The Connolly Family

The Adventures of Matt, Shannon, Liam & Paige

Month: January 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Miscellaneous Roundup

Apparently when I’m trapped in the house 24/7 I take a ton of pictures to keep me sane.  Here is the result of that and a few extras:

Liam’s first watercolor experience (thanks, PJ!):

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Sisterly adoration:

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Brother/sister time:

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Brotherly adoration:

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Mutual Adoration Society:

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This is how we finally got Paige to tolerate tummy time for more than 5 seconds:

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Paige & Sophie:

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Liam, Grammie, & Play Doh:

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Liam, Grammie, & (formally terrifying) Big-Headed Monkey:

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Paige & Pop:

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Liam takes direction from his shirt…

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More Paige & Pop:

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Paige & Grammie:

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Dreaming of Spring:

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Cowboy Gran and Firefighter Paige:

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Cowboy Gran, Firefighter Paige, & Firefighter Liam:

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Liam channels Michael Jackson:

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Liam shares Pete the Cat with Paige:

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When Paige really loves something (or someone) she tends to lead with an open mouth.  Literally.

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Two monkeys:

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Showing her love for Monkey:

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Showing her love for Gran:

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The many faces of Paige:

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Two Monkeys:

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I think this means we’re through:

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The End.

First Feed

When we went to Dr. Hutson for Paige’s 4 month check-up we ended up deciding to (try to) start feeding her oatmeal and bananas (solely in an attempt to help quell the major digestive issues caused by both her formula and her acid).  Read:  I change her clothes multiple times daily and we can’t really take her out of the house to go anywhere that doesn’t have a changing station (which basically means other people’s houses and church) because things are so out of control in her bowels.

The point is?  We started trying to feed her oatmeal a couple of days ago.  You can see for yourself how it went…

Before:

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Anticipation:

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First bite:

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Realization:

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Further realization:

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One:

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Two:

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Three:

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Alright–let’s see if Gran has better luck:

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“Oh, Mama!  I’m sure this will taste much better when Gran feeds it to me!”

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“Oh, dear.”

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I think this is my favorite shot:

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“Oh, Mama!  Why did you let her do that to me?”

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“Gran!  I trusted you!”

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“I can’t believe you would betray me in such an egregious manner.”

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“This tastes much better than that other stuff.”

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“Gran!”

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“Seriously!”

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Gran tries the maybe-a-huge-smile-will-make-it-all-better approach:

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Oh well…

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“Oh Mama.  Stick a fork (or a spoon, as the case may be) in me, I’m done.”

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Next up:  bananas!

Dear Decatur,

Why do you have to be so expensive?  I want to go home.  I want my kids to go to your schools.  I want to go home.  I want to walk on your sidewalks and paint my real baseboards in my living room with its 10′ ceilings.  I want to go home.  I want to know my neighbors and walk to the square for ice cream and live close enough to drop my kids off at their grandparents’ houses without it taking half an hour or more.  Did I mention that I want to go home?

If you could turn around the housing crisis, restore the value in my home, and move yourself closer to Matt’s work I’d really appreciate it.  I know you can do it!

Love,

Shannon

Simple Algebra

X + Y = Z

X= (Total number of hours that Liam sleeps + Total number of hours that Paige sleeps)

Y= (Total number of hours that Matt sleeps + Total number of hours that Shannon sleeps)

Z= (Level of parental satisfaction on any given day)

Today

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, but it’s hard not to smile when I look at the pictures I snapped today.  Here are some of them:

Cuteness and hand-holding:

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Little, littler, littlest:

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“Hey, Paige!”

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Smile break:

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Matching open-mouthed tongue-wagging:

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Liam introduces himself to Sylvie:

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Sweet girls:

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Shock and disgust:

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“Tell me about it, Paige”

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“Hey Paige–what if I just reach over here just like this…?”

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“Okay, first I gotta get into position…”

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“Now Paige, what if I just took a handful of your face?”

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“Now Sylvie, don’t make me show you how that feels…”

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“Seriously, Mama?  You’re just watching this and taking pictures?”

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Jazz hands:

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“Just one more fistful of ear…”

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“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Sylvie?”

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“Okay, so I have this theory that because I enjoy having my hands in my own mouth, you might enjoy them in yours as well.”

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“Hey Paige!  Paige!  What did you think?”

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“Paige?  Was it tasty?”

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“Are you serious right now?”

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“Here, maybe if I try one more time…”

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Perseverance:

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I don’t think Sylvie quite understands how dangerous this situation might be for her…

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Brother and sister snuggles:

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I LOVE this shot:

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Paige tastes Liam’s sweatshirt:

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Liam tastes Paige’s forehead:

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“Seriously, Mama?”

