Saturday, October 30, 2010

Let’s dance

Just a random photo from a while ago. I’m not sure what exactly was going on, but it sure looks like Parker is about to break out in song and dance.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Walking with Daddy is so much fun

The boys seem to always have a wonderful time with Cody after I leave for work.

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Andrew, Parker, Nicholas

It’s just a few blocks to the park from our house. With plenty of exciting things to see along the way.

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At the park the boys are old enough or big enough now to unload from the stroller and let them run around.  The climb up to the slide and put themselves down.

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For some reason putting the bark on these stools is very entertaining.

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Even more entertaining though is the house next to the park. They have chickens!

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Nicholas has decided what the safe and acceptable distance from the chickens is. I’m just happy that it’s not fingers poking in the pen close.

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We’re lucky that we have a couple playgrounds within walking distance so the boys (Cody included) have a lot of options as to what to do before dinnertime.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Last zoo visit

I blogged about my last trip to the zoo with the boys, but now I have pictures. We spent a fair amount of time watching an elephant eating, the boys were mesmerized.

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We watched the carousel Andrew was happily waving at the riders. Everyone was dancing to the music and having a good time.

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Here I have my mother of the year picture. In my defense Nicholas was fine and happy until I stepped back to take the picture.

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As I mentioned before the small fish display was the clear favorite for this visit. Parker threw a fit when I picked him up to put in the stroller.

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Now that it’s getting colder, I think as long as it’s not snowing we’ll still be visiting the zoo. I love that the boys are much more interested in the animals now than they were just a few months ago.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Red Butte after dark

Friday night we took the boys to Red Butte gardens for their annual after dark festivities. Before the sun set we let the boys run around it was also before it got crowded.

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There is a great set of tunnels in a snake themed area that was a bunch of fun for the boys to run around and play in.

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Parker and Nicholas

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Andrew and Nicholas (yes the climbing is in full force)

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Parker

We learned the boys have no fear of fake snakes.

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As soon as it got dark we kept the boys in the stroller, but learned just how nice it is to have everyone dressed in a bright matching color.
If you haven’t guessed their costume here is everyone in the full costume.

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They left the “hats'” on for a surprising amount of time. I had the hardest time finding costumes this year. It seems like costumes were sized up to 18 months or starting at 3t. I went with 18 months even though it’s on the edge of fitting, but 3t was just way too big.

Next year costumes should be much easier, the challenge will be deciding what costumes to go with.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Brush, brush, brush

The boys are (as of today) 18 months old and have plenty of teeth. Andrew just cut his 13th and 14th this week with Parker and Nicholas just about to cut the same teeth. In the hope of keeping them cavity free after breakfast and dinner we have a tooth brushing session.

We brush the boys teeth at the feeding table. We get a turn then we let the boys brush their own teeth. It’s funny how each of the boys react to seeing their toothbrushes. Nicholas loves brushing his teeth, he gets excited and can’t wait to be handed his brush.

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Parker isn’t thrilled with getting his teeth brushed, but usually tolerates it without to much fuss. When he doesn’t want his teeth brushed he will try to back away despite knowing he can’t get away. For the most part he will let us brush and is usually happy to do his own brushing.

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He knows which end is which, but was hamming it up for the camera.

Andrew is not a big fan of having his teeth brushed by us, he will sometimes bite down on the brush or squirm non-stop. If we hand him the brush though it’s a different story.

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Hopefully with all this brushing the boys will never have to hear the sound of the drill at the dentist.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fun at the park

With the wonderful fall weather Cody has been taking the boys to the park everyday while I’m at work. The boys love playing on the playground. The climb up the stairs and put themselves down the spiral slide over and over again. Plus there is just lots of space to run around. Of course the boys tend to stay near each other while exploring.

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Andrew in blue, Parker in red, and Nicholas in green.

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The wrist bands they are wearing are the kinderkords.

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I wish they’d let us in on the joke.

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Nicholas and Parker both looking a lot like their dad.

18 month well baby check

This morning we had the boys checkup and they have sure grown a lot.

