Summer Snow

Eh…I wish.  But reading about snow in August is almost the same as being in it…right?

In late February we headed to Crested Butte, Colorado for a family trip.  If I could choose any vacation in the world for the rest of my life, it would be visiting the mountains!  You’re just happier in the snow.  What we didn’t know when we booked the trip (leaving on a Friday morning) was that Seth would be out of town traveling for work the week we left.  So it ended up being a little crazy and he had to meet us at the airport Friday morning from a connecting flight.  The boys and I managed to pack, get to the airport on time, and get everyone checked in without a hitch…I was pretty proud of myself.

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Like the good little travelers we are, we got to the airport 2 hours early.  An then proceeded to wait through a 4 hour flight delay.  Hence, Drew bathing in germs on the floor above.

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The boys were so excited to finally fly for the first time!  Jake read through every manual available and asked questions from take off until landing.

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Since I got so cocky about everything going smoothly at the airport, of course we had some bumps.  It later took us 4 hours to drive 50 miles from the airport up to Crested Butte.  By the time we made it up there, it was 9pm and we were beyond starving.  But the boys were falling apart and Jake ended up falling asleep in his chair at the restaurant.  Jake never falls asleep anywhere he isn’t ‘supposed’ to so this was hysterical!

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Snow!

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Seriously.  It doesn’t get much more beautiful than the mountains.

IMG_6113 Crested Butte has the best kids area…there was a snow playground, tubing, and more.  The kids loved it.

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Finally getting to make a snow angel

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Besides not wanting to wear warm clothes, Drew enjoyed the snow too!

IMG_6123 IMG_6127 IMG_6133 Such a happy kid to be there!

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Daddy and Drew digging in the snow

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My cool dudes

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Drew enjoyed quite a few naps.  Walking in the snow is hard work!

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Me and Jake

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Jake decided he wanted to ski the last day we were there.  So him and Seth suited up and spent the day on the slopes.  He did awesome!  Jake had no fear and never got tired.  I hope both boys love skiing when they get older!

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Jury is still out on Drew.  He just wanted to ride the lifts.

IMG_6199We were so sad to leave but had a great time!  If anyone is ever giving away a mountain home, let us know…

Da Boys

Before I get into the great cell phone conundrum, it’s only fair to quench your picture thirst. Everyone in this house but me (ok sometimes me) whines and complains about taking family pictures but they are one thing I will never ever regret!  Pictures are so special to me and I love looking back at how things have changed over the past several years!

IMG_1304 Jake (4.5 yrs).  Doesn’t get much sweeter than this.  Also can I give a shout out to Old Navy for the boys’ shirts?  I think they are absolutely adorable.

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Love
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Jake and his daddy

IMG_1347I think someone probably shouted “act like you love each other” right before this picture…am I right?  Seth always says we need pictures with crying kids because that’s “real life”! :)

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Oh my Drewbie.  This kid.  He is a handful.  A handsome handful.IMG_1392 IMG_1400

Drew (3 yrs)

IMG_1402Don’t let the smile fool you…he was trying to choke Seth.

IMG_1406 Pure joy.  This is the Drew I always want to capture on camera!  This is how he lives life.  (Except when he doesn’t get his way)

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I die.  Nothing else to say about these.

IMG_1425Being a mom to these two is an incredible gift!

We are full swing into summer over here and I would say we’ve been swimming every day but the RAIN.  It’s great but sheesh.

Drewbie Drew is 20 Months

Drew is now 20 months old.  Yikes!  We are slowly being reminded of all the fun and not-so-fun things that happen in this transition from 1 to 2 years.  Thank the good Lord above that he has yet to throw a huge tantrum like an anonymous older brother had done about 45,000 times at this point in life.  Because nobody can handle that 2 times in a row.

I always tell Seth that Drew may be a handful and wear us out, but he makes up for it by being the sweetest little guy.  He is all about hugs and kisses.  Drew loves a good cuddle and now wants to be “rocked” before bed.  (Also known as his #1 stalling technique, but hey, it’s working)

Drew goes to bed between 7-7:30 and wakes up about 7:30.  He takes 1 nap a day that is usually 2-3 hours.  The early in the day he naps, the longer the nap.  So I’ll let you guess if he naps earlier or later.

062x Drew is 27 lbs and almost as tall as Jake (FYI, Jake was 30 lbs at 3 years so Drew is quickly catching up!).  He wears 18-24 month shirts and pants, size 5 shoes, and a size 5 diaper.  (Jake is still in 2T…ha!)

He absolutely adores Jake and can’t wait to see him when he wakes up in the mornings and at naps.  They hold hands all the time, hug, wrestle, and play pretty well together.  Drew also gets so excited to see our good friends and grandparents.  His eyes light up right away.

