August 2014

8/1/14: Trips to visit the ENT doctor to get his tubes checked out, are surprisingly one of Cameron’s favorites. It is not because he likes getting his ears check, but he does love to play with bead maze toy that is in the waiting room with beads that are shaped like trains. He plays with it when he arrives and again before we can leave the office.

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8/2/14: It’s finally time to put the finishing touches on our porch! Our goal was to have it done by Cameron’s birthday, and it looks like we will be able to meet that deadline. We decided to do basic indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor, and we went to Home Depot to get the supplies and Cameron was our helper.

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Matt also decided to squeeze another project into the end of the day that involved removing the top of keg to create a large kettle for brewing his beer.

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8/3/14: Before nap time, I cleaned off the porch floor in preparation for laying down the rug. We also took a moment to trace our hands on the floor as a fun memento for the future own to find.

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Then while Cameron took his nap, mom and dad had two hours to get the carpet cut and installed. Success!

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After nap we were working on other little tasks and playing in the back yard when Cameron cut his big toe. I can’t remember exactly what he cut his toe on, but he was a good patient. He allowed us to clean it up, put gauze on, and sit with it elevated for a little bit. It was a good chance for him to take a rest break anyways…

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8/5/14: It’s not often that you have a Tuesday evening meal catered by a chef, but on this occasion one of Matt’s business connections offered to come to our house in the evening and make us dinner while also talking a little business. He brought most of the food and used a few fresh ingredients from our garden too, and then paired each course with a beer. It was a fun and super tasty night! (Main Course: Steaks, purple potatoes,and zucchini)

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8/6/14: Now that the porch is now basically finish we put an extra twin mattress out there and a chair for lounging. Cameron loves the bed and it is a great place to read the books we pick up at the library!

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8/7/14: Let the birthday celebrating begin! Cameron is turning two over the weekend so he celebrated early with his school friends. He went to school wearing his rocket birthday shirt I created for him since Little Einsteins was his favorite show this year. He’s so happy!

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I also sent supplies with him to school to celebrate with his friends. We cannot make food for school due to potential allergies, but I talked to his teachers and they said they’d be happy to make cupcakes part of the lesson plan if I brought the supplies. Each of the kids had a the chance to stir and scoop…

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Then with the icing that I provided in pastry bags, the kids had a fun chance to decorate their own cupcakes including sprinkles- because kids love sprinkles.

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Then after all that work they obviously got to eat their creations…

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After school we picked Cameron up with the stroller and walked down to our weekly farmer’s market to pick up a few items. As a treat Cameron got a berry smoothie, which caused him to plop down in the middle of the parking lot and drink it. This photo ended up on the Facebook page for the market later in the week…

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8/8/14: Tonight we went over to play in the kiddie pool with our friends’ son Mason, and found out that he owns one of the Little Einstein toys! Cameron doesn’t have any toys from the Little Einsteins because they don’t sell them anymore- and the one I found on ebay was over $600- so no. He can just play with Mason’s when we visit.

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8/9/14- HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY!!!!

Our bundles of joy...

Our bundles of joy…

I can’t believe two years have flown by, but at the same time we’ve done so many things in the last two years it seems like longer. Cameron has grown so much and developed his personality in the last year that we can’t wait to see what is to come as he learns more in the coming year.

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He mastered opening birthday cards first thing in the morning…

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The afternoon was spent exploring the zoo from the high view of dad’s shoulders…

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A ride in the front of the train with dad…

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Exploring the Rainforest with mom…

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Carousel ride with dad…

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Chilling with Grandpa after his nap…

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Mommy made a train cake to enjoy after grilling up some dinner for Emily, Jon, and Grandma and Grandpa Reis that came to enjoy a simple birthday celebration.

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After dinner Cameron loved that everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him…he just loved the whole experience along with eating a whole piece of chocolate on chocolate cake.

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We used Google to talk with family that want to see Cameron on his 2nd birthday…

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Lastly Cameron got to rip into a few presents to round out a great day of celebrating turning 2…

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8/12/14: At my office I have a digital frame that includes photos of Cameron at various stages…how is someone expected to work when such cuteness is around?

