Monday, December 14, 2015

Boys First Haircuts!

Prior to today, I couldn't imagine cutting off their beautiful bouncing little curls - but now that they had their first haircuts, I am glad I did. They look GREAT. Fresh little haircuts just in time for Christmas. Look at them! They did SO good!!'s a before photo from this morning.

And here's Jodie cutting Caden's hair -

And Jodie cutting Conor's hair -

My parents even came over for the pizza party and hair-cutting event of the year.

Finished product Caden! Can you hear me?! ;)

Finished product Conor!

And me with Jodie's youngest, godson! :)

It's Beginning to Look a LOT Like Christmas....

(...minus the lack of snow)

This is what the sky looked like off my back deck the other morning. It was about 7:20AM and it was gorgeous. The pictures don't even do it justice.

We still love smoothies...and we still love drinking them on the go. Our favorite recipes these days are banana, yogurt, milk, blueberries, spinach and ice. I sometimes add a scoop of protein powder - depends on their diet that day. If they need it, I add it.

Here are a few pictures of the boys just LOVING their Christmas tree. Each day, I feel like we put more ornaments on, and more garland. Since I took these pics, we now have silver/gold garland and double the amount of lights.


We couldn't wait til Christmas...we set up their train! It is so cool. It actually says "This is the train to the Polar Express" and has a whistle and bell and everything. Jim and I may be more into it than the kids right now.

All for now...


Oh, Christmas Tree....Oh, Christmas Tree!

A couple of weeks ago, we took the boys to the Woburn Mall for some Papa Ginos! I went with both my mom and dad while Jim worked late. He was preparing to go to Brussels for work - which meant long work days. My parents, me and the boys had a great time and the pizza is obviously so greasy and yummy. My Dad had a good idea to walk down the mall to see if there was a line for Santa. There wasn't - so the boys hopped on Santa's lap and we took a few great pics. No tears!

Here's a quick pic of my mornings last week dropping the kids off at daycare AND picking them up. It was a long week with Jim being so far away (5 hour time difference) but I really enjoyed the morning and afternoon time with the boys. And they were pretty much healthy, so they slept wonderfully all week. I just bought these bright orange shirts - I love them! I can find C and C from a mile away. :)

We went Christmas Tree shopping a week or so ago. The boys ran all over the place. It was honestly like a maze - I thought I was going to lose them. They're so FAST.

They are SO into choo choo trains now, too. This is a tiny little train that goes around in circles. They can sit and stare at it forever. They even say "choo choo". It's so cute. We got a big surprise for them for Christmas...a big polar express choo choo train that goes around the base of the Christmas tree. That's their big gift this year.

Outside lamp post decorated! Ha that's the extent of my outdoor decorating. Hey - you can see the tree in the window, so that's enough right??

And a few extra pics of ordinary life these days........


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Long Overdue Thanksgiving Recap!

We had a nice visit to Cape Cod for Thanksgiving - but sadly, the boys ended up being under the weather most of the time we were there. To be honest, we are still fighting some of those same sicknesses over here. Caden was SO over-the-top fussy during Thanksgiving dinner. For some reason, I found it double hard and stressful when you are around family. All you want is for your kids to be happy and healthy around other people (especially ones they don't see very often). You want their real personalities to shine and you want them to have fun and be fun, right? Well, this unfortunately didn't happen for us this Thanksgiving since they were feeling so poorly. I felt bad for them - and the best thing was for them to rest. Caden was sick overnight and throughout the next few days (after just coming off of another cold and pretty bad cough). And Conor ended up getting an ear infection and now has a horrible cough. He's on amoxicillin. Hopefully his cough settles down soon. It wakes him a lot throughout the night.

Anyway, the boys were at least very very happy when we took them outside in the Cape. I think they loved the fresh air, and all the smells and sounds. We spent a lot of time at the beach since it was BEAUTIFUL outside (and still is!). Here are a few of my favorite shots. Here's to C-Squared being a bit healthier this Christmas season. Fingers crossed! ;)

Conor having the time of his life!

And Caden having a blast at the beach, too!

Visiting the beach with Nana and Auntie Theresa! Everybody got their feet a little wet with the waves, hehe.

Marylous pic for Chrissy and Linds!

 A few beach favs of the kiddos...

We also found some time to take them to a merry go round in a mall in Hyannis. They LOVED it!

And C-squared in front of their Cape house! Two years ago, we made our pregnancy announcement with Jim and I holding two little "I Love Cape Cod" onesies standing in this exact same spot!

All for now. I hope you are all having a great weekend!


PS Flashback pic to Conor having his arm around Caden back when they were 8 months....and over Thanksgiving weekend at almost 19 months. He's so lovable and affectionate. He loves his brother so much.