The Connolly Family

The Adventures of Matt, Shannon, Liam & Paige

Month: October 2010 (page 1 of 2)

Roundup

I feel like I’m not taking enough pictures of Paige’s infancy, but the fact that I blew out a CF card today and discovered that I’ve taken over 1,000 pictures of my children over the past couple of weeks makes me feel a bit better.  I still can’t get enough pictures.  I just want to hold on to this space in time and I know how quickly it passes and the memories fade.  Here are a few of the miscellaneous pictures from the past couple of weeks:

Monkey see, Monkey use the Brest Friend:

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Daddy and Daughter:

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Baby face:

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Halloween party duds:

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You’ve got the cutest little baby face:

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Finger puppets:

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Balloon time with Grammie:

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“Now what happens when you rub a balloon on your head…?”

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“It sticks to the wall!”

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Crazy hair!

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Climb…

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…and flip!

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And, again!
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“I know I can make this thing stick if I just keep trying…”
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Grammie and Pop waited for more than three hours for this:

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Paige rewards them for their patience:

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Best.  Picture.  Ever.

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Next up, Halloween!

Choices

It turns out that running two video monitors at the same time may be interfering with our cordless phones.  I say “may be” because the phones no longer ring or let me pick them up.  I keep getting a message that I’m too far away from the base and have lost the signal.  Even when I’m standing over the base.  Also, suspiciously our printer has stopped working…

When given a choice between the video monitor that’s currently watching over the infant who’s actually napping in her crib instead of on top of me (!) I choose the monitor.  If the printer never works again?  I still choose the monitor.  I draw the line at the microwave (since reheating is the only method of “cooking” I’m engaging in right now), but in pretty much any match up, the monitor wins.  Especially if it means Matt and I can both sleep in our bed at the same time instead of splitting time on the couch.

On a related note: if you need me before Paige is three try calling my cell.  I might answer…

You Know You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep When…

Last night I made up a small grocery list in the hopes that I’d be able to go by the grocery store after dropping Liam off, before Paige needed to eat again, and before I needed to be back at the preschool to help set up Liam’s class Halloween Party.

I went to the Publix and purchased organic baby oatmeal and a new paci for Liam.  Publix didn’t have the type of nipples or cereal I’d wanted and Paige was holding steady so I decided that I’d take advantage of already being out and about (since that’s the part that’s the hardest about getting errands run these days) and that I still had a few dollars left on a Target gift card and run into the Target to see if they had the right kind of nipples and/or the rice cereal I was supposed to get in the first place.

I still didn’t find the exact kind of nipples I was looking for, but I found some that may work so I bought those.  I completely forgot that I was supposed to be looking for rice cereal without fillers.  Oops.

After finishing at Liam’s school (and in part because they had pizza and cupcakes for their Halloween party, so Liam wasn’t starving) I decided to run into the Walgreens on our way home just to see if they had the rice cereal I’d since remembered and to check on their nipple selection.  They didn’t have either one.

After finishing at the Walgreens I determined that my children could probably make it through the Kroger I dashed back out to the van, packed everyone in and headed over to the Kroger with my fingers crossed.  They had the rice cereal, thank goodness (although no luck on the specific nipple I’ve been looking for).

And this is where the story gets good.  After I finally made it home, fed Paige, and got Liam down for a nap I went into the fridge to get out the carrot sticks I’d purchased at the grocery store.  The only problem was that there were no carrots.  In fact, nothing on the grocery list I’d made the night before was in the fridge as I expected it to be.

This is because although I went to four separate stores this morning, three of which carry groceries, I did not actually purchase any groceries.  I started mentally retracing my steps and realized that when I was in the Publix on the day’s first leg of errand running and I was trying to remember if there was anything else I needed, instead of remembering that I’d made a grocery list but not purchased the groceries, I somehow translated the making of the grocery list into the actual purchase of the items on the grocery list.

Unfortunately, visualizing food does not make it appear in my fridge.  I want a do-over.

Scarecrows & Pumpkins & Gardens, Oh My!

This weekend we ventured out to the Gardens for Paige’s first visit.  The place was packed, but we had a great morning and Liam was psyched about seeing the scarecrows.  The difference between this trip and the last time we went (when I was very pregnant, the heat index hit 105, and Liam was pre-preschool and big brotherhood and therefore much less adventurous) was night and day.

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Checking out the scarecrows:

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A rare moment of standing still with Dad:

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Checking out the progress being made on the holiday train installation:

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Aaaannnd, he’s off:

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Water break:

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Cuteness abounds:

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Liam does his best scarecrow impression:

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Dad and Paige join in:

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Checking out the bees:

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Waterfall!

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Scarecrows in Peter Rabbit’s den:

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Checking out the revamped slide:

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Checking out the ants:

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Me and my babies:

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Leaf dance:

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Daddy and daughter:

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Liam spent a large amount of time running away from us at breakneck speed and then “falling” and lying on the ground until we caught up, this was one such time:

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And this was another:

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Checking out the blown-glass cornucopia:

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Aaaaannnnnd, he’s off (again):

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Bat Boy:

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Playing with the orange ball Part 1:

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Playing with the orange ball Part 2:

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Playing with the orange ball Part 3:

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It was a beautiful morning and I can’t wait to get the chance to go again!