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8/13/14: Chopsticks. No easy task. Cameron thought he’d try to copy dad today at dinner, but after every little luck getting any noodles in his mouth just went with his hands because obviously he knows that will ensure noodles make it into his mouth.

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8/14/14: Cameron was pretty much in love with his Cars sleeping bag that he got for his birthday from Aunt Brina (his pronunciation of Sabrina). He tested it out on the floor, but also enjoyed using it on the couch or even just climbing all the way inside and being swung around like a kettle bell.

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8/18/14: Today after school we picked up Cameron and headed up to Chestnut Ridge Park to do our annual photography shoot. While getting professional pictures is a financial investment, it is definitely the best way to catch all the changes we experience as a family. Becca has been photographing us since I was pregnant, and each time it is great documentation of our family. This photo was taken by me when we first arrived…

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Becca is able to capture the many expressions Cameron makes- despite that he is constantly in motion.

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At the end of the photo session, Cameron was passed out in his car seat. Clearly being photographed for an hour or so is a lot of work!

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8/20/14: Every two year old needs his annual check up, and today was the day for Cameron.  At the doctor’s office he was measured at 36.5″ tall (93rd percentile) and    34.25 lbs (96 percentile). Cameron is progressing and growing well with no concerns. He did get a routine vaccination, but only shed a tear or two with daddy there to comfort him.

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8/22/14: Potty Training 101, or maybe it should just be called the first attempt. “They” say that the optimal time to potty train is somewhere between 18 months (1.5yr) and 30 months (2.5yr) because kids that age generally want to please you and aren’t yet testing their boundaries with rules. After deciding to go with the 3-day potty training method we learned about during a class, we decided to give it a shot.

Cameron had started to show some interest in the potty, we have 3 kid potties, and he has the necessary Thomas underpants. I had taken Friday off of work to give us three full days, planned simple to prepare meals and stocked the fridge with plenty of chocolate milk. I had also set up an area upstairs near the bathroom to keep Cameron entertained, while also near the potty. We had our meals on fun lunch trays, colored, played trains, and drank lots of chocolate milk to ensure that he’d actually got lots of practice.

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But as you might have guessed already, he wasn’t ready. We had one or two successes, but mostly we just created lots of laundry with lots of floor cleaning. We had originally thought that we’d keep with the plan, but the next day when Cameron woke up it was clear that he just wasn’t ready for the potty. So we put back on his diaper and got back to normal life. We knew that if it didn’t work that diapers were what we’d go back to since pull-ups can cause confusion and they cost much more than diapers! We will try again…but for now we will just enjoy life.

8/23/14: Since potty training was put on the back burner until sometime in the future, we got to get outside today and enjoy the beautiful weather. Cameron loves checking out our ever growing garden that is in full bloom and is used almost daily for some component of dinner.

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8/26/14: If the weather is nice after school, then it almost always means a walk and the occasional bonus stop to play at the park.

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Cameron loves playing on the playground at the school near the house because it has both easy and challenging parts, and mom loves it because it is fenced in so he can’t unexpectedly run into the street.

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8/30/14: We saw daddy off at the airport for his trip to Germany, so that means it is Cameron and mommy adventures for a week. I made arrangements ahead of time to be able to adjust my work schedule so that I could handle drop-off easily, and then I just tried to keep things simple with  a few fun activities. Like harvesting tomatoes from the garden to make bacon tomato jam. We start with empty bowls…

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Ending with bowls overflowing with tomatoes, which is definitely something we miss in the winter- especially once the bacon tomato jam is all gone.

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8/31/14: Since we spent Saturday doing work in the garden and the kitchen, Sunday was spent at the zoo. Cameron and I walked over to the zoo after breakfast to check out all the sights like the baby gorilla…

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Lounging lions…

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Rhino mommy and baby…

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Riding the carousel…

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Ending with a trip across the street to enjoy cupcakes together, which Cameron definitely enjoyed. There was cake everywhere…

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After a walk back home we were both tired, but Cameron took a nap so that he was able to make it through the movie night we had complete with popcorn!

