Monthly Archives: April 2012

Snoqualmie Falls

Last weekend Jonathan took Avery and Kieron to Snoqualmie Falls while Silas and I did a little shopping at the local outlet mall. The mist reached all the way to the observation deck. Avery mostly stayed back, not wanting to get wet, but Kieron didn’t mind at all. Here are some pics from their outing.

That’s Avery in the background

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Around the House

Here’s a collection of pictures from April. This first one is from Jonathan’s birthday. We had blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Kieron loved flipping the pancakes!

Auntie Ashleigh cuddling with Si

With Daddy, just over four weeks old

Kieron sporting a bandaid on his forehead after a block-throwing incident with Avery.

We went to our second Caspar Babypants concert early in the month. Chris Ballew, of the band “The Presidents of the United States of America” is the singer. He’s got great children’s music, which Avery and Kieron (and Jonathan and I) really like.

The boys doting on their little bro

I just love his smile!

Dancing with Kieron

Avery and Kieron each have little baby dolls  (my old dolls) they like to take care of now that Silas is here. They’re so cute, both burping, swaddling, and cuddling their little dolls!

We’ve had some beautiful weather lately. The boys have had a lot of fun playing in the backyard together.

With my littlest man, six weeks old

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Easter 2012

Getting caught up on blogging. Here are some pictures from Easter weekend, which turned out to be a beautiful one!

The egg hunt on Saturday

Family photo

Our friends, Jacqui & Phil, and their kids, Hayden & Brooklyn

Easter morning

Avery flying his kite

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Avery Turned Five!

What?! As in years? Where has the time gone? I feel like he was just born last month (oh wait, that was Silas). But really, it’s hard to believe that much time has passed already! At five, Avery is: a chatterbox, inquisitive, creative, imaginative, loves Legos, a little bossy, a devoted big brother, and as always, our darling little boy. He had his well child visit last week. He weighed in at 43 lbs (66%) and measured 44.75″ (84%).

We kept the party pretty small this year. A few close friends came and celebrated with us. Avery chose an Angry Birds theme, which ended up being a lot of fun to put together. I don’t consider myself a very crafty person, but have to admit, the decorations made fun projects to do with Avery.

On his birthday we had the fabulous idea to get out the video camera and interview Avery. We’re hoping to make a birthday tradition of it. Here’s the Q&A:
Favorite thing to do outside? Play in the sandbox
What’s it like to be five? When people ask how old you are, you don’t have to bend your fingers to show them (just hold up your hand).
Where do you like to go? Hawaii, the pirate ship, and farms, the fair, the theater…
What do you want to be when you grow up? I will work in Daddy’s office playing games on the computer. I will get my own office though.
What will you do for fun when you’re older? Get big kid Legos.
What do you like? Camping. I will be a boyscout.
Favorite animal? Gazelle… and giraffe, zebra, hippo, elephant, aligator, dragon, coyote, dog, cat, kitten, ostriche…
Favorite thing at school? Crafts, but not writing crafts.
What are you most excited about being five? I want to get all kinds of Legos. I will build a whole city!
Favorite TV show? Scooby Doo
Favorite movie? Imaginext video
Favorite game? Cartoon tag, when a person tags you, you have to sit down criss cross apple sauce and think of a tv show like Obama, Scooby Doo, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Sleeping Beauty… What’s the Obama show? You know, where he does a big speech… (The State of the Union!)
We were going to call it quites, but then Avery came up with some more questions:
Favorite story? Thomas the Train books
Favorite thing about being a big brother? Holding Silas
Favorite fruit? Banana and pear… and lemon, orange, strawberry, blueberry, not raspberries
Favorite season? Summer
Favorite exercise? Riding bikes

Our handsome birthday boy!

Opening his present from Mommy & Daddy

I’m this many!

The party theme: Angry Birds!

Auntie Ashleigh with Silas

Playing pin the beak on the angry bird

Kieron loved the game

Hmmmm, what to wish for…



Brianna and Avery

Kieron took all the paper to the garbage

Homemade decorations – Avery loved this craft activity

Thank you for this idea, Pintrest!

Nana and Silas

Last night as a four-year-old

A week later we celebrated Daddy’s birthday

The boys helped him blow out the candles on his traditional ice cream cake

Enjoying a beer at the local brewery

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Grandpa Peck

My Grandpa passed away last month. He was 89, and the last grandparent I had left. I’m fortunate to have been close to him throughout my life and have many happy memories. He and my grandma used to watch me after school when I was a kid. I spent many sunny days swinging on the rope swing he hung from the big tree in their backyard. The best tomatoes and green beans came from their vegetable garden. And we played endless rounds of pinochle together. I will miss our weekly phone conversations about sports, the weather, and the latest happenings. He was a really great guy and I’m so glad to have had his influence in my life. Here are a few pictures from my albums:

At Scott & Manivanh’s wedding, 1999

During a summer visit in 2001

In his garden

Grandma & Grandpa in their backyard

Christmas 1980

Christmas 1990

Grandpa & Grandma

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