Thursday, April 3, 2014


After reading this blog post, I hugged Nate and asked him if he'll be my baby forever.  This request typically gets a, "yes" or at least a smile.  But tonight he said, "Sorry, Mom.  But I'm growing and growing."

Indeed.  The kids are both growing up so fast.  Nate's learning about letters - how to write them and the sounds they make.  Last night we were discussing the "D" sound.  When we asked him what starts with "d," he immediately answered, "W!"  It took me a minute.  Then I realized that he's not wrong, Double-U does start with D.

And Margo is imitating us in words and actions every day.  Even things I wouldn't think she notices, she does.  Like the other day when she had a (closed) can of soda.  She put her little finger on the tab, like she was going to open it.  All I could think was, "How in the world did she pick up on that?"

We're loving the spring weather and counting the days until the pool opens!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One Year Check Up - And a Ski Trip

We had to cancel Margaret's one-year well check in December so it became more like a 13-and-a-half-month check up.  She's short and pleasantly plump.  29-and-a-quarter inches (30th percentile) and 22lbs 9ozs (70th percentile).

She greatly disliked getting her shots - four total.  And unlike any of my children's vaccinations before, she had a nasty reaction.  Fortunately, her reaction, although bad, was considered within the range of "normal."  But that didn't make it an easier for her (or us) to suffer through.  We were all thrilled when her fever broke and she went back to one of her favorite pastimes, eating.

Not knowing how sick she was going to be, we had already left for our annual West Virginia ski trip.  So another year of no skiing for me, but that turned out to be okay because Nate was a little too young for ski school so he needed to stay in the house too.  The house is right on the slope, so the three of us had a fun time watching skiers and looking for people we know.  And Nate looked forward to his cousins coming back at the end of the day so  he could sled and then they could visit the hot tub.

We do have some great videos of sledding but they live on Aaron's phone which means I might never see them again.

We were without one cousin - poor RJ had a school commitment that meant he couldn't join the trip.  Although that really bummed Nate out, he and Tommy managed to have fun and get into trouble all on their own.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Disney III

Thanks to another work trip to Orlando, we spent a long January weekend in Disney World.

It's funny how each trip changes for Nate.  Our first, a one day excursion to Disneyland when he was 22  months old, was before he had any idea who Mickey Mouse was.  He'd never watched a show nor heard a Disney song.  But the magic of Disney was enough to elicit excitement from that trip.

And this flashback picture makes me smile because we knew Baby Margaret was in there but it was still our family's secret.

Then we went again last May when he was 2-and-three-quarters-old.  He recognized some of the major characters, thanks to being introduced to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  But even characters he had never seen (Pooh, Princesses, any one from any movie except Toy Story) he was excited by.

And then this time.  Mr. I'm-a-Big-Three-and-a-Half-Year-Old.  Both of our cameras were broken so I only have my Dad's photos to share:

Like he's too cool for Snow White.

Ariel got a little more excitement on account of the fact that he's watched Little Mermaid multiple times.

And Jake?  Okay, that will bring out a smile.  Or an, "Arghhhh."

Rides were a little different this time too.  Nate was a debatable 40 inches tall.  Debatable because some rides said he was, and others said he was not.  He was allowed to ride Big Thunder Mountain and the Test Track at Epcot.  But denied at the Star Wars simulation which was very disappointing for him.  He's never seen a single movie or show, but we have Star Wars books that he loves.  Thinking he was 40", since they said he was at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, we talked up the ride enough that when the guys at Hollywood said he wasn't 40", there were a lot of tears.  Luckily, nothing that couldn't be cured by an Indiana Jones stunt show and some ice cream.

Overall, we had a great trip.  With the very best part being the bonus night we got on account of a snow storm.  It was a very chilly 50 degrees in Orlando but we went over the the Magic Kingdom on the last, extra, night and had the best time.  There were no lines for anything.  Nate rode the Barnstormer 7 times in a row.  With a stop only to switch Mom for Dad.  Hands up every time, start to finish.

Then we met Ariel in her grotto, and rode the Little Mermaid ride (usually a long line) twice in a row.  We made a few more stops, Peter Pan, Pirates, and our final ride for the trip was on a Magic Carpet.

Before we left the park, we stopped in for a treat on Main Street and ran into Nate's little friend Miles from his days at the Little Gym.  Turns out, it's a small world after all.

Until next time, Disney!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Walking (or more accurately, Toddling)

So I'm a a bit late sharing this update considering she's been steadily walking for almost a week now.  But when it started, both our camera and my cell phone were broken.  (Camera still is, boo.)  So now that my cell phone/video camera is back in action, I present to you our newest Toddler.