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When daddy is away we do try to keep busy, but Cameron definitely knew that he was gone. We did try to talk to him on the phone or FaceTime when possible, but due to the time difference it wasn’t always easy.

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July 2014

7/1/14: Cameron has been trying so hard to figure out how to climb the rock wall like area on the play set in our backyard, and on this day he mastered it! We tend to let him explore on his own with independence, and while I was across the yard I watched him climb to the top. So proud!

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7/4/14: Happy 4th of July! Sadly we were not able to make a trip out to Maine with year, but we tried to do little activities around town instead. While daddy was working on some house projects, Cameron and I went to a picnic at a work friend’s house to get some swimming time in. Cameron definitely loves the water and even got to do a little paddle boarding.

IMG_2726Then after we picked daddy up, we stopped at Toys R Us to look for bike tubes to fix the bike trailer but sadly they only sell the bikes not the supplies to repair them. While we were browsing the aisles Cameron picked out a car…Audi R8 Spyder….we are starting him early on knowing quality.

IMG_2720 Later we enjoyed a backyard BBQ at Aunt Sabrina’s including a bonfire and of course some s’mores!

IMG_27327/6/14: Cameron and I stopped into Old Navy to check up some shoes for him, but he was not into the ones I was picking out. He found a pair of pink plaid slides that he really liked. Obviously we did not buy these, but I didn’t see the harm in letting him try them on.

IMG_2735 After we got home mommy spent the afternoon organizing the basement to help Matt out since he couldn’t decide where to begin organizing. Type A wife to the rescue! I pulled everything out, sorted it by type, then began giving everything a home. Matt really appreciated being able to find things more quickly and found it much easier to make little tweaks to the location of some items. Since we don’t have a garage our basement houses many items from tools, construction supplies, car repair tools, 4 sets of tires, ski gear, brewing items, wine making items, a laundry area, Cameron gear, and just general seasonal storage. We’ve definitely made it more efficient over the years…

IMG_2736At the end of the day all that was left was bath time…and bubbly hair dos.

IMG_27467/7/14: When we went to Germany in 2011 we picked up a VW car matching game when we were in Wolfsburg, so since Cameron has taken an interest in identifying ‘daddy car’ whenever we see the VW symbol I decided to put together a book of the pictures using slide pages.

IMG_27557/9/14: Cameron loves to sit at his ‘work’ and watch his learning DVDs. We recently started showing him these, and he seems to enjoy watching along with repeating the words they are teaching. “EARS”

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Later in the evening we left Cameron with a babysitter and headed downtown for the rescheduled Justin Timberlake concert with Aunt Sabrina and her friend.

IMG_2763While we don’t typically go out on a weeknight, it was a fun night with really good seats!

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7/10/14: As our 3-season room progress moves on it has become time to get some painting done, which is a mommy job. We are painting the paneling white, the interior house shingle wall a shade of blue/gray, and the window sills brown. We also need to do some massive cleaning of the louvered windows- which is lots of work! Now to do it with a toddler on my heels…

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Cameron spent most of the time while I was painting either outside or playing cars on the very dirty porch floor, so that means its time for a bubble bath. This time we filled it up high for swimming and floating fun.

IMG_27907/12/14: It’s Taste of Buffalo time again! Daddy had to do work, while mommy and Cameron could explore. We swam in the hotel pool and took walks, but Cameron definitely enjoyed riding the golf cart as we roamed the streets doing last minute items too.

IMG_2792Later in the day Cameron went home with Aunt Sabrina to spend some time with her so mommy and daddy could enjoy a free night.

7/13/14: It’s a good thing that Cameron wasn’t downtown for the Taste on this Sunday because it rained, a lot! We were safely under a large tent, but then Matt needed to venture out to check on different tents and such for leaks and issues with wind blowing things over. Time for the improvised rain coats…

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7/14/14: Since dad had a late night doing to clean up from the Taste, it was a mommy and Cameron morning. We enjoyed some time snuggling in bed before we had to get into the daily grind of a Monday!

IMG_28167/15/14: Cameron has a real love for his reflection! I’m so glad that we hung a mirror over his changing table because it really has become a ritual to always stand him up at the end of changing to see himself. At this point he thinks his reflection is another person…he even gives his other self waves and kisses- so cute!