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More snuggles:

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My goal for the next year is to get a picture of Sylvie and Paige, both smiling, and both looking at the camera.  I have a similar goal for Liam and Paige.  We shall see…

Paige Speaks

Well, in this video she is doing her best to communicate with us:


Cabin Fever 2011

In all fairness, I don’t really get to leave the house between Tuesday and Friday on a regular week but Matt does and Liam goes to preschool and with neither of those things happening things around here are starting to get a little nuttier than usual.  At least there were some fantastic photo ops in all of this…

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Paige is unaffected by the craziness outside:

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Liam’s all ready:

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Obligatory measuring tape picture:

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Let’s get this party started:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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Step 6:

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Step 7:

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Final Product:

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Monkey see, monkey snow angel:

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Snowballs:

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Bull’s Eye:

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More snowballs:

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More snow angels:

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Wash, rinse, repeat:

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Off to explore:

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Once more for good measure:

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Stripping down:

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Me and my monkeys:

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Preparing the path:

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Liam takes his turn:

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Things are a lot sunnier inside the house:

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Liam’s new favorite game…

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Take a chunk of ice:

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Crack it over your head:

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Fall to the ground:

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Play dead:

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Laugh hysterically:

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Find another sheet of ice…

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Start the process over again.  And again.  And again.

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Liam’s first hot chocolate:

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This is what happened when Matt asked Liam to smile with his mouth open:

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Fingers crossed that we get out of the house before the weekend.  My food hoarding tendencies have helped us tremendously but even we won’t be in great shape by Saturday if this keeps up…

Miscellaneous Roundup

On the 8th, Liam and Matt and I headed to Athens to celebrate Lou/Granddad/GGDad’s 90th birthday.  Paige (and the camera) stayed at home with Gran and Granddaddy.  Here are some pictures I found on the camera when I got home:

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Thanks for getting these, Gran!

What A Difference A Year Makes

January 8, 2010:

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January 8, 2011:

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The Big O-3!

On the 27th, Liam turned 3.  His birthday is always at the end of a marathon of gatherings and celebrations, but his birthday only comes once per year and we’re going to celebrate, dagnabbit!  It’s simultaneously hard to believe that it’s only been 3 years since we became parents and that there was ever a time when Liam wasn’t a part of our lives.  I guess that’s just how it works with these things.

It was Liam’s day and he wanted to start it with a little Chutes and Ladders:

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This picture was taken just before an epic exchange that nearly resulted in Liam’s presents being given away to children who don’t have any presents.

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I won’t go into the particulars but suffice it to say that it’s more than a little difficult to feel anything but frustration when you’re 3 years old and you’re given loads of fun things to play with and then asked to put them all aside in order to open more fun things to play with.  We eventually got past this bump in the road and Liam decided he’d like to open his birthday presents.

“It’s a car, Mama!”

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“Thomas!”

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Arches and columns and stairs, oh my!

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Mama’s little monkey:

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Apparently all we needed to get Liam to voluntarily take a bath was to give him new bath toys.

Shooting hoops:

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Tub flutes:

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When we asked Liam what he wanted for his birthday he told us “chocolate cake and pizza.”  That’s exactly what he got.  Thank goodness his Gran loves to bake!

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“There’s a ‘3’ in the M&Ms!”

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Firefighting birthday boy:

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Firefighting Aunt G:

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Dynamic duo:

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When the birthday boy wants pizza, the birthday boy gets pizza.  Even if no one else is quite ready…

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Liam gets down to business:

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‘Mote control firetruck!

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Velveteen Rabbit:

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He’s still just as fascinated with this as he was when he first opened it:

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Thomas stickers!

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Pete the Cat (which he had memorized after 3 readings — the unmistakable mark of a fast favorite):

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“Pete the Cat animal” (which is how he refers to this when he’s getting ready to go to bed…which he no longer does without Pete):

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Cake!

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Yay!

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And so begins the saga of the blowing out of the candles…

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Consternation:

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Effort and anticipation:

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If at first you don’t succeed…

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Try…

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…and try…

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…and try…

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…and try…

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…but when in doubt?

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Get a little help from Dad!

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Hooray!

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And now?  Let’s eat!

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And the cake didn’t stop on Liam’s birthday.  The next week when he went back to school Gran came through again with cupcakes to share with his friends.

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Liam wasn’t at all disappointed that there were some leftovers…

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If deliciousness of a cupcake can be measured by the amount of mess a toddler can make with it…

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(and I’m pretty sure that it can)

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Then I think we can count this cupcake (and this birthday) a smashing success!

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