Crisp Autumn Eve 3 Column from TCBOTB

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Down..... Here Comes Xmas

Well the boys are now 13 months now and have had their first real Thanksgiving celebration (I say "real" cuz last year we didn't do anything for Tgiving). We celebrated over at the Hehir's (Chris's sister and family) and had a blast. The boys were in the BEST of moods and were so giggly and playful. Jolene had them in stitches when she offered Fruit Loops (which they love) for them to munch on.. and accidentally dropped one while trying to hand it to MacKay, which for some reason struck him as utterly hysterical. He was in a fit of laughter for the longest time over that. We also got to see some old home movies of theirs..... the hightlight when Brandon (at about 2 years old) answered his mom's question of "How much do you love me" with "THREE INCHES". Classic.
Both of our lil dudes are loving crawling on things.... especially the couch if we are sitting on it. Oscar now has also learned how to get on the coffee table (something MacKay mastered a couple weeks ago but was told "No" so many times I think we scarred him for life)... and he just watches your reaction every time. And if you say "No" and head in his direction as if to remove him he VERY quickly scoots backwards and slides off before you get to him. He knows better.... but still tries to get away with it. Even tumbling face first off of it didn't seem to deter him.
They're little eating machines too - although they are starting to get their own "tastes" and getting picky. One day they will like something new that they have tried, and then the next (and the days that follow) you can't get them to eat it. And they are smart too - they KNOW what it is before they even get it in their mouth. MacKay tried and loved real oatmeal the first few times and now he won't even try it. Same with peaches - you have to trick him (but he's getting smarter and smarter). Oscar still loves to put stuff (I should say CRAM) in his mouth.. but then after sucking all the taste out of it (ham especially) he spits it out. Oscar is also known for spitting out whatever is in his mouth when he sees you bring out something else to eat that he would rather have. Doesn't quite realize it doesn't have to be one or the other. They crack me up. They love jam sandwiches, grapes, and nilla wafers though... and KIX. Boy do they love Kix. Kuddos to Daddy for picking that up on our last grocery run. He thought they might like them and he was right. They giggle the entire time and RARELY do we ever see a Kix on the floor (like most of the other food).
Oscar is quite the little stomper around here too. He practically runs. Very sure on his feet. MacKay is getting better and is initiating walking more and more. Still crawls here and there but he's seeming to tend toward walking as a first attempt to get somewhere. Lots of giggling too. It's so nice to have my boys back and not have them feeling under the weather. They are SO much fun when they are in these good moods and playful.
Saturday we took the boys out Xmas shopping. I would venture to say we are about 90% done with our shopping now. Just a few little odds and ends we still need, and I must say it feels WONDERFUL to be done this early this year. We also noticed that the Brainerd Mall (which is pathetic to say the least) has a Santa available for pictures. The boys weren't really dressed too nice for our outing yesterday so we decided we would get them spiffed up and bring them back on Sunday instead. Was very excited to see how they did with him. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication between Santa and the mall staff on what time he was supposed to be there today though. Everyone else (and all schedules and signs) said noon.... but he and the photographer weren't planning on being there til 1:00pm. We didn't find this out til we had already been there waiting for over 30 minutes though. Normally the kids are fed and down for naps by that time so we couldn't wait any longer. UNNNNGH. I have NO patience for things like that, so that totally ruined my day. BUT... we decided to take the boys and sit them in his GIGANTIC chair and take a few pictures since we had already made the trip. We'll have to see if we can catch Santa another time......
Well, as always....... (drum roll please).... the pictures:
First off - I just had to put this out here cuz I saw this in a Target ad the other week..... can you believe there is a book out there called Ozzie and Mack? Seriously.... what are the odds?

MacKay and Oscar love to crawl over and on top of us when we are on the ground with them..... Here they are wrestling Chris

And speaking of wrestling..... yep, they still do that a ton too. Usually MacKay attacking Oscar. Here Oscar had laid down to take a breather and MacKay pretty much pounced right on him. It's all in good fun.... tho sometimes Oscar gets a little sick of having his face rubbed into the carpet and calls for help.

MacKay LOVES pillows. If you throw one down on the ground he B-Lines it over there and just throws himself on it. Here he was just sitting there so he handed it to him and he just grabbed it and hugged it tight. So cute. And the other picture is a new "trick" the boys have learned where they fool mom into thinking they are drinking their milk... but then spit it out and let it drain right down the front of them. Unnnghh. :)

They guys are always playing with our bar chairs... pushing them around, crawling around between the legs, swivelling the seats and crashing them into the granite countertops..... so I thought we would sit them in them to see what they would do. MacKay loved the new view, Oscar was more in awe and shock.

Like I said - the boys, LOVE to crawl up on the couch if that is where we are. Here's Chris trying to juggle the two of them at the same time, and both of them peering over the back of the couch looking for me (hide n go seek is always a crowd pleaser with them).

