of Oliver when he was almost 1 - it melts my heart.

Oct 2, 2011

new pictures... finally

My blog has hit bottom... I'd say rock bottom, but I'll save that for later... for when I don't blog for like a year. I don't like to quit, so here goes my try at reviving good ol' Practical Plaid.

We met up with Andy's brother and his family to go apple picking a few weekends ago. It was seriously one of the best days. The weather was perfect, the boys had an awesome time picking and eating apples, taking multiple hay rides, playing on the playground, feeding goats, eating dinner at great-grandma's house, and playing outside some more. It was fun! Thanks for the great time Pete and Ashley!

Jul 24, 2011

Our fun free toy

A few days ago, Andy came home from work and told me he saw a kiddie pool on the side of the street, and that I should take a look. I didn't have high hopes, but I do love a good deal, so I went outside and lo and behold... an awesome kiddie pool... or at least I saw the potential. It was propped up next to a bunch of garbage and sort of looked like garbage too. I have been looking for a pool just like this all summer. It didn't exist on craigslist, it isn't sold new anywhere, it was just a dream I had. I had found one that was close to this, but it was $50 used, and we didn't have anyway to transport it. Point of this long story, we are very happy to have this pool. Andy picked it up, carried it home, I scrubbed it clean, found a new drain plug and now we are all enjoying some relief from this terrible heat.

The 4th of July

I love the 4th of July. Andy usually gets a few days off, we only have to walk half a block to see the Macy's fireworks, we get to BBQ, play outside, and decorate using my favorite color combo - I seriously love red, white, and blue.

Jun 5, 2011

Mini Vacation

We had a lovely weekend in upstate New York with Andy's parents. The boys loved being able to run around in a big back yard - mostly naked, they loved Valentino the cat, Andy enjoyed some physical labor - putting in a new pool liner, and I enjoyed a little shopping, a hair cut, and not cooking. The boys saw their first parade and loved seeing all the fire engines. And we realized that Grandma and Grandpa are still very much young at heart. We had a wonderful time - thank you!

Side note: We sadly found out that Oliver is terribly allergic to cats - his face got red, splotchy and swollen after he brushed the cat's fur (thank goodness Grandma had children's allergy medicine on hand). It was hard telling him that he couldn't touch the cat anymore. We also sadly found out that he shouldn't go on the merry go round for very long...

May 8, 2011

To the boys...

...who made me a mother.

Apr 5, 2011

Our very first child

After a particularly hard day with Oliver, I feel like I need an "oh, Oliver" post... so here goes: Oliver is always surprising us, today I almost lost Oliver in a store at the mall - thank goodness I was with a friend and that there was a nice couple that helped me corner Oliver. He has surprised us by being a great helper when it comes to cleaning - he loves the vacuum, loves wiping anything as long as he gets to squirt the 409 and get his own cleaning cloth. He helps with the mopping, sweeping, and dusting. He surprised us by starting his potty training way before I thought he would! Funny story: I asked him if he wanted to be potty trained and he said "no potty train... yellow train... yes... yes, yellow train." So, I bribed him with a train ride if he would wear underwear and keep them dry. It has worked for the last couple days. I never know what to expect from Oliver. Each adventure with him teaches me a lesson. Today I learned that I need more patience and better punishments, and maybe even stronger muscles... boy, is he strong. Here I am at the end of one of the hardest days with Oliver and I'm still just loving him - I must be a mother.

The second child

Our poor Sammy gets neglected sometimes, but he is a sweetheart and just smiles and goes with flow. Here are a few more pictures of our second child.

Here we are just being funny. Notice how I am holding Sam's hands down? Yup, he didn't like the funny facial hair, but he's still smiling. Love it!

Sam just wants to be Oliver's friend. We can tell that Sam loves his big brother so much.

I think Sam is going to love singing and talking. He is constantly babbling with his sweet, but loud voice.

Apr 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Sammy!

I think the pictures say everything... we are so happy to have Sammy in our lives.
Happy birthday to our baby Sam!

Mar 2, 2011

work and puppies

My old boss asked me to come back to work temporarily, so I am going in one day a week for a month or two. It's great. I wear dressy clothes, talk to adults, ride a bus and a subway, eat my lunch in peace, and get a nice break from everyday life.

Andy snapped this picture on my first day back to work.

Oliver has not had a nap since last Thursday (I have tried, he just refuses). This is what he did in his crib yesterday - he pulled every wipe out of the container, crumpled it up, and threw it overboard. He told me that his pup pup had poo poos. Either that dog had a lot of poo poos, or he is now a very clean dog. How do you not get your camera out and laugh at that?

We have been working on redecorating our bedroom (pictures to come soon). Sam desperately needed a dresser for his clothes - we have gone 10 months without one, so here is a picture of Andy and Oliver putting together some cheap dressers from Ikea. Oliver LOVED helping! Look at his cute little hammer.

Here's another little helper in the making.

One night I walked into the living room to find both boys on the couch nibbling on their dog's noses. (Oliver stopped for a second for me to snap the picture - he is pretty much done biting - hallelujah!)

Feb 22, 2011

the boys

We have had a few sweet moments of the boys playing happily together. Here is one of those moments caught on camera.

Feb 11, 2011


My little Sammy is 10 months old. He is a smiley, sweet, talkative baby. He also just started walking... yikes!

Jan 17, 2011

Ho Ho Ho... in January???

So, maybe I'm a little slow to post Christmas pictures... but the secret is, I still have all my Christmas decorations up... so it still feels like Christmas. But tomorrow is a new holiday (my birthday!), so today is the day to take down the Christmas decorations. Bye Bye Christmas tree...

We had a great Christmas break. Andy had a whole week off, we visited family, ate yummy food, and opened some awesome presents. It took a while for Oliver to get the hang of opening his presents. He wanted to play with each toy before opening the next present, which takes forever because the toy packaging people basically glue, staple, tape, or screw the toys into their packaging... grrrr He finally got the hang of just opening the gifts and moving on... which also meant he went on a present opening rampage and started opening whatever he could get his hands on. It was a really fun morning!