Monday, August 31, 2009

Family Date Night: South Haven III

Shortly after the birth of Owen, Pat and I established "Date Night" as a way to stay connected in the craziness/busyness of having two kiddos! We found a great babysitter for the boys who we and they adore! Every week, we religiously go on a date and it truly has been so great for us! Well, one particular night, our babysitter was unavailable so we decided to make it "Family Night". We headed to South Haven (again!) for a picnic and swimming!

I absolutely LOVE watching Jack swim and run all over the beach! He laughs that deep belly laugh that just makes my heart melt and puts a HUGE smile on my face!

And O hanging out on the beach! He was fascinated with the feeling of sand, he was digging his toes and fingers through it.

Pat and Owen..ahhh..I'm in love!

Taking (trying to take) a photograph of a 2.5 year old and a 7 month old is so difficult, especially when there is sand to play with.

Look at Mommy...over here...OMG, "What's this?"...Look...nope!

OMG..Mommy has some M&M's..want some M&M's, a donut, a cookie..Nope!

Is there a birdie on Mommy's head? Nope!

Please..just look right here guys..real picture..NOPE!

Oh well..we still had a great time!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

South Haven II

The boys and I enjoyed South Haven so much..we had to bring Pat to check it out..two more times!

We went back on a Saturday afternoon to play on the beach, walk out to the lighthouse, do a little shopping and have lunch!

Pat and Owen looking out into the Lake Michigan.

Pat and Jackers watching the boats go out into the Lake...he loves this!

A really nice couple offered to take our picture..these days, this is the best it is going to get! Just makes me laugh!!

Here are some of Jack playing in the water..he loves this and chasing sea gulls all over the beach! He wants to catch one so bad..poor buddy..great effort though!

And when we got home, Jack was ready to swim in his pool and run through the sprinkler his boots!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

South Haven, MI

Our current residence is Kalamazoo, Michigan. After moves to PA..IA..WI...we are currently Michiganites. We moved to this lovey state in December the middle of terrible snow storm..or as they like to call it here..."Lake Effect Snow".

So, after months of being cooped up while the snow poured down on us..the sun finally began to shine and the weather turned warm. We (Jack, especially) love to be outside exploring the world around us. This includes looking for bugs, worms, rocks, flowers, Bobcats, bulldozers, diggers, dump trucks, plus a plethora of many other various things.

One place we have become fond in our exploration of this state is South Haven, a very cute little beach town located on Lake Michigan which is only about a 40 minutes drive from our house! We have now gone there about 5 times and truly have had a blast each time.

There was an older boy digging this big hole on the beach. Jack walked around this hole several times peaking down into it until he just jumped in! You loved it and wouldn't get out!

Grandma GG wore Owen in the Baby Bjiorn for our walk on the beach! Here he is blowing some bubbles!

Jack watching the boats come into the marina and out to the Lake. He could have sat there all day, one boat was better than the next.

Some views of the lighthouses!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Big O!

Well...since the last time I posted (1 year & 4 months ago) much has happened!

Most importantly..our precious Owen was born! He is a precious..perfect..happy little boy! He came into the world weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. and now 7 months later he weighs a little over 20 lbs. He is a true joy..always smiling and wanting to explore the world around him. He is almost sitting up on his own and he is almost crawling (currently doing the army crawl). He babbles and laughs a lot!

He already watches his big brother, Jack, in amazement! He just stares at him and wants to do what he is doing!
Jack was not so sure about his new baby brother in the beginning.Their relationship has truly blossomed over the last 7 months! It is beautiful to watch as a mother. I am so excited for what is yet to come..they don't even know how good of brothers and friends they will soon be!

Here are some pictures of Big O over the past 7 months!

Owen: 1 day old

Owen: 1 week old

Owen: 2 weeks old

Owen and Jack after bath time!

Owen (1 month old), Jack (26 months old): Valentine's Day

Owen (2.5 months)...HeeHee..this picture just makes me laugh! Needless to say..Jack had a hard time adjusting to his new brother..typical for a 2 year old, so I hear!

With Great Grandpa Frank..Owen shares his middle name along with his birthday with his Great Grandpa!

On the "Choo Choo Train"...Jack loved saying "All Aboard"!

In June, after a morning of swimming at Lake Elmo Beach.

Owen at 6 months..almost sitting up on his own!

Ohh, how you've grown!!