Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Fun

We’re back from our fun and busy Memorial Day weekend!

We planned with the Weisser family to get Seamus and Ethan’s checkups at DuPont on the same day.  The kids love staying at the Ronald McDonald House, and being there with their best buddies was an extra treat!  Seamus got two thumbs up from both Dr. Bober and Dr. Mackenzie, so we’ll go back in another year.



After spending the night in Wilmington, we had another fun surprise for Friday – a visit to the Adventure Aquarium with the Weisser family, plus Jenn, Simon and Jude Greene!  It was a beautiful day, and although the aquarium was packed to the gills (ha ha) with school children, we still managed to have a great time.  It really is a great place.


Five of our seven little monkeys – Grace, Simon, Collin, Ethan and Seamus.  They had a great time together and really enjoyed each other!


Seamus and Grace got some awesome face-painting done! 


Picnic time!  This was my best attempt at a group shot!  The whole monkey crew plus Liam and Jude!


We had so much fun visiting with our friends.  Can’t wait to see you all again! 

Next up was a ride over to Ocean City, NJ to visit my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Jon.  It was also Liam’s first time on the beach!


The water was absolutely freezing, but it didn’t stop these two goofballs from jumping right in!



After a fun day at the beach, we came back for dinner and to get ready for the boardwalk.  Look at my cute boys wearing their matching outfits from Aunt Maureen and Uncle Jon! 


Unfortunately our fun-filled day ended on a not-so-fun note…Liam got a trip to the ER when he began projectile vomiting and became extremely lethargic while we were at the pier.  Luckily my aunt works at the local hospital, so she made a call and we were brought right in.  My poor little guy had a rough few hours, but he got some meds and was good as new in no time. 

Feeling much better the next day!


Everyone was super well-behaved for the long car ride and we all had such a great time on our mini-vacation.  Bye bye Ocean City, until next time!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Eight is great!  Great, except for picture-taking, perhaps!  This was the toughest month to capture so far!

It was a team effort between Devon and myself to place the 8 on Liam’s belly and quickly snap a pic before he chomped on it!


Liam, you are in constant motion!  Waving, rolling, shaking your arms and legs…you are one busy boy.


STILL not crawling!  But so very close!  That’s okay, we’re in no rush.


You love to eat and try new foods.  Carrots, avocado, banana, zucchini, squash and Cinnamon Cheerios are some of your favorites!


You are so curious…you love to “inspect” everything you can get your hands on.  And it’s not easy keeping things out if your grasp!


This picture here sums it all up…our silly, goofy, wiggly baby boy!


Happy 8 Months, Liam!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Wonderful Mother’s Day

This year I had the most wonderful Mother’s Day!  The weekend started out by celebrating with Grace at the Pre-K class Mother’s Day Pancake breakfast.  The moms were treated to a delicious breakfast and given handmade placemats and coupon books.  We also listened to a story together and the kids sang God Bless America.


I got the funniest little book from Grace, called “All About My Mom.”  I just had to show these pages because even though it was Mother’s Day, it’s clear that Daddy is a  favorite in our house! 

“My mom is great because she kisses Dad!”

“I love my mom because she married my dad.”


So you’re welcome Grace, for marrying and kissing your dad!

Every year for Mother’s Day, I always ask for some kind of plant or flowers for our house.  This year I got three beautiful planters full of kitchen herbs!  Basil, oregano, mint, rosemary and parsley…yum.


This year I really wanted to do something a little different, rather than the typical brunch.  We decided to take a short drive with my parents to Massachusetts to the Hancock Shaker Village, to see the baby animals exhibit.  (Halfway into our road trip, I realized something terrible…I had forgotten the camera.  And yes, I cried.  My mom saved the day by taking these pics with her phone.)

The village was so neat…all original Shaker buildings set on a beautiful farm. 


The kids got to experience so many animals…baby chicks, turkeys, ducks, lambs, pigs, cows…and they were all just running free around the farm! 


It was such a cool experience!


Seamus absolutely fell in love with the baby chicks.  He wanted to take one home so badly!


There is also a fun discovery center, where the kids could practice milking a pretend cow, watch bees in a hive, and dress up in Shaker clothes. 


We also got to watch a blacksmith making a wrought-iron wall hook, eat delicious ice cream at the on-site creamery, and take a ride on a pony!


It was the perfect day!  We can’t wait to go back next year and hopefully create a new Mother’s Day tradition!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Sunny Day

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant." -Anne Bradstreet