Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arlo is 9 months old today!

 Cy likes to do lots of experimenting with water. And so does Arlo. He had numerous different kinds of uncooked noodles and bowls and water and made a big ole happy mess.
 We went to the Hopkins Police Department and Officer Brandy inspected my car seats. It took her an entire hour!

 Nana continues to come on Wednesday mornings to watch Arlo. Cy & I then get to have an adventure. Two Weds ago we biked all the way in to Uptown & had a picnic lunch on Lake Calhoun. The 5+ mile ride home was uphill and headfirst into a strong wind. Mama was tired by the end!

 Arlo has learned to feed himself. Yay! These new baby squeeze purees rock. He eats solids now but if I think he needs something more (like more fruit or veggies) I can give him one of these & he sucks it down himself. (Great for picnics or on-the-go lunches!) When he's full he turns the tube around and squeezes the rest all over himself. :)
 Chillin in a tree before school one morning.
 Annie & I ran a 5k. It was a beautiful morning and so much fun!
 Cute shot of the boys at our neighborhood park.
 Oh to be a kid again!
 Arlo in between grass eatings. Can you see Cy charging up the hill in the background?
 All that running made him hot! On a not-hot day.
 Today we packed up the family and headed to a Wisconsin State Park about 45 minutes from our house for a day hike. The park has a huge waterfall at the end of the hike!
 Patrick & his two boys. Arlo is sleeping on Patrick's back.
 Cy & I chuffed up many many stairs to check out the view. It was thrilling to be up that high! I was impressed he climbed the whole way!

 Photo by Cy

we made it!

Family shot. Arlo still asleep.

Another photo by Cy

 Happy 9 month birthday sweet baby boy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Drooly Arlo

Cy was asleep so I took a few pics of drooly Arlo today.

Monday, April 16, 2012

i jinxed us

allrighty, that's the LAST time I ever brag on here about how we are all healthy! Within a day of writing that, Patrick came down with a cold which eventually morphed into an ear infection (when's the last time you heard of an adult with an ear infection?) so he's on antibiotics. Both boys & I got our wretched coughs back. Arlo's been up all night because he is a horrible sleeper and eater when he is congested. Oy vey!

We've had windows of healthiness though. While Patrick was convulsing with a fever, I whisked the boys out of the house each night last week to a random spot for dinner & to kill time. Because the weather was cool and I also felt a little under the weather, I kept us all indoors. Guess where I took them?? Dinner one night at Macy's (the cafe) and dinner the next night at Ikea! Totally random, eh? It fit the criteria though - a place where I could sit with two boys (cafeteria-style) and kill some time on the drive there & then have plenty to look at after dinner as we strolled around till bedtime. Total suburban mama in her minivan!

We are all very excited to hear news of my cousin Jennifer's latest baby. Her due date has come and gone so we know it will be any day now!! So looking forward to hearing about her arrival and seeing pictures of her!

A few remainder pics from Easter. Cy did his annual "rock hunt" with Nana and Boppa. It is put on by a local park. It's a egg (but rock) scavenger hunt they do in the park. Cy LOVES doing it! And I'm pretty sure Nana and Boppa do too!
Cy stayed at their house that night & they made "cake pops" Yum!!

 Cy's room has been officially childproofed. It's one of Arlo's favorite places to hang out. All the little, chokeable items went in a bin high up on a basment shelf. We left "tricks" out in the bottom cubbies on these shelves in Cy's room. When I am putting Cy down for his nap & reading books, Arlo crawls around on the floor and usually goes for one of the "tricks." Cy and I laugh because Arlo thinks he's really getting into something but in reality Cy & I planted it there. It's usually some big baby-friendly toy like Cy's dinosaurs or a board book.

We made this sweet little art project a few weeks ago & hung it over Cy's bed. It is a mosiac of all of our family's hand/foot prints in the shape of a heart. I also put matting on some printed little kid's prayers that Cy's teacher had given him & put those in the frame too.

Poor daddy was so sick but the boys didn't care!! They missed him so while he slept his illness away.

 One day we went up to Northeast Mpls to get our taxes done & popped in this cute store called "I LIke You" that features all local craftspeople. I got a killer necklace of a Wisconsin-shaped pendant with a heart in the middle.
 Nana came over and cared for Arlo on Weds during the day & Cy & I went down to the Mall of America and went on the rides! It's the real deal there. Roller coasters and ferris wheels and such. All indoors.  I talked Cy into going on a water log ride that was quite thrilling. When we were up over a story high, just about to come shooting down, an announcement came on that there was a "malfunction" and Cy & I were stuck up there for a good 5-10 minutes. Of course since it was a Weds morning we were the ONLY one up there. Thrilling indeed! Cy says he's over it. Doesn;t want to go on that ride anymore but he really wants to watch Fishpa do it.

 Something sweet I found on Pinterest. And need to remember now that Cy talks incessantly for 13 hours straight each day.
 Uncle Tim stepped in & helped take care of the kids on Saturday so mama could catch up on her sleep while they went to hockey lessons. Arlo had been keeping me up all night. Did I sleep? Nah, it was too nice out! I ran 7 miles! That cleared up the ole lungs for a bit!
My boys. This is the only pic where one of them isn't coughing!

Monday, April 9, 2012

happy april, happy easter!

Would you believe I have already taken 175 pictures in the month of April! Yeesh! Just goes to show that we are back in full swing and doing all sorts of fun stuff!

I've started running again and it feels soooo good!! It's hard pushing the two boys (over 60 pounds) but so worth it! They love the ride for the most part & I feel so energetic when I am done!

Arlo is in hard-core teething mode. One just broke through on the bottom. He has three out already on the bottom - so now almost four and the top two just keep getting lighter and lighter like they are going to break through any minute. Our sleep, therefore, hasn't been all that great lately. He poops and poops and poops these days. I'm pretty sure the excess salivia is the source. Makes for some early morning wakings. He is in great spirits though!

Cy has started ice-skating lessons (indoor) which he LOVES!! He just got new, real, golf clubs from the Emmer's for Easter/his birthday. They are so cute! He is becoming quite clever in his humor these days. Sometimes it is jaw-dropping.

 One of three egg hunts this weekend.
 A boy and his bounty.
 They are SO CUTE out there! They look like little penguins, They walk more than glide but they are all out there on single blades so it really is quite impressive!

 Cy woke up at 6:30am and slammed into my room shouting that the bunny had been there! This was a 7am egg hunt in our backyard.
 Same boy, more bounty.
 And here starts the 5000 pictures I took of the boys in their fine Easter attire

 A candid of how I sometimes carry my baby. He doesn't look real here, does he!?

 Arlo and his Godfather/Uncle Tim
 New clubs!

Arlo immediately took over Cy's old plastic clubs. :) Happy Easter! Happy Spring!