IMG_28207/16/14: It is very rare for Cameron to fall asleep in any place other than his crib or car seat these days, but he must have had an active morning because today he passed right out on the couch.

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7/17/14: Cameron learns things at school that we don’t even realize until he does it at home. For example, he grabbed my cup of water and went to drink. At first I was going to help him, but then I realized that he actually appeared to have it under control. He is getting so big and independent!

IMG_2825We also attended story time at church, which included ice cream sundaes for the kiddos.

IMG_2828Then we came home and took a bath to get all the sticky ice cream off Cameron. He also got to try on his Thomas underpants that we recently picked up to prepare for an upcoming potty training attempt. (More to come on that in August.)

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7/18/14: We headed into Syracuse to see the cousins for a picnic at Aunt Erin’s house while Grandma and Grandpa Fillmore were in town. We needed a few things at the grocery store, and Cameron got to ride in the big cart since Brionna was with us. They also managed to dress in unplanned, matching pink that day too.

IMG_2833Cameron also had toy overload in their playroom that has more toys then Cameron will have because our space is limited.

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Then at the end of the day went stopped by Great Grandma Smith’s house to visit with her before heading further down the Thruway to spend the rest of the weekend in Lake George with the Langton side of the family. He loves that she had puzzles to play with and also loves the wafer cookies that were readily available!

IMG_28407/19/14: It’s time for the beach! Cameron loved playing with Grace, Sunny and Rachel while we were able to visit for the weekend.

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IMG_28567/20/14: Then next morning some of the kids were up early, while a few slept in. Though as soon as everyone was fed and the coffee was flowing- it was time for more fun at beach including wading into the water with Grandma Langton and attempting a row boat ride. The ride seemed like it might be a success, but Cameron didn’t make it passed the end of the dock before we had to go get him.

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IMG_2861Mommy and Daddy even managed to slip away for a lunch date while Cameron played with Grandma and took a nap. We walked into the village of Lake George and enjoyed lunch at the brewery. We enjoyed a bonfire later in the evening before settling into bed for the night with a sugar rush…

7/21/14: The following morning we had to head back to reality and Buffalo. It was a long car ride back….with a short nap taken along the way.

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7/22/14: Daddy’s favorite movie, Dumb and Dumber, was playing on the lawn at Canalside. We brought our chairs, a blanket, and snacks to enjoy a beautiful night. We didn’t end up staying through the whole movie, but that’s what is good about going to a movie you’ve seen before.

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7/23/14: Cameron’s first experience checking out a toy catalog…and he got stuck on the page with trains.

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7/26/14: Girl’s Night Out! Aunt Sabrina put together a beautiful girls’s night at her house with drinks, appetizers, and desserts under the lights on her patio…beautiful night!

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7/27/14: Cameron’s favorite toy currently is “Daddy’s Car”. It is actually the car my little brother, Jacob, carried down the aisle at our wedding with our wedding bands inside. It’s sat on the shelf since then until Cameron saw it and fell in love with it. Hours have been spent rolling it around..inside and outside.

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It even goes to bed with him…IMG_2900

He’s changed so much since the first time he held this car around 1 week old, and while I wouldn’t change a thing about the little boys he’s growing up to be- I wouldn’t mind cuddling with my sleepy newborn again for just a few minutes.

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7/29/14: In celebration of mommy’s birthday we headed down to Food Truck Tuesday at Larkinville, but determined it to be a bit too  crowded to be enjoyable. So after sharing some fries and a sandwich, we decided to go elsewhere for dessert. Froyo time!

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June 2014

6/1/14: Cameron sees both Matt and I working at home a lot, so I think he’s starting to get the idea the work requires a computer; however in this picture it looks more like he’s standing up playing the piano.

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But with a little guidance I got him all set up on his mini-desk…

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However at the end of of busy day of ‘work’, nothing is better than snuggling up with daddy!

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6/3/14: In our adventures to go to lots of different parks, we ended up at one that didn’t have “baby” swings so Cameron got to do the big boy swing. He did so good and loved it, though obviously I didn’t push him too high.

