Sunday, January 26, 2014

Movie Star

Years ago, I remember getting ready to leave church one summer Sunday in Green Bay, and, as I put my sunglasses on, a sweet lady in my ward commented "Movie Star!" as I walked by.  My dad still  teases me about it.  Well, Henry loves to wear sunglasses, and as he came downstairs donning this pink pair (along with his jammies and chocolate frosting from dessert), it was the first thing that popped into my head.  He strutted around the house like he owned the joint.  Let's face it, he thinks he does own the joint!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Look Who's Two!

This little dude is 2!  I can hardly believe it.  Time - especially this last year - seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye.  My little Henry Man is a full-fledged toddler, with interests and frustrations and a personality and a sense of humor.  We love him so much.

The day after Christmas, we headed to Idaho for a week, and Claire was thrilled to hang out with her cousins, Finley and Crew.

While Christmas was kind of a bust for Henry as far as gift opening was concerned, he had it all down by his birthday.  

And boy, was he ready for the singing and candle blowing.  For the next couple of days, Henry would ask for "birthday song and presents".  

I tried to get a good picture of him smiling.  I think he's going to be like Claire - nearly impossible to get a good, smiling picture of him..  I think he's saying "cheese!" right here.

These ones are a little better, but he just moves so fast that everything's always a smidge blurry.

Finally!  There's that awesome smile.  His face is covered in chocolate frosting, but I guess that's about right for a two year old on his birthday!  Here he is, playing with his cousin, Gunnar.  They were little buds this trip, and always played really nicely alongside each other.

Whether watching a show on the iPad, or playing with puzzles, these guys got along so well.  

It was fun to be with family for another birthday.  And we're so lucky to be able to watch this little man learn and grow!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christmas Morning

I remember that as a kid, falling asleep the night before Christmas was an impossible task, but waking up hours before normal was not.  All of us kids would easily be up before the sun, sneaking downstairs to see what Santa had left behind...all while trying to contain excited squeals so as to not wake our parents too early.  Even at a young age, we knew that that would get us nowhere fast.  

So imagine our surprise when 9:30 rolled around Christmas morning, and we had yet to hear a peep from either of our children (Claire has been known to sleep late, but Henry, not so much).  Well, at the mere mention of Santa, Claire's eyes shot open and we were ready to roll.

Claire was happy with her new outfits,

new reading material,

and her new pony castle.

We had a rougher time getting Henry to cooperate.  As soon as he opened one thing, he wanted to sit and play.  In fact, when we'd tell Henry to come open another present, he's actually say, "No!  Play!"  He loved his Lightning McQueen car,

his new basketball hoop,

and even his $1 microphone toy.

And of course after the unwrapping, it was, indeed, time to play.  Adam and Claire worked on Goldie Blox,

and Henry just made himself a cozy spot on the floor to play with his train tracks and "A-Queen car."

And I got this beautiful new set of Christmas place mats, napkins, and table runner, made by my mother-in-law.  It was a good Christmas!

In Idaho

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