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I went to check on the kids and discovered Johnny was not in the bottom bunk, but up with his sister*. Usually Bridget doesn’t like it when Johnny climbs up into her bed. Maybe she was asleep by the time he made it up? Camp and swimming lessons have been exhausting for her this week, so I wouldn’t be surprised. I may have been able to get away with taking a photo of them with the flash on but there is no way I am going to attempt moving anyone at this point!


*I expected to find him in the office looking out a window or causing trouble somewhere else.



It may have gone un-noticed, but Brendan updated our entire site to the newest, shiniest version of Joomla. Personally, my favorite part was when he stayed up late working on a small database thing and not quite figuring it out and when we woke up in the morning, I took care of it in about 15 minutes. It was however, but one small piece of the update. I don’t want to minimize it, he worked hard and it looks great and should be easier to use (though it will take a bit of getting used to on my part). 

Yay Brendan!

In other news, Johnny has been spelling his name verbally for a while now but lately he’s taken to rummaging through his magnetic letters and pulling out the ones he wants. He had been getting the letters right, but not in the right order, until this week. When he did the above the other day, he came running up to Brendan and I in the other room and exclaimed “I spelled my name all by myself!” We were all very proud. 

this december

We have been pretty darn busy over the past month. 

We took the kids to see The Muppets just after Thanksgiving. Bridget really loved it (and so did Brendan and I), and now we’re watching The Muppet Show! thanks to Netflix. Johnny would have made it through the whole movie quite nicely had the previews not gone on so long. He loved Ms. Piggy and her karate chops. 

We went to a fancy holiday party at the National American History Museum. It was pretty awesome. Saw the Jefferson Bible and Brendan totally geeked out. The next morning we were (some of us more than others) reminded that we are not in our 20s anymore.

We did a little bit of decorating, but not too much until…

The basement got finished! Brendan and I put in a lot of time putting up walls (him) and painting and painting (mostly me, but also him) and getting trim up (him). And still more painting. Carpet was ordered and installed just in time…

.. for the MuskoX-mas celebration at our house. And though I mis-read the directions on how long the ham would take to heat up, it was still very successful. 


Now we just have some final preparations for Christmas. I think our artificial tree looks pretty darn good. 


I must have a dozen photos of Johnny in these glasses – his “goo-goo goggles”. He wears them like such an old lady that it cracks me up every single time.

He’s getting to have quite a vocabulary. Bren swears that the other night that when he was putting Johnny to bed and couldn’t figure out what song he wanted him to sing, Johnny just put his hands on his face, put his head down and said what sounded an awful like “nevermind” with a big sigh. 

The kid never fails to make me laugh.

Johnny’s Birthday!

Yesterday, Johnny turned two.

baby johnny

I can hardly believe it. Seems like he was just a baby yesterday…

(I did not make this cupcake, but it was delicious.)

We’re throwing him an Orange-themed party next weekend. Plan is to be as orange as possible. When I ordered his cake yesterday, the woman at the bakery kept asking if I wanted anything else on it? Balloons? A photo? Anything? I settled for some confetti but really, orange is all that is required.

no, you are!

Johnny has always liked to be funny. As a little baby, he’d make silly faces and give raspberries to make us giggle. 

He’s graduated to waiting for quiet moments to pass gas (and say “Toot!” and giggle) and to telling jokes. Bridget loves to tell knock-knock jokes of the Interrupting Cow variety – sometimes switching the animal – and so Johnny will also attempt these and say “Knock Knock Cow MOOO!” Most recently, he’s added “No. You are!” to his repertoire. If I call him a silly boy, he’ll point back at you and say, “No. You are, Mama!”

what? i'm not doing anything...

I have a feeling we might be in for many more antics as he gets older. 


We’re all experiencing some mixed feelings around here. Firstly, in exciting news, Bridget turns five on Saturday and lots of family and friends are coming to celebrate with us. It’s hard to believe she’s starting to write really well, read, add and subtract and will be hopping on the bus to school in the fall. Wasn’t she just born yesterday? I don’t think I’ve ever gotten really sentimental about any birthdays, but this one has me feeling a bit sniffly (but I’ll blame it on the pollen).
In less happy news, our current daycare provider is moving. Our last day is tomorrow, and that’s got us all a little bit bummed out. We’ve got a new place all lined up, and I’m sure it will be wonderful, but we’ve been with Mrs. Diana for three years now. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
So, I’m going to concentrate on the awesome things this weekend – seeing family and friends, lots of kids running around and general merriment. (Or at least, that’s the plan.)

big stuff

This weekend, we put together Bridget’s old toddler bed to see what Johnny thought of it. As you can see, he likes it a lot. Two naps, and two nights later, it’s been pretty successful. Night number one he woke up and didn’t want to go back to bed so it was back to the crib (which is just on the other side of the room for now).  And so far, he’s waited for one of us to come in and get him – but I don’t expect that to last for too long. He’s just all around ready to grow up (sniffle). 


Brendan joined the party on January 2, 2004. He's cool now.

Jessica has never been cool. She is OK with that.

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