Friday, January 30, 2009

10 Random Things...

Everyone is talking random things about themselves, so I thought it would be fun share some random things about Maggie and Joe.  So, here goes...

1.  Maggie is named after her Nana's grandmother Margaret Lowe.
2.  Joe is named after his Pop's grandfather Joseph Newman.
3.  Maggie LOVES stuffed animals.  She'd be perfectly happy with just her stuffed animals and some things around the house to play with.  She probably has about 15 in her crib right now.  We call them her Entourage!
4.  Joe smiles nonstop!  Anyone who has spent time with him will attest to this.  He is an eye-contact driven baby.  Sometimes when I am rocking him or patting him back to sleep, I have to turn my face away from him, because if he sees me look at him he giggles and smiles.  The little guy just melts my heart!!!
5.  Maggie refuses to let me do anything with her hair.  No bows, ponytails...it's hard enough just to get it brushed! 
6.  Joe has these really long hairs randomly placed on his head.  I would guess they are about 3 inches long!  He likes to rub his head and pull on them when he's eating.  
7.  Maggie won't use the word "Yes".  She has a pretty big vocabulary, but for some reason she avoids that word (hmmm...).  Instead she says "Yay!", "Ok", or very rarely "uh-huh".  
8.  Joe is the drool-master.  No kidding, the guy is like a faucet!  He has to have a waterproof bib on at all times, and he probably goes through about 8 a day!  
9.  Maggie's nicknames are "Mags", "Maggie-moo", "Miss Magoo", "Mags-aroni", and "Mags-amillion".  
10.  Joe's nickname is "Joe-bo"...poor kid, I hope he doesn't go to kindergarten with this one. 

So, there you have it!  Now, I'd love to hear some random things about your kids!    

Beach Trip

Last weekend the kids and I, along with my sister Sarah and nephew Miles, went to the beach to visit with Nana and Pop.  Sometimes a  trip to the beach in January is a nice retreat from the cold and gloomy weather in Raleigh.  Unfortunately, it was cold and gloomy at the beach as well.  But, we made the most of it, let the cousins do some bonding around the house, and ate brownie sundaes, which ALWAYS brighten a gloomy day.  We also went over to Huntington Beach State Park, where there is a small environmental center, with fish, turtles, snakes, and a very friendly (right Nana???) stingray we call "Mr. Ray".  Maggie and Miles certainly made the most of that outing!  Here are some photos from the visit.  

One rare photo of Maggie at the beach.  We had to hang out in the emergency vehicle ramp, because it was too windy!  She had fun drawing pictures of Joe in the sand. : )

Miles was really into organizing kitchen cabinets and baking!  

He makes some very cute facial expressions.  I'm not sure, but maybe this one goes with his cat meow???

Joe decided to finally take some serious interest in his fruits and veggies while we were there.  Probably because his Nana was feeding him.  : ) He has since been woofing down some baby food!!

These pictures are kind of funky because I am trying to learn about ISO (for anyone who knows what that means), but I apparently set it too high.  That's a bummer, because the kids were both smiling and laughing away.  Anyway, here Joe is showing off his sweet smile.  

Maggie had some good laughs with her Pop!  

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Snow Day!

I think everyone has seen these on Facebook, but I can't get enough of these photos and wanted to remember the fun snow day we had once again!  Maggie woke up Tuesday morning, looked out the window and immediately ran to the front door shouting "Outside, Outside!"...then to the closet shouting "Coat, Coat!".  This stuff that she reads about and sees on TV was actually outside covering our yard.  The snow was the perfect amount...enough powedery fluff to keep Mark home from work!  We never know here when we'll have a good snow, so we got to make the most of it when it comes.  So here we are... 
Look at those red cheeks!

Posing with Daddy.

Joe loves riding on my back.  What a trooper all covered in snowflakes!

He really is as charming as he looks! : )

No sled, no problem...Just ride on Daddy's lap...in her jeans no less!

Snow showers!  Yay!!!