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Monday, July 7, 2008

EIGHT Months and Updates....

So much has happened since my last post (at least the last one I provided updates on) considering I haven't posted in almost a month now. (Sorry). We've been pretty busy around here. First off I should note that we are (or were) all feeling 100% now. Both the boys came out of their little colds pretty easilly after getting on some antibiotics and taking some Benadryl for a couple of nights. But right after they started getting well poor little Oscar caught some 24 hour bug that sent his temp up to 103 degrees. After the whole Tylenol and Motrin regimen he was feeling better that next day though - so that one went quickly. But I just noticed today that it seems as if little MacKay is starting to get a bit under the weather again, not sure if it is teething or a cold but I'm going to have to watch him closely.
We've had a lot of visitors come to see us lately too......the Hehir's (they visit a lot and help out with the boys), Grandma Diane, the James' (Connie, Jerry, Brian and Allen), Grandpa Gary and Terri, Grandpa Dean and Grandma Bonnie etc. The boys love seeing all the new people. And they even have made some "baby" friends at their ECFE class (Fun with your Infant) that we go to every Wednesday afternoon.
And the house.... which has consumed our lives for the past 3 months...... it is nearly done. We now have new windows, new soffets and fascia, new roof, new gutters, new paint, new patio door, new screen doors.... AND.... a new cedar deck off the back. Definitely one of the best additions we've done to the place - a new place to hang out in the summer months. We still have yet to do a little more painting ourselves and John Hehir will be re-rocking our chimney, inside and out later this summer. So once that is all finished I'll take a picture and post it on here.
Some recent happenings and milestones we've hit.... The boys turned 8 months on June 30th and have gone through a lot of changes. They now are in their 18 month (12-18 month) clothes, and we're guessing Oscar is about 22.5 lbs and MacKay is about 21.5lbs. Oscar started creeping about a week ago AND got his 3rd tooth in (if I hadn't mentioned it in a previous post, MacKay finally got his 2nd bottom tooth a few weeks ago as well). MacKay made his first attempt (somewhat successful) at pulling himself up on the coffee table to get something off of it last week. MacKay is saying a lot of "pah-pah"s while Oscar is still stuck on "ma-ma" - which makes sense since MacKay is his Daddy's boy and Oscar is his Momma's boy. :) They really are very giggly and chatty lately. Around the time the boys started getting better and over their colds, MacKay developed a new "night owl" tactic - and played on his Mommy and Daddy to let him stay up until around 11pm each night. We finally hit the point where we couldn't stand it any longer (especially during the time we were at Dean and Bonnie's for the 4th) and in the last couple nights have tried out the "Cry it out" method. We've tried it before but he just gets so worked up that he gets drenched with sweat and can't calm himself down. But it seems to be working now cuz he's finally going to sleep... but it takes a while (45 minutes of crying on Sat night and about 20 minutes last night). Either way - much better than staying up with him until the wee hours.
We spent the 4th weekend in Annandale with the Hoglund/Ledwein side of the family and had a BLAST. We never made it in the lake with the boys (tho Mommy and Daddy were frequent riders on the jet ski) as it wasn't warm enough for them... but the boys took their first boat ride during the Pleasant Lake July 4th Boat Parade and took in their first parade (which surprisingly they both fell asleep for). The boys had so much fun with everyone. And their older cousin Taylor was a great help during the weekend, helping us out with the boys and loving them up. Thanks Taylor. After a fun and chaotic weekend it was good to get home and take care of things back here. We even got their pool set up and they got to have their first dip in the pool on Sunday. They had fun but MacKay took a couple of nose dives and wasn't a fan after that.
Well I am sure more has happened but so hard to remember everything that's happened in the past couple weeks - will have to make a point to post weekly on a regular basis. But, as always, some fun pictures for you to peruse through..... it's what you come here for anyway. :)
Some pictures of the boys out playing in the yard on a nice mid June day. I love those hats..... and was able to capture a moment that happens constantly between the two of them where they are grabbing each other by the bibs and trying to whip each other around.

Had to post these. This picture doesn't do Oscar's lip justice (for those of you that have really seen this you will agree) but Oscar is the King of Pouting. And the other is a picture of MacKay sucking his thumb. Neither of them are habitual thumb suckers (never used Nuks either) but every once in a while we catch them doing this.
I had so much fun taking these pictures of the boys at my mom's house. We just plopped them on a chair together and got some really fun pictures out of them as they wrestled and cuddled each other (.... as you can see, Oscar is more of the "cuddler" of the two...whereas MacKay, well he's just our little imp) :)

The boys playing. The first is just when the two of them rolled to each other and sort of snuggled up like this. Totally not even posed. And the 2nd is a picture of the boys at Gma Bonnie and Gpa Dean's playing with the "Little People" Farm they have there.
Some pictures of the boys during the 4th of July Festivities in Annandale. Here are the boys dressed in the outfits Gma Chris bought for them to wear over the 4th.... topped off with some fun head wear courtesy of Gma Bonnie and Gpa Dean.
Here are some pictures from the Pleasant Lake Boat Parade. They do this every year the night before the 4th. People decorate their boats and do themes etc. We got to take the boys on their first boat ride. The first picture is of Captain (Gpa) Dean letting Oscar drive (or at least sit on his lap). The 2nd is of all the kids (cousins) - front Left to Right: Taylor (holding MacKay), Stella, Jack and Sophia (holding Oscar). The last picture is of us with our fun goofy hats we wore for the boat parade.

The boys also took in their first parade on the 4th. They both fell asleep regardless of the Veterans' guns going off and the multiple Marching bands. We were able to lay MacKay on a blanket on the ground but Oscar woke up when we tried that with him so he got to take on a bit more of the parade. Of course Taylor was there to lend a helping hand... here's a picture of her with Oscar. And a picture of us again in our traditional matching Old Navy July 4th shirts that the family gets. Unfortunately none of my pictures of the entire family turned out (too hazy) so Kelly Jo or Denise, if you have any that turned out well, send them on.
Some miscellaneous pictures of the boys. Here's Oscar and his classic crawling/creeping move where he gets up on all fours (pulls knees up too) and looks like he is about to "bear walk". And MacKay sporting some really nasty bed head after his first night of us letting him CIO (Cry It Out).
Some pictures of the boys during their first dip in the pool.
Well that's about it for now...... more to come later, and I promise I won't wait another month to do my next post.

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