Monday, March 31, 2014

February and March 2014

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Kieran can stand at furniture, and has even started cruising it.  Isn’t he the best?

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After a week or so of gorgeous weather we had a lovely morning on a walk and play time at the park.

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I know what you’re thinking.  “What happened to these boys’ legs?”  Yes.  We chopped them off for the picture.  But seriously, isn’t it weird that the dip in the terrain is totally invisible?

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Kieran’s first time on the swings.  He was SO excited, as you can tell.  Hahaha.  He was actually totally indifferent.

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A total Hollyn face.

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Post haircut, before the bangs trim.

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This note below was given to me one day a long time ago from Brennan.  Every time Brian an I come across it we laugh out loud.  What a thing to write to your Mother!

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Hollyn in her natural state…

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And by that I mean, she’s almost always either naked, wet, or both.  She undresses completely several times a day.  To go potty, or she spills some water on her shirt when drinking… it’s always something, and it always involves having to take everything off.  That’s assuming she ever got redressed to begin with.  She’s just always naked.  And until I put some child locks on the bathroom door recently, she was starting to repeatedly start a bath for herself each day.  Any time the house was quiet for more than a couple minutes, I knew.  I’d go to the bathroom and try the door.  Yes.  She’d have locked it.  So I’d pop the lock and go in to find her happily splashing around in the bath.  Like 6 times a day. Oh yeah, and she likes to try to escape outside at every opportunity.  You might imagine I’ve had to pull a naked girl back into the house a few times, and it’s a little embarrassing.  This girl!

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This is from the day I went to investigate the suspicious silence right before I intended to squeeze in a shower before a mid day band concert.  I had to put the shower on hold while I gave it to this little turkey, covered in my just.bought bulk cocoa powder.

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I wasn’t fast enough.  Of course.  The vacuum’s filters clogged immediately.  Naturally.  Whilst I tried to rinse that out and figure out how to clean things up, Kieran as having the time of his life crawling around in it.

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The next day Hollyn spilled a full cup of milk on the living room floor.  Later, she made this mess while trying to poor some soy milk into her cup.  I should have left the cocoa and enjoyed some chocolate milk.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

First Haircut

Gave Kieran a haircut yesterday.  He's had a couple of snips in the past already, but yesterday turned into, like, an actual haircut.  That's how long his hair was!  The bangs were dangerously close to being in his eyes, but what really bothered me was the hair hanging over his ears.  I spent months now trying to wait it out for a long-hair style to emerge.  But I just felt it wasn't tapping into his cuteness potential enough.

So I hacked it off above the ears.  But you know how that tends to go with a moving baby.  One side was ok, but other was a spock-looking straight line. Ugh.  So I tried to fix that.  It may have helped a little, but the more I looked at him the more I worried that it was a little too mullet-y for comfort.  So I trimmed almost all the hair in the back as well.  His bangs were still long, but today I trimmed just a teeny, tiny bit off of them too.  Hopefully it works.



Man, babies are the hardest to give haircuts to!  Except for Brennan at any age ;-)

Some before shots from last month.  Gosh, look at those bangs!




Aaaaaaaand, "after" shots you'll just have to wait for.  Because I'm too lazy at the moment to get the camera and spend half an hour uploading from card to computer and from computer to blog.  Sufficeth to say, my baby's all growed up! WAAAHAAAA

Friday, March 21, 2014

One Month and 5 lessons Later...


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Brennan had his first piano lesson the 2nd week of February.  Here's a sampling of what he can play a month into this.

And yes, he's basically just memorizing everything.  We're still working on the "reading music/recognizing notes" thing. :-)  I think the idea of just learning some songs while just introducing music-reading (as opposed to a huge focus on the latter at the beginning before learning any songs) is supposed to keep the learner more motivated and excited in the early days.

Oh, and P.S. The second song, he really JUST started it.  He had been assigned it the week before, and then the sun came out and he spent every day playing outside not coming home until practically bedtime.  Somehow he got the right hand pretty much down after the equivalent of one and a half practices.