Thursday, October 29, 2009

LET THE FUN BEGIN

Is everyone ready for Halloween?
We are pretty much ready to go at my house. Got two humungo bags of candy from Costco the other day and believe-it or-not, most of it is even still with us! I am just hoping that lasts us the night. We usually get lots and lots of Trick-or-Treaters.

We have our costumes ready to go.
I pulled some stuff out of our costume box digging for the last couple touches for my outfit and Chase thought he would try out a couple different looks.
What do you think???
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Elvis! He was NOT loving this one after we got it on. The wig made his eyes itch. I am not sure how that is possible but he yanked that get-up off before I could even get a good photo off. Oh well! This photo works, I like that he even has the Elvis lip thing going.

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I call this one "C-Diddy!" And I think he actually liked it (the outfit, not the name. He kept rolling his eyes at me when I called him that!) He seems oddly at home in a backwards hat, gold chains and aviator glasses.
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Hey, where are you going C-Diddy!?!?! Anywhere away from the camera. He is a little maxed out on the photo taking today after our morning photography session with our friend Carrianne. He was a rock-star though, and surprised me by doing so good with all the photo taking. Dylan was a whole different story! He has been a touch of a whiner lately. Here he is yanking on my shirt and begging for cookies. This is a pretty typical scenero lately.
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Are you sick of leaf tossing photos yet? Oh good! Cause I have a few more to post. This should be the end of them though. Sadly, most of the leaves are gone with the wind.
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Bummer his eyes are closed, but I love this photo anyway!
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Showing his affection or inflicting pain???
Yeah, I thought it looked more like the pain one too.
Gotta love big brothers!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

CELEBRATING TWO

I owe you some photos from our big 2 Year Old celebration. (Like you have all been waiting patiently by your computers for me to post them, right???? HA, HA, HA) Anyway, Dylan really enjoyed his birthday, of course he did, he is TWO, and doesn't know any better!
When he woke up, I rushed in to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
He responded hopefully with, "Balloons?"
"Ahhhh, errrrr..... not yet Buddy, but we will get you some!"

Quick, distract him with something shiny!
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Chase was way more excited about the present than Dylan. You can't see it in this photo, but Dylan is still clutching the wrapping paper excitedly pointing to all the "La-Bugs" & "Ca-pillars."
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So after we ate breakfast and opened just one present (the stackable Birthday Cake, a cool product from my work), we made a trip to Jewel with Balloons right at the top of our mile long grocery list.

Unfortunately, the weather was cruddy, so we opted to check out this new indoor playground place called The Tree House. The boys had a ball running around in there, they both cried when we had to leave. :(
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This one just cracks me up everytime I look at it. Those short little legs are trying so hard to climb up there! Thank goodness for a helping hand from Dad.
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Those guys were THIRSTY after all that running around. Thank goodness they have tables and refreshments available.
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The sadness of leaving the Tree House was soon forgotten when we got home and the boys remembered that we had CAKE to eat!!
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AND PRESENTS to open!!! Look at big brother being oh-so helpful.
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Then, we had a small family celebration on Saturday evening. It was a Pirate Party complete with a treasure hunt all over the house. The kids (Art too) had fun running around looking for treasure (Goody Bags and candy.)
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We all had a great time and are currently in some sort of diabetic coma from excessive sugar consumption. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY.......


...... we were in the hospital, just getting acquainted. (Please pretend you don't see my double chin in that picture -k?) I can't hardly stand that you are growing up so fast, too fast. You are, and will probably always be, my baby and you are truly such a blessing to us all.

Here is a look back at your birth story. I did some digging and found what I wrote in my journal shortly after your arrival. Here goes : (edited slightly for entertainment value)

I was VERY nervous about having a second baby. I just remembered how overwhelmed I felt after Chase was born, and how much work it was. How was I possibly going to take care of an infant and keep Chase entertained and out of trouble at the same time? In my mind, these are two full-time jobs and it didn't seem fathomable that I could do them both at the same time.

The night before I was scheduled to go in for delivery, I was excited, nervous and even a bit sad. I was feeling nostalgic for our little family of three. I watched Chase as he was getting ready for bed and felt pity for him. His whole entire world was going to be turned upside down. I couldn't stop the tears from leaking out as I hugged and kissed him goodnight.
He asked, “What’s wrong, Mommy??”
“Mommy is just going to miss you, that's all.”
And it is true, I was going to miss him and not just for the four days that I would be hospitalized. I knew that our relationship would be forever changed and I couldn't help but already miss the way things used to be. I reminded myself that millions of kids around the world have survived the arrival of a sibling, and most are probably even better off for it!
I tried to force myself to sleep, knowing that solid sleep would be a luxury for the next couple months. The funny thing about trying to force yourself to sleep though is that it never works. My mind was too busy flitting, flying, worrying, stewing, imagining, and wondering to settle into any sort of deep sleep.
I jumped out of bed when the alarm went off (again, I was nowhere near sleep) and was ready to face this exciting and wonderful day. I would finally be meeting my little guy, face to face. We already intimately knew each other, but I can't wait to meet him and SEE him! And I also can't wait for the kicking, jabbing and heartburn to stop!

