Beach Bum

This was Liam’s first trip to the beach were he was actually able to play in the sand and water and he LOVED it! I think you could leave him there all day and he would be the happiest little boy.  The first day we put him down in the sand he crawled straight to the water.

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He would  dig and dig in the sand, find some rocks and carry them around forever, and then splash in the water.

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He loved the water and didn’t seem to mind sitting and splashing in it even though it was pretty chilly.  The waves weren’t his favorite because he wasn’t used to the water coming and then going.

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I think Rafa had almost as much fun as Liam digging holes. He would also build a castle and then Liam would smash it.

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Two happy beach bums!

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Most of the days we were at the beach, it was low tide which was nice for Liam. He liked to play in the “puddles”.

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Until next year beach….

 

 

11 months

Dear Liam,

You are now eleven months old! I can´t believe we will soon have a one year old. Boy does time fly!!! You have changed so much this past month. So let´s see….

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You are practicing walking holding on to our hands although you don´t seem too interested since you´re a speedy crawler. Sometimes we catch you standing for 3-4 seconds without holding onto anything. At Abuelo and Abuela´s house they have this walker which I think you like to push around. You move a lot (hence the crazy 11 month photo shoot that we thought would be neat to take in the garden)

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You have a lot of hair. We are debating whether or not we want to cut it. When it´s humid out it really curls and looks so cute. When it´s not, it kind of looks scraggy.

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You are such a happy boy with personality.  We can definitely see you becoming more of a little toddler and not a baby anymore.  You make funny sounds and talk a bunch as if we know what you´re saying.  You now scream if we take away something you are playing with and like.  You seem to remember things more and more.

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Sometimes you wave bye-bye and give high fives, but not always. You are extremely ticklish. You have also learned to dance . You seem to love music and bounce when you hear it. Your dad has introduced you to classical music and opera already. You stare at the TV watching them both.  It´s kind of funny. 20140811_195319_small

You love the sand, dirt, and water. It´s really funny watching you at the beach. We put you down on the towel and you crawl directly off onto the sand, and then head straight for the water. You are not afraid at all. You also still love anything with wheels or spins.  You have also recently discovered the mop and broom….two new favorite toys.  You love your bear blanket (Ernesto…Papá named him that) that you sleep with too.20140811_195503 (1)_small

Next month you will start daycare and mommy will go back to work. I know you are going to love it because you are so sociable and love being around other kids. I will miss my days at home with you, but I know you are going to have so much fun!

We love you so much buggy and are so proud of you!

Love, Mama and Papá

 

 

Last week

 

We have been busy lately playing in the sand almost every day. Liam loves the sand and he is usually pretty good about NOT eating it! Almost all the playgrounds in Germany have a sand box, but we usually just go to the the one that’s closest to the house. He digs and crawls all over. We usually go in the early evening so that after he goes straight into the bathtub!

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Last week, Liam’s friend, Dora, came over for the day while her mom went to the dentist. Dora and Liam have the same birthday. They played so well together and it was nice to see Liam interacting with a baby that is not only the same age but at the same stage as him (crawling and very active).

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We also went to the Opel Zoo in Taunus with some friends. Liam was still a little young to fully enjoy the zoo, but he did like looking at some of the animals. They also had a nice park for the babies to climb and crawl around.

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We brought carrots for the animals since they let you feed them. But, Liam prefered to eat the carrots himself most of the time. I would say his favorite animal was the hippo (no picture of that though)

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We had our play group at our place and I set up the baby pool in the back yard. Guess who was impatient and jumped in the pool with his clothes on? Silly boy! He LOVES water and sand. Can’t wait to take him to the beach next month!!!

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Trip to Atlanta

Well I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures of our trip to Atlanta in June.  We spent time at the lake, did lots of shopping, went swimming at the pool, ate lots of yummy food, went walking at Kennesaw Mountain, and to the Braves game,  but best of all we got to see lots of family and friends!

