Friday, October 31, 2008

Learning to Walk

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Henry's started to push things around. I don't think it will be much longer before he's a walker. He turns 1 in three weeks. Will it be before then?

From my monsters to yours:

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Happy Halloween everyone! You are, probably like us, and have a super busy day planned. We went to school this AM for Owen's Halloween party. He wore the shark costume, but it took lots of coercion and he's thinking he's just going to be a soccer player (like last year) tonight. He says the shark costume isn't comfortable. (well.. .NO KIDDING! since when we're costumes comfortable???). After Owen's party, we headed to Emmett's school party (O had a half day today), where Emmett wore a lion costume we dug up in the basement. Let it be noted that this is his 3rd costume change. (firefighter, dinosaur, and lion) and he's hoping I'll let him wear his glowing shirt for trick or treating (see the graveyard pizza pic below). He doesn't want any part of a costume! Henry outgrew his monkey costume. After washing it after the Davis's party, it's now way too small, I bought 6-12 months! What was I thinking? Anyway, he didn't seen to mind wearing Owen's old frog costume. After Emmett's party we have Owen's parent teacher conferences, then trick or treating! Crazy day! I can't help but think how thankful the teachers must be that Halloween is on a Friday this year.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Owen and Emmett

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And their finished pumpkin product.

Happy Halloeve..

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We did the obligatory carving pumpkins tonight. Seriously, one of my least fave holiday activities. But, they turned out fairly nice. We also made "graveyard pizza". That's what the boys are holding here. It's really a brownie in a pizza pan w/ tombstones(Oreos) on it. More pics to follow.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My little diplomat

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Owen was picked to be a student council representative for his class today. He was super excited. He got to do it last year, and had a great time. I think his fave part of the "job" was collecting cans for the school in the lunch room during the school can drive. Oh, and he LOVES going to the monthly meetings.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Our fall day.

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Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Bville. And, looking at the forecast, quite possibly the last nice day for a VERY LONG 6 months. Here are some scenes from our day.

In this pic, Emmett had fun examining what he told me was a stink bug. Eddie said it really is a stink bug? Any insect experts out there?

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I tried to get a decent photo of all three boys with little success. This is my best effort. yuck!


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My almost 8 year old...

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Eddie buried Owen and Emmett in the leaves.

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Emmett raked leaves for him to slide into at the bottom of the slide.

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Henry explored the backyard.

Gutter cleaning

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Eddie cleaned out the gutters w/ his super high NEW ladder.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


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We finished our crazy day yesterday w/ a Halloween Party at our good friends, The Davis's. They have a party every year and the kids (and adults) love it! Amy does SUCH a great job w/ games for the kids. This is the first year that Owen actually wanted to dress up. He was a man eating shark. Emmett couldn't decide what he wanted to wear and he didn't really want to dress up, so under much coercion he found a dinosaur costume in the basement. Trick or treat.

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My little .monkey and dragon


OMG! For those of you who have known Owen since he was born, remember how he used to bang his head when he got mad?? Do you remember how he would get mad and then look for a hard surface to walk to and bang his poor forehead? Remember how if he was on the grass, he would walk to concrete to inflict pain to himself? Remember how we used to worry about how something was seriously wrong w/ him because he wanted to hurt himself?? Well...funny thing....Henry is now doing that! Today he got mad when I wouldn't let him play on the piano while Owen was practicing and he crawled over to our hard wood floor and BANGED his head, HARD! This is so interesting to me, because I was just telling Eddie how Henry's personality reminds me of Owen. He's not necessarily crabby or fussy, but he's demanding a lot of attention. If there's not action in our house, he wants me to hold him or play w/ him. Just like Owen did. It'll be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bring on indoor soccer!

