Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friends

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The Paper Mama

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two

A celebration of the day my heart grew twice its size AKA Will's birthday.

Yesterday afternoon, we dropped my cousin off at the airport and returned to a house of mostly deflated balloons.  It depressed me.  His birthday is over.  Will turned 2.
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We knew Will's birthday would be a more low-key event this year, but we were more than thrilled when the best aunt a boy could have decided she wanted to be a part of it.
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Really?  The Bills?  All Will wanted was a win for his birthday.  Thanks a lot, Patriots.


Grandma decided to give Will his gift a couple days early: a very cool, perfect for my little Cars-loving toddler, ATV-style bike.
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There's a little button to push to make it go and, while the steering took a few tries, Dude rocks it out.
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On Will's birthday we decided to take him to this local bounce house place.  I've taken him a few times with his buds, Cam and Claire, and he thinks it's pretty fun.
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Despite the look on his face that says otherwise, Will's a huge fan of this slide.
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Bahahahahaha.
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So the little party that wasn't definitely turned into something.
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Thomas cake courtesy of Grandma.


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I felt guilty, at first, for not putting as much effort into this day as I did last year.  We didn't have as many guests - originally we weren't going to have any guests.  But some of our local friends happened to be free on a Monday afternoon and, well, it was settled.  We had ourselves a party.
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Will's not the only one who loves this girl.

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But, I have to say, it was a good day.  Mostly because my heart swells anytime Will gets to be the center of everyone's attention, but also because I know he really enjoyed it.
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My upper body and I made a pact to not be photographed from this angle while going sleeveless.  Ever. Again.


He didn't feel like blowing out his candles, but he definitely waited patiently for a hunk of cake.
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Party animals.
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After our friends left, it was time for the big reveal.  Will's gift from his adoring parents: a train table.
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We love our big 2 year old boy.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Best. Birthday. Ever.

Happy 2nd year to my little man.
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More fun to come.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I. Love. Him.

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That's all.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kings Dominion

Some of you may remember my post from last year about Mike's company picnic at Kings Dominion. Yesterday we went again, and this time, we brought some familiar faces with us.
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Love getting these three together!


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A meet-and-greet with Charlie and Lucy?  Um, no thanks.
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But Cameron and Claire were pretty happy about it.
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One of the many benefits of being an almost-2-year-old-big-boy is that there are plenty of rides to go on.
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Yeah, they're all kind of the same - a car, truck, what have you, that goes around in circles.
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We laughed so hard at these two.  They looked so stinkin' tiny.

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Pretty exciting stuff.
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It was a really fabulous day.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

William Avery Country Club

Where the golf experience is unique...
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...and the pool is tons o' fun.
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A fabulous place to kick back and relax.
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All that backyard country club fun makes for one tired little boy.
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This transitional time of year is the most bizarre.  Yesterday, we were in the backyard pool.  And tomorrow?  It'll be jeans and long sleeves.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

And we're back.

Last week it rained. Every. Day.  We didn't do much.  And it was kind of nice in a boring, watch the same 4 episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba on demand over and over while we cuddle up on the couch sort of way.

Last Saturday, Will's grandmother came for a visit.  He drew on her with sidewalk chalk...
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..and dug into a popsicle that he abandoned after the first bite.  Too cold.  'Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.'
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Cheers!

It was such a nice evening that we took a family walk to the park.
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I will admit to following the NFL lockout far more closely than I did the national debt-ceiling crisis.  When it was announced that the lockout was over, man, was I excited.  So, on Sunday, it was back to football with greasy snacks...
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I found the recipe for these cheddar bacon ranch pulls on plainchicken.com.  Ever been there?  LOVE that blog!


...and a lesson in opposites.



Yesterday morning I asked Will if he wanted to go to the park.  He, of course, said, 'YES!'  So decked out in our Patriots finest, that's exactly what we did.
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Why, yes, my hair IS darker and shorter.  Thanks for noticing.

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Will defines 'park' as a place that has slides, swings, and large things to climb on.  As I pushed his stroller down the trails, he kept asking for 'park' in a sad, whiney, feel-sorry-for-me voice.  He didn't quite get that we were, in fact, at the park.  But he soon got over it.
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A very serious little dude when it comes to throwing rocks in water.  I couldn't even get a decent picture as I had to stop him from falling in several times.
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This week we are riding the high of a Patriots win and gorgeous weather.  More fun to come!