Thursday, January 26, 2012

India and more....

Last week, Tony had to travel to Chennai, India for a week long trip for business.  I was a little nervous having him so far away but the week went smoothly and we survived!  Marissa got a geography lesson as we talked a lot about Daddy being on the other side of the world.  She had a lot of questions about how the sun and how Daddy couldn't see it when we could, etc.  Hey, we could always use more frequent flier miles :)  He picked a good week to be gone since the wind chills were -40 and he was basking in the 80 degree weather!  Here's a few pics he took on his trip!






So, while he was gone we continued with our normal routine:  School, YMCA, Church, Cubbies, Dance, Playdates, Library visits....you know the usuals of our life :)

Here's some pics I took of our week!


Marissa trying on my water belt for running.  She is ready to run her first race this summer!

Brody trying to drink from the DOLL bottle.....think he is trying to go backwards in time?

Ready for school!

Make-Your-Own Pizza's at Emma's



We even got a trip into the Children's Museum in St. Paul!  Both kids LOVED it!  We will be going back soon for sure!

Playing in the kitchen!

Brody loved the grocery store!


When Tony got home on Sunday night, he told us that he would take the day off on Monday so we could have a family day!  So we took the kids to Caribou and then we went Bowling.  Marissa LOVED it and has continually asked to go back.  Brody DIDN'T want any help....that was interesting!  We enjoyed having some time to be with Tony before he had to go back to work!  Here's a few pics from our family day!

Sharing a snack at Caribou

Ready to bowl!

Getting a lesson from Daddy!

Brody kept saying, "BALL, BALL, BALL"

Another lesson given....

Girls WON!


To end this post, I found Brody a minute ago like this....what a goofy kid!!! 




Now we are caught up again!  I am so glad January is almost over!  I'm SO ready for Spring!  Until next time....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A look back.....Marissa at 18 months....

So feeling a little nostalgic on how quick my little girl is growing up....I thought I would take a quick look back at pictures of her at Brody's age.  So here is a quick trip down memory lane.....Marissa at 18 months old....who remembers this like it was yesterday??????


Monday, January 16, 2012

January Update!

So it's already the middle of January which is crazy!  Usually January drags on but not this year!  We have been keeping super busy so far!  Brody turned 18 months last week so today I brought him to the doctor for his check-up!  Here were his stats!

Height:  32 inches (42nd percentile)
Weight:  25 pounds 7 oz  (44th percentile)
Head Circumference:  18.19"  (12th percentile)  HA! 

He is not a HUGE little boy!  Doctor said his Height to Weight ratio was in the 72nd percentile so he looked perfect!  The other good news is that his tubes look perfect and he hasn't had an ear infection is 7 months! 


I just looked back to see what Marissa was and she was exactly the same weight:  25 pounds and 32 inches at her 15-month check-up!  HA!  So Brody is running 3 months behind his sister!



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The other part of this post will be my catch up post!    We've been keeping busy doing the little things in life:  Cubbies, School, Church, the gym, and errands....all the blah things!  Once in awhile though we get out to do something fun!   Here's a few pictures from the last few weeks!


On Saturday, Marissa got to go on a Daddy-Daughter date to the movies.  She had seen a commercial for Tangled "Ever After" which is a 5-minute mini-movie and she REALLY wanted to see it.  So it was playing before Beauty and the Beast in 3D.  So they went to that hence the glasses......

Best Buddies!


Later that day, Marissa was still wearing her "souveneir" glasses so Brody wanted a pair too.  He had settle for his big sister's heart glasses :)


Loving the glasses!

Last Monday, we enjoyed an unusually warm day so I took the kids for a long afternoon walk!  It was 50 degrees and beautiful!  Marissa ran literally 2 miles.  She says she wants to try some kid races this year when I run my races so I think we will get her signed up!  We came back home and swept out the garage, rode bikes, Marissa made a hopscotch on the sidewalk with the her chalk and Brody loved exploring the backyard!  It was a wonderful day!

Loving the warm weather!  Look who had to bring his ball with!

Marissa came downstairs the other day all dressed up with everything in her hair drawer.  She had like 6 things in her hair.  It was so funny that I couldn't help but snap a picture :)

All Dressed Up~

So that's our little catch up for now!  Hope everyone is enjoying this snowless winter!  I know I am!  However, it's supposed to snow tonight!  YUCK!  I'm sure Marissa will want to sled immediately!!!  Guess I see that in my future tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Vacation!

Well, today is back to reality day where we try to settle back into our "normal" routine!  Tony went back to work after 19 days off.  WOW!  What an awesome gift for him to be home with us for that long!  Last week, we were able to go out to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to see Hairspray with John & Beth.  I didn't get ONE picture that night but needless to say we had a great time with lots of laughter.

As part of Tony's Christmas gift, I arranged for a "date day".  We were supposed to go Cross Country Skiing but since there was no snow we will have to do that another time this winter!  We did get to have dinner at a new restaurant to us called, The Butcher Block followed by a performance of Triple Espresso.  We even got to stay downtown for the night thanks to my mom babysitting the kids which is always fun to get away even for one night! 

We also celebrated Christmas with the Holgrimson family on Saturday.  We were spoiled with lots of great gifts, yummy food and time spent together.  We had our New Years Eve party at our house and did the countdown at 7:00 PM since the kids obviously can't stay up until midnight!  Here's a few pics of our Christmas together!









Happy New Year Everyone!  We are looking forward to seeing what this year brings us!  It's going to be a big year for us!  Celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and Marissa starting Kindergarten!  Wonder what other exciting things this year will bring!