Sunday, December 19, 2010


We went and saw Santa a week before Christmas.....both boys did great! Vince went right up and told him what he wanted (binoculars). Jack was a little shy at first, but once he saw the candy cane, he must have thought it was worth it! Jack told Santa what he wanted, as well-a pillow pet.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Jack!

Today Jack is 2 years old!!! He is really becoming a little boy now-definitely not a baby anymore! He is talking very well--we can understand a lot of what he is saying, but there are still words/phrases that we just have no clue, that's when we usually just nod and say 'yes'. He also LOVES to help!

A couple of weeks ago Jack started to climb out of his crib, so we set up a gate at his bedroom doorway and brought in Vince's old toddler bed. He's been sleeping in it pretty well, so I think we're going to take out the crib this weekend--this is going to be really weird for me, I didn't think we'd be doing this for at least another six months!

We're not doing anything special today---we celebrated with my side during Thanksgiving, and with G & G V on Sunday. Unfortunately, my camera finally died so I don't have any new pics : (
(The above pics are from G V's camera)

Our household has not been very much fun the past few days---Jack started it off with getting sick on Sat., Vince got it Sun., Andy on Monday, and I got it yesterday. It only lasts 24 hours, so we're pretty much back to normal today---Andy went back to work, and Vince back to school. We've heard of quite a few other people having the same thing. Hello flu season!

This school year has been going by so fast! Vince is having a great year so far--behaving very well and even has a best friend! His teacher says that he and one of the boys are pretty much glued at the hip.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Return to Snow

Andy and I went to Mexico and had a great time.....mostly relaxing on the beach, which is exactly what we wanted to do! Glad to be home-I really missed the boys this time, but hard to come back to this weather.....why, why, WHY do we live here?!?! Every winter confirms more and more for me that Andy and I are going to be snowbirds as soon as we are able to (which is quite a ways away, but just thinking about it helps).
Vince and Jack decided to switch costumes.
Vince and Maddie cuddling. Makenzie and Jack playing.
Celebrating Andy's birthday!

Went exploring on our anniversary----8 YEARS!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


We had a busy, tiring, but fun Halloween! We headed over to the mall at 2:00 to kick off the day, then went to G. and G. W.'s, next over to G. and G. V.'s, then back home to go trick-or-treating. The boys were sooo tired by the end of the day, but had a lot of fun, and of course were excited about all of the goodies they got!
Vince ready for his costume party at school. Jack and Vince in their costumes!
Heading into the mall....
Trying to take pictures at G and G W's. Jack had his first sucker.....he loved it!
The boys with their suckers. Vince didn't want to smile for pictures.....he didn't think that "Sargeant Van Dam" would.
Andy and I dressed up and went out on Saturday night.....we were Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction. We had never really done that since we've been married, so we were excited and had a lot of fun!

Cousin Owen came for a visit this weekend....he's smiling already!
Vince was talking with Uncle Greg about what he was going to be for Halloween on Monday night, and Greg asked if he was going to wear face paint. A few minutes later he went into the bathroom....I didn't think anything of it. When he emerged, he had colored his face with a blue crayon! Luckily, it was washable and came off very easily with a wipe!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jack sitting on the potty. The boys playing in the dirt.
More dirt... Jack watching Vince play a game on the computer.
Jack got quite the owie....he looked like he had been in a boxing match with a cut on the bridge of his nose, swollen up, and two black eyes! I was really worried that he had broken it, but it's healing well, and seems to be fine. We call him our little ER boy! He's very daring, but also clumsy, which doesn't make for the safest combination!
My niece Makenzie has been over this past week to play! I think it's been really good for Jack to interact with someone younger than him.....lots of learning to share and to take turns! Jack was so tuckered out that he fell asleep in Andy's chair while Vince was at school and Makenzie was taking her morning nap....he must have had too much fun!
Jack ate yogurt last week! Twice! He would never even try it until Makenzie was eating he loves it! Yay! I was so excited!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


This weekend my sister and I went down to see our new nephew! He is so cute and loves to cuddle (which suited me just fine)!
Jack hanging out in his bathrobe after a bath.
Jack fell asleep...I had to wake him up to go get Vince from school!
Vince burying his gun in a big pile of leaves. The boys watching Andy use the leaf blower.
Cute little Owen!
Owen and Auntie Nicole.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm an Auntie again!

First of all, my first nephew was born today! Today was his due date, which I think is very rare! He's such a punctual boy already. Owen Ryan, 7 lbs, 12 oz. He is VERY cute and has a lot of hair! Both mommy and Owen are doing great. Can't wait to meet him next weekend!

Grandpa G. took Vince and I for our first sailboat ride. Vince was pretending he was a pirate.
I got flowers for my birthday....Jack with his "smiley camera face"
Andy decided to tear down the playhouse in our backyard. He's been working really hard this weekend to get it done. Luckily, some friends came and helped. He took what could be saved up to the hunting land to hopefully use to build something up there. I think I'm going to start a garden next spring where it was...we'll see how it goes!
We also have had someone over replacing some siding (the black is where new siding is going on). It turned out to be a bigger project than expected, but we're really glad we did it. Now we need to have someone come and paint it, and we should be done with outside projects for a while. We're excited to see the end result!

We also have our first cold of the school year right now. Vince is coughing a lot today, and has a rash, which he's never had before. A trip to the doctor might be happening later this week, we'll just have to see how it goes. The only bad thing about Vince being in school is all of the germs that he picks up! It's going great, though. He really loves school.