Drew still doesn’t say a whole lot but his words include: night night, mama, nahnah (aka, dada…he won’t say that D! and also calls Jake the same thing), dog, car, goat, cat, bye, ish (fish), ma (milk), bath, ball, book, bubble, tee tee, and booger (sorry, just keeping it real here).  I think he could say more, because he randomly said “Papa” when we saw my grandpa last week and then repeated “elbow” the other day.  He uses the signs for more, milk, and all done for everything else.  Oh and let’s not forget that we can make animal sounds with the best of them.

42 By the way, here is how Jake celebrated his 20 month birthday!

(He was thrilled)

Drew loves to sing songs, play chase, push cars, play outside, eat, play hide n seek, read books, pester the dogs, and “help” around the house.  When he wants something, he is absolutely frantic until he gets it.  He is strong-willed, but not nearly as much as Jake.  Drew is fun-loving, giggly, thoughtful, persistent, a Daddy’s boy, and makes us laugh every day.

I get asked all the time if the boys are twins (I just don’t see it) but your hair color is now lighter than Jake’s and you’ve still got those curls.  You also have the biggest belly this side of the Mason-Dixon line. It’s out of control!

As we get closer to 2, we are just blown away by how much Drew has changed.  Drew, you will always be our “baby” but you are quickly turning into a little boy!

Can You Say…

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Drew is learning more words everyday and I decided a video was long overdue. He wanted to watch this over and over tonight and was so proud of himself. And can I just say, I looooove when he says “shoosh”!

I forgot to capture Drew saying his favorite word – NO! He knows exactly what he wants and is not afraid to tell me “no” over and over and over and…over.

I know it won’t be long until his sporadic words turn into nonstop chatter like another little boy we know…

Drew is (Almost) 18 Months

Oh Drewbie.

You are giving us a run for our money.

You are nearly 18 months and have become so fun and such a handful.  You have strong opinions and scream your head off when you don’t get what you want.  But you also get the biggest smile everytime you see us, wake up in a great mood, giggle uncontrollably over the smallest things, and give lots of good snuggles.

How can we resist?

You are approx 25 lbs, wear 12-18 month clothes, and a size 5 shoe and diaper.

You still don’t talk a whole lot but we’ve seen good improvement since you got your ear tubes.  You say “mama”, “dada”, “nah nah” (also means dada), “ball”, “book”, “crackuh” (cracker), “ish” (fish), “oosh” (shoes), “isk” (Jake), “tucker”, “dog”, “duck”.
We can tell you understand most of what we say and follow instructions well and say “eh eh eh eh eh eh eh” (get the picture?) and point at anything else you can’t say.

You can point to your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, arms, legs, knees, hands, fingers, toes, feet, tummy, and bottom.

Your favorite books are “Wheels on the Bus”, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, and “Dogs”.

Your favorite show (you watch one with Jake during breakfast) is definitely Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or the Baby Einstein farm animals DVD

Your favorite song is Old McDonald.  If you are screaming in the car, you almost always stop if I sing this.  The problem is that I can’t sing it for 4 hours straight!

You sleep 12-13 hours at night and take one nap a day for 2-3 hours.

You are pure joy.

(For a peek of Jake at 18 months, click here)

Poor baby has had an upper respiratory infection, stomach bug, and now an ear infection (um hello, tubes?) in the past few weeks.  Luckily Jake has mostly stayed healthy but we hate seeing Drew feel so bad!  Here’s hoping we got all the germs out of our system so December can be a happy month!

Drew Gets Tubes

This morning we woke up bright and early to take Drew to the hospital so he could get tubes in his ears.  Poor buddy has had 8 ear infections in the past 9 months and it was due time we did something about it!  He did so great during the prep time and just played on my phone.  I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Memorial Hermann out here…they were so sweet to Drew.  Before I had time to even threaten the anesthesiologist (kidding.  maybe.) he already had told us that Drew was so handsome and he would treat him like he was treating his own child.  I know they probably tell that to everyone but hey, it won this mom over!

He got a little medicine to relax him before the surgery.  This was about when his eyes were starting to droop…
The surgery was so quick (they took him back at 7:40am and we were home before 8:30am!) but he was spittin’ mad when he came out.  This continued most of the day.  Someone is going to give Jake a run for his money!

Sweet boy dozed in and out on the way home.  Not sure he was fully awake at this point.

Drew is such a Daddy’s boy and I was so glad Seth was home to help out today!  He took 2 long naps and will hopefully be back to himself in the next couple days.

In the meantime, Jake had his first official “sleepover” with friends and had a blast!  We are so blessed to have good friends here that are like our family.  Not only was he taken care of last night, but they took him to gymnastics, the park, and to get ice cream.  He may want Drew to have surgery everyday! 
We are so thankful that God took care of our sweet boy today and hope his ears heal so we don’t have to mess with ear infections anymore!

