Monday, November 14, 2011


My sweet baby Luke, I can't believe you are already TWO!  What a remarkable year you have had!  I thought nothing could beat your first year, but I was mistaken!  This year you have learned to walk, run, kick, and (kind of) jump (who says both feet have to leave the ground at the same time!).  You have learned to talk...a mile a minute...from complete jibberish to adamantly telling your brother today "No Bo.  That's MY choo choo!" You have grown a whole set of opinions and ideas about the way things should be...from the way your food is organized on your plate, how many napkins you get at meals, if your cars are arranged in YOUR particular order, how many chap sticks you can hoard from mom and dad and so many other funny little things that make you LUKE!  We have learned about the things you really like-music, choo choos, Elmo, cars, Dora and Legos.  It is a joy to watch you explore the world and watch what excites you! You have grown in to such a kind and sweet boy, who always asks me "why cry" when you hear someone upset.  You hold my hand and your brothers hand, you freely give hugs and kisses, and you love your brother in a way that melts my heart.  This year you also became a brother and I'm just certain you gained a life long friend!  Never in my life have I felt more proud than when I watch you!

I know they say that two can be tough...but I can't wait to see what this year brings!  I love you little man!

Now on to your birthday celebration!

We had a few friends over for a Choo Choo Pizza party to celebrate Luke this year!  When Luke saw his gifts wrapped the morning of his birthday in Thomas the Train paper he immediately just tore into one!  He definitely understood opening presents this year (makes me REALLY excited for Christmas!)

He was overly spoiled...I don't know where we are going to put all the things we are going to accumulate over the next few years...or what on earth we will be able to buy for Bowen that Luke doesn't already have!

It was fun to watch Luke take it all in.  I don't think he fully "got" it, but he definitely knew that the day was about him!  It was so cute to watch him while we were singing Happy Birthday to him...he got kind of a shy, but proud look on his face!  We probably should have practiced blowing out the candle a little more because he actually ATE the flame!  Luckily, daddy was blowing too and so he just felt a little heat, no tears, just kind of a surprised look on his face!

Everyone is singing for ME!

Luke's Choo Choo Cake!

When he woke up from nap time, his cake was on the table, he climbed right up on the table and was very irritated that he couldn't eat it! Rookie move by mom having the cake out!  

Luke and his sweet little friends!

Want to see pure joy in toddler?...bring a GIANT Mickey Balloon!  Thanks Pete and Linds! So fun!  Unfortunately, after much hard play Luke managed to decapitate Mickey and now his large head is at the top of our vaulted ceiling looking down on us, for weeks, until the helium runs out!

Right before he ATE the flame!

Terrible family pic...but it was the best of the batch!  Getting a family picture these days can be challenging!

We had a blast celebrating our little man!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Twick o Tweet!

I must admit...I have never been much of a fan of Halloween.  I'm not creative enough to devise good costumes, I'm not in to dressing up, and usually I try to avoid Halloween parties.  I know party pooper. So I knew when I had kids I would have to really work at getting in to Halloween.  Last year didn't help things much...Luke was pretty pitiful through all of Halloween, so this year I had low expectations.  The first time we tried Luke's costume on him, he broke down and cried....the next time, he made it about 3 minutes, so we figured when Halloween rolled around, we wouldn't have much of a trick or treater again.  I didn't even bother getting a costume for Bowen, I know I'm a terrible mommy, baby's first Halloween and I did nothing.

Well, little Luke amazed us this year.  In typical Luke fashion, he took it in slowly and soaked it all in very quietly and then went full steam ahead.  Sunday night we went to my dad's church for Trunk or Treat...Luke refused to wear his mask or carry his shield, kept saying "off" and pulling on his costume, held Drew's hand with a death grip, and cried when he saw a man in a gorilla costume.  BUT, he wore the costume for about 45 minutes.

Monday, we joined our friends, The Goods, for Luke and Campbell's Halloween Part 2 at the Village Shops.  Not only did Luke wear the mask and carry his shield (part of the time), but he also was TOTALLY in to trick treating...he was pretty assertive in getting his candy (and in eating it!).  He was like a completely different kid and it was so fun to watch now I am a total sucker for Halloween because he loved it so much!  I love seeing him happy and enjoying if that means I have to decorate the house in orange and black every October and dress up myself, I will do it!  And, sweet little Bowen, you will get a costume next year my dear, even if you aren't totally ready to enjoy Halloween yet!

The video below is of Luke trying on his costume last Friday, excuse how loud I am, we were really trying to get him excited so he would want to wear it!  What I love is that he is watching himself in the mirror!

A special thanks to Bethany Good for many of the pictures below!
Captain America!

Getting ready to hit the shops!

These two pushed the wagon all over the Village!

The "Nerds" candy slowed him down a little bit....

Still pushing....

This picture just screams Halloween...does it get any better?  Candy in both hands,  and all over  her face and costume!

Mom, can I have another?

Sweet costume, but he got to snuggle with mama in the Ergo, so I think he was happy!

The strong face!  Luke's signature face!