Thursday, December 6, 2012

I Do It For My Health

Have you checked out my other blog lately? I've been a little better at updating. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Landon and Parker are being pretty darn cute these days. Now that Parker is more responsive, Landon is treating him more like a friend and less like a baby. It is too cute to see these guys in their own little secret world, and I feel like I'm witnessing the beginning of a very special relationship. Here are just a few of the pics I've taken with my phone recently. Enjoy :)

Sometimes I refer to them as "Little Big" and "Big Little":

Boys will be boys ;)

Two healthy boys at their check-up:

Finally, my FAVORITE thing is when Landon makes Parker laugh. As I've said before, I'm pretty sure he is better at making Parker laugh than anyone else.  This was a moment during last night's dinner:

I love having boys.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Parker's First Food

Today we gave Parker his first taste of food. On the menu? Avocado. How did Parker feel about it? Loved it! By the end he would get upset between bites because he wanted to taste more. I can't wait to introduce him to more foods and all their amazing flavors!

Of course, we had to get those first few bites on camera. I love his reaction to the first bite. I mean, how absolutely different it must taste for him.  Also, I have to admit, my favorite part of the video is the sight of Parker's chubby little rolls :)  Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oma's Pumpkin Patch

This year we took a little family trip to Oma's Pumpkin Patch. While the "Pumpkin Patch" was actually a dairy farm (smelly), in the 90's (sweaty), and basically infested with bees (yucky), Landon didn't seem to mind and was the upbeat happy boy we love, while Parker enjoyed the view from the Ergo.

We went to Oma's with Landon's wife, Annabelle. Okay, they aren't really married, but these best friends often act like an old married couple - it's pretty cute:

We milked (fake) cows:

and raced rubber duckies (Look at that face! Pure joy!):
We checked out some goats:

and tractors:

Landon loved spending time in the hay maze with dad:

And, of course, we tried our hardest to get a cute pic of our boys:

Just the four of us (at stinky, hot Oma's):

We're Growing!!! [Parker Edition]

4 months:

Our littlest man is four months! Things are getting more and more fun around here. Landon loves his little brother and loves to make him laugh (and he may be better at it than anyone else). Parker LOVES his big brother. He always watches Landon with a huge smile on his face. I just can't wait for these guys to grow up together and be best of friends.
Parker is still a strong little guy, both physically strong and strong-willed. He wants to stand all day long and if you put him down where he doesn't appreciate he can roll or scoot/shift his body to where he wants to be. Recently, at the doctor's office, they tried 5 different times to test his oxygen, two different people administering, but he was so active, they couldn't get a read. They just asked, "Does he always move around this much?" The doctor's visit brings us to the next milestone....
Unfortunately, this month brought Parker's first illness. He has been battling bronchiolitis  and it's been a REAL rough week in the Butler house. I recommend two kids, I don't recommend two sick kids at the same time. Fortunately, Parker is finally on the mend and I'm sure we are going to start catching up on sleep any day here.

On a brighter note, I love this guy's laugh! I have a feeling he is going to have a big belly laugh when he grows up because he can really let it out, when he wants.  Here's a little video of our giggling boy, who happens to LOVE compliments:

Parker is growing up so fast!I can't wait to see what the next few months bring.

Monday, October 15, 2012

We're Growing!!! [Parker Edition]

Look at me getting this blog done before the month is up. Woohoo!

3 Months:

Our littlest man is 3 months old and I just can't believe how much growing this kid has done. He is a solid dude who seems like a giant when compared to how his skinny older brother was at this age.  Parker is a happy guy, who likes to "speak up" when something is a bit off.  He's at that cool age where he smiles a lot and is just starting to transition from the smiley grunt/"humph" to a full-blown laugh. Parker is a chatty boy, who can stare up at his mama all day (I'm puddy, I tell you. Puddy). His biggest thing that I am seeing is how strong he is and how great he is with his hands. He already loves to stand up (with our support, of course) so he can put all his weight on his legs. And he loves grabbing for anything he wants with his hands... and he's good at it! He can concentrate on something and play with it for awhile. He's a true inspector!

Last month I took Parker to his two month appointment and the doctor was amazed at his strength. When she saw him roll over not once, not twice, but three times, she exclaimed he was doing fourth month tricks and said he's gonna be one of those kids who is running before you know it. I don't care too much about milestones, but I just loved her swooning over my baby boy.

Oh, and while we were waiting, I of course snapped a few pics with my phone. Such a happy boy:

I am so in love with my littlest man and am enjoying seeing him grow. I feel like everyday we are seeing a little more of his personality which is such a treat.  But, oh man, if I thought time with Landon as a baby went fast, time with Parker is like lightening speed.  I'm trying to capture every moment I can to hold in my memory for later :)

You may have remembered my newest "obstacle" with taking Parker's monthly pics.... well, it's still happening. So, without further ado... the brotherly bloopers:

Landon "helping" with the photo shoot means Mama has to cleverly take pictures without him in frame:

Finally, Landon gets to hop in on the shoot. I think we can all see how happy he is about this:

"So I says to the guy, I says..."


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Landon's Skoo!"

Not only was September 6th a big day for Landon because he turned 2, it also marked his first day Preschool. It's nothing too crazy; just three hours two days a week, but there is one thing for sure, Landon LOVES going to school. 

Here was our little man in his very first "First day of School" pic:

We had met his teachers a couple days earlier and Landon had already got the chance to take a gander around his classroom. All this made for a very smooth transition.... I wish I could say that was the case for all the kids in his class :/  When I dropped Landon off, he headed straight for the trains and didn't look twice as I walked out.

When I came to pick him up, he still had a huge smile on his face... and a birthday crown"!

Mrs. April said he was a champion and didn't cry once. I actually had expected this since we have such a social dude on our hands.

Since then, Lando is still loving Preschool. When we arrive in the parking lot, he proudly exclaims, "Landon's Skoo!" And as we make our way to his classroom, walking is never fast enough- "Landon running!"  It's a great feeling knowing that Lando is loving school so much. He loves his teachers and already I'm seeing changes in him ( FINALLY my child can sit through story-time!!).  I can't believe he is old enough to be there, but it's also exciting that he is turning from toddler to super cool, awesome, CHATTY kid :)

Bonus pic - Landon all dressed up for Picture Day: