A February update

We have been tardy with updates recently but can promise that the boys are well and growing like weeds. We simply have been too busy otherwise, but here is what happened the last few months.

Hanging out at the farmer’s market downtown in early December

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Shopping for a tree a few days before Christmas

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Breakfast out with papa before going to the dentist

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Good times and good teeth at the dentist

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Oh no, that papa is so mean

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Sampling candy canes for the first time

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And yes, those German gingerbread cookies

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Team sledding

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Finally in Columbia, SC and helping GiCi out.

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Freshly bathed and styled enjoying a milk before bed

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Gift exchange at GiCi’s house

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From Germany with love

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Monkeys at the front door of GiCi

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Good times at the Columbia Zoo

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Riding lions

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And the carousel is always popular

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Opa showing the boys how to play pinball

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Bathing at Opa’s house

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The gift exchange assistants hard at work

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Entertainment at the Columbia Mall

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A snack on the road to Macon

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Fun times with Dodad and Bear

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Entertainment for all

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And a hug for Nana

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A monster slide in Macon

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A surprisingly adept climber

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Back at home enjoying the new bath colors that came from David

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Time to punt the Christmas tree – well, recycle it

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Back to school in reasonably mild temperatures

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Potty training in earnest

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But Max first embraced underpants

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It is always great when mama comes home from work

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Helping papa to convert the cribs to toddler beds

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Hard at work building steps with Legos

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A very worn out young man

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The bike is loaded for a big trip

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Shenanigans with the bike not loaded

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Bottle feeding a lamb on Jan and Maria’s farm

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The little lambs were super cute

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Driving the tractor was an extra bonus

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Ready for Valentine’s Day

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Good friends send great gifts

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Oh yes, this is good

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So happy sliding in the park

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Electric hair

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Tandem sliding

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But brrr it turned cold

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And then there was snow

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Good for sledding

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This was fun for sure

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Thanksgiving 2014

This year we drove to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving and good times were had by all. We spent time with Vinnie and Beverly where Simon and Max’s dad was an AuPair from 1987 to 1991.

The weather has certainly gotten colder, thankfully not every day.

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Playing ball with Opa in the mountains on Sunday before Thanksgiving

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Grilled cheese and ham at the mountain house

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On the drive to Philly on Wednesday we had favorable traffic

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Oh boy, snow in West Virginia

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Walking with the boys in suburban Philly. Narberth to be precise

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Finishing that cereal milk

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When in Philly, eating a cheesesteak is a must

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Drinking milk before going to bed and the wood floor is just fine

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The day after Thanksgiving we played a fun game with Beverly’s mum

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Bread with strawberry jam hits the spot here

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Max also approves of the food

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Simon and Max got to meet a little lamb in the Please Touch Museum

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The piano was the perfect size for Max, but the interest was there for just a few seconds

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Captain Simon piloting s mighty ship

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Max was fascinated with this music box

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Dr Simon checking out a patient in the hospital of the Please Touch Museum

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The diggers were great fun

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A very tired 18-year old

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There was time for another cheesesteak

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All good things must end

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Hair cuts and more hair cuts

The cold temperatures actually are just a sad coincidence, but it was time for the boys to get haircuts. Each time though they look so much more grown up.

On the way to the hair salon with papa

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To sit high enough a skateboard helps out

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Time to get the hair wet

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Checking out the other action

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Almost done

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Walking home with a fresh haircut

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That night one of the Beatles joined Simon in the tub.

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The next day Max got to join in the fun. Here he sits with papa to wait for the cut.

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The hair of Max seems to grow faster and thicker.

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Working hard to change Max from Beatle to little man

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Max outside the Hair Bomb Salon

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Someone is clearly happy about the new haircut

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3rd Birthday and Halloween

Simon and Max turned 3 recently and it was a celebration that was spread out over several days with various family members arriving at different times and mama and papa being gone for a few days around that time. But rest assured, the boys missed out on nothing.

We had a big toasted hazelnut cake for the boys and it was very yummy.

