Fourth of July Weekend

We had a relaxing holiday weekend. We spent Friday swimming at Grandpa Spooner’s pool. On Saturday we joined our neighborhood parade which is followed by a pancake brunch and play time for the kids. We spent the morning decorating Nolan’s bike, and then he decided he was feeling too sick to ride it.


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On Saturday night we went to Jamison Fountain to play in the water and have ice cream. The boys had a long day, and were tired so they were in bed before fireworks started. It’s hard to believe they have never seen any big fireworks displays, but the thought of them staying up until 11pm is way too scary to even consider; they would be  grouchy beasts for days afterward.

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Mother’s Day Weekend

We had a busy and interesting Mother’s Day weekend, starting with a trip to a pediatric cardiologist for Haakon –nothing serious, just a minor heart  murmur that he’ll likely grow out of. Followed on Saturday with a Mother’s Day run with Nolan. Saturday afternoon Marshal put up a porch swing for Haakon and we all enjoyed a sunny, 84 degree day in May! And Sunday afternoon we all went for a jog/bike ride/walk in the sun. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Nolan, the photographer

We received a DSLR camera as a gift over the weekend –thank you Gordon– and Nolan wouldn’t put it down. He has always enjoyed taking pictures, and we find hilarious and oddly artistic pictures on our phones all the time. Some of his recent photos with the new camera are below. He has a talent for choosing interesting subjects and a surprising ability to frame things. All of the photos are unedited. Nice job, Peanut!

Stellan giving Nolan “the look.”

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Haakon’s dinner.

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Haakon’s diaper-padded butt.

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Haakon, the Grabbing Baby.

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Nolan’s bike helmet

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Marshal’s empty coffee cup.

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Sick Day Projects

Marshal stayed home to help out today, and made some new mobiles while the boys were at school and Haakon napped. This is a smaller version of our Viking boat mobile. The boat are approximately 2.5 inches long. Super cute! Thanks babe!

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This is a new color combination for the airplane mobile.

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Kindergarten? Already?

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Marshal registered our oldest baby for kindergarten today. We can’t believe Nolan will be in kindergarten in the fall. It seems like just yesterday he was a cuddly little baby boy.

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Now, he’s a goofy little five year-old who loves making messes in the kitchen…

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And going to the beach…

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And dressing up like a laid-back, surf-bum cop…


And just being a happy, friendly little boy who says all of his pre-school classmates are his best friends.

We love you Peanut, but you’re growing up too fast.

Thank You!

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We have been so busy over the past several months that we haven’t had time for new posts. Between keeping up with work, enjoying time with together as a family, and watching the boys grow (Nolan outgrows pants weekly it seems), we just haven’t had much time to sit down and write about anything. Which isn’t to say that we haven’t had anything to write about (we have a little 8 month-old, 26 pound butterball of perfection that we could gush about endlessly, for example), we just have very little free time. In fact, it’s a struggle for Jamie and I to find time for anything but working together after the boys are in bed. But, I decided that I will find time every few days to document at least some of what we have been up to. So while I was thinking about topics today, my mind started drifting and I started thinking about Jamie, and everything that she does…  All Day… Every day… For us. We love her, and we don’t tell her that enough. We’re lucky to have her, and we don’t tell her that enough. We’d be lost without her, and we definitely don’t tell her that enough (or maybe at all). It will probably be months before she reads this, but when she does: We love you! I love you! Thank you for all that you do!