We have a crazy (but fun) day today. Indoor soccer season has started, but it overlaps this week only w/ outdoor. Owen is also going to play on another soccer team this winter, and Emmett is playing too, so we are going to be once again living at the sports center. It's OK though. Winter is yucky and we have a good time hanging out there w/ friends. So, today we have a total of three soccer games, one soccer practice, and 2 Halloween parties. Believe it or not, NONE of the times overlap so we are going to be going from the wee morning until late evening. Owen's first game this AM was at 7 AM, be there at 6:45 AM. It was pitch black, rainy, and cold. YUCK! However, Henry and Emmett were both up at 5:15 this AM, so Owen was the only one we had to wake up. Owen's first game: 3 goals and 1 assist. They won 4-2. We're off to Emmett's game.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Ball Boy

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What an honor! Out of all of the kids who got to do ball boy for Bville at different times this year, Owen was one of 5 chosen to do ball boy for the Sectional game. It's a big deal. I also think it's cute that they always put Owen in front of the Baldwinsville boys. They put the other ball boys on the opposite side of the field or in front of the visitors. The lady in charge said that the players LOVE Owen and he's the coaches fave, too. It was super cute. When he walked out to the field before the game all the players yell, "OWEN!!" He's had so much fun. Can you see him on the side in this photo? He takes his "job" very seriously. And, it was FREEZING yesterday. I couldn't get him to wear a coat or hat or gloves. The Bville boys are having quite a season. They're undefeated and are ranked in the state. They won their sectional game 7-0. BTW...the Bville girls soccer team is undefeated, too. Also ranked in the state.

Go B

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yep, he's a big boy!

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Henry started refusing to sit in his high chair at around 10.5 months. He likes to sit at the boy's table in the family room w/ the boys. This wouldn't be a problem if he didn't dump his food when he was done! We are going to have to replace the carpet in the family room when we move, I'm sure of it.

11 months old

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My baby turned 11 months old on Sunday. It's really hard for me to believe that almost a whole year has gone by.....I'm not ready for him to be "big" yet, but I'm excited about seeing the kind of boy/man he turns into. He's changed A LOT in the past month. He's still not walking and doesn't really even seem that close to it, but he pulls up to standing everywhere. He can climb the stairs, and he's a master crawler. He's FINALLY turned into a momma's boy, and screams when I hand him off to most people (even Eddie). Although, if he's in a good mood, which he usually doesn't last long. He hates his car seat and if we are in a new environment (store, park, etc.) he wants DOWN to explore. This isn't fun (because he's not walking) and I hate letting him CRAWL on the floor of the McDonald's bathroom! His high pitched scream that he mastered last month is starting to fade. THANK GOODNESS! And, he doesn't sit in a grocery cart or stroller very well. I usually take his red push car w/ us to run errands because he sits in that just fine (as long as I keep moving). He has five teeth. And he breastfed for the last time on Friday (boo hoo). He still has continuous colds, but hasn't had an ear infection since his tubes were placed last month. He still hasn't been vaccinated (because of his colds) since 4 months. He babbles a lot and says uh-oh all the time. He claps and prays and hums along to music. He eats pretty much anything, but his faves are blueberry and cheese (oh...and cheetos!). He sleeps all night most nights, but sometimes we have to go in and put his pacifier back in his mouth. He likes to be held around the house and so I spend a lot of time holding him walking in circles (remember those days, ladies?). He cries if someone goes outside w/o him and if the big boys go out w/o him, when he finally stops crying he stands at the back door watching and waiting (see photo). Oh...and he's absolutely as adorable as he was since the moment he was born. We hear lots of "OMG! Look at those eyes." And, he is called SHE a lot! (even in blue). Apparently, he's too pretty to be a boy!

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Henry snuck up next to Owen and talked him into giving him Cheetos. YUM!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Soccer Star

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Emmett had his last soccer game of the season yesterday (and, thank goodness...because it was freezing!!! Notice the frost on the field...). He had a great game and a wonderful season. Keep in mind this was his FIRST season in organized soccer. Not sure how many goals he had this game. He said 7. I saw 4 and Eddie said 5. At any rate, he had a lot! I'm so happy I caught this one on video.

