Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maximo Heaven

I think we squeezed all of Maximo's favorite things into one day! It started at a Memorial Day parade (his first parade!) that our niece marched in with her Brownie troop... then Maximo got to ride a digger with Uncle Pete... sushi for lunch... then we went fishing... then finished the afternoon with an ice cream at Friendly's. And we got to spend the whole day with family!

Maximo was over the moon all day and I don't think we can now top it, nor will I try! He fell asleep at 5:30, I'm now just hoping he'll make it through the night... at least until 6:00 am, but I'm not holding my breath!

Maximo and Uncle Pete driving the digger.

"Fishing", but with no hooks or we'd all have battle wounds!

Aunt Carrie holding on to the back of Max's shirt
so he wouldn't fall off the dock into the water!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Photos in the Meantime

Since I may not be posting regularly until I get my new laptop, here's the album I'll be uploading pictures into:

Connecticut Summer Photos

Photo Friday - Week 24

Yipee! We made it to the U.S.! The kids were fantastic on our long travel day. We're still dealing with jetlag, but are sleeping better each day. Lola sleeps in the room where the computer is, so it's difficult to update the blog regularly.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo Friday - Week 23

And while I was involved in Lola's photo shoot, someone stripped down to his no-nothings to play with bubbles and his water table in the back yard.Gosh, he's so white, he's almost glowing out there!

The kids and I leave for the US in 4 DAYS! I keep thinking how much Lola's going to change while we're gone. She'll be so big and totally different by the time we're back to taking Photo Fridays in our usual chair. I will try to keep this going all summer. I don't think any of our big travel days are on a Friday, so we should be alright, as long as I can remember!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Written Word

This happened yesterday, but deserves its own post rather than being added to a Photo Friday post. We went to school yesterday for a visit and we were waiting in John's room for him to finish at an assembly. Max's favorite thing to do in our classrooms is to write on the whiteboards. I asked him to write his name and lo and behold, HE DID IT!
The "x" is sideways and looks like a "t", but it's pretty good!

On another Maximo milestone, we think afternoon naps are a thing of the past. Lately if he's taken one, he stays up talking in his bed until 9:00 (or even 10:00, one night last week). Let's just say this is later than my bedtime most nights. I'm sure he'll be taking a few this summer especially since we're traveling half way round the world and back again, but, at almost 4 years old, this era is done! In August, he'll start full day school, so this is probably good timing.

On Tuesday he has his interview for the Building Blocks Program (the 3 year old program) at Canadian Academy. He's growing up so fast!

And yes, he insisted on wearing the flower barrette in the pictures with Lola yesterday (in the new banner pictures).

Friday, May 13, 2011

Photo Friday - Week 22

Lola is really interacting with us a lot lately. She loves watching and interacting with Maximo (as you can see with the new photos in the blog banner). She is playing with toys more and grabbing for everything from necklaces, my dinner plate, whatever she can reach.

It's getting harder and harder to take her picture because she won't sit still! Sorry this is a little blurry.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Seriously, I'm hurting for blog post titles... Please bear with me. I don't actually use my brain for complex thoughts these days, it's mostly: feed, change, clean, cook, love, kiss, scold, hug, repeat. (Not a bad gig, though!)

I posted this video on Carrie's facebook page too, but I don't know what she checks more often (if she's a good sister, then this blog, if not, then she'll see it on facebook).

And this one... I could melt when I see how much Lola lights up when she sees her big brother. It's so much fun watching #2 ogle #1.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

For Two Special Ladies...

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day, Mama!

Happy Mother's Day, Mommy (We're sure we called you both that, decades ago)

Happy Mother's Day, Gigi!

Happy Mother's Day, Nana!

母の日おめでとう {haha no hi omedetou}
- We love the Japanese word for Mom - Haha!

¡Feliz Dia de Mama!

Thanks for being great Moms and GrandMOMs! We can't wait to see the both of you!

** Technical Note: You may want to give these a minute to stream ahead, they are a bit slow, depending on your connection. **

For the Southern Mama:

For the Northern Mom:

Hugs and Kisses!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Photo Friday - Week 21

Lola is 5 months! She's doing great, although we expect she may be bald by the time we make it to the US (IN TWO WEEKS!).

This is exactly what her big brother's beautiful mane did at this age too - at least she looks like she has a bit more new growth underneath than Maximo did.
Maximo @ 5 months

I know I'm posting this on Saturday, but the picture was taken on Friday, honest!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Best Nest and Lola Eats!

Sorry for a lack-of-creativity blog post title. Last night was a little rough at our house and my brain is a bit foggy this morning. I've been getting books from the library at school for Maximo. Some days I totally strike out - they look great on the cover, but are, well, not and of course, these are the books he wants to read over and over and over again.

Last week, I went to the Early Childhood library in the ELAC building, rather than the main library (which is more convenient and right next to me old classroom) and it is specifically focused for the "under first grade crowd". I got some great books that none of us mind reading over and over. Max continues to LOVE books and we love to hear him sing the song from this book:
Picture from: www.bestmoments.com

Miss Lola started eating a bit of food this week.
Yummm - Breastmilk guacamole! Want some?

She has been SUPER interested in what we are eating - last weekend we were at a little get together and she was staring down Zoe while she nibbled on her brownie close by. We're going to make Lola's food like we did for Max. This week we're starting simple - brown rice "mush", avocados and maybe a little banana. I know we're supposed to introduce one food every 3-4 days, but heck, this is the second kid and these are pretty low allergy foods. She did pretty good yesterday. I love making baby food. Unfortunately we have a teeny tiny freezer, so it may not be as easy to store like we did with Max.

She's super smiley these days, but I can't get a good picture of her smiling because when she smiles she wiggles her whole body!