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Dancin’ at Mr. Skip



Dancin’ at Mr. Skip, originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

Jacob Crisler and Jack dancin’ at Mr. Skip. They’ve got the moves!

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Snow Day

Whoo Hoo, we finally got snow!  I have been waiting all winter for the first snow and yesterday we got it.  It wasn’t huge, but we got a few inches which is enough to play in and to cripple half of DC.  I think some schools were closed.  Ironically, Jack’s preschool was already scheduled to be off because they follow the county public school schedule which had an in-service day.  So, we were able to spend the whole day enjoying the snow

img_19541On Tuesdays a local kids musician plays at a coffee house.  We don’t usually get to go because of school, but yesterday we met our friends Marcy & Jacob for Mr. Skip.  Jacob is a self professed Mr. Skip groupie.  No joke, he thinks the best part of the whole morning is waiting for the other kids to clear out so he can chat Mr. Skip up.  It is so cute.  Mr. Skip knows Jacob’s name and Jacob beams every time Mr. Skip says hello.  We had only been a few times before and Jack had liked it but didn’t really participate any.  This time he was happy to “dance” his little white boy dance.  It is unfortunate that our kid is learning his moves from the pathetic dance cam at Caps games.  Please don’t judge him (or our parental dancing skills!) based on his lack of rhythm.  Travis can find a beat and at least I try!

After Mr. Skip we took the kids over to the park across the street from the coffee house.  img_1979Poor Jack thought we were going to a park with a play structure, not just a park with open green space.  He kept asking where the slide was.  He also wanted to eat snacks at the snow covered picnic table.  Mean Mama that I am said we could eat snacks at home where it was warm!  None the less, the boys had a blast playing in the snow.  They stomped around, attempted to make snowballs (a tough feat for toddlers wearing mittens) and best of all ate their snow “ice cream”.  We had a lesson in not eating (or rolling in) the yellow snow.  Although I’m not convinced they understood or cared.  They truly had a blast.  As usual Garrett was a pretty good trooper.  I kept him in his car seat img_1966and bundled him with a blanket.  He was pretty patient.  He wanted to be part of the action, so he ended up getting fussy.  Can’t imagine why he didn’t want to sit in a car seat in the cold while everyone else got to roll around in the snow.  I’m sure he just wanted to hone his crawling skills!

After Jack woke up from his nap, we bundled up again and went outside for more playin’ in the snow.  Garrett was napping, so I thought Jack and I would get a good amount of time to really play.  Of course I ran inside to grab something and Garrett was awake.  So, I brought Jack back inside and got Garrett all bundled up.  In true fashion, Garrett was STARVING (even though I fed him probably an hour and a half earlier).  img_1981Luckily we can nurse anywhere…including the front porch in snow gear!  When his snack was finished I moved his exersaucer onto the front porch and he played too.  Garrett loves to watch Jack play, so he was pretty content for quite a while just takin’ in the scene.  Daddy had a pretty busy day yesterday, but he was able to sneak outside before it got dark to enjoy some of the snow fun.  The second Trav walked outside, I got ditched by Jackson.  Who wants to play in the snow img_1989with Mom when you can have Dad.  That’s okay, I got to walk the dog instead.   Denver lives up to her name and absolutely loves the snow, so we had a great walk.  Our whole family needed a bit of a snow day!

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Garrett’s Growing Big!

img_1876Wow, our little G Man is almost 7 months old.  He is growing quickly and changing every day it seems.  At his 6 month appointment he was 15lbs 8oz and 25 3/4in long.  Apparently that puts him in the 25-50% for his age range.  I don’t really put much stock in those numbers though because he is truly exclusively breastfed.  He is surely growing and thriving.

Garrett has been a proficient roller for months now.  He and Jack both rolled over pretty early and immediately went from front to back and back to front with ease.  Now he is pretty good with the army crawl and wants so badly to figure out how to make all four arms and legs coordinate together.  He is at the cute stage where they get up on all fours and then can only make the front or the back work.  If he moves his arms then his legs flop down on the floor and if he moves his legs then his arms go down and he does a face-plant.  What a crack up!  He is pretty much sitting up now.  The whole idea of him sitting up really excites me because Jack crawled before he sat up.  I think Garrett is going to do it all img_1938in the traditional order!

