We had a busy February. The month was full of winter colds, yoga practices, birthday and housewarming parties, play dates and snow storms. We did manage to fit in a trip to the Seattle Aquarium to use our Groupon tickets. It was a windy, rainy day, and it seemed like everyone else had the same idea.
The month ended with Avery catching the flu, Kieron rupturing an eardrum, and Mommy going stir crazy. Fortunately everyone is healthy (for now) and we plan to get out of the house a lot next week!
At Starbucks in Seattle
We had to get caffeinated before heading to the…
Avery’s favorite part was the sharks, but he was hoping to see some bigger ones
Kieron got a kick out of it
Avery observing an octopus
On Superbowl Sunday morning
Random cute sighting at our house: Avery’s “Commodus” dog on a leash enjoying a snack.
The brothers chillin’ on the couch
Avery and his good friend Brianna (he’s told us he’s going to marry her)
Playing at Filipe and Tiago’s birthday party
Their mom decorated this amazing cake
Kieron in his room
Kieron is now “cruising” on furniture. And Avery is working on sharing toys with his little brother.
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Last Friday Jonathan had to go to Bellingham for work, so naturally, we decided to make a little family trip of it. We love an excuse to get back up to our beautiful old college town!
We spent the night with our good friends, Jen & Oliver, and their son, Bjorn. Jen and I have been friends since Jr. High, and the four of us used to hang out a lot when we lived in Bellingham. Avery and Bjorn are eleven months apart, and love seeing each other! They got to have their first real sleepover on Friday. We thought the odds were about 50/50 that they would actually go to sleep when we turned out the lights and left the room… they did! It was awesome! In the morning we all went to The Little Cheerful, our favorite local breakfast joint downtown. The food did not disappoint.
In the afternoon we visited with our friends, Ray and Betty. Ray is in his 80’s but he has the energy of a twenty-year-old, a wicked sense of humor, and is an incredible story teller. He worked in advertising in New York in the 1950’s-60’s (think Mad Men) and created all sorts of iconic ads like the 76 ball and the Red Baron pizza box. He flew float planes recreationally through the years, and has endless stories about his aerial shenanigans. Betty used to be a model, and is so lovely and sweet. Together they make an adorable couple, and we always enjoy our visits with them. Ray impressed Avery with his model plane collection, and the two of them looked through pictures on Ray’s laptop. It was cute to see the two of them chat it up.
A walk in Fairhaven
Avery and Bjorn devouring cupcakes
Reading a story before bed
We remembered to get a picture of all of us with the tripod!
Lindsey & Jen
Oliver & Jono
Ray brewing coffee with his Chemex
On the laptop
Last month we (mainly Jonathan) built a cabinet in our mudroom. It turned out great, and I am so happy to have it finished! And I must admit, I’m quite impressed with Jonathan’s building skills. Voila!
At the end of the January we went to Texas to visit family. The first weekend our niece, Nicole, celebrated her birthday. It’s hard to believe she’s seven already. I can still remember visiting her in the hospital after she was born.
We managed to fit a lot into our trip. Mommy, Grammy, and Aunt Manivanh went to some yoga and zumba classes at the local gym, and Daddy and Papa built a shelf in the garage. We went to Nicole’s dance classes each weekend and watched her practice ballet and tap. We also visited Nicole at school one day and had lunch in the cafeteria with her. Avery was excited and nervous to see the inside of a “big kid school.”
We’re lucky we timed the trip the way we did. We had great weather while we were there, mostly upper 60’s, and clear skies. We left the day before the ice storms arrived. At Avery’s request, Papa fired up the hot tub a couple of times so we could all go in.
One thing that made this trip to Texas extra-special was that Uncle Scott was back from Afghanistan for good. We timed our past couple trips with his so we could see him while he was visiting in the States. Along with the happiness of being together was the knowledge that in a few days he would return to a war-torn country, away from his family. Well not this time, thank goodness! We were able to enjoy the time we had together without worrying about any of that other stuff. It’s so good to have him back. I really don’t know how military families do it.
The four cousins: Nicole, Kieron, Avery & Andrew
Avery and Daddy horsing around
Nicole got her toenails painted before her big birthday party
So naturally, Avery wanted his painted too
Nicole & Avery watching a movie together
Aunt Manivanh made a yummy Thai dinner one night
Grammy, Mommy & Aunt Manivanh
With my cousin, Laura, at Nicole’s birthday party
All the partygoers
Andrew and Avery playing cars together
Nicole opening her birthday loot
Kieron’s first time in a swing
I think he looks so much like Jonathan did as a baby in this picture
After seeing Kieron in a baby swing, Avery wanted in one too
Nicole and Avery loved playing “Grammy’s School” each afternoon
Avery practiced writing his letters
Another day in the swing
Nicole and Avery on the walk to the park
Today is February 1st. It appears the entire month of January slipped by without a blog post. So what have we been up to? Because of my supreme lack of short-term memory, which I blame on motherhood and a general lack of deep sleep, I will refer to my calendar: Play dates, baby showers (coincidentally all for boys), visits with friends, home repair projects (a built-in cabinet in our mudroom), and hot yoga classes. Then at the end of the month we travelled to Texas, but there will be more on that in the following post.
Poor Kieron has been in teething hell for the past month. He has two teeth on the bottom which appeared while we were in Hawaii, and this month four on top showed up all at once. Overall he’s so easy going and cheerful, but the teething can make him pretty cranky at times. Oh well, he’s such a good baby, we really can’t complain, poor little guy.
With Kieron changing so much, it’s easy to forget how much Avery is growing and changing as well. Last week I looked at some pictures from back when Kieron was born, and that’s when I noticed how much Avery has changed. He’s much taller and boyish looking now. It’s cute, but makes me sentimental. He has a very vivid imagination and is always playing dress-up and making up some fantastic story or another.
Here are some pics from the past month. The first few were taken by Avery, our budding photographer.
Avery and his friends, Preston & Ashlyn
Avery likes to stay up reading before going to sleep. He loves his new reading lamp.
Kieron in his high chair
We have very similar pics of Avery at about the same age
Kieron in the tub
He loves bath time, and this starfish is his favorite bath toy
Tickling the ivories
I love this picture
Daddy gives Kieron a mani/pedi
Mommy cuts Avery’s hair
Avery making faces in Kieron’s jacket
Kieron at the bakery (he’s outgrown his hat)
Avery outside Caffe Lladro
The boys at bath time. They have so much fun!