June 28, 2007
BOYS! turn three
We are lucky to have the most adorable boy twins next door. When we moved in a year ago, they seemed like they were so much older than Finn. He was barely crawling at the time, and they were big two-year-olds, running and playing and keeping their parents busy chasing after them.
A year later, Finn can almost keep up with these two. He's so smitten with him a lot of his dialogue involves talking about the boys next door. Since it's hard to tell Dominick and Kellen apart, he just refers to them collectively as "BOYS!" (Yes, how he says it is best represented in all-caps, and with an exclamation point.) Every time we go outside, he yells over the fence, "HI BOYS!" And I do mean every time.
Finn rarely deems one greeting enough for BOYS. His salutation usually starts a ping-pong of greetings over the fence. BOYS! reply immediately, "Hi, Lisa! Hi, Finn!" And then it starts. "Hi BOYS! Hi, BOYS' mama!" And they reply. This can go on excess of 20 minutes.
Here are BOYS! celebrating their third birthday last month.
June 27, 2007
This weekend, Finn and I drove up to Kalamazoo to visit with his grandparents, and great-grandparents, plus his great aunt, uncle and cousin, too. All that family meant that he was seriously the center of attention, which he loved. He barely stopped moving the entire visit, fluttering around from person to person, single-handedly childproofing his new environment (a handmade, irreplaceable vase? try irresistible!) and charming the family with his wit and brilliance. This was one audience I could not bore with my pride and affection for this little guy.
June 21, 2007
I've noticed lately that Finn has started showing off bigtime for his best girl, Lilah. He'll start walking really silly when she's around or he'll make funny faces, or smack himself in the head, Three Stooges style. Because, as we all know, that's how his father wooed me.
Here, I was trying to pose Finn and Lilah for a nice shot. But everytime I was ready to shoot, Finn kept reaching out and doing "tickle, tickle" to Lilah. As soon as she grows pigtails, I anticipate Finn dipping them into the proverbial inkwells.
June 19, 2007
Finn and Olivia
One of the things Finn loves the most about summer is that the big kids are also at daycare. This is Finn with his friend, Olivia, who is eight years old. He really loves Olivia, constantly showing off for her and relishing all the attention he lavishes on her. The best part is how he pronounces her name, "Oh-wiv-ee-aahh."
June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day, Daddy!
From your little mini-me!
June 14, 2007
i couldn't resist posting this one, too
June 13, 2007
One of the things I love about our neighborhood is how family-oriented it is. You literally see kids everywhere, and if there's an even better way to meet people than having a dog, it's having a kid. We all gathered at our neighbor's house for dinner before the neighborhood ice cream social Monday night. I hadn't been to an ice cream social before, at least not that I remember. The concept is so quaint! But they should have called it what it really is--a kegger for kids. Held in the middle school, they served up heaping bowls, cones, and floats, and then set the kids--hepped-up on sugar--loose in the gym. The reason I don't have photos of this event is because it was absolute madness. At one point the children found a bin of hockey sticks. (Say no more.) I spent the whole time chasing Finn around the gym, trying to keep him (newly emboldened on his sugar high) out of the line of fire. It was here that Finn also stated one of his first sentences, "I like ice cream." To further underscore the point, he picked up a hula hoop, and somewhat missing the concept, spun around holding the hoop around his waist. It was pretty much a blast.
June 12, 2007
Finn and Ernie
Here's Finn with our neighbor's dog, Ernie. He loooooves Ernie.
June 11, 2007
Nana came in from Cleveland for a visit this weekend. Finn took to her almost immediately, taking her by the hand to show her how to blow bubbles, watch Elmo, play with choo-choos, and where we keep the cookies. ("Honest, Nana! They let me eat as much as I like!")
He had a great time with her. Nana had to leave while Finn was napping. After he got up, he started looking for her, saying "[Where'd"] Nana go?"
June 07, 2007
where you been, Finn?
It's been forever since I updated the site. I know you Finn Fans have been fruitlessly hitting "reload" and hoping for something to come up other than the Jimi Hendrix shirt photo. Turns out I lost my camera, and when I found it, lost the battery charger. Don't panic--everything has been found and the team here at Babymania is back in business. So please enjoy this shot of a (surprisingly much older looking) Finn doing some gardening. Doesn't he just look like a little boy in this photo, and not just a baby? See what missing a week of blogging can do?