Sunday, June 24, 2007

Heading to the beach


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We headed out to the beach our first morning in NC. It was beautiful but the beach was deserted. We found a spot and quickly discovered why no one was out so early. Lots and lots of black flies. Bug spray helped but after an hour we headed out for other adventures. When we returned in the early afternoon, the beach was packed and of course the flies were gone. Things you can only learn from experience.

Staying on the path


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Hard instructions for this one to follow.

The brothers


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Definitely glad there are two.

Trains


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Tetris


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A recent quick entertainment for the boys we've discovered in Tetris on David's phone. A one-time fee of $8 has provided hours of entertainment - all in 2-3 minute snippets. Getting a bit antsy waiting for the train, for Mommy running into a shop, for a brother's turn, for our food in a restaurant. Isaac calls it building a tower - I don't think he quite understands the object of the game yet.

Train tracks are everywhere


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if you know where to look.

June


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We did manage to escape the chaof of the move long enough to take a great vacation to Connecticut, Washington D.C., the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and Connecticut. A great time was had by all.

This is Bodie Lighthouse - beautiful in its white and black simplicity and held up by the monumental strength of our young son.

We had heard there was a nature path behind the lighthouse so David asked one of the uniformed national park employees in the little museum. She shrugged and looked a bit confused. So we thought we'd take a look. Sure enough about 20 yards beyond the lighthouse is a fantastic little wooden walkway into the salt marshes. Do you think she just borrowed the uniform for the day?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pushy pushy back


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Don't count the small one out. He may be a little on the short side but he's solid. Ethan outweighs by only about 4 pounds.

Hug


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Pushy pushy back


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Ethan and Isaac invented a new game called "pushy pushy back" which involves one brother in front of the the other on the stairs. The brother in the back pushes forward and the brother in the front pushes back and there is lots of giggling. The game is really played best when the bigger brother is in the front. Isaac in the front has resulted in at least two near plunges down the stairs. It's hard to end any game that results in so much laughing and hugs but eventually everyone has to get their shoes on.

Snacktime


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Soon after this photo was taken there was a raisin catastrophe which left all of the young lady's raisins in the dirt. This wouldn't have been a problem (everyone knows the necessity of back-up snack on the playground) except Isaac is not one to pass up a snack. Even one coated in wood chips. He wandered over a few minutes later saying "yucky raisin" and spit out a mouth full of woodchips. We thought that was the first and only raisin that had found its way into his mouth but unfortunately there must have been more. His diaper proved it and this proved very unpleasant for everyone.

The big race


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March 2006


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Some things never change.

Big kids


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How are we the parents of two actual kids riding their bikes to the playground? There's no way we're that old, is there?

A new era...


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Sorry for not posting more often. I could use the excuse that the camera is in the shop (which it is after too many small fingers on the lens) but actually we're just trying to keep up with everything as always. This week really marks the end of an era. The end of medical school, the end of swapping kids, the end of our house. We're excited to be moving on - graduating is VERY exciting - but there's a certain bittersweetness to it all. There is a certain carefreeness to being a medical student that you don't have once you're wearing the title doctor. In a few days, I won't be able to use the excuse that I'm just a medical student. It will be my job to know and if I don't I have only myself to blame (and possibly my $200,000 education).

We'll miss having eight small feet running around our living room. Or at least six feet running and one pair that often doesn't want to touch the floor. And especially our house. This is the house we brought our kids home to and, though we complain about the thousands of steps and busy street, it has been a wonderful first home for our little family. As always, the good old days win out in the end - and we haven't even moved out yet!

And if you're wondering about the odd attire and perhaps the scrapes on our child's face, we have the ivory tower and a bouncy playground bridge to blame.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The new bicycle


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Ethan is a blur these days. Last weekend we purchased a new bicycle for him on Craig's List and let him pick out a new helmet. Ever since if there is light in the sky he wants to ride his bike. He getting pretty good - I hadn't realized that the boy before us had the training wheels at the highest setting so only one hits the ground at a time (very tricky). So soon he'll be rolling around on 2 wheels!

Sorry for the long delay in posting - as always we blame it on on the general craziness life throws at us. For those who have been curious, yes we did sell our house and will move out at the end of May. No, we did not find a new house. Ah, so... Our current plan is to sublet something for the summer and put all of our stuff in storage. Rather an adventurous plan but might as well make the best of it. And of course find the perfect house to move into by August. So if you'd like to scare away some owners for us (picture Scooby snacks), try East Arlington. Any great 2 family will do.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kid Power


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The love of trains


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We're so glad our friend O shares the love of trains - although love affairs don't always have happy endings so we like to have two tracks just to make sure.

Boys will be boys


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Who needs a sculpture park when there are rocks and sticks?

Homecoming


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This has been a week of long days - I missed dinner most days and almost bedtime. Luckily my next rotation (and my last) is all outpatient. Just in time for the spring - we're hoping it's on its way.

