Watch them grow

Well, it’s been years (not really, but I guess in a round about sort of way, really) in the making — I’ve finally organized our Flickr stream and I’ve put together three pages of the kids next to their stuffed animals.

For those who don’t know, Greta and I picked a different animal for each of the kids and took a monthly picture with them next to their animal. Now that they’re all older, we’ll just be doing it yearly, but here are pictures of the three kids, through the months and years:

Corinneís Bunny Shots
Masonís Monkey Shots
Ethanís Elephant Shots


Major milestones

There have been a few age changes in the house of late. Tony had his birthday on the 8th. (No comment on the age.) Corinne turned 5 on the 10th. She decided to have a sleepover the weekend before and cake with family for the actual day.

The sleepover

Corinne's cake

Ethan also turned six months at the end of January. He is getting around the house with ease doing the army crawl and is starting to get the hang of real crawling. He is as cute as ever. We finally had to give him his first haircut. It was scary but looks way better than the long, wispy look he had going.

Ethan's six month

Mason is starting to understand birthdays and answers with the correct age and date when you ask him about it.

As always, there are more frequent updates on Greta’s website. Feel free to check it out!

Happy Holidays!

I was pretty depressed yesterday thinking that we weren’t going to see any family this year for Christmas Eve or Christmas. By the time dinner rolled around (egg rolls which may be a permanent tradition…yum!), I was getting into the holiday spirit. We built a fire and sang Christmas carols with the lights out. The kids got on their Christmas jammies just in time for cocoa and some of Santa’s cookies. We also had a family from church stop by to carol us! The kids LOVED that. Christmas morning didn’t come too early (which was my biggest fear) and was enjoyed by all. Mason declared that he “needs more presents!” while Corinne asked if there was anything else to “rip.” Ethan has enjoyed the distraction that the presents have brought. He isn’t getting picked on much today. Here’s a summary by photographs:

Christmas pjs by the tree

Hamming it up

Corinne and Mason

The turkey is going into the oven soon. Can’t wait to smell it cooking! All the best to you and yours!

Church duds

Abueltia came to town and brought Corinne a new dress. She loves it! She wore it once and is saving it now for the Sunday before Christmas when they sing in church. Mason picked out the sweater from Grandma Ann because it meant he would wear his alligator shirt underneath. He rebelled before we actually got out the door, though, and ended up changing his shirt. Glad I got a picture while i could. Poor Ethan was left out…again.

Ready for church!

Tony update

For those of you who are devoted fans of this website and want to keep up on Tony, he is doing much better after his surgery. His hand is very swollen but seems to be getting better since it doesn’t fit into his splint the same anymore. He has another appointment on Monday to have it re-evaluated.

Thanksgiving was spent with both sides of the family. The kids love seeing cousins and all the extra attention. We are planning on staying home for Christmas so it was nice to check in with everyone. We are inviting any- and everyone to Columbus, though!

Check in the next few days for updated Ethan pictures. He turned four months old today!