Drew’s 15 Month Check Up

Today Drew had his 15 month well visit at the pediatrician. 
He was: 
32.25 inches (80th percentile – UNHEARD of for my Anderle boys!!)
23 lbs (50th pecentile)
To compare, Jake was 20 lbs 15 oz and 30 inches (click here to see Jake’s 15 month post).  Ha!

He got 4 shots and there was lots of drama for your mama.  The best part was when he puked all over his carseat on the way home.  Agh!

(p.s. you LOVE a good mess)
He kept reminding me of his “boo boo’s” the rest of the afternoon. Gingerly lifting up his leg, pointing to the band-aid, and whimpering.  Oh my.
But sweet boy has yet ANOTHER ear infection…I have lost count at this point.  We are going to see an ENT next week to get another opinion and a better look at his ears.  He really acts happy most of the time although his sleeping lately hasn’t been great.  I hope his new medicine helps and we can get these cleared up once and for all!

On another note, my boys are apparently ready for some cooler weather!  They have taken to playing with jackets on.  I don’t know how they don’t burn up but they think it is hysterical.  Hopefully this means they will actually WEAR the jackets when it does get cold outside!

Drew is 15 Months

Drew, you are 15 months old!  I still can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone.  You are such a toddler now and into everything.  
EVERYTHING.

A favorite past time is feeding the dogs.  No matter how many times I drag you away from the pantry, you still manage to find a way to get in there.  On this particular day, you were fed up with me and took the liberty of rolling the food all the way to the dog bowls.  Maggie and Tucker love you, by the way.  And they’ve never been fatter.

You look so big in these pictures!  You have really started to fill out.  You weigh around 23 lbs and I’m not sure of your length but we go to the pediatrician next week to find out.
You are wearing 18 month clothes, size 4 or 5 shoes, and a size 4 diaper.  Your shirts fit, but you’re going to need bigger ones soon to cover up that cute belly! :)

I think I’ve said it before but you really don’t care for toys that much.  You spend your days exploring the house, emptying drawers, and chasing the dogs.  You will play with blocks or trucks occasionally and love being outside.

I sent this picture to Daddy the other day because you were emptying his sock drawer while Jake and I were coloring.  You were super proud of yourself and Daddy had loads of fun matching those socks back up!
Look at that crazy hair!!  It kills me.  

Again, you look so big :(  We just turned your carseat around so you’ve loved getting a different view of the car.  
You eat great, sleep great, and while this age is super tough, we are loving seeing you grow!  You are starting to show some hard-headedness but are mostly easy-going and mischievous.  Between you and your brother, I’m not sure who will make me go gray first! :)  Love you, Drewbie!  

Drew – 14 Months

Also known as, better late than never!
Drew is growing up way too fast before our very eyes.  Unfortunately more of it will be documented in our memories than on camera!  Oops.  Now I know why my mom only has 1 picture of my youngest sister growing up.

I kid.  She has 3.
Drew finally starting walking this month and is getting more confident everyday.  He still walks with his arms up to balance him like a little kangaroo…or dinosaur.  It’s so funny.  He weighs around 21 pounds and has a little belly to rival a sumo wrestler.  He’s starting to wear 18 month clothes and it still hangs out of his shirts!  It’s safe to say this guy will probably be bigger than his older brother.  He is already starting to wear clothes that Jake was wearing when Drew was born.

We are finally getting a taste of what it’s like to have a true toddler.  Jake did pretty good in terms of not destroying our house…mostly because he was always attached to my hip.  But now, Seth will get home from work and find cups, toothbrushes, bags of chips (maybe they shouldn’t be on the lowest shelf in my pantry), toilet paper, and the like all over.  Drew also throws things away, dips his hand in the toilet, feeds the dogs, and thinks our lotion bottles work like the squeeze applesauce pouches.
But he’s just so cute doing all of it.

The boys were so funny the other night and started posing by the front door.  Everytime I tell Drew to “say cheese”, he closes his eyes.

Drew now says mama, dada, nana, nanu (Jake??), dog, cat, cow, duck, uh oh, “sh” (shoe), and can moo, quack, and roar.  He also understands things like “Give that to ___” or “Go put this in the trash!” (his favorite)

These boys fight half the day and love each other the other half.  I feel like a referee sometimes.

Jake starts school in a couple weeks so I am anxious to get more alone time with Drew.  He is always so happy but is now getting difficult if we are running errands.  Mostly because he wants to do the “running” part and not the “errands”.  He moved to the walkers room at church and has done great in a bigger room with kids his own age.  
Drew also has a little bit of a temper but I’m hoping it is mild in comparison to someone else we know…
I like seeing a second child grow up because I know what to expect next.  I love the transition from 1 yr to 2 yrs and I can’t wait for all the fun we’ll have with Drew!