I just remember that I couldn't stop gushing about how much better this whole process was the second time around. With a scheduled c-section planned, we went in 6 days before my due date (YAHOOOO) checked in at 8:30 and had you swaddled and in our arms less than two hours later. The delivery went smoothly, well.... it went smoothly after they finally got the epidural in, yikes! That was the hardest part about the whole experience. They wheeled me into the deliver room and Daddy sat up by me and held my hand and had the biggest smile on his face while the doctors worked their magic. Finally, after lots of tugging and pulling I heard a cry! The sweetest sound a mommy can hear. And I remember them commenting on how BIG you were. (9 lb, 9 oz.) They assured me that you were healthy and breathing and doing just fine. The nurses whisked you off to get all cleaned up while they fixed me up, but first brought you by for a quick kiss and nuzzle from Mom. I was giddy and happy and totally unphased by the whole stomach getting cut open thing! I was in such a good mood and couldn't wait to get my hands on you. While I was resting in recovery, Daddy kept darting back and forth, from me to you, from you to me, keeping me updated on your progress. Finally, after what seems like FOREVER, they brought you to me and from that moment, when I laid eyes on you, I was in love. You were such a precious little thing. I held you and nursed you and couldn't take my eyes off you.

I have to include my notes from your first meeting with your brother. It was such a memorable experience!
After a few hours of bonding, Daddy went home to get Chase so he could bring him to meet you. Chase was obviously really anxious to meet his new baby brother. I was just hoping that he wouldn't be crushed that we didn't name you “Bucky Truck” which is what he had been telling everyone for the past three months that we were going to name OUR baby. When Chase and Daddy arrive, I notice that Chase has a huge wet spot on the front of his pants. Chase had an accident on the ride over. So, the big introduction I had imagined gets lost in the shuffle of everyone trying to figure out how they are going to get Chase's pants dry.

Chase suddenly remembers the whole purpose to the trip and walks over to my hospital bed. He peeks up to get his first look at you. I tip you towards him a little to give him a better angel. His curiosity is peeked now, and he wants an even better look. So he starts climbing up to say hello and I couldn’t help but scream “NO!” and shove him off. I didn’t want my half naked three year old climbing on me; I had JUST had a c-section and he was covered in pee. Instantly, I could see the hurt on his little face. “Don’t push him away,” my husband calls out from the bathroom. They were all trying to use the hand dryer on his wet pants. At that moment, I understood that my motherly duties would forever be divided. I wanted to jump off the bed and hug Chase, apologize to him, and calmly explain that he couldn’t climb on mommy right now. But, I also wanted to protect my fresh, new little bundle from his germy big brother. Poor Chase! Once things settled down and he got cleaned up. He did get to hold you for the first time and he beamed with pride and excitement.
We were all very excited, and still are to have you in our life. Happy 2nd Birthday Buddy!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

9 WHOLE YEARS

For 9 years I have been putting up with him, AND for 9 years he has been putting up with ME.... can you believe it???? Strange thing is, after all this time, we both seem to genuinely enjoy putting up with each other. Hee, hee. So, here's to a lifetime of putting up with each other and LOVIN' every minute of it!
Happy Anniversary HONEY :)
I love you and thank you for 9 of the best years.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A*MAZE*D and *CORN*FUSED

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On Sunday, we headed north to the Richardson Corn Maze.
We made it about 1/354th of the way through. (We have two kids with us and running around in the corn is exciting for only a SHORT period of time.) Besides, there was all sorts of other cool things they wanted to check out (ziplining, chickens, hay rides, etc.) Chase insisted we climb to the top of the viewing tower. It was so windy that the whole thing was swaying (YIKES) causing me to get a little light headed and panicky as Chase was darting all over the top of the tower like it was NO BIG DEAL!!! I took a couple photos (below, bottom, right) but you still can't really tell what it is supposed to be. I think we are looking at the State of Illinois with President Lincoln inside. You don't see it either, do you?
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Do you see our fearless leader up there leading the way? Thank goodness we had him with us! Without his insightful directions, we may still be wandering around in the corn field!! *wink*wink* He was pretty sure that it was HIS keen navigation skills that got us all out safely.
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Cuddling on the Hay Ride!!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

FALL SUNSHINE!

It is about time we got some sunshine in these parts. It has been so cold and rainy that we haven't had an opportunity to get out much and enjoy fall. Yesterday was much, much better and we LOVED every minute of it!!!

I took a zillion pictures! Here are a few to share :)
(You know me well enough by now to know that a "few" really means a TON, right?)

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We finished up our chores and headed to the park for some "play time," which is really just a ploy to get them there so I can take lots of photos!

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Who says playgrounds are just for kids? Well, just don't tell my husband!
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After the park, Chase I went to a Birthday party for one of his classmates. It was so fun! It was a Thomas themed party and we met at the train station, rode down about 4 stops, walked a block to the Oberweis, had ice cream and then got back on the train for the ride home. The kids were sooooo excited about the train ride. It was really, really a cute idea!
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Opps, and one LAST one of Dylan eating cereal. I just love this picture and had to squeeze it in. Sorry! Gosh, I seem to be loading up on the pictures lately. I am getting much better aquainted with my new lens and am REALLY liking it. Most of these pictures are SOOC (straight out of camera, meaning no editing necessary - YAHOOO!) with the exception of the one below. I had to do some major color correcting to get the dingy yellow out of the shot.
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Check out his one bright red cheek. I think we might be going through another round of teething or something. Does teething ever end???