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Here is Liam and Poppy going for a hike in Home Depot. We got this backpack while we were there and Liam loves it.

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We spent Memorial Day weekend (actually most weekends) at the lake house.

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We went for a ride on the boat and then stopped to have a little swim.

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We got to see lots of family and friends…..Reegan and Liam

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Darragh and Liam

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My grandma, aunts and cousins came to visit too!
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Uncle Randy and Liam

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Aunt Kristen and Uncle Reid came to visit too!

(oh and so did Aunt Laura and Uncle Jake… but we didn’t get a pic with them)

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Here is my grandma with her great grandchildren (Liam, Olivia, and Isaiah)

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Isaiah telling Liam how to stand up!

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My cousin Julie and Liam

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Liam and me

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On our way out for a nice dinner! Me, mom and Liam

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Aunt Maryann, Aunt Dawnie, and mom (you would have thought they planned the colors for the picture)

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Liam and Aunt Kerri

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Liam and Whit

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Keegan and Liam

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Me and Whit

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And one last one of Liam and I

Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures with ALL the family and friends we saw, but we still had a wonderful time with everyone!

 

 

10 months

Dear Liam,

Sometimes your mom can be a little scatterbrained and silly. I know you are 10 months today, but for some reason when I wrote your sign for your “month” birthday today, I wrote that you were 11 months. HAHA! Oops!  Don’t ask me why…I have no idea…I don’t want you to be 11 months yet. So anyways…Happy 10 months! Even though your pictures say 11! Guess we can reuse the sign next month! :)

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So this is what you’ve been up to the past month…

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You are very inquistive and want to know everything. Especially if you hear a sound or see something you want you look til you can see it.

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You now have six teeth: four on top and two on the bottom. We have moved on from pureed foods and you love feeding yourself. You still LOVE bread and anything with bread. But overall, you are a  great eater.

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You now  have become a little more attached to your bear blanket. I really think you just need something to chew on til you fall asleep. I’m so glad that you are a wonderful sleeper. You still sleep from 8pm- 7am and take 2 naps a day. The naps have been longer lately….each one 1.5 hrs. I’m loving it! Keep it up lil man!

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You have gotten soooooo much better at riding in the stroller (finally!!!!) and a little better at riding in the car. I think you have finally realized I am behind you and if we go in either we are usually going somewhere fun!

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You love love love to be outside and play in the rocks and sand. You would stay there all day if I let you. We go to the playground daily and you just watch the other big kids running all around. You are friendly and not shy at all towards other children. You also love anything with wheels that spin or buttons….your toy cars, the wheels on the stroller, the buttons on the washing machine, the buttons on the remote.

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When you get tired, you follow me around saying “mamamamama”. You also babble lots of other stuff and I think you say “baba” for “papa”.

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In the picture above, you’ve got some curls in the back. I was thinking it was time to cut your hair, but now it might have to wait. Your curls are too cute!

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You are standing up very well now. You can stand up and sit down holding on to something with one hand. We orginally thought you would start walking soon, but I think you are quite content crawling around since you move very fast. We try to hold you by your hands and get you to walk, but you really have no interest…..I’m not pushing it that’s for sure.

You are such a sweet, funny boy! I love everyday with you!

Love,

Mama

 

 

 

 

Life lately

Since we got back from Atlanta a few weeks ago, we’ve  been busy having fun in the sun (until today…it has started to rain)

Tom and Sue, my cousins, stopped by Frankfurt to see us before they headed to Switzerland to see Morgan and then tour some more of Germany.

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We went to Frankfurt for the day and as you can see their jet lag had set in at this point.

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Liam is so happy that his Cheerios stash is complete for a while! Thanks Tom and Sue!
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We met some friends for lunch and to watch the European Championship of the Ironman triathlon (although I think we saw more on TV than in person! :)

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We’ve been splashing in the water. We got Liam a little kiddy pool for him to splash around in…

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We’ve been watching the World Cup! Let’s go Deutschland! Beat Brazil!

