Monday, January 30, 2012

Our Little Monsters are ONE!

We CAN NOT BELIEVE that our two boys are already one year old! It was hard not to point out everything that happened a year ago on the day of January 20th... my water broke now... I was in the ambulance right now... I was pushing right now... we were scared out of our mind... I could go on and on... and LOOK WHERE WE ARE TODAY!
Where has the last year gone? We sure can tell you, it definitely hasn't gone to sleep! We were blessed to have two little miracles, and we said good bye to our last full night of sleep on January 19th, 2011. But - every minute has been worth it.
We went to Oconto Falls the weekend before the big day to have some special memories captured. Erika Krause captured our wedding day, our family in Door County at 6 months, and now the unforgettable One Year Photos! Click on the link below for a sneak peak. Aiden was Mr. CrAbBy... Ericka has a true talent. I was sure there would be NONE of Aiden ;)
On their special day, there was a party at Daycare. Two of the boys' friends had banners made when they got there and the boys had sugar cookies with sprinkles in hand to share! They even got special Birthday Pizza with candles!

Yummy Birthday Treat!
When they got home from Daycare, they had balloons on their high chairs with tractors, and MORE SUGAR COOKIES! Aiden noticed right away...

On Saturday, we had a Monster Theme Bash...
They got their very own crash cake... this is what it looked like before:
Aiden's is Green
Ashton's is Blue.

Some very special family and friends helped us celebrate. The boys are SO LUCKY to have so many people who care about them.
and... they were spoiled. I will get pictures of them playing with all their cool stuff in the next few posts. Promise it will be before a month ;)
Then came the mess. Too bad Aiden wasn't feeling well and was T.I.R.E.D.
Ashton got into it though! Notice the BLUE MONSTER...

And the Crash Cake after: Not as bad as I thought it would be...
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Sorry - Aiden literally put one finger in his and started crying... Maybe next year.
So what do we know about the Birthday Boys?
Ashton Alan is almost 24 pounds and 30 1/4 inches long. His head is 18 1/4 inches. He is taking steps and will be walking in no time. He waves bye-bye, says mama, dada, ball, and ba (bath). He claps, gestures "so big", and mimics talking on the telephone with both a play phone and his hand. He loves puffs, yogurt, mac and cheese, and ritz crackers. He tries to play with Izzie and loves to play catch with a ball. His favorite toys right now are balls, books, rolling the butt paste around on the floor, and walking with the Dino. He also loves anything that Aiden is playing with and needs to have. He has slowed down a bit in outgrowing all his clothes and is holding steady in 12-18 month sizes, but his size 4 Nikes are getting quite snug! Ashton has 7 teeth.
Aiden James is also almost 24 pounds and 30 1/2 inches long. I would have never guessed that Aiden is the same size as Ashton, as he has more petite features. His head is also 18 1/4 inches. Aiden gets excited when we cheer for Ashton walking so he thinks he takes steps too and wants us to cheer for him as we give him a guiding hand. He will let his brother figure it out and take off running with him! Aiden says hi, mama, dada, and chatters alot. He waves hi and bye-bye, he claps, gestures "so big" and also talks on the phone. Aiden loves yogurt, puffs, mac and cheese, cheeto puffs, Ted's pizza, and ritz crackers (flipsides). For toys, if it has wheels and Aiden can try to figure out how it works... he LOVES it. He has found he can defend himself from his brother by biting him as well! Aiden has really taken to his green turtle blanket with silky around the edges. Aiden is holding steady in 12-18 months clothes also while his size 3 Nikes are getting snug. Aiden has eight teeth with a eye tooth cutting and his one year molars on their way (ouch).
We have two very happy, and healthy little boys keeping us very busy. We are loving every minute of it and each day they are changing and noticing each other more and more.
~The A Team

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas #3

The last Christmas celebration was at Adam's parents house in Oconto Falls. We get up early on Christmas morning and hit the road. It is a marathon of a day! Once we arrive, there is food to be eaten ALL DAY LONG and presents to be opened for several hours ;)
The boys matched Gramma with their hats when we arrived!

Probably not OSHA approved, but the antique high chairs do the job. These have been in the family for MANY YEARS! Just a little snack before presents...

and... dig in! Not so much this year. They had very little interest in opening, but loved playing with all the new toys!
Elle reading Aiden a book over their morning milk.

Where's Aiden? Not sure but we'll be able to hear him! Pretty cool trucks... flashlights, a night light, and a truck that makes noise! Look out Door County.
Break time for another snack, then more presents. Yes, we take food breaks!
What better than Dino to help us learn to walk! So cute seeing the boys cruise around. Ashton was a pro... Aiden wasn't so sure about it right away...
Aiden prefers using the puzzle pieces for a paci...

You can walk with the Dino and ride it... Daddy makes them cruise around the house.

Ashton and Aiden are in love with the windows and keeping up with what is happening in the neighborhood.
With the Christmas Tree gone, they have discovered that they can see out the living room window and watch Daddy shovel. Next winter they will be out helping ;)

With a little bit of snow, we were finally able to use the sleds too! We walked around the neighborhood one night when Daddy was in Las Vegas. Look at their cute "Grumpy Old Men" Hats! Thanks Great Aunt Amy! They are adorable.
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Christmas #2

I get overwhelmed when I am behind in the blog posts... so I will be catching up with many pictures. I have had the last two Christmas posts loaded with pictures, so here goes some short narration.

Christmas #2 was Christmas Eve at my Brother's house. Nate and Katie have hosted for many years as it is great getting both her family and our family together. Not to mention how S.P.O.I.L.E.D the boys were.

The boys have really been into cars lately. Aiden loves anything with wheels.

Looks like the boys weren't the only grandchild spoiled!
Where are they? Crawling through the heap of paper!

They got some Monster Hats from Aunt Elly and Price. You'll see them in their one year pictures!
And Bouncy Turtles! Thanks Nate, Katie, and Kayla!
I don't even know where to begin recording what else the boys got! The will be busy and stylin'
So tired from all the commotion.

When we got home, Santa had some stocking for the boys... some cloth books, puffs, and Mickey and Goofy spoons and forks!

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The last Christmas Celebration was at Gramma and Grampa's.. Off to Oconto Falls early Christmas Morning!