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6/3/14: Just to keep things real- Cameron does cause his share of trouble. In this case, he got the sharpie marker that mommy had mistakenly left on the table. He decorated the couch in beautiful scribbles. After a quick goggle search I found that a little hydrogen peroxide would get it out- success! If you need any help bringing new life to an old sofa, just invite Cameron over and give him a sharpie!

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6/5/14: In a rare occurrence, Matt and I used the end of a weekday to enjoy a quick daytime date while Cameron was still at daycare. We checked out Resurgence Brewery, a local brewery that had opened up that day, sharing a flight and some tasty pretzels.

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6/6/14: Cameron had his ear checkup today, so to celebrate a good visit we picked up a Paula’s Donut on the way home. We don’t always do treats after the doctors, but sometimes it is nice to enjoy a treat when he has been so good letting the doctor look in his ears without a fight.

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Then we spent the afternoon browsing car magazines…

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…and then we took a nice stroller walk only this time Cameron wanted to help push it along the sidewalks.

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6/7/14: No matter how much Cameron has grown, it’s always nice to know that he finds comfort in our arms feeling safe enough to fall fast asleep. He’s still our little baby even though he continues to grow into an independent little boy.

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6/10/14: During one of our longer distance walks, Cameron and I headed over to a local school to check out the playground. This playground was equipped with swings that were very unusual for us to come across…and Cameron loved swinging in them because they were like riding the rocket ship on Little Einsteins.

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6/11/14: During today’s garden watering and monitoring – we found our first blossom of the year! That means that this year we will likely see zucchini plants, whereas the previous year we didn’t have much luck. Cameron is definitely taking in interest in the garden this year, though that might be because he gets to play with water and dirt.

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6/13/14: Our grocery store is located right next a school with a fun playground, so when the weather is nice and there is time we try to include a stop there before we do the shopping. There is lots to climb on and slide down at this playground!

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6/14/14: Mommy pretty much wears flip flops whenever possible once the temperature reaches the 60’s, so Cameron has definitely taken notice of them. He’ll often steal them from me when we are at home to try them out for himself.

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6/15/14: Happy Father’s Day! My two boys dressed up for a relaxing day at home…

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Though Daddy doesn’t get relieved of all duties, as Cameron passes his cup through the window for a beverage refill. I guess you could say we operate a full-service drive-thru at our kitchen window.

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Then like any busy guy, Cameron prepares for the week ahead by doing some last minute work at the computer – with his tongue out to indicate he is really concentrating.

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6/16/14: After our walk home from school, we enjoyed an apple in the backyard. Mommy chooses to head outside with the apple because the weather is beautiful and it keeps the sticky mess outside!

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6/18/14: Family selfie! Yes we are inside so sunglasses are not necessary; however Cameron is just that cool that he “wears his sunglasses at night”.

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6/19/14: Matt has started playing lacrosse again in the evenings, so I decided to take Cameron along one night to check it out. There is a playground nearby that we can walk to, so it is a fun filled night. Before heading to the playground, Cameron practiced wearing the helmet around the field with his stick.

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Cameron also did some chasing of the ball. We are excited to get him involved with a local league for toddlers just as soon as he is 3! Until then he’ll just be on the sidelines.

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6/21/14: These two Reis boys are good sleepers! Cameron was going through a sleep transition, which is why he ended up in our bed during this rough night. I got up after I couldn’t deal with being nudged out of the bed by Cameron, only to find that not only are these two spitting images of each other but they also sleep the same!

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6/22/13: Our big project this summer is to finally get our three-season room completed so we can enjoy it before summer ends and during the fall, but with a little guy underfoot house projects are harder to do together. Most of the time it is a solo job for dad with me taking care of Cameron. On this day we were playing in the backyard near his pool when he jumped right in with all his clothes on! So I seized the moment, grabbed a chair, and relaxed poolside.

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Cameron loves to float on his belly and I’m sure his diaper helps to keep him buoyant!

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After a day of working on the three season room and playing in the pool, we took a walk down to the ice cream shop for an ice cream cone. Normally I share with Cameron; however it appears that Cameron is now able to handle ice cream cones all on his own.

