Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Surprise visit


Sunday morning Vander came in to wake me up by saying, "Uncle Freddy and Aunt Annie are here." I assumed he meant they were on the computer on skype. He also said, "they can't come back here, which solidified in mind that it was skype, but it turned out they had their shoes on. They came into town and definitely surprised me! How awesome...two full days of fun ensued! We had lots of quality time and played lots of board games. The first night we made it a drinking game night. The second day we went to Children's Discovery Museum (Colby bought us a year pass for Christmas) and I'm not sure if Freddy or Vander had more fun. We went out to Red Robin for dinner (Justin didn't get to come because the boys were already in bed). Annie and Freddy's trip was quick, but fun! One funny quote while they were here...Vander says to Uncle Freddy who told him beer was for adults, " I can drink a beer in my high chair when I get older."

Christmas Eve and Day



On Christmas Eve Grammy and Pops took Vander and Oliven for the morning, while we stayed home to see if Santa needed any help assembling things. (Colby came down the day before to stay with us for a week). The boys came back and took a nap. Afterward, we went down to Larry and Theresa's house for Christmas Eve dinner with Colby and Mitch. The boys each got to open one Christmas present.
On Christmas morning we woke up and had cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We all opened our stockings and Vander and Oliven got to see the playhouse Santa brought them. Vander was super excited. Grammy, Pops and Mitch came over for brunch and we opened all of our presents. The boys took their naps while we played games (Saboteur). When they got up we hung out and played Wii. We ate a fabulous Christmas dinner of tri-tip roasted on a spit, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and corn bread with chocolate and chocolate mint pies for dessert. It was a great day and a very Merry Christmas. It was our first time hosting and I think it went pretty well.

Christmas in the Park

We took Vander and Oliven down to see Christmas in the park. I had thought about going during the day with a friends, but it just seemed so daunting by myself. We took Justin and had a blast. Vander loved looking at all the different displays and trees and so did Oliven. It was a nice family trip. We ate dinner at a sandwich shop afterward. (Justin and Vander did a special man "date" out to all you can eat sushi earlier that day). I ordered a sandwich with alfalfa sprouts on it and Vander shared with me. He took his first bite and said, "Oh no! Mine has grass in it."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Advent


This years advent list (for future reference) of activities were:
1. Make a snowman decoration
2. Color a Hanukkah picture
3. Write a letter to Santa
4. Go to Grammy and Pop's house for Latka's
5. Almaden Holiday party
6. Make a reindeer ornament
7. Play Wii with daddy
8. Go see holiday lights
9. Eat a candycane
10. Go out to sushi
11. See Santa and South Valley 2008 party
12. South Valley 2010 party
13. Build a fort
14. Paint a Christmas picture
15. Make a Christmas ornament
16. Play Wii with daddy
17. Gingerbread party at Sarah's
18. Gilroy Gardens
19. Make cookies
20. Decorate cookies
21. Roll coins
22. Go out to dinner
23. Make hot chocolate
24. Make a plate of cookies for santa

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ginger bread house decorating

We went to Polly's house this morning (Hannah's mom/Zade's grandma). She has a gingerbread decorating party every year. It's so much fun. Vander really helped out a lot this year. Mostly he was busy wowing and amazing the women with his verbal skills. He really is impressive with his vocabulary and grammar. He was very sneaky...one candy for his house, then one or two or three for his mouth. I was able to convince him to eat some good food beforehand. ; )

Sugar cookie decorating

One of the holiday traditions that I have never partaken in, but always wanted to was decorating sugar cookies (I went to a decorating party once and loved it, but it's been a long time). I want this to be a traditional yearly thing where we invite the family over and we all decorate together. Justin isn't a big fan of sugar cookies, so we made chocolate sugar cookies. Vander got to help cut out the cookies and decorate. He couldn't seem to get a cookie decorated without eating it as well, so he didn't actually get any finished. Grammy and Pops came up to decorate with us. We ended up with 74 finished cookies. Time to go share the fruits of our labor. :)

Gone with the Wind

So, 10 years (or so) after my 1st Gone With the Wind watching party I was asked to have another one. Of course I obliged. This one went much better than the last, and everyone (except Justin who never had any intentions of watching with us) made it through the whole movie. It was a fun night with the girls. Anyone who wants to see this movie, let me know in about 10 years. ;)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yikes

