Friday, July 27, 2012

Dear Callan: yes, I'm still doing these

Dear Callan-
Yes, I'm still doing these, why do you ask? Oh because it's days after your month-aversary? Ya... sorry, I've been busy. I can't believe I've kept it up this long either, but I love taking a little time out to say how great you are. This month you turned 15 months. There's nothing particularly exciting about this month, but you've had a great one anyways.

Look at you sitting like a big kid in the park reading a book.
You are turning into this wild and crazy toddler, but you have this great gentle, sensitive side. You love babies (even though your dad is a little against it, I might have to break down and buy you a baby doll). You're really into real live babies and other kids in general. You squat down and like to take a good look at their faces. It's adorable, but some kids do get a little freaked out about you being in their space.

I talked last month about how you love helping. Your love of lifting and moving large/heavy objects continues, but you've also started making these really cute grunting noises when you're doing it. I'm not sure where you picked it up, but it's absolutely adorable. It's funny though, b/c sometimes you'll do it even when what you're holding/carrying isn't particularly heavy.

As part of your "helping" you love the broom and vacuum. Every day you go into our room where the vacuums are plugged in and you point and ask for them. The Roomba still makes you a little leery, but you love the handheld, although I think your favorite part is emptying it and then trying to put the pieces back together.

You also love helping to push the stroller. Adelia tells us how when you and Luke go on field trips, she alternates who gets to walk and who rides in the stroller. She says Luke always tries to run away, but you love to help push him along.

You still love the swings and the water. The park (finally) re-opened and you are in heaven. It has your two favorite activities and they illicit the biggest smiles/giggles from you.

It's been a million degrees out for days in a row so it's nice that you love the water and can go cool off there. There are a lot of older kids that go to the park and you L-O-V-E watching them and imitating them...

Standing directly under the spray was a "trick" you learned from a big kid.

You've really picked up the chatter this month and you've got a couple of more words in your repertoire and you've (finally) started saying dada and meaning it (rather than part of your string of babble). I feel like you're close on your talking, but who knows... it could be many more months.

Bubs, you are the best. I'm reminded all the time about how lucky I am and how blessed we are as a family. Although you can be this wild and crazy toddler, you are turning into this kind and gentle little boy. You take my hand to lead me around, or try to push my legs when I'm not moving in the direction you want or come running to give me a big hug... it's been an amazing time together.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Best day ever

The park by our house has been under construction for what feels like forever. But it finally opened this morning. I think someone is happy about that.

And please excuse the bib. I thought we were done with that but with the advent of multiple teeth (I honestly think he's got 4-6 coming in), we've had to regress. *sigh*

They even went back this afternoon!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


We know the kid loves to dance, but it looks like he has other (artsy) talents. Maybe I don't need to be stressing over the balance in his 529...

People have commented on how long his fingers are... guess they are good for piano playing!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Linen and silk*

Wow, how time flies... in 4 years, we've gone from this:

to this:

Aren't you glad you didn't take your friends' advice?

Happy anniversary sweetie pie. Baby pies and I are over joyed to be celebrating another milestone together. Aren't you glad that we've made it this far (haha -I joke). Here's to another great year (and more) ahead... let's see what kind of fun we can have.

Rach (and C)

*According to wikipedia (yes, I realize this isn't a valid academic source, but for my purposes it'll do just fine *thankyouverymuch*), the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 4 years is linen or silk. I think this means I should go buy some new clothes! I've been eyeing a dress or two... Good thing the Nordstrom anniversary sale is around the corner -which p.s. when I told Huge about the anniversary sale, he said "they're having a sale for us?". Ya, for someone so smart, sometimes he's not so bright.
**p.p.s. I've stolen most of these photos from facebook... thanks Huge!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hot summer day

Best way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July

What's more American than enjoying corn on the cob (without a shirt on)? Nothing. Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


We are transitioning Callan to one nap. Guess he couldn't make it today. This is a first - usually he'll fight going to bed if there's something more exciting going on and eating definitely falls under "exciting".