Oscar caught in the act of crawling up on the coffee table.... at the point this picture was taken he was in the process of getting down (cuz Chris was coming after him)... tho Chris stopped halfway when he saw that Oscar was getting down, which Oscar also noticed and just hung on there like that for a while to see if Chris was really going to come get him. Man, they test us. And MacKay loves digging around in our mouths and playing with our teeth.... here he is playing a game of "speed" with Chris to see if he can avoid getting his fingers chomped.

Some Thanksgiving Pictures:
Here are MacKay and Oscar eating their Fruit Loops...... we had MacKay laughing for so long just by dropping Fruit Loops when we tried to hand them to him. (Note Oscar's hair, we tried a new "do" for him that day - somewhat of a "faux hawk"... tho his hair is too long and the faux hawk just sort of curled - still cute though)

MacKay and Oscar enjoying their first Thanksgiving sitting at the table. We even gave them some mashed potatoes and stuffing (both with gravy) and they LOVED them both.

Oscar loved playing with Jolene's make shift drums (ice cream buckets) and utensils...... but really his favorite was walking around with John's water bottle. Earlier in the night they were entertained playing with a six pack of bottled water. Again - why do we get toys? And our naked (semi) little MacKay, walking around prior to getting his jammies on and heading home.

Lastly, our picture of MacKay and Oscar with Santa...... errr... ummm, I mean.... MacKay and Oscar sitting on Santa's chair.

I'm bound and determined to get a picture with Santa..... so stay tuned.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just a simple update....

Just a simple update with some more pictures. The boys have been doing so many new things lately. Lots of "so big" and stretching their arms way up high. They love giving high 5s and saying "uh oh" every time they drop something (usually their sippy cup) and Oscar is even saying "Bye" (in just the sweetest little voice). And I should note, we have been done with bottles for a couple weeks now - YAY. Not even something I tried to wean them of... they just weren't interested anymore. They both are so very cuddly lately too, especially MacKay - tho they are becoming little Momma's Boys though. Uh oh! :) They are constantly playing with each other and doing so much mimicking of each other and of us. They swipe their hands across their high chair trays when I am cleaning them (mimicking me washing), and will cluck their tongues if we do it to them, clap, sign for milk, make similar noises..... and best of all they are dancing when they hear music. MacKay more does a "bopping" sort of motion, whereas Oscar sways back and forth, even picking his feet up as he sways. Oscar is also getting to be a GREAT walker..... he even walks backwards now and is practically running (uh oh). We're still doing lots of practice walking with MacKay who is getting better and better at it and is just so giggly and proud of himself the entire time he is doing it. He still prefers to crawl when he needs to get somewhere fast, but initiates walking on his own too. Oscar also has started the game of showing and giving things to people. He loves to hand things over and then take them back after you've had a look at them. And jus the other day we caught the CUTEST thing.... Oscar had come over to the couch and was leaning up against it and put his head down on the cushion and was just resting there... MacKay went up to him and put his arms around him and laid his head on Oscar's back. MacKay kept re-situating himself on Oscar too, but it was clear he was cuddling with him. I think these guys really are going to be buds... they very rarely fight and seem to really love each other's company. Such a wonderful thing for us to witness.
Chris was off hunting with some friends (Wadman family) for about a week in early November... he didn't get a deer for himself, but came home with a pretty amazing story. There was a new hunter in the party this year.... Ashley (12 years old). It was her first hunting experience by herself.... and on the second day she nabbed herself a deer that, as Chris stated it "He will never shoot nor even come across in his lifetime". She got herself a 13 point buck that was just enormous. Needless to say she was pretty stoked..... I feel bad though, cuz how can ANYTHING ever compare after this? :) And lucky for me, my mom (Gma Chris) came up and helped me with the kiddos during the time Chris was gone. She even helped me pack everything up and head back down to her place for the boys' 1 year pictures with Mandy Birdwell.... so she got to see first hand the chaos of packing up stuff for two infants.
Pictures didn't go so well with Mandy the other week... so I was pretty disappointed. Mandy assures me she has some good ones... but we will have to see. MacKay pretty much bawled the entire time.... just minutes into the shoot Mandy had to unroll a bit more of her white backdrop and it made a thunderous sound that freaked him out, and after that he wanted NOTHING to do with being anywhere near the backdrop or having his picture taken, or not having his mommy hold him the entire time. I know there were some very cute ones of Oscar, since he was pretty cooperative... but poor MacKay was so freaked out we just couldn't get anything of him. I'll share what we have once I see it.... but I have been working to try get some pictures myself of them (I had such cute outfits picked out, just HAVE to get some cute pictures of them in them)... and if that doesn't work we might just need to take them to Sears/BRU/JCPennys/Walmart or something like that to get some good 1 year pictures, and maybe even something cute to put on our Xmas cards this year (which will be a first for us).
We also were just down in the cities area this week for Chris's Gma (Marion)'s funeral. Gma Marion passed away last Sunday, and the funeral was just this last Thursday. We stayed at Gma Bonnie and Gpa Deans... and they watched the boys for us during the funeral (who apparently were angels - thank god). Very sad day, but was so great to see the Doerr side of the family again..... especially the newest member, Dalton. He was born Nov 5th and was a little peanut just like MacKay and Oscar (weighed right between the two of them at birth). He's so adorable and his Mommy (Noreen) looks so great and is just glowing with happiness over finally meeting the newest love of her life. We are so happy for them.
The boys have been working on getting over some illness too (Daddy as well with ear and sinus infection). But they look to be on the upswing. MacKay lately has been showing SEVERE signs of separation anxiety... something pretty typical for his age. Apparently from about 6-24 months it can come and go here and there.... unnngh. My back and arms are killing me cuz he wants to be held 24/7 - and only by me. I can't even get up and walk over to the other side of the room without him starting to throw a fit. And lately Oscar has been waking in the middle of the night and moaning/crying... but isn't really awake. Not sure if he is having bad dreams or what... poor little guy.
Well, I don't have a lot of good pictures to work with as the boys have had sniffly runny noses for quite a while now, so there wasn't much to choose from. But all the same.... some of the better ones:
The boys opening their birthday gifts from Gma Chris. A ton of Little People sets, a Animal sounds machine and a ton of Little Einstein DVDs