Vander really enjoys looking at pictures on the computer, which is great. He almost always requests to see the duck races pictures. We are very clear that he can't touch the mouse pad or mouse or anything else by the computer and he is pretty good about it...usually. The other day I found him with a pencil and I didn't think much of it until I saw that he had scribbled all over the notepad. It's just paper, no biggy, until...I saw the computer screen. I showed it to Justin and he took a very very deep breath, put Vander on time-out and did a great job not loosing it. It was quite a work of art on our computer monitor. Luckily it came off with screen cleaning gel for the tv monitor, but it caused Justin quite a scare. Toddlers... we still haven't gotten all the crayon off of the wall.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Busy holiday weekend


   Friday night we took Vander to Gilroy Gardens for their big lights and lazer, but we didn't realize that it doesn't really start until 8:30, which is currently an hour and a half past his bed time. We think it would be okay to keep him up, but didn't really think it would be fair to do the same to Oliven, so hopefully we can try again when Larry and Theresa can watch Oliven at our house, so he can go to bed on time. Either way it was very cool. They had tons of holiday lights on and we got to go on lots of rides with no lines, which is always nice. Vander really enjoyed himself.
  That night I got the stomach flu that is going around and was incapacitated for several days afterwards...and I had just told Freddie that I hadn't thrown-up in like 5 years, should have knocked on wood.
   Anyway, Saturday Justin took the boys to go see Santa and to Josh's birthday party. I can't be super clear on the specifics since I wasn't there, but I think they had fun. In the afternoon Justin took the boys to Vander's South Valley holiday party.
   Sunday, even though I wasn't really feeling up to it I went to cookbook club cookie-palooza. I had already made the cookies so it seemed like I should go. I got a couple really yummy cookie recipes. After that we went to Oliven's holiday party with the babies. Thank goodness it was low key. Justin helped Santa out with pictures. Vander refused to look at Santa claiming that he couldn't use his eyes. He kept telling us he wasn't going to be afraid of Santa, but maybe next year he'll be able to hold it together. It's okay to be scared of strangers with beards, I think they can be frightening too. :)

Ollie's feet

We just got back from a Dr. Godley visit and Oliven's feet are doing great. Dr. Godley says to just keep doing what we are doing and that his feet look perfect. Yay!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our 2010 Holiday letter

December 2010

Dearest Friends and Family,
The biggest news of course was the birth of our second son, Oliven Clark Katz on April 22nd. In case you are wondering, the answer is yes, he is named after Superman (like Vander Bruce Katz is named after Batman). He is a beautiful, bright, and happy little baby man. He was a nightmare for the first six months: crying and fussing all the time. This is not to say that it wasn’t justified. Oliven was born with clubbed feet (his feet were turned in and up), so he had to wear casts from 6 days old to 3 months. He then had a surgery to lengthen his Achilles tendons. He then had to wear braces 23 ½ hours a day for the next 3 months. He currently has to wear his braces 14 hours a day until he is 4 (it’s not so bad since it’s during the night and nap time). At 6 months he started sleeping through the night, sitting up, and not wearing his braces all the time, and he became a complete joy to be around. Now, at 7 months old he is crawling! I still can’t believe it!

Vander has really blossomed into a little toddler man, no more baby to be found. He started really talking at the beginning of the year and just never stopped. He is very very verbal and can hold his own in a conversation. He still loves Sesame Street. His birthday party this year was Elmo themed and he still talks about Elmo cake. He sleeps with 7 Sesame Street buddies every night (and 2 bear blankets to keep his buddies warm). Buzz and Woody made their impression on him this year as well. He even named his feet Buzz and Woody. As for sports, Vander has gotten good at throwing and catching as well as jumping. He is super interested in game playing, which is very exciting to us since we love playing games. His favorites right now are Memory, Candyland, and Chutes and Ladders. Vander loves playing in the backyard. Vander is an avid reader and enjoys books of all kinds. Story time is one of his favorite activities of the week. He also loves cartoons (nobody is surprised). Vander took swimming lessons this summer and did really well. He is excited to be in water any time, anywhere. He liked to float around on a fun noodle all by himself. He is very much like his daddy and enjoys the cold, every night in the tub he requests to have his head rinsed with cold water. Crazy kid! He knows most of the alphabet by sight and can count pretty well. He has also started singing a few songs including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Happy Birthday.

