Monday, December 28, 2009
we spent christmas day with grandpa keenan (visiting from chicago), uncle dan (visiting from atlanta), nonnie, and grampy. favorite memories include zack & penny stacking the new bucket toy oh so high, sitting in their new chairs (to avoid any more of this), penny soothing her aching teeth on cold cucumbers, and mom burning the cabbage and setting of the smoke alarm (but the roast came out perfect!)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
zack's #1 gift request all year has been a guitar. he was thrilled when, today, meme, papa, and uncle mike visited and delivered the guitar that santa had dropped off at thier house for him. of course, he has no idea how to play it (yet), but this boy couldn't be happier. thanks for the special delivery, meme and papa.
our attempt at a photo with meme and papa, which clearly didn't work out.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
a couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of visiting auntie tara & uncle ryan in thier beautiful new home. zack was thrilled when ryan played the guitar for him and even got to try it out himself. now he REALLY wants a guitar from santa, which is great because, as we all know, santa only brings guitars to little boys who are nice, not naughty.
there must be something magical about this chair that makes both kids sit still
to listen to a story...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
zack & penny had an extra special visit today from some extra special friends from ct - ava & geena! mom was pretty happy to see thier mom catherine as well. ava is 3 months older than zack and geena is 3 months older than penny, so we can certainly empathize with eachother's ups & downs of motherhood.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
as most of you know, penny was born with a "port wine stain" on her right outer cheek. while it's not very noticible (especially when looking at her straight on), we (along with her dermatologist at children's hospital boston) thought the best course of action would be laser treatment, since these things can get much darker and thicker as well.
the procedure itself only lasted about 30 seconds and is relatively painless. (penny was not a fan of the swaddling and gauze held over her eyes -- scary for anyone!) here are some pics of before, before with the numbing cream on, and after. the mark will remain that dark purple color for up to 2 weeks, at which point it should be lighter than the original. her next treatment is in february.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
i realized today i never posted this short video of zack (from last month) during a recent visit from meme and papa. for some reason, i really love it. at the end, he's so serious, telling meme that the piece is "too big" and he just cracks me up.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
penny and zack had a wonderful thanksgiving week, with a very special visit from "grandpa abba-dabba", as he's now affectionately called by them. turkey day was spent at nonnie and grampy's with aunt pat, beth, conrad, matt, & uncle john. then, on saturday, we had a small gathering of family and friends from ct over to officially celebrate the big O-N-E.
zack show's grandpa abba dabba a photo of mom and him in the hospital
getting ready for the party: penny and zack work together to stock the waters
penny's cake (egg, soy and nut-free!)
time for the big girl to blow out her candle!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
today, zack made about a hundred calls on his play phone. Each time, of course, he called meme. This call turned out to be cute because, not wanting to be outdone, penny says "meme" from behind the scenes...which i didn't realize until zack reported "penny says meme."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
z & p celebrated halloween a day early, hosting a halloween party at our house for friends (over 15 of them total, plus moms) in the medway mom's group.
penny slept nearly the entire time, but zack got to play with his pals and partake in the fun activities: "bobbing" for apples (with a ladle), decorating pumpkin cupcakes, pin-the-tail on the pumpkin, a scavenger hunt, and trick or treating on the deck.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
this is one of penny's favorite shirts. it was given to her mom by her dear friend essie during her last visit to san francisco, back in august 2008. mom will be so sad once penny outgrows it....she is going to need a doll that can wear it.
also, penny is into smearing food in her hair and all over her tray. troublemaker, just like aunt essie.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
zack, penny & mom spend quite a bit of time (not to mention money) at whole foods, where we're able to find lots of the brands that are safe for zack to eat. while it's usually a bit chaotic (penny trying tirelessly to stand up in the front of the carriage, zack biting into whatever i throw into the cart, and at least a meltdown or two), i managed to capture a sweet moment as we gathered our produce. and, no, there's never any room for the groceries.