Monday, October 31, 2011


"Isaac, how old are you?"

Isaac has his own unique way of showing how old he is!

He knows that when he holds up his fingers on either side of his cute cheeks, it makes people laugh.

And this kid loves to make people laugh.

Isaac had a great day filled with presents galore, playing, napping, eating cake and trick-or-treating. It's about as much as you can do in one day!

Happy birthday, Isaac!

We love you so much!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

365 days of being one

Today is Isaac's last day of being one!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Going Somewhere?

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Noah is now ready to travel to his first foreign country: Canada!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Finding Balance

If you ask Isaac how old he is, he'll say "two" and hold up two fingers.  The reality is that he'll be two in about 2.5 weeks, but Isaac is pretty sure he's already there.  There's really nothing about our guy that is still one-year-old.

He is fiercely independent.

He has discovered letters and loves to sing his ABCs.

He can dance like it's no one's business.

He gives the best hugs.  Really.  The best.

He has the most deliciously squishy cheeks.  They must be kissed many times a day.

I broke out our winter pajamas today and was so excited to see the cute 2T footie jammies that Noah used to wear.   After showers, Matt tried to squeeze Isaac into the jammies.  He squeezed and sqeezed and barely got Isaac in.  Barely.  A few minutes later, I noticed that the seams were ripping apart along the feet as Isaac continued to wear them.  I guess he'll be wearing the 3T's that Noah just is growing out of.  Yes, he's a big boy.

He is convinced that he can do anything that Noah can do.  The other day, Noah was using scissors so of course Isaac started cutting too.  It turns out that one-year-olds can use scissors, but it's only under very close supervision.  I'm sure that Noah never used scissors when he was still one, but then he didn't have an older brother to keep up with.

In the picture below, Isaac had decided that he was finished sitting in his booster seat, so he was going to eat lunch sitting on a big chair, using a placemat and an open cup (he refused to use sippy cups quite a long time ago).  The funny thing was that he insisted that he sit right next to Noah at the end of the table, not on the side where he normally sits.  Noah thought the whole thing was hilarious.  He's a good big brother.

But, Isaac is still just one.

He can balance out his new-found conquests with his love of still being a baby.

A few days ago at church, Isaac ran into the nursery and shouted "Baby!  Id-ee (Isaac)!  Baby Id-ee!" and he figured out how to fit his huge body into the bouncy seat.  He relaxed there for at least 5 minutes while he bounced and played with the baby toys.

It's still fun to be a baby too.

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37 States!

We saw license plates from 37 states on our trip to Hilton Head, plus license plates from Quebec and Ontario.  The best places to find far-away license plates was various parking lots around the island.

As you can see, Noah was just a little bit excited about all these license plates!
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Line Up

I always take a picture of our shoes lined up while we're on vacation.  It's just a little reminder of the simplicity  of life on vacation.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mommy's Boys

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Daddy's Boys

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beach Brothers

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Look! No Floatie!

The most exciting thing happened when we were on vacation in August:  Noah learned to swim without his floatie!  He took swimming lessons all summer, and he was feeling more confident about his abilities.  During one of his last lessons, he watched as his friend Austin tried swimming without his floatie.  Austin had so much fun that Noah wanted to try it too!  He was able to swim a short distance back and forth between myself and Ms. Sandie, his swimming teacher.  He was excited about his new discovery, but hesitant to try to swim too much without his floatie.

The pool in Hilton Head was the perfect place for him to practice swimming, and vacation was the perfect time.  The pool had a shallow U-shaped stair area where Noah could swim back and forth and back and forth and back and get the idea...between the stairs and railings.  It was just what he needed in order to get the feeling of floating and swimming.  By the end of the week, he could do a simple breaststroke.

He was so proud of himself and he knew he had accomplished something really big!
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Top 10 Things to do on Vacation

1. Loosen up!

4. Take a nap on the beach

5. Bury yourself in something you enjoy

6. Enjoy God's beautiful earth

7. Be a beachcomer

9. Swim, swim, swim! Swim until your fingers turn into raisins.

10. Enjoy every moment.
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