Vander and Oliven play very well together and love each other very much. Vander shares his toys and gives lots of hugs and kisses. Vander does his best to calm his brother down when he is upset. He laughs really hard when Oliven cries to try and calm him down. It’s super sweet. Both boys enjoy rolling balls to each other. When we meet people, Vander introduces Oliven as his baby. We go to playgroups on a daily basis for both Vander and Oliven and they both enjoy being around each other’s friends.

Justin is back working for his original boss again, and says, “work is work.” He spends his free time being a fabulous father, watching movies, playing games when possible, and talking about fantasy baseball. For his birthday this year I took Justin to an archery tournament. It was his first time shooting a bow and arrow, and we had a really good time. I also made him a bow and arrow cake to go with the theme.

As for me…the first part of the year was tough, because being pregnant is not an easy time for me. I had gestational diabetes this time as well. I did my very best though, with lots of help from Justin and was able to carry Oliven full term. After Oliven was born it was a rough few months because he was so fussy. I had to make sure I did everything I possibly could to make sure I didn’t get diabetes so I had to loose the pregnancy weight as fast as possible. It involved a strict workout plan and diet. Not easy when you aren’t sleeping, but I am proud to say I lost the weight. I also am now the director of Oliven’s 2010 baby group. I keep the boys and myself very busy and always try to find new places and activities to explore. If you would like to keep up with our daily lives my blog site is: www.vanderkatz.blogspot.com, I also post pictures monthly, if you would like me to send them to you, please let me know.
We hope this letter finds you happy and healthy this holiday season.
With Love, Justin, Ashley, Vander and Oliven Katz

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vander's letter to Santa

Dear Santa Clause,
  Happy Birthday! I have been a good boy this year. For Christmas I want a play house and Toy Story, okayyyy? Oliven has been a good boy too.
VANDER

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3 firsts today!

The first two belong to Oliven. His two top front teeth broke through the gums, so he officially has 4 teeth now. He can no longer sing "All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth." His second accomplishment today was pulling himself up into the standing position using the bottom of one of the chairs! He constantly pulls himself up on mommy and daddy with help, but I garentee the chair didn't help him! The other first belongs to Vander. For advent their is a special activity each day and today's special activity was playing Wii with his daddy. For the first time he was able to play all by himself and actually accomplish his goal (not just hold the remote and suck on it). Vander bowled a 98 all by himself including picking up 2 spares!

Monday, December 6, 2010

1st Christmas party and Throw up

December really is a month of celebrations. On many days we have 3 things going on...it's a bit crazy, but fun. The Almaden holiday party was our first party where Santa made an appearance. Vander told us he wasn't going to cry when he saw Santa, but he couldn't hold it together. Santa got Vander a Count Von Count doll, so Vander was pretty happy about that. He decorated a gingerbread cookie and Hannah read the kids a Santa story.

On a side note, Vander throws up when he is not sick, but is still coughing and it is very frustrating. He had a very sensitive gag reflex (like his dad). Often when he coughs he just throws up, but you never know when it's going to happen, so he has thrown up like 6 times in the last few days, but isn't sick and feels fine. Often he asks for food right after he throws up because he is still hungry! I hope he grows out of this soon!

Bella's birthday party

Carrie is the most creative lady I know and she took on an ambitious task and had a cooking party for Bella's 3rd birthday. The kids got to make their own english muffin pizzas, help make smoothies and decorate mini-cakes. Vander thought frosting on his pizza was pretty yummy and also obsconded with another boys cake, then sprinkled sprinkles on other peoples cakes. He had a great time. Carrie also made super cute aprons for all the kids.

Hannukah

This year Hannukah fell on the 1st-8th of December and we decided that the Holidays would have a Toy Story theme since that is what Vander is really into this year. Grammy and Pops brought Chinese food down on the 1st and chicken on the 3rd (Justin had to work late, then went out of town for 2 days, so he missed the first three nights of Hanukkah). Then, on the 4th we went down to Grammy and Pop's house for Latkas with Heather. Vander has really been enjoying Hanukkah and even got to help light the candles this year. Vander got a glider bike for his big gift from Grammy and Pops. We got 3 excursions in New York (we're going for my 30th birthday), so that was super cool. As a family, they got us season passes to Gilroy Gardens.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oliven is officially crawling!

Barely 7 months old and my little baby is crawling! He took several long crawling strides in a row today. Apparently having a small cold doesn't slow him down one bit! I can't believe he's already on the move!

