Thursday, July 30, 2015

Adapting to Change...

Daycare was closed this week and Jim was traveling for work -- so in short, that meant a busy week for Mommy.  But it also meant tons of Mama snuggle time (our favorite!).


I had a few deadlines at work and we also have renters at our Cape house, so unfortunately we couldn't take a little vacation down there. I noticed the boys have been a little under the weather, too. They've been sneezing the past few days and they have little runny noses. They also weren't sleeping the same as usual -- but hopefully it's just a quick cold from the busy weekend we had. Thanks to Grammy and Grampa and Auntie Theresa, we made the week work. THANK YOU!!!

My parents' neighbors have this hockey net in their driveway and boy did Caden and Conor love playing with the pucks! They walked down the driveway over to them, picked them up, and started beaming with excitement. So independent!

We shared a couple smoothies this week too!! We are really into them. I made these when I was pregnant and after when I was nursing -- to make sure I had enough calories and protein. For the boys I use whole milk, full fat plain yogurt, banana, blueberries, strawberries or really any fruit I can find. And if I have some, I throw in some fresh spinach or kale. It's a great way to get them to eat their greens while tasting delicious.
 


*Note -- since C & C are kind of over eating baby food (out of jars), I take jar baby spinach, kale, peas, or green beans and toss that in their smoothies. Win win.

This was a big week for us! We started watching some nursery rhymes on YouTube and OMG are they obsessed. The boys absolutely love music; it really captures their attention. They love clapping too!


 
Oh - and Con still loves his thumb, just like his mommy. :)

On Tuesday night, went to the Burlington Mall and UNOs with Grampa. We also ran errands with Grammy that day. They enjoyed getting out of the house and seeing new things -- like the bank. They walked around like they owned the place.
 


My friend Keyla from grad school at Pepperdine gave the boys these adorable little stools. They've been "practicing" sitting at regular seats and eating breakfast -- rather than being strapped into a high chair at the kitchen table. They're doing really good! Maybe we can set up a small children's table for the boys at our new house when we move. That would be great! That way, we can get all the high chairs out of the kitchen and there will be more room.
 
Can't believe August 1 is Saturday. Time for the big Ehler Family Reunion!! :):):):)

xo,
Shaz
 
P.S. I had SUCH a fun night out last night with one of my favorites...Shay! We tried out Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington and it was fab. We sat at the mozzarella bar (I was a little confused) and it ended up being lovely. We shared some mussels, had some raviolis/scampi and some delicious cocktails. Yum!
 
Here's a flashback photo of us down in Cape Cod in 2011!
 
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Boston Boys!

On Saturday, Jim and I were fortunate enough to head to Fenway while Aunties Chrissy and Lindsey watched Conor and Caden overnight. We ventured into town around 1PM for a 4PM game. We did a private tour of Fenway with Jim's family (they had set it up months ago for a family reunion on his mother's side). We watched batting practice, got to keep the cool Red Sox gloves, and even got two children's gloves for Caden and Conor! Then we had a buffet dinner at Fenway - with unlimited beer/wine until the 7th inning of the game. It was SO much fun. Great day/night out. Oh, and we were in bed by 8:30PM. It was fantastic.


The next day, we toured Charlestown with C&C- visiting Paul Revere Park, the Navy Yard, and the Bunker Hill Monument. See the Hyatt Harborside hotel behind us?!?!  It's where we got married!!


Here's a shot of the Hyatt from our wedding night. :)


Then we headed over to Foxboro to meet up with Tori and the Boschs. We had so much fun hanging in the backyard and playing together. We even took a short ride over to Gillette Stadium to see where the Patriots play! Afterwards, we had a BBQ and put the boys to bed to drive home. What a fun weekend.  


I had Monday off from work, so my Mom and I headed into Boston AGAIN. We wanted some fresh olive bread from the North End. There's an awesome artisan bread bakery at Bricco -- behind Bricco restaurant. My sister showed me this place last week when we met up during lunch one day. I had to show my mom...I knew she would love it.

We ended up stumbling across this amazing splash park! This is what I was envisioning a few weeks ago when I wanted to bring the boys to one. This one was great...and there were tons of kids there at the time because two daycares were there visiting. Conor slept through the whole thing, but Caden loved it!


Then we took the train home -- what Mommy does everyday. It was fun! The boys were a little restless, but it was quick.



I went to the grocery store to grab some things for a stir fry. What trip to the grocery store deli be without getting a piece of cheese?! :):):)


Th stir fry dish I made was incredible. Jim couldn't stop raving about it (and he doesn't even like mushrooms!). I sauteed the mushrooms in their own pan and sauteed some brussels sprouts and onions in another pan. I boiled the couscous in a pot and once they were done, I mixed all of those ingredients together. I then sauteed some chicken in a sweet and sour sauce from Whole Foods -- and tossed together for Jim. He LOVED it. I opted to keep my dish sauce-free which was great, too.

Fresh, healthy meal after an insane weekend. Loved it.


All for now! Have a great week.

xo,
Shaz

Friday, July 24, 2015

Silly Summertime Fun!

