Monday, May 25, 2009

Dude-a-Man Gets a Haircut!

Well, you've seen a bunch of his before pictures (if not, look at the millions below). It was time. We tried to wait the traditional 1 year before the first haircut, but you can only take your handsome little man being mistaken for a girl so many times, and besides his bangs were in his eyes (something no little boy should have to experience), he couldn't see. Here's my new and improved Dude-a-Man. Oh, and much to my pleasure, he can once again rock his Mohawk (YAY!).
One final before picture, that's some long hair on a little boy.

This is so stinkin' much fun Dad!

Very serious, don't move a muscle.

The after, I'll have to post one of the Mohawk later - he's pretty awesome.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Only in Colorado

Last week Jeff's office had a "Det. 4 Day" - you could equate this to a team-building day in the real world. There were several options and one of which was to head to the mountain in the morning and the lake after lunch. Here are some pics he took.


No, he's not dead, but after choosing to wear his swim trunks skiing (pretty much just to say he did) he might have wished he was.

There they all in all their pre-frostbite glory.

On the lake. I don't know if he could have missed his boat more. They were behind a 19' Bayliner without ballast, or comparable horsepower.

Despite lack of HP and a good wake he was still able to go big and impress the buddies. If they only knew... Maybe they'll get to surf next year.




What's Happenin'

With two kids under three, there is never, ever a dull moment around this house. In fact, if there were a dull moment, that would be so exciting to me that I doubt you could count it as dull anymore. It's been since Mother's Day that I posted last and LOTS has been happening around here. Kale is getting more and more mobile, and Haley is really starting to explore her personality and opinions (she, much like her mother, has one about everything - imagine that). So here are some of our latest pictures. Oh, side note: On the bottom are a couple of them that I've decided to work over in Photoshop - let me know what you think, they begin with Haley with a large flower on her head.


Like I said before, Kale has really started to move his way around everywhere and he's decided that he wants to climb the stairs on his own. Haley picked this up in a day, Kale is taking it a bit more thoughtfully, and while I'm not really ready for him to figure this out yet (I don't have a gate big enough to cross the bottom of our stairs), I guess it's time whether I like it or not.

He has also figured out that when the bright orange light on the camera goes off, mom wants me to smile - so whatever he's doing he stops, looks at me and smiles as big as he can. Pretty cute!


Jeff has been spending a lot of time outside finishing up about 4 miles of fencing (I'll post something about that later this week), and Haley has been his right hand gal. Today the weather was pretty nasty, but she wanted to help anyway (guess she's got some Seattle in her after all - YAY!).


My little ham sandwich, like I said, the orange light goes off... He and Haley were helping me with the laundry and Haley insisted that he get inside the "cage"


Now that he has 2 official teeth and one bump on the bottom he's been allowed to enjoy biter biscuits, this was after a teether toast and dinner (green beans and apples and chicken). He was thrilled to be disgusting - What a BOY!


Holy Haley Faces! This girl has one for EVERYTHING!!! This is her "I'm thinking about it" face only usually she's not looking at me, she'll look completely sideways and sometimes she'll throw a finger to her lips.


This is "Cuddle me" and her not cheese face. I love her eyes in this picture.


This is her "cheeeese" face! You also sometimes get to see it when she's really excited. I also think she looks a lot like me in this one.


He LOVES toilet paper. He will pull himself up on the holder and just spin and spin. This particular day he managed to take care of a whole new roll. The two of them were just laughing in the bathroom and this is what I found. He pulled it off and then proceeded to tear it all apart. couldn't have been happier.


Cuddling with Daddy in front of the TV on a gloomy morning. Daddy was trying to sleep in a bit more - I think you can tell by her face she wasn't as interested in that.


Kale decided he had his diaper, and he shoes on, what more did he need?! He was ready to go and go he did (wish I had taken video of this).


This was her super cute outfit she wore the other day. I've decided to try to grow her bangs out and these headbands have been fantastic. I love the little barrette flower clip that goes into it too.


Haley Kay had Hailey Madison over for a play date the other day - they were so cute having their berry snack with their Gymboree hair clips in that I had to take a picture.


This is Haley telling us to "listen...listen". I love that she always holds her hand in front of her ear for this. She likes to listen for airplanes and thunder.
Finally, Jeff taught Haley that pretty much everyone we know lives in Wa-shing-ton, so this is Haley telling you that and a few other things I wanted to make sure we got on video before she grew out of it.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

All I asked for this year was to sleep in till 10 o'clock and to have breakfast to include bacon. Jeff went above and beyond and woke up early with the kids, got them dressed all by himself (as he'll tell you, he put Kale's outfit together all by himself, they didn't even come on the same hanger). He took them to Lowe's where he had Haley pick out a pot for me and flowers to go in it. Then be brought them home, helped the kids plant them and made me a delicious 3 cheese ham and tomato omelet and bacon. Kale apparently had fun helping out and also eating the dirt, what can I say, he's a boy!

Teething on the trowel.

Helping to flatten out the dirt.

Mmmm Dirt. When something tastes this good, you can't be concerned with keeping clean. And a good one-eye look. Haley likes to look at this picture and say "Kale eat dirt...Eeewww." She's been pretty obsessed with it lately.

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Kale helping to shovel the dirt.
It was a great Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Kale is Officially Crawling

The last thing that Jeff told Kale before he went off to Germany was "don't grow up too much while I'm gone little man". Apparently Kale was asleep when he told him this because over the course of the last couple of weeks Kale has started to pull himself up on EVERYTHING, he's cut a tooth and started to crawl like a normal baby (no more low crawling). You can see in the video he's getting pretty quick.

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PaaaPa, Where Aarrre Youu?

We've been lucky enough to have Grandma out here to help out with the kids while Jeff has been in Germany. Haley, in the last few days, has wondered where Papa is and since Mr. Potato Head has a "tickle-stash" that will work. Here is some video with her and Grandma making Papa.

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Giving Papa a kiss

Making a silly face while showing her Papa.