So both of my kids were born with tons of hair and both of them lost all of their hair in the back.  They kept all the hair up front but were completely bald in the back.  It really is hysterical looking.  Both of them sported a version of the swoop (anyone who knew Travis when we first started dating knows exactly what the “swoop” is!) that is unforgettable!  Both boys had dark hair at birth but when Jack lost his hair it came back in very blond.  When Garrett lost his hair it just came back in dark, so he really didn’t look nearly as goofy as his poor brother did.  None the less, Garrett’s hair was really starting to bug him and get in his eyes.  Poor kid, last week one eye was really watery and goopy (a technical term).  I was afraid he had gotten pink eye or something, but no, I realized his hair was just in his eye and making it water.  So, although it always makes me sad that my little one is growing too quickly, we trimmed Garrett’s hair on Friday.  Travis went for a haircut, so I relented and let John the barber trim Garrett too.  He did fine.  He really just got the front trimmed.  Now his hair is much more even all around and looks nice.  It did, however, completely change his looks.  He seems much older now and is really starting to having his own defining features.  He is handsome!!

img_1939Generally speaking most 6 (or nearly 7) month olds are eating solid foods.  We started Jack on rice cereal at 2 months.  Garrett had so many belly issues and didn’t seem to need the rice cereal early.  I think I mainly just wanted to keep him nursing in order to hopefully cut down on his discomfort from reflux.  At a little over 4 months old, we gave in and put him on Zantac for his reflux.  Thankfully it has helped tremendously.  Periodically I have tried to give him rice cereal, but we realized that when we did he projectile vomited immediately and continuously for several hours.  We decided that was a good sign not to give him more rice cereal.  Brilliant parents, eh?  So then we thought we would try oatmeal or mixed grain cereal.  Ya, Garrett not so much into the cereal of any sorts.  He doesn’t spit it out.  He just opens his mouth REALLY wide, starts making gagging noises, moves around like he might puke at any moment and then eventually his mouth fills up with so much saliva that all the cereal runs down his chin.  So, not a fan of the cereal.  Then I thought I would try some fruits and vegetables.  Same thing…gagging and drooling, no eating.  The funny thing is that when we eat he is all img_1940over us and our food.  The babysitter had to swipe out cheerios from his mouth twice one day because he kept getting them from Jack’s cup.  Today I gave him a teething biscuit.  He didn’t love it or hate it.  He played and chewed on it for a few minutes.  It was an improvement.  I guess he’ll eat eventually.  In the meantime, I truly am the dairy queen.  Every two hours day and night…I guess he won’t go to kindergarten exclusively breastfed, but sometimes it feels like he might make his first Birthday without solid food!

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Christmas Pictures

img_1891So I am so ridculously behind on blogging, that I give up trying to catch up.  Here is the quick version of Christmas.  We had a very eventful week leading up to Christmas.  We ran around shopping last minute and stayed up until 3am two nights in a row getting things ready.  On Christmas Eve our friend Jim came over to go to church and have dinner.  In keeping with my less than prepared for Christmas theme, I made chili for dinner.  Thankfully it was a hit.  Jack was super tired, but we did manage to keep him awake long enough to leave cookies and milk for Santa. img_1885

On Christmas morning we got up, checked immediately to see if Santa liked our cookies (they were Wegman O’s, who wouldn’t like them!) and then dug in to our presents.  On Christmas Eve when Jack & Garrett sat on Santa’s lap, Jack told Santa he just wanted a red present.  (My friend Shalan’s little girl Mary kept saying the same thing.  I’m not sure if this was a common 2 year old theme or if Jack overheard me talking to Shally about this.)  Santa brought Jack an Easel that was unwrapped; luckily Santa knew to wrap all the paints etc. in red paper.  Jack also received a wooden garage set from his Grandpa & GG.  Daddy had put this together too, so after those two gifts we pretty much had to beg Jack to open anything else.  Garrett, of course, was really none the wiser to this Christmas thing.  He watched us from his various perches– exersaucer, bouncy seat etc.  I’m pretty sure he fell asleep half way through things!

We spent most of the day hanging out and then got ready in the evening.  We decided, after watching several hours of the Christmas Story 24 hour marathon, that we should just have Chinese food for dinner.  It was awesome!

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Penguins



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This was the best part of the aquarium for Jack. He loved the penguins and has talked about them quite a bit since then.

