Friday, February 17, 2012

bath time

bath time

bath time

bath time

bath time

bath time

bath time

bath time

now and then cont'd

Charlie, same age as Alice now.

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Alice, 10 weeks old

now and then

Charlie, on Valentine's Day, 3 years ago (I can't find a single photo of him at a normal angle).

Be My Valentine (10)-759045

Be My Valentine (3)-757531

Alice, near Valentine's Day, this year.
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be mine

It's been a weird week. Monday was my 35th birthday so we celebrated sans children.

Tuesday was Valentine's Day but Charlie was sick (he almost missed his party at school because of it).

Wednesday both kids were sick.

Yesterday, I was sick. But I managed to finally take the Valentine's photos I wanted of Charlie and Alice. Again, Charlie was a good sport. Maybe his "I don't want you take pictures, Mommy" attitude is starting to improve.

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Happiness is [Alice version]

Alice wearing this sleeper, while laying on this blanket, while making these happy faces.

Happiness is Alice in grey and white

Happiness is Alice in grey and white

Happiness is Alice in grey and white

Happiness is Alice in grey and white

Happiness is Alice in grey and white

Happiness is [Charlie version]

Charlie riding his tricycle from Papa Dickie.

Happiness is Charlie riding his bike

Happiness is Charlie riding his bike

Happiness is Charlie riding his bike

Charlie posing for a photo without being bribed with M&Ms.

Happiness is Charlie wearing teal

Happiness is Charlie wearing teal

Happiness is Charlie wearing teal


Sunday, February 12, 2012

last night of 34

My 35th birthday is tomorrow.

No, I don't feel older. Yes, 35 will be a great year.

I'm starting this year with these people . . . it doesn't get better than this.

Daddy and Alice

Daddy and Charlie

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday fun

Today, Katie and I took the kids to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Charlie was so excited to go ... and mostly wanted to run around and climb on things.

Great way to spend a Friday morning.





aquarium

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Big Ten?

The big obnoxious headband might disappoint the admissions Council, though.

Alice collage


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

bounce, baby, bounce

Girlfriend loves her bouncy seat.

A hand-me-down gift from my friend, Ann Tran. Love hand-me-downs around here!

Alice loves her bouncy seat

big, blue dinosaur

Important Phee News Announcement

At 6:50 pm Pacific Standard Time last night, Charlie finally (of his own accord) pooped in the toilet.

This is a monumental milestone in this household. We have been begging, pleading, stressing about the fact that Charlie would not - for any reason - poop in the toilet. We are (a) so tired of changing 2 kids' diapers and (b) concerned he would go to college wearing Depends.

The latest bribe was that if he went in the toilet, he could have the big, blue dinosaur that he's been lusting after at Target. Thank God Amma Elaine bought it ahead of time and stashed it in our garage so it was readily available for the big event.

big blue dinosaur

So last night, as I'm folding laundry in Alice's room, he tells me he has to go. And then he walked into the bathroom and went. Rich and I went crazy . . . screaming, clapping and doing some insane dance in the hallway that even embarrassed Charlie.

big blue dinosaur
This damn dog is always in my shots. I usually have to crop her out. 

big blue dinosaur
This time I didn't crop her. So you can see what I'm dealing with. 


After Rich brought the blue dinosaur in, Charlie was beaming. Proud. He played with that dinosaur until bedtime and took "Big Blue" to bed with him. I checked on him around 10:30 and he was sitting up in bed, talking to the dinosaur. The toy even accompanied him to school this morning. His entire preschool class now knows that he pooped in the toilet.

big blue dinosaur

The best part of all of this (besides the potential of only 1 set of diapers) is how proud Charlie is. It's really cool to witness that feeling.

And really cool to be *this close* to not having to change his poopy Pull-ups.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Alice Linda

I'm trying to get as many photos of Charlie as I do of Alice lately but the boy will not hold still. So it's difficult.

You can get your Alice fix with these pics. I'll attempt a series of Charlie later this week.

Alice Linda, 2 months + 1 week old.
Wearing size 3 - 6 months.
Eating 4 oz at a time.
10 lbs, 10 oz.
22.25 inches long


Alice floral pants 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_1

Alice floral pants 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_3

Alice floral pants 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_4

Alice bright dress 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_5

Alice bright dress 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_6

Alice bright dress 2 months 1 week _2012-02-04_7

Thursday, February 2, 2012

getting older and needing a newer mattress

We had our mattress for almost 10 years. Rich bought it just before our wedding in 2002. It wasn't expensive or fancy and it demonstrated its wear on our backs these past few months.

So we bit the bullet, took the Christmas gift money from Rich's folks and finally bought a nice mattress. It's one of those memory foam ones and my God, we L.O.V.E. it.

Of course a new mattress meant a mini-makeover of our master bedroom. Here are some before and afters.

* Before *

master bedroom, before

master bedroom, before

master bedroom, before

* After *

master bedroom, after

master bedroom, after

master bedroom, after

* And just for fun *

master bedroom, after