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Mason’s Weekend

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Here are some quick photos of Mason from last weekend. In these photos you’ll see his new “play” kitchen, out trip to the Sea Center, and some home shots. Don’t worry Caleb’s turn is next weekend.








Recent photos

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We take a lot of photos of the kids…. hundreds every week. Many are of activities, outings, eating food, goofy faces but not many of them are close ups. Another struggle is that both of the kids have been moving and shaking so much that it is hard to get a photo in focus.
Recently I took a couple photos that met my criteria for this blog post: head shots that were in focus, close up, and simple. Hope you enjoy







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I think we’ve finally come to the post-holiday cruise. Where we aren’t trying to recover from the holidays anymore and life is starting to fall back into what feels like a familiar rhythm. Which is funny, because I’m not sure exactly what constitutes as a familiar rhythm these days, as the last half of 2013 jumped from massive traveling, to the tail end of pregnancy, to new baby living, then straight into the holidays. So maybe it’s less that things are returning to normal, but that with the absence of any major plans on the horizon, I feel like we’ve finally hit that ledge that leads into deeper water. The opportunity to be relatively still for a while. To be homebodies, and feel out this life now, which has managed to ease it’s way out of the family with a newborn stage and into whatever is next.

There have been so many changes already. I don’t even know where to start. Maybe with just a few.

Mason. His baby talk feels like it has faded all together. Which doesn’t mean that we can always understand everything that he says, but he’s nailing, not only actual words, but sentences and common phrases that we use. Thank you is no longer “Thap tham”, but actually sounds like “Thank you” or even “Thanks” He’s taken to saying, “Maybe tomorrow” and “maybe next time” when we ask him to eat or do something that he isn’t interested in at the moment. And when you ask him what he thinks about something, or if he likes something, you can see him pause and consider it… If it’s food, he tastes whatever is new, furrows his brow and goes “hmmm” before he reports back. I would give anything to be inside of his head and witness the process of thought that goes on in this little 2 year old’s brain. But in the absence of psychic powers, I am content with watching the expressions and opinions that come out of this kiddo from here.

Caleb. Is already 3 months old. Life definitely is moving quicker with two little ones than it did when we just had Mason. I can hardly believe its been three months already. This tiny tiny boy is such a sweet bundle. He is quick to smile, and loves to gurgle and coo make sounds at you, and breaks out into a huge grin when you repeat them back to him. He works so hard to pull himself to sitting and looks so proud when he stands now too, all unsteady and wobbly, complete with bobble-head action up top. Little things are different about the two boys at this age. I remember when Mason moved into his own crib, every now and then he would let out a terrified scream in the middle of the night, and I would leap up and race down the hall to see that he had pulled his blanket up over his face accidentally, scaring himself when he woke up. Caleb loves pulling his blankets up high when he’s nestled in the swing, snuggling into them and falling asleep easily that way.

There are so many more things. So many things that I want to record, to share, to remember.

But a little at a time.



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Time to catch up on the last nine weeks of our 2013 weekly photo project. Sorry for the delay and enjoy!



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I know it is quite different than the Winter that many of our friends and family are currently experiencing, but this weekend we got a taste of a Southern California Winter….

On Saturday the town of Carpinteria had a snow festival, meaning that the day included two tons of real snow, an appearance by Frosty, “ice” skating, and temperatures in the lower 70s.

Mason had a lot of fun playing in the snowy slush, making small snowmen, and throwing the snow ice mixture high up into the air. Caleb seemed to have fun too. He napped while Mason played and strolled around for a while after we were done with lunch.

My guess is that the kids will take a snow play date anytime especially if you leave the cold out of the picture!

Here are a few photos from the day… Enjoy!






2013 in review

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.