Saturday, April 21, 2012

easter/birthday mail

danny's birthday fell on easter this year, he turned 38. my birthday was the following day, i turned 32. wow, we are getting old! my mother sent us a few gifts and a large package stuffed full of easter treats for the kids. the easter bunny may have stashed them all away and used them to fill the kids baskets this year... so thanks again mom! :)




danny received his very own package full of treats as well! i ordered some goodies from my friend kelly's vegan bakery (in salt lake city) and she totally hooked us up! he was super excited to see the box waiting for him in the fridge. 






nom nom nom! <3

Monday, April 16, 2012

pullen park egg hunt

on monday april 2nd, we stopped by pullen park after picking alanna up from school. this park is only about 3 minutes from her school, so it is a perfect place to visit on afternoons when i don't have to work. the weather was sunny and warm, we shared a locopop & a lemonade, rode the train (finally! i haven't been on it since before the park closed for renovations), and malcolm rode the little boats. then we stumbled on an easter egg hunt! it was a lovely trip to pullen.











while we were waiting in line for the boat ride, the man working the ride told us that there would be a free easter egg hunt for kids at the top of the hill. the park hosts a hunt every year, but apparently this year's event was postponed a few days because of rain. so we just happened to pick the perfect day to visit. they also had tables set up with crafts. malcolm was so excited, he had never participated in a hunt before. sine we didn't know it would be happening, we did not have a basket, and he had to stuff his finds into my purse, haha. malcolm collected a couple eggs, and lots of candy, and surprisingly most of it was vegan! we had a lot of fun.






Thursday, April 12, 2012

four year well-check

danny dumped a ton of photos from the past few months (taken with his phone) onto my new computer, so i am slowly making my way through them. these are from malcolm's four year well-check visit back in february. he is really healthy and thankfully never gets sick, so this was his first trip back in a year. last time we were there was for his three year well-check. i really am so grateful that our family is so healthy. and i really honestly believe that our vegan diet is to blame :)

having his blood pressure checked


vision test




he did this really good. the nurse had him describe the shapes, since he doesn't recognize all the letters yet, and he had a lot of fun holding the thing that covers one eye.



waiting patiently for the dr. to come in




malcolm now rates in the seventy-fifth percentile for height and weight! when he was a newborn he was in the fourth or fifth for weight (yikes!), so this news made me very happy. he is growing like a weed, and the doctor said he looks great and is super smart for his age. he was surprised at how much he talked, and how fluent he was. the nurse let malcolm choose a prize on our way out. he chose a whoopee cushion. oh, this boy of mine!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

adventures & photos from march

our friend garrett gave malcolm this little jar jar binks pen that he got from a cereal box. malcolm was so excited!


his little drawing. he took this (and the next) photo himself.



beautiful warm sunshiny days


monkey joe's!


we took a trip to duke gardens. it was beautiful, as always.


i loved the roots of this tree. they reminded me of stalagmites. very cool.


and this short little flowering bush was my favorite. not sure what it is. i should have taken a photo of the description sign.








i spotted this bench on the way out to the parking lot.


best dogs <3


we've been spending a lot of time at the park. the weather is pretty wonderful lately, so we are enjoying it now, before it gets too hot and humid out. we had an extremely mild winter, so i have a feeling that this summer is going to be a doozy. last year was the hottest ever recorded in raleigh, setting many record highs, so i can only imagine what this summer will feel like. ugh.

seems like i can never get a good photo of both kids together. these next two are a perfect example of that.



danny likes to people watch


we went to barnes & noble, and as i was browsing through the picture books, malcolm found a pirate puzzle/maze book. he sat down and silently looked through every single page, solving the mazes with his finger. he is so smart, i loved watching his little brain work.


my lil' al bundy ;)


danny took the train to charlotte and spent the day with his friend justin at a horror movie fest. he was able to see, meet, and get autographs from some of his favorite horror movie stars. this is danny with angus scrim, "the tall man" from the phantasm movies. if you cannot tell from this photograph, he was very excited to meet him. i don't think danny has ever smiled that big in any photos with me, ha. anyway, he had a great time.


one day was warm enough that malcolm got to run through the sprinkler!


we also cleaned out the shed and washed all the bikes. a couple need new tires. malcolm surprisingly still fits in his weeride, so we definitely need to get over to the greenway soon. i'm sure this will be the last year that he will fit in the little seat.



we still love going to marbles


look at that mop on his head!


here is my new baby, my iMac :)

malcolm loves playing games on pbskids.org, and when he realized that this new computer has a web cam, he was so excited! this game uses his motions to control the bat. he loves it!


and two more photos of the kids. i sure do love how green it is out here. springtime is pretty wonderful in nc.