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For the celebration in school mama had made banana sorbet because of all the food restrictions (no eggs, no nuts, no strawberries etc.) The banana sorbet however was a big hit. And Simon can be seen devouring his portion.

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In his class Max also quickly ate his banana sorbet and was ready for more.

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One night we had a wardrobe malfunction and Max was very concerned about it.

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As the boys are getting bigger they get to wear underwear here and there instead of diapers.

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New balance bicycles arrived in time for the birthday of the boys.

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The Nutcase helmets found the boys well too, and they would wear them all the time if we were to let them.

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Simon also has a distinctive Nutcase helmet and he loves it too.

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Simon and Max went to the mall with grandmama Georgia and got to ride the carrousel.

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These German brand Bruder construction vehicles were a gift from grandmama and they are super nice.

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The Legos from GiCi, Jean and Dorothy and David are also very popular. The fancy footwear came from Anna and Greg.

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Simon got to be Elmo for Halloween and boy did he look cute.

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Cookie Monster Max is also ready to charm everyone.

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After the hayride in school, Elmo goes to the next station with grandmama Georgia.

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It was warm inside and Max took off his headgear, but Simon kept it on until he got home.

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The Bluegrass music in school was great but both boys started to get over stimulated.

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Our Halloween decoration in front of the house.

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Max is making sure that the pumpkin has a scary enough face.

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On the way to a neighbor’s party and trick or treating on Halloween evening.

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Simon loves this bicycle and would be outside all the time if he could.

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Showing opa and mimi the bike riding s=kills on a very cold day. Brrrrr

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Late Summer 2014

The summer went by in a flash and the boys are growing like weeds, but everyone had a great time. Here are some impressions of Simon and Max during the late summer months.

The boys like the train and we get to watch it every now and then near where we used to live.

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Oh no papa, it is all over.

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Exploring downtown Winston-Salem and this car caught their interest. The driver however was nowhere.

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Papa had brought back some treats from Germany and they found the boys well. But it is very very rare for them to get chocolate or other sweets.

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Mama and the boys took papa to the airport when he had to travel to Hawaii to cover the Ironman World Championships.

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The boys love stories and they get them when they go down for a nap and at night. Here David reads one of their favorite books.

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We took a special trip to Krispy Kreme and it was well received by all parties involved.

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Simon said “Is this a donut store?” as we walked in, having only seen one before in the Children’s Museum.

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So good, but each boy only got a very small piece to enjoy.

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Simon really does not like to pose for pics so he always tries to interfere with his hands.

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Max is having fun with the Halloween glasses of mama.

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Trying out the new puffy vests as the temps slowly get a bit cooler.

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Crossing the bridge near Brunson Elementary School.

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There is so much to see and simply not enough time.

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Boy, these are some very big pumpkins.

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Hanging out on the playground with the best buddy.

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The last few weeks

Simon and Max have had a very busy summer, and here now are images of the boys over the last few weeks.

Even with papa watching, there is always trouble on the horizon.

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Watching the fish in front of West End Cafe

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Simon strutting his stuff downtown

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Monkey business at the closed bank.

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Waving to mama who is far away in Ghana

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On the way to breakfast at the Lighthouse

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Simon passed out in papa and mama’s bed after an early rise

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Fun in a puddle on the last day at the beach

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Shower for the boys after a swim

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With mama on the beach

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Little pirates after a seafood meal

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Captain Max at the helm

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The seashell hunter Max in action

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Simon was pleased about his find

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With David attempting a tall Lego skyscraper

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Checking out alligators at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens

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Simon had fun with a sculpture of an alligator

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Digging and digging

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At the pool

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Snack time outside the Herin home

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Helping papa return a shopping cart

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Beach haircuts for the boys

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Story time with mama, and notice the long hair on the boys pre haircut

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Checking out a cork tree with Opa

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Water fun at GiCi’s house

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Snack time at home

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Bread time outside of the Whole Foods

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One of the last pool dates with Sara

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Helping papa mow the grass at the property where the house will be built – eventually

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