Murder Mystery Party

The setting is 1930's England. The food: Bangers, mash, pumpkin soup, smashed peas and a trifle. The result a very fun, entertaining evening with friends. We had a murder mystery party at our house Friday night with Hannah and James, Nicole and Michael, Mark and Rena, and of course Justin and me. Justin ended up being the killer, and oddly enough he was the only one who guessed that he was the one who perpetrated the crime....coincidence...I think not. I always have a great time role playing a good murder mystery and this one was no exception. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Smooth like butter boys

Vander and Oliven were posing nicely when Vander decided that he wanted to hold Oliven, which turned into a headlock. Boys will be boys. I do have to say though, Ollie really held his own.

Vander 2 1/2; Oliven 7 months

Vander helps mix

This was just too cute not to post. For his help mixing, I let Vander lick the spatula. :)

Wish bone

We saved the wishbone from one of the chickens at our Thanksgiving potluck from a few weeks ago and let the boys break it to see who got a wish. Vander was a little over-zealous and pulled super hard super fast, so Oliven one. His wish was that Vander could have a truffle since Vander's wish was going to be for a chocolate dessert. We decided that Ollie's other wish should be not to poop through his diaper (since his first wish was so selfless, and he had been pooping through every morning for a while). Both wishes came true. :)

Thanksgiving

We got up and had cinnamin rolls for breakfast. This has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, Justin is very happy to adopt this as our family tradition. When Oliven went down for his nap Vander and I headed over to Hannah's mom's, Polly, house for a pumpkin pancake pajama party. It was very cool. Hannah is a great cook and so is Polly. I always have a great time at their house. It's very relaxed and there is tons of good food.  We stayed and played for a little while until Vander decided to spit his food into my hand which turned into him throwing up...never fun, so we headed home.
Needless to say, neither of the little ones were feeling very good for the Thanksgiving meal, but that didn't stop them from enjoying their grandparents and Uncle Mitch doting on them. They always love being the center of attention. We had a traditional Thanksgiving meal that was delicious, as Thanksgiving meals tend to be. I made sweetpotatoes, jello mold, and brought cranberry sauce and olives. I was the only one who had dessert while we were still there, pumpkin cheesecake. Oliven got to have his first meal with flavor (no rice cereal or oatmeal tonight)-mashed sweet potato. He didn't apear to love it, but he didn't dislike it either. After we got the boys in bed Justin headed out to go to ToysRUs for the blackFriday sales, starting tonight at 10pm. Overall, it was a happy Thanksgiving, despite the boys coming down with colds (so far Ollie only has a runny nose, so hopefully with the help of my antibodies, he won't get any worse).
I am so Thankful for my amazing husband and my two happy, healthy little boys. They are the light of my life and I am so lucky to have such amazing guys in my life. I am of course also thankful for my brothers, grandparents, and other family (including Justin's family). I am thankful for my friends and health. 
We asked Vander what he was thankful for. He said, "Christmas." What else? "Ummm, toys, in my room." We then asked what Oliven was thankful for, "his toys, in his room." Mommy and Daddy are apparently thankful for "their room."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Busy to the max

Whew...it's time to breath for a minute. I have hosted 3 playdates and 2 dinner parties in the last 10 days and I am ready to take a little break. It was coming up to my turn to host, but I didn't realize how much I had volunteered for all at the same time! We had a Thanksgiving potluck at our house last week with Ollie's baby group. Around 40 people (including the babies) showed up. It was really fun and lots of yummy food. Then Monday we had Vander's sit-n-play at our house. Tuesday was Oliven's baby playdate and Friday was Vander's playdate.
Last night we had dinner group at our house. (It's a group of 3 couples who make dinner and hang out every month, you only host every 3rd time). We had appetizer night complete with an aperitif of dry champagne and an amuse bouche of prociutto wrapped asparagus. We also made shrimp ceviche, stuffed mushrooms, brucetta, spinach artichoke dip with toast and carrots, Indian pizza, and onion rings. They were all homemade except the spinach dip. Lots of prep, but a super delicious dinner. I'm still full this morning! We made dark chocolate covered truffles with and without mint and truffles with powdered sugar for dessert. Sadly, Vander and Oliven were both asleep when dinner group commenced last night, but this still pertains to them because we are honing our cooking skills, which they will reep the benefits of in the future, and Sandra and Ben announced that they are expecting last night. This means there will be another baby joining our group. Dinner group started out as 3 couples, and has grown to 3 couples, 3 kids and a fetus. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Charity Ball

