Monday, January 27, 2014

Video catch-up

A few videos from the last couple of weeks:

Nate's language skills have been exploding recently, listen to him chatting as he builds with some magnatiles:

Here's another of Nate, being funny and silly at dinner. We spent most of the meal suggesting to him what bite to take next, and he actually listened...what a novel experience for us.

Here are the boys running and having fun together...

And then... lots of jumping!


We have been getting into the excitement around here, with the Seahawks making it to the Super Bowl! And I got a surprise today, finding out I won 4th place in an essay contest at work...and winning a full expenses paid trip to NY for the big game! So I'm off to buy a warm coat and some the meantime, here we are in our gear. We are still working on getting Nate to try his on, and getting Matt to buy one for himself!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Aunt Karyn and Fernando came up for a visit a couple of weeks ago, to celebrate a late Christmas. We had a lot of fun and they even came with us to soccer for Nate and gymnastics for Simon. We went out to brunch, played in the new playroom (at 7am, thanks to Simon) and Aunt Karyn and Simon made a robot!

Here are a few pictures of our visit, thanks for coming up!!

Monday, January 13, 2014


Christmas was a very exciting day! Simon woke up at 4 (FOUR) AM...we were able to coax him into our bed for a while, where he twitched for 2 hours until we finally took some pity on him and let him get up. He and I opened our stockings and then we woke up the other two to get started on all of the gifts under the tree!

I'm not going to list all of the amazing gifts they received from Santa and family members--let's leave it at there were two VERY happy little boys on Christmas morning! Here are a bunch of pictures and videos!

25 Days of Christmas: Days 20-24

This is super belated, but here's how we ended our big month of Christmas activities:

Day 20 we made a big card for Santa and Rudolph, in preparation for the big event.

One day 21, we had two activities! First, we decorated gingerbread houses.

And then that evening, we went to a Solstice celebration at a venue called the Moonpaper Tent. It was very crunchy Seattle, but also really sweet and fun. All of the employees were dressed in white and we were asked to do the same. We all made lanterns and then they involved the kids in an interactive storytime. After everyone finished making their lanterns, we went outside for a solstice walk, sang a song and then went around the circle and made a wish for the world. Both boys really enjoyed it!

On Day 22, it was cookie baking day! Sadly, I seem to have deleted the photos of the boys helping with the cookies, but imagine them eating dough and making a mess, and you have it right.

On Day 23, we made snacks for Rudolph and his friends--we put some in baggies for Santa to take with him for the reindeer on Christmas eve, but also sprinkled some on the grass out front.

And finally, Day 24 was Christmas eve, and we gave the boys new Christmas pajamas and read The Night Before Christmas. We also put out cookies and milk, reindeer food and Santa's card, and we were all set!

Coming soon...a recap of the big day!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Balloon fight

I'm still getting my act together with Christmas pictures and videos, but for now, here's a short cute video of the boys having a balloon fight. This was about 12 hours after Nate had his tubes surgery--he handled it like a champ yesterday morning!