Tuesday, April 24, 2012


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The other day I was in the kitchen getting dinner ready when I heard Egan talking in the living room. As I peeked around the corner, this is what I saw...

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What I heard was, "Sloane, this is how you do boom." (As he bumped her fist gently with his…) "Boom!"

Then he did this...

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"… and this is how you do Five."  (As he opened up his hand and patted it underneath hers.)

I'm sure this won't be the last thing he teaches her… good or bad, and one reason I'm so glad she's got a big brother like him.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

a first date?!?

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Meet Spencer… or as Egan calls him… "Marshall's baby".  Last week they came over to play, and while the big brothers ran like crazy guys around the house, these two observed.  Life of a second born.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

it's that time of year again

Where we need to dust the sand off before going back in the house. Its a season we love here.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

a caption plus keeping it real

We were spending the afternoon playing legos (egan) and just hanging out (sloane) when I grabbed my camera to capture a few shots of the scene.  I'll get to that part in a minute, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of my two sweeties.  Egan actually agreed (for once!) to let me take his picture.  I couldn't help but giggle at the sight of this first picture.  It's got to have a caption.  The expressions are so telling of our life right now.
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So, even though Egan has a grubby shirt and Sloane is just wearing a onesie, the sweetness shared between these two makes my heart so happy and full.
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So, back to the typical scene from our day… Sloane lounging...
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While Egan built with some legos… and Bo and Maggie (that's her foot up at the top of the picture) observe.IMG 4262
You know… the scene about 5% of the time when everyone has his or her needs met.  The other 95%, complete chaos.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

dear sloane. one month

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Dear Sloane,

Today you turn one month old and you are one VERY loved baby girl. It's been a busy month, but I'll try to catch you up on everything we've done.  We welcomed you into the world on March 14, two days after your due date. You came into the world screaming nice and loud and from the first second I laid my eyes on you, you had my heart.  You are a true gift from God.  When you were a few hours old, you got to meet Egan.  He wasn't quite sure what to think about you at first, but he loves you so much and even calls you "my baby".  I love seeing the two of you try to figure each other out. Currently you don't do a lot of playing with him, but he has figured out that he can give you "five" and "boom".  He thinks that's pretty fun!  We started going and doing things with you pretty much as soon as we got home from the hospital.  When you were one week old, you went to your first movie, "Blue Like Jazz".  You slept through the whole thing.  At two weeks old, we went to the arboretum.  You've also been to a wedding, church, egg hunt, various parks, grocery stores, out to eat, multiple trips to the mall and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting.  We go and do a lot.  Thankfully you are pretty flexible.  It gets a bit tricky with you going places because you despise your carseat.  For some reason you start screaming as soon as we put you in it and only rarely stop until you are taken out.  We don't even have to buckle you in for you to start screaming. This is pretty much the only habit you have that needs to change… for everyone's sake.  You are pretty relaxed about most other things.  You do really well in the bath.  Unlike your brother at this age, you already like it!  You also don't mind having your diaper changed or clothes changed for the most part.  We are all sleeping a fair amount.  You get up around twice at night and have for the most part since you were a few days old.  We've had a few nights where we only got up once, but so far those nights are few.

You are still wearing mostly newborn clothing, but are just about out of that size. You were 7 lbs 3 oz at birth and up to 7 lbs 10 oz at your 2 week doctor appointment.  We haven't weighed you since, but I'm sure you are up quite a bit from that.  You have changed so much… I just marvel at your little budding personality every single day.  I wouldn't say you are a smiley baby just yet.  You are very much like your brother in that you like to study everything very intently.  I'm ok with that though because I know with time you will think I'm funny.  (Ok, you may never thing I'm really that funny.  I can accept that.)

Little sister, we are so thankful for you and all that you bring to our family.  Our hearts have all grown immensely since you entered the scene and as Egan says when asked what his heart beats… His response is always, "Mommy, Daddy, Baby Sloane."  It's true.



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Here's a quick comparison… Sloane at one month...IMG 4436

Egan at about one month…  Yep, she's belongs to this family!IMG 5475 745587

Friday, April 13, 2012


Finally!  The main event!  This year for Egan's birthday party we decided to combine forces with Marshall and celebrate all together.  Their birthdays are just one day apart, after all!  Marshall and Egan both have new little siblings as well, so we needed a pretty stress free party for all their buddies.  Enter Bounce-U.  It is two rooms of crazy bouncing and sliding for all the kids.  They had a blast.
Here are the birthday boys in action.
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Egan had an interesting sliding tactic.  I'm pretty sure he did it to get maximum speed.  Instead of sitting and sliding like a normal kid, he took a running and jumping start.  I'm pretty sure he didn't touch the slide till the bottom.IMG 3989IMG 4004
The little ones… We call them Playgroup 2.0… not quite old enough to really play.
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Egan and Preston taking on the big slide!IMG 4010IMG 4019IMG 4025IMG 4026
This is pretty much the whole crew.  I think they were all so tired from bouncing that they actually sat still!  WIN!IMG 4044
This is what you get when you ask a bunch of 2 and 3 year olds to make funny faces.
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Sloane slept through the ENTIRE party.  Yay for the Ergo!
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And don't they look thrilled with themselves?IMG 4137
Cake eating time!  I think Egan took maybe one bite on his own.  He's not so much for cake.IMG 4143IMG 4154IMG 4157
He eventually settled on a monster lolly pop.IMG 4159
A family picture with the three year old!IMG 4173
Really, he's three… not four like his fingers say.IMG 4176
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It was a happy day with lots of fun friends!