I have been wanting to have a Ball party for a long time, where all the kids bring balls and play. Melanie gave this party a purpose. We had a Charity Ball (which I hope will become an annual event). The kids brought balls and played with the dads in the "Ball room" while the moms assembled boxes for Charity. We made 20 boxes for kids between 2 and 4 years old. They included 20 items- toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, washclothes, but also bouncy balls, stuffed animals, magna doodles, candy, etc.
These will make the holidays bright for the families that struggle to make ends meet. Vander decorated a card to the child that his box will be given to. I just love this idea and I'm glad that we got to be a part of it. Afterwards, we all went into the other room for BBQ'd hotdogs (thanks to Justin for BBQing).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crawling

Here's Ollie's crawling photo. He mostly goes backwards, but he also does lots of rocking.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oliven tries water

Oliven tried water in a sippy cup today. He wasn't sure if he liked it or not, but he went back for 4 sips before knocking it out of my hand and refusing it. Vander wanted to make sure that everyone knows he also uses sippy cups (he's tried them without lids, but he thinks tipping them over is fascinating, so we are using lids for now).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Attic

The other day Justin went up into the attic to get our Christmas paper down and Vander was very intrigued. Justin told him he could not come up the ladder because it was too high (though he eventually convinced us to let him come up and see, but with Mommy's help). Anyway, he was standing at the bottom of the ladder and he says to Justin, "Is it awesome up there Daddy?" I hear Justin say, "No, it's not awesome up here." Vander asks, "Oh, is it bad?" Justin says, "No, it's not bad." Vander says, "Oh, it's great! I need to see it. It's great up there." It doesn't have the same effect without his expression and tone, but I thought it was really hilarious and totally adorable.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scooting and no more bottles.

Oliven is quite the traveler nowadays. He scoots backwards quite well. His favorite activity seems to be getting up on his hands and knees and rocking. He's going to be crawling in no time!
In other news we finally got Vander off bottles for good. It took us a while because we were trying so hard to get him to take his miralax and fiber and the only way he would do it was in his milk in a bottle. Oh well, better late than never right?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Baby Shower/Gilroy Gardens

  I volunteered my house and to make a cake for my friend Arielle's baby shower. While that was going on at our house the guys went to Gilroy Gardens (Larry and Theresa got us season passes for the holidays-super fabulous gift!) with Jerrie (Arielle's husband) and Sabrina (Arielle's daughter). The boys had a great time and also went to hang out with Grammy and Pops before Gilroy Gardens opened. Vander always really enjoys hanging out with his grandparents. We got to see them again on Sunday for dinner.
  As for the baby shower, it was really fun. Carrie and Casey are both great party planners who incorporate lots of fun things and decorations as well as good food. We helped make Arielle a scrapbook and got to color lady bug piggy banks for our own kids.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

We took Vander and Oliven trick-or-treating for Halloween and they had a good time. Oliven seemed to really enjoy being carried around outside in the fresh air and getting to see lots of different sites. Vander was worried about houses being scary and would ask us if the house was going to be scary and would reassure us that it was not scary after each house. After people gave him a piece of candy he would say, "Oliven wants one too please." Super sweet, what a great big bro. He had a great time, but was pretty slow going, so we only made it down two streets.

Before we went out Justin and I made a Halloween themed dinner or monster stuffed peppers with pumpkin risotto and carrots. Grammy and Pops came over to our house and handed out candy. It was a fun night and Vander is super happy to have lots of candy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2 firsts in one day!


Yesterday Oliven got to go on the swing by himself for the first time. He loved it...I had no doubts that he would, as I am pretty sure that he prefers being upside-down to being right-side up. He is a motion man...swing him around and he is happy.
Last night Oliven got his first "solid" food. Solid is a bit of a stretch, since it's really baby rice cereal that is more liquid than solid, but it's on a spoon. He didn't hate it, but he didn't love it either. What a big boy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ollie's 6 month check-up

Oliven's current stats:
Height 2' 3.5" (84%)
Weight 16lb 8 oz (30%)
Height Circumference 17.13" (41%)

Disney on Ice

We took the boys to see Disney on Ice over the weekend...we prepped Vander by exposing him to a variety of Disney movies (which he loved). He was absolutely enthralled by the Disney on Ice show. We bought him a Mickey Mouse light spinner. Vander and Oliven both enjoyed that toy. Oliven didn't enjoy the show as much as Vander...he liked the lights, but didn't take his nap beforehand and got pretty fussy until he finally fell asleep on my shoulder. He then had a poop blowout out his pant leg onto my leg-always fun for everyone. Overall though it was a good experience, but next time I think Ollie will be staying home (if it's anytime soon).

