4.29.2013

Yuck! Eww!

In this video, I'm pretty sure I was telling Connor how disgusting his drool was. It got a giggle out of him which then escalated to a full-on crack-up session. Totally worth it!

4.24.2013

iPhone, Dog, Milk

S/he is crying because:
the iphone is "MIIIIIIIINE!"

"the dog is sitting on me."

she wants more milk, but doesn't want me to have her cup.

4.21.2013

FaceTime Faces

Eric has caught me taking photos of our kids crying for my "reasonsforcrying" label and expressed how mean he thought I was being. So on the flip side, I thought of a more positive image to capture.

Most of our family aren't close by, and I am extremely thankful that technology, such as FaceTime, allows us to talk face to face. What I love, among other things, is that Riley and Connor's loved ones can still go ga-ga for them, even if we are separated by thousands of miles. And so, I introduce my newest label "facetimefaces" with these beauties:

Ba Muoi FaceTiming with Connor for the first time

my parents reaction to Riley saying "YY" and "Nana"

4.19.2013

All is Well!

Riley's 18 month wellness and Connor's 4 month wellness were both scheduled this week. Typing that out right now still shocks me as to how close in age they are, but I digress. Both are growing and developing at a healthy rate so we can't be much happier about that.

Here are Riley's numbers:
Head: 19.5 in @ 96 %tile
Height: 33.25 in @ 88 %tile
Weight: 24 lbs @ 42 %tile

And here's where big man Connor comes in:
Head: 16 in @ 38 %tile
Height: 26 in @ 86 %tile
Weight: 15.08 lbs @ 58 %tile

Here's a quick snap of Connor waiting patiently at the doctor's office:

4.18.2013

My Wish


I find that I relate most to songs that are relevant to what I'm experiencing at the time. Whenever I was going through a rough break up, "One Last Cry" was my pity me song. When I got over that break up, "Should've Let You Go" was my diva song. You get the idea.

Its no surprise that now my children are my everything. So when I heard "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts, it invoked an emotion in me that I am unable to put into words. The lyrics are so spot on-- everything that I wish for my kids. So, Riley and Connor, this one's for you guys:

"My Wish"

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big

4.09.2013

Reason for Crying

My sisters recently shared with me this blog. This mom photographs her sons crying and the reasons behind it. I found this extremely hilarious and relatable and have borrowed her idea to go ahead and document reasons my children are crying.

R: because she doesn't want to sleep
C: because R is crying

because the animals stopped moving
This is me applying one of the many lessons my children have taught me-- you really have to laugh about things sometimes, or it'll drive you crazy. And with the amount of time my children spend crying, I have to have some fun with it and let it roll off my back (and onto the internet).

Follow my "reasonforcrying" label as I continue to post these photos!

4.03.2013

Baby, I'm Amazed By You

When Riley was just a baby, I had read a tip somewhere to count to three when picking her up so that she would eventually know what to expect (something that we do with Connor now too). And now, at times when Riley is impatient, we count to five in an effort to teach her to wait. The point of all this is that counting is something that we do often with our children. But today we were completely caught off guard when we discovered that Riley could do this:



I cannot believe the sponge that is my 18 month old daughter. In fact, I have no idea where she learned to do this. Eric was counting with her at dinner time in this same fashion. I knew she knew how to say "two", but when he decided to keep counting and she didn't stop, we were both floored. I am simply amazed by our little girl!

Connor @ 3 mos

The past three (sleepless) months have been the longest, but at the same time, has it already been three months?! I cannot believe how much my Connor has grown already. At three months old, he is rocking tummy time and prefers to sit up with everyone else. He gets whiney when he can't make eye contact with the rest of us at dinner time. It makes for an inconvenient meal, but you can't be mad at him for wanting to be a part of our nutty family. Especially when he flashes those puppy dog eyes at us. I can't get enough of my son's adorable eyes.


He is sleeping in 3-4 hour increments at night. He's got some junk in the trunk and is already in a size 2 diaper, and is wearing size 0-3 month clothing, although not for much longer. He is growing so fast, I can hardly keep up with him.

He is my sweet chatty boy. He loves to baby talk and he is starting to laugh a lot more, which is one of my favorite milestones with my children. Its amazing how a little bit of baby laughter makes you immediately forget how tired you are.

Here's a video of Connor chatting and laughing at the dinner table:


And here is one of him laughing at me and my ridiculous noises. If you can get pass how silly I sound, you will melt at Connor's little chuckle:



4.01.2013

He is risen indeed!

We celebrated Easter by dressing the kids up for church the Saturday evening before. Riley checked into the one's class and Connor sat through service with us. I was so impressed with how well he did. 

Riley @ 17 mos
Connor @ 3 mos
The next morning, before Riley woke up, Eric and I "hid" Easter eggs around the house. I filled the eggs with some gummies and stickers (Riley is crazy about both at the moment). I wasn't sure Riley would understand what was going on, but as soon as she picked up her first egg and put it in her basket, I knew she would be  in for a fun morning. She got so excited every time she found an egg, and would immediately ask "where'd it go" when looking for the next. Her having so much fun made it very fun for us as well.

After a morning of fun and way too much sugar, both kids napped before we took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked over to Eric's mom's house for our Easter supper. It was just the five of us, but it was very heart-felt and intimate and made for a pleasant and memorable holiday.