Last Days of Summer: Labor Day in Maine

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the end of summertime. Usually, this is a major bummer. But this year, I think my family had a pretty awesome summer, making it a little easier to watch it go.

Toddler with Shovel

Emmett and His Shovel in the Boat

Some of this summer’s highlights:

  1. Emmett got his first buzz cut.
  2. James and I got engaged and started planning our wedding. (Have I directed you to our wedding website yet?)
  3. We visited with Cousin Gus, Aunt A and Uncle Mac in Michigan.
  4. Emmett took swim lessons.
  5. We had Emmett’s first trip to the Jersey shore with Nana, Gran-D and Aunt Niki.

A couple of days in Maine with Gran Lucy, Grandpa Mac, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Sara and Cousin Ben were a great way to top off the summer.  We enjoyed a yummy lobster feast (and learned just how much Emmett enjoys corn on the cob), spent some time on the beach and the boat, did some shopping in Freeport for Emmett’s fall wardrobe, and mainly just relaxed.

grandma and grandsons

Emmett with Gran Lucy and Cousin Ben

Toddler eating corn on the cob

Emmett Devours His Corn on the Cob

Toddler and Lobster

Emmett Confronts a Lobster With a Grill Lighter

Who else is looking forward to toddlers playing in piles of leaves in the fall and making snowmen in the winter?  I know Em and I are.

For more photos from our Labor Day visit in Maine, view the set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 19 months, 3 weeks

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Emmett Experiences the Jersey Shore

August 25, 2010 3 comments

Last weekend was Emmett’s first trip to the Jersey shore!  The three of us headed down for a couple of days with my parents, and despite my fear that he was going to hate the sand and the ocean, he completely pulled through and loved every minute of it.  Apparently, all you have to do is plop that kid down in the sand, give him a shovel, and he’s good to go.

toddler playing in sand

Good to Go!

Here’s a video of Emmett with dad and Nana, letting the ocean waves wash over his piggies (AKA toes) and jabbering about who knows what…

Emmett also enjoyed tossing sand, a leisurely bike ride, an evening stroll along the boardwalk, a ride on the carousel (which he was not a fan of) and some public dancing.

toddler in bike seat

Emmett's First Bike Ride

toddler at the boardwalk

Emmett and Dad on the Boardwalk

toddler yelling

"I AM SPARTA!"

Thanks to Nana and GranD for planning such a fabulous long weekend at the Jersey shore!

Fore more pictures from our trip, check out the Jersey Shore set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 19 months, 1 week

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Little Swimmer

August 9, 2010 1 comment

Admittedly, a lot of my free time lately has been taken up by wedding planning (awesome for me, not so great for my blog readers).  I’m sure any mom understands this, but having a kid (or kids) makes it extremely difficult to find time to do everything you wish you could.  Luckily, I’ve been able to motivate myself to squeeze running into my schedule (I used to be a pretty dedicated runner before I got pregnant), and as I said, with the wedding planning, unfortunately my blog has taken a back seat.  Not that I’m going to convert my blog into a place for wedding chatter in any sense, but for those interested, the wedding planning is going along quite swimmingly. We have the venue, the date, the officiant, a wedding website and I even found the dress!

toddler and father

Emmett and Dad

I’ve partially justified my lack of blogging by the fact that Emmett isn’t hitting the milestones as freqently as he did as a baby.  Still, there have definitely been some developments:

  1. He’s been all about the babbling for quite some time, but he has also been slightly behind on his vocabulary.  Lately though, he’s really been excelling on the talking front. He can now say hi, bye, dad, one, two, blue, choo choo, ball, wow, wee and eye.  Am I forgetting anything, James?
  2. He’s developing quite a little sense of humor.   He fakes sneezes when we sneeze, and he’s just a goofball in general.
  3. He loves to dance. Like — loves it.  He dances whether or not there’s music, and I’m pretty sure he’s already a better dancer than I am.  This kid’s got moves.  I can’t wait to catch him on video.
  4. He now weighs about 28 lbs, and he’s half an inch shy of 3 feet tall.
  5. He likes to swim.  We’ve been taking parent-toddler swim classes at the Fitness and Recreation Center at Boston University, and he’s definitely a fan.
toddler and mom at the pool

Emmett the swimmer

Also, can you believe Emmett is already a year and a half old?  It’s unreal …

Age Timer: 18 months, 3 weeks

Happy Birthday to the Gusbuster!