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6/23/14: Today was member appreciation night at the zoo, so after school and work we pick up some sandwiches for dinner and walked to the park to have a picnic before heading into the zoo. Once in the zoo we were sure to take advantage of the free carousel rides.

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We attempted to let him enjoy a ride on the train; however this time he wasn’t so willing to go alone. So there is no picture of the adventure on the train because mommy had to find a way to squeeze inside the little car full of little ones; even though I’m sure he wanted to be somewhere else we completed the ride with tears most of the way.

After that bad experience, we switched gears and headed to check out the animals and climb on some of the statues including this lucky little turtle in the play area.

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Daddy and Cameron also found a piggy in the farm yard to ride together.

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6/27/14: Today I was trying out a recipe with marshmallows that didn’t go as planned so I decided to improvise and turned it into s’mores, and Cameron got to taste his first s’mores. Verdict: delicious!

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6/29/14: Cameron’s Grandma and Grandpa Reis got Cameron a kid lawn mower for Easter this year, and it is literally the loudest toy ever! They’d agree with that statement as well, and even hid it from him when they were watching him since it gets to be too much- now it’s specifically an outdoor toy. On this day he decided to follow daddy while he was mowing the lawn, which looks like a pleasant experience right?

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Not so much. The whole time he was crying because he wanted to be right next to daddy or in front of him- either way he was not happy.

Up next is July 2014!

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May 2014

5/3/14-5/11/13: Check out the Beach Vacation blog…it’s full of photos!

5/12/14: Back to our regular activities, which include the playground. Since the snow is long gone, days are longer, and the little one has so much energy, trips to the park almost daily are necessary.IMG_2444

We’ll walk to daycare with an empty stroller to pick him up then head on over to the park for some fun times because this little guy has so much energy. He crawls up all the stairs to the twirl slide.IMG_2442Flies down the slick metal slide so fast he usually lands on his bottom.IMG_24535/14/14: Sometimes we have so much fun and do so many things that Cameron will fall to sleep at the dinner table; in the middle of eating. It is definitely that funniest sight to see. IMG_2460

 

5/17/14: Checking out mommy’s new shoes that she’s wearing around the house to get them broken in before Katie/Jim’s wedding…though all Cameron knows is that they are pretty.IMG_2465However, those shoes came off as we headed out to the get the backyard ready for another summer of fun. For Cameron this included taking the lawn mower for a ride. (No, it is not on.)

IMG_2478Cameron is also worked on mastering climbing the play set in our own backyard, and daddy used the slide to rest after a long day of yard work. IMG_2483Getting the garden beds already for the veggies to be put in. Step 1 is daddy using the rototiller. Step 2 is Cameron doing the detail work with a spoon.IMG_2484After a long weekend of working outside, both of these boys are tired. They are so much alike that their lounging positions are nearly identical.IMG_24885/20/14: Cameron helps mommy with quality controls checks on cookies being made to surprise the bride on her wedding day. IMG_2503Who wouldn’t love a tasty cookie on your wedding day?IMG_24985/22/14: We loaded up the car headed down the thruway to pass off Cameron to his grandparents for a long weekend. It was mommy and daddy’s first time away for 4 days/3 nights, and it was for a great event – Katie & Jim’s wedding. I was the Matron of Honor so we thought it was important to just go alone so I could do my “thing”. Plus Cameron did his own fun things while we were apart – though there is no photographic evidence.

Mommy all “glammed” up with the bride to be!IMG_2511Photo booth fun! IMG_25195/25/14: After a weekend full of wedding fun and kid-free time for mom/dad in Seneca Lake, we headed to Liverpool to meet the grandparent and to be reunited with Cameron again! We also made a quick stop to see the cousins and take a spin on their Hot Wheels vehicles. IMG_25225/27/14: Since I leave for work in the early hours of the morning, while everyone else is sleeping, Cameron gets daddy up when he wakes for the day. Then they get to cuddle up in bed and send me texts that include adorable pictures that make me wish I was at home!