The boys eating chocolate pudding (they love pudding).... but note Oscar's new fettish of pulling his ears out. Big ears run in the family so we're trying to get him to stop that for fear he will stretch them out :)

Just some miscellaneous fun pictures of the boys. Gma Chris caught MacKay in a good mood and had him in stitches. Naked Oscar (just before a bath) sporting only a diaper, socks and his shoes - sexy eh? And MacKay with his newest feat..... crawling up on things (here, an otoman). Unnnghh, he does it ALL the time now ... couches, gates, coffee tables - and falling down hasn't stopped him one bit.

MacKay and Oscar in their studly striped shirts meant for their 1 year pictures (this was after the shoot). Oscar is pushing a box around Gma Chris's kitchen (why do we buy toys?) and MacKay is being naughty and repeatedly sticking his hands in the opening to the VCR player.

Lastly - my best attempt at some quasi professional 1 year pictures using just a white sheet as a back drop (and a stool I made in woodshop class in 8th grade). Out of the 200 some pictures I nabbed of them, maybe 4 were "acceptable"....not good... but acceptable. :)

Check back again later for more - Have a good and safe Thanksgiving everyone.....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Eating Champs.... Walking...... First Haircut at Salon...

This morning I took MacKay to Cost Cutters for a much needed trim. He looks so handsome now, and ready for his 1 year pictures with Mandy Birdwell on Thursday. Super excited for the photo shoot and to see how they turn out..... stressed about planning for it and trying to figure out which outfits to bring along for it. MacKay did very well sitting there for his haircut though, and Oscar was a champ and sat there patiently drinking his sippy cup and flirting with the ladies who worked there. We also stopped to vote on our way home.... so got that out of the way too. Hope everyone out there is doing the same today.
Not too much is new since our last post..... but I am SO proud of the boys. They are just becoming such great little eaters. Oscar rarely ever spits stuff out anymore and tries everything (like his big brother MacKay does).... and they are eating everything we throw at them. Some new stuff they have tried recently is ham, turkey, eggs, steamed frozen peas, etc. Oscar wasn't a fan of the scrambled egg.... but MacKay kept shoveling it in. I think we can say goodbye to purees now - thank god.
And MacKay took his first stabs at walking and standing up just hours after I wrote our last post. Friday night we were just sitting in the living room with the boys... and I turned to look at the TV for 5 seconds and looked back at MacKay (who previously was standing at the coffee table by me) who was a couple feet from the coffee table and just standing there. Shortely thereafter he fell down... he doesn't make it far... but he is showing initiative though which is great. And later that night he even got up in the middle of the room and tried to stand up... as soon as he straightened out he lost his balance though and fell down - but again, he tried. He's really enjoying walking around with us now too and only needs to hold onto one of our fingers to steady himself. He smiles and cackles the entire way.... so proud of himself, as are we. And Oscar is just blazing around... getting faster and sturdier on his legs. Hard to look back at pictures of them when they could barely even sit up without folding like a taco...... and then look at them now. They change and mature so fast.
Well, as always some pictures to go along with the updates and stories....
Some autumn pictures of the boys out in the yard prior to Daddy doing his yard work. MacKay just rips off (immediately) anything we put on his head. These hats are so darn adorable and we can't even get him to wear it long enough to take a picture.


Just some new things that entertain the boys. They both love playing with this toy vaccuum cleaner that actually makes suction noises and plays tunes (which I sing in my sleep, thank you very much). And Oscar for some reason enjoys lifting heavy things and carrying them around lately. Our little He-Man. Lastly, MacKay continually tries to climb up on the coffee table now. You have to hear the little grunts he makes trying over and over again.

Our trip to Cost Cutters: MacKay sat so well in the chair, and the stylist was so gentle and quick.... was much more painless than I thought it was going to be. And Oscar waited so patiently... just drinking his juice. The last picture is an "after" shot of MacKay and his handsome debonaire new hairstyle.

Wish us luck on Thursday at our pictures - will certainly post my favorite again like I always do when I get them.