Friday, May 24, 2013


I look at my windows and I think, "Look at all those fingerprints."
I need to wipe them off, but something inside me whispers...
Appreciate the smudges found.

The bare feet walking all around.

The abandoned toy trains that leave tracks down my hall.

The quirky smiles for photos you wish were perfect but aren't bad at all.

Shaggy, please-cut-me hair.

Boys sitting and cuddling on their tiny chair.

Things that I am thankful for, my healthy, loving, little boys.

Erik at Eighteen Months

Erik is actually past eighteen months, but that is okay.  Let's see...

These are photos of Erik after his first day of Nursery.  He did okay, nursery is at an awkward time when napping and lunch take place, things this boy cannot function without.  We are told he is always the last one at the snack table.  That makes us laugh.  He loves playing with the car there too.

Weight: 29 lbs.

Height: 35 inches

Shoe Size: 5-6

Clothes: 24 months, 2t

Favorite Foods: Chicken nuggets, Pastas (with or without sauce), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, PB and Jelly Sandwiches, Strawberries!!! Oranges, Grapes, baked potatoes, ice cream, cake, black olives (he would have a whole can if we let him), quesadillas, yogurt, fish, rice, cereal, milk, apple juice, pizza, cheese, french fries, bean and cheese burritos, corn, ham roll ups, roasted salted sea weed, peanuts, popcorn, watermelon!! hot dogs, crackers, beans, posole, fondant, cookies.  Nothing is safe and he is usually the last one at the table.

Favorite Things: This kid loves anything that goes, from cars to trains, airplanes, and vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers and roller coaster rides at Disneyland.  Riding Casey Junior Circus Train.  He loves to sleep with a stuffed Dr. Seuss bird from the book, Oh the Places You'll Go (Grandma and Grandpa Castro gave it to Sean), and he also likes to be covered with mom's butterfly quillow (a quilt that can be turned into a pillow).  He often walks around with a toy car in his hands, Mater from cars usually.  He likes watching movies, listening to music, dancing, singing, and being with his brother.  Birds!!  Animals!!! Once he is outside playing in the backyard, its hard to get him back inside.  He likes to play in the dirt, climb up the playset, dig in the sandbox, and slide down anything that looks like can be used as a slide (except for the slide, that is too scary).  He likes to do flips with help, somersaults off the couch, and climb up onto chairs and kitchen island counters.  He likes to play pretend too, sometimes he's a super hero, or a pirate.  Sometimes he's a dog.  He likes to play with Jake dog, and loves riding dad like a train or horse.  Cuddling with loved ones.  He likes to help us with chores, cooking, and cleaning.

Favorite Songs: La La Lu, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Favorite Shows: Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sesame Street, and any comic book cartoons.

Words: Dada, Mama, Nun (Sean), na na which means lots of foods and different drinks, caw caw (car), dun dun (train, duh, that's the sound the crossing arm makes), this, sss (thanks), shh (shoe), sss (sock), dug dug (dog), Juk (Jake, our dog), no, go, away, don't (these last four are usually used in conjuction with shoving Sean out of the way!), bd (bird), he also signs various things like please, cracker, more, and eat.  Sometimes he signs while saying a word such as shoe or sock, and that is how we now what he wants.

Erik is such a mellow kid.  He can sit and focus on an activity for a long while.  He definitely knows what he wants and usually sticks to that.  He finds his favorite toy and will dutifully play, carry, and take it with him wherever we go.  He doesn't say much, but you definitely know what he wants because he finds other ways to communicate.  He will take you by the hand and show you what he needs.  Erik is feisty and fun.  He knows what will make you smile.  He comforts his brother when he sees him crying.  He likes to learn and help around the house.  Erik is quirky and has a great laugh.  He loves to make us laugh too.  We love you Erik!