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Since I didn’t start our blog until Owen was a few months old, these are photos that haven’t been posted or seen by our followers yet. This was our first And Baby Makes Four family photo taken at Grandad Jim & Grandmom Janice’s house in Big Canoe, Georgia.

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It’s hard to believe that this picture was taken almost a year ago when big brother Ryan met little bro Owen for the first time…..

Wow! How young/little they both were. Where has the year gone?! Even though it’s been tiring (exhausting!) and a little challenging at times, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. My boys are my world. Yes, big boy daddy included in that statement 🙂

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Little brother got left behind and for a few moments seemed a little sad.

Daddy and big bro decided to have a morning out alone to go buy an extra monitor. Don’t ask.

Owen and Delta watched out the window as they drove away. Owen was a little whiney and Delta of course was extra whiney and annoying because she didn’t get to go for a “ride” with daddy and Ryan.

And after a few sad moments, Owen realized he had mommy’s undivided attention and was more than thrilled to be home alone without big brother.

Delta on the other hand remained sad.

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Share your favorite children’s books!

We are big readers in our household. Well big readers of children’s books anyway. Who has time to read grown up books anymore when there are two kids, work, twitter, blogs, facebook, dinner, baths, etc?!

And since we have oodles of books, I thought I would share with you every now and then some of our favorites. Books aren’t cheap and I am disappointed when I buy one that isn’t a great one. And since there are so many out there and we can’t possibly buy (or even know about all the good ones) I always appreciate hearing your recommendations too.

We bought the following book from Sunbrook’s book fair last fall and have read it about a gazillion times since. We all have it memorized and Ryan chimes in with all the bolded words throughout the story.

Do Like a Duck Does! by Judy Hindley

From Publishers Weekly: A hungry fox tries to convince a duck family that he’s just a “big, brown” version of one of them: ” `Yes I am!’ says the stranger./ It’s really, really true!/ I can waddle, I can scuttle./ I can strut a little, too./ I’m a duck!/ I’m a duck!/ I’m a duck like you!” But Mama Duck exposes his ruse by putting the fox through his duck paces, making him wallow in a mud puddle, eat bugs and swim underwater. “I really always knew that was no duck,” says Mama triumphantly, as the sopping, half-drowned fox finally slinks away. Hindley’s (A Song of Colors) tight, percussive rhymes give the story a drumbeat momentum as the climax nears. Bates’s (Just You and Me) watercolors possess a sunlit, translucent grace, yet he still reaps plenty of comedy from his characterizations whether it’s Mama Duck’s narrowed-eyed maternal skepticism or the fox’s woeful look as he plunges into the drink. Other details, such as the fox’s snout peeking out from the flower pots or piglets romping in the mud with the ducklings, keep the setting cheerful and familiar, and undercut the villain’s menace. Ages 3-5. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Laundry Time!

Do you consider it helpful when the two year old dumps out the clean laundry from the basket in order to be able to wear it as a hat?

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It’s a favorite in our household. It doesn’t matter what time of day or for what meal I ask Ryan “What would you like for breakfast today?” His response is always “Mac Cheese!” with the biggest smile you have ever seen. And he gives a bashful little shrug of the shoulders with the smile because he knows he won’t get mac & cheese for breakfast.

Mommy: “Silly! You know you can’t have mac cheese for breakfast.”
Ryan (in question format): “hot dog?”
Mommy: “Goofy! No hot dogs either. How about about pancakes?”
Ryan: “Yesssss! Pancakes! O-wee, you want pancakes?”
And before Owen can response, Ryan will add: “Yeah, yeah you do.”
Well I think Owen is following in his brothers footsteps because he absolutely loves mac and cheese too! He was shoveling it into his mouth.

Look how excited he is with daddy’s choice for dinner….
And of course, since most of the mac & cheese ended up on O-wee, it required an immediate bath following dinner. What didn’t end up in Owen or on Owen ended up on the floor which made Delta about the happiest dog ever.

Great night for everyone! Except mommy who was working late and at a meeting till bedtime. Good thing mommy likes her job.

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For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.bravesmitonight.com

Please join the Atlanta Chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation for a night of Braves Baseball, Fireworks and Fun! Your support could make the difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families.

Friday, September 18, 2009 Game Starts at 7:30 p.m.Pre-game opportunities include: Meeting a Braves player and participating in a parade on the baseball field. In addition, there will be fireworks following the game!

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to support Mitochondrial Disease and have a fun night out at a Brave’s game.

Upper level tickets are $16 per ticket; Lower level tickets are $27 per ticket. This is the same price you would expect to pay for tickets if they were purchased directly from the Braves. The difference with these tickets is that a portion of the ticket price goes directly to UMDF. So if you decide to attend the game in the lower level the tickets will cost $27 each. But $9 of each ticket that we sell will be donated. So that means that this portion of the ticket is tax deductible. Just think about it, you get to attend a great baseball game, watch fireworks after the game and meet a Braves player all while supporting UMDF. I just don’t know how you could turn that down.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.bravesmitonight.com

Every thirty minutes, a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by age ten. In adulthood, research has consistently shown that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of many very common illnesses and chronic conditions. A portion of the proceeds from your ticket purchase will benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

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