twos, teeth, and a photobook.

I feel like I've been a little all over the place this week. Like I haven't had very much "me" time and when I do have a second or two I don't know what to do. Rest? Online shop for a much needed new pair of shoes for Henry? Read a library book?

Also, Henry had the great idea of waking up only a few hours after going to bed, and being inconsolable until I got a pillow and blanket and laid by his crib until he fell asleep. So there I slept, on the ground from 9:15 to 4:45, when I heard baby Walt wake up, sad ad hurting since he had just gotten his 6 month shots the day before.

But thank goodness rough days can turn into better ones and we're on the up and up.

And today, A TOOTH! I can feel a little tooth finally start it's ascent. I'm actually pretty upset by this fact though. I really love watching Walter get bigger, but I really, really want him to stay a baby forever. It's kind of funny, since he's bigger than just about every kid his age and most kids under one, but he's my baby and it breaks my heart just a little when he wakes up each morning and looks a little taller and a little more not-so-baby.

Finally, I'm making a photobook of family faces for the boys for Easter and I'm so in love with all the happy pictures of my family. I even included a few pictures of some of our friends at the end. I've been terrible at making photobooks with our family, our adventures, our boys--and especially with stuff on external drives, ugh, it's time consuming! Lesson learned: make them as you go! This little book of memories will be the perfect start as I catch up. I'm so excited to talk to Henry and Walter about where we were when each picture was taken-- a little scattered family history book, no?

The picture below cracks me up with my dad laughing, the truebie kids looking at their mama, Henry looking at Ryan and Walter just looking like the cutest baby ever with my mom happy as can be surrounded by all the grandkids. Summer can't come soon enough with another mini family reunion at my brother's wedding.


..And other things that happened in March.

Every month deserves one of these posts. An etc. post. Of course there were many more things we did this month, fun things like playgroups at the Museum of Science, play school at the Trotter, etc. but we were having so much fun (or it was super choatic...) I didn't take a picture. Or I was just trying to get some adult interaction. Something like that.

Anywho, here are some other things that we did. Pictures we took. Times that the boys looked super cute, etc.

hi, my name is emily and i have an addiction to no bake cookies. especially with walter's dairy sensitivity (aka me giving up my most loved food ever) these are pretty much a new staple in the house.

if i mention that i'm about to vacuum, this is henry's spot. under the couch. and he stays there until the coast is clear and i say "all done." it's the cutest thing and makes vacuuming a breeze :)

evidence of our tasty st. patty's shamrock shakes. oh boy...

tummy time for all.

henry likes saying "two boys" when he and Walter are together, and it just melts my heart. i've got the cutest boys in my house (all three of them :)

this is how you hold a guitar, right? i so wish music time at the library was more than once a month, it was awesome and henry absolutely loved it, and the sturdy kiddie guitar.

it's safe to say that the boys' first bath together was a rousing success.

i finally redeemed my christmas present from ryan with a fancy pedi and time to stroll around newberry street for a bit. heavenly, i tell ya. i didn't even have to have the handicapped stall!

further proof of the pedi. and of henry's fascination with my painted toes. apparently it doesn't happen enough :)

while hank got his iron levels tested for his two year appointment walt and i had some mirror time.  this kid...

ahh baseball season has arrived :)

i CANNOT WAIT for beach time with these kids. 

i front braided my hair...

...and liked it alot.

ryan said something super sweet about me a few weeks back and i thought about it all day. there's something about complimenting this mama's body after having two boys that seriously makes me feel like a queen.


he's really into watching these days. elmo watches, as he looks at cars, as he eats breakfast, as we read to him. we watch as he plays and shoots and builds things. 

To be quite honest, March was a gem. Other than the terrible weather thing. Henry is starting to be a little more needy in his two year old-ness that I think will make April a bit harder, but with the beautiful weather (and soooo much more playground time) I think it will all even out. 

But real quick can we talk about how in a matter of weeks Ryan will no longer be a student? Graduation, whaaaat? I've only ever been married to a student. Wild. 

April, we're stoked to see you.


dating: chinatown in the freezing un-spring weather.


We've lived here for 2 1/2 years and had never been to Chinatown. Also, Ryan and I had never had a dumpling in our life. Enter: the Gourmet Dumpling House. There was only a 1/2 hour wait for a Friday night (thank you cold, cold weather) and inside smelled divine. We ordered pork dumplings and sesame chicken. I can't believe it took me 26 years to eat a dumpling. I'd like to eat them at least once a month for the rest of my life, thank-you-very-much. (And thank you Amy and Laurie/Nick for the suggestion and reccomendations!)

And really, the best part was being there without the little ones to distract from our conversation. We talked about favorite places in town, planning future vacations and just had a nice, casual conversation. We weren't interrupted. We weren't worried about toddler-friendly food or sleeptime schedules. And there wasn't a single fruit or vegetable on our table and sometimes, that's just the best kind of dinner. 

We're ever so grateful for friends who will enjoy/put up with our kids (biiiiig shoutout to the Jones'!). And for good kids that people don't mind watching/putting up with. I'm pretty sure Henry just needs someone to read books to him and play basketball--that's his perfect friend right there. And Walter just needs a little smile-lovin and he'll smile and coo at you right back. Oh I wish everything had the instant gratification like Walter's gooey, cheeky smiles.