Monday, June 28, 2010

Cole ..... *Sigh*

The title of this blog is because .... Cole is getting so big. He will be 6 months a week from today! He changes more and more everyday - and even though that is really exciting, it's bittersweet, b/c it's just going by SOOOO FAST. He is completely mobile now - not crawling forwards too much, but scooting backwards and rolling all over the place, so I definitely can't set him down, walk out of the room, and know he will be in the same spot when I get back. PLUS, it puts a whole new meaning to "baby proofing" when I have Jake's toys to "baby proof". Cole has the sweetest, cutest, melting my heart smile. *Sigh* .... when did he get so big?!
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I have a couple more to post of this sweet, precious, wonderful, mobile blessing, but they will have to wait until tomorrow. So sleepy .... time for me to go to bed :-)

Encore...

This kid always makes us laugh.... Rock on Jake!
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Swimming Videos!

Jake kicking away....
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Message to Daddy....
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Blowing bubbles .... and more importantly - face in the water!!
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I guess this was my exercise for the day....
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Floaties....
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Play Group

Here are some pictures from the play group we go to on base on Monday mornings. It's nice to have some "new" toys to play with and of course play with other kids!! Jake loves it! He especially loves the singing they do at the end. They have free play for about an hour - and then they read a story and sing several songs .... it's great. Jake and Casey!
Elise and Cole ....
I know, it's pink.... but it's a pretty cool car!
Trying to get Elise and Cole to pose for a picture :-) So cute!

Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

What can I say..... we really missed Chris, so it was nice to get home to him on Sunday night and grill some burgers together. We hung out on our screened in porch, b/c the torrential down pour we had, cooled things off a little bit....
Here is Jake doing some dot paint.....
Chris using his new grill tools for the first time (Father's Day gift)
More dot paint....
"Manly grill tools"


Guitar Hero..... THIS is what Chris purchased while we were away :-) So, he and Jake HAD to immediately play!


Our little ROCKER!

Jake's Photography

Jake took PLENTY of pictures himself this weekend - literally! These are just a small sample of the pictures Jake took over the 3 days we were at Myrtle. We MAY have a future photographer on our hands .... it wouldn't be surprising seeing as how much I have photographed him in the 2 1/2 years of his life so far :-)

This was like the 100th time taking my picture at the restaurant one night .... (but hey, it kept him occupied while we waited for our food).
He used the mirror really well, showing Jen front and center and Heidi and I in the background - even though we were sitting next to her. He's so talented!

Heidi played along and posed for him :-)
This was 1 of 5 million pictures that he took of us on this particular morning .....

Guess he liked his toes...
and Mr. Bear was photographed a lot, too!
So was Abby..... I only put a couple up of her, but Jake took LOTS of the dog!
Mr. Bear, again.
More Abby....

Jack reading People Magazine...
Yes, Jake really took this one.... all by himself!
This one, too (and so everyone knows - we were stopped at a gas station while I fed Cole, so I wasn't looking back to pose for a picture while driving) :-)
Told ya.... pretty talented!

Myrtle Beach "Vacation"

This past weekend, Jake, Cole, and I went to Myrtle Beach to hang out with my good friend Heidi and her son Jack and our friend Jen. Heidi's parents have a beach house down there, so we all met up there for a few days. I put "vacation" in quotes, b/c even though it was a FANTASTIC time .... and so good to see Heidi and Jen and meet Jack (who was born 4 days before Cole), it was also so hilarious to see how our lives had changed and how different it is to be at the beach with a 2 year old, 2 6-month olds, and a puppy :-) We had a lot of fun, though - and it once again reminded me how thankful I am for friendships!!!

Jake especially loved Abby, the dog. I knew it was only a matter of time before Jake ended up in Abby's crate, and it was sooner than later :-)

THE BEACH! It was an "adventure" to say the least. Jake wasn't a huge fan of the water, but he loved playing in the sand - until he was COVERED in sand and then had a meltdown, b/c he wanted all of the sand off :-) Cole and Jack liked the beach, but it was just so STINKIN' HUMID and HOT (not that we expected anything less). Here is Jake before he got "too sandy" and was having fun ....
THIS was taken with my nice camera .... it was so humid - you can't even see Heidi and Jack. I ended up just using my old, small digital camera, so a lot of these pictures don't look as good of quality, but just how it goes....
Cole on the beach - burning up :-)
Jack's first time at the beach!
Jake not so sure about the waves....
My boys and me!
Jake STILL enjoying the sand and building his "sand castles"

Almost time to pack on up .....
Cuties.
Jake and Jack
Jake playing with Abby... throwing the ball
Not really sure who was chasing who...

Cole and Jack again :-)

We realized the pool works out much better with our crew, so we spent some time there. Jake did SO well. He has been a little scared of the water this year, and a lot of times he wants to just play on the side of the pool, but he got in and was kicking and blowing bubbles and even used his floaties, so that's a BIG deal! It was nice that Jen helped hold Cole in the pool, too, so that I could have some one-on-one with Jake, and I think that really helped build his confidence in the water a little bit. I have some videos, too, that I'll post later.
Jack and Heidi - his first weekend in the pool!
Cole getting ready for the pool
Cole and me (i get that the hat doesn't match, but i wanted something to help cover his ears better)!
Cole using Jack's floatie!

Jen and Jack
REALLY hard to get a good picture of the 3 of us, so this will have to do!

Jen and Cole (right before Cole took a pretty good nap)!

Sleeping by the pool....
Jake really liked being on my back - he was just fussing, because he didn't want a picture to be taken - crazy boy!

Cole continuing his nap OUT of the sun (and yes, his face looks red, but to put the grandmas at ease, it wasn't sun burn ..... he just gets really hot and red-faced like his older brother) :-)

Jake putting on his floaties....
YAY JAKE!!





COOL DUDE!!!
Jack and me....
Jake passed out on the couch while watching a movie .....


Carousel time (love how we have our arms around each other)!!
Jack on the horse (Cole was napping)
Jake picked a giraffe!


ICE-CREAM TIME ..... Jake spotted the ice-cream store all by himself :-) ha!
Another nap for Cole.... we were wearing him out!
Jack and Abby
Getting these 2 to look at the camera at the same time was next to impossible. They are 4 days apart. Jack was born on Jan 1 and Cole Jan 5.

Before we left Myrtle Beach, we visited Amy and Steve (Chris's aunt). They live in Myrtle Beach - and it was great to see them.
Jake not wanting a picture - imagine that!


Jake watching a DVD on his "personal DVD player" on the way home. It was a fun weekend - but it was nice to get home and back to Daddy!