Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giving Thanks ::2010::

Phew, don't mind if I take a second to sit down.  Still trying to decompress after our holiday weekend.  Just as the years before us, Thanksgiving did not disappoint this year.  We kicked off the long (booze) filled weekend hosting Den's immediate family at our house on Wednesday night.  Danielle and Jane passed out on the couch at approximately 9:30, not because of intoxication, but because "they were tired, " while the rest of us celebrated the beginning of the holiday season.  A good time.  Good time.

Thursday we loaded up the boys and took off to Mike and Jane's for what was to be two days of just pure ridiculousness. Thanksgiving was a wonderful time.  Great food, family and friends.  And, then I did something I have never done before.  I went shopping.  Yep, shopping at 2:30 a.m. with my sister-in-law, Danielle.  I had a brief list.  Just four items, but I was going to get them at the price I deemed reasonable- ON SALE!!  Old Navy.  Target.  Best Buy.  Let's just say DL was great company.  The lines were too long.  The people were monsters.  Legal looting I believe Danielle called it.  It was nothing like I had ever seen.  People camping out ON THANKSGIVING DAY to say the least to get a 52" television, when they should have been home watching football on television.  We simply waited for the lines to file in and then quickly snuck in behind them as I beelined it to the department I was interested in.  I got exactly what I went out for, for exactly the price I wanted to pay and we returned home at 6:15 in the morning where I found both of my boys wide awake.  That meant no sleep for Mommy, until I forced Dennis out of bed at 8:00 because I literally thought I was going to die from sleep deprivation.  

Friday we had our annual bowling day, but we switched things up a bit this year.  Instead of hosting the Annual Drunken Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Extravaganza we had the No Matter What Bowling Tournament, in honor of a golf tourney the men once played in.  The Koenemans aren't going to be in town for Christmas, so we had to get everyone together now when they were here instead of the warm sandy beaches of Florida.  The best part... WE HAD A SITTER!  Four free hours of doing whatever it was we pleased.  I felt spoiled.    But, let's just say that I had to call it an early night because the shopping earlier in the day took the life out of me.

Here are a few photos from our three day binge.  Enjoy!!  

Sunday, November 21, 2010

God Bless, William Reagan!

Sunday was an amazing day for our family.  William was baptized in a very private, intimate ceremony by Fr. Gavin.  It was really very special for us.  Will slept through the whole ceremony, which is very unlike Will.  Den's Uncle Chris and my Aunt Pam warmly accepted the responsibility of GodParents, and we couldn't be happier.  Fr. Gavin included everyone in the room in on the baptism.  Hannah and Adam were wonderful little helpers to Fr. Gavin, fetching him water and oils when he asked.  A special thanks to Pam and Chris for accepting this amazing responsibility for our son, and to Mike and Jane for hosting the luncheon that followed.  Will is loved greatly, and today that was obvious!  And, THANK YOU to all who attended.  The day was wonderful because you were a part of it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finally, a Little Help!!

Michael has a new obsession... SWIFFERING!  No complaining out of this mom.  He is actually really good at it.  Now, if only I could get him to dust.  That would be ideal!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Naughty Spot.

Michael is a very well behaved little man, but I decided to designate a spot in the house where he can spend some time when he decides that he would rather do anything than listen to his Mommy.  So... THE NAUGHTY SPOT is now a fixture in our first floor hallway.  I've had to put Michael there twice.  Both times he did not move until I went to get him.  After wiping away his crocodile tears (he couldn't believe that I would punish him) he apologized profusely for letting me down and assured me that it would never happen again. We'll see about that :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm Three Months Old (Exclusively From WRB)!!

Play Time with Pals!

We love Monkey Bizness. Today I took the boys to meet Tiffany and Kody in LaGrange so Michael could work off some energy.  He loves the bouncy house.  Unfortunately, he could only spend a little bit of time in it with Kody because the bigger kids have zero regard for the younger tots around and it can be quite dangerous.  It was nice to have some Mommy chit chat time, too.  A few snapshots from our afternoon...

His favorite thing.

Contemplating walking up the slide.

Ok, Mom, I think we can go now.

Snapshots of the Week!!

New kicks.

Monday, November 15, 2010


I just had to share this with you!  I'm a bit addicted to a blog called House of Smith's. Shelley is her name and I consider her a genius.  She blogs about designing/remodeling her home and she also sells vinyl decals on her other blog Wonderfully Wordy.  Check out her newest decals...

I have to get me one of these.  My KitchenAid is by far my favorite thing in my kitchen, but it could definitely use a little sprucing up.  I think I'll be going with choice #3!  Oh, I'm in love.  Check out Shelley's other stuff.  She's amazing!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Week Twelve (William Reagan)!!

I'm 12 weeks old!!

68* November Days.

We've taken a walk every night this week.  Who would have thought that the temp would still be in the 60s after 4:00??  Lucky us!  We have a park a few blocks away and it has become Michael's favorite hangout spot.  He gets excited to see other kids running about, and often shadows them around the playground.  He has mastered the jungle gym and is quick to let you know when it is time to swing.  Thank goodness for this nice weather.  I am dreading the winter.  My list of events/indoor activities isn't nearly long enough to keep the super energetic Michael content for three/four long months.  For now, we keep praying for BEAUTIFUL November weather.

Waiting patiently to be big enough to play with his brother.

The house across the street from the park.  A beauty.

In his domain.

Happy Birthday, GMK!!

Happy, Happy Birthday to my best friend, Balster (aka God Mom Keri)!!

We love you so much!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

We Welcome the Return of the Jumperoo!

William is restless these days.  He's to the point where he's needs a little bit more action to keep him occupied.  Welcome back THE JUMPEROO!  What once was Michael's go-to spot is now Will's and personally I couldn't be happier.  Not only does the jumperoo occupy William, Michael is also amazed with it once more.  I think I can say that Michael may be having a hard time sharing what once was his favorite thing on earth.  But, as you can see in the photos I think we have moved past the "Hey, that's mine" phase to the "Hey, baby brother, let me show you what this can do" phase.  We introduced Michael to the jumperoo when he was 11 weeks old, and here Will is seeing it for the first time at 12 weeks old.  Michael's feet weren't even close to hitting the floor, we used to put a box under him so he could bounce himself about.  Will's are clearly touching the floor.  I did take a small box out to be safe, which Michael quickly thought was his perch.  Well, you'll see...  Will is getting so big.  I want time to slow down.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Daddy's New Accessory.

Den avoids dirty diapers.  He is famous for noticing Michael or Will have one and then directly them to me (I don't mind them).  I'm usually quick just to change them, because quite frankly I am tired of listening to Den compare and contrast his adult bowel movements to those of our 17 month-old.  Today was different.  I was in the middle of 86 other tasks and wasn't going to let Dennis get away with shuffling Michael off to me so I could change him.  I made Dennis do it.  In true Dennis fashion he complained about the smell, size, etc.  I turned my back for two seconds and turned back around to see this...

That's right, that would be a baby blanket around my husband's face to ward off the odor of Michael's diaper.  I can't deal with this.  Really.  So instead I turned my attention to my super cute son...

and his big blue eyes.

Who, because it takes Daddy three times as long to change a diaper as Mommy, had time to sing me a song.  I believe we were at "three little monkeys jumping on a bed..." by this point.  As you can see, Dennis still wasn't finished.