Thursday, October 30, 2008

Charlie's birthday...continued

Inspired by Autumn ... and at the very real risk of sending myself into a post-traumatic shock-induced session of curling up into the fetal position and rocking back and forth on the ground mumbling incoherently....
I take you back in time 3 years.
Here I was on Thursday, October 27th, 2005 - the day we went in to the hospital to "get induced" (yeah, right, how'd that work out for you, docs?) with Charlie.

3 very long days's Charlie in all his newborn glory - 10 pounds, 8 ounces, a weight I will never forget!

Our first family shot - we were both more than a little traumatized, but very happy anyways... :)

This one cracks me up - Blake was a week old and came to the hospital to visit "little" newborn Charlie. Charlie was literally twice his weight.

Even though it was a rough start for our big baby boy, I wouldn't trade Charlie for anything in the world.
Happy Birthday, Charlie, we love you so much!
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Happy Birthday/Halloween!

A trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

A failed attempt at a family shot :)

Pumpkin Carving 101: Professor Shawn Fletcher, MA

Shawn was the only one to actually "touch" a pumpkin, knife, spoon, seeds, or mushy-pumpkin-guts during the entire process...the 3 toddlers were merely spectators.

Charlie watching while showing off his sweet tats.

- OCTOBER 30 -

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fletcher Beach Trip '08

This past weekend was our annual vacation with the Fletcher side of the family. This year we went to Rockaway Beach. The 3 of us were only able to be there for about 24 hours total...but we managed to squeeze in some fun times.

Charlie wasn't feeling very photogenic on the drive there...

Guess he was tired, too, because he fell asleep with that blanket still over his face.

The house was AMAZING.

Right on the beach, beautiful woodworking everywhere!

And ahhhh...the kitchen of my dreams.

Charlie was glad to see Ellie when we arrived.

Not sure what is with the "hiding" thing, but it seems to be a theme lately - that, and taking off his shirt to be "naked" - "I wanna be naked, mommy!"

Playing Scum of the Earth

Blake liked the kitchen, too!

Charlie and Ellie being silly

On our way down to the beach for our first (and only) trip to the water.

I realized this was only the second time Charlie's ever seen the ocean - the first time he was only about 9 months old. And we live SO CLOSE! It's a shame, I know.

At first, he was afraid to go into the water without Shawn or me holding him. But he warmed up to it pretty fast, and soon we were running out to the water and letting the tide "chase" us back onto the sand and he got all nice and wet.

Jaz and Ellie

Blake in sand heaven.

Back to the house to just hang out and be lazy! :)

We celebrated Charlie and Blake's birthdays with a pumpkin cookie cake.

Jasmine, Eli, Ellie, and Blake had a great time eating the cookie cake, opening Blake's presents, playing with all the new toys.

Charlie beats to his own drum, however, and sat away from everyone with just me and Shawn and opened his presents quietly. And, he didn't want any of the "yucky cookie cake", either.

He loved his new Mickey Mouse sticker and stamp set.

"Maybe I should just take off my shirt and put the stickers all over my arms."

Yes, again, with the "naked" thing!

Jasmine and Ellie sharing a secret, aren't they too cute?

Blake, Ellie, Jasmine, and Eli watching a movie together.

Where's Charlie? Yep, that's him down there on the floor. Once again, doing his own thing...

Thanks, family, we had fun - sorry we couldn't be there longer!

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