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We’ve said goodbye to our dear friends here in Langen….Jenn, George and Alexa. They have moved to London, but hopefully we can go visit sometime.  Here is Jenn trying to get Liam to eat his broccoli on their last day!

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Liam saying goodbye to his first love….Alexa. Actually more like picking something off the floor.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from Germany! We hope everyone has a wonderful day in the states and enjoys the fireworks!

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We are celebrating by spending the day at the park, which we do a lot lately. It’s right next to our apartment which is nice!  Then grilling and watching the Germany vs. France match. Too bad USA is out! :( So now, I guess we’ll root for Deutschland!!!

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And one more pic of our lil firecracker! :)

Hochzeit und Taufe

I know I’ve been a bit behind on the blog….we’ve been busy lately and I don’t really know where to start there is so much to catch up on. So we’ll start with the most recent! :)

This past weekend our friends, Uta and Dario, got married(Hochzeit), and their daughter who is just a few days older than Liam had her christening (Taufe).
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Here we are the three of us. Liam came to the wedding for a bit and then we took him home to the babysitter.

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Check out this serious stud!

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The bride and groom

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The only picture I got of Ada, Liam’s friend….oh well!

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The church they got married in was very nice…all the interior was old painted wood…lacking on my photo skills as I also didn’t capture that. oops! Here we are at the reception area, having a few cocktails. It was really pretty and celebrated at an old barn they redid.

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This was our dinner…

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….Just kidding! These guys were hanging out in a pen nearby. I thought they were cute!

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One thing that is a little different here is that the coffee and cake is served before dinner. We had cake at 3:30 and then dinner at 8.

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Yummy…especially the chocolate ones…

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Ada’s cake

It was a beautiful wedding and we were glad that we got to celebrate with Uta, Dario, and Ada!

9 months

Dear Buggy,

It sure has been a busy month for you! You took your second flight to the states and were a good boy on the plane even though you didn’t sleep much. We just let you crawl up and down the aisles of the plane and fed you almost 2 whole soft pretzels to keep you quiet. I think you slept 1 hour the entire flight. Oh well, as long as we let you move you are happy.

Speaking of moving, you still hate to be “restrained”. You do not like riding in the car. We have noticed this even more being in Atlanta since you have to drive everywhere. You also do not enjoy being in your stroller. You always cry to get out. Usually we let you cry or bribe you with food which I don’t like to do.

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Food always makes you happy. You are a plump monkey weighing 23 pounds (10.4 kilos) and eat everything we put in front of you. Your new found love is Cheerios. I think we will have to import these to Germany. You also still love all fruit and yogurt. And your all time favorite is bread! We are down to 2 bottles per day: one in the morning and one at night.

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You are definitely talking (babbling) much more. You say mamamamama all day long, but we don’t really know if this refers to your mama or not. You also say dadada, papapa, and make other funny sounds. You flap your hand in front of your mouth and it’s really funny. Maybe you like the sound it makes.

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You are pulling up on things all the time now, are more steady on your feet, and are officially a super crawler. You can crawl fast now and I think that in about a month or so you’ll be walking, although I don’t think I’m ready for that. You really want to walk and run with the big kids. You love staring at older children and watching them run, smile at you, and play. We’ve been going to the pool and lake quiet a bit and you still love the water.

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This week has been a little tough on you and I’m hoping that’s why you are being so clingy. Your top two teeth are coming in so you’re a drooling machine and you’ve got a cold on top of it. Hopefully it clears up soon or at least before we fly back home.

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We love you so much buddy!

Love, mama and Pap’a

Liam’s first trip to Asturias

Well, I’ve finally uploaded some pictures of Liam on his first trip to Asturias.

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Liam had a great time with his grandparents, aunts and uncles.

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Here we are Easter weekend.

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with Abuelo and Tío Moncho

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with Abuelo

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with Tía Vicky

 

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with Noelia

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with Tía Macki

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with Abuela…learning how to beat the eggs

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Liam can´t wait til August when he gets to see everyone again!