The Connolly Family

The Adventures of Matt, Shannon, Liam & Paige

Month: February 2012

Mid-February Roundup

Matt made the Valentines for Liam to take to his class party this year.  They said: “I Choo-choo-choose you!” and featured Liam “holding” a train lollipop that was attached to the card.  Apparently this idea was all the rage this year as I found multiple variations on blogs that I read regularly (as well as Walker and Olivia’s class Valentines).  Here are a few of the shots he took of our little engineer:

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It took a few shots for Liam to understand what we were asking him to do…but he was still adorable in the process:

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Here’s the one Matt used:

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Paige continues her mission to snatch the camera right out of my hands…

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“Oh, Mama, you may be faster than I am for the time being, but I’d watch out if I were you!”

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Some days Paige refuses to wear pants.

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“My goodness, Gran!  It’s Yoda!”

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Getting down to business:

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He went over to the Dark Side for the tasting…

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“Dark Mater!”

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Paige stuck with Yoda:

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She approved.

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I knew I couldn’t waste the opportunity to take the kids to the Gardens when it was 65 degrees in February.  Unfortunately, taking two kids to the Gardens by yourself and taking pictures at the same time isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done…

Most of the pictures were variations on this theme:

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“Bye, bye Mama!”

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When Paige runs away, Liam responds by saying “I won’t run away like Paige, Mama.  I’ll sit right here and smile for you so you can take a picture of me.”  The result is the Lifetouch-circa-1993 shot you see here:

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Paige is unaffected by Liam’s unintended attempt at reverse psychology:

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“Mama.  Why is the water not in my mouth?”

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“I couldn’t figure out how to work the water fountain and am therefore making my I’m-disgruntled-because-there’s-no-water-in-my-mouth face.”

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Without assistance this was as close as I could get to a brother-sister shot, thus ending my photography attempts for the day:

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“WOW!  A plane!”

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“Who?  Me?”

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As much cooperation as my mom was able to get…

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This picture (while not in focus) is for Grammie:

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73 degrees in February and a swing in her backyard.  What more could a girl ask for?

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My sweet, wild, wonderful girl with her sweet, wild, wonderful hair:

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Lounging in the sun with her new shoes (that match her brother’s!):

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“Look, Ma!  No hands!”

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“Why would I go around when I could go over instead?”

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“Uh, Mom?  Are you getting a load of Paige right now?”

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Short sleeves.  Bare feet.  Daffodils.  February?

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My own little Tom Sawyer.

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Oh, this girl…

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“Hi, Mama!”

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The day when we have to cut these curls is the day I die a little bit inside…

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Bath:

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Kisses for big brother:

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Impish:

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Those eyes.

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And just like that I was caught up!

Post-Birthday Roundup

Here are a bunch of random shots I found on the camera card from after Liam’s birthday through late January.

“What’s that, Mama?  You say you want me to smile and stand still long enough for you to focus?  Okay…but remember that I do things my way or no way at all.  Always.”

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Liam has started picking out his own outfits.  On this particular day it was about 50 degrees outside.  He was very proud of himself.

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The big day finally arrived!

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Try explaining to a 4 year old how not-yet-dry cement footings mean that yes, you have your playstructure, but no, you may not play on it…then ask him to smile.  You’ll get something like this:

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Paige however (for the time being, anyway) is content with t-ball:

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Curls and a pinafore…ahhh.

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“YOU MEAN I GET TO PLAY OUTSIDE ON A REGULAR BASIS NOW?!?!?!?!”

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“I’m down with that.”

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Slam dunk!

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“Yayyyyy!”

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Lest you think Liam wasn’t enjoying himself, too…

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Paige prepares for a future in sword-eating.  You gotta start somewhere…

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Teeing it up:

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Getting a lesson from Liam:

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Once again, Paige plays by her own rules:

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Rinse and repeat…

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“If Liam can do it, so can I!”

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Swinging:

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Sliding:

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Paige rocks the pigtails:

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Now I’m only four weeks behind.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

Liam’s Birthday

Liam turned 4(!) in late December.  Here are some pictures from the celebration.

Go Wagaloo!

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Paige reads with Greatmama:

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I Dream of Trains:

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I told Paige to blow on the whistle…

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…she sniffed instead.

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The birthday boy eagerly awaits the pizza and cake he knows is coming:

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Liam wants a train cake?  Gran makes him a train cake.

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The Monkey and the Engineer, performed live in our living room:

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Paige checks out the banjo:

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Liam checks out the mandolin:

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Paige bounces with Aunt G:

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You didn’t think Liam was stepping away from his chance to play a stringed instrument that quickly, did you?

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Of course not.

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I’ve gotta learn how to play the guitar that’s hanging on the wall downstairs…

Christmas (In February)

For some reason we didn’t get too many pictures of the (5!) Christmas celebrations this year.  At least it doesn’t feel to me like we got too many but the basis for comparison is the 3,000 we took last year so my viewpoint is probably a bit skewed.  Anyway, here’s what we got.

Paige rocks out:

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Liam is excited about his new baking set:

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Legos!

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Greatmama & Greatddaddy check out their great-grands photo book:

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Iggy Peck:

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I Dream of Trains:

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Paige meets Paige:

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Liam tries to process the fact that Gran & Granddaddy just gave him (& Paige) a playstructure:

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“Is this for real, Gran?”

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Christmas morning (waiting patiently to go downstairs to see if Santa came) :

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Paige isn’t quite awake yet (and wonders why Daddy refuses to share his magic morning elixir with her…):

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“Mama!  Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk!”

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Checking out the goods:

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What on earth possessed Santa to bring Paige a microphone?

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She was thrilled:

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Microphone?  Recorder?  So much noise to make, so little time!

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(It’s easier for her to play when I make this face.)

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Digging deep:

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Liam made us a picture frame at school:

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The Polar Express:

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Paige does everything in her own special way.

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Teamwork:

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Paige & Pok:

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Weebles!

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Mutual adoration society:

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Buzz Lightyear CD player:

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Initial reaction (to the music):

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Secondary reaction (to the lights):

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P is for Paige! (and peacock):

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By the end of the day, Paige had the hang of the whole present-opening thing:

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Paige tests out her new tube:

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(I think she approves.)

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(So does he.)

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(So does Matt.)

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The End.

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