Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Fever.

We reached another milestone this weekend. Cullen is now a big boy and goes to bed without his pacifier. All of his "pacies" broke (i.e. Mom and Dad cut off the ends) and Cullen now goes to bed with only the comfort of his two favorite blankies. We do notice that he seems to take a little bit longer to unwind in his crib before falling asleep. Dirk and I will put him to bed, turn on the monitor and listen to the show. He usually sings favorite songs like "A,B,C", "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "We Will Rock You" (yes, he is a Queen fan).

Fingers crossed that spring is finally here. It is not unheard of to see snow flurries at the end of March, but the past week has seen temps in the 60's. All of our snow is gone and we are loving our time outdoors.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Eagles have landed.

Always a great time of year, as the Bald Eagles make their way into our area. Fortunately, for us, they tend to congregate on the ice right behind our house.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Terrific Twos

And so we begin the terrific twos. Yesterday, we celebrated Cullen's second birthday with an absolute blowout of a party. Grandparents, aunts, cousins, uncle, and parents all helped the little man close out his second year of life. We had Elmo balloons, elmo hats, cookie monster tattoos, and Blue's clues balloons. Everything a two year old boy would want to celebrate his birthday. Mom and Dad cannot believe how fast these past two years have flown by and with number two knocking on the door it will only move faster.

Cullen has been developing quite the vocabulary lately. It's been fun listening him trying to repeat what we have said. Mom and Dad have really started to watch what words come out of our mouth. Especially, Dad! Shocking, I know, but I've been known to drop a "F" bomb every now and then.

Our little toddler.

Cullen is growing up so fast. He has started to show interested in the potty training process. I stress that fact that he still pees and poops in his diaper 99% of the time, but he does like to sit on the potty. He has completed both #1 and #2 in the potty and we are very proud of him. Cullen is talking up a storm and has started to put phrases together - "woof woof go?" = "where's Camp". He also loves to help with tasks around the house: carrying his plate to the sink after dinner, opening the garage door and putting food in Camp's dish are just a few examples. "I do it" has become one of Cullen's favorite phrases. We frequently remind him that some jobs require teamwork and others are for Moms and Dads. We are hoping that the dreaded terrible twos won't be so bad (fingers crossed!).