Friday, December 19, 2008
Not sure what Marina thought about all the furry stuff tickling her!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Even Marina is in on the action!
And then there's this photo of my aunt and uncle, Julie & Dale, and Bryan and me from a few weeks ago. Don't ask.
Moral of the story: Pirate costumes are good fun for the whole family.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Also, please take a few minutes today to think about my dear friend Renee. She lost her beautiful son, Quinlan, one year ago today. I hold a very special place for them in my heart. Love you Nay Nay.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So even in preschool they have school pictures. And fundraisers. Who knew??
Here are Dylan's school pics. I swear he looks like he's 10.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Over the summer he began resisting going to his daycare. He absolutely loves Nana, but didn't want to leave Mommy and probably didn't think it was fair that Marina got to stay home with me and he didn't. Because of that I wasn't sure how he'd do with the new school - strangers, rules, new routine. Dylan doesn't like any of those things (especially rules!). However he's done great with school. He absolutely loves it.
He gets really excited every time we drive by the school. Mostly because of the playground I think. And he also LOVES his lunch box. Thinks it's the coolest thing ever. He doesn't ever eat anything we take, but still loves the idea.
Here's a pic from his first day ... can't you tell how excited he is?
Example 1: I was taking him to his first day of preschool and we were trying to find a good song to cheer us up before dropping him off. I scanned the 80s station, the 90s station, the 70s rock station, the Nick Kids station, the adult rock station and he said “NO!” (loudly) to all of them. He usually likes the 90s and the adult rock station. Then I tried XM51 – the Mandatory Metallica station. He started rocking out in the backseat, banging his head and said “Yay mama!”.
Example 2: About a week later we were in the car again looking for a good song. I tried a station that was playing a Fergie song. Dylan loudly said "NO!" so I flipped it to the Mandatory Metallica station. They were playing 'Motorbreath' (one of my faves). He was so excited - started rocking out and holding his fist up. Then the song ended and some lame, new Metallica song came on so I switched it back to the pop station. Fergie was still playing. He said "No mama, no!". So I switched it to the Big Hair Band station on XM and they were playing 'Welcome to the Jungle'. He LOVED it! I started singing and he started yelling with me.
Example 3: Bryan was out of town and it had rained all weekend so I had to get a little creative on things to do inside with Dylan. We decided to have a dance party. After going through all the normal songs we dance to I decided to put on 'Girls, Girls, Girls' ... what a winner. Dylan loved it - loved the sound of the motorcycles. He rocked out to the song, jumping on the couches and playing air guitar. Then I got scared and imagined him in a strip club in about 18 years and had to turn it off.
Seriously … he’s so my kid.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
3 months, just over 10 pounds, sleeping and getting out of her cranky phase. Hooray! Now, if only I could lose 10 pounds, sleep and get over my cranky phase!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Then Hurricane Fay decided to come our way. If the storm had kept moving like they predicted then we probably would have been fine, but instead it sat right over Orlando/Daytona/St. Augustine for 2-3 days. Right as we were supposed to go on this trip. We went back and forth on what to do, but in the end we decided to go anyway. We figured that we were going north, away from the storm so we'd be fine right? Wrong.
Don't get me wrong we didn't get nearly as much bad weather as the people in Florida, but it certainly wasn't nice.
We rented a beach house, but never set foot on the sand. We lost power on Thursday night and Friday and kept debating whether we should drive home or not. We stuck it out, kept a sense of humor and actually had fun. The kids were on such excellent behavior. Made me realize that we need to go on vacation much more often!
For those of you have been to St. Simons before you know the causeway has marsh on both sides - usually lots of grass with small areas of water visible. This is a photo of the causeway as we were leaving for Tybee Island - no grass, only water! There was water creeping up on both sides of the causeway at a couple of points. At this time Bryan and I gave each other the "are we really dumb enough to go on a beach vacation during a tropical storm" look. And we just kept driving.
Our first day was really, really stormy so we drove into Savannah (at least there was electricity) and found this cool ArtZeum. We had a great time there. Every city should have an interactive art museum like this.
It finally stopped raining on Saturday morning so we went to the park - still way too windy to go to the beach. Here are Daddy & Dylan on the see-saw.
Sweet Marina looking so angelic.
Video: Dancing Dylee
This video was taken on our last night on Tybee. The sun finally came out this day; there were still 20-30 mph winds, but we could at least go to the park and walk along the boardwalk. And finally we weren't the only people in a restaurant. This was taken at The Crab Shack, home to 78 live alligators! After we fed the alligators (some really nasty meat we bought from the bartender), we walked by the main entrance which had a little stage of wooden alligators and was playing Jimmy Buffet. It seemed natural to let Dylan join in!
... picking out the equipment ...
... feeding the alligators...
... happy alligators!
Bye, Bye Tybee! Dylan's ready for the drive - in his seat and watching a movie!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
It's been a busy summer for us! What's been going on you ask? Well, let's see.
- We had a new baby.
- We built a new playroom.
- Dylan's learned about 10-15 NEW words (no profanity thank god!)
- Dylan starts preschool on September 2nd.
- I'm launching a new business at the end of August (more on that later).
- Bryan's golf game sucks.
- And oh yeah, we're potty training Dylan! And he's about 75% of the way there! (That's our little bit of news for the family :) Got you to click through to the blog, didn't it?)
Here are a few pics of him from the summer...
At this point she finally started feeling like
Deep in thought ... er, something like that...
Here are first week photos of Little Marina. She slept about 20 hours a day during this time so while things were scary and we were concerned, she was pretty easy to take care of!This is one of the very first photos of Marina.
These photos were taken after we'd been home for a few days and Mimi had arrived to help out.
You can see how small she is in comparison to her very first baby doll (thanks to Mimi!). Who knows why she's making that crazy face.
You can't tell if she's going to cry or fall asleep here.
Mimi giving Marina her first bottle.
Another photo showing her size ... a bottle of nailpolish seems so small but was pretty big compared to her! She's grown so much that I can barely remember her being this small!
Friday, July 18, 2008
We had a long and challenging pregnancy which ended with a month of bedrest and a beautiful, preemie baby girl.
Born: June 10, 3:46pm
4 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 inches long
She's really incredible! The family is all doing great and big bro Dylan thinks she's awesome (which was a huge relief)!She spent about 6 days in the hospital, but has been thriving and doing incredibly well ever since we got home. This experience has given us a small understanding and such respect for parents with with premature babies. We knew she was coming early and were able to do a lot to prepare (her and ourselves) for the early delivery; however, it was still hard and scary. And so, so, so worth it. She's truly amazing.
Now that I've made my apologies for no recent posts I promise to get back in the habit of posting. And in the meantime, I'm going to post a bunch of random photos from the last 6 months.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In the meantime, I wanted to share some cute videos of Dylan's birthday party in Indiana last week. (Thanks Lindsay!)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I had the great privilege of meeting Brian while living in San Francisco. He was the most charming, witty Irish man I've ever met. He charmed me with his accent from the moment I met him. He leaves an enormous hole in many hearts as he will be sadly missed.
So, Brian, here's to you, my dear old friend. I love you DB.
Here is a link to Brian's obituary (oy, what a terrible word) with the details about the memorial service.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Here are some pictures from his birthday weekend. Enjoy!