a few favorites

Today was “Muffins with Mom” day at Charlie’s preschool.  I took him to school and got to stay and play for a little while.  I saw Charlie’s favorite toy at school (a plane, not surprising), heard him sing songs and listen to a story, and of course, had a muffin (which he didn’t eat- no surprise there either!) They had made cute little presents: an angel necklace and this “I love you” canvas.  Such a sweet day!

Muffins with mom at preschool today!  So much fun.  #yesiamfiveyearsold
I love that I am five years old in Charlie’s mind. And I’m not sure where the favorite food came from, C has never had a hot dog.

Meanwhile, these two…

they’re just awesome.

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And big brother hugs? LOVE.


outside with Charlie

I posted this on instagram and should have titled it “Charlie’s favorite things”.  He’s obsessed with those boots!  And he starts asking, “Can we go outside now?” the minute his feet touch the floor in the morning. This is sometimes a little difficult to manage with Sammy, feedings, etc. but I would so much rather he be asking to go outside than the dreaded, “Can I just watch something?”

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Fishing at the Children’s Museum the other day.  We had a really great time with one of his little friends, and then he actually took a nap (without a fight!) when we got home.  Yay!  We may go to the museum every day 🙂

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He loves music and singing, and for whatever reason he calls all instruments “trumpets”.  Maybe he will grow up and play the trumpet some day.   My favorite song that he sings these days is Jesus Loves the Little Children: instead of the line, “all the children of the world” he sings “Oh my goodness of the world!”  Ha.


Easter out takes

Ummm, hello? The line is blue. Someone should probably change this diaper.

He’s smiling so sweetly; he didn’t even see the drool coming.

His cheesy grin, she’s falling.

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Jelly bean bribery for big brother. And a little sister who really wants in on that.

Easter bunnies

We celebrated Easter with an egg hunt at Charlie’s preschool, and another one at Mimi & Bops.  We dyed Easter eggs and made a bunny cake.  Then the Easter bunny dropped off baskets on the doorstep!

Sammy says, “Its cold out here guys!”


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The outdoor egg hunt at his school was pretty chilly.  He also only picked up ONE egg.  In spite of encouragement from Uncle Bri, Mommy and Daddy… he just watched the other kids gather up all of the rest of the eggs.  Meanwhile, Mimi snagged some more eggs from another stash and threw them in his basket.



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And a few posed Easter pictures, because they were both looking too cute:


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My fave! It looks like she wants to hug him!


We are spending so much time outside these days, its awesome.  Charlie is in his element, and Sammy is learning to like it a little more.


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The tricycle he got for Christmas is still a little bit too big- but those feet that don’t quite reach the pedals and instead scoot around on the ground are pretty cute. He’s so determined!


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Puddle jumping! And of course, the froggie rain boots that he wears all. the. time. were nowhere to be found for this activity, when they would actually have been useful! But you can bet he’ll ask to wear them outside (with his pajamas) when the sun is shining.

Meanwhile- here’s Sammy:
Sleeping, watching her brother, eating her hands- that about sums up her typical day 🙂

Sammy at 3 months

Three months feels like a BIG milestone. I read somewhere there is a missing “fourth trimester” (I know that’s stupid but go with it)- another huge phase of development that happens in the first three months after a baby is born. And I get it: at first they’re these little beings who can’t stay awake for more than 20 minutes at a time, and want milk but aren’t very good at eating, and cry for reasons you don’t understand. In three months they transform into slightly bigger little beings who can stay awake for hours when you least expect it, and can suck down a bottle (and sometimes still cry for reasons you don’t understand. But they have such personality while they are doing it!)

Smiley Sammy today!

Samantha is a happy, smiley 3 month old. I would brag about how well she is sleeping, but every time I do that she has a night or two where she gives me a run for my money. So I will keep my mouth shut and hope she sleeps like an angel tonight 🙂 

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I think her favorite thing right now is to watch her big brother. It is a lot easier to keep her entertained than it was to keep C entertained at this same age. Sometimes he will shake her rattle or show her his cars or something, and sometimes she enjoys it when I just hold her and we chase around after him. Actually that happens a lot. She never took a paci but in the last couple of weeks she has found her thumb and is much more content! She is fascinated by lights and the sound of daddy’s voice. She hates bathtime and when we put her in the carseat (sorry girly, sometimes we have to do those things).  She weighed 11 lbs at her two month doctor’s appointment, and I think she is somewhere in the 12.5 to 13 lb range now.  So big!


We still haven’t landed on one name: sometimes she is Sammy and sometimes its Samantha. (Or “baby sister”). No matter what we all love her to pieces. Its funny- three months have flown by but its also hard to remember a time before she was part of our family!

“There was a time before me?! Impossible.”