Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Big for his britches

Brendan has finally decided to start walking (2 months after his first steps), and I have to say, even though I've already experienced the whole baby walking thing with Niall, it is still somehow just as exciting-- maybe even a little more.  I think the anticipation of Brendan teasing us for so long, followed by the cuteness of Niall trying to hold his hand and help him just takes it to the next level. 

 
 


Now that Brendan has tasted that sweet nectar of freedom, he's really off.  It's like he could only take a couple steps one day, and then the next he could run across a football field without blinking.  Well, it's more like a "waddling-sprint-trip-n-fall," but let's not get caught up in the technicalities.  And he has no fear whatsoever.

He was happy to take on the challenge of walking around "playtown" at the mall with a dozen kids running past him full speed, and he's confident that walking down steps should be no different than walking on a flat surface... so he decided to try that, too.  Luckily, it was just one step :)




It only becomes a problem when we need to sit still, like say a place where I would like to take 5 minutes to shove some food down my throat before B freaks out that we aren't moving fast enough.


Just when the first kid gets to the point where he will sit quietly and happily through a meal at a restaurant, now its the other one who won't cooperate.  Although I have to admit, cookies do help the process go a little smoother.  What can ya do...


 

Cookies and iPhones...


So here he is, my little boy all 'growed up'  :)



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The times are changin

We're pooped.


We haven't even been through the actual move yet, and I already feel like I need a break.  Keeping the house perfectly clean and tidy 24 hours a day for a week is a serious challenge with 2 little hoodlums running around this joint.

I would go through the house tidying up for a showing, and they would follow behind me, dumping baskets of toys and smooshing goldfish into the ground.  And the day before our open house, Brendan decided to color all over our freshly painted wall with black crayon.  Niall was intuitive enough to sense my frustration and quickly exclaimed "That wasn't me mom!!"

Smart boy.

Good news, though.  We sold our house!  Well, its under contract, so let's not jinx anything yet.  In the mean time, I'm thoroughly enjoying the ability to be messy again.  I'm usually a total clean freak, but this week has taken so much out of me, that I've decided everything will remain dirty and disorganized until the home inspection in 10 days.  A much needed break.

To celebrate, Niall got to make a big mess with some chocolate chip cookie dough and we jammed out to the oldies station on Pandora. 

  
In other good news, Brendan started walking 2 weeks ago... but quickly decided that it was not for him.  BORING.  Apparently, crawling is way more efficient.  He remains sassy as ever and has a new face for "You're not feeding me fast enough!!"...




 And "Don't bore me with your little games"...


He's very expressive these days... and feisty as they come ;)



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A little hectic can be fun

It's been a fun and crazy couple of weeks, which is why I haven't been on here in so long.  It started with the decision to move, which not so conveniently coincided with already made birthday plans, which ended with a snow storm that could very well prevent potential buyers from actually getting to our house this week.  But it somehow feels like everything is just going to work itself out-- or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

The fun part is that we think we are moving to a really great neighborhood with amazing public schools and we would still be really close to our family and friends.... the stressful part is that we don't know if/when our house will sell; we don't have many options in terms of houses to move into in that particular neighborhood; and we had to get a week's worth of touch up work done to our house last week, which involved moving out temporarily. 

But during that somewhat crazy time, we had some good laughs and great memories.  On the first evening of craziness, I decided that it was a nice enough day to take the boys for a little walk around my in-laws' neighborhood (where we were staying for the week)...


And while I was on that walk, I thought to myself "I deserve a beer" (which will always be true as long as I am a mom), so I decided to stop into the CVS on Connecticut Avenue WITH my double wide jogging stroller WITH my 2 kids in it to pick up a 6-pack...  and then proceeded to knock over the entire peanut M&Ms display while trying to maneuver through the aisles and simultaneously jam that 6 pack into the tiny compartment under my stroller (clearly the manufacturer should have thought about these types of issues when designing the stroller). 

Once I purchased the precious goods (along with 5 or 6 chocolate bars that were supposedly going to be potty training treats, but were really just mommy treats), I used my creative problem solving skills to get the beer into the stroller and out of the store:


For all of you moms who find yourselves in a similar situation some day, simply dis-assemble the 6 pack and throw it all in the underneath compartment.  Problem solved.

Apparently, the boys felt just as exhausted as I did after the whole ordeal, but at least I got a beer out of it :)
 
The next day, I ditched the to-do list and enjoyed a little time away from my overly-scheduled daily grind.  It was pretty nice to say 'yes' to playing with these guys for once.




My sweet boy even picked me a flower (weeds that have color count as flowers in my book):

 
 And Brendan enjoyed his first trip down the slide with big bro.


Brendan also started walking in the last 2 weeks, but promptly decided that it wasn't for him and has gone back to crawling.  He's not a fan of change, or using methods of transportation that take longer than the original way.

For my birthday, I got to have a girls night out AND a brunch/movie date with Matt, so that was a complete success.  Not to mention, Niall and my friend who was babysitting made me a surprise birthday cake while I was out (notice that Niall selected the most difficult possible piece to get to on the entire cake):


Now, I'm waiting to see if this snow will stop being muddy slush and turn into the good stuff, so we can go play in it AND hoping to find out that we got the house we wanted.  Let the waiting begin!  Fingers crossed :)
 
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