baby love

Its always fun to see the people you love meet your children.  My aunt and uncle were in town last week and we had a great time together… I was so happy to have them meet Ruby and snuggle with her.  Ethan, who is considerably less snuggly these days, provided the entertainment and added comedic value to our day.  He’s going through a silly phase (although maybe it’s just his personality developing, and not just a phase?). Either way, I love it.  Thanks, M & C for loving our little ones =)


prepping for a party


The shopping is done, the balloons are blown up, and the birthday banner is hung.  Time to celebrate little E’s b-day tomorrow, with a little football-themed party with some close family and friends.  I can’t believe my little boy is turning two!

a haircut

I’m not a fan of kiddie haircut places.  I especially don’t care for the way they seem to butcher little boys hair.  Instead, we take the burden/responsibility upon ourselves, which could mean sheer and utter tragedy or a great success.  Luckily, this time it was the latter. This is how we do it around here:  Strip toddler down to diaper, set up laptop/dvd for distraction/entertainment, and go to town with the hair clippers…. (much easier now in our big backyard I must say!)

So short, but super cute.  I can’t tell if it makes him look older or younger.



We got together with some close friends the other night… One of noah’s co-workers and his family.  They are such dear friends to our family.  Their little girl is ethan’s age and watching the two of them grow up together is so sweet.  Pictures like this make me realize how blessed we are.

getting ready to be a big brother

This picture just melts my heart.  Ethan is doing well adjusting to the idea of having a baby in the family… at least from what I can tell.  I know it will be a whole other story once she actually arrives.  My mom brought over two of the baby dolls that I had as a little girl, and he likes playing with them and taking care of them.  Although, I’m pretty sure that in this picture, his thumbs are poking “baby’s” eyes out.  Oh well, we’ll work on it.

Look at my two handsome boys.  I could just eat them up.

beach vacation

During our trip to Cannon Beach this week, Ethan experienced many exciting firsts… exploring tidepools, running barefoot in the sand, throwing rocks into the surf, and the highlight had to have been (well it was for me at least!), building his first sandcastle:

Ethan loved playing in it more than anything, but soon found joy in destroying it… all part of the fun! Watching Noah work to build something special for his little boy was so endearing.

The entire trip was wonderful… not a bad moment the whole time. Ethan seems to be at the perfect traveling age and he played hard and slept hard. I can’t even count all the new words he’s adding to his vocabulary, but during our trip he added bicycle, beach, run, and yes (all said quite emphatically!) to name a few. It was great to get in one more family trip before we have to stick around closer to home with the upcoming arrival of our baby girl! Less than 7 more weeks until July 26th!

>Fun with friends


Ethan and his little friend Hannah had a blast at Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoomazium last week. Top animal exhibit at the zoo?… the Meerkats were a big hit. They are Meercute. At times they’re still a little young at times to get excited about certain exhibits. The other day for instance, Ethan was more interested in the flies on the Plexiglas than the lions on the other side of the glass enclosure. Also a big hit at the zoo? Ethan and Hannah enjoyed crawling around in the dirt and on the ground…. who needs animals when there’s concrete to explore, right?