Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another Crazy Adventure!

I've been neglecting the blog recently and I have a good reason. We've been busy getting ready for an extended business trip! Now that it's "technically" public, I can actually tell everyone about it! :)

We're heading out this Friday (the 28th) and fly out of Atlanta on Saturday morning (the 29th). Our destination? San Francisco, California! We'll be living there for about 4 months (our return date is not set yet) while Wil gets some special training. It's an awesome opportunity for him--and for us.

We're trying to look at it as an extended vacation and have been gathering ideas for things to do while we're there. Our list is almost two pages long already! It should be lots of fun and hopefully not too challenging of a trip with two young children.

Now I need to get back to getting ready! We only have about 50 hours until we leave home! Yikes! :)


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday, Quinn!

A year ago today our sweet little boy was born. Today we had a little family celebration for him.

He was quite excited about the pretty presents.
 But he didn't actually know what to DO with them when we gave him one!
 He got this one half opened and then started dragging the toy around. :)
 We finally helped him free the little dragon (his big gift from me) and then he tried to feed the toy.
 We finally moved on to some other gifts. This was Aurora's gift to Quinn.
 Once Quinn got one ball unwrapped, he was pretty happy. Aurora helped him with the rest.
 He fell in love with this wrapping paper. He played more with it than the gift inside it! :)
 A book! There's something that got his attention.
 And a nice long video of Quinn trying to open presents...

After dinner came the main event: the cake! What a sweetie.
 A quick little video of Quinn trying to blow out the candle.
First investigation of the cake...
Eating cake!

 Not in the hair!!!

And much fun was had by all (though Aurora had a hard time with not getting any presents, poor girl).


Saturday, September 8, 2012

More Funny Kiddos

First, a reminder: I may not be blogging much here right now but I do keep up on our picture a day blog.
Now onto the fun!

We were sitting together having breakfast and Quinn was admiring the special doughnuts Wil had brought home. I laughed and told Quinn, "If you can say 'doughnut', I'll give you one." I should know better than to make deals with kids. Quinn immediately looked me in the eye and with a mouth full of sausage said, "Onut!" Wil gave him half a doughnut while I died laughing.

Aurora has great plans for when she's a grown-up. The other day in the car she told us she was going to drive a swimming pool truck. It has doors that open and close, a go pedal, a brake pedal, and a non-brake pedal. You drive it around with just a little bit of water in it and it can go fast. She makes sure we know that it's "just for when I'm a grown-up."

Aurora loves pretend play and has more pretend friends than I can count. The friend range from a variety of Disney princesses to Thomas the Tank Engine characters. One day a brilliant idea to make use of this pretend play came to me. We were having dinner and Aurora was refusing to eat whatever food was in front of her. I jumped up and informed her that I had fairy dust in my pocket. Just a little sprinkle of fairy dust will make even the yuckiest food taste yummy....but, the fairy dust is soooo tiny that you can't see it. So I sprinkled a little over her food and then gave it one extra little puff of the dust. Surprisingly, Aurora ate her food happily.

Since then the fairy dust has been requested, at many more meals. We've developed a story about it and have had lots of fun. I keep a secret fairy flower garden where I go to harvest the fairy dust. The flowers only open if they aren't wet and to get the fairy dust out of them, I just tap them gently. I keep the fairy dust in a small pouch in my pocket and teeny tiny pinches are all one needs for a delicious meal! I've made sure that Aurora understands we are pretending with the fairy dust and she's quite happy to play this pretend game. I love little kids' imaginations! :D

Quinn is on the edge of talking. He says "buh-buh" and waves to say "bye-bye" and if you're lucky, he'll blow you some kisses. He sometimes says "mama" and for a while was saying "nyum-nyum" for "yum-yums" (nursing). His "car" sounds like "aw" and "ook" ("book") is often recognizable by people who don't even know him. Today he just started saying "dink" for "drink" which I think is the clearest, most obvious word yet. My baby is getting so big!