Sunday, 25 April 2010

25 Apr -- Happy Birthday, Charlie!...(a month early)

Since Dan won't be here for Charlie's birthday next month, we decided to not wait for the celebration and enjoy the day with the whole family.  It was an unbelievably beautiful day out and we had a wonderful celebration.  I can't believe Charlie's 4...almost!

The Cake

Charlie requested a race track cake

His gift was a train table and accessories, and he loves it!

Our sweet boy just kept saying, "Thanks Mom and Dad!"

Who's more excited in this pic?!

Trying it out after we (ahem, that is, Dan) set it up

A different way to read books (by the way, those are milk carton blocks behind them.  We didn't just finish a milk drinking contest.  But if we had, Jane would have won)

Blow out those candles!

I love this little boy!

25 Apr -- Our house is a very very very fine house

Don't worry, Jane looked both ways before crossing the street.

Look at what I get to see each day.  I love this tree!

My handsome boys

I realized as I was posting this that I post a lot of close up pics of Henry.  But look at that face!  It's hard not to want to snap pics all day long of those cheeks :)

Friday, 23 April 2010

23 Apr -- FCK: Fussball Club Kaiserslautern Game 2

Charlie and I plus a friend from work went to an FCK (Fussball Club Kaiserslautern) tonight.

Charlie donned his FCK scarf and devoured bratwurst.

We had four tickets and scalped the fourth to this guy...the guy in the black shirt.

Charlie showing off his FCK-red shoes.

Charlie self portrait.

Who knew soccer was so funny.

Work it...

All together now!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

20 Apr -- The Stats

Jane had her 2 year well-baby appointment yesterday and Henry had his 2 month well-baby today.  They both did well and Jane took her shot like a champ.  It's nice to have her done with shots for 2 years.  She's speaking, but the doctor wants us to work on getting her to speak a little more clearly (we understand her more than strangers do) and wants us to enunciate our words when talking to her.  She started going to a part day enrichment program twice a week from 9-noon and I think she's going to love the setting and friends and teachers. 

Of course, Henry was not so lucky and received 3 shots and an oral vaccine.  He did pretty well, too, although he is a little fussier today than usual.  I am wearing him in our Moby wrap, though, and that seems to do the trick.  It reminds me of being pregnant, with the large advantage of being able to remove "the belly" whenever I need to.  They are sending us to the German hospital to have an ultrasound of his head.  He has a pronounced ridge along the top of his head and the doctor wants to make sure that his fontanels aren't fusing too early.  I'm trying not to worry about it yet, but I am glad that they are being careful and checking into it.  I'll let you know when we find out what the verdict is.   

So here we are:

Jane at 2 years
    Weight - 30.7lbs
    Height - 35 inches

Henry at 2 months
    Weight - 14.5lbs
    Length - 24.5 inches

Monday, 19 April 2010

17 Apr -- Eifelpark

In addition to celebrating Jane's birthday Saturday with a cookout, we also made our first trip to the local Eifelpark, which is about 5 minutes from our house.  It is so close and has slides, roller coasters, animals and boats.  We ended up getting season passes and hopefully we'll get lots of playtime in this summer.

The slide on the left is extremely steep and to be avoided at all costs.  The one the kids went down was much more gentle of a slope.

Jane was lovin' the air she got on the bouncy mound

Takin' a break

Charlie was losing at the Jump Off

The boatride that Anna and Henry opted out of

American Bald Eagle


Jane loved her coaster ride with Daddy
I don't know who was more excited about this ride

Photo by Charlie

Sunday, 18 April 2010

17 Apr -- Happy 2nd Birthday, Jane!

Ladybug Cake

Outdoors with beautiful weather

Our 2 year old!

Strategizing the best angle to blow out candles

Briggs, Jane and Charlie anxiously awaiting their cake

This year's whipped cream was not as well recieved as last year's

Her Lil Wagon

The ball was stuck in the tree

Good idea, but not quite

Thank goodness for tall friends!

A birthday kiss

The playhouse with bubbles, it doesn't get any better than that!