Although she owns many pairs of shoes, none of them were quite right for a new walker so I took a trip to Shoe Train with the kids this past weekend.  Margaret was unsure about Miss Laura, our shoe fitter for this trip, until Miss Laura started putting shoes on her feet.  Then Marg proceeded to dance around the store, kicking her little feet in the air so everyone could see her new shoes.  We ended up paying for the sparkly pair while they were still on her feet because she was not giving them up.

Friday, January 3, 2014

365 Days of Margaret

Still working on tracking down a few photo files off phones or other cameras, but here is a rough cut of Margaret's first full calendar year:

January 1, 2013

December 31, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Florida (take 3)

I was 21-years-old when I went to Florida for the third time in my life.  Margo was 11 months by the time she made her third trip to the Sunshine State.  This past weekend we headed south for our cousin Zach's bar mitzvah.  We're still dealing with Margaret's inability to sleep soundly when outside her own crib.  So although the trip was good, we were all exhausted.

Whoa, have you seen what's out here?
We had some time on Friday to explore and spent the afternoon at the Boca Children's Museum.  We literally had the place to ourselves and both kids had a ball.
Boca Raton Children's Museum (DSC_0331)

Saturday morning was the bar mitzvah followed immediately by the party and luncheon.  I stole this picture from Facebook to share how adorable Aaron's cousins are.

As you can see from the pictures below, the kids were very interested in the service.
DSC_0351 DSC_0348

Zach really did an impressive job, essentially reciting the entire service.  The celebration that followed was a lot of fun.  It's a shame for Nate that it was midday because that meant he missed his nap and was too grumpy to enjoy kid-paradise.  Candy bar, cupcakes, sundae bar, games, and music.  I knew Nate was tired when Katy Perry's Roar came on and he showed no enthusiasm.

Overall, a really nice trip with family.  Looking forward to our next trip south sometime in 2014!
What I wouldn't give for one picture with both kids looking at the camera and no fingers in their mouths.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fall Update

So, what's keeping us so busy that there is no time to tell anyone why we're so busy?

These two.  Known around our house as McGillicuddy and Magoo.  Or Magoogle if said in a "MacGruber" sing-song.

Two words - Constant motion.  If one of them is still, the other is likely climbing on top of the quiet one.  And it goes both ways.  They are the best of friends and clearly love each other so much.  Marg lights up when she sees her brother in the morning and uses the consonant N sound to "say" his name.  Nate looks forward to running into her room every morning and listens for the first sound of her stirring so he can loudly alert us, "Margaret's awake!"  He's been known to expedite her waking up process by creeping into her room when we aren't looking.  This morning he did so while I was in the shower.  He then excitedly ran into the bathroom to alert me that she was awake but too heavy for him to get out of the crib.  I'm not sure I want to know if he actually attempted this maneuver.  By the time I got out of the shower to get her, Nate had turned on her music, given her some toys, and was sitting on the floor next to he crib repeatedly saying, "It's okay, Nate's here."

For Halloween Nate knew he wanted to be Mike Wazowski so Aunt Meghan kindly made Miss M a Boo costume to go along with big brother.  Margo was surprisingly patient with the costume, once we got it on her, and didn't bother with it most of the night. She made an appearance at a few neighbor houses and then went home to hang out with her four grandparents while we took Nate around some more.


Then we were joined by these guys:
As a retrospective:
Kanga-Nate, Dino-Will and Toucan-Sam (DSC_0683)
Missing 2012 because we were stuck in Cleveland, thanks Super Storm Sandy.

Other things going on at Chez Davis:
Preschool open houses - Aaron and I have been looking into our options for Nate for Fall 2014.  We thought we'd tour one or two and an obvious choice would appear.  But we underestimated the vast number of options and some of the really cool things going on near us.  Words like Montessori, language immersion, Reggio Emilio, play-based, and creative curriculum are running amok in our house.  We've agreed to stop looking, there are already plenty of good choices.  Now we need to start deciding.  More to come on this, I'm sure.

Soccer - Nate's been playing soccer this fall.  I'm using the term "playing" very loosely.  I think everyone in the family will be happy after tomorrow's final soccer practice.  He was very excited about playing, and talks about it with enthusiasm during the week.  But then he get shy when it comes time to play.  The team is 3-5 year-olds so he is among the youngest.  The older kids' parents have told us this is really common and he'll likely be a different player by next fall.

Work - While there's nothing terribly exciting to report here, unless you count Aaron's trip to Reno as exciting, work has been keeping both of us very busy.  Thankfully, I've just finished budget season so things will slow down here until after the holidays.  Hopefully.

Planning for Margaret's first birthday - Nearly impossible to believe, but our little one is turning one in a month.  For her celebration, we're going to a puppet performance of the Nutcracker with a party afterwards.  We are really looking forward to having friends and family together for her big birthday.  We've been so blessed with this sweet little girl.