Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I think I need to put Brent in charge of taking Griffin to get his hair cut. The last 2 times that I have taken him, his hair has ended up in some weird style. Maybe I can't explain what I want or maybe the I need to suck it up and take him to somewhere that specialized in kids haircuts.
So this is the look I like - simple, mostly one length, "modified bowl" cut according to one stylist...shouldn't be too hard, right?

Well, this is what he ended up with this time. All I can think of when I look at him from the back or side is, " HELLO 80's !!" From the front, he still looks like a cute little boys though!!

And thankfully, his hair grows really quickly and this look will be gone in about 6 weeks!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mommy Daughter Time

As a mommy of 3 little ones, I rarely have individual time with either of the older kids. Kind of sad, but its reality. I am really wanting to start making a little one-on-one time a little more often.

This weekend Griffin and I went to a birthday party at the Little Gym together and had some hang-out time on Saturday...and then on Sunday, Avery and I went on a mommy/daughter outing with 2 other families.

UNC was having a gymnastics meet to benefit breast cancer. It was almost like a womens health fair but had some kids activities as well. We went with Kim and Katelyn Runkle and Keri and Kaylee Fitzsimmons. The girls enjoyed coloring a picture, getting their nails painted, and eating cupcakes and popcorn. Avery really liked watching the girls on the vault and the floor the best.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

10 Months and Counting...

Mr. Graham Charles is 10 months old today! Where does the time go?

Its been a big month for Graham in the "motor development" department. We went from just starting to crawl to speed crawling in a matter of days...from not sitting well on his own to pulling up on everything...from rolling around on the ground to cruising around furniture!

He is so proud of himself when he gets to what he wants - he gives the biggest grins and giggles! Graham is also a clapping machine! He claps when he is excited, when is is proud of himself, and sometime just to pass the time. He loves to play with Griff's workbench and with Avery's kitchen. (He can stand at each of them and there are lots of pieces to pick up and bang around. ) He is getting braver everyday and has even started letting go of the furniture and standing on his own for 4-5 seconds at a time. I bet we have another early walker...

Graham has already had multiple small bruises to his forehead, 2 busted lips, and a scratch down his forehead. (all of these have been self-inflicted!) I must admit that after Griffin's toddlerhood, I think I can handle anything in this department! This is a picture of Griffin at 10 months old -this was only one of the several times that I cried when Griff fell...

Graham loves to eat. He went through about a 2 week stretch of only wanting to feed himself - which was hard since there aren't a ton of things he can actually eat yet...but thankfully, he is letting me spoon feed him again! We've added cottage cheese and yogurt to his "pureed" selection this month. He loves puffs, cheerios, banana, graham crackers, mum mums, pancakes, toast, avocado, salmon, and cheese. He currently has 6 teeth but I think that 2 more bottom teeth are on their we'll continue to add food as the teeth come!

Graham is a great napper - sleeps at least 1 1/2 -2 hours in the AM and PM. But his nighttime sleeping patterns change continuously, based on the ear infection status. (normally 1 good week, 2 bad weeks, 3-4 sleep re-training nights; repeat cycle.) He has had 5, yes 5, ear infections in the last 4 months. We are holding our breath that we can remain ear-infection free until our ENT appointment on March 4!

Graham continues to be super smiley and very laid back. He seems to adapt well to new places and people. Avery and Griffin make him laugh and smile more than anything or anyone. He loves to play patty cake and peek-a-book makes him belly laugh sometimes. He's been such a joy and we are loving watching his little personality emerge!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The little man is very much "on the move" and is loving it!! He loves both Griffin's workbench and Avery's kitchen - Lots of things to bang around!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Family

Avery spends hours every day drawing at the kitchen table. We go through markers and paper like there is no tomorrow. Its been really fun to watch her "ability" progress. She now makes fingers and toes on everyone, and tries to make the hair and eyes the correct color. She even draws eyelashes sometimes. Pretty funny to see. (She gets frustrated trying to draw "boys clothes" so I made the boy clothes on the picture below.)

"My Family" by Avery
(daddy, graham, mommy, avery, griffin)
Griffin isn't nearly as in to drawing as Avery. He prefers to sit at the table with scissors and junk mail and make me "pieces!" But the kids were making Valentines Day cards today Griffin announced, "I made my family." This is his first attempt at making a person and I thought it was precious!

My Family by Griffin

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thankful for a Sunny Day!

We had a beautiful sunny day today, with a high around 68. Very windy but still felt wonderful! After naps this afternoon, we played out in the yard for a long while and then took a walk to the neighborhood playground. We all needed the energy release!

griffin and his "walking stick"

get a glimpse of all those teeth!

avery brooke

pushing his dump truck

doing her "tricks"

my little monkeys

headed off to the playground