BTW...Owen had 2 goals in his soccer game yesterday, too. It was a good day.

Team Photo

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The very tough Redstars!

Friday, October 17, 2008

One of a kind

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Owen has taken a particular interest in hurricanes. It all started w/ the arrival of Hurricane Ike. He was glued to the TV and computer checking where it was headed and what the damage might be. He currently spends most free time, at home and at school, researching hurricanes. Quiz him. He could tell you the names and years of TONS of hurricanes. As if this wasn't enough, he decided to fill a composition notebook w/ the names and years of hurricanes....all in the name of fun. Crazy kid. He took his hurricane notebook to school today to show his teacher. When he got home I asked him what his teacher said. He said, "Ummm...I've never had a student quite like you, Owen."

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Owen's hurricane list


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Before his haircut!

Tuesday was haircut day for the whole Bauer clan. Henry's FIRST haircut! That morning we went to another pumpkin patch w/ our good friend, The Spindler's, from there to My Gym to play, and then for haircuts. Henry did a great job. No crying. He was very interested in what the stylist was doing and tried to grab her scissors a few times. Owen on the other hand spent Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning crying like a hormonal pre-teenager!!! (seriously, at the age of 7 1/2!). He never wants his haircut, and this time I had her cut off a little more than usual and he FLIPPED! I had to listen to things like, "I'm not the same person w/ my hair this short." "No one likes short hair." etc, etc. OMG! Thank goodness I don't have girls, this was enough to put me over the edge. But, lesson learned, I'm picking my battles. I may never cut Owen's hair again.


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Before his haircut


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Before his haircut


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Post haircut. Isn't he adorable?

Owen and Emmett

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After their haircut...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


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"I have glasses!!"

Emmett's glasses came in today and when I told him we should go pick them up, he said, "UMMM....maybe tomorrow." So, I picked him up after preschool and said, "we're going now.". He was a little nervous, but now it's pure excitement. We have eyeglass cleaner and every so often he says, "mom...time to spray my glasses again.". He says he can see much better. I'm so happy for him. Henry on the other hand pulled them off his face twice and I thought for sure they were broken (on the first day!) But, they're made out of that flexion material, which is supposed to completely bendable. Hopefully, we'll be OK. He put his glasses in his glasses case tonight and set them by his bed.

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Handsome devil!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ball Boy

Owen reaches his happy point when he's on a soccer field holding a soccer ball. If only life was always that simple.

My little ball boy...bigger...

Hey mom,
If you click on the actual photo it will blow up bigger. Hint. Hint.

My little ball boy

Owen's coach just happened to be taking photos for the Bville boys soccer team at the last game. He caught this great photo of Owen standing on the side lines during the National Anthem. I have to admit, that when I close my eyes I can envision my little boy as one of the big boys.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Abbott's Farm

Well, we took the kids to Abbott's farm today and after about oh, 5 minutes or so, I remember why last year I said we weren't going back. Crowded, expensive, and really not a lot going on. It cost 5.00 a person to get in. This includes a tractor ride, big slide and bounce house, corn maze, and petting zoo. Thankfully, we had get in free coupons for all of us, so we didn't have to pay that fee. But, we did get one big and 3 small pumpkins and a medium bag of apples (28.00!!!). The petting zoo isn't much and the big slide and bounce house were so crowded my kids didn't even attempt doing it. Henry and I left fairly early (see below) and Eddie, Owen, and Emmett stayed and did the big corn maze. It took them two hours and they had a good time doing that, so I guess all wasn't lost.


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I tried really, really hard to get over my extreme fear of choking, and I let Henry have an apple (a whole and all...not cut into really small wedges or food processed). I think my big boys were 2 or 3 before I ever gave them chokable fruits: apples, blueberries, grapes. And, I have this feeling that they won't eat fruit (well, Owen won't) because they weren't exposed early enough. Anyway, Henry LOVED it! And, he choked twice (once bigger than the other).