Halloween parties

We have already attended 2 Halloween parties this year...we have one more to go and we are going to go trick-or-treating twice...how fun is that...we might have even gone to Santana Row today for trick-or-treating, but Justin's car wouldn't start this morning, so he took our car, which means we are home for the day (at least until he gets home). Justin is Green Lantern, I am Super Girl, Vander is Batman, and Oliven is Super Man. We are a real "Super Family". We figured we better dress the kids as their namesakes together while we are still able to choose their costumes for them. (Vander "Bruce" Katz and Oliven "Clark" Katz).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin patches


 

We went to 2 different pumpkin patches this year-Giordano's with Vander's friends and Eusugi with Justin. Both were very fun. At Giordano's Vander got to pet bunnies and chase goats. He really enjoyed the hay tunnel as well.
At Eusugi we took a hay ride through some beautiful flower fields and corn fields. He enjoyed the Dora area of the pumpkin patch and liked looking at the 1300 lb pumpkins. We also went down a storybook path in a corn maze and Vander was enthralled.

Ollie is out of his braces full time

Now that Oliven is 6 months old he only has to wear his braces 14 hours a day, which is a big improvement from 23 1/2. He has to wear them at night and 2 hours in the afternoon during his nap. He is a happier boy. Part of that is that he isn't teething currently, another part is that he is sitting up and grabbing things, and of course not having his braces on is exciting for sure. All the sudden Oliven is now taking 2 naps a day and sleeping through the night...it is fabulous!!! Ollie's post-it says 6 months old, Vander didn't want to be left out, so his says 2 years 5 months and 1 day.  ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

We survived

Justin went on a business trip from October 10-14th and we survived it...in no small part thanks to Grammy and Hannah. Thank you ladies! I never take Justin for granted, but I really appreciated him when he was gone. He is a very hands-on dad and is so good with the boys. I am lucky to have such a fabulous husband and the boys are lucky to have such a wonderful daddy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oliven unwrapped

So, a couple days ago Oliven started flipping over in his crib. I decided it was no longer safe to swaddle him and apparently that is what he needed...he is now sleeping soundly...1-2 naps a day and he slept through the night two nights in a row now (7:30pm-7:30am)...he apparently likes his tummy. He is happier and so am I. Knock on wood and hope that this continues!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Comfy much? My tired little men.

Vander hasn't fallen asleep in the car in a long time, but I finally wore them both out at the same time. It was super cute seeing them both fast asleep in the backseat together. Vander was even reading a book and woke up with book lines on his face.
I also wanted to post this picture of Ollie and how I found him sleeping the other day. He was trying so hard to get out of his miracle blanket, but fell asleep mid-struggle. It's just too precious not to share.

Ollie's first fight

You should see the other guy! Just kidding. Ollie actually got kicked in the face by Vander's friend Zade. Ironically he cried more when I tried to ice it than he did when he got kicked. Poor little fella. This is his first real owwie.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Workin' late

This week Justin had to work late because he was taking a class for work. He wasn't getting home until after 6pm. Because of this Vander was only seeing Justin for about 30-60 minutes in the evening. Vander was missing his dad. He went up to Justin and said, "I haven't been seeing you a lot lately." I just thought that comment was way too cute not to share. Vander is really doing well with his complete sentences lately. We are very proud parents. Not to say we aren't impressed with Ollie...he has been rolling over quite often and sleeping really well at night. He eats around 7:30pm and doesn't get up to eat until between 3am and 6am.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gizdich Ranch Apple Picking

Today we went down to Watsonville (about 50 min. south) to go pick apples. We went out to the orchards with Oliven's 2010 South Valley group. Vander did lots of apple picking. 
He was really good at it too. I think he managed to eat 3 apples while we were there and he didn't seem to discriminate between the types of apples. He liked them all.He really enjoyed himself. They also had strawberries still in full bloom, so we picked some of those too. He also ate several strawberries...I think he ate more than went into our basket. ;) Both of the boys really enjoyed being outside in nature and all the pretty colors.
Vander, Mia and Oliven
It was really fun, but I think next time we will make daddy come with us cause 2 boys and bags of fruit are a lot of work for one person!