Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunset on the hill



View from my window

Resplendent; Tranquil

Spring is in the air :)


Purple Finch
 Black-capped Chickadee

Our newest little birdwatcher. 
 He will wander from tree to tree searching for birds.

Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Downy Woodpecker 

(Aidan: bird photographer extraordinaire)

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Transalation: "Where are you?" 
said in a sing-songy, little voice. 
(I promise to attempt to get a video of him saying this AND "Hello." - both too cute)

Most Mommies with busy little boys (and girls, I am sure too;) know that when it is "too quiet", it is past time to "find the baby."

Found: in the bay window with his cell phone

Found: in "Nana's sun room looking for the "ducks"

Found: helping Sean with his homework :)

My Piano Man

Getting all set up.

Jumping right in.


Sunset at Peggy's Cove


Just above the horizon.

Taking turns to prevent it from slipping below the horizon.


From this point, it is mere moments before it is gone.

and all that is left, are the beautiful colors.

Rainy day fun

for both the bigger boys and the little guy!

They took Asher up top a couple of times; but after he realized that the way down was by slide, he screeched at the mere suggestion of climbing.

That's okay!
The entire back of the building was baby/toddler playland :)

Momma's littlest "helper"

Friday, April 12, 2013

Luke lost his 1st tooth

It was soooooooo wobbly, having been loose for a month or more. So last night, I told him that "it was time" and he agreed. I tied a length of dental floss around it and handed him the ends. He grabbed hold and immediately began pulling with all his might - NOT what I had in mind. I hollered, "STOP!" He paused and handed me the string. It took quite a few moments for me to regroup (stop laughing). I had him step off the stool (didn't want his tooth disappearing down the drain), tilt his chin down, and then yanked. SCORE!!! His tooth popped right out and landed on the floor. He said that it barely hurt when pulled, but then hurt just a little for a few minutes after it was out.

Bottom left - can you see the tiny gap?

Luke asked me to take this pic!!!!
Pretty cute little boys and you can barely see his missing tooth too!!!

Also, in our family, losing your first tooth is synonymous with NO more finger sucking. I almost forgot, but Aidan remembered and reminded Luke which, of course, produced the water works... and I was then called in to "clean up the mess." We talked a little bit about it, and I assured him that he could do this. I then asked him if it would be easier for Mommy to take away his puppies, or he could snuggle with them as long he did NOT suck his finger. He decided to keep his puppies (wise decision), but was still quite worried that it would take him forever to fall asleep (since he "needs" his finger). How very tired he was, and I pointed out that his crying was just proof of that... to relax and hug on puppies. As a reminder during the night, I also popped a bandaid on his finger.  Believe it or not, about 5-10 minutes later he was sound asleep with no finger!!! The "tooth fairy" sneaked in and left him TWO "Loonies" - one for the tooth and one for being such a big boy. He woke just after "she flew out" and discovered his surprise, but he thinks he found it this morning (and I have no intention of telling him otherwise...).

Just so PROUD of my big little boy!!!!!

Bubbles :)

Battery-powered bubble blower guns are the best 
(and prevent lightheadedness ;)

I *think* he likes it.


Took a break from the bubbles to play a little b-ball. 

Love their expressions - intensity and glee.


I guess he is not old enough for the whole
"chasing and popping bubbles" quite yet...

Spring time picnics

Last year, if I had told you that I would find 8-10 degrees C (45-50 degrees F) to be pleasant weather, 
you would have laughed.
But after months of the temperature hovering at or below freezing, 
I find this to be gorgeous weather indeed :)

Yesterday: Grilled cheese, munchies, and mud cookies.

Time to eat!

Asher and Luke


Today: Ceasar salad (baby swiss chard, kale, and spinach) and pears