Friday, July 27, 2012

Colin is 4 YEARS OLD!

Here he is! My eldest, my first, my 4 year old son! I am so proud of the little boy he is becoming, he has a kind heart, a joyful spirit and an unending supply of energy.  I have to constantly remind myself that he is still just a little boy, since every time I look at him all I can see is how "old" he is! 


Right after some birthday ice cream at Dads Ice Cream.
Sleeping: More often than not Colin sleeps without having to use the bathroom. On the old occasion he does have to go he now comes and gets us rather than just starting crying in bed. He is capable of going by himself but prefers help in the middle of the night.  He usually naps about 30% of the time now (resting more or less quietly in his room the rest of the time), but that will be coming to a halt in September when he starts preschool full days (9-3, 5 days a week!). Presumably he will still need to nap on the weekends but who knows.
Likes:

  • Sports. Any sport, anytime, anywhere. This boy will play it, pick it up quickly and more than likely surprise everyone around him with his natural ability. He picked up a set of kids golf clubs recently and started swinging like Tiger Woods (to my untrained eyes anyway!). He recently shocked some other parents at a kids birthday party when another dad started pitching to him, one hit soared well over his head and with another Colin hit a line drive square into his unsuspecting daughters chest as she stood next to him. Thankfully it is a foam bat and ball, but the boy is pretty good for his age to say the least. 
  • His "baby". This is how he refers to Meghan sometimes. He recently asked me if I thought he took good care of "his baby"..I tried to correct him and tell him that she was my baby and his baby sister but he would have none of that, she was his baby. He is an excellent big brother, I really look forward to watching their relationship grow over the years.
  • His father. I don't blame him for his love affair with his father, he has a pretty awesome dad! 
  • Traveling. He has gotten to the age where he remembers and discusses our family trips and he is constantly requesting to return to "Chicago" or "Ocean City" (our most recent trips). His memory actually surprises us with the detail and accuracy for different events or places. 
  • Juice. Colin's favorite thing about birthday parties is probably cake, but a very close second is the juice that always seems to be provided. It isn't something we keep in the house simply because he will drink his calories instead of eat them, but he is allowed to have it when we are out, and he trying to take advantage. He also likes vitamin water and "gatorator" and sometimes tells us he is sick in an attempt to get us to buy him gaterator.

Dislikes:

  • Separating from Me. Colin is doing summer camp this year and has had some trouble with the transition. This is something we have to practice since he will be going to a new school in September. He does better every day but it is hard to leave him in distress. I continue to do everything I can to prepare him and he often tells me "I'm not going to cry today"... We'll get there!
  • Meat. He keeps trying when we ask and will often say things like "I don't like chicken yet"  indicating we've got him brain washed that this will change at some point, so he needs to keep trying.

Smiling despite having strep throat on his birthday.
New and Notable

  • We now have quite the little reader on our hands. No longer is he shy about it, and sometimes doesn't realize that other children his age can't read, sometimes asking questions about things they don't understand because he read it somewhere nearby.
  • The boy is a pretty good game player now. He loves Uno and Candyland as well as other card games. We often play UNO as a family after Meghan goes to sleep in the time before Colin has to go to bed. His card holder plays a huge role in keeping things running smoothly.

Friday, July 20, 2012

My Apologies...

I have both Colin's 4 yr old post, and Meghan's 11 month old post to write as well as lots of pictures from some recent adventures..however we have hit a bit of a rough patch as Colin got strep throat and Meghan got strep with a side of coxsackie revisited. I have been upstate at my parents which means that while the days are easier with the extra help, the nights are so much worse as I manage a sick kid and at least one trip to the potty with Colin. I am so tired today I might just weep when Sean finally arrives to help with the night shift.
I will get to this soon, all the pictures are ready to go, the body it just too weak to get them posted.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!

The typical NYC July 4th scene is a bit too crazy to attempt with two kids (heck I think we stopped going long before the had kids!) So last year we found a cute little town called Haverstraw that puts on a really nice July 4th celebration, and the best part is they don't seem to do it on the actual 4th (too much traffic)! This years celebration was last night. Sean got home from work, changed his clothes and off we went. Since we were dressed in festive attire, I tried to get some nice shots of the family, not all four of us since no one was around to take it but various combinations. Mostly the shots failed miserably, but even in failure they tell a cute story.
Playing with Daddy.

Feeding the baby birds.. When Colin saw I was hand feeding Meghan he wanted to be fed too.

Fist bump and tongue out, this girl is going to be a rocker!

Colin loved that he and Meghan matched. Yes, I am "that Mom" that puts her kids in matching outfits, I LOVE it.

Photo with daddy... the kids are almost paying attention.

Maybe we can get a nice picture with Meghan walking...

...or maybe not...

ok then lets try for holding them...room for one more Meg!

This is the best we could do.. "nailed it"

Megs face says it all "Seriously guys? I'm outta here!"

Hope you enjoyed the photos, and your own July 4th celebration!