There is no real "deep" meaning behind this post nor anything I am trying to convey through my computer screen. Rather, I simply wanted to document our fun, silly days outside this summer thus far -- either in my parent's yard or on the beach down in the Cape. 


As I've said since these two little men were newborns, C and C love outside. They are the happiest outdoors so we try and spend as much time outside as possible. For example, we love the SLIDE! Conor actually loves walking up the slide and then sliding down crashing into Caden. Caden loves the sliding part (who doesn't??) and finds it entertaining when Conor crashes into him.

Con left and Cay right in the following two sets of photos. Conor is super nervy and Caden loves it.




Here's Caden walking towards Conor who is chillin on the bench waiting for Caden to walk over to him (yup, totally typical Con-man, relaxing). Sometimes when either of them walk or crawl towards the other one -- the one who is "waiting" for the other starts giggling like a mental case. They think it's a riot that the other one is coming to visit! Hard to explain, but totally adorable.


This is one of my new favorite things that they do. They love stepping into things, like their pool for example. Howver - this isn't a pool, it's a tiny little red contraption that we fill with water (thanks, Auntie Kiki!!). They typically splash in both sides when it's on the ground - and it's perfect for them to share because it's separated for both of them to use their own side. What's funny is that Conor steps in and often falls back on his bum (while his legs are still inside) and ALL the water pours over him. It's totally entertaining. Peanut hates it, because she hates getting wet.


Here's Conor doing another one of his favorite things - driving! He LOVES steering wheels. He gets such a kick when we go to Home Depot or the grocery store and they have those little toy cars for the kids to use. Jordans Furniture even has a double for two kids!! And sometimes if Caden is still napping in the car, I give Con a few minutes "driving" in the front seat of Mommy's car. He basically just holds onto the steering wheel while we are parked. He can't get enough!


We also caught Caden is a rare moment of just relaxing. This doesn't happen often...glad we caught it on camera! Hi little man. :)  Boy do they love outside. It is so great for them to enjoy the fresh air. And it helps them sleep great, too. Win/win.


We can all end with a laugh -- here's my "flashback friday" #fbf pic. HAHAHA and this is totally a joke because A. I was pregnant over a year ago and B. I still had a solid month to go after this picture was taken...I just thought I would share. Haha. ;)


TGIF, folks! Til next time....

xo,
Shaz, C & C

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time DON'T slow down....(yes, you read that right)

The inspiration for this post came from an article by "Boston Moms Blog". I read it and immediately could relate.
People are always telling time to "slow down" in regards to their kids growing up. Or, people always say their children grew up in a blink of an eye. They can't believe how quickly it went.
And yes, while there are many days that I would love to just stop time (like the Fourth of July trip and the boys playing on the beach), there were a lot of days that I wanted time to hurry up because I felt like I was sinking fast (like when the boys were weeks old and Caden was colic). The Boston Moms Blog post made an impression on me when they said, "We have good days and we have bad days. Luckily, the clock keeps ticking either way."  
Conor and Caden turned fourteen months old on July 6th and I realized they are indeed growing very fast. They are learning, advancing, and playing more and more together every single day -- and they are also hitting each other and getting frustrated with one another since they are together 24/7. But you know what? I am 100% loving them at this stage. I LOVE every minute I get to watch them grow and I don’t want time to slow down.
For example, we went to the eye doctor yesterday and I loved seeing them sit in the chair and interact with the doctor. She said they both did GREAT. They had wonderful concentration and didn't even make a peep. They also received a great vision report, so that was fantastic for Mama to hear. :)

Below are the pictures of C and C in the waiting room - while we waited for their pupils to dialate.  I find these pictures hilarious because the picture of Conor (left) is SO him. He loves having two things in his hands as often as possible, which is hard because Caden usually has the second item of whatever it is that he has.....and he also loves raising his hands above his head. Grampa Callahan just taught him "TOUCHDOWN!" which is adorable.

And same goes for the picture of Caden, it depicts his personality perfectly. He is always moving a mile a minute, which is totally typical Caden. He is blurry, because he is constantly on the move! And another proud Mama moment -- Caden is officially WALKING! Like, zooming all around the house and the yard, walking every chance he can get. Go Caden, go!



We went to the splash park in Waltham with Grammy after our eye doctor appt. I asked the doctor if they could be outside with just having their pupils dilated - she she said it was fine as long as they had their hats on. So sure enough, we went! We didn't really love it because we were a little tired, so it looks like we will try it out again next month if anyone wants to join us. :)

I love doing fun activities or errands with them and I love watching them grow up. I am so excited to see them do new things -- like when Conor was one-week old and Jim and I noticed he was sleeping with his arms over his head (we freaked out at how cool that was), or when Caden started climbing the ladder in their room when he was 7 months old (we immediately started baby-proofing!). I also remember watching them in their baby swings for the first time; and both Jim and I were beaming with excitement. Everything is so new and exciting and fun. I don't want time to slow down.
I want to see them grow.
I want to see them find their own friends.
I want to see them learn.
I want to see their faces the first time they go on a carnival ride.
I want to see them succeed.
I want to see them figure things out.
I want to see them pick themselves back up and keep on keeping on.
I want to see them learn to drive (and share a car).
I want to see them graduate high school, and college.
I want to see them get married.
I want to see them become parents.
The list goes on and on....
There’s so much I want for my children and I so want to be here to experience it with them.
I want time to keep ticking. And I’m going to enjoy every minute I get with them. And I’m going to keep taking pictures (TONS of pictures) to remember every tiny moment no matter how big or small. I think it's so fun to see their faces when they try new foods, or meet new people, or put their little toes in the ocean. It's all SO MUCH FUN. Please time, keep moving forward so I can enjoy watching my boys grow up.


