Summer 2014, Part I

Hi, Family, Having a fantastic summer so far! To kick the summer off, my mom, Charlie, & I went down to Madison Square Park for some play in the park & the fountain.

Coralie & I ran through the train station; we couldn't get to the park fast enough!

Coralie & I ran through the train station; we couldn’t get to the park fast enough!

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I was in heaven, though!!

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Our next big trip was to see a kids’ concert in Madison Square Park.

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But nothing beats the beach!

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We had a fantastic Fourth of July, too!

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Happy (Belated) Independence Day!

Love,

Jack

Summer Solstice/Birthday Party Today!

Hi, Family,

We are so sorry you guys missed our fun party today!  We had a Summer Solstice/Birthday Party Brunch, & it was so fun.

My mom made a sunshine smiley face cake & it was so tasty!

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I got to help my mom decorate yesterday.  That was super fun.

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We served brunch at our party.  It was pretty good.  Well, the grown ups liked it.  We kiddos were too busy playing to eat, of course!!

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The highlight of the day was celebrating Charlie’s birthday.

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Then we went back to playing!

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I tried to help Charlie open his presents, but it turns out, he didn’t really need my help!

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We had such a blast today, & we’re so sorry y’all couldn’t make it.  Hopefully next time!

Love,

Jack

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Jack’s Last Day of Nursery School

It feels like just yesterday Jack was starting school, but it was last September!

Here he is on his very first day:

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Yesterday was a year-end celebration at Jack’s school. It was so amazing seeing him perform with his mates. They sang about a lot of the things they learned about this year: butterflies, dinosaurs, counting, & adding. Jack did a fantastic job; he sang all the songs, did the movements, & was listening to his teacher & following her direction so well.

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Saying the pledge of allegiance:

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Singing songs:

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I think Jack’s favorite part was running around with his friends:

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Charlie had a blast watching the big kids play:

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Jack was sad to say good-bye to his teachers, Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Ferreira:

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He tells me he is very sad school is ending, & that he will miss his mates.

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He’s come a long way since September! Here he is in front of his school today, June 20th, the last day of school:

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They celebrated all the summer birthdays today; hence, the crown.😉

We are so excited about summer, pool parties, bbqs, beach trips, outdoor concerts, & movie nights!

Happy Summer, Everyone!!

Love,

Jack’s Mom

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

We can’t believe how a year has flown by! Charlie is such a sunshiney, happy, sweet boy. He is very independent & smart. His words so far are mommy, daddy, Jack, baba (banana), yeah, & hi.

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He loves to play with cars, & is often attached to Mom at the hip.

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We had such a nice birthday celebration for him today.

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I tell my mom, pretty much everyday, “Charlie is my best friend in the whole wide universe.” We just think we are so lucky to have him in our family!!

Love,

Jack

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Charlie’s Belated 11 month post

Dear Family,

We have been so busy we forgot to update the blog for Charlie’s 11 month birthday!

Charlie is getting so big, & getting into everything! He always wants to play with whatever I’m playing with!

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We get along pretty well though! Our favorite game is to chase each other all over the house.

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Lately I’ve been helping Charlie on the playground. He’s not walking on his own yet, so we bring my walker toy, Laffy, to the park so he can get around without burning or hurting himself by crawling on the hot pavement.

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My mom says it is super crazy in our house sometimes, &, well, I think she’s right.

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Love,

Jack

A Note from Charlie

Dear Family,

My mom decided, now that I’m ten months old, that it’s time for me to help with “Jack’s” blog. I call it “Jack’s” blog, because, well, everything that’s Jack’s is mine, too. I know this drives him pretty batty, so I spend a fair amount of time ignoring all of “my” toys, & grabbing whatever he’s playing with & putting it in my mouth. That’s just what a good little brother does!

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You know, it’s not easy being ten months old. I have a lot on my plate, here. Do you know how difficult it is to instantly get my hands on any iPad or cable left unattended for just a brief moment? My mom has gotten super fast at opening the fridge door, grabbing what she needs, then slamming it shut. How am I supposed to empty that thing out??

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I’m practicing really hard & trying to become the best toddler ever. This means I have to arch my back & become a wet noodle every time anyone even thinks about putting me in a stroller, car seat, or high chair. I’m also pretty loving though. I especially love my big brother.

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He lets me pull up on him & use him as a walker sometimes.

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He’s my best buddy.

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My mom says she can’t believe I’m ten months old, but she always says that!:). We had a great Easter, & hope everyone else did too!

Happy Easter!!

Love,

Charlie

Story time

It’s Jack & Charlie’s mom, hijacking their blog. I just had to share some stories about my two crazy little characters.

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Earlier this week, Jack kept telling me he wanted to go on an adventure, so we got bundled up, put Charlie in the front of the double stroller, & started walking. After a couple blocks, I noticed Charlie had taken off one of his shoes & thrown it overboard. I could see it was less than a block away. So I turned to Jack, “Oh, Spider-Man! My baby lost his shoe! Please help me!!” Jack sprang into action. He took off running, humming the music you hear when the superhero is saving the day. He ran down the sidewalk, grabbed the shoe, & ran back, presenting the shoe triumphantly. I said, “Oh, thank you!! You saved the day!! You’re my hero!” Jack put his hand on his heart, gave a slight bow, & said modestly, “It was my pleasure.” :)

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Yesterday, Jack & Charlie were in the living room, & Jack kept blowing raspberries at Charlie. After a few times, I wiped the spittle off, & said, “Jack, that’s not nice, please stop.” But someone interrupted me. It was Charlie, with a bunch of long, incredibly slobbery raspberries directed cheerfully at Jack. :

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Can’t wait to bring these big boys to Texas to see everyone soon!!

Love,

Jack & Charlie’s Mom

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