Where to start? So behind on my blogging!

I'll start by saying that I can hardly believe that it's already the 22nd of October.  Having two under two certainly makes time feel like it's ticking by even FASTER than it felt before.

Updates on Christopher:

Christopher's six-month/half birthday came and went…at the end of last month.  He'll be seven months old in less than a week.  I haven't updated on what he's been up to…he's our little mover and shaker.

He's rolling ALL OVER the place!  He LOVES to go after Nicholas' toys!  He often gets himself stuck…with his feet under the chair or the entertainment center…it's cute!

He loves to sit and play…his FAVORITE thing to do is find the tag on a toy.  Doesn't matter what the toy is…so long as it has a tag, he's happy.  The irony is that he doesn't really care for the toys that are DESIGNED to mimic the tags…called "Taggies".  He doesn't care for those…just the real tags.

We moved him into his 'big boy' car seat quite a while ago.  He had his six month well-baby visit at the beginning of the month and he was 19lbs, 9oz and 28" long.  We're all caught up now, with most of his immunizations, excluding the flu vax.  We're holding off on that due to the fact that he *could* have an egg allergy, like his big brother.

Updates on Nicholas…

Speaking of his big brother, Nicholas isn't a baby anymore.  He's growing and changing SO fast.  *Insert tears here*  He sings his ABCs, and attempts to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".  I can't believe how fast he learns things. 

We gave him a toy for his birthday; it's a Fisher-Price Little People truck to help him learn his alphabet.  He's already memorized 1/2-3/4 of what the letters are for (i.e., 'a' is for apple, 'b' is for ball, etc.)

Every night, while Nick is getting him ready for bed, they sing songs and nursery rhymes and say the alphabet.  So, if you ask Nicholas, "What is 't' for?" he'll answer "Towel."  That just warms my heart.

He wakes up in the morning counting, and reciting his letters.  He can count to 20, and can even count backwards.  I'm not sure WHEN he started doing it, but he does.

We can't go through a store or drive anywhere without him pointing out numbers and letters to me.  I mean, the boy is a *bit* OBSESSED!  Today, he even 'read' me a book!  Of course it was the "Counting" book, but still…isn't that something that he's supposed to do when he's 3 or older?  Not JUST turned 2!

Since he just turned 2, we did go see the peds allergist.  We had planned on him being retested, however, Dr. McMorris suggested that we hold off until age 3.  So until then, no egg, peanuts, tree nuts, or shellfish for him.  We did get the ok to try white fish, so we'll do some fish sticks and see if he likes them.

And, the first Saturday of October was the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy at Kensington Metro Park.  Next year, we'll do a better job of fundraising, though as a team, we didn't do too bad.  We raised over $400 for Food Allergy Research.  We had 'Team K' shirts that said on the back, "Food Allergies…they're no yolking matter!" but nobody got to see them because the weather was SO horrible that we were all wearing multiple layers that day (cold and windy and wet).  Thank you, Mother Nature.  THAT is why I sometimes doubt WHY I live in Michigan.

Our travels…

We went to Cincinnati two weekends ago to see our friends, Kati, Jeff, Abby, and their new baby boy, Ryan.  As usual, time went by WAY too fast.  On Saturday we went to the Cincinnati Zoo for their HallZOOween weekends and despite it being pretty chilly, we had a great time!  Nicholas got to feed a giraffe some crackers and giggled the entire time.  We dressed him as a Monkey and then Christopher was the Banana.  We got a LOT of comments on how cute they were.

Our girls…

Last Thursday, a week ago, October 15th, was National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  I lit the girls' candle in their memory…and didn't have a chance to get online and post about it.  I feel HORRIBLE that I didn't have a chance to do that.  I guess I'm busier than I thought.

Last night, before our MOSAIC meeting, we went over to their grave and put out their pumpkins and their decorations.  Hopefully the squirrels and other animals will leave them be until at least Halloween.

What I've been up to…

LAPOM has been keeping me pretty busy.  I'm the 1st Vice-President, responsible for Social Events, Fundraising, and Publicity, so…it's been a pretty busy few months.  We had our bi-annual Mom-to-Mom sale at the end of September, and then we're having a fundraiser on November 10th.  Saturday, the 24th is our Annual Halloween party. 

I have met SO many wonderful families through LAPOM and we are SO thankful to have so many great friends as a result.  We can't imagine our lives without the group!

I've also been busy with taking pictures!  I've ALWAYS loved taking pictures, for as long as I can remember.  In fact, when I was a little girl, I ruined my FAVORITE baby blanket when I draped it over a lamp to try to make my own 'darkroom'.  Anyway…nowadays, most photography is digital, and so instead of a darkroom, I use my laptop.

I've recently launched a new photography blog…since SO many people have suggested that I start a business…please, take some time and browse through and let me know what you think.  I'm still pretty new at things, and I'm constantly striving to be better, so critical comments are welcome!  My Photography Blog

We've been attending football games (we took the boys to the first game) and have sold a majority of our tickets.  We did go to Homecoming last week (thank you to my sister, Monica, for watching the boys so we could go). 

Other than that, I'm enjoying being a Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM) to my wonderful boys.  I am SO thankful to have Nick as a wonderful provider to allow me to spend so much time with them.  And to allow me to do the things I enjoy, such as be involved in LAPOM and have f
un with photography.

I'll end with a few pictures:
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