Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prepare yourselves for cute overload

And I'm totally not biased about that at all.

Half of Achaius' lifetime ago, at 3 months old:

Now, at 6 months:

His red hair is gone but his chubby cuteness definitely remains!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Leaves, Lady Bugs, and Little Guys

It's been unusually rainy these past few weeks so when the Sun came out, we took advantage of it and went on a little walk to a park near our house. 

We found a pile of leaves so we stopped to let Dragon and Colt play in them for a bit. 

It didn't hurt that it was a nice spot where we could soak up the sun and get a nice view of the little pond.

Dragon and Daddy found a lady bug on the park bench:

I never get tired of  watching Dragon interact with the world. 
This lady bug was a highlight of his day.

And, like anything else Dragon loves, he had to share it with Colt.

Colt couldn't have cared less about the bug. 

But he did love the leaves!

Dragon decided he needed to play in the leaves too.

I really wanted Colt to be a girl but now I'm so so glad I didn't get my way.

These two are already best buddies. And I can only hope that continues as they get older. 

The next three pictures cracked me up. They've got the same face/body language/expression in all of them.

Twins that are two years apart.

As they say it in the south, "Happy Fall Ya'll!" 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Foooood! And an imaginary conversation with my 6 month old's fake thoughts

Who doesn't love food?

Oh yeah, this kid:

Sorry about the tongue but this was the best picture to illustrate my point. 

I have a video of Dragon devouring his first bites of solid food but this kid just turns his head away as far as possible and makes the most disgusted face you have ever seen.

Another great face, courtesy of Dragon's photography skills:

A great example of the head craning to avoid food eating that I was talking about earlier...

Even big brother at the other end of the spoon isn't enough to entice this kid's pallet. 

Such a cute pesky guy!

Pretty sure Colt's thoughts went something like this: "So, we're done with this 'solid' food thing now right?"

"Because I really want to be done with this 'solid' food thing" 

To which I respond, "Colt! This food will make you full and then you'll sleep better and everyone will be so happy!"

Colt: ....

"What if I smile really cute? Will you forget about the food then?"

Me: ...

Me: "Nope! My eyes are closed! Those cute faces aren't going to work on me! We're doing this food thing, buddy. We need you get your nutrients!"

Colt: "But Moooom!" 

Me: "Yeahhh. It's happening."

Colt: "Noooooo!"

So far oatmeal, avocados and bananas are a bust. I've tried homemade and store bought oatmeal hoping he just didn't like my homemade kind but the store bought kind was no better. Boo! 

He's been waking up a lot at night so I was really hoping to fill his tummy up with other foods to remedy that whole situation. 

Guess we'll just keep hoping he changes his mind! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween!

In case you didn't know, I love Halloween. It is definitely one of my favorite holidays. 

It was so depressing when Halloween would come and go without donning a single Halloween costume...and then we moved to Seattle.

We made friends that loved Halloween even more than I did and they had an annual themed Halloween party (a few days earlier than Halloween). Those friends have since moved away but other friends have stepped up to the plate each year. Needless to say, Halloweens have been WAAAY more fun ever since.

This year's theme was "Good vs. Evil". 

I'd planned Dragon's Halloween costume months before so we tried to figure out a way to fit our costume idea in with the theme so we didn't have to do two costumes this year.

I think we pulled it off! 

[insert song "one of these things is not like the other"]

I was trying to make the Percy face in case you are wondering why I look like a crazy person. 

The party was so fun! I love catching up with our Seattle friends. 

Ben was such a good sport! If he could choose, he'd happily be costume free. 

I hate only wearing a costume once so I'm glad we had a few other opportunities to put them on. 

The ward had a fun Halloween carnival. Dragon loved it and Colt pretty much slept through the entire thing.

The picture below is definitely my favorite Sir Topham Hatt picture since you can actually see most of his costume. That vest is the first item of clothing I've ever made. I'm pretty happy about it. It was definitely flawed but I did it!

Finally, The last day for Thomas and Friends ... Halloween! I was ecstatic the costumes survived that long! They were definitely not the most durable costumes of all times.

After dinner we headed out the door and made it 5 whole houses! 

Dragon got a hold of my camera and captured the perfect picture to explain why we only made it out trick or treating for about fifteen minutes:

He wasn't the only one with an illness on Halloween. I was wiping noses all week. And Ben started feeling sick Thursday plus he had a sprained ankle so I was just happy we got to go out trick or treating at all!

Not to worry, despite a cold, Colt was all smiles for his first Halloween

Except for when he wasn't: 

And, finally, a couple more shots of Thomas, who was purposefully hiding his face from the camera. What a little pill ... but it did make for some good shots of my masterpiece!

So ... the Island of Sodor wishes you a late Happy Halloween. Until next year, ghosts, goblins and ghouls!