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Chattanooga Choo Choo

The weekend of Travis’  Birthday we drove down to Chattanooga, TN.  University of Montana was in the 1AA football championship there and we went down to watch the gameimg_1830.  Travis and I have been down there several times before to watch this Griz play, so when it worked out again this year we decided it would be fun to take the kids.  I won’t highlight the football game, as the Griz lost and didn’t even play very well.  Plus, the game itself was a small part of our trip.

We left on Thursday afternoon after Jack’s swimming lessons.  We got right out of town, but in true DC fashion traffic was a bear and it was slow going.  I’m not sure why we thought driving 600 miles for a long weekend with two kids was a good idea, but none the less we did.  The first 200 miles took us 6 hours and the last 400 miles took us 6 hours.  I’m pretty sure Travis was regretting his idea to drive instead of fly by the time we got to Manassas.  (If you are in DC you know how close that is!)  After bad traffic, stops for the potty, stops for dinner, stops for gas…we finally got to Chattanooga at about 2:30am.  We wrestled our kids for at least an hour, got everyone to sleep and whoo hoo, woke up at 6:30am with Jack.  Of course Garrett was then up for the day too.  The boys had slept since about 9pm, so they were ready to go.  I took the kids to breakfast and Trav caught a little shut eye.  That day we went to the Incline Railway in the afternoon and Travis and I went to the game that night.

img_1831The Incline Railway is the steepest train in the world.  It is actually pretty fun to ride.  Jack is really into trains right now, so we thought he would love it.  The weather was kind of rainy and a little cool, but we basically just rode the train to the top.  We looked around the tourist trap gift shop at the top and then 20 minutes rode the train back down.  Jack loved getting the tickets, waiting for the “conductor” to come get img_1845our tickets and then settling in for the ride.  There is an announcement that gives you the history of the train during your ride up the mountain.  They mention their claim to fame of being the steepest train in the world several times during the ride.  That must have made a big impression on Jack because for the next two weeks he periodically told us that he “rode the steepest train in the world in Chattanooga!”  I thought he might get scared since at one point in the ride you are pretty much vertical, but he didn’t mind one bit. 

Travis’ Mom has done a lot of business in Chattanooga previously, so she knew quite a few people in the area.  We had been trying to line up a babysitter all week from DC, but nothing panned out.  In the end, she was able to connect us with someone.  It was great.  Miss Alice (she was only about 20, though we joked that we don’t know anyone under 40 named Alice!) was excellent.  She came to our room and watched the boys so we could enjoy a quick beer at the tail gate and the game alone.  Although the Griz lost, we did get a nice date out of it!

On Saturday it poured rain.  I hit a few stores that I love in Chattanooga and couldn’t miss, then we went to the aquarium.  The aquarium was really nice.  img_1848Jack was a little more hesitant about it than I would have thought.  He was sort of scared of some things and had to get used to the different tanks.  He refused to pet sting rays in the open water and didn’t really want to get into any of the exhibits where you could crawl under and look through the tanks.  I think he was overwhelmed by the people and maybe that it was a little dark inside the building.  He did eventually warm up and loved the penguins.  Since then, he has decided that he wants to go to the Baltimore Aquarium img_1852and that he will touch the fish this time.  He reminds us daily that we said we would take him again soon!  Of course, Garrett was a trooper and just hung out in the stroller the whole time.  He is so laid back and content to just be with us!

We decided that the marathon drive down was probably not the best approach for the drive home.  Instead we drove about 2/3 of the way, stayed in a motel and then drove home on Sunday.  The more liesurely pace (sort of ) was much better.  Although, I will just say that you should think twice before a major road trip with a 2 year old who has been potty training for less than a month.  It is hard work to take them to the bathroom on the road and you have to stop a lot more than you think.  All in all, it was a good first family road trip!

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Baby Loves Disco– Photos

These are the photos I took at the December Baby Loves Disco.  This was the first BLD that we have been to in a while and the first time in a long time that lots of our friends were there.  It was great to get a chance to hang out and for the kids to play together.  In the past when a group of us have met at BLD, the kids have been a little young to really get into the dancing and all the activities.  Apparently two years old is the magic age for beginning to really interact not only with each other but with the whole activity.  The kids were super cute and excited.  We will have do it again soon!  Thanks to Susannah for getting us all in!

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