Sunday, August 28, 2011

Water Logged

This weekend we met up with all the cousins, aunts and uncles at  Aunt Amanda's and Uncle Garrett's for a BBQ and some pool time. It couldn't have been a more perfect day considering the weather was so HOT! Our water-loving two year old could not get enough of the pool! His favorite activity was saying "one, two, tree" (Yes, he has started counting!) and then jumping into Daddy (or my) arms. The kid has no fear! I cannot wait for swimming lessons next year!
And, it was little Lexi's first time in the pool! I can't say she was as excited about the water as her older brother, but I'm sure it won't be long before she is a little water bug too!
Grandpop and Lexi 
And I stole this picture of my little peach off Amanda's blog - isn't she sweet? I'm going to miss these cute little bathing suit ensembles after summer is over!

Thanks for a great afternoon Aunt Amanda and Uncle Garrett!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Squeeze

Unfortunately the end of summer is right around the corner. We are doing our best to squeeze in as many fun in the sun play dates as we can before we switch gears for fall.

Today we went to Buccaneer's Beach with Lola, Ellie, Kylie, and Micah. I'd say it was one of our best beach days yet! The kids played great and the weather was perfect!
Ellie and Lexi became fast friends - Ellie gave Lex lots of attention today!
The kids had a great time pushing their trucks around the life guard station
The girls, hanging in the tent
The perfect waves for these little toddlers!
 My sweet Lexi
Megan held Lexi for such along time, she fell asleep in her arms!

Lately the only show Declan will watch is Free Willy. He is more than a  little obsessed with Orcas these days! So yesterday we spent the evening at SeaWorld with Daddy! The highlight of the night was when Declan and Daddy touched a dolphin! Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of this. :( But here are some other highlights from the evening.

 


We went to the YMCA for some tumbling on Tuesday with the twins -
And on Monday we went to Santee Lakes splash park with Katie. The splash park wasn't the biggest hit (surprisingly), but feeding the ducks certainly was!
Declan decided it was time to give Katie a little love!
Sweetly kissing Katie! I love how he kneels...
And last week we met Micah and Kylie for a Pretend City play date!
What a great summer we are having!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beaten to the Punch - Video

Adam and I have been trying like crazy to get more than a little giggle out of our lovely Lexi. We really wanted to hear a belly laugh. Surprisingly Declan beat us to the punch! So far he has been the most successful member of our family to make Lexi laugh the hardest!

I love watching the relationship between brother and sister grow!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Old Stomping Grounds

On Thursday night I received a text from my good friend Jen asking if I wanted to change up our usual Friday Beach Baby play date and instead take the free trolley through Laguna Beach to see our old elementary school. At first I hesitated, a little overwhelmed on what to pack for such an adventure, but in the end decided the idea sounded too good to pass up. I'm glad I came around - what an incredibly special day we had!
First the trolley ride - I honestly don't think I have ever seen Declan so happy!
Look at this happy trio!

Declan was so excited, he was waving to the people on the street. Love that tongue sticking out ;)
Onto St Catherine's, our old elementary school! The munchkins played on the playground equipment for awhile...
While Jen and I checked out the changes to the school. It was kind of sad because there were a lot. But it was fun reminiscing about our childhood and the great memories we have! Some highlights from the school -
And just for fun, here is a picture of Jen and I in second grade! I scanned it from one of my scrapbooks. Back then I cut all of my pictures - as you can see ;)
After our trip down memory lane we took another trolley ride to Main Beach in Laguna to eat lunch and let the kids run around.
The girls hanging out on the sand. Gracie is so good with little Lexi! I ended up finally trying out my Ergo - so glad I did! Infinitely better than the Bjorn. I carried Lexi in it for about 3 hours and didn't even feel it!
What a special day - thanks for the great suggestion Jen! And to top it all off, Declan took a three hour nap! Glorious!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Super Fly

Last Saturday we went to Oceanside Municipal Airport to watch Uncle Mike (aka Super Fly) and his flying club fly their airplanes off the runway! It was Super Cool! Dec was a little timid (as he always is in a new setting with crowds), but he had a great time. I know this because every time we drove past the airport for the days following Declan got very upset when we didn't turn in!
The boys
Lily and Dec checking out the planes
Uncle Mike starting his engine
Watching with anticipation!
His cheering section (Dec wanted to stay safely in the stroller next to cousin Ella)
G-Mom came too!
The Flight
Great job Uncle Mike!
What a fun way to spend the afternoon!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Four Months


Little Lex, it's amazing that today we complete month number four!
With each passing day I find more things about you to love and adore.

There are so many changes this month that are hard to describe -
You're interactive and curious - I'm just lovin' your four month old vibe!

One of my favorite changes is that you've started to laugh!
Things that elicit a giggle are tickling your ribs and GiGi the giraffe.

Your eye contact and curiosity have grown so strong.
Sitting in the bjorn you turn your head back; never letting me out of your sight for long!

This month you rolled from back to tummy twice!
Floortime with you is my newest vice.

That sweet little voice you've certainly found!
One of your new favorite activities is experimenting with sound.

A current obsession is sucking your thumbs and chewing your hands.
It it hilarious to watch you try to jam both fists in your mouth anyway you can!

I'm enjoying that you are awake longer during the day-
It gives us more time to play!

And I LOVE that you are consistently sleeping through the night;
I think it helps that we still swaddle you up tight.

You're in the 75th percentile for both height and weight;
Measuring 25 inches in length and weighing in at 14.8!

You are starting to kick your legs to move around the floor, my wiggly little worm!
And even use them to get out of your black chair - you just love to squirm!

What a wonderful month it's been with you my sweet baby girl!
We're having so much fun, time seems to be flying by in a whirl.

I am excited to see what month five has in store;
Your sweet personality has us wanting more and more!

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