Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Season!

With Thanksgiving come and gone we're officially deep into holiday season. We're enjoying all of the crafts, visits, food and (mildly annoying) music that comes with it!

The girls are into all of the food prep. They have been exceptional helpers and, more importantly, tasters.

Mmmm... Yep, it's good

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful. Grandma & Grandpa Hayes and Uncle Billy made a trip from Long Island to visit.

Hanging Out

There was some quality cuddle time watching holiday cartoons, too. Much more of this to come over the next month, I'm sure!

Very comfy!

Off topic and just for fun, I'll share a picture I grabbed off Alex's phone yesterday. The unread text messages is a lot (62), unviewed phone calls concerning (20), but the unread email is just simply insane (82 thousand)!?!

Ahem... Something is wrong here

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dylan & Lindsey's Trip

Dylan and I had a wonderful week together. He is *such* a good baby. I don't think I really noticed just how good he is because I'm so busy in general. Hanging out with just Dylan, though, was pretty great!

First ride on the BART

Dylan took each new experience in stride. He was great on the airplanes and loved the train. He was playing too fast for the iPhone shutter speed!

I dropped him at daycare for a 'test' visit while I checked into the hotel and stocked the mini-fridge with food (no dinners out this trip). He did so well I even had time for a run along the bay:

Awesome and relaxing

Dylan was staying with the daycare provider we used when Noelle was little. The sitter was happy to have another one of our babies for a bit and Dylan loved playing with her and the other babies.

We never switched our sleep to the new time zone (3-3:30 am wake-up anyone?), but that was okay. I got to really enjoy some quality playtime with Dylan before heading to work each day.

Who knew hotels were so fun?

The girls and I missed each other, of course, but they really missed Dylan. The kiddos had several Skype conversations where Alex and I were relegated to the role of camera holders.

The siblings chatting it up

The girls sang Dylan songs and pretended to tickle him. He pounded the computer a lot, much to their amusement.

Now we're home and rested; ready to start a 'normal' week.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week with the Kiddos

Last week Alex was out of town. We all missed him but we made the best of it with as much fun as we could.

We started the week off right with brunch on Sunday morning. Dylan slept and the girls behaved marvelously. It was one of those lucky, magical outings!

Strawberry Pancakes!

Dylan enjoyed the baby toys at the 'bounce house' place

This was one of those weeks with crazy temperature swings. Tuesday we were all out doors enjoying what very well may have been our last warm fall afternoon.

Soaking in the sun

Late afternoon swing*

Predictably, the weather then turned cooler and we headed indoors for some fun. Dylan capitalized on the opportunity to try and perfect his crawling skills. I am *not* excited about this. Life is so much easier when the baby is more or less confined =) He sure is cute, and determined, though!

I think I can; I think I can!

Man, that's hard work!

  When Daddy came home he brought Noelle perhaps the best present ever; Snow White!**

Beautiful Princess

Noelle was so excited about this dress. She wanted us to take her to extra places just so more people could admire it!

Now we're in for an unusual week. Dylan and I are in the Bay Area for my work and Alex is holding down the home front with the girls. I'm sure we'll all have stories to tell about this week.

* Sometimes they play so well together!
** Gotta love those after Halloween costume sales!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

We had a week full of Halloween Fun! First up was a Halloween parade at the assisted living facility near us. Cora enjoyed the candy while Dylan soaked up all of the attention from the residents.

Little Astronaut

Ready to parade (Cora is, at least)

Next was Thursday night trick-or-treating at the Commons, a local pedestrian mall. I don't know what the (seven!) kids liked more; the candy or being chauffeured around in these:

Riding in style (Dylan hitched a ride in the Ergo)


Finally, we did the 'real' trick-or-treating in our neighborhood last night. The kids, of course, had a great time again and the neighbors were very generous with the loot!

Ready for round three!

Anna, Elsa & the Astronaut