Thursday, July 2, 2015

And, he walks.

Austin Mitchell. Our sweet baby boy. He started taking steps around 12 months, but it took until 14 months before it actually came together into walking. He'll be 16 months on the 11th, so it's old news now and I only wish I had taken more videos of him learning. Always with that big ear to ear grin on his face.

Crawling is a thing of the past and now at 15 months, he's picking up speed and (awkwardly) running, still with that slight drunken sailor wobble. Forever trying to keep up with his big brother and friends. He climbs, he bounces, he copies whatever Ollie is doing.

And just like that, life as I know it has changed once again. He'll always be my baby (just like Ollie) but I've moved out of that category of being a mama to a toddler + a baby. I now have a toddler and a preschooler. A toddler who loves to toddle around the house with a toy hanging out of his mouth...


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Brothers: O vs A

People often ask me if I think Austin resembles Oliver. Although I felt like they looked fairly similar for the first month or so, I think they look quite different as older babies/toddlers. I've been organizing and culling our many (many) photos lately and I thought it would be fun to put some side by side.

Brand new - Oliver vs Austin

Outfit twins, a few days old - Oliver vs Austin

Two months - Oliver vs Austin

Six months - Oliver vs Austin

9 months - Oliver vs Austin

One year!

And 14 months - Oliver vs Austin

Austin has much more hair than Oliver did early on and it's already quite curly like Mitch's. They both have those big brown eyes but while Oliver has always been super blonde, Austin's hair almost has a reddish tint to it and I feel like he's going to end up with dark curls like his Dadda. I do think they look like siblings, but both have their own unique look.

What do you think?

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Life lately - more summer goodness

Life lately via the iPhone - more summer goodness...

Happy Hollow fun - we got memberships again so I think I may have to get the boys there more often. Ollie loves the rides (although you wouldn't know with his serious face) and Austin... Well he was ready to move in to the goat pen. Much like his big bro, he's fearless when it comes to animals and just wanted to snuggle and be all over the goats!

More cycling... (it's making me miss the Netherlands a lot)

Art time. Austin wants to do whatever Ollie is doing and although he tends to draw/paint more on himself (yes I had the apron on the wrong child) than paper, I'm loving that we're at this stage where they will happily craft side by side.

Fathers Day at Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay. So pretty! But so, so chilly (the sunshine and our outfits are deceiving)....

Having fun in the kitchen - last week Ollie and I made homemade pizzas together and this past weekend I tried a couple of new recipes: grilled peach salad (baby rocket, grilled peaches, goats cheese, caramelized onion + balsamic glaze) and my first attempt at meringue cases. Yum!

Austin was keeping dessert manly.... (don't worry it's plastic)

And hello, chicken mask. Our house is a madhouse in the afternoons. We usually get out on a walk to Target, Philz, Pinkberry - or just around the neighbourhood - Ollie likes to keep our walks stylish.

Some days I feel like I'm living in a madhouse. HOW DO BOYS HAVE SO MUCH CRAZY ENERGY???!!! Particularly from 4 - 6pm?!?! The afternoons can get kinda crazy around here.

It's hard to believe it's been a month since preschool wrapped up. Although I'm not missing school drop offs and pick ups, we do miss the schedule just a teeny bit. So, I've been trying to keep us busy - regular playdates, excursions, walks every day (sometimes twice). June is practically over and I'm looking forward to seeing what July has in store!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Out of the mouth of babes {Oliver, 3 years 10 months}

A few random quotes I don't want to forget - Mr Oliver at 3 years, 10 months...

After (ugh) picking his noise, he gleefully exclaimed... Mummy my breath smells like snot!

A bedtime prayer... Dear God. Thank you for pooing with me. Pooh-men. HAHA! I said POOMEN!

When I was sick with gastro... Maybe we can catch the vomit bug in a cup and take it outside and let it go.

Confused about fruit ('cuties' = mandarins here)...
Me: you're a cutie.
Oliver: no, I'm a big boy.

When playing with Austin in his room... Ohhhh little fella. You're so silly, little fella.

And my personal favourite - when caught licking (?!?!) the couch... I was just making footprints with my tongue.

This kid :-) How is he almost FOUR?!?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Life lately - hello, Summer

Snapshots of life lately, via the iPhone:

Pinkberry dates with my boys...

Backyard play...

Bike rides with friends...

Swimming playdates...


Walks and (many many many) afternoon playtimes at Philz...

Waterslide fun... Even for this mama :-)

And just pure old exhaustion...

Hello, Summer.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekend goodness {Salt Point State Park}

This past weekend we escaped the bay area and headed north on a long weekend camping trip with friends to Salt Point State Park.

Even with the constant fog and cool weather, it was a really refreshing getaway. The previous week had thrown things at us that we didn't expect to have to go through again, and a break from reality was just what we all needed.

It was one of our goals this year to get outside & active with the boys more regularly - camping, hiking, biking - and I'm glad we've been making the effort. The great outdoors agrees with us all :-)

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