Roundup

Here’s a random roundup of pictures from the last couple of weeks.  I may be slack in posting the pictures, but at least there are some getting taken…

Liam awaiting some Paige-holding time:

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Paige doesn’t look so sure about this, Gran…

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Brother and sister:

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She gives us this look a lot…

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Gran demonstrates how taking care of two children requires some creative thought when she holds Paige while playing pattycake with Liam with her feet:

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Taking a snooze:

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Fun with bristle blocks:

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Singing with Gran:

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Paige takes a snooze with Granddaddy:

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Gratuitous cuteness:

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Liam heard me taking pictures of Paige and wanted me to take a picture of him:

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And then he wanted me to take a picture of Matt:

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And then he wanted me to take a picture of the two of them:

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You can’t tell that they’re related, can you…?

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Back to Paige:

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And back to Liam…

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Sister and brother:

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Holding hands:

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More gratuitous cuteness:

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Friends:

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Another Paige-holding session:

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Dancing baby:

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Dancing boy:

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More dancing baby:

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More dancing boy:

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More brother and sister:

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Liam being Liam:

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It’s a really good thing that someone invented cameras because the level of brain function in this house right now doesn’t allow for much in the way of wit…

Pumpkin Pickin’

Last weekend we headed out to Berry Patch Farms to do a little pumpkin pickin’.  Liam has been asking about going to the farm to pick a pumpkin for the last month or so and he was ecstatic when the day finally arrived.

Gillian and Ean joined us and we were set to leave at 9:15, but Paige reminded us once more of the cardinal rule of parenthood, which is that plans are for suckers (well, that and the fact that although we may be the ones who pretend to be in charge, but we’re actually being drug around by the skin of our woobies by the very people we created).  So after handling a feeding that started just as we were supposed to walk out the door followed by an epic poop that involved 4 diapers, 30 minutes, and poop on my face (not to mention the walls…again…), we were finally on our way.

The place was a zoo (there were actual farm animals which means there’s surely a joke in here somewhere, but I’m too tired right now to make it) but well-organized and we were off on the hayride out to the pumpkins in no time.  We finished up the day with fried pies and boiled peanuts and everyone had a blast.  Here are some pictures from the day.

[As a choir of angels sings]

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Liam checks out the animals with Ean:

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It’s kind of ridiculous, but I think that this is the first picture we have of all four of us together:

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Hayride!

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Pumpkins!

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Aunt G offers a gourd:

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Liam checks it out:

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Hayride:

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Back to the pumpkins:

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This is how Paige spent her time at the farm:

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Pumpkin-head:

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She’s very excited about the pumpkins:

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Off in search of greener pastures (read:  bigger pumpkins):

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“Okay fine, Mama.  I’ll give Paige a pumpkin, but I won’t look at her while I do it…”

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Enamored:

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Aaaaannnnnd, he’s off!

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Guarding his find:

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Stand-off:

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“Oh look!  Pumpkins everywhere!”

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Liam checks out the merchandise:

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Ean checks out the merchandise:

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“Hey Ean — you may have the big one, but I’ve got three at one time!”

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Decisions, decisions…

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I thought we were just getting a cute picture amidst the pumpkins, but the bonus we got was rotten pumpkin all over his back…it was still worth it:

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Fried pie!

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The family:

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Shoe Thief

Liam has developed a new habit of stealing our shoes from wherever he finds them and walking around the house in them.  It’s pretty much adorable.  Here are a few shots I managed to shoot when I caught him in the act.

Mama’s shoes:

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Caught red-footed:

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Dad’s shoes (ensemble completed nicely by dinosaur underwear and robot jammy top):

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Right before the inevitable fall:

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During the inevitable fall:

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Aaaannnnd, he’s off!

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“Hey Dad, I’ve got your shoes!”

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Caught in the act, again:

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Toddler Quote

Scene:  Liam is sitting at the table while Matt fixes him some lunch.  Matt begins twirling a roll of paper towels on his finger.  Liam then comes out with the following, without any verbal prompt:

Liam:  “Hey Dad…you’re a funny guy.”

Matt:  [Celebrating]  “Hey Liam…I can die a happy man.”

My Family

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Dear Telemarketers,

Let me give you some tips.

Tip one is that if you can’t pronounce my name I’m not going to be particularly polite to you.  For example, if you ask for me and I can’t tell if you’re trying to talk to me or order a Sicilian pastry then I don’t have time to deal with you and you will get a response such as “If you can’t pronounce my name then I don’t have time to talk to you.”  I know that this is rude, but if I just ran to the phone holding a bottle feeding baby only to have someone I don’t want to talk to on the other end of the line then you have to understand that you get what you get.

Tip two is that if I have to say “Hello” two times (or more) because you’re too lazy to hold the phone up to your ear instead of having me on speakerphone until I answer and therefore you do not hear me then you will not get the desired result.  I will hang up on you.  It’s that simple.

Tip three is that if someone is on the Do Not Call list then they probably don’t want to be contacted by telephone and won’t respond very politely if you try.  That’s why it’s called a DO NOT CALL list.  See how that works?

This isn’t rocket science, people.

No Love,

Shannon

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