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Today my awesome little nephew, Gus turned 1!  I just got back from spending a few days in Michigan visiting my family and celebrating his birthday, as well as my brother-in-law’s birthday and the 4th of July in an all-in-one extravaganza.  Needless to say, my sister the event designer made sure it was fabulous!

baby, first birthday

1 Year Old Gus!

Emmett had some reservations about Gus at first, but in the end, I think he warmed up to him.   Here are a few shots of the birthday boy and the awesome weekend.

babies in ship

Captain Gus and His Matey, Emmett

kids party balloons, cowboy hat

Gus' party hat and balloons

babies and truck

"Watcha got there, cuz?"

Age Timers

Emmett: 17 months, 3 weeks

Gus: 1 YEAR!

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Mommy and Daddy Get Engaged

June 30, 2010 5 comments

We’re engaged!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  To be honest,  I was feeling a little out of the loop for a while, since both James and Emmett share the same last name.  Well, it looks like I’ll soon be able to join the Vaughan Club, too!

princess cut diamond engagement ring

The Bling

It happened on Father’s Day — June 20.  James and I had headed back to our same camping spot from last year, on an island in Casco Bay off the coast of Freeport, Maine.  Emmett was staying right across the bay with James’ parents.  The weather was fabulous, and we were enjoying all the sun, extra snoozes and s’mores that a camping trip usually offers.

After watching a short afternoon thunderstorm roll in, James thought it’d be fun to set up the camera to take a picture of us in front of the sun setting over the water. On take two, James knelt down and proposed — and we have the picture to prove it! Clever one, that James.  Neither of us can even remember exactly what he said when he proposed, but the gist of it was that he was so happy with our family already and that he wanted to be together forever.  I said, “Of course!” and then proceeded to tell him to “put the ring on my finger already.”

camping proposal, engagement

James' Proposal

Besides the wrong ring size (I just got it back from getting re-sized today!) and the resultant scare in the woods that involved me briefly losing my new bling (it was too small for my ring finger but apparently way too big for the pinkie I ended up wearing it — and losing it — on), I couldn’t have dreamed up a better engagement.  What was Emmett’s reaction, you ask?  I’m pretty sure he couldn’t care less, and it sounded like he actually said something like “so what?” when we told him.  But let me tell ya — he’s going to make the most adorable little ring bearer.  Now let the planning begin!

kiss on a boat

Boat Smooch

For more photos from our trip, check out the album, “Camping Engagement.”

Visit our wedding website, http://jamesandpamgetmarried.com.

Age Timer: 17 Months

His Diaper is Full … Full of Chic

June 6, 2010 3 comments

I was hardly kidding when I said I’d be purchasing a pack of Huggies Jeans diapers (if you missed my previous post, including the awesome commercial, click here now).  Well, needless to say, I bought some, they’re awesome, and James is super embarrassed for Emmett.

It’s been hot, so Emmett’s been modeling them around the apartment quite frequently…

toddler in Huggies Jeans diaper

Now, he poos in blue.

In other news, Emmett also cut his 7th tooth (on the bottom left side) this week, further preparing his chompers to bite into a nice piece of steak.

Age Timer: 16 months, 2 weeks

Huggies Jeans Diapers are Coming!

May 27, 2010 1 comment

Get excited, friends.  Huggies Jeans Diapers are going to be making babies everywhere “poo in blue.”

You can bet Emmett will be rocking these this summer …

Age Timer: 16 months, 1 week

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