IMG_25265/28/14: Having daddy move his office into the house also means more rides on the office chair! I wish I still found my office chair to be a fun time…IMG_25295/29/14: Mommy and Cameron selfie!IMG_2536

5/30/14: Today was a day full of play in the backyard after work, which included Cameron making soup in the backyard.IMG_2539Swinging on the play set.IMG_2545

Mowing the lawn.IMG_25465/31/14: Today we became official members of the Buffalo Zoo! Aunt Sabrina and I decided to walk to the zoo with Cameron in the stroller, then enjoy a day at the zoo. Including a ride on the carousel…IMG_2553A ride on the train…all by himself! He jumped right in a train car and sat patiently waiting.IMG_2580By the end of the day he was passed out in his stroller, yet Aunt Sabrina and I still had a long walk home! IMG_2595That finishes up a fun-filled month of March 2014 – from a beach trip, playing at the park, doing yard work and garden, spending time with grandparents while mom/dad were away, and visiting the zoo! Such fun we have, no wonder I never got around to blogging!

 

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Beach Vacation 2014

To celebrate all the big happenings in April…we headed off for a family vacation on a beach with friends. It was something we had planned before Matt’s business thing came up so we just kept with the plans.

We spent the week in a house right on the beach with a room for us and even a room for Cameron. It allowed us all to sleep well and spread out a little bit. The house had a total of five bedrooms with one being a master suite on the second floor. We had two additional bathrooms on the main floor…so nobody was tripping on anyone. The kitchen and living area overlooked the ocean with a porch and path to the sandy beach.

The trip from Buffalo was approximately 14 hours, so we decided to break up the trip into two days. We left first thing Friday morning so Matt could take a conference call while we got started on the road. After 7 hours of driving we arrived in Frederick, MD to stay with Aunt Mary. We had a nice relaxing evening visiting with family and letting Cam stretch his legs(and ours), though I’m sure his favorite part was all the toys Aunt Mary had!

Aunt Mary even gave Cameron two of his favorites….a tow truck and fire truck that stick together…he loves them!

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Saturday morning we loaded back into the car after a big homemade breakfast and spent another 7 hours on the road. Cameron is a trooper- sleeping, snacking and playing along the way.

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We arrived at the beach house by 5pm and immediately head to the beach to check out the sand. Cam had no issues with the sand, but wanted nothing to do with the water or waves. There was a cool breeze with the setting sun, so after a short stroll we headed inside to hang with our friends and eat pizza.
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Sunday was a beautiful day so we hit the beach! We got a slathered up with lots of lotion, put on swim suits, and grabbed toys. We also took along our umbrella to help with sun protection. Then we got to digging…

20140527-141127.jpgLounging in the sun for daddy between rounds of tossing the lacrosse ball.

20140527-141220.jpgResting on the beach underneath an umbrella for shade.

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We found a kid pool under our patio, so we brought it up to the deck and filled it with water for kiddie fun! I even rigged up a sheet to create shade for the little ones.

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At night, while the kiddos slept, a few of the adults went out sand crab hunting with flashlights…just for fun, none were consumed.

20140527-141655.jpgDuring the day it was all about the beach and hanging out in the beautiful weather.

20140527-141908.jpgLooking for girls on the beach…none for miles!20140527-141805.jpgFlying kites with Daddy.20140527-142007.jpgSomeone mastered the deck gate, which meant we had to keep a very close eye, luckily though it was a very long deck to the beach…20140527-142125.jpgAfter the prior day of using the umbrella to create shade on the beach, we decide to use the blanket I had purchased because it had pockets that could be weighed down with sand to keep it from blowing away. It works great!20140527-142410.jpgA long day in the sand and the sun mean it must be time for some ice cream, and clearly Cameron enjoys ice cream!20140527-142540.jpgEvenings were spent lounging in the house or taking a stroll on the beach with our friends’ dog, Betty. Cameron does like having the dog around, but he’s not ready for his own (and neither are we….maybe one day). 20140527-142905.jpg