Here's an update on everything "Caden and Conor" right now...and their schedule at 14 months old.
  • 6a.m.: Both wake and have 8oz bottle, change diapers, playtime!
  • 8:30a.m.: Breakfast - pieces of fruit, yogurt, Cheerios, French toast, pancake (real small). They can feed themselves. 4-6oz bottle milk AFTER.
  • 10a.m: Play outside!
  • 11:30: Lunch - grilled cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, puffs, peanut butter sandwich.  After lunch - Nap! Give C and C a bottle of milk or water. Dark room, sound machine, cameras. AWAKE.
  • 2:30p.m.: Wake up! Playtime/walk outside/daniel tiger TV
  • 3-3:30p.m.: Snack time - crackers, puffs, Cheerios, yogurt, fruit. Then playtime or walk outside. Water.
  • 5p.m.: Dinner (veggies, cheese, hamburger, sandwich, yogurt)
  • 7:15p.m.: Bath/bedtime routine and bottle milk
  • 7:45p.m.: Sleeping
Til next time!
Shaz

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Berry Fun Weekend!

Life's a beach.........

 
My cousin, Jodie and her four kids, Jason, Kelsie, Kayla, and Jared came down to the Cape house this weekend. While it was unreal with all 6 kids together - it was SO much fun. They all loved playing together and making fun memories on the Cape! Jodie, Chrissy, and I spent so many summers playing together in Cape Cod. It was nice for children to do the same...even for a quick weekend.

 
Quick Phelan family photos in the ocean. Photo cred - Lindsey! Mama has Caden and Daddy has Conor. No diapers in this top photo - nothing a little cropping doesn't fix. ;)
 

Action shot! They loved it. And Keyes Beach is nice and shallow with a fun little sandbar - so it's perfect for children. It's open to the public, but we love how small it is...like a hidden gem.

 
Me and my Godson, Jared! He LOVED the water. We brought a plastic blue pool to the beach for the babies to play in and he loved splashing around.


When we got back from the beach, Jodie took her older kids to the outdoor shower to clean off and I had Jared, Caden, and Conor in the tub! They loved it. Then we of course watched Daniel Tiger and rested a bit before BBQ dinner.
 
 
On Monday, we were a little sick of the beach. Instead we all went shopping in Hyannis center for the Berry babies to get new Cape Cod sweatshirts and hats! They loved trying on all the sweatshirts. They were a riot. Conor and Caden took the opportunity to relax and have some milk.


What a fun, busy and crazy weekend!!!!
 


Til next time...
Shaz & C-Squared


Friday, July 10, 2015

Happy 5 Years...7/10/10!


Happy FIFTH anniversary, Jim!!! I can't believe it's been 5 years. We have had so much happen over the last 13 years together -- between cross country moves, having children, and changing jobs. So many things have evolved, but I'm so glad you have remained my constant. I love you!


"When I think about you
I think about 17
I think about my old Jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday nigh." - Eric Church

Of course, no anniversary post is complete without a few pics to relive the day 5 years ago. If you're really interested, here's our full archive post from our photographer, Corey's website.  Here's my Dad walking me down the aisle...



And Jim and I greeting our guests after the ceremony. A bit relieved that the hardest part was over...




One of our favorite shots of us and the Boston skyline at the Hyatt.



A quick precious moment before heading into our reception.


A little later into the evening....love my dress here.



And fast-forward a quick 5 years. This is how we celebrated on Saturday! We ventured down the Cape with Conor and Caden. Jim's parents watched them for the afternoon and took them to a beach nearby in Hyannis. Jim and I used his Uncle's jeep wrangler and we drove onto the beach at Sandy Neck. What a cool experience. We've never driven ON the beach in the Cape before. We loved it.



After we put the boys to bed, we made some dinner and enjoyed some of our favorite Napa wine. We couldn't decide between the 2009 Gnarly Vine (black label, on the left) or the William Hill Bench Blend from 2010 - the year we got married. We ended up going with the Gnarly Vine. And at the advice/suggestion of some of our friends, we will open the other bottle when we close on our house! Thanks, guys. :)


We had the wine in these fun glasses that my sister got us for Christmas a few years ago. They are adorable -- and perfect for the occasion!


Jim surprised me with this necklace he bought at his favorite jewelry store in Cambridge. Don't ask me how he manages to pull these surprises off...



Here's to the next 50+ years! Love you!

xo,
Shaz