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I love Henry's chubby fingers in this photo. Can it get any better?

Emmett found the perfect apple!

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Daddy lift

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Finding the perfect apple w/ help from daddy

Skipping through the pumpkin patch

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I am typing this blog from my BRAND NEW laptop! I am so excited. The Best Buy geek squad just left my house after hooking it up to the wireless router and doing some other stuff to it to make it run. Bummer is my printer is so dated too, that I can't print wirelessly from it. UGH! So, now I'm putting a new printer at the top of my list :). Eddie is at Abbott's farm w/ Owen and Emmett. Henry and I started the afternoon w/ them there, but it was hot and crowded and we left. Henry is sleeping and Eddie and the boys stayed to do the super long corn maze, so I'm playing on my laptop by myself! Yipee! I'll post pics as soon as I can figure out how to get them on this computer.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mommy and baby toilet photo

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Owen took this picture and wanted me to post it. Sorry about the toilet background. Seriously, do we need a bathroom remodel or what?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Now this is love!

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New Features

To the left of my posting are two SUPER FUN new features. My link list of the "blogs I read" has been updated and now it shows (in order) which blog was updated and what the title of their update was. Super fun. Now, I don't have to scroll through every single blog to see who has updated (a super big time suck!). If you have a blog I should be reading, but I'm not...LMK. I'd love to add it to my list. Dena...I need your blog address again. Amy C and Amy M, Pam and Elizabeth your blogs wouldn't work in the updated format. I'm thinking because they're private???

And, under this list is a place to add your name to my list of people who read this blog. All you have to do is click on follow this blog. I know that there are LOTS of you who check my blog. Some daily, some weekly, some monthly, but most of you don't leave comments. I'd love to know who you are. Even if I don't really know who you are. Even if you are a friend of a friend. It's cool. If you are reading my blog, add your name to this list!

Fun stuff! Thanks, blogger.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sorry for the delay.

I'm having computer difficulties. My computer is somewhat archaic (almost 6 years old) and it moves slower than molasses. I'm tossing around the idea of a new computer and thinking about a laptop instead of a desktop. Suggestions? Emmett went to the eye doctor today and tomorrow we are going to go get him some glasses. His vision was 20-60 in both eyes and he also had an astigmatism in both. He seems OK w/ it, so we'll see. I went to the big Bville boys varsity soccer game tonight. They are undefeated and were playing Cicero-North Syracuse who are also undefeated. Owen has been the ball boy for numerous varsity games and I have yet to make it to one (Eddie took him to them), because EVERY time it has been raining. So, tonight it wasn't and at start time it was 58 degrees. But, by half it was freezing! And, I meant to get some cutie pics of Owen on the field, but my batteries died. I'll have to send the camera w/ Eddie for the next one. I think I might have one on my camera before it died. I'll check. Anyway, Owen has had a GREAT time doing it. He's met a lot of the players and the lady in charge of setting it up told me tonight how much the head coach liked Owen and thought he was SOOO cute. She said he is SO impressed w/ him (they are supposed to have to be 9 before they can do it and last week it was POURING and FREEZING at the game and he did it, happy as can be). He is super focused on the field and runs up and down the whole time ready to throw the ball in when needed. And, when he gets home he tells me which player scored and what player assisted. I can't believe he can remember all the details...but he does. Side note: sitting in the bleachers w/ Emmett, he told me he couldn't see the ball on the field. Poor guy. How much fun could it have been watching these games when he can't SEE???? Double side note (Bville won: 2- 0). Go BEES!

THIS was my day.

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All in the same day Henry decided to climb the stairs and get into the fridge. And, he pulls up to standing on everything now. So busy!

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Up the stairs lickety split!

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My baby's gonna need a haircut soon...

Pointer Finger

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Henry points at everything now w/ the cutest little pointer finger that ever existed. It's so sweet (it makes up for the high pitched shrieking he's started...well, not quite).