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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7 and 8 month Photos...

I'm very delayed in posting Greyson's 7 month pictures... So delayed, in fact, that I already have the 8 months one to share as well, so without further ado, please enjoy!

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7 month photos!

8 month photos!
I really can't get enough of either of my guys right now. Turns out 3 1/2 years and 8 months are pretty awesome ages and we are enjoying every minute.


Greyson is a crawling machine. He went from showing the classic signs of being ready to crawl to taking off across the room seemingly overnight and wasted no time perfecting other skills like going from crawling to sitting, pulling up on tables and in his crib and trying to stand whenever he can. Something tells me he won't be on all fours for very long, even though he started a full 3 months before his big brother did.

He is such an easy going and happy baby, constantly smiling and "talking", which consists of repeated short screams and lots of blabber. He's also started making this strange, guttural sound in his throat that makes him seem slightly possessed, so that's been interesting.

Hayes continues to make us laugh on a daily basis with the things that come out of his mouth. He is a sharp and observant fellow, constantly outsmarting us and making it harder to fib reasons why he can't do things. He's had a little bit of separation anxiety with his mama lately - not sure if it's because he's a bit threatened by his little brother's new crawling status or because of the change in schedule over the summer vs. the normal routine - but we're getting through it and although it's hard sometimes, I'm also kind of enjoying this time when I'm #1 in his eyes, because lord knows, it won't last forever!

Hayes and Theo at the Green Beginning Talent Show...

Our big news of the summer is that he's learning how to swim. He's been taking private lessons with his buddy Theo and is doing great! We're 4 lessons into a 12 lesson package and he's already floating on his back sans life preserver and doing "sleeping fish" like a pro. We're hoping that by the time we go up to Sonoma with my parents in August that he'll have the basics down so we can spend the weekend practicing our new life skill.

Keep your eyes peeled for a swimming post to follow - we couldn't be prouder of our little fish ;-)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FOJ Recap

We had a great FOJ weekend - one of the best we've had since becoming parents. I think we finally accepted the fact that America's birthday isn't the excuse to rage like it once was and have adapted our expectations to be a little more family-friendly ;-)
Hey! Don't forget about me!!
We headed down to Laguna Beach first thing Friday morning so Greyson could catch a snooze in the car and we could avoid any potential traffic. After getting settled at Nini and Pa's, we headed over to our friend Lizzie's parents house, where we swam for a bit before enjoying a delicious spread of sausages, dogs, various salads and the aforementioned PB chocolate chip cookies Hayes and I baked the day before.

The view wasn't too shabby...
FOJ Farmers Market sausages...
Ollie and Hayes...
Greyson and Clara...
After lunch, we walked down to their private beach (a beach within walking distance is an amazing thing when you have sandy kiddos!) and let the kids play around for a couple hours. Hayes is brave enough now that he'll go into the water, which is so fun to watch, but also a bit terrifying at the same time. And Greyson hung out on the blanket with Mama, who tried to minimize the amount of sand he put in his mouth.

These two look like they're plotting to take over the world...
My happy little chunk...
Flirting with Clara...
Best buds...
Beach tickles...
We headed back to Nini and Pa's and had enough time to sneak in a quick hot tub, before giving the kids outdoor showers and getting Greyson down. Hayes wasn't going down without seeing some fireworks, so we let him hang with us while we made dinner and caught the show from the pool. Hayes' favorite? "All of them, Mama!" He is his father's son!

The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed back up in LA. Our babysitter bailed on us last minute for Saturday night so we had a nice evening at home and hung around the house on Sunday, celebrating National Fried Chicken Day with a family dinner out at Roscoe's (stay classy!).
Impromptu dance party...
Al fresco apps from East Borough...
Loving our summer nights...
An LA institution...
The huz and I are headed to Palm Springs this weekend for an adults-only getaway while Nini and Pa watch the boys. So looking forward to working on my summer tan, sleeping in on Sunday and kicking Grant's butt at Gin Rummy ;-)

Oh and in other news, this is happening at our house now:


Scary how quickly he picked up on that whole crawling thing. And our nanny said he pulled himself up onto the coffee table yesterday! Slow down buddy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday 'Merica!

Hard to believe that the 4th of July is already here... how are we already through half of 2014?!?

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We decided to stay local this year (well, kind of local...) since we had so many other mini-weekend trips planned throughout the summer. Through years passed, we've found that LA isn't exactly the most family friendly locale, so we decided to head on down to Orange County to spend the holiday at Nini and Pa's empty pad (they're in Chicago visiting Aunt V) for a staycation of sorts.

I'm getting a kick start on my long weekend this afternoon, picking up Hayes from camp and spending a few hours with him while the babe is with the nanny. First item of business will be heading to Sweet Rose Creamery for an afternoon ice cream treat ;-)

We're going to spend the 4th with some friends who's parents have a place within walking distance to the beach in Laguna and we're on the hook for some side dishes and dessert for our 'linner' we're having tomorrow. I have been dying for an awesome peanut butter cookie for the past couple of weeks so the boy and I plan on making our favorite recipe from Gwynnie's book (with the addition of some chocolate chips!) and bringing a batch of them with us down south.

The weekend calls for nothing more than some good eats, logging some solid hours in the pool and at the beach and relaxing with our family and friends (plus a date night for Mom and Dad on Saturday!). Oh and hopefully some awesome fireworks, of course!

In honor of throwback thursday (#tbt), I'll leave you with a retrospective of Hayes celebrating the holiday throughout the years, as well as a classic video of him icing his Uncle Pat (it was all the rage in 2011)...
Hayes at 4 months (can you say awkward phase?!), 16 months and 2 years...
 
Hope you have a good one!

xo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We're going places over here...

...and by 'we', I mean Greyson, who spent his weekend desperately trying to perfect his new skill: crawling. We still aren't quite there but we are so.close and naturally, Mama has had the camera in hand, ready to capture the first time.
This guy knows life is about to get a whole lot more interesting...
He understands the position he needs to be in to start and can go from sitting to that fairly effortlessly. And he seems to understand that there is some sort of arm/leg coordination involved and keeps trying to put one arm down in front of the other, but then stalls there.



Even without literally "crawling", he's getting where he needs to go, kind of twirling himself around like the arms on a clock and reaching out to grab whatever he wants - which, as you can see from the pic below, is threatening his older brother just a little bit!
"No, Gwey!!!"
Not sure why we're encouraging this new movement as with two kids on the move, it's gonna get interesting, but watching him try and master this new skill is truly amazing and we can't help but egg him on.
You'll be there soon enough, buddy boy!