Sunday, March 24, 2013

30 Months!

I wrote this over a month ago.  I'm really bad about checking to see if things post.  Mostly, it's because I'm either headed to the zoo, at the zoo, coming home from the zoo, or telling Ezra that we just went to the zoo and he can go back when they reopen the next day ;)
So, without putting it off any longer, here's Ezra's 30 Month picture & post...


-He's a running, jumping, climbing, talking, singing, laughing little ball of energy.
-His favorite game lately is playing "Fireman-Ezra"  (or, as he says, "Fire-Ezra")...where he runs from room to room after getting a "call" about a fire in a specific area of the house.  He goes in, puts the fire out, and declares that he has "Saved the Day!"  It's freakin hilarious.  And he'll do it for an hour, straight.
-Emergency vehicle sirens and garbage trucks can wake him from a deep sleep.  He also talks in his sleep, often saying, "firetruck, "police car," etc.  It's pretty clear what this kid is dreaming about ;-)
-He straddles Lucy, the chihuahua, and declares that he's riding Firetruck-Lucy.
-He's begun "putting out fires" and "saving the day" by peeing on things (in the bath, outside, in the potty...)
-He really likes pickles.
-Still consuming more frozen blueberries than an entire family would.
-Watering the flowers is a favorite activity.  Really more like drenching them, then turning the hose on himself to soak every last inch of his body.
-He's mastered some scary playground equipment.
-He's still the most amazing person ever and I still tell him every single day.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Birthdays, Blue Toes and Big News!

So, last Monday was my birthday!  I took a day off from packing and decided to sit around, eating spicy Cheez-its (don't you judge me, dammit), watching Steel Magnolias.  I wore sweat pants and a ratty tank top and didn't care one bit that I looked homeless ;-)

Speaking of Steel Magnolias, when I was younger, I decided that I wanted to live in the south because I wanted to be like the sassy ladies of Chinquapin  Parish.  I'm not kidding.  I have a deep love for Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine), especially.  Oh, and Clairee (Olympia Dukakis).  Smart-ass, southern women, just doesn't get much funnier.

After painting my toes blue, at Ezra's request, he required me to do his toenails as well...

He thinks it's sooooo cool and keeps talking about his blue toes ;-)  And yes, he's got 2 different shades of blue.  It's what he wanted, okay??


Also, Ezra has a little announcement that he'd like to make.

That's right, folks.  More baby-Blausteins!  As you can see, we're expecting this latest addition in September, probably a few days before Ezra's birthday.  Seeing as how I tend to procrastinate, we may be looking at a shared birthday for the kids ;-)  We'll see!

Also on the list for "shit that we've been keeping relatively quiet about," -- we're moving!  It's been the most insane back-and-forth between going to the east coast and going back to San Diego.  I'll elaborate more later, but I think we've finally come to a decision and we'll be gone by the end of this month :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Visitors from Home

Our good friends from San Diego came out to visit us a couple weeks ago.  Ez and I hadn't seen them since our last trip out there in October, so it was really awesome to spend some time catching up!  The kids acted like they always used to - as if they were still seeing eachother a couple times a week :)

Reunited and it feels so gooooooooooood :)

Ez really loves "Baby Molly" (she's barely a baby anymore, but I'm pretty sure he'll always refer to her as a baby)

We headed out to Red Rock for a little "hiking."  Really, it was a minor incline with some rocks...but very kid-friendly, so it worked well for us. 

Ezra and Claire, before we started our trek at Red Rock.

27 Hours....later.  (please tell me you saw the movie, otherwise this makes no sense...)

It's Jack-Rabbit-Ezra!

 This was about the most colorful thing we saw on the trail...

Pausing for a quick family pic

Ez fell asleep about halfway through the trail, so Jordan got quite the workout, holding a limp-Ez ;-)

The next day, we spent some time letting the kids go crazy at the playground...and crazy they went :)  Plus, it was President's Day - so every other kid in Vegas was there as well.

Ez, getting his slide on at the Town Square play area

The big kids, chowing down on some smoothie pops...and harassing the dogs.

We went down to the strip so that the kids could watch the fountain show at the Bellagio (okay, I like it too!)  Here's some highlights...

Inside a hidden corridor in the Cosmopolitan, I found this gem...

The kids had a race up to the glittery horse in the Bellagio lobby...

They side-stepped their way around the whole enclosure, trying to find a weak spot so they could get to the chocolate ;-)

Ez and Molly, ready to dive into the fountain...