Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dylan is 1 Year Old!

Dear Dylan,
Sometimes it seems like you have been here forever and others it seems like only yesterday you came barreling into our lives.  You were born with personality and spunk.  These days you are really on the move.  You love to walk around the furniture and you crawl faster than any baby i've ever seen.  You do the most adorable laugh where you crinkle your nose and sniffle.  The funny thing is, your cousin Dennie did the same exact thing when he was a baby!  You are still a great eater and sleeper (thank you!).  You absolutely love Zoe and while she loves you too, she doesn't quite know how to play with you but she does like to watch you play from across the room.
You stood by yourself for the first time this month and walking is right around the corner.  I can't wait to see what this next year brings.  
We have had a fun week of birthday celebrations with all of our family.  You are truly loved little man.  But, do not get used to all of the may have charmed me into a few too many treats this week.

We love you more everyday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our boys

Love these little faces!

Monday, May 26, 2014

1st Birthday Party

Dylan's first birthday party was a fun barbecue at our house with family and friends.  For such a good eater, he wasn't that interested in cake, but he had a blast and loved the attention!

 One of the highlights of the party was when I heard a lot of noise in the backyard and went out to find a bunch of the kids in the baby pool chanting "Underwear! Underwear!"  It was so hilarious!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birthday Boys!

Today we celebrated the boy's birthdays with a party at Pump it Up.  We've come a long way from Simon breaking his leg in a bounce house two years ago!  We were so lucky that our cousin, Suzie, got married on the same day so all of our family was in town to celebrate and got to come to the party.  While it was "technically" Simon's party, since their birthdays are only three days apart we essentially had a whole week long celebration.  Of course, the boys LOVED every minute of it.  Dylan really loved being around the bigger kids too.  The boys were in matching "Simonsaurus" and "Dylansaurus" t-shirts.
I know a time will come where they will resist having joint birthday parties, but for now it is great!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lil Slugger

Simon has been going to Lil Sluggers at Coonley Park.  It is a wonderful baseball program organized by former Cubs players.  They do a great job teaching the kids and he seems to love it so far.  Grandma and Grandpa came to town to celebrate the boys birthday and they were able to watch his class.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

We had a lovely brunch celebration at Bistro Campagne (we try to go every year).  Nonna was with us and we were lucky to celebrate with her too.  The boys looked adorable in their matching shirts (I can't help myself).  Thanks to Daddy and the boys for a special day.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Switch and Go Dinos

Simon has become obsessed with a line of toys called "Switch and Go Dinos".  They transform from vehicles to dinosaurs and are very simple for little hands.  We have more of these things then I care to admit, but he loves them so much!  There is currently a series of pictures of them on our door that he wants for his birthday.  In general they are pretty small, but he recently got "Jagger the T Rex" which was huge!  Putting the dinos in a line is one of his favorite activities these days.

Friday, May 2, 2014


Our boys love their "lovies".  Simon, of course, has Monka the monkey and Dylan has Gigi the giraffe.
Monka got his name because when Simon was a baby he could not say "monkey" so he came out with Monka.  Gigi was named by Simon for Dylan and we think it sounds great.
These little creatures give the boys comfort when they are sleeping or feeling sad.  Monka (there are actually four Monka's in case one gets lost) has made it all over the country from Chicago to California and Florida to Hawaii.  Gigi hasn't been quite as many places yet, but she has been to California (twice) and Colorado and Wisconsin.  I'm sure she will see her fair share of trips as time goes by.
Such cute and cuddly creatures!