Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm 2 now! Oral hygeine is very important.

Let me just give this a tune-up.

Everyone sing Happy Birthday to me!


Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010

Grandpa & the balloon

Can I go outside yet?

The easel is nice, but nothing beats the stool.

Rock on!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthday Party

Robbie's actual birthday is May 31, which landed on Memorial Day this year. But because our extended families were traveling to see him, we decided to have his b-day party on Saturday so everyone could attend.

We kept is pretty small this year. Last year Robbie had just come off of quarantine so it was a combo birthday/coming-out party and it got a little crazy. But this year we decided to keep it just immediate family and invited of friend his age for him to play with.

This year our theme was Handy Manny as it is Robbie's favorite cartoon. It is often the only thing that will get him to settle down and eat, so we're pretty grateful for it. 

Enjoying a book while we wait for party time.

Alright. I'm ready to party.

My guests have arrived. Olivia brought refreshments.

How YOU doin'?

I'm too cool for my t-shirt. (Custom made by Olivia's mom, Leanne.)

Look, my grandma is here!

It's a Robert thing. You wouldn't understand.

Daddy tries to contain me.


Livi helps open presents.

Is that thing real?

Back outside to play. My new mower will make sure the yard looks nice.

Livi says anything a man can do, she can do better. Gloria Steinem would be proud.

Robbie wanted nothing to do with the pool/sandbox. Good thing Livi knows where the real fun is.

Very refreshing.

Time for cake! The unbelievable hand-made creation made by our friend Lisa. (She did last year's Nemo cake as well.) The tools are all cookies. The cake is chocolate with butter cream icing. The handle is rice krispy treats.

Happy birthday to me!

Mommy helps me blow out the candles.

Things are winding down now. Revisiting some gifts with my great-grandma. 

My great-great aunt Hazel sneaks a snuggle in.

My uncle Bradley spent my entire party putting my new toy kitchen together. Mommy says he's a saint. 

And look, he even saved the box for me!

Half a toy store worth of toys and the best thing I have is a piece of plastic to chew on. 

Thanks for coming everyone! Let's dance!


Monday, May 24, 2010

May 24

A boy and his cat.

Time for some tunes.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

A visit with friends

A set of our friends have twin boys just a few months younger than Robbie. Will & Alex are 17 months old. Their parents, Tom & Amy, were in town for a long weekend as Tom is a pastor who was marrying a couple from their church. They live in South Carolina, so we don't get to see them often. We took the opportunity to have a small party and let the kids play.
(Once again, I'll credit Leanne for taking most of these photos. You'll know which ones. They're the good ones.)

Will, Olivia, Robbie, Alex

Livi and Robbie

Be careful on the steep hill

He got so hot outside, he actually drank some water. 

Okay, everyone sit and smile for the camera....

Okay, much better.

The guests of honor & Robbie.


Friday, May 21, 2010


To make up for some days when I don't have decent photos of Robbie, let's have some recent videos.

He's really in book mode these days. He'll bring us a book, stick it in our hand and say "do!" And when the story is over, he immediately wants to hear it again. His favorite is "Tumble Bumble" which both David and I now know by heart. You also get to hear a tiny bit of his signature Squeal Of Frustration. David and I are considering upping our home owner's policy to cover glass breakage.

This is Robbie's favorite toy. It's a great toy, but also incredibly loud. (WHY do manufacturers make toys w/o off switches or volume control?) It has two leapfrog characters on the front which sing songs, a honking horn, gear shift and turn-key which make noise and some pop up colored shapes which intermittently reply with their color, or shape (counting sides as well.) This particular day every time it would say "blue" he would crack up laughing. He kept hitting the blue star until it would say blue so he could giggle some more.

This one is just a show case of the various words, signs & body parts that Robbie knows these days. He gets very quiet around strangers, and even around people he knows but doesn't see every day (his therapists, for example.) But at home, he's definitely soaking up the knowledge.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hair Cut Day

It was definitely time for a hair cut.

My head is naked! I have to keep it covered.



Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 16, 2010

Robbie on his favorite toy