After a few days of enjoying the beach, we decide to explore the area and the first stop was the Aquarium. Cameron loved the turtle, and kept running back to climb on him.20140527-143157.jpgWe explored the nearby nature paths on foot, and at quite a quick pace for such small legs!20140527-143255.jpgHitching a ride on daddy’s shoulders for an up high view.20140527-143348.jpgAn attempted to pose with mommy, except he was not having it because there was so much to explore.20140527-143456.jpgBack in the car he crashed pretty hard as we drove to explore a local beer store and find a good place for lunch.20140527-143636.jpgAfter a lunch and a drive back to the house, we dipped our toes in the ocean again before settling in for the night. 20140527-144212.jpgOn our last day at the beach there were castles being built and holes being dug…and in the end someone had the bright idea to see how the kids like going in the holes. Verdict: Holes are not Cameron’s thing.20140527-144434.jpgOur last day on the beach was bittersweet, but it certainly was not the end of our fun. We had decided at the last minute to extend our trip home which included a trip to Rehobooth Beach, DE to check out teh one and only, Dogfish Head Brewery. it later continued with an impromtu stop in Kingston to say hi to the grandparents so the that we could break up the trip for Cameron’s sake.20140527-144711.jpgAfter arriving at Dogfish Head’s Restaurant, we confirmed that this was a good decision for a side trip. The following day before heading to Kingston we were able to do a brewery tour.IMG_2420

maybe I should say Daddy did the tour because Cam/Mom had to leave shortly after it began…someday he’ll  be able to handle it but not that day. Though he looked so cute in his safety glasses….

IMG_2424We finished out the extended road trip with no issues…just lots of driving and using everything we could find in the car, including our phones to provide needed distraction when we hit those rough patches where Cameron wanted to be done already!(we desperately wanted to be home too!)IMG_2436

Great times!

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What happened to the blog?

I know, I know. It’s been nearly a whole year since the last blog, and I’m sure you’ve figured at this point that you probably wouldn’t see another. But I’ve still been documenting our lives and the fun adventures with Cameron. I can’t believe he’s now 2.5 years old and I know that one day I’ll be sad that I never finished. So here goes my effort to get it up to date.

Just getting things written up will be work, but looking at the pictures lets me know it will be worth it. In one year our life has changed so much, and Cameron has grown and changed too!

Up first will be our beach vacation taken back in May 2014.

I hope you enjoy catching up with us….IMG_4022Present Day- April 2015

Side note: Ignore any grammar/spelling errors. :)

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Easter 2014

This year we spent Easter in Buffalo because we were celebrating Aunt Sabrina’s welcoming into the Catholic Church. Grandma and Grandpa Reis came up to spend the holiday with us and help watch Cameron during the Vigil.

We began Saturday with brunch at our house. Cameron got his Easter basket from Aunt Sabrina that included a coloring book and snacks that came in handy for mommy to grab when we were running out the door to handle business stuff at the end of April.

Grandma Reis put her shopping skills to use to get Cam outfitted for the summer and our upcoming beach vacation. He is going to be one well dressed kid! Grandma and Grandpa also got Cameron the loudest lawn mower that even has a working pull cord. It was so loud they hid it from him at one point.

Saturday evening they watched Cam while we went to the Easter Vigil to celebrate Aunt Sabrina’s sacraments with her.

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It was a beautiful ceremony including her baptism, confirmation, and communion. Since it took about 2 hours, we were glad to have Cam at home and not squirming in the pews…

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Mommy and daddy even squeezed in a mini-date at a local wine bar after the Vigil since we knew Cam was fast asleep at home.

The next morning we enjoyed brunch at Grandpa’s favorite spot- The Pancake House! Cameron once again showed off with the impressive amount of food he could consume in one sitting. Shortbread cookies and strawberries from dad’s plate, one egg, one sausage, two pancakes, and apples from mom’s plate…

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Obviously after all that food we need to get moving…

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We headed to the local park to run around…

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Cross bridges…

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Slide down slides…

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Cameron absolutely loves all things about the playground including the swings, teeter-totter, and just running free.

When Grandma and Grandpa had to get one the road, Cameron was quite done so we continued to explore the area.

We found a restored train car…

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Old Luggage and wagons – perfect for a photo…

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A baseball diamond to run around…

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Muddy construction equipment to stand on…

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By the end of our playground adventures he was exhausted and passed out in the car quickly.

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The rest of the day was spent doing things around the house and doing a little yard work…

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