Andrew is now 25 lbs 11 oz, 32.5 inches tall. A gain of almost 3 lbs in 3 months and and 1.25 inches.
Parker is 25 lbs 4 oz, 33 inches tall. A gain of almost 4 lbs (wow) and 2 inches.
Nicholas is 23 lbs 7 oz, 32 inches tall. A gain of about 4 lbs (wow again) and 1.75 inches.

Their pediatrician was very happy with how much they’ve grown and just how easy going they were.  No concerns about any one and we don’t go back until they are 2. I think by the time we go back the boys are going to change so much. Not just growing but also talking much more.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A little more freedom

This month we decided it was time (or past time) to give the boys free access the the rest of the house. All of the cabinets now have magnetic locks which are pretty darn cool and the drawers locked as well. We put up a super yard to keep the boys out of the TV and let them go.
Also part of the prepping for our Disney trip was showing the boys some characters. We’ve watched the Disney planning video many many times. The boys have about a 10 minute limit, before they get bored.

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Nicholas and Andrew on the couch, Parker getting a closer look.

Everyone is spending time exploring and enjoying the freedom.

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Nicholas found the cat door.

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Andrew checks it out as well, but he sure looks like he’s up to something.

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Even with all the new space to investigate Daddy with the camera is still the most fun.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fifteen month photos

I’ve had these on my desk at work for a long time now, but hadn’t gotten around to sharing them. We took a group shot, and individual shots. It took two days to get a good shot of everyone, I guess that’s the advantage of having a studio set up in the garage.

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Andrew, Parker, Nicholas

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I think in addition to being adorable, Andrew and Parker look like a shoe ad.

We also got close ups, Andrew was not in the best of mood for this and we ended up putting him in a wagon and pulling him back and forth in front of the camera to get a smile.

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It worked.

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The next photo session will be the 18 month shots and probably this years Christmas card. As soon as we come up with an idea for it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Anybody want to go for a ride?

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Andrew, Nicholas, Parker

We still haven’t removed the bottoms of the cars allowing them to drive themselves which means we push them around the driveway and sidewalk. They love their cozy coupes, Andrew especially giggles non-stop while riding.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Look at the camera!

As anyone with toddlers can attest getting little ones to look at the camera to have their picture taken is a challenge. As the boys get older and become more interested in going after what they find fun instead of looking at the camera Cody had to come up with a way to get the boys to focus. Introducing his brilliant idea.

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Battery powered dancing LED Christmas lights!

The boys of course can’t help but stare at the lights. The first test went pretty well.

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Andrew

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Parker

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Nicholas

Safe to say the experiment was a success. Even when there is something far more fun than looking at the camera it works.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall is finally here (I think)

I’m so excited for the cooler weather that fall brings. We did however have a full and busy summer. The boys visited their first splash park. Cody has been on a photo processing spree, so I figure I should share some pictures.

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Nicholas and Andrew – They were not really sold on the whole water is fun idea.

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Parker – This is right before he realized that you can splash the water here just like in the tub.

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Nicholas and Andrew – I think Cody was having the most fun.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pumpkin patch

Last night was a family first we all went to a pumpkin patch for the first time and had a blast. Right after we arrived we strolled by a bunch of mini pumpkins. We gave each of the boys one and they were very happy to carry them around in the stroller, which is much better than trying to take their shoes off.

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Nicholas, Andrew, Parker

We got to the middle of the field and let the boys loose.

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At first they were much more interested in the sticks and dried vines on the ground, but they didn’t stay on the path for very long.
Parker right before he makes a run for it giggling the whole way. There he goes.

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Many pumpkins were inspected.

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I think Nicholas spotted something he really wanted (other than a stick for each hand), no idea what though.

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Everyone got covered in dirt, luckily it was very dry so brushed off pretty easily.

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Andrew lost interest in pumpkins, he did however become very attached to this stick.

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One more pictures in this already photo heavy post.

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He looks like such a big boy in this picture!

We were only there for about an hour as it was getting dark and the mosquitoes were everywhere. We ended up getting three big pumpkins to carve. One for each of us and one for the boys. Along with their mini pumpkins which they wouldn’t even let go of after we got home.