Homecoming


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This has been a week of long days - I missed dinner most days and almost bedtime. Luckily my next rotation (and my last) is all outpatient. Just in time for the spring - we're hoping it's on its way.

Where to go?


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So we have picked our favorite house and made an offer. One of its key features is the fabulous location, allowing me to take the train to work and the boys to go to preschool by train. The elementary school is nearby, the bike path a block away, great parks, and walking distance of the library and a cafe. Unfortunately the kinks in our grand plan look more like knots right now so we're not packing quite yet. Actually we're moving out of our house either way so I'd better get packing soon - and work out Plan B, C, and D while I'm at it!

Planets


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Ethan has been very into the solar system recently. He can tell you the moons of Jupiter (and which moon is the biggest), the dwarf planets, and the atmospheres of most planets. He is in love with the NASA website and we have started watching a BBC documentary called The Planets. David and Ethan actually made a spectroscope Friday which Ethan excitedly showed me when I came home from work. I thought my knowledge would surpass his until he was at least 5 but turns out I just can't keep up. At least in medicine I may still be ahead - unless that's his next favorite topic and then I may be in trouble.

Some days are harder than others


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He good tiger


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We assumed Isaac would learn the art of managing his parents at a young age. He's clever, has an older brother to model after, and can be quite charming when he chooses (of course his will is a force to be reckoned with...) As mentioned, AAA is our very best tiger friend that sleeps with Isaac - his favorite snuggling partner. We had mentioned for the last few weeks to keep him in Isaac's bed but the other morning.

Isaac wanted to take AAA downstairs for breakfast and David reminded him that AAA was supposed to stay in Isaac's bed. Isaac replied, "Daddy, he a good tiger." So AAA came to breakfast.

Next morning, AAA tries again to come to breakfast and this time Isaac responds to the request to leave him in the bed with "Daddy, he a good tiger. He love you." So guess who joined the breakfast table.

How can you resist these things? What charm will that kid use tomorrow? We'll keep you posted.

Watch out for the small guy


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Isaac isn't so small but the other kids climbing around certainly weren't expecting this wee guy to be on his way to the top. There were quite a few times when an excited 5 or 6 year old almost crushed our kid. The staff member who was guarding the escape hatch thought he was the youngest person to get to the top.

I am not going home.


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Climbing


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The Children's Museum just reopened after a long 3 months so we were so excited to go check it out. The renovations were much more extensive than we realized including a huge 3 story climbing structure. Our boys climbed right in and up to the top. In fact, Isaac loved it so much I had to finally crawl in the escape hatch at the end and drag him out bcause he had squeezed himself into the farthest corner from me and was refusing to ever leave. There is no fear in that kid!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Update


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David noticed that although I said I had matched I never actually said where - so I thought I would send a brief update of our last 2 weeks. I opened up my envelope on Match Day and, after a few seconds of being unable to focus because of the adrenaline surge, I found out that I had matched at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. It was my first choice and is a fantastic program so we were very excited!

And then last week we sold our house (hurray!). So now of course we need to find a new one. The plan is to find a 2 family house with our good friends and enjoy having wonderful neighbors in a good school district. Our requirements are not too strict - great schools, near a park, 3 bedrooms (or 2 with a small office), some backyard space, a decent kitchen, not needing too much work, and hopefully less stairs! So last weekend the 7 of us trooped out to see houses - 10 houses in total with 3 kids in tow. It was not relaxing, left the boys very tired and cranky, and did not turn up the perfect house for us. To add to the fun, we ended up with a flat tire at one open house and had to call AAA to put the spare on! Luckily the boys and Sydney entertained each other - checking out all the sticks in the backyards, giving each other hugs, and making sure we stopped at a playground when things got to be a bit too much.

Although a big discouraged, we're still looking and there are definitely a few possibilities on the horizon. I'll let you know when (if) we find the right house.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

AAA


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There is a new addition to our house. His name is AAA (named by his fierce friend the Roosterbear). He is a -ahem- lion, insistently a lion. Isaac loves to have someone snuggle with him at bedtime, naptime, any time really, and as much as we love to snuggle sometimes it's just not possible. So AAA has moved in - Isaac got to pick out a special friend who lives in his bed and snuggles with him. AAA is now a favorite and Isaac is excited to climb into bed and wrap his arms around him. He still wants Mom and Dad to snuggle too but is content with a quick snuggle on busy nights so we all love AAA!

A few of our favorite things


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There are definitely favorites in our house. Ethan has decided he loves space (an interest which David is more than happy to encourage). He can tell you all about the planets, the dwarf planets, the sun (a medium-sized star), moons, etc. He's becoming quite an expert and even told me tonight that he might love planets more than instruments! Isaac continues his love of transportation and puzzles, airplanes and rockets being his favorite. Somehow it warms our hearts to watch the brothers snuggling on the couch watching a documentary on the space shuttle Columbia for the 17th time!

Boys


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Matching pajamas


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Who can resist these boys?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Brother love


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Brother love


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I'm coming...


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