Friday, March 30, 2012

school pics are in

Aiden - March 2012

Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Rediger

Sky - March 2012
Pre-Kindergarden "Rainbow Fish"
Mrs. Van Der Muelen and Mrs. Joyce
So picture day was the day after we came back from our Costa Rica vacation...I'd forgotten about picture day so I didn't dress them up for the even. Anyway, still decent pics...though I only bought the digital copy.

it's friday, friday

Jamming to this song before school has become a Friday morning tradition at our house.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

nick's little accident

Nicolas tripped while jumping on his sister's bed. His tooth pierced a hole right by the corner of his mouth. I had to take him to the emergency room for stitches...there was so much blood! The kid fell asleep in the ER before the doctor even looked at him. He slept through the exam and the glueing (thank God no stitches) of the cut. This kid's a total badass!

playing in the yard

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

late night with nick

So there's a tooth that's been torturing us...well, Nick first, me second. Last night, Nicolas woke up crying, drooling, pulling on his gums...obviously bothered by the one remaining canine tooth (bottom right) cutting it's way through his gums.

After an hour and half of sitting in his bedroom rocking him back to sleep as he twisted, turned, fussed, cried, screamed, and repeated throwing his pacifier only to immediately retrieve it and pop it back into his mouth, I gave up and took him down to the living room. I've had this rule ever since Aiden was born that in the middle of the night, we do not engage in any other activities ...the lights must stay off, we must talk in a whisper voice (if at all), we don't play with toys, we simply read and rock until the child is back to sleep. So last night, I broke my own rule (I guess I gave up) and took Nick downstairs, we played with his airplane, we played at the train table, we read books, and we built structures with blocks. When his pain got really bad, we even watched TV to get his mind off his gums. After about two hours of this nonsensical activity he was finally sleepy enough to go back upstairs and get into bed. The next morning Master Nicolas slept in until 8:30 but I had to be up at 6:30 to get Aiden and Sky off to school.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

my sunday morning gamers

DSi and ipad fired is the wood's about 58 degrees at 8 am.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sleeping angel boy

Nope, I did not pose him for this. I went to check on was about 11 pm. I pulled the blanket on him, and then I just had to turn on the lights and take this picture.

afternoon with nana beth and bobba steve

the livin' is easy

Nana Beth could engage Aiden in ANYTHING

You are one lucky boy, Aiden. You have the best Nana in the whole world...and you KNOW it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Feeding the geese and ducks after Tae Kwon Do practice.

Nick took a bite out of each cracker he fed the geese.

just one more

"Please just one more book, Daddy, just one more book!"

"It's my turn to pick the book!"

"No, it's my turn to pick the book!"

"Daddy! You promised you'd read this one too tonight."

"Can't we just read one more?"

nick relaxing on the couch

hoover library fbi acadamy quanitico

Aiden would have loved to be there...

Monday, March 19, 2012

nicolas at one of his regular haunts

He goes to "story time" at Barns and Noble...I have to say, it sure is nice of them to offer this activity for kids.

Anybody want my autograph?

to hollywood?

Is Nicolas running away from home to go to Hollywood?

grilling out with sergy

Sergy and Nicolas are really good friends...they especially enjoy music and dancing together.

Man, I wish my dad was here for this...he would have LOVED the Sergy's kabob.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

everything's a competition


It wasn't long ago when he didn't look ridiculous sitting in this.

sir mix a lot

Nicolas mixing his own beat...I really think this boy is musically inclined. When he sings he can really carry a tune...he's 20 months old, people!

sunday morning hike with kids

Another thing I love about where we live - wooded trails in every direction....all just steps away from our house.

We just discovered this trail this morning...the kids loved the creeks, fallen-tree bridges, dear tracks, fox tracks, owl siting, woodpeckers pecking, and a hawk carrying off a FAT frog in it's talons.

Aiden kept stopping for pictures...I've taught him well.

Nicolas is just like Aiden and Sky...he prefers to hike unassisted...he likes the challenge of climbing, crawling, jumping, scaling any obstacle that comes his way.

Always nice to hike and sing.

training in session

Aiden showing us his balance...another TKD skill.

My little mountain lion..

My girl got cold on the way back home so I gave her my sweater...she looks good in ANYTHING.