Sunday, December 27, 2009

18 Monthd Old!!!


Joe is 18 months old now. He is really smart, if I do say so myself...
His vocabulary seems to be growing and growing as time goes on. Because I've decided to dedicate this blog to the boys and their significant milestones, I figured I better write up a post about Joe's recent activity before I forget!!
He's been saying the basics like Mama, Papa, cat, and Batman (ha) for a few months now. But recently, we get words like tractor, fishie, shoes, juice, dump truck, baby, Chrissy, and about 10-15 more that he says on a pretty regular basis.
He is a VERY picky eater, he doesn't even like milk. Not even chocolate milk! Trying to find things to pack in his lunch that I know he'll eat is so hard. The basics usually include a Yo-Baby yogurt, some pasta, applesauce, a kashi bar, and maybe some ham, or other leftover meat from dinner. He's not too crazy about PB&J. Will not even touch fruit or veggies!!! Apples, bananas, oranges, I've tried over and over again. The closest this guy will get to fruit is applesauce.
He studies everything, and really seems to try to understand how things work. Loves to stack things over and over again. Loves to work the remote control that comes with the geo-trax racetrack, and knows the difference between backward and forward, and can control the cars in that manner!!
Best of all, he enjoys keeping up with his older brother Chris. He likes to do whatever Chris is doing. Monkey see, monkey do. The two of them can get into pretty good trouble, too. They are loud, and love to make each other laugh.
This was a really fun Christmas, and next year proves to be even more fun as Joe will be that much more aware of all that is going on!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Chillin out on a rainy day

There's something kind of nice about the days following Christmas. Especially this year, where Christmas fell on a Friday, we all automatically have the weekend to just hang around and do whatever you feel like.
The boys are having a great time playing with all the loot they scored yesterday. Joey LOVES his vacuum cleaner. When I say he loves it, I mean really....he takes it into the kitchen and pushes the chairs aside and pretends to vacuum the area rug under the table. It's pretty funny! Greg hit the nail on the head. Knew Joe would just love it, and he does. Chrissy is having a great time with all of his newly acquired Batman action figures and other Batman gear. Santa also brought the requisite nerf basketball hoop, which all little boys must have.
Today is a rainy, grey, yucky sort of day. Perfect for hanging out and doing whatever you want.
Went to wegs this afternoon and got all the makings for homemade Chicken soup, which sounds perfect for a day like today. It's also much lighter than all of the heavy stuff we've been eating over the last few days!

Here's a cute shot of Joe vacuuming the rug in the play room.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas! Santa was here!!!



This is our second year in a row now that we have spent Christmas here in our own home as opposed to travelling to see family.
I like the idea of spending Christmas here, but I also miss those big family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
In any event, we had a wonderful time here in our own home. The kids, especially Christopher, were keyed up for Santa Claus this year. He was so excited to see that Santa brought him all kinds of Batman toys, Transformers, Geo-trax sets, and a whole host of other exciting toys. Joey seemed to be a bit overwhelmed by the sight of all the toys under the tree. Christopher was quick to show him the ropes when it came to opening up the presents.
We made a point to have delicious meals to eat with special treats on Christmas eve.
All in all, we had a great Christmas!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Decorating the Tree




Every year we go to Williams Tree Farm in Mendon to try and find the perfect Christmas tree. This year Joe wasn't feeling so well, so Christopher and Greg went out on their own. Joe and I stayed back and baked a delicious batch of Toll House cookies for the guys to have when they returned.
Chris had a blast helping his Papa find just the right tree, and cut it down. He was especially happy that Tiger, the resident horse on William's farm, kissed him!
They came home with a beautiful Frasier fir. It smells awesome! We strung the lights up after dinner, and then put the ornaments on. The boys got a bit excited over this ordeal and of course a couple of ornaments broke. But that's par for the course. What are you gonna do. It happens!
We made sure to find a few of those non-breakable ornaments so that the little guys could help out too.
The tree looks beautiful. Finally, I feel like